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Members of Congress Work to Prevent DIY Abortion on College Campuses

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On July 21, Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) introduced the “Protecting Life on College Campus Act of 2021” with Rep. Mary Miller (R-Illinois) as the House co-lead; Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) introduced the legislation in the Senate.

The Protecting Life on College Campus Act (H.R. 4607) would prohibit federal funds from going to any institution of higher education that has a student-based service site that provides abortions or abortion drugs to students of that institution. This legislation is in response to California’s chemical abortion pill mandate on college campuses that will take effect in 2023.

In a press conference introducing the bill, Rep. Roy said, “A college dorm room is no place to have a do-it-yourself abortion, and the American taxpayer should not be paying for the destruction of innocent human life on our college campuses. But, as we already know, what the abortion industry really cares about are profits—not the welfare of mothers or the integrity of higher learning.”

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is proud to support this bill that stands for life in the womb and on college campuses. Our Young Women for America leaders across the country are grateful for federal action on this issue. Abortion services have no place on college campuses.

In a letter endorsing the legislation, CEO and President Penny Nance said, “Having the chemical abortion pill readily available on college campuses is detrimental to the safety, health, and well-being of students. As Concerned Women for America has Young Women for America chapters on college campuses across the country, this issue is critically important to us and our college leaders. Out of care and compassion for the young women on college campuses, we applaud you for introducing the Protecting Life on College Campus Act of 2021.”

More about the introduction of this bill can be found here. CWALAC’s letter of support for this pro-life bill can be read here.

Meet CWA Intern Hayden Sledge

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Hello everyone! My name is Hayden Sledge. I was born on Ft. Stewart military base in Georgia and grew up in Mountain Brook, Alabama. I am entering my senior year at Wheaton College (Illinois), where I am studying Political Science and Communications. I am thankful to have the opportunity to be Concerned Women for America’s Communications intern this summer.

I first heard of CWA during my Freshman year of college when one of my conservative guy friends recommended the organization. That summer, I interned for former Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Alabama) and had the opportunity to visit CWA headquarters. I was immediately surprised and encouraged by the CWA staff’s genuine kindness and servant-hearted spirits; the group clearly lead with diligence and grace.

As I continued my college career, I sensed a deep need for Christian, conservative female voices among my generation. Compelled by this need, I started and continue to lead the Young Women for America chapter at Wheaton. Equipping young women to pray, educate, and advocate for Biblical and conservative principles is crucial. Many in the policy realm fight hard for issues but neglect prayer. I appreciate CWA’s conviction to pray and surrender their initiatives to the Lord while still working fearlessly to advocate for the unpopular values of our time.

The abortion issue, for example, seems to be one of the most controversial topics. Since Roe v. Wade, more than 61 million lives have ended due to the legalization of abortion. Many progressive thinkers claim that abortion is empowering to women, even though it ends the lives of future leaders and mothers. Protecting the unborn is necessary if we are to support women. To be pro-woman is to be pro-life.

As the Communications Department intern, I focus on developing CWA’s presence on various platforms through sharing policy and information with the public. I am especially passionate about advancing CWA’s goals by presenting complex political jargon more accessibly. Even though we need in-depth research and writings on policy, it is critical that citizens understand governmental happenings without requiring they have legislative backgrounds. Furthermore, I enjoy developing messages for the public in order to empower and encourage them to advocate for their convictions.

After this internship, I return to Wheaton College to serve as Student Body President. I am thankful for the ways CWA has equipped me both professionally and personally to address the controversial issues of our day with boldness and persistence.

The Rise of TelAbortion

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By Hayden Sledge, CWA Communications Intern

In early 2020, 13 states participated in an at-home, mail-in chemical abortion pilot program called TelAbortion. And because of COVID-19 and the rise of telemedicine, the push for and the attempt to normalize unsupervised chemical abortions was felt across the nation.

The staunch repercussions of COVID-19 are real. There has been loss of life, business closures, and continued closures of schools. Nevertheless, abortion accessibility is easier due to the normalization of telemedicine during a global pandemic. Telemedicine is a way for patients to interact with a healthcare provider without in-person contact. Its sole purpose is to allow for more efficient medical responses, a way for people to receive “care” faster. This could be helpful for small concerns, like a cold. However, telemedicine can be incredibly dangerous, especially in the context of chemical abortions. The TelAbortion project should have been used as a rubric to study the devastating impact on mother and child when abortion-inducing drugs are allowed to be self-administered. Chemical abortions are violent, dangerous, and should not be happening, let alone without the presence of a medical professional.

The whole point of chemical abortion via telemedicine is to make abortion easier. Self-administered chemical abortions allow women to end their pregnancy without being in a physical office, like in the context of their own home or dorm room. A woman can abort her child at home by taking two pills. During this process, the mother will have a virtual meeting with a healthcare provider but never has to see her medical provider in person. The mother may do a few tests at a lab, but she does not have to physically interact with a licensed professional.

Obstetrics & Gynecology claim that telemedicine for abortion “Is noninferior to in-person provision with regard to clinically significant adverse events.” It is illogical to think that in-person care with a doctor is equitable to that of an online appointment. Even those who are supportive of abortion access must recognize this flawed process. Former advisor to the director of the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Patrina Mosley, notes, “Pretending for ideological reasons that chemical abortion can be done remotely or even as a do-it-yourself, is extremely dangerous and negligent.’”

Many pro-abortion advocates claim that they are supporting the mother through abortion accessibility; however, there is no care given. Distressed mothers are sent home with chemical cocktails to end the life of their unborn children. To fully recognize the dangers of abortion via telemedicine, it is important to understand the chemical abortion process.

For the mother to end her pregnancy, she takes Mifepristone (RU-486). This pill blocks progesterone, which inevitably cuts off food from the baby and ends its life. A day or two later, she then takes the second pill Misoprostol. This triggers blood flow so that she passes the baby. Women will experience a series of symptoms, like abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even death.[1] She could be bleeding for about 9-16 days. However, there is no healthcare provider overseeing the process. If the woman suffers a complication, there is no guarantee that another person is caring for her. It is highly likely that she is enduring the hard and depressing process alone.

Many women will have to watch as their child’s remains fall into a toilet. This is horrific and significantly takes a toll on the woman’s mental well-being. Abortion increases womens’ chances of struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse. Women who have abortions are “34% more likely to develop an anxiety disorder, 37% more likely to experience depression, 110% more likely to abuse alcohol, 155% more likely to commit suicide, 220% more likely to abuse marijuana.”[2]

Although there are a series of factors that affects a person’s mental health, it is simply false to claim that abortion does not significantly contribute to a woman’s mental well-being. Witnessing the loss of one’s child could be deeply traumatizing. However, the American Psychiatric Association claims just that, that these mental health concerns are due to other factors, somehow arguing that they are not due to abortion.

It should also be noted that the research on chemical abortion is not reliable. DANCO, the company that produces Mifepristone and Misoprostol, is one of the leading contributors for chemical abortion research, which is clearly a conflict of interest. Furthermore, it is important to question abortion affirming research. It is also important to recognize that abortion has become exasperated due to increased telemedicine during a global pandemic.

Because of telemedicine, chemical abortion has become available in new areas. Many abortion providers used COVID as an excuse to encourage more abortion access.

It is important to be cognizant of the deceptive language used by providers, claiming that their pro-abortion agenda is simply a COVID-19 accommodation as “modified medication abortion procedures to minimize travel and potential COVID-19 exposure for patients and staff.” Abortion clinics also claim that they are too far away from college campuses. And now college campuses are starting to provide chemical abortions. California has already passed legislation to enforce public colleges to administer chemical abortions. It should be noted that almost $10.2 million in private funds are helping prepare and facilitate these chemical abortions.

The push to normalize at-home chemical abortions has become more concerning under the Biden Administration. We cannot forget that Biden’s Administration is planning to give 19 times more to abortion and abortion businesses than the Obama Administration.

As businesses and schools reopen and life begins to return to normal, a question arises, “How do we protect mothers and save lives by curbing at-home chemical abortions?”

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[1] Dr. Levatino and Live Action, “Abortion Procedures,” Abortion Procedures, a project of Live Action, https://www.abortionprocedures.com/aspiration/#1466797067815-ef6545f9-db0b.

[2] Editorial Staff, “How does abortion affect mental health,” Laguna Treatment Hospital, last updated May 27, 2020, https://lagunatreatment.com/support-for-women/mental-health-abortion/.

 

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CEO Penny Nance Implores Legislators to Protect Life

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FOX News highlights a letter spearheaded by conservative leaders to encourage legislators to block federal funding of abortion. In the letter, Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance and other conservatives leaders call on lawmakers to defend life at all stages. Currently, pro-choice advocates seek to remove Hyde, which would allow our taxpayer money to fund abortions.

Over 100 prominent leaders signed the letter, but the next few weeks will be an uphill battle since Democrats maintain the majority in the House and Senate.

Click here to read more.

Why Christians should reject Critical Race Theory

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What is Critical Race Theory (CRT)? CRT is a lens through which people can choose to view the world, and it presents a society in which there are two categories oppressor (white) and oppressed (non-white). CRT has grown under the false notion that it seeks to provide empathy and reconciliation for past wrongs in America. Many believe that it is an avenue to discuss injustice, history, race, and civil rights.

Supporters claim, “The movement champions many of the same concerns as the civil rights movement but places those concerns within a broader economic and historical context. It often elevates the equality principles of the Fourteenth Amendment above the liberty principles of the First Amendment.” However, CRT is the antithesis of the civil rights movement. It does not seek equality—it seeks equity. Critical Race theorists actually stand against some of Martin Luther King Junior’s founding ideas.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.

Critical Race theorists believe this concept of colorblindness in itself is racist because it “ignores” disparities toward black and brown people of color. CRT theorists believe that people should and must see color in order to combat white supremacy.

“Colorblindness neutralizes non-neutral baselines. It makes it seem like race is introduced when we think about racial disparity as if race is not already there,” – Kimberlé Crenshaw, co-pioneer in the CRT movement.

Many Christians are allowing Critical Race Theory to shape their worldview, albeit actively or passively, but there are three distinct reasons why Christians should reject CRT outright.

First, CRT teaches the sin of partiality. The theory leaves little to no room for other factors in disparities; instead, it separates based on skin color. CRT shares the fundamental belief with the concept they claim to fight against—white supremacy. Both concepts share the foundational belief that white skin is superior and, therefore, results in benefits in society. Followers of Christ are instructed to not partake in favoritism or partiality toward any group— including based on economic status, ethnicity, or race, as seen in Leviticus 19:15, 1 Timothy 5:21, and Deuteronomy 1:17.

“If you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers” (James 2:9).

The CRT lens of oppressor (white) – oppressed (non-white) offers no forgiveness to those who look like people who committed past wrongs. The theory claims that white Americans, regardless of their personal experiences, must unlearn their inherent racism and are responsible for the disparities in society. This concept imparts guilt to the guiltless. Believers should reject this as we know racism is a sin problem, not a skin problem, and we cannot justify hatred toward our fellow man (1 John 4:20).

Further, CRT states that our core identity is in our skin color rather than Christ. Christians, on the other hand, place Christ as the center and embrace all peoples because God created us all. All people are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image (Psalm 139:14). Our core identity is in Christ, not the color of our skin (2 Cor 5:17). I may be fearfully and wonderfully brown, and a brother or sister may be fearfully and wonderfully white. However, these characteristics are not our identities.

Third, CRT justifies covetousness. CRT claims to advocate for equality and equal opportunity, but, in reality, it advocates for equity and equal outcomes. Those are not the same. Equal opportunity guarantees that we are all treated the same, but equity demands that we all obtain the same success, regardless of circumstances. It encourages us to see our success in terms of my neighbors, promoting envy. If I am not as successful as my white classmate, it must be because the school is discriminating against me for being brown.

Equity is not Biblical. In Luke 12:13-15, Jesus warns us about the dangers of coveting:

“Then one from the crowd said to Him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to
divide the inheritance with me.’ But He said to him, ‘Man, who
made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?’ And He said to them,
‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does
not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.’”

The man in the crowd assumed that Jesus would split the inheritance because of the injustice or unequal outcome, but Jesus saw it far more important to warn of the root problem of the issue—the condition of his heart. The sin of covetousness is masked under the false sense of “equality.” Christians should beware of CRT’s perhaps unintended push towards covetousness.

As British author and evangelist Campbell Morgan once said, “To divide property between covetous men is to prepare for future strife. To make men free from covetousness is to make peace.”

CRT does not teach true history, nor does it seek to unify people; rather, it reaches far into the past of American history to blame injustices on one particular group that, in reality, had nothing to do with the injustices of the past. Why would we, as believers, hold bitterness and animosity toward our white brothers and sisters who have not committed these injustices? Scripture tells us, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice” (Ephesians 4:31).

As believers, we should speak the truth in love as we pray for wisdom and boldness to speak against these social theories that go against the Gospel. Samuel Sey, author of Slow to Write, said it well, “The most tempting thing about critical race theory for me isn’t that I will sin by embracing its false Gospel. The most tempting thing about it for me is that I’ll sin by reacting against it in a manner unworthy of the Gospel.” Let us remember his words and stand against CRT in a manner worthy of our calling to be disciples of Christ.

Fox News Op-ed: Nance: What I learned from FBI’s ‘assessment’ of me, my organization

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Last week, Concerned Women for America (CWA) reported in this press release on the FBI’s unjustified targeting of CWA.

Penny Nance, CWA’s CEO and President spoke out on the FBI targeting in a Fox News op-ed and had this to say, “We should all be worried about the ability and hubris of a politicized FBI to invade and target American citizens and organizations out of favor with those in power … We call on Congress to clamp down on the trampling of our civil liberties using perhaps well-intentioned but overly indulgent rules. The American people deserve better. We demand better.”

Read the op-ed here.

Meet CWA Intern Noelle Fitchett

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Greetings! My name is Noelle Fitchett. I was born and raised in the City of Angels— Los Angeles, California. I begin my final year at California State University Fullerton, majoring in Biochemistry and Philosophy, concentrating on Moral and Legal Studies. I’m incredibly humbled and blessed to have the opportunity to intern at CWA in the Young Women for America department!

My journey toward CWA began in 2020 when many fell prey to the false gospel of social justice—myself included. After gaining new perspectives by reading Thomas Sowell and Samuel Suey, my heart shifted in the direction of advocacy as I realized most social justice movements are contrary to Biblical truth. As followers of Christ, we are to exemplify Christ in all we do, including politics.

It has been evident the Lord allowed me to be here by providing through every detail. I was introduced to CWA through Katie Everett, bringing me on as Young Women for America Ambassador. CWA differs from others because at the core of all they do, is Christ. Before CWA, I had yet to meet women who radiated intelligence and, as Penny Nance says, “Smart policy, solid theology.”

For a while, I wrestled with grasping whether politics and Christianity could coexist; being a part of CWA has affirmed that for the believer, they not only can but should. As 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all things for the glory of God.” Every day in the office, I gain insight, whether it is policy-related or theological insight.

One lesson I will never forget from CWA came from CWA’s General Counsel, Mario Diaz. He shared that we were to be a “blank document,” meaning to be open to and sign off on whatever the Lord has in store for my life. Lord willing, upon returning home, I will complete my dual degree and apply for graduate programs. I’m expectant and excited to see what the Lord has as I continue to seek Him on this newfound journey. I hope to glorify Him in whatever opportunities may come.

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FY 2022 Appropriations Update: Standing Strong for Life in the House

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As Congress drafts appropriations bills for the new fiscal year, pro-life advocates are fighting to preserve longstanding prohibitions on the use of taxpayer dollars for abortions, both at home and abroad. Despite pleas for reason from their colleagues and the American people, the Democrat Majority is unyielding in its quest to bankroll the destruction of innocent human life.

The House Appropriations Committee recently passed the FY 2022 State and Foreign Operations (SFOPS) and FY 2022 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bills on party line votes. The SFOPS bill removes the Helms Amendment, a prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortions overseas, and weakens the Kemp-Kasten Amendment, a provision allowing the President to discontinue funds to organizations that support or manage coercive abortion programs. The legislation also permanently repeals the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy (a.k.a. Mexico City Policy), which requires foreign NGOs to agree, as a condition of receiving U.S. dollars, not to promote or perform abortions. Furthermore, the bill drastically increases funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a known supporter of China’s forced abortion and sterilization regime, and for international family planning, a slush fund for Planned Parenthood and related organizations.

During committee markups, Reps. Kay Granger (R-Texas), Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa), and Dr. Andy Harris (R-Maryland) offered amendments to restore these safeguards and remove funding for unchecked, pro-abortion programming. Unfortunately, all attempts were defeated. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) was the only Democrat member to vote in support of Helms, Kemp-Kasten, and the Mexico City Policy.

The FSGG bill removes the Smith Amendment, a prohibition on funding for abortions through the Federal Health Benefits (FEHB) program, and the Dornan Amendment, a ban on the use of local and federal funds for abortion services in Washington, D.C., Once again, Rep. Hinson offered amendments to reinstate these provisions, but both items were defeated. Rep. Cuellar voted with Republicans to protect Smith.

This week, the Committee marked up FY 2022 funding for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education. This appropriations bill is the legislative vehicle for the Hyde Amendment, a longstanding prohibition on federal funding of elective abortion through Medicaid, Medicare disability, and other programming. Lawmakers have agreed to its inclusion in the federal budget for the last four decades, yet Democrats have stripped the life-saving language from this year’s bill. The Weldon Amendment, a prohibition on government discrimination against healthcare entities that refuse to cover or pay for abortions, has also been removed. This is unacceptable.

Members will have another chance to stand for life as these bills move to full consideration on the House floor and on to the Senate. Please visit our Action Center today and tell your U.S. Representative and Senators to hold the line on Hyde and related protections.

We applaud those who have already risen to challenge this affront to the sanctity of human life. On July 1, 2021, the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and the Republican Study Committee joined forces on a letter to President Biden opposing his FY 2022 budget request and the blatant disregard for American taxpayers’ conscience rights. That same day, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) led a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra requesting follow-up on his refusal to acknowledge the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act as federal law. His troubling testimony only underscores the gravity of this fight.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee will continue to serve as a voice for the precious unborn as well as millions of Americans who object to their tax dollars financing abortion on demand. Stay tuned for additional updates on FY 2022 Appropriations and our fight to hold the line on Hyde.

CWA International – Mexico City Report

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On July 7, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), along with International Civic Network (ICN) and Red de Acción Ética y política (RAEP), hosted the “Parliamentarian Action on the International Law of Human Rights” forum, which took place in Mexico City.

Our goal is to equip, train, and empower policymakers to defend their national law and oppose international organizations and the U.S. government.

On this occasion, we had the opportunity to train recently elected Mexican senators and representatives. We discussed the overreach of these international organizations and their breach of international law.

For many years international organizations such as the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of the Americas (OAS) have been used by the opposition as a political instrument to spread their pro-abortion agenda worldwide, bypassing the authority of the legitimately elected representatives of a nation and undermining countries’ national sovereignty.

CWA supports the right of the people to be represented by their elected officials and government. Therefore, international organizations, pro-abortion NGOs, or any other government should not interfere in domestic affairs. This intrusion represents a new way of colonization, as stated by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska) during his intervention at the appropriation committee session.

View pictures from the event below.

BREAKING: FBI’s Unjustified Targeting of Concerned Women for America

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2021

Contact:
Jacklyn Washington
202-748-3501, [email protected]

BREAKING: FBI’s Unjustified Targeting of Concerned Women for America

The following quote can be attributed to Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), on the news of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) decision to assess for potential investigation CWA in 2016:

“Concerned Women for America (CWA) has throughout our forty-two-year history supported law enforcement and U.S. intelligence agencies. CWA is shocked and disappointed to learn that the FBI conducted research and an assessment of our organization. Our belief in the rule of law and in the integrity of our nation’s top law enforcement agencies makes it all the more disappointing to learn of the political targeting of our organization.

“Powerful government bureaucrats have used the FBI, IRS, and other agencies against perceived political rivals before, but it is nonetheless disgusting. It is my belief that my personal support for Donald Trump for President was the only reason for this investigation. The waste of taxpayer dollars was unscrupulous and frivolous. The question now becomes upon what intelligence did the FBI feel it needed to assess CWA in the first place? Were other agencies involved?

“The Biden Administration must work to reestablish the American people’s trust in our top law enforcement agencies which is at an all-time low. Unjustified, political investigations are in direct violation of Americans’ civil liberties.

“We call on Congress to clamp down on the out-of-control intelligence community. The American people deserve better. We demand better.

“Freedom and liberty are severely burdened when Americans cannot trust their government officials. While the right result was ultimately reached in regard to CWA, the intelligence community, including the FBI, continues to make it absolutely clear they cannot be trusted.”

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You Asked; We Answered: A Step-by-Step Guide for Fighting Back Against Corporate America

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Our last episode on Concerned Women Today highlighted Corporate America’s devastating abandonment of Middle America and family values. Due to such a high demand for more content on this topic, we bring you today’s episode which offers a step-by-step guide for how the average American can have their voice heard in boardrooms across America.

Penny is joined by Justin Danhof, Director of the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project, who is an expert boardroom activist. Justin offers advice and stories of triumph from using this very technique within the meeting rooms of various woke corporations.

You can listen to the podcast directly on our website here, on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever else you normally listen.

Happy streaming!

 

CWA Responds to Viral Gay Chorus Video Sexualizing Children

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San Francisco’s Gay Men’s Chorus made headlines last week by posting a highly controversial video claiming they were going to “convert your children.” The chorus has defended their remarks as “tongue-in-cheek” humor while simultaneously removing the video from all their platforms. Concerned Women for America’s General Counsel Mario Diaz, Esq. pushed back and called on parents to recognize this dangerous push to normalize the grooming and sexualization of children.

 

 

Planned Parenthood Receiving 19x More Funding Under Biden Than Obama

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Despite being a professed Catholic, President Joe Biden is now allowing 19 times more funding to funnel into Planned Parenthood than did under President Obama. Penny Nance joined No Apologies with Becker to give some more shocking statistics on the fight to protect life under the Biden Administration.

Click below to watch the full interview.

Penny Nance on No Apologies with Becker from Concerned Women for America on Vimeo.

Meet CWA Intern Morgan Schlesselman

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Hi there! My name is Morgan Schlesselman. I was born and raised in a small town in the Central Valley of California. In May 2020, I graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. I am currently two-thirds of the way through Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Public Policy program. The Lord has been so gracious to provide me with the opportunity to be Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Government Relations intern this summer.

Having attended Christian schools since junior high, I have had the opportunity to form a Biblical worldview and learn how that ought to be applied to anything and everything a person does. Recently, through my education at Liberty University, I have gained valuable wisdom on how to apply Biblical principles to government affairs and political issues. When I learned more about the mission and work of CWA, I felt at home. CWA has found a beautiful way of “protecting and promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles through prayer, education, and advocacy,” and it has been an honor to take part in that in the short time I have been here this summer. Being able to combine my faith with my passion for public policy has been such a blessing.

Throughout the application process and time leading up to the beginning of this internship, it was so clear that the Lord had opened this door for me. Because of that, I had been so expectant and excited for what He had in store. While this internship is only halfway through now, it has already exceeded my expectations. It has been a joy to witness driven, passionate, and intelligent Christ-followers serve the Lord and this country through the work they are doing here. My eyes have been opened to how many opportunities are out there in the political and public policy arenas to effect positive change for Christ.

Since starting this internship, I have done a significant amount of research on the transgender movement. At times it can be difficult to engage with such heavy topics, but it is a good reminder of how important it is to cling to the word of God. As Christ-followers, we are called to promote God’s truth, no matter the cost. As 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”

Upon completion of this internship, I will return home to finish my schooling. I am confident that the Lord will continue to open doors and lead me to what He has for me. Regardless of what that is, I know that I will take valuable experience and wisdom from the work I have done here at CWA and from the people from whom I have learned.

A Nightmare Scenario for Women’s Olympic Dreams

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By Morgan Schlesselman, CWA Government Relations Intern

For the first time, a transgender athlete will compete in the Olympics. Laurel Hubbard, a biological male from New Zealand, will compete in women’s weightlifting at the age of 43 after undergoing a gender transition at the age of 35. Hubbard meets the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Weightlifting Federation’s requirements, which allow any male-bodied transgender athlete to compete as a woman so long as the athlete’s testosterone level is below 10 nanomoles per liter. However, elite female athletes have a testosterone range of 0.12 to 1.79 nanomoles per liter, which means that Hubbard could have five times or more the amount of testosterone compared to the rest of the competition.

The news of Hubbard’s qualification for the Olympic team has stirred up responses from members of the weightlifting community. Belgian super-heavyweight weightlifter Anna Vanbellinghen, who offered her support for the transgender community, made it clear that “this particular situation is unfair to the sport and to the athletes. So why is it still a question whether two decades, from puberty to the age of 35, with the hormonal system of a man also would give an advantage [in competing against women]?”

Similarly, former New Zealand weightlifter Tracey Lambrechs said, “When I was told to drop the category because Laurel was obviously going to be their number one super, it was heartbreaking, like super soul-destroying. And it’s unfortunate that some female, somewhere is like, ‘Well, I’m going to miss out on going to the Olympics, on achieving my dream, representing my country because a transgendered athlete is able to compete.’”

In addition to weightlifters voicing their concerns over Hubbard’s spot on the Olympic team, organizations that support women’s rights have made statements, too. Save Women’s Sport Australasia said, “It is flawed policy from the IOC that has allowed the selection of a 43-year-old biological male who identifies as a woman to compete in the female category. Males do have a performance advantage that is based on their biological sex. They outperform us on every single metric – speed, stamina, strength. Picking testosterone is a red herring … We are forgetting about the anatomy, the faster twitch muscle, the bigger organs.”

Vice President of Government Relations for Concerned Women for America, Doreen Denny, warned of the ramifications of this decision, “For the purpose and future of women’s sports, this is devastating news. It creates a mockery of women’s sports.” More of Denny’s comments can be found here.

As Tracey Lambrechs mentioned earlier, this policy impacts the dreams of girls all over the world. Women and girls deserve the opportunity to have a fair playing field and equal competition; competing against a 43-year-old biological male in women’s sports is not that.

As for the United States, Chelsea Wolfe became the first trans athlete to be on a U.S. Olympic roster by making it as an alternate on the BMX freestyle team. However, a World Athletics policy did prevent a biological male from taking an opportunity away from a biological female in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic trials. Cece Telfer, who in May 2019 became the first biological male to win a national NCAA track and field title in the women’s 400-meter hurdles, after competing  on the men’s team just sixteen months prior, was ruled ineligible for the U.S. Olympic trials. U.S.A. Track and Field determined that Telfer’s testosterone levels did not meet the requirement to compete. While this decision avoided the controversy, Telfer should not have been in the running in the first place.

As a result of Hubbard’s participation, women’s super-heavyweight weightlifting may be among the most watched events at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. Unfortunately, not for the right reasons. As Save Women’s Sport Australasia said previously, biological males have specific anatomy that give them an advantage in speed, stamina, and strength that cannot be evaluated or mitigated by testosterone levels alone. In order to protect the integrity and future of women’s sports, the main criterion should be quite simple: on the basis of biological sex.

The Spiritual War Against Children

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I have pleaded with you before to realize that secular humanists are systematically targeting our children for indoctrination. A recent op-ed titled “Yes, kink belongs at Pride. And I want my kids to see it.” in one of our nation’s most prestigious newspapers, The Washington Post, helps stress the urgency of the call to stand up and fight for your children.

Though The Post makes the headline personal to make the writer Lauren Rowello’s message more palatable, her call is collective. She is pushing community standards. It’s not that she wants her kids to see sexual deviant behavior (she will make sure of that); she wants your kids to see it. That is why she is writing publicly, advocating for the behavior to be kept in full public display of children—again, they are the target.

She is not urging this wickedness for herself or even as the “self-expression” of those involved, but for the great “benefit” of corrupting children’s minds.

To their shame, The Washington Post, gives her a platform to expand her reach. The author writes, “Children who witness kink culture are reassured that alternative experiences of sexuality and expression are valid — no matter who they become as they mature, helping them recognize that their personal experiences aren’t bad or wrong, and that they aren’t alone in their experiences.”

Your child needs this, you see. That is why Pride parades must be celebrated in public on the busiest streets of the most dynamic of towns. And the more sexually deviant behaviors they showcase, the better…

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Webinar: How to Lobby the Education Bureaucracy

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Date: Thursday, July 8
Time: 4:00 p.m. Eastern [3:00 p.m. Central; 2:00 p.m. Mountain; 1:00 p.m. Pacific)

Webinar Description:
Navigating and influencing the education bureaucracy can be very confusing and somewhat intimidating. It is vital to know when and how to approach your local and state school boards. This webinar will teach citizen activists effective techniques on how to go before school boards, state committees, or teacher groups with pressing concerns in order to cause change. You will walk away knowing you can make positive changes for your children and the community.

Register here.

 

CWA Co-Hosting International Event in Mexico City

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On July 7, Concerned Women for America (CWA) is co-hosting our first international event in Mexico City to support government officials in protecting their national laws. CWA’s Vice President of International Affairs, Neydy Casillas, Esq., will be participating in the forum.

National sovereignty includes people’s rights to vote for their elected representatives and legislate in respect of their Constitution and the will of their people. No international organization such as the United Nations, OAS, UNFPA, UNWomen, or any other agencies or governments have a right to interfere with national matters.

The current and increasing intrusion of international organizations and their agencies in national matters undermines the democratic process and the authority of the people’s legitimate representatives. CWA has a strong history of supporting life, defending the family, and our religious freedoms here in America. We also want to ensure that our government and international organizations will respect the culture, values, and laws of other nations that protect the sanctity of life, support marriage and family as designed by God, and have the freedom to profess their beliefs publicly.

CWA is honored to be co-hosting the July 7 forum because we believe that training and informing lawmakers and government officials will empower them to counteract any attempt to compromise their national law or weaken their democratic process.

The Day That Changed the Course of History Forever

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A few short months ago, President Joe Biden sent a message to the American people. He said, “If we do this together, by July the 4th, there’s a good chance you, your family, and friends will be able to get together in your backyard or park and celebrate Independence Day.”

This message came from the sitting American President – not a monarch, not a king. How far have we fallen from our founding as a nation whenever the sitting President feels he can dictate what Americans can and can’t do? Let alone on the very day we celebrate our independence.

Ahead of Independence Day 1776, our Founders launched not only a revolution in government but a revolution in the pursuit of justice, equality, liberty, and prosperity.

On July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence enshrining the divine truth that would change the world forever: “That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

This bold declaration would change the course of world history and cement the very foundations of America– the truth that what God has given us can never be taken away by government.

Today we celebrate this important foundation of our great nation and are reminded of the importance of remaining grounded in this truth. We are in a battle for the soul of this nation and will continue in the fight to preserve its freedoms for generations to come.

Let this serve as your reminder that you never need anyone’s permission to celebrate the birth of American independence, a notion that undoubtedly would sicken the men who gave their blood for this nation in those early years.

President John Adams once said this day “ought to commemorate as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to Almighty God.”

Amen, President Adams.

We wish you all a safe and happy Independence Day.
From the Staff of Concerned Women for America