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CWA Among Coalition of Conservatives Reminding CEO OF “Moral Imperative” of Sticking With Free Market Capitalism

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CWA is speaking out today asking business leaders to focus on employees and earnings, not political activism, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. CWA stands against the liberal social justice agenda of Big Business that elevates political activism and pet projects over principles of free-market capitalism. Policies that threaten women in the name of transgender rights, like the Equality Act in Congress and requiring girls to compete against biological male athletes, and actions to promote abortion are examples of the activism these companies push under the cover of “stakeholder” concerns. Corporations need to mind their own business and focus on employee stability and shareholder earnings to get our economy back.

BlackRock CEO, Larry Fink who leads the largest asset management company in the world, has been tasked by the Federal Reserve to assist in our nation’s economic recovery. CWA and other conservative leaders are simply asking him not to divert resources to political causes. “Shareholders and society at large benefit when companies are guided by values such as producing quality products and services, having integrity in dealing with customers and vendors, and developing the talents and skills of employees.”

Now, more than ever, America needs business leaders to focus on their mission in the marketplace.

Read the entire letter here and go to LarryFink.org to add your name.

FINAL B2N Response to Fink April 11 2020

Idaho Becomes First State to Protect Women’s Sports From Transgender Agenda

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CWA’s Vice President for Government Relations, Doreen Denny, wrote the following piece published in The Daily Signal.

“Idaho Gov. Brad Little has given women athletes renewed hope. Faced with a politically correct culture that is denying women the right to a fair playing field in sports, the Republican governor signed into law new protections for them.

Recognizing “inherent differences between men and women,” Idaho’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act provides that “athletic teams or sports designated for females, women, or girls shall not be open to students of the male sex.”

The measure, which Little signed into law Monday, applies to all of the state’s interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural, and club teams at the high school and college levels.

Idaho is the first state to prevail against forces working to stop similar bills across the country that seek to right the wrong girls face when state policies force them to compete in women’s sports against athletes who are biological males.”

Read Doreen’s Entire Piece Here:

CWA Welcomes DOJ Action to Protect Women’s Sports

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Washington, D.C. — Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), made the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice led by Attorney General William Barr filed a Statement of Interest in federal court against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference for their policy that forces female athletes to compete against male athletes identifying as girls. Plaintiffs in the case are three high school female athletes who have faced sex discrimination as they sought to excel in track at their schools.

“The Attorney General and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have taken a crucial step in the right direction to protect women’s sports. Concerned Women for America and our allies fighting to protect equal opportunities for female athletes have been waiting for them to speak. Female athletes are being sidelined by a culture that refuses to stand up to this injustice. Our daughters deserve better. It’s time for the Administration to act and for the court to get it right.

“CWA has been calling on the Trump Administration to make clear that Title IX’s prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sex should prevent any male athlete identifying as a girl from competing in female sports. The reason is obvious. Biology tells us why. It’s been an uphill battle, but with this statement, we know they are listening.

“For this reason, CWA filed a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) against Franklin Pierce University for rostering a male transathlete on their women’s track team who won the 2019 NCAA national title in the women’s 400-meter hurdles. OCR has opened an investigation but has yet to rule.

CWA will continue to fight for the rights, dignity, and status of women and girls against an activism that wants to deny us a fair playing field.”

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House Republicans Force Floor Vote on Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

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At the end of February, on the heels of the U.S. Senate’s two pro-life votes, House Republicans successfully forced a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act through a procedural measure called a Motion to Recommit (MTR). This was the 80th time that House Republicans, led by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Missouri), sought a vote on Born Alive.

You may recall that last April, Rep. Wagner and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) filed a discharge petition to force a vote on Born Alive by acquiring support from a majority of the House. Members of the House felt so strongly about comments made last year by disgraced Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who nonchalantly detailed how a baby born alive after an abortion would be “kept comfortable” while the doctor and mother had “a conversation,” as well as about New York repealing its state-level born alive law, that they were determined to take federal action. Without control of the House floor, a discharge petition was the best option. The discharge petition currently has 204 signatures of the 218 required. Since then, House Republicans have taken to the floor almost 80 times and asked for unanimous consent for the bill to be brought to the floor for a vote.

The Motion to Recommit offered an alternative strategy. When a bill is on the House floor to be voted on, it often undergoes a series of votes before final passage. An MTR is generally used as a tool of the minority (Republicans) to seek a vote on something the majority (Democrats) won’t allow. It is unveiled at the last minute and is often the last vote before final passage. This MTR, if passed, would have amended a youth tobacco bill on the floor to include the text of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The MTR was defeated 187-220 but was effective in showing Americans exactly where their Member of Congress stands on infanticide. To see how your Member of Congress voted, click here.

The abortion industry says babies surviving abortion never happens, but data from the CDC and stories of abortion survivors like Melissa Ohden, Josiah Presley and Claire Culwell prove otherwise. This does happen. It is gut wrenching to think physicians nonchalantly allow newborn children to die, but Kermit Gosnell is proof that some do. Without these protections in place, we cannot effectively stop a future Gosnell-like doctor from repeating the horrors of Gosnell’s post birth “abortions.”

Remember: the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act isn’t about abortion and doesn’t change a single abortion law; it’s about what happens when a child survives an abortion. This bill requires that doctors provide the same standard of care to a child born alive after an attempted abortion that would be afforded to any other child born at that gestation. It is unconscionable that a bill this basic, that simply requires doctors to treat a child born alive as they would any other child, would be so radical to the far left.

Issues like this, whether or not a child who survives an abortion receives age-appropriate medical care, should not be a political or a partisan issue. This is a moral issue. We must continue to pursue every available avenue for this bill to become law for the least of these.

 

 

U.S. Senators Debate and Vote on Two Pro-life Bills

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Tuesday was a dark day for America. The Senate failed to advance two desperately needed pro-life bills: the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Pain Capable would protect unborn children from being aborted after 20 weeks, the threshold science definitively agrees unborn children feel pain. Born Alive requires doctors to provide the same standard of care to a child born alive after an attempted abortion as any other baby born at that gestational age in any other circumstances.

Although each of these bills received the support of a majority of senators, they needed to reach the 60-vote threshold to end a filibuster and pass the Senate. Pain Capable failed to advance by a vote of 53-44 and Born Alive failed to advance by a vote of 56-41.

It is discouraging that 44 senators can’t draw the line to protect human life at 20 weeks, and even more discouraging that 41 senators voted in favor of infanticide. However, there were several pro-life champions who took to the Senate floor to dispel myths on these bills and speak the truth (see list below.) Help us spread the word on what these bills actually do and watch and share these videos on social media and with your friends and family. Together, we can speak truth and life.

During the debate, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) had a sharp exchange regarding what the Born Alive bill would actually do. Sen. Sasse vociferously defended the Born Alive bill.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) sponsor of the Born Alive bill

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) sponsor of the Pain Capable bill,

Majority Leader McConnell (R-Kentucky)

Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota)

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming)

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Georgia)

Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma)

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas)

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) led a colloquy with Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) and Sen. Mike Braun (R-Indiana)

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma)

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)

To see how your senators voted on Pain Capable, click here, and to see how your senators voted on Born Alive, click here.

A Tragic Day for the Most Vulnerable in this Country

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           February 25, 2020
Contact: Toni DeLancey, PhD | Direct Line: (202) 266-4816 | Mobile: (202) 527-3434

 

Washington, D.C.Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), made the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted today on two pro-life bills, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Born Alive Survivors Protection Act:

“It is a very sad day for the unborn, and I pray God’s forgiveness over our country. Planned Parenthood and abortion extremists’ death grip have once again prevailed through the Democrat party. Today they voted to turn their backs to protect babies who feel pain or are born alive from a failed abortion. It is unconscionable that Democrats stand on the side of authoritarian regimes like China and North Korea who condone the killing of unborn children until birth and leave unwanted newborns to die. Unfortunately that is where our country’s laws stand today.

Here at CWA we believe an unwanted child is still a child. And, like us, the vast majority of Americans oppose late-term abortion and infanticide. Sadly, today’s Senate votes prove once again that Big Abortion has a stranglehold on the Democrat side of the aisle. America’s humanity suffers for it, and our prayer is that God will have mercy on us.”

Act Now to Protect First Amendment Rights for College Students

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Act Now to Protect First Amendment Rights for College Students. 

Religious freedom is under attack on college campuses. Imagine being falsely told your First Amendment Rights don’t apply at a public university. That is the reality for many college students involved in faith-based clubs on campuses across the country.

The U.S. Department of Education has proposed a new rule on the Eligibility of Faith-Based Entities to provide religious freedom protections in higher education. The rule protects faith-based clubs on public campuses from discrimination and makes other improvements to ensure First Amendment rights in education.

There is a short turn around to comment with your support and help the President protect the rights of religious groups on campus before the deadline Tuesday.

This proposed rule is the regulatory form of the Equal Campus Access Act. Like the bill, this rule ensures students in faith-based groups receive equal access to public university resources and funds as other non-religious groups.

Join us to protect the students and campus ministries in your lives.

Women’s Groups Endorse Rep. Steube Bill to Save Women’s Sports on National Girls & Women in Sports Day

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On National Girls & Women in Sports Day, a coalition of organizations led by Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) representing hundreds of thousands of women and girls across America endorsed the Protecting Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2020 (H.R. 5702) to ensure women’s sports under Title IX stop discriminating against female athletes.

The bill authored by Rep. Greg Steube (R-Florida) recognizes the discrimination against female athletes happening in women’s sports today when male athletes identifying as women take their place. Last year, Franklin Pierce University won an NCAA national title in women’s track with an athlete who had competed as a male for three previous years.

In a letter to members of Congress, the coalition, including CWALAC, Women’s Liberation Front, Independent Women’s Forum, Save Women’s Sports, Hands Across the Aisle Women in Coalition, and others, calls on Congress to pass H.R. 5702  swiftly to make clear that any school allowing male athletes to compete in sports for girls and women violates Title IX.

Read the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2020 coalition letter Here

Impeachment on Trial in the US Senate

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(Too) much has been witnessed and written regarding the impeachment of Donald John Trump.

As the first session of the 116th congress drew to a close in 2019, House Democrats relentlessly pursued a myriad of charges against the President declaring “high crimes and misdemeanors” against him.  Repeatedly, they changed their tactics on how to define these charges (unable to prove any crime), but never veered from their true intent. Two articles of impeachment claimed assertions of “abuse of power” and an indefensible rationale for “obstruction of Congress.” Far from a cliffhanger, House Democrats prevailed in passing an impeachment resolution with partisan support, and notably bipartisan opposition.

A new year in a new chamber will bring a new perspective. The Senate has the responsibility of separating fact from fiction in a trial of the impeachment articles. Now that the House has passed a resolution to send the impeachment articles to the Senate, we await more details about the Senate’s roadmap and schedule.

As we learn about the plan for the Senate trial, we know this: PRAYER is crucial.

PRAY with us:

For wise leadership in the Senate, especially for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:

The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception. (Proverbs 14:8)

For the Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts, responsible for presiding over the Senate trial:

You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. (Deuteronomy 16:19)

For the House managers and President’s defense team responsible for presenting their cases:  

“Present your case,” says the LORD. “Set forth your arguments,” says Jacob’s King.  (Isaiah 41:21)

Tell and bring forth your case; Yes, let them take counsel together. (Isaiah 45:21a)

 

For any witnesses who might be called to testify:

A false witness will perish, but a careful listener will testify successfully. (Proverbs 21:28)

In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me. (John 18:37b)

 

For President Trump and his family:

In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. (Psalm 71:2-3)

 

For the opponents of Donald Trump, who desire to do their will:

Do not grant the wicked their desires, LORD; do not let their plans succeed. (Psalm 104:8)

Bless those who curse you and pray for those who spitefully use you. (Luke 6:28)

For our nation:

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)

 

For the HOPE we have in this New Year and always:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

The States Act: Federal Marijuana Legalization Masquerading as States’ Rights

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Marijuana is not a state’s rights issue and misguided bills like the STATES Act create more confusion and problems than it claims to solve.  We are living in unprecedented times — never before have states bypassed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to legalize a federally illegal schedule I substance on the state level and call it medicine, but 33 states have legalized some form of marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes. The federal and state conflict is not one of big government versus small government; it is not one of natural medicine versus the establishment — it is a conflict of what science and medicine says is safe and effective versus what big businesses and advocates say is safe and effective. There is no doubt the federal government and state governments are at an impasse, one entirely created by the marijuana industry and exacerbated by informal guidance from the Obama Administration.

This paper scrutinizes the arguments used by proponents of the STATES Act and follows the scientific evidence, extrapolates logical conclusions, and elucidates the real effects of marijuana legalization. The marijuana legalization problem is one created by the marijuana industry, and it should not be up to Congress to solve. Rather, we should take big business, clichés, and financial interests out of the marijuana conversation and instead focus on the sociological and scientific evidence which says legalization harms individuals, families, and communities.

Read The Counterpoint: The States Act: Federal Marijuana Legislation Masquerading as States’ Rights Here

Concerned Women for America Cheers HHS Rule Ending Hidden Obamacare Abortion Surcharge

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Washington, DC — Today the Trump Administration announced a final rulemaking that restores congressional intent in Obamacare to keep any coverage of abortion-related services separate from premiums for health care services.

Section 1303 of the Affordable Care Act is now clarified to require that an abortion surcharge be collected separately from health care premiums.  The Trump Administration is reversing the Obama-era guidance that allowed payments to be made together in one bill.  The Department of Health and Human Services will now require that these payments be clearly separated and transparent.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee made the following statement:

“This final rule is a win for accountability to the law and a clear message that abortion is not to be confused with health care.  Concerned Women for America and many of our members commented in favor of this important rule change demanding transparency in Obamacare.

“Concerned Women for America continues to fight against any federal funds or programs being used to promote or pay for abortion.  The Trump Administration has made further progress in its commitment to protecting life with this important rule change to Obamacare.  We thank President Trump for his pro-life promise to keep government programs and rules accountable to the American taxpayer.”

Concerned Women for America Prayer Warriors Intercede for our Nation in Light of Impeachment Vote

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Washington, D.C.— The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to pass articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, had this to say:

“CWA women from around the country are praying for our nation and for those who voted to impeach President Trump. Our members know it must be incredibly hard and frustrating for these representatives to see a president they despise so much succeed in such historic ways.

Liberals have tried everything to bring President Trump down, and yet he continues to deliver for the American people. Our country is thriving under a strong economy with historic low unemployment rates. The president has delivered on life, religious liberty, support for families, prison reform, support for Israel, and, our favorite, the appointment of constitutional judges, among so many other accomplishments.

Meanwhile, the impeachment machine opposing him has been reduced to a sad display of the most venomous and disingenuous political theater, as we saw in the House vote today. This maliciously partisan impeachment process is the perfect example of everything that is wrong in our politics. It has been a travesty of justice, and it will forever be a stain on the record of the members who turned a blind eye to truth for political gain.

House Democrats have just voted to impeach a duly elected president with zero evidence of a crime or misdemeanor being committed—let alone a “high crime or misdemeanor.”

But their efforts will not succeed. The constitutional checks and balances set up by our Founding Fathers were put in place to prevent just this type of abuse of power and perversion of justice. Bipartisan opposition standing for truth should be commended. History will remember kindly their heroic efforts to preserve our constitutional standards.”

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CWA Applauds Final Passage of Debbie Smith Act

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CWA Applauds Final Passage of Debbie Smith Act

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Last night the U.S. Senate completed action on a 5-year reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act, a vital program first enacted in 2004 to help states and localities end the backlog of untested DNA evidence, specifically sexual assault kits.

Before final passage this week, Sen Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) credited the work of CWA saying, “ I want to thank Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America, who testified at my invitation at last year’s Judiciary Committee hearing, for suggesting certain changes to ensure that the analysis of sexual assault evidence is accorded a higher priority by grantees. This statutory reform is essential, because most states impose a statutory deadline by which crimes of sexual violence must be prosecuted.  Changes suggested by her organization, for which I have advocated since 2016, were incorporated into the Debbie Smith Act reauthorization bill by the Senate sponsor, Sen. Cornyn, with my support.  The House of Representatives also accepted these changes this year.”

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee issued the following statement in response:

“Thank you, Sens. Chuck Grassley and John Cornyn (R-Texas) for working with Concerned Women for America and leading the effort to prioritize DNA testing for victims of sexual assault in the Debbie Smith Act.  As I testified before the Senate last year, every rape kit represents a brave woman waiting for justice.

“After 15 years of the Debbie Smith Act and nearly $1 billion spent, most states still don’t know how many rape kits remain untested. We must do better. Victims of sexual assault deserve to know that every kit is accounted for and every last one is processed. With our improvements, this 5-year reauthorization will move us closer to the goal of ending the rape-kit backlog.

“Concerned Women for America applauds Congress for passing these important improvements to the Debbie Smith Act and looks forward to President Trump adding his signature to enact this reauthorization into law.”

 

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Concerned Women for America (LAC) Condemns House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Vote

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Today, the House Judiciary Committee approved both articles of impeachment against President Trump.

Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America LAC, has this to say:

The 23 members approving of this malicious partisan impeachment vote have done great damage to our country today. Concerned Women for America (CWA) supporters from around the country are praying that enough Democrats would stand up to this disingenuous, politically motivated abuse of power to remove a duly elected president without proper justification. They have sought out any and every justification to impeach President Trump since the very moment he took his oath of office. Each and every time they have come up empty. The American people will not forget their disgrace.

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Tell Congress No to Funding Pro-Abortion Groups Overseas

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Concerned Women for America opposes funding abortion oversees.

Another Christmas shutdown looms over Capitol Hill.  This week a Continuing Resolution moved the spending expiration deadline to December 20. This delay does not remedy serious and real problems in the appropriations process, like the Senate FY 2020 State-Foreign Operations (SFOPS) bill that would undermine pro-life gains made by the Trump Administration.

The Shaheen Amendment, offered by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), increases funding for programs that have been used to support the abortion industry and advocacy overseas. The amendment was disturbingly included in the SFOPS bill passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee. While the SFOPS bill has not gone to the floor for a vote, avoidance of the Shaheen Amendment is not a solution. Something must be done to remove it from the FY 2020 spending bill and ensure it doesn’t get passed in the commotion of avoiding a Christmas government shutdown.

Thankfully, President Trump issued a letter in January promising to veto any bills that weaken current pro-life policies which is exactly what the Shaheen Amendment would do.  Her amendment also violates the conditions of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement agreed to by both parties that prohibits “poison pill” provisions from being included.

The Shaheen Amendment undermines the strong pro-life polices of this administration, specifically President Trump’s executive order creating Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA), commonly known as the Mexico City policy.   Every year, Sen. Shaheen attempts to strike PLGHA from the SFOPS Appropriations bill.  This year she offered a backdoor approach to undermine the policy.  The amendment circumvents PLGHA by directly increasing funding to the family planning/reproductive healthcare account that funds domestic groups that fund abortion overseas. Furthermore, it directly increases funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) which is a well-known advocate of abortion.

And there’s more. The Shaheen Amendment sets up a mechanism that could be used to advance sexual orientation and gender identity ideology and discriminate against pro-life and/or faith-based groups preventing them from receiving contracts.

This week, CWA joined with other prolife organizations in sending a letter to President Trump thanking him for his commitment to protect life and urging him to make clear to Congress that he opposes the Shaheen Amendment.  We believe the President stands with us and will uphold his veto promise to oppose any spending bill that compromises pro-life policy or uses taxpayer funds to prop up the abortion industry.

But we need your help to back up opposition to the Shaheen Amendment in Congress.

Please take a moment to send a note to your elected officials asking them to reject the Shaheen Amendment in the FY 2020 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. We have a message ready for you to send directly to your senators and member of Congress, with the option to personalize it, if you so choose.  Go to our Action Center today and let them know you don’t want your tax-dollars funding abortion at home or overseas. Say no to the Shaheen Amendment.

Take Action Here:

Democrats Playing Election-Year Politics with the Violence Against Women Act

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CWA’s Vice President of Government Relation, Doreen Denny wrote the following Op-Ed about the Violence Against Women Act.

Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California) spent months collaborating on a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Their attempts to bring bipartisanship back to the process after the House majority rejected such collaboration were noble.  But their effort came to a “screeching halt” when Senate Democrats called a press conference to announce they were sponsoring the House bill instead.

“Once again, the Democrats are putting politics ahead of people and have decided to move forward on the House-passed VAWA bill,” Sen. Ernst announced.  This is a bill which Senate Democrats know full well is a non-starter for Senate approval.  Rejecting any history of bipartisanship or restraint, House Democrats loaded their reauthorization bill, H.R. 1585, with gun control, unemployment entitlements, and expansive ideological mandates.

Sen Ernst went on to explain how her good faith efforts with the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee were derailed as a political calculation. “Election-year politics are in full swing, and the grim reality is Democrats cannot afford to be seen giving Republicans a win. The far-left agenda of the House has hijacked the process.”

The politicization of something as significant as the Violence Against Women Act should have no place in the development of policy. Women victims of violence should be the last thing used as a pawn for political gain.  And yet that is exactly what the Democrats have done again this year.

This is not the first time VAWA has been held hostage in high-stakes partisan politics. It happened last year as VAWA was set to expire during the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) is a coalition of activist groups who guard the programs and funds for VAWA grantees. For years, they have worked in lock step with the Democrats to promote a progressively leftist agenda on VAWA and to demand that the same money go to the same providers. They are not fools in playing political games.

At the height of the Supreme Court battle, NTF sent a letter to Senate Republican leadership “to apprise you of our intention to disengage from negotiations over VAWA” to protest the handling of Christine Blasey Ford.

NTF laid out ground rules for how the Judiciary Committee should proceed with  Ford, concluding that, “Justice demands a fair process that treats Professor Ford far better than with the derision, scorn, and humiliation to which Professor Hill was subjected 27 years ago.”

Following their Kavanaugh defeat, the left cried foul at the “expiration of VAWA” and used it as a weapon against congressional Republicans in the 2018 election. Their prize: a House takeover, Speaker Pelosi, and a VAWA reauthorization bill showcasing their leftist policy agenda.

Considering how VAWA has been politicized over the last decade, it should come as no surprise that Sen. Ernst’s noble effort to work with the Democrats on an improved and modernized Violence Against Women Act broke down.  It didn’t surprise us. NTF is back on message demanding that the Senate pass the left’s wish list: unbounded unemployment benefits that could bankrupt states, gun confiscation orders that could disarm vulnerable women, and expansion of transgender rights giving biological men who claim to be women access to female domestic violence shelters and prisons, compromising the safety of women who have no other place of refuge or escape.

Meanwhile H.R. 1585’s partisan overreach falls short of important improvements that the Senate should correct. It overlooks meaningful protections for emerging threats to women in our country including female genital mutilation, honor killings, and forced marriages.  It deletes sex trafficking as a form of sexual assault against women and girls. It lets pimps off the hook and ignores the acceleration of threats from online predators.  It rejects full transparency and accountability in VAWA grant programs, including the hundreds of thousands of taxpayer funds that have gone every year to Planned Parenthood.

So long as Democrats choose to put election-year politics above safety, protection, and justice for women survivors, the effort to put a stronger VAWA on solid ground for the coming years will be futile. It’s time for Democrats to stop using VAWA to score political points and embrace a truly bipartisan reauthorization bill that can reach the President’s desk this year.

See Additional Pieces Written by Doreen Denny.

CWA Impeachment Run-Down and Prayer Guide

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In case you’ve missed it, this week, the U.S. House of Representatives started public hearings in their impeachment inquiry into President Trump. If you have watched any of the impeachment proceedings, you have seen hostile partisan politics. The Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee carefully curated a list of people and conducted a closed-door selection process of witnesses. They passed a partisan impeachment resolution and have denied Republican witness requests, namely the whistleblower and Hunter Biden. The Committee televised the first public hearing on Wednesday, November 13, on the Democrat’s claim that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate the 2016 election by withholding aid. These impeachment proceedings are nothing like we have seen before, so we wanted to give you a who, what, when, and how to pray guide:

THIS WEEK: Focusing on U.S. officials who handled policy in Ukraine and back the whistleblower complaint.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
WHO: William (Bill) Taylor, Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine
George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Watch video of the first hearing here.

Today, Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. ET
WHO: Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

NEXT WEEK:
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
WHO: Jennifer Williams, aide to Vice President Mike Pence
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, National Security Council director for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, the Caucuses, and Belarus
Kurt Volker, former Special Envoy to Ukraine
Tim Morrison, former National Security Council adviser

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
WHO: Gordon Sondland, US Ambassador to the European Union
Laura Cooper, Defense Department official
David Hale, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Thursday, November 21, 2019
WHO: Fiona Hill, Former National Security Council Russia Adviser

How to Pray: Pray for truth and justice to prevail and for unity in our nation.
Pray for wisdom and conviction for all leaders.
Pray for President Trump and his advisors.
Pray for House Intelligence Committee Leaders, Members, and staff – Republican and Democrat
Pray for the witnesses who will be testifying
Pray for the media to be accurate and truthful in their reporting, to not perpetuate a false narrative.

How to Watch: https://www.c-span.org/

CWA resources:
Our General Counsel, Mario Diaz, Esq – The Impeachment’s Partisan Stench
CWA’s “Use Your Voice” Podcast launching next week will focus on Impeachment.
Join us Live Tweeting during each hearing over the next week on our Twitter.
Check our Social Media platforms for daily updates- Facebook and Instagram.
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Trump Administration to Reverse Obama-era Regs that Sidelined Faith-Based Adoption and Foster Care Agencies

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UPDATE:

President Trump just issued the new proposed rule that would reverse an Obama-era regulation that harmed faith-based adoption and foster care providers. This Obama “nondiscrimination” mandate, imposed just days before President Trump was inaugurated, jeopardized the status of faith-based adoption and foster care providers who work with adoptive and foster families who shared their beliefs. President Obama added categories to HHS nondiscrimination laws that require grant recipients to accept unorthodox, ideological views on gender and sexuality. The result has become government discrimination against faith-based providers used as a weapon for lawsuits and disqualifying them from serving families and children.

In the new rule, the Keep Kids First Rule, the Trump Administration has reversed this activist policy and clarified that discrimination laws enacted by Congress, not imposed by unelected bureaucrats, apply to adoption and foster care providers. The Administration’s effort to restore religious freedom and include all child welfare providers on the playing field is especially important as the need for loving families is on the rise.

The Trump Administration needs your help to make the Keep Kids First Rule a reality.  Public comments supporting the rule are the key to guaranteeing the religious freedom of all providers and ending government discrimination against them. Your positive comment supporting the Keep Kids First rule must be submitted by December 19 at 11:59 p.m. 

Click Here to learn more.  

 

Last Friday the Trump Administration announced its intention to reverse Obama-era regulations that have sidelined faith-based adoption and foster care agencies. CWA has been working with Congress and the Administration on this change for nearly two years!

President Obama added categories to nondiscrimination laws that require grant recipients to accept ideological views on gender and sexuality. Such government discrimination has been weaponized against faith-based providers – several are facing lawsuits; others have discontinued operations. The Administration’s effort to restore religious freedom and enable all qualified child welfare providers to be eligible for placing children in loving homes is especially important as the need for loving families is on the rise.

As with other proposed rules that represent major changes, like the Protect Life rule and the Conscience Care Rule, supportive comments of the new rules will be crucial! The timeline to comment will only be 30 days. We will need your help to get the word out. We are awaiting publication in the Federal Register this week before we are able to submit comments, and we will alert you as soon as the comment period begins!

Impeachment Masquerade

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On Halloween, the House of Representatives voted largely along party lines on a resolution that presumably would unmask the secrecy of the ongoing behind-closed-doors investigation of President Trump.  Two Democrats, Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-New Jersey) and Rep. Colin Peterson (D-Minnesota), joined with the entire Republican caucus to vote against the resolution.

The House resolution was described as “formalizing” the process – one that has yet to be officially started, even though it has consumed much of the business of the House for weeks out of public view.  The resolution itself acknowledges this as it directs six committees “to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry.” [emphasis added]

Never in the history of the United States has the impeachment of a President been formalized after it was underway. The usual process begins with a vote on a resolution to start the inquiry, part of which includes the rules and parameters for the inquiry itself. This means there were no rules set until the House was in the middle of issuing subpoenas and demanding hours of testimony from everyone but the alleged whistleblower.  Speaker Pelosi unilaterally declared an impeachment inquiry without a vote even before receiving the transcript of the President’s call with Ukrainian President Zelensky.

Voters do not like how this is being handled.  A recent poll shows, roughly half of voters disapprove of how Democrats have conducted this investigation.

Apart from the procedural issues at hand, there is the matter of what the Constitution dictates as the threshold for impeachment.  Article II, Section 4 reads, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors.”  The Constitution sets a high bar for impeachment. The answer must be more than something people dislike or disapprove of; it must meet the threshold of a high crime and misdemeanor.

Every American has the right to due process, including the President of the United States. That’s our Fifth Amendment right.  The impeachment process should be based on facts, and those at the center of the process should retain their right to due process.  It is profoundly damaging to ignore the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and sacred tenets of American jurisprudence including the burden of proof being on the accuser rather than the accused and innocent until proven guilty.

Starting with a legitimate vote to begin an inquiry enables the President to engage in the process and have the ability to defend himself.  It also gives all members of the House access to review the evidence and form their own conclusions. For the first time, this has not happened.

In Federalist 65, Alexander Hamilton details the impeachment process and the rationale behind it. Writing as Publius, Hamilton interrupts his impassioned defense of the Constitution to issue a warning:

In many cases [impeachment] will connect itself with pre-existing factions, and will enlist all their animosities, partialities, influence, and interest on one side or on the other; and in such cases there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by real demonstrations of innocence or guilt. [emphasis added]

In a time of heightened passions, tensions, and polarization, it is our duty to steward the laws and institutions that protect our liberties.  While not perfect, our constitutional order is the most effective system we have to preserve our freedom in a fallen world.

Party before country destroys both country and party. In a world of 30-second talking points and 140-character verdicts, let us take the time to thoughtfully examine issues as informed citizens. Only then may we continue to keep our Republic.

 

 

Concerned Women for America LAC Supports Graham Resolution on Impeachment

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2019
Contact: Toni DeLancey
Direct Line: (202) 266-4816 | Mobile: (202) 527-3434
STATEMENT by CWA CEO & President Penny Nance

“The blatant partisan impeachment effort underway in the U.S. House of Representatives is not happening in a vacuum. It is not an organic response to impartial concerns for the country. It appears to be the latest, politically-motivated effort in an unending list of attempts to delegitimize a duly-elected president and to erase the results of the 2016 election. Impeachment hopes were articulated within hours of the election and multiple attempts have followed, leading to this dubious attempt today.

“Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) applauds Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) for introducing S. Res. 378, urging the House of Representatives to vote to open a formal impeachment inquiry, providing the president with the fundamental due process protections afforded by the Constitution.

“It is that type of transparent process, consistent with long-standing tradition and precedent, that the country desperately needs at such a crucial time in our history when division and political pettiness seem to rule the day in the nation’s capital.

“CWALAC calls on all members of Congress to move beyond radical political partisanship and act in the country’s best interest. Sen. Graham’s resolution is a crucial first step towards that goal.”