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Indoctrination in Schools: The Time to Get Involved is Now

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By Avery Severson, YWA Ambassador, White Bear Lake Area High School 

There was a time in this nation’s history when school-sponsored prayer and Bible discussions were common occurrences in the public school system. Now, whether it is schools removing “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance or teaching children racial and sexual propaganda, we have strayed so far from where we used to be. Lately, the curriculum in schools has gotten out of control, whether they are teaching children about “preferred pronouns,” critical race theory, or disrespecting Christianity, we have never seen anything to this extent, and it’s time to stand up.

I am a junior at White Bear Lake Area High School in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. My school has made the news several times during the past few years, and lately, there has been a push for an even more radical curriculum to be taught in classrooms throughout the district. For example, last June, during “Pride Month,” teachers would walk through the hallways wearing pride flags taped to their backs, and they would wear countless shirts with graphics from the Target “Pride Collection.” I remember one student in my class decided to speak up and asked, “When can we have an America Day?” The teacher responded with something along the lines of, “That’s every day; this is pride month, and it’s time to celebrate that.” My question is, when did teachers get to decide what children need to celebrate? 

During this school year, students were working on an assignment and were expected to go from station to station around the classroom where they would learn something new. Station four is where the information crossed the line. There was a poster on the desk labeled, “Station 4: Pronoun Agreement,” where the pronouns listed included, “theirs, zim, their, her, ze, she, his, xe, they, them, xim, hers, xey, him, and he.” Is this what you want to be taught to your children? If pronouns are going to be discussed in this way, it ought to be at home, not in a classroom. Parents in this country send their children to school to learn math and language arts, not to learn about equity and “preferred pronouns.” 

The inappropriate and offensive curriculum does not seem to end. A few weeks ago in a psychology class at White Bear Lake Area High School, coloring sheets were handed out to the class. One of the coloring sheets was an image of a group of animals sitting around the table representing one of the most sacred moments in the Bible, the Last Supper. One student felt called to bring the issue to our school administration. After emailing the school administration and waiting weeks for a response, a school administrator finally informed her that the coloring sheet had been removed and there had been a conversation with the teacher. I just have to wonder if the picture had depicted a religious figure from another religion if these coloring sheets would have ever been printed in the first place.

The reality is schools are more radical than they have ever been, and it’s essential that parents and community members pay attention to what curriculum is being taught and what policies are being passed at school board meetings. As Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Now is the time to get involved and to invest in the next generation of children.

TODAY! Ask your Representative to sign the Discharge Petition for H.R. 426

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ACTION: Ask your Representative to sign the Discharge Petition for H.R. 426, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act!

Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are under threat. Decades of progress following the 1972 passage of Title IX will soon be reversed as the NCAA and Biden Administration move to undermine the fair playing field for females—all to accommodate and prioritize males identifying as females in athletics.
 
H.R. 426 would prohibit federally funded athletic programs from permitting males to participate in female sports and specify that sex is based on biology. Courageous members in the U.S. House of Representatives have filed a discharge petition to force the bill out of committee and on to the House floor for a vote. A successful petition requires the signatures of 218 members, which is a majority of the House. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Title IX. Congress must show young women and girls that its protections still hold true in 2022. H.R. 426 would bring much-needed hope and ensure that girls’ sports are for girls only.

Please email, call, or tweet your representative through our Action Center HERE and urge him or her to stand strong alongside our girls. This issue is nonpartisan. Our daughters and granddaughters deserve better.

To see if your representative has signed the petition, click HERE.

Christian Women: United in Identity as Daughters of the King

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By Andrea Silvera, YWA Ambassador, North Carolina

Given that April is both Autism Awareness Month and Faith Month, here are some reflections on the moral issues of our day from the perspective of an autistic, Christian woman. I will be focusing on gender identity as it is a pressing issue for women and the autistic community especially.

Among autistic females, one of the main challenges they consistently experience is the societal pressure to conform to traditional gender roles or stereotypes, whether that be in their wardrobe, hobbies, interests, or behavior. There is a growing body of evidence that being autistic increases the likelihood of not identifying with one’s biological sex and therefore buying into the radical left’s push to reject the two biological gender classifications. One explanation for this is that autistics tend not to place as much importance on categorizing people according to certain characteristics, and this includes gender. A study published in 2016 by the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders suggests that the conflict between an autistic and feminine identity could be one potential influence on the elevated rates of gender dysphoria and “non-binary gender identities” among autistic females.

I have personally experienced this, but I have found that God’s design for the sexes (male and female He created them (Genesis 5:2, Matthew 19:4)) is good and true because of the coherence and variety ordained in all His creation.

There is an ancient philosophical problem called “the one and the many,” which considers the relationship between unity (one) and diversity (many).[1] Using cats to illustrate, there is both unity and diversity present because while they all belong to the class of cats, each cat is different from one another. This raised the questions of why there is anything in common between the many cats and why differences among cats exist even though they all fall under the category of cats.

The nature of God can provide insights into this dilemma. As Christians, we believe in a Triune God. He is one God (unity), but also three persons (diversity) in that one God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each one with unique functions. Thus, God gives us that beautiful picture of unity in diversity.

That picture is reflected in His blueprint for human biology. There are only two sexes, equal in value and dignity, as precious creatures made in His image, yet innumerable diversity, and a glorious beauty in our many differences as individuals.

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12, NIV).

It is unfortunate that our society has adopted an unbiblical and unscientific view of sex and “gender.” On the one hand, when a distorted focus is placed on unity among women, it can lead to unnecessarily rigid (extra Biblical) gender stereotypes, which in turn erases the wonderful diversity of God’s creation even among women. On the other hand, redefining womanhood (to the extent that a biological male could belong to the class of women) to foster “diversity” obliterates our unity and what makes us unique as women, distinct from men.

God has already established true unity among women by creating them all as biological females, and yet each different from one another, including, but not limited to, ethnicity, personality, vocation in life, and the gifts that God has bestowed on each of us.

As Christian women, we are also united in our identity in Christ as daughters of the King, and I praise the Lord for such His awesome and perfect design.


[1] Vern S. Poythress, Redeeming Mathematics: A God-Centered Approach. (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2015), 29.

Prayer at the Supreme Court

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One of the great evangelists of the Nineteenth Century, Dwight L. Moody, famously said, “The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on tiptoe.” The reality of those words came to life for us this week as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Kennedy v. Bremerton School Dist., where the government punished a Washington State high school football coach for the sole fact that he took a knee at midfield to say a brief, personal, private prayer after football games. For that, Coach Joe Kennedy was fired.

With everything going on in the world, can you imagine our government is concerned with one coach praying privately at midfield after football games? Think of how desperate our youth are for good role models. Think of how many men need father figures to teach them the life skills needed to be good citizens.

Think of how many objectionable things public schools are not only allowing but encouraging inside public classrooms. Yet, a fleeting, private prayer is beyond the pale, apparently.

CWA General Counsel Mario Diaz and CWA Director of Government Relations Alexandra McPhee with Coach Kennedy and his wife.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) has stood firmly in support of Coach Kennedy and our constitutionally protected religious freedoms throughout the years, and we were proud to lift our voice in support today as we prayed in front of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., while arguments where being heard inside the courtroom.

We are thankful that Paul Clement, the veteran constitutional appellate advocate, presented Coach Kennedy’s case on behalf of First Liberty. He was superb.

Much of the argument centered on government “coercion,” as if the government were, through the coach, forcing students to pray. But this complete fiction by the state is impossible to reconcile with the facts as presented. Clement exposed the point using an analogy:

[T]hink about what happens when a player gets injured on the field. I mean, it’s common practice at all levels of the game, public school, private school, you take a knee. The coach takes a knee. The players take a knee. Many of them presumably are praying for the player’s health. Some of them are not. Some of them are –have their own religious traditions. But none of that is coercion, not in a real sense, and none of it violates the Establishment Clause.  

It really is that simple. Justice Brett Kavanaugh asked about a similar hypothetical pressing on the limits of government control, “[T]he question is, how far does that go? The coach does the sign of the cross right before the game. Is that –could a school fire the coach for the sign of the cross right before the game?” The answer was revealing. Richard Katskee of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, who argued the case for the school district, said candidly that “if the coach is doing it while not making himself the center of attention at the center of the field, it’s perfectly fine.” Justice Kavanaugh expressed his frustration with such a frivolous argument. “I don’t know how we could write an opinion that would draw a line based on not making yourself the center of attention as the head coach of a game.”

In rebuttal, Clement drove home some of the facts of the case that make the school district’s religious retaliation very dangerous. Coach Kennedy was reprimanded for his conduct (his prayer) in two specific games where, to the surprise of many listening to the arguments, no one (no player) joined him in that prayer. If that was supposed to be a form of coercion, it was not very effective.

The other side tried to argue the case should be sent back to the lower court, yet again delaying what should be a resounding defeat. Clement appealed to the Court with a powerful example:

[M]y client has already waited six years to get his job back. And if you imagine the parallel for this is a race case where the lower courts, both lower courts, said the sole reason the government acted was because of race. But yet, we think it’s okay because there’s this compelling interest. If this Court took that case up and said there’s nothing to the compelling interest, it wouldn’t send it back down to see if there was some other reason when the courts had already found the sole basis for the action was on the basis of race. Here the record is clear, two courts that didn’t agree with much of what we said, said the sole basis for the government’s reactions –actions here were religion. That is not something that should stand.

It shouldn’t. Let us pray that the Supreme Court vindicates Coach Kennedy and protects religious freedoms for all Americans, regardless of faith. A decision is expected by the end of the Court’s term in June.

Concerned Women Applaud RSC for Supporting Legislation to Protect Female Athletes

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For Immediate Release
April 22, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary   
keverett@cwfa.org 
571-420-2488

Washington, D.C. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee  (CWALAC) applauds the clear statement by the Republican Study Committee (RSC) that Title IX must protect women and girl athletes on the basis of biological sex not gender self-identification. Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC, said:

“After 50 years of progress for women and girls, Congress must step in and save Title IX from doom. What’s happening in women’s sports today under the NCAA and Biden Administration defies science and common sense and is an affront to every female athlete in America. This radical agenda to obliterate the enduring differences between the sexes is draconian and erases women’s inherent dignity and status under the law. 

“We have seen firsthand the NCAA’s indefensible and wrongheaded policy allowing biological men to compete in women’s sports and win national titles.  Not to be outdone, the Biden Administration is weaponizing the administrative state to expand Title IX’s definition of sex to include gender identity. This must stop.  Every educational institution has an obligation to provide equal opportunities and benefits on the basis of sex, male and female, otherwise, it stands in violation of Title IX. 

“No school should be able to force female athletes to compete against biological males identifying as girls or displace female athletes from sports designated for women and girls. That’s why CWA has filed civil rights complaints against several of these institutions—including the University of Pennsylvania—and has endorsed efforts by Congress urging the NCAA and the Biden Administration to stand down from undermining women’s sports.

“This issue is nonpartisan. Our daughters deserve better. We thank the RSC for its plan to file a discharge petition and urge the House to act swiftly to pass the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.”

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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

Reason Demands an End to Roe

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A young wife and her husband were enthusiastically awaiting the birth of their first baby. It was a girl. They had already done a big baby shower with family and friends; they had bought all the furniture and decorated the room— a beautiful retreat of yellow and pink. They had faithfully kept every doctor’s appointment and attended all the classes, learning everything about what to expect when you’re expecting. They had even named her: Mary Beth.

But at 28 weeks (7 months), mom confesses she was not ready. She is just too young and not mentally and emotionally prepared to be responsible for another human being. So instead, she wants to have an abortion.

Dad earnestly pleads with her to no avail. “It’s my body,” came the answer.

“Is an abortion even legal so far along in a pregnancy,” he thought? Yes, one quick Google search informed him that there are no limits even for late-term abortions in their home state of New Jersey. He quickly found a clinic’s website offering the service and explaining a third-trimester abortion procedure, but he could not bear to finish reading the short description. He even explored legal options but has no recourse.

So, on a day they were supposed to go to another doctor’s visit and see their baby girl on the latest sonogram, mom will instead drive to an abortion clinic to “terminate her pregnancy.”

Such is the state of abortion policy in our nation. It is part of the wretched legacy of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that invented a constitutional right to abortion…

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Nance in Christian Post: Flying the Flag of Our Faith

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Nance’s latest Op-ed in the Christian Post encourages Christians to take part in “Faith Month,” Concerned Women for America‘s initiative for people of faith to display the Christian flag. 

In Matthew 5:16, Jesus encouraged His followers to “[L]et your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” By making our faith known to others, and flying the flag of our faith, we are committed to following those words.

Read the latest from Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America‘s CEO and President, here.

Meet Jennifer Pendleton – Kentucky’s New State Director

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I am thrilled to introduce you to Jennifer Pendleton, Concerned Women for America’s new Kentucky State Director. Jennifer is a Kentucky transplant from San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. After a decade navigating the corporate advertising world in Dallas, TX and Lexington, KY, Jennifer and her husband Charles settled on their little patch of heaven in Clark County, Kentucky where they raised two sons, and continue to prepare their daughter for the wide world.

As a homeschooling mom, Jennifer has had many jobs, interests, and involvement. She worked as Communications Director for Southland Christian Church, served as Marketing Co-Chair for St. Agatha Academy, lead mission trips to Haiti, managed a women’s fitness center, and served as pre-school ministry Volunteer Director at her church. Currently, she serves at-risk women at a faith-based first touch ministry, Natalie’s Sisters, in downtown Lexington, KY, and tutors Foundations for Classical Conversations. With a passion for apologetics, she hopes to someday become a Colson Fellow with the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.

A note from Jennifer:

“The last several years have challenged my faith and my core values as an American. The result being that my faith has grown exponentially and my pride in the American experiment has blossomed. The contradiction of emotions evoked by the hysteria of recent cultural events sent me on a prayerful quest to find a way to pair my politics and my faith. In doing so, I found CWA!

“The sound, fundamental principles and common-sense approach of education, advocacy, and prayer is just the guidance I needed to refocus for a mission to inspire people from all faith and political backgrounds with a message that we can be unified under the doctrine of Biblical Truth.

“I believe deeply in the fundamental premise for public education. As CWA State Director, I hope to inspire reform by casting a vision to parents, schools, and legislators of parents’ God-given authority and obligation to participate and guide their children in all areas of their lives, partnering with teachers and school administrators at all times, not giving authority of their children over to the state.

“This disconnect between children and parents, created by our societal dependence on the education system, is leading to a loss of traditional values and an explosive normalization of sexual obscenity, including pornography, prostitution, and sex trafficking. I hope to shed light on these despicable practices and the innocent victims by working with state legislators to reform laws, regulations, and consequences of criminal behavior.

“Prayer is my love language, so building teams of prayer warriors excites and invigorates my mission to establish an active, effective, and enthusiastic CWA of Kentucky!”

Tanya Ditty
Vice President of Field Operations

Meet our Intern!

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Hello! My name is Myah Abraham, and I am CWA’s Spring intern. I grew up in the northern suburbs of Houston, in the great state of Texas. I will graduate with a double major in Sacred Art and Philosophy in December 2022. Since I have been able to do school completely online, I decided to spend this year interning to gain experience in different fields and figure out what I want to do.

In November 2021, I was sitting at a table with a dear friend of mine, telling her what I would want in an internship: something biblically-based, feminine, focused on grassroots, but political. This friend immediately recommended I look into Concerned Women for America. Upon discovering that they were everything I was looking for and more, including that they were biblically based and that their seven core values aligned perfectly with mine, I immediately applied for an internship for the Spring. I am now nearly through with my internship, and I have loved every moment of it. 

The main takeaway from Concerned Women is that relationships are everything. I intern primarily in the Fields Operations Department and a little bit in the Government Affairs Department. Working in Fields Operations, I get to sit in interviews and phone calls, make connections, and sort through data of different CWA leaders across the United States. I also researched and updated several CWA resources, wrote emails and web posts for Women’s History Month, and much more.  

One great experience was spending the day lobbying at the Virginia state capital with CWA of Virginia. This was such a powerful day of building relationships and learning about local government. This has inspired me to want to be involved more in local politics and maybe even work in local politics one day. I also had the opportunity to travel with Young Women for America to Atlanta to participate in a Save Women’s Sports press conference at the NCAA Division 1 swimming championship.

After this internship concludes, I will finish my schooling and possibly get my Master’s at Liberty University. I plan on sticking around the Washington, D.C. area for a bit to make connections and possibly take another internship. I will also continue running my own pro-life organization, which I have gained many skills from in this internship. 

I love my time at CWA, and I am so thankful God has placed me here! It is a wonderful organization!

The Last Week – Easter Week Scripture

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Follow the last week of Jesus’ earthly life with Scripture from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.

The Triumphal Entry, Jerusalem, Sunday

Mark 11: 7-10 NKJV 7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. 8 And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ 10 Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

Jesus Cleanses the Temple, Monday

Mark 11:15-17 15 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. 17 Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”

Jesus Teaches in the Temple, Tuesday

Mark 12:14-17 14 When they had come, they said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and care about no one; for You do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? 15 Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?” But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why do you test Me? Bring Me a denarius that I may see it.” 16 So they brought it. And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” 17 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at Him.

The Plot Against Jesus, Wednesday

Mark 14:10-11 10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them. 11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. So he sought how he might conveniently betray Him.

The Last Supper, Thursday

Mark 14:17-24 17 In the evening He came with the twelve. 18 Now as they sat and ate, Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you who eats with Me will betray Me.” 19 And they began to be sorrowful, and to say to Him one by one, “Is it I?” And another said, “Is it I?” 20 He answered and said to them, “It is one of the twelve, who dips with Me in the dish. 21 The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had never been born.” 22 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 23 Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.

Jesus’ Arrest and Trial, Thursday Night and Friday

Mark 14:43-50 43 And immediately, while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now His betrayer had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him and lead Him away safely.” 45 As soon as he had come, immediately he went up to Him and said to Him, “Rabbi, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 46 Then they laid their hands on Him and took Him. 47 And one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. 48 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? 49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then they all forsook Him and fled. Mark 14:66-72 66 Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came. 67 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth.” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are saying.” And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed. 69 And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, “This is one of them.” 70 But he denied it again. And a little later those who stood by said to Peter again, “Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.” 71 Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this Man of whom you speak!” 72 A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept.

Jesus’ Crucifixion and Death, Golgotha, Friday

Mark 15:16-20 16 Then the soldiers led Him away into the hall called Praetorium, and they called together the whole garrison. 17 And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head, 18 and began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him. 20 And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him. Mark 15:33-37 33 Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” 35 Some of those who stood by, when they heard that, said, “Look, He is calling for Elijah!” 36 Then someone ran and filled a sponge full of sour wine, put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink, saying, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to take Him down.” 37 And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last.

The Burial of Jesus, Joseph’s Tomb, Friday 

Mark 15:43-46 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time. 45 So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. 46 Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.

Low in the Grave He Lay, Saturday 

Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior, Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord! Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus my Savior; Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord! Death cannot keep its Prey, Jesus my Savior;

The Empty Tomb, Jerusalem, Sunday

Mark 16:1-4 1 Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. 2 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” 4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away—for it was very large.

Mary Magdalene Sees Jesus in the Garden, Jerusalem, Sunday

John 20:11-17 11 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” 14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”

Kentucky Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto

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For Immediate Release
April 13, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
Keverett@cwfa.org
(571) 420-2488

Kentucky Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto
Fairness in Women’s Sports Act Now Law

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Kentucky Legislature overrode Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (SB 83). This bill bans biological boys identifying as girls from participating in girls’ sports at the K-12 and college levels. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Kentucky applauds the Kentucky Legislature representing the voice of the people for showing Gov. Beshear his failure to protect female athletes from discrimination. His veto was an insult to every Kentucky girl working to excel in her sport.

“It is a momentous day in Kentucky. We are proud of our courageous Kentucky House and Senate members for standing with female athletes in the Commonwealth,” said CWA of Kentucky State Director Jennifer Pendleton. “As the mother of a female athlete, I celebrate this decision as a personal victory. This is great news for Kentucky!”

CWA’s own Young Women for America leader, Halli Gravelly, a Kentucky high school swimmer, gave powerful testimony before the legislature about why this law is needed after witnessing the impact of misguided policies that are destroying the hopes and dreams of young female athletes today. Halli had this to say about the veto override: “I am excited to hear that the Kentucky State Legislature to override the Governor’s veto today. As an athlete, I am excited and thankful for this new step towards fairness in women’s sports.” 

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.  

CWALAC is leading the charge to save women’s sports.

For interviews or additional information, please contact Katie Everett, Press Secretary, at 571-420-2488 or keverett@cwfa.org.

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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

U.S. Senators Request Reform to the United Nations Human Rights Council

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Sixty-eight U.S. Senators Request the U.S. Government’s Engagement to Reform the United Nations Human Rights Council.

On April 1, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) closed its 49th session with the adoption of four resolutions condemning Israel. As a result, 68 U.S. Senators requested the U.S. engage with the HRC to ensure that the discriminatory treatment from the UN Human Rights Council towards Israel stops.

The HRC has a long history of disproportionate condemnation of Israel. “The Human Rights Council has attacked Israel with 95 resolutions. Compared to 142 against all other countries combined,” said H.E. Gilad Erdan, the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations.

These resolutions were described as disproportionate because none of them make any reference to the Hamas group or any mention of the attacks in which Israel has been the victim. Obviously, by ignoring this information, they are omitting Israel’s right to self-defense, according to Article 51 of the United Nations Charter[1].

Most importantly, the HRC has created a special commission of inquiry (COI) to investigate Israel, appointing “experts” that had made statements that “pre-assumes Israeli violations of international law rather than presuming innocence as is required.”

One of the main reasons why former President Trump withdrew U.S. membership from the HRC was its continuous condemnation of Israel, and, at the same time, staying silent on the hideous violations of human rights in countries like Venezuela.

“The council ceases to be worthy of its name,” Nikki Haley, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN said in explaining the U.S. withdrawal. “Such a council, in fact, damages the cause of human rights.” But this was ignored by the Biden Administration as they renewed U.S. membership in the HRC.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken recognized the HRC’s bias towards Israel but has not taken any actions to change the situation. For this reason, 68 senators sent the letter to request that the U.S. prioritize reversing the HRC’s discriminatory treatment of Israel and end the COI. Two other pieces of legislation were introduced in the House of Representatives, one to require certain actions relating to the United Nations Human Rights Council (United Nations Human Rights Council Reform Act). A second one is to provide for the abolition of certain United Nations groups (COI Elimination Act).

Concerned Women for America applauds the efforts of our lawmakers to stand for Israel and ensure that our taxpayer money will be used to help U.S. allies and not attack them.  

[1] United Nations Charter. Signed on June 26, 1945. Article 51 “Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence [sic] if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defence [sic] shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under the present Charter to take at any time such action as it deems necessary in order to maintain or restore international peace and security.” https://www.un.org/en/about-us/un-charter/chapter-7

Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed to the Supreme Court

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For Immediate Release

April 7, 2022

Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary

keverett@cwfa.org

571-420-2488

Washington, D.C. — Moments ago, the United States Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by a vote of 53-47. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), said:

“The hundreds of thousands of women I represent are disappointed in the outcome of this nomination. At every turn during the confirmation process, Judge Jackson demonstrated an unwillingness to be truthful about women and the law. How can we trust a judge to protect women’s rights, when she can’t define the word ‘woman’?

“Judge Jackson also refused to be forthright about her judicial philosophy—perhaps the most important criteria for us as we look at the qualifications for a Supreme Court Justice.

“Despite multiple opportunities to justify her consistent under-sentencing of criminals in child pornography cases, Judge Jackson failed to give a satisfactory rationale that explained her sentencing choices. And with Democrats refusing to release the full records of her time at the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the American people are left with more questions than answers. No nominee should be approved with such a troubling record.

“Inexplicably, and most frustrating of all, the Senate did not utilize the full time available for debate to discuss the negative consequences of this nomination. There is just no excuse for that.

“Having said that, we are thankful for the Senators who stood strong and voted against the nominee and intend to make sure that our supporters are fully aware of their senators’ performance on this crucial nomination.”

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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

Senators Disappoint Millions of Women by Voting to Confirm KBJ

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For media inquiries, contact:  
Katie Everett
(571) 420-2488
Keverett@cwfa.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) denounces the actions of Sens. Collins (R-Maine), Murkowski (R- Alaska), and Romney (R-Utah):  “Concerned women across the country want to know how you can stand up and defend the truth about women by supporting  Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is not willing to be truthful about women and the law. This is a matter of judicial philosophy. Faced with the Biden agenda and a Democrat party that rejects our status, women today are looking for champions. You have disappointed millions of American women.”

Faith Month Initiative Launched in the Nation’s Capital

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For Immediate Release
April 5, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
keverett@cwfa.org
571-420-2488

Sen. Hyde-Smith and Rep. Miller Submit Proclamation into the Record

Washington, D.C. –  Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) launched a nationwide initiative to declare April as “Faith Month” and an opportunity to honor the religious heritage of millions of Americans. Joining in this effort are Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi) and Rep. Mary Miller (R-Illinois), who entered a proclamation into the official congressional record (here and here) to declare April as “Faith Month.” Rep. Miller also gave a floor speech in support of CWALAC’s initiative.

More than 70% of Americans consider themselves religiously affiliated, according to Pew Research, and the overwhelming majority are of the Christian faith. Many months are set aside to honor the heritage and important contributions of other groups. With so many Americans identified as religious, setting aside a month to honor them is an important movement. 

Along with calling on lawmakers at the federal and state level to recognize April as Faith Month, CWALAC is encouraging all Americans of faith across the country to fly or display the Christian flag during the month.

“We are proud of our faith, of our Judeo-Christian heritage, and are calling on Americans to show their support,” said Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America.  “April is the month when millions will be celebrating the holiest time of the year through Holy Week, Easter, and Passover, and it is an opportune time to show how important our faith is to our daily lives.

“We especially thank Sen. Hyde-Smith and Rep. Miller for being the first to stand with us!”

Numerous groups are recognized for a month to celebrate their heritage. For instance, June is designated Gay Pride Month, which results in the rainbow flag being flown in many places, including over U.S. embassies and on our government buildings.

The country’s founding documents and laws are based on moral principles that came from the Bible. All U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Joe Biden, have acknowledged America’s faith and our many blessings from God.

In Matthew 5:16, Jesus encouraged his followers to “[L]et your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  By making our faith known to others, flying the flag of our faith, we are committed to following those words. 

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Concerned Women for America is 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

World Health Organization Promotes Abortion on Demand

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Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO), ignoring that the so-called right to abortion does not exist within international law, released its new guidelines on abortion. Self-management abortion and telemedicine are their recommendations “to keep women and girls safe.”

According to their press release, abortion is an “extremely safe procedure when it is carried out using the method recommended by WHO, the UN agency.” One of these methods is using a “combination of mifepristone plus misoprostol or misoprostol.”

Despite the fact that WHO is an institution whose focus is supposed to be on health, it does not step back from making recommendations to policymakers—asking them to remove barriers to safe abortion, barriers such as the criminalization of abortion, mandatory waiting times, or the need for the parents to give their approval, among others. They also recommend “over-the-counter emergency contraceptive pills, without prescription to individuals who wish to use emergency contraception.”

Sadly, these new guidelines from the WHO are clear evidence that the UN and its institutions do not care about women and girls. It is not news that abortion, like any other medical procedure, presents a risk. This risk could increase when it is done without a proper medical evaluation. The pro-abortion agenda of the WHO seems to matter more than the safety of women and girls.

The Lozier Institute and its report “The Evolution of ‘Self-Managed’ Abortion: Does the Safety of Women Seeking Abortion Even Matter Anymore” presents a study in which one out of five women who had a chemical abortion presented complications and required surgery. Accordingly, with this study, the rates of complications for a medical abortion vs. surgical abortion are four times higher.[1]

Other risk factors for “self-managed” abortion are infections, hemorrhaging, pelvic inflammatory disease, mental health complications, etc. Still, the WHO has ignored this information and is now promoting abortion on demand. The WHO is also demanding that countries make abortion services affordable for women. In other words, they require that abortion be publicly funded and free so the cost will not be a burden.[2]

The U.S. government is the number one donor to the WHO, followed by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation[3]. This means that our tax dollars are promoting these outrageous recommendations.

Abortion hurts women and girls, and ultimately it hurts us as a society. We must continue to defend the unborn and stand for women and girls who sadly are misled by institutions like WHO. Our government must be held accountable for having a part in the misinformation.  


[1] Ingrid Skop, The Evolution of Self-Managed Abortion: Does the safety of Women Seeking Abortion Even Matter Anymore? Charlotte Lozier Institute (March 1, 2021) https://lozierinstitute.org/the-evolution-of-self-managed-abortion/#_edn11

[2] As part of an enabling environment, considerations of gender equality, human rights and equity should guide the
design of health financing policy to reduce if not eliminate the financial barriers for the most vulnerable, and to
ensure equitable access to good-quality services (93). The CEDAW Committee has described fees for abortion
as being burdensome to women’s informed choice and autonomy (94, para. 37). Where user fees are charged
for abortion, this should be based on careful consideration of ability to pay, and fee waivers should be available
for those who are facing financial hardship and adolescent abortion seekers. World Health Organization, Abortion care guideline, (2022) https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/349316/9789240039483-eng.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

[3] https://www.who.int/about/funding/contributors/usa

OUT NOW: What Is a Woman? Unpacking the SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings With Sen. Marsha Blackburn

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Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) joins Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America to discuss the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Ketanji Brown Jackson and her inability to define “woman.”

Listen to the podcast below.

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