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Concerned Women to Biden Administration: Stop the Assault on Women’s Rights; Protect Title IX

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The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is reviewing the Department of Education’s (ED) plans to unilaterally amend Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.) to follow along with the Biden Administration’s radical push for an elevation of the concerns of men who identify as women, over those of women in all areas of federal law. It will effectively be the destruction of Title IX.

 

President Joe Biden has ignored the concerns of millions of women as he moved swiftly on an Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation, and another one on Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, including Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Women lose under the proposed extreme implementations of these orders, and that is why Concerned Women for America (CWA) is standing in strong opposition.

 

Recently, CWA’s Doreen Denny, one of the nation’s leading experts on the protection of women’s rights against the gender identity push that seeks to erase women’s unique makeup as women, Annabelle Rutledge, National Director of CWA’s Young Women for America program, and Mario Diaz, CWA’s General Counsel met with high-level officials from OMB and ED to express the concerns of the hundreds of thousands of concerned women members from around the country.

 

Denny’s statement set the tone for CWA’s clear stance for women and scientific truth in policymaking. She said in part:

 

Forcing a new interpretation of sex under Title IX is a direct threat to every woman and girl in America. What this proposed rule does in practice is nothing less than erase our status and protections as females. There is an inherent conflict in these policies already playing out across the country today:  female students are being assaulted in school restrooms; female athletes are losing their rightful opportunities in WOMEN’s sports. Have you quantified those costs?

 

Let’s be clear: “gender identity” does not equal sex. Therefore, it should not be used to undermine Title IX protections for women. “On the basis of sex” as stated in Title IX, should be based solely on the immutable genetic fact of being male or female – not on gender perceptions.

 

A person’s subjective claim to being the opposite sex does not, and will never, make that person the opposite sex. Gender dysphoria is a real condition, and its treatment deserves compassion – but the answer is not to affirm a lie and require everyone else to comply.

 

Biology is not bigotry. As women, we expect that the sex discrimination protections of Title IX passed into law 50 years ago will continue to protect our safety, privacy, and opportunities based on our objective female status – as intended.   Whatever objective you have for “inclusion” must not be accomplished on the backs of women and girls.    

 

Ms. Rutledge followed up with a passionate plea representing the young female athletes who feel entirely ignored and under threat because of these ill-conceived, radical policies. Her statement said in part:

 

Young Women for America is made up of these brave women in high school, college, and young professionals. Each group is directly impacted by a refusal to uphold Title IX.

 

Our Young Women for America leaders have stepped up to the plate to do their part to protect women’s sports and are begging that you respect reality and basic biology by rejecting any proposed rule which would include gender identity. Gender identity is not sex.

 

We are in an unfortunate situation when high school and college-age females are having to uphold reality while government entities seem bent on undermining Title IX at every turn. Our leaders have asked for excused absences, covered their work shifts, and taken tests early so they can show up and fight for their rights by testifying in committee hearings and press conferences. They understand it is not just their rights, but the rights of all women who are coming behind us.

 

You may not be hearing these tragic stories – but sadly I  hear them too often.

 

You can check out some of the testimonies below:

 

 

Finally, CWA’s General Counsel spoke about the illegality of trying to amend the clear text and protections under Title IX’s legal classification of “sex” by unilaterally changing the meaning to include “gender identity.” Diaz cautioned of the unintended consequences for women and of clear Supreme Court precedent that has ruled against such manipulation of federal law through administrative rules and procedures.

 

The Biden Administration officials were respectful and welcoming of CWA’s comments and expertise in this area. We can only pray that they actually take our counsel and slow down the left’s radical push in this area so that they may stop trampling on hard-fought, historical women’s rights victories in pursuit of a counterfeit diversity policy.

South Carolina Makes it “Sweet 16” States With Laws that Protect Female Athletes

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For Immediate Release
May 17, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
(571) 420-2488

 

CWA state leaders and activists continue work to pass these laws

 

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed the Save Women’s Sports Act (H4608) into law that bans biological boys identifying as girls from participating in girls’ sports at the K-12 and college levels. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Carolina has been working closely with the governor and the state legislature to move forward with legislation that protects female athletes and champions their accomplishments.

 

“Concerned Women for America of South Carolina applauds the House and Senate members who worked so diligently to get this important piece of legislation passed,” said CWA of South Carolina State Director Madison Rainey. “We also thank Gov. McMaster for signing the bill into law. Now girls and women in South Carolina will have an equal playing field in their sport of choice.”

 

CWA’s Young Women for America leader, Emily Cope, a Chapter President at Clemson University said, “Thank you, South Carolina Legislature, for fighting for female athletes and Gov. McMaster signing ‘The Save Women’s Sports Act’ into law. This bill will protect athletic integrity for women and girls across South Carolina and protect opportunities for college scholarships for years to come.”

 

In March, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV against the University of Pennsylvania for its discrimination against women by allowing Lia Thomas, a male swimmer, to compete on its swimming team.  This follows two other complaints filed by CWA.

 

For interviews or additional information, please contact Katie Everett, Press Secretary, at 571-420-2488 or [email protected].

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org

 

Question the Mules

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Question the mules. That’s the only reasonable response to the evidence presented by Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie, 2000 Mules. The documentary offers concerning evidence of election fraud in the 2020 election that should be investigated. Whatever your views on former President Donald Trump or President Joe Biden, they are not the focus of the investigation.

 

It is uncontroverted that states bent and amended election rules when faced with the COVID-19 pandemic. Mail-in and absentee ballots were greatly expanded with little time for proper implementation. Hundreds of drop-off boxes were added to ensure everyone had access to them while maintaining social distancing, but many went unmonitored. That’s where D’Souza’s documentary raises some critical questions and gives us an urgent cautionary tale for future elections. We must do better.

 

How secure were these drop boxes? Do we have a way to monitor them? How do we stop bad actors from abusing the system? No one needs to be depositing multiple ballots at 2:00 a.m.

 

The film does not answer all the questions. For example, the organizations from which these mules were allegedly getting ballots are generically referenced but not mentioned by name. But the evidence presented of people depositing several ballots at a time using gloves and taking pictures so as to document that they had deposited them is seriously suspicious and should be quickly investigated.

 

The attorneys general in the states involved should follow up with an investigation. True the Vote (TTV), the organization that provided the information to D’Souza, has the names of the individuals and organizations involved, and they are willing to cooperate with law enforcement. So why wouldn’t every state want to follow up and either clear the record or catch and expose the perpetrators as a strong deterrent for future elections?

 

Conspiracies are not good for our democracy, and ignoring the legitimate evidence presented in the documentary will only fuel those. On the other hand, an investigation would serve to tamper speculations and give confidence to voters, whatever the outcome, by answering some basic questions about what happened and punishing any bad actors.

 

The crux of the investigation is the identification of 2,000 individuals who deposited multiple ballots while visiting an average of 20-30 drop boxes and stopping by left-leaning non-profit organizations in between those visits. These are identified as the mules. TTV used commercial cell phone tracking data to identify and track these individuals. The evidence becomes compelling when they are able to obtain footage of some individuals depositing multiple ballots at locations that kept surveillance on some drop boxes.

 

Not all locations were on camera, though, which has raised some questions. Though it is not unreasonable to think they were doing the same at other sites, you are left wishing there was more on tape. The fact that some locations that were supposed to be monitored somehow were not also raises concerns. Again, the evidence is compelling enough for law enforcement to go and ask the questions at the very least. If nothing wrong was done, they should be able to confirm it.

 

The documentary features one person who says they believe they were involved in paying “mules” for this work, which is not legal in any state. But she cannot corroborate it completely because she can only say she assumes she was handing out checks. She also says she had been approached about her own ballot. It is conceivable that others may come forward if an investigation is started.

 

Contact your state attorney general and express your desire to see a full investigation into the matter.

 

The documentary is certainly a must watch for anyone interested in the topic. But ultimately, my prayer is that you are left inspired, not frustrated, to become part of the solution and get involved in the election process in your state. Sunshine is the best policy when it comes to our election procedures.

 

If you would like to know more about how you can do that, click here to connect with our She Prays She Votes 2022 effort.

 

 

 

Abortion on Demand Act Defeated! Thank you!

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In an email sent yesterday, we asked you to contact your Senators and urge them to oppose S. 4132, the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). Your engagement was successful! 

 

On Wednesday afternoon, the WHPA failed to receive the 60 votes necessary to end debate on the Senate floor and advance to final passage. Thanks to your powerful messages, a bipartisan majority of the Senate—51 Senators including one Democrat–stood strong and rejected this radical ploy for abortion on demand up until birth. View the roll call HERE.

 

We cannot yield in our efforts to end this blatant denigration of the sanctity of all human life. The Left and Congressional Democrats have pledged to continue this futile charge to enshrine and expand Roe v. Wade into federal law and overrule all commonsense state measures to protect innocent life and the health and well-being of vulnerable women. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee will fight back every step of the way to champion a culture of life. We hope you will walk alongside us!

Action: Senate Soon to Consider Abortion on Demand Act!

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ACTION: Tell Your Senators to Reject the So-Called Women’s Health Protection Act!

 

The U.S. Senate will consider S. 4132, the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). This extreme bill—more aptly named the “Abortion on Demand Act”—aims to codify and expand Roe v. Wade, superseding any conflicting state or federal law and creating a sweeping right to provide or obtain an abortion without limitation or safeguards up until a child’s birth. In doing so, the bill jeopardizes common sense measures like ultrasound and fetal heartbeat tests, mandatory reflection periods, and parental notice requirements

 

In a transparent attempt to disguise their extremism, Senate Democrats have simply copied and pasted failed legislation from late February, the only change being an omission of the “findings” section. The result is the same abominable policy proposal that denigrates the sanctity of life.

 

Please email, call, or tweet your senators through our Action Center HERE and urge them to oppose this radical ploy for abortion on demand. Women deserve better.

 

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) vehemently opposes this inhumane legislation. We are not alone. An overwhelming majority of Americans support limits on abortion after the first trimester at least.

 

The deceptive WHPA does nothing less than advance a culture of death by abortion in America. Sadly, as the Left processes the potential overturning of Roe, sending abortion policy decisions back to the people through their elected representatives, this tone-deaf bill has become their final, desperate rallying cry.

 

Contact your senators TODAY and demand policy that truly protects women’s health and well-being and defends our most vulnerable, the precious unborn.

Standing Up for Truth in the College Classroom

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By Alivia Grace Talley, YWA Ambassador and Vice President at Clemson University

Standing up and defending the truth in a college classroom is not easy. In fact, most of the time, it is hard and uncomfortable – especially when you stand alone. Last week I stood up and defended traditional American values in my Shakespeare class and experienced this firsthand. 

To all my truth fighters on college campuses across America, this is for you.

Little did I know what would happen when I walked into my Shakespeare class a few weeks ago. The professor decided to show a video of a performance group in New York performing Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” In this performance, the actor who was portraying Julius Caesar came on stage dressed as a Donald Trump lookalike, and he was stabbed to death. My professor paused the video and asked for everyone’s thoughts. (Campus Reform published the full story. To read, click here!)

Student after student spoke up in support of the video. I could not believe what was happening in my class. Why was my class watching a video of a former President of our country being mocked and killed in a Shakespeare class? Not only was this video completely irrelevant – but this was absolutely wrong.

How have we come to a point in America where college professors and college students laugh while watching videos of one of our nation’s presidents being stabbed to death in a play?

I decided to speak up and share the truth that this was absolutely wrong. I spoke up in class to defend America and the leaders who have sacrificed and fought to make America the greatest country in the world. I spoke up in class because if we have come to a point in America where we mock and kill a man who held the seat of our nation’s president, what makes America any different from other fallen countries?

When I spoke up in class, classmates chuckled at me, rolled their eyes, and continued to talk in support of the video that portrayed a President being brutally stabbed to death.  

It is heartbreaking to see our education system, at all levels, indoctrinating our future leaders with a radical leftist agenda through school sanctioned curriculum. It is heartbreaking to see the future leaders of this country demean and disrespect a man who gave up so much to protect their freedom.

To all college students reading this: I understand the awkwardness and fear of speaking up in class, especially against something a professor says or does. I also know the reward in speaking up – and the reward far outweighs any hateful comments or reactions we may receive from others. If we do not defend the principles America was founded upon, who will? 

We are at a crucial point in our nation’s history, and it is vital we speak up for truth and justice now more than ever before. While it might be hard and uncomfortable to speak up for truth, it’s a small price to pay for what is at stake. 

When I look back on my college years, I don’t want to be the student who kept my head down and kept silent when something was clearly wrong. I want to be the student who did what was right, despite opposition or hate.

What do you do when threatened?

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What would your response be if your place of business was vandalized, if your building was urinated on, and your staff verbally accosted? I would imagine your response would be swift and strong.

 

This hypothetical is a reality for us. Over the past several weeks, Concerned Women for America (CWA) employees have had coffee cups thrown at them while inside our gated parking garage, along with ongoing vulgar gestures and confrontational rantings made toward them. These things have happened not once but several times. 

 

Damage has also been done to our building. For weeks, we have had coffee and other drinks thrown on our front door. And this past weekend our doorbell and security device were ripped from the door frame. The person doing all these exposed himself to our security cameras and then relieved himself all over our front door. 

Our response?

  • We have prayed for the safety of our staff.
  • We have prayed for this individual who harbors such hatred towards us.
  • We have initiated a police investigation.
  • We have reported this as a hate crime to the FBI.
  • We have taken extra steps to ensure the safety of our staff.

Will we be silenced?

Attacks on our employees and our building will not deter Concerned Women for America from standing up for women and for babies. We will not be bullied; we will not back down, and we will never, ever stop fighting to protect human life.

 

Will you stand with us?

Please pray for us to be wise and to speak the truth with compassion.

 

Please support us as we continue to be your voice for the unborn. 

Happy Mother’s Day

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Dear Friend,

Mother’s Day isn’t just a time to give sweet cards and sentimental presents.

 

It’s also a time to reflect on the role your mom played in your life, the lessons she taught you, and how she showed you her love.

 

I also want to challenge you today.

 
Think about how your mom’s example shaped who you are … especially where you find your value. Sometimes moms do a great job of teaching you to find your value in Christ. But if your mom struggled to find her true value, I’m sure you do, too.

 
Take time today to remind your mom – and yourself – of God’s love and acceptance. That’s the true gift of Mother’s Day. And I hope you experience His love in a remarkable way today.

 

Sincerely,

Penny Young Nance
CEO and President

A Celebration of Mothers of the Bible

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By Taylor Hunt, Young Women for America Ambassador

As society embraces social justice and attempts to deconstruct the nuclear family and destroy womanhood, the need for Godly mothers is stronger than ever.

While the world screams that it is backward to praise women for becoming moms and true power is in a corporate job, Christian women should delight in the mantle that has been placed in front of them.

The Bible, from beginning to end, paints a rich picture of motherhood, beginning with Eve, the first woman in the Bible whose name translated means “mother of all things.” All throughout the Bible, God paints a beautiful painting of the blessing mothers can be to those around them and the next generations. 

In 1 Kings 3, a beautiful story of sacrificial, maternal love is recorded. In this passage, a dispute between two women who are in disagreement over who was the mother of a specific baby made its way to King Solomon. The king ordered the baby to be sliced in half, with one part going to each woman. One of the women decided this was fair, but the other woman offered to give the baby to the other woman. Solomon thus ruled that the woman who acted to keep the child alive was the real mother and that she should keep the baby. The mom was willing to lay down her own rights to keep her baby alive. She counted her own comforts as nothing, as long as the child had a chance to live.

Not only are mothers in the Bible sacrificial, but they are also courageous and heroic. During Israel’s enslavement in Egypt, a proclamation went out that all baby boys should be killed. But Jochebed, a Hebrew slave, refused to see her son killed. She hid the child for two years, and when he was too old to hide, she crafted a basket made of reeds and floated him down the river with his sister watching. This baby was ultimately rescued from the river by Pharaoh’s daughter and raised as a prince of Egypt. Because of the courage and faith of Jochebed, her son survived; God then used this lowly Hebrew boy to lead his people out of Egypt and became one of Israel’s fathers – a man by the name of Moses.

In the New Testament, Timothy’s faith is credited to the faithful teaching of his grandmother and mother. He went on to become one of the most influential founding fathers of the ancient church. His teachings are still influencing people around the world to come to Christ.

Women in the Bible are credited with raising, leading, training, and influencing leaders with their wisdom. They are revered and honored for the sacrifices they make for their children.

In a world that often mocks moms and celebrates abortion and child-free living, we need moms more than ever. We need women who are courageous. We need women who are willing to fight for the next generation of children and their rights and who want to improve the next generation’s mental health.

Let’s not forget the women who have sacrificed so much and have received so little in return. Let’s celebrate moms and uphold the sanctity of motherhood.

We’re Returning to the Supreme Court-Join Us There!

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On December 1, 2021, thousands of pro-life individuals from around the country gathered in front of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to rally and pray while the Court heard oral arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case challenging the constitutionality of a Mississippi state law that places strict limits on abortions after 15 weeks. It was a historic day!

 

If there was ever a moment to return to the Court and stand in support of life and display support for constitutionalist Justices in the face of extreme external pressure, THIS IS IT!

 

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for Americastated, “Chief Justice John Roberts must take charge of his court and issue this decision as soon as possible, sending a clear message that the Court will never be intimidated.”

 

The next possible date when SCOTUS will announce case decisions is Monday, May 16, and we will be rallying in support of life alongside our coalition friends. PLEASE JOIN US! We do not know if the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision will be handed down that day, but we do know this is a pivotal moment. We have fought for this moment for nearly 50 years.

 

Here are the details:
Date: Monday, May 16
Time: Arrive at the Court by 9:00 a.m. EST
Location: In front of the Supreme Court – Be sure to look for our signs!
Parking: If you are driving, parking at Union Station and walking up to the Court is the easiest unless you want to try to find street parking.
Signs: Consider bringing life-affirming homemade signs.

 

Join us as we rally and prayer together and take a stand for life.

 

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand firm.” Ephesians 6:12-13

 

Please contact Tanya Ditty, CWA’s Vice President of Field Operations, if you have any questions.

Nance Joins OAN’s Stephanie Hamill

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Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, Penny Nance, joined OAN’s In Focus with Stephanie Hammill to discuss the possible end of Roe.

 

Watch the full interview below. 

 

DeSantis-Disney Debate Has Raised Needed Awareness about Gender Radicalism

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Florida has become ground zero in the cultural battle over gender radicalism. Gov. Ron DeSantis does not disappoint. Staking ground on principle while taking principled policy action is the strongest mark of courageous leaders. America needs more of them. 

 

To defeat destructive gender ideology, governors of courage like DeSantis must be willing to lead the fight, not sit on the sidelines. They must work to unmask its dangers and act to protect women, children, and the rights of parents over institutions bent on indoctrination. That is exactly why Gov. DeSantis and Florida officials get high marks. What sets DeSantis apart is an ability to communicate clearly about fundamental principles backed by clear policy actions that address the problem. Here are some: 

First principle in Science: Physical differences between women and men are enduring. 

Policy action: Enact Florida’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act

 

First principle in Medicine: Do No Harm. 

Policy action:  Issue Florida Department of Health guidance protecting children from deceptive and harmful gender medicine.  

 

First principle in Education:  Teach academics, not ideology.   

Policy action: Enact Florida law preventing sexualized curriculum for young students.

 Reject basic subject textbooks that seek to indoctrinate students.      

 

First principle in Parenting: Protect your child from dangerous influences. 

Policy action:  Fight Disney’s destructive influence on kids by forcing Disney to fight for itself.  

 

Ladies and gentlemen, Mickey and Minnie Mouse know who the boys and girls are. And so did Walt Disney. Walt Disney’s brilliant version of wholesome family-style entertainment that sparked childhood imagination, made good triumph over evil, and offered endless days of make-believe fun is something on which we all grew up. But we knew it wasn’t real.    

 

21st Century Disney is bent on turning childhood imagination into realized, sexualized fantasy. Disney’s President attests to being “the mother of two queer children” identifying as pansexual and transgender. How did they get that way? 

 

Disney executives are feeding young minds with gender radicalism as a normal and necessary experience for all children. Telling boys they can be girls is totally okay – in fact should be promoted. In woke Disney World, focusing messages on gender fantasy and sexual attractions is what every impressionable four-year-old needs to hear. 

 

Let’s be real. Poisoning the innocent minds of children, whether with pornography or trans- and sexual pathologies, should come at a high price. If this is the Disney agenda, it’s time for Disney to stand on its own and face the consequences. Gov. DeSantis and Florida elected officials are revoking Disney’s special self-governing status over its 40-square-mile district and face the real accountability of state regulators.  

 

Levers like this might force Disney to return to its Small World roots, but in the meantime, parents must also say no to the Disney vacation and opt for Florida’s beautiful beaches instead. And please turn off the Disney channel and PBS children’s programming which routinely pushes gender ideology including the idea of being “nonbinary” and depicting characters with trans flags and mastectomy scars.   

 

Real Florida is working to take back childhood innocence from the all-to-real evil of gender radicalism. What’s happening in your state?