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House Passes the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-California) and other House Republican leaders held a press conference after passing legislation banning transgender women from participating in women’s and girls’ schools’ sports leagues that receive federal funding by a vote of 219-203.


Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, Penny Nance,  and Young Women for America and NCAA volleyball player, Macy Petty, were also at the press conference.

Newsmax – Prime News – Young Women for America leader and NCAA athlete Macy Petty joined Jenn Pellegrino to discuss the U.S. House passing the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.

Fox Business Network – Varney and Co. – Stuart Varney interviewed Macy, in which she shared about her experience competing against a biological male in volleyball.

Fox News Channel – Fox News @ Night – Macy Petty joined Trace Gallagher to react to the U.S. House passing the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.

Macy Petty speaks at the press after the passage of the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.

College Athlete Macy Petty to Join Speaker McCarthy to Champion Women’s Sports Bill

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For Immediate Release
April 20, 2023

Contact:  CWA Communications Team
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College Athlete Macy Petty to Join
Speaker McCarthy to Champion Women's Sports Bill

Protection for Women and Girls in Sports Act” will ensure female sports are protected under Title IX and expose unfair treatment against male athletes “identifying” as female.

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, April 20, Young Women for America (YWA) leader Macy Petty, an NCAA volleyball player and Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee will join Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, other female athletes, and Members of Congress in a press conference at 11:15 a.m. EDT at the House Elm Site to mark the important vote to pass the “Protection for Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023,” H.R. 734.


The bill will protect the integrity of women’s sports by not allowing males “identifying” as females to compete in their sports events.


“Sadly, I have had to play against a man identifying as a woman at a volleyball tournament where college recruiters were present,” says Macy Petty, a Young Women for America Ambassador. “The ball was slammed in our faces multiple times by this player. When women are forced to compete against biological males, it ultimately strips them from scholarship opportunities and playing time in a college setting – an issue that was supposed to have been settled 50 years ago with Title IX. 


“Macy and many other young female athletes have lost their trophies and their dignity to men who think if they put on a dress, they can compete in sports that should be for females only,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee. We know men are bigger, stronger, and have much greater heart and lung capacity forcing female athletes to face sex discrimination in their own sports 


“We are grateful to Speaker McCarthy, Rep. Greg Steube (R-Florida), and our great leaders in Congress who are going to make protecting women a priority.We are so proud of Macy and our other Young Women for America leaders and athletes for speaking out when they are subject to harassment and violence because they dare to challenge the radical trans activist agenda destroying equal opportunity for female athletes.”


Concerned Women for America has filed three discrimination complaints against colleges, including a civil rights complaint under Title IX against the University of Pennsylvania for allowing Lia Thomas, a biological male swimmer, to compete in the NCAA championships in female competition.


Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

Corporate Social Activism at the Expense of Human Rights?

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These days it seems rare that Congressional Democrats and Republicans can agree on any contentious issue, but thankfully the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) unites most members. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) attended the Select Committee on The Chinese Communist Party’s hearing “The Chinese Communist Party’s Ongoing Uyghur Genocide” in late March. The Uyghur people have gone through unfathomable horrors for simply being Uyghur. An estimated one million Uyghurs are currently being held in internment camps across the Xinjiang region of China, essentially modern-day concentration camps. Rep. Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri) shared in the hearing that it takes around $300 billion a year for the CCP to keep this operation of surveillance, detention, and torture of Uyghurs running. That is no small financial lift, and it begs the question to be asked, how is China lifting this cost?


Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, said in 2020, “China will be one of the biggest opportunities for BlackRock over the long term, both for asset managers and investors, despite the uncertainty and decoupling of global systems we’re seeing today.” When he says “decoupling of global systems,” he means America’s slow untangling of dependency on other countries, specifically China, as their hostility has continued to grow towards the West at large, specifically America. Shortly after Mr. Fink’s statement in 2021, BlackRock became the first foreign-owned asset manager licensed to start an onshore mutual fund business in China. This partnership undoubtedly calls into question Blackrock’s willingness to comply with Xi Jinping and, in turn, the CCP’s demands. The CCP does not believe in a difference of opinions; you must abide by their standards to do business with them.


Will BlackRock, as the world’s largest asset manager, have to look the other way on human rights abuses in the name of sustainability? BlackRock openly markets how Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) measures are an important litmus test for their business. They “believe climate risk is investment risk,” and how one of their goals is to reduce climate change through renewable energy, like wind and solar energy. It is from the Xinjiang region, where Uyghurs are tortured that 42% of the world’s total production of raw solar materials originated in 2021. Seven of the top ten wind and solar manufacturers are Chinese businesses and utilize forced labor for their production. How can Blackrock reconcile these facts? Climate policy cannot be promoted at the expense of human rights.


ESG is being used to advance a progressive ideology that could never be legislated. Mr. Fink himself has said that is not the way it is supposed to work, “As I have said consistently over many years now, it is for governments to make policy and enact legislation, and not for companies, including asset managers, to be the environmental police.” However, we cannot ignore that BlackRock’s agenda-driven investment decisions, not only go against prioritizing best financial outcomes for their clients, but they drive public policy in artificial and detrimental ways that should concern those who work to protect human rights in America and around the world.


The CCP is exploiting the climate change obsession and capitalizing on the panic through their slave labor. The CCP does not care about climate change, as China has consistently been one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases. BlackRock, ironically, seems to ignore these concerns in promoting investment in China, while it punishes US companies that do not go along with its ESG goals. We surely hope the company reconsiders its priorities.


We commend Congress for taking an interest in these developments that seem to benefit China at the expense of human rights and America’s future financial goals.  

Out Now: FDA and the Abortion Pill—What You Need to Know

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Last week, Concerned Women for America (CWA) hosted a webinar discussing the Food and Drug Administration and the recent ruling to halt abortion pill distribution by mail. Penny Nance was joined by CWA Legal Counsel Mario Diaz and CWA Director of Government Relations Alexandria McPhee to discuss what it will look like as this case heads to the United States Supreme Court.


Listen to the new episode below. Check out more Concerned Women Today podcasts here.


YWA Leader-Athletes Mentioned by Epoch Times

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In an article in The Epoch Times, YWA chapter president Chloe Satterfield and YWA ambassador Macy Petty were interviewed about experiences they have had as female athletes competing against male athletes in women’s sports competitions, as well as the advocacy work they’ve done on this topic:


“People were protesting across the street from me and my friend when we were speaking out against this, and they were so hateful,” she said. “But it really just kind of motivated me to be like, ‘We can’t let these people silence us.’ This is so unfair.” – Chloe Satterfield


Read the entire article here.

Baby in womb

The War We Must Wage to Save Our Babies

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By YWA Ambassador Sierra M. Welch at North Central University


63,459,781 dead.


And many, many more unaccounted for.


We are witnessing the genocide of our most precious and vulnerable citizens under the banner of “Choice,” “Bodily Autonomy,” and “Women’s Rights.” Many in this country have traded cheap phrases for the lives of those given no choice, no bodily autonomy, while denying their most basic right: the right to life.


Can you hear that our nation cries with the spilt blood of millions of innocent babies? Can you feel the untold sorrow of a nation mourning the loss of millions of adults, teenagers, toddlers, and babies that should be in our midst, yet aren’t?


Those under the banner of Christ’s love for the voiceless have just begun the war we will wage on the behalf of the innocent. We will fight for justice for these precious babies created in the profound and wondrous image of God.


The wonder and beauty of life begins from the moment of conception.


Consider this, at the moment of conception there is a flash of light, like an incredible display of fireworks. This phenomenon was discovered back in 2011 by a team at Northwestern University while studying mice and has now been captured digitally with human embryos. What a wonder is God’s magnificent creation; when the sperm and the egg meet, there is a brilliant explosion of zinc! Not only is there a spectacular display of sparks, but the baby’s sex is immediately determined chromosomally!


From this moment on, all that baby boys and girls need is a little time and space to grow. To believe from the moment of conception, babies are anything but human beings with the right to life just as any other person is completely arbitrary, ambiguous, and a dangerous philosophy to carry out into the world.


The counterarguments to choosing life are numerous, and the voices on the opposing side are loud.


  • The right to abortion is a basic human right.
  • Women need to have access to abortions in order to maintain their female autonomy.
  • The baby is not human until it has a heartbeat, is viable outside the womb, until it is sentient, or until it is born.
  • The baby would have grown up in a bad home, so abortion is the best option.
  • Women will die from back-alley abortions if abortion is illegal.
  • We need abortion to be legal because of cases of rape and/or incest.


Some of these arguments may seem to have significant weight and value when one does not understand that an unjust death has to take place in order to achieve said statement. Abortion cannot be a basic human right because it undermines the reality that the baby in the womb is deserving of the right to life, too.


Life has profound intrinsic value no matter the situation it is born into, no matter how the mother or father feels about the child in the moment, and no matter the risk. The life of both mother and child should be fought for, valued, and held with deep reverence.


Furthermore, if one were to claim a baby in utero is not a human being because it does not have a heartbeat yet, then do we have the right to murder adults who have PACEmakers? What about an LVAD or Left Ventricular Assist Device? These individuals have dependency on a machine to make their hearts beat; is their life any less valuable because of it? Do we have the right to kill any person based upon their size, cognitive development, or location? Just because the baby’s location is in the womb, do we have the right to end the life of a child? At conception the sex and hair color are determined; three weeks after conception the baby’s heartbeat begins; the first eight weeks the baby’s brain, heart, bones, blood vessels, and organs develop, and by the 18th week of pregnancy the baby can hear.


Lastly, we must also understand rape consists of 1% of abortions and incest 0.5%, and even in these instances, these children conceived are an innocent party in the act of the crime. 74% of women have abortions because it will dramatically change their life; how cold it is to sorrowfully end the life of a precious child because it will make our lives different than they once were. Adoption is always an option.


The life-altering shift to parenthood has been around since the creation of mankind, one to which we have the honor to be a part. Not an easy task, but a God-ordained privilege.

From Title IX To Title None, Biden Kills Women’s Sports And Safety

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In her latest article in The Federalist, Concerned Women for America Senior Advisor Doreen Denny warns of what Biden’s proposed Title IX rule will mean for female athletes: 


“Biden is putting the final nail in the coffin of Title IX for women’s sports.

“Under President Joe Biden’s pernicious proposed rule announced last week, female athletes will no longer have federal protection against sex discrimination in the women’s category of sport. From elementary through middle school, teams designated for girls only are essentially banned. For policies at the high school and college levels, female athletes will have to prove they are at an unfair disadvantage to keep any trans-identifying male off the team and out of their locker rooms.”


Read Denny’s entire article here.

Biden’s Title IX Rule is the New War on Women’s Equality

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For Immediate Release
April 13, 2023

Contact:  CWA Communications Team
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Biden’s Title IX Rule is the New War on Women’s Equality

Males declaring ‘womanhood’ have the upper hand in civil rights claims under new proposal

Washington, D.C. – Today, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, blasted the Biden Administration’s new Title IX athletics rule which was officially published in the Federal Register with a 30-day period for public comment. Under this proposed Rule,  federal protections that have safeguarded women’s rights in sports for more than 50 years providing female athletes equal opportunity on the basis of sex, have been radically rewritten to effectively ban sex as the basis for a school’s sports teams. Instead, the vague, undefined, subjective category of “gender identity” would be the standard for participation on male and female teams, thus stripping women of vital protections under civil rights law.  


Under President Joe Biden’s proposed Rule, female athletes will no longer have federal protection against sex discrimination in the women’s category of sport. From elementary through middle school, teams designated for girls only are essentially banned. For policies at the high school and college levels, female athletes will have to prove they are at an unfair disadvantage to keep any trans-identifying male off the team and out of their locker rooms. 


“This decision has nothing to do with fairness and everything to do with pleasing a very small fringe minority of individuals,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC. “The same people who claim to be champions of women’s rights and equality are the same people taking those very rights and protections away from women.


“Forcing a new interpretation of sex under Title IX is a direct threat to every woman and girl in America. This Rule erases our status as women and the protections that should go with it dispro-portionately harming biological women and girls for the new heroes of the day, men who claim to be women. Female students are being assaulted in school restrooms; female athletes are forced to surrender their privacy and have their trophies and scholarships stolen in their own sports.”


Title IX was established in 1972 to provide equal opportunity for female students and athletes denied the same benefits as their male peers on the basis of our natural biological sex. 


“Men are the new women,” said Doreen Denny, CWALAC Senior Advisor. “Transgender identity is the new sex. Males like Lia Thomas declaring ‘womanhood’ have the upper hand in civil rights claims under this Biden proposal. A man’s feminine feelings and desire for sports participation are prioritized over any psychological turmoil foisted on female athletes suffering the injustice and disadvantage in sports which keeps female athletes off the playing field and faced with sexual intimidation in the locker room.”      


Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

Abortion Drug is Not “Safe and Effective”

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For Immediate Release
April 12, 2023

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Abortion Drug is Not "Safe and Effective"

FDA’s removal of safety precautions on mifepristone violates original approval standards  

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, April 7, Texas Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk blocked the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the abortion drug Mifepristone because of the FDA’s removal of safety precautions and medical protocols, making it less safe and dangerous for women to take and undermining its legal obligation to protect women’s health, safety, and welfare.


Mifepristone is used to terminate a pregnancy up to ten weeks, but the lack of medical oversight and access to emergency medical assistance can be fatal to young women taking it alone and late in pregnancy. This drug blocks the mother’s natural production of “progesterone” for her child, cutting off blood and nourishment to the baby. The unborn child begins to starve to death. Between 24-48 hours later, the woman takes Misoprostol which causes the mother to contract and bleed to force the child out of the womb.


“Let’s be clear; there is nothing safe or effective about allowing people to perform their own DIY abortion,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization. “Approval of this drug would allow anyone anywhere to have an abortion without any in-person medical supervision, reliable in-person safeguards and checks, and without a routine medical examination.”


“The medical community has had concerns over these drugs for years as the FDA cut corners, ignored safety concerns, fast-tracked, and politicized the process when they approved mifepristone.”


The plaintiffs in this case, including the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine and other groups of doctors and national medical associations oppose the removal of safety precautions about this drug including that since 2021, it can be sent through the mail in clear violation of federal law.


“The FDA is not following its own standards and needs to answer for their reckless disregard for the women who take this drug,” continued Nance. “Young women taking an abortion pill alone in their room with no medical supervision and access to medical care if there are complications is not a ” ‘safe and effective’ drug but can be fatal.


“Americans who are concerned for the safety and well-being of young women should be grateful that this judge had the courage to make this decision. And Republicans who claim to be pro-life should be taking this issue head on and clearly articulating that protecting the lives of women is one of their highest priorities.”


Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

States Act to Protect Female Athletes from Discrimination

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Since 2020, twenty-one [21] states have enacted laws to protect female athletes from unfair competition in sports designated for women and girls.  


In 2020, Idaho’s Fairness in Women Sports Act, sponsored by Idaho State Rep. and former NCAA basketball coach Barbara Ehardt, and signed by Republican Gov. Brad Little, became the first state law to prevent trans-identifying male athletes from participating in sports designated for women and girls. 


In 2021, eight [8] states joined Idaho enacting laws to protect female athletes:

  • Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Montana, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia passed laws signed by Republican governors.
  • Republican Govs. Kristi Noem of South Dakota and Doug Burgum of North Dakota, and Democrat Govs. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana and Laura Kelly of Kansas vetoed bills. Attempts to override these vetoes failed.

In 2022, nine [9] more states enacting laws protecting women’s sports:

  • Arizona, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and South Dakota passed laws signed by Republican governors.
  • Indiana and Utah passed bills that were vetoed by Republican Govs. Eric Holcomb (IN) and Spencer Cox (UT). Kentucky passed a bill vetoed by Democrat Governor Andy Beshear. Each of these vetoes was overridden by their state legislatures to take effect.
  • Louisiana passed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, supported by nearly half of its Senate Democrats. The law was enacted without the signature of Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards.  
  • Kansas and Pennsylvania legislatures passed bills that were vetoed by Democrat Govs. Laura Kelly (KS) and Tom Wolf (PA). Attempts to override these vetoes failed.

In 2023, action in the states continues as lawmakers in nearly every state without a law – from Alaska to Hawaii to New Jersey and New Hampshire – sponsor legislation to prevent discrimination against female athletes in their own sports. 


  • Momentum continues as the Biden Administration and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) double down on redefining the meaning of “sex” under Title IX as a “gender identity,” not a biological reality, and prioritizing inclusion of trans-identifying male athletes over the rights of female athletes in women’s sports.    
  • To date, three [3] states have passed laws to protect fairness in sports for female athletes without the support of their governors.
    • Wyoming’s law goes into effect without the signature of Republican Gov. Mark Gordon.
    • Kansas’ legislature successfully overrode the third veto of Democrat Gov. Laura Kelly.
    • North Dakota Republican Doug Burgum reversed an earlier veto decision and signed two bills covering K-12 and college sports teams.  

State Legislation


The map below indicates states where legislatures have passed legislation or have proposed legislation to protect women’s sports from the transgender agenda.

Map Legend:

  • Green – Legislation passed and signed into law.
  • Dark Green – Legislation passed, vetoed, and veto overridden.
  • Light Green – State law cedes authority to athletic association regarding sex-based participation. Georgia High School Association passed a policy requiring sports participation based on birth sex.
  • Red – Legislation passed, vetoed by governor, and veto not overridden.

Two Flags We Ought to Fly

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By Sierra M. Welch, YWA Ambassador at North Central University


In the United States of America, we have the honor and privilege to live in a country that has been founded on the fundamental understanding that every human life has inherent meaning, worth, and value. Our constitution declares our right as individuals to peaceful protest, to freedom of speech, and to freedom to worship as we please. Wondrously, the Declaration of Independence promotes life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.


As I turn my eyes heavenward, I long to see the flag of the Christian faith and the American flag proudly flying high, reminding every American of the glorious and awe-inspiring freedom that we hold, especially the freedom to worship God as people of faith in Christ. 


This reality is not known to every individual throughout the world. Not only do many countries not see these rights as necessary or inherent, but there is little religious liberty. Bold Christian faith is often offered the kiss of ostracism, harsh hostility, and even death. Where there is a melting pot of gods, worldviews, and religions, often there are very few churches proclaiming the Gospel and hope of Jesus Christ due to the hostility towards those of the Christian faith. Not only can there be safety concerns, but there is great spiritual depravity, darkness, and hopelessness without the sweet knowledge of Jesus Christ.


As we wrestle with the reality that there is great need for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be proclaimed across every nation, tribe, and tongue, may we praise God for the captivating liberty we have in America. This delightful freedom has been fought for a thousand times over by brave men and women since the genesis of the United States. May this sacrifice never be forgotten as we hoist up our flags through wind, rain, and sunshine. 

Out Now: Gender Ideology Craze: How did we get here?

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Trans activist and female impersonator Dylan Mulvaney has become a social media star and continues to land sponsorships with major companies, meanwhile young children around the nation are continuing to be fed the lie that they have been born in the wrong body. How did we get here? Concerned Women for America Senior Advisor and expert Doreen Denny joins Penny Nance to discuss.


Listen to the new episode below. Check out more Concerned Women Today podcasts here.

A View From the Cross – The Broken

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So many came by the cross the day that Jesus died. It would seem from the Gospel accounts that most of the people who watched were either unconcerned or antagonistic. However, there was one other group at Mt. Calvary. Some of them stood close by, while part stood at a distance. These did not ridicule or taunt the Lord. They did not wag their heads in disbelief or walk away without concern. Rather, these folks were broken. They had been Jesus’ closest and most faithful followers.


From a distance, most, if not all of Jesus’ apostles, save Judas, were watching salvation unfold. Yet they were too frightened to come near the cross. Can there be any doubt that these men were broken … broken at the death of a dream and broken by their own betrayal of their Lord and their friend?


Standing near the cross, His mother watched her son dying. His best friend, John, and several other women who had accompanied and helped support Jesus through His ministry years stood with her. As they looked on, Jesus took time to speak to and care for His mother. She and John were the only people Jesus spoke to personally during his three hours of agony – “Dear woman behold thy son, son behold thy mother.”


Of all the words that Jesus spoke while He was dying, these seem to be at the heart of the gospel message. For it was to the broken that Jesus came and died. Those broken under the weight of sin and guilt, loss and loneliness. Those who longed to have Him back, those who had turned their backs on Him, those who had denied they even knew Him. For all these, He died. For all these, He would rise again.


From the cross, Jesus saw the cynic, the unconcerned, and the broken. He came to die for them all, but only the broken would fully appreciate the price Jesus was willing to pay. Only those who come to the cross and look with longing and despair, only these will find the power of the Savior’s sacrifice and the release of resurrection. Oh, it was available for all who were there that day; Jesus died “once for all,” but not all would find what the cross offered. Will you? The answer is found not by simply standing and watching what happened on that cross but by coming to the cross broken.


“…why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”  John 20:15

Protecting Children from Harmful Transgender Treatment

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For Immediate Release
April 6, 2023

Contact: CWA Communications Team
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Protecting Children from
Harmful Transgender Treatment

Indiana & Idaho Governors Sign Legislation Banning “Gender-Affirming Care” for Minors 

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, April 5, both Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed bills that would ban all types of “gender affirming care” for minors statewide. This would include hormone therapy, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, surgery referrals for sex changes and transition surgeries– even if the child has parental approval.  


Idaho and Indiana are joining the already 11 states that have either restricted, banned or are in the process of banning “gender-affirming care” for minors, including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Utah, South Dakota, and West Virginia.  


“Using children for medical experiments that have no basis in science must be stopped,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALCA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization. “The gender ideology obsession that manipulates children and instills confusion and hopelessness in young minds is a national disgrace. We are proud of Indiana and Idaho for recognizing the importance of implementing laws that will protect children.”


“Children who struggle with identity should be protected from harmful ‘gender reassignment’ medical practices causing serious health risks, irreversible damage, and regret. Minors are incapable of giving informed consent to destructive medical interventions degrading their development and sterilizing their bodies,” said Doreen Denny, CWALAC Senior Advisor. 

“Unfortunately, big pharma and medical associations are more interested in profit than ethical practice. CWALAC stands against the medical mutilation of minors in the name of ‘gender confirmations.'”    


Concerned Women for America encourages all states to ban this harmful medical practice and protect children. 


Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

Check Out Your Member’s Score for the 117th Congress!

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee identified a series of key votes for the 117th Congress (January 2021 – December 2022), reflecting positions on CWA’s core issues and the values of the hundreds of thousands of citizens we represent across the country.


This scorecard serves as a measure of a member’s stance on critical national issues, including the sanctity of life, religious freedom, election integrity, protections for women, education, illegal drug regulation, and support for Israel.


The final cumulative scores provide a metric for voters to evaluate their elected officials. In order to capture the full significance of the enactment of the so-called Respect for Marriage Act, which is an existential attack on the institution of marriage, we double-weighted its score.


See scores for the U.S. House of Representatives here.


See scores for the U.S. Senate here.

We Don’t Need a Plan C

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By Paige Nelson, YWA Ambassador


Imagine yourself at twenty-years-old living on your college campus. After taking a pregnancy test, you are completely overwhelmed by the results and unable to face your new reality. In an attempt to find sanctuary and collect your thoughts, you wander into one of the bathroom stalls between classes. You can’t help but notice a pro-abortion flyer hanging on the stall door. Without taking time to do research or consider other solutions, you follow the website and order your at-home-abortion pills with the click of a button. This is the reality that young women all across our country are facing in a post-Roe America. 


After the historic overturn of Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, the pro-life movement has not stopped fighting to make abortion unthinkable. From different interest groups lobbying at the state and federal level, to the March For Life sweeping across our nation, and prayer groups continuously showing up outside abortion clinics, there is a lot of momentum and much to be celebrated.


But while we have the court working in our favor, the other side has a tight grasp on my generation, the young voters of America, and they aren’t letting up either.  The new push is to get women to perform DIY abortions at home with the abortion pill. Once the pill was deemed safe by organizations like Plan-C and Planned Parenthood; young women are no longer getting access to any care and instead are receiving life threatening medication over the counter and in the mail.


The hearts and minds of our young women need to be changed. We have grown up in a world where we were told that abortion is a constitutional right and that having this right taken away is a step back in women’s fight for equality. 


It isn’t enough to just outlaw abortion. We need to teach women why abortion is morally and ethically wrong, and why our most vulnerable population deserves a chance.


I am a recent graduate of the University of Utah where the school has recently been promoting information on the abortion pill in women’s restrooms across campus. Inside each stall hangs a flier that reads, “Need to be un-pregnant?” And a QR code that sends women to 


The definition of “pregnant” according to Google is “having a child or young developing in the uterus.” I find this interesting because the same group claiming that this is a safe and harmless procedure is actively admitting that they are intentionally killing a child in the womb. I would not consider genocide to be safe and harmless.


According to a 2020 study by the Pew Research Center, 57% of women getting abortions are in their twenties. This means that a majority of these abortions are coming from college-aged women. To be influencing them into a life-changing and a life ENDING procedure in the stalls of the restrooms on campus is absolutely disgusting.


There is no encouragement by the “pro-choice” side of the battle for a woman to keep her baby. It’s always that women need abortions and women need access to become un-pregnant.


The truth about the at-home abortion “pill” is that it is actually a series of pills that a woman takes over the course of a few days. When she takes the first pill, the growth of the fetus is stunted, ending the supply of hormones and making the uterus uninhabitable. Then with the second pill the child is disposed of in a similar fashion to a miscarriage. 


When we think about mothers who go through miscarriages, we get extremely disheartened. There may not be anything more heart-wrenching than a mother losing her child. To allow young women who are emotionally distressed and lacking proper support systems to simulate such a traumatic process all alone is a disgrace to womanhood and should outrage feminists nationwide.


If this reaches one expecting mother considering abortion, I want you to know this:


I am a twenty-year-old woman fighting for life. I am fighting for life, not because I want my rights to be taken away, but because they were never my rights to begin with. You are in a position right now where you have the chance to raise a beautiful son or daughter. And I know it can be scary, and you may have a lot of doubts. But I guarantee there are not only resources, but people who want to help you through this.


If you decide you aren’t ready to raise a child, I know for a fact there are couples waiting for the day to adopt a newborn to call their own. Once you find the right family, you will find comfort in knowing your child will be raised in good hands.


Life is full of unexpected turns. But please trust me when I say, you will never regret following through with your pregnancy. This will make you mentally and physically stronger, and you have the pro-life movement backing you the whole way.

Protecting Free Speech on College Campuses

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On Wednesday, March 28, 2023, the Young Women for America (YWA) team attended the U.S. House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development’s Hearing on “Diversity of Thought: Protecting Free Speech on College Campuses.” At YWA, we know that free speech is a Constitutional right as it is declared in the First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.” Leading this committee was Chairman Burgess Owens (R-Utah), who said, “The recent onslaught of attacks against free speech at colleges and universities across the nation violates the principles we stand for as Americans and runs afoul of their mission to cultivate freedom of thought.” While in the hearing, YWA heard of experiences on college campuses where invited speakers are silenced by protesters, students are encouraged by their institutions to file reports on peers who share opinions that differ from their own, and how students are afraid to write their real thoughts in their papers out of fear that their professors will penalize them.


Witness Ms. Cherise Trump, the executive director for Speech First and the host of Well Said podcast, shared, “There are these bias reporting systems where the universities have put mechanisms in place and constantly send emails and encourage students to report on each other and on faculty.” The danger and damage of this are twofold. First, a Constitutional right to freely speak one’s mind, without inciting violence, is being stripped away. Second, at a university level, the place to learn how to think and not what to think, free speech should be given ample platforms and encouraged in all settings. It is educating and mentally sharpening to hear worldviews that differ from one’s own, to learn how to civilly disagree with someone or to learn that two people may hold a shared opinion they did not know they had. However, universities are more and more becoming places for narrow-mindedness and entitlement to ignorance.


It was also brought to light that many of these anti-free speech initiatives are aimed at people of faith as well as those who hold to a Conservative worldview. When asked about this, witness Mr. Ilya Shapiro, Director of Constitutional Studies at the Manhattan Institute, replied, “There are many examples of religious groups that are not treated the same as secular groups of various kinds.” We have YWA chapters on campuses across this country, and many of them have experienced their events and opportunities being squashed due to the conservative and Christian content of their beliefs.


As it was informative to hear from witnesses actively working to protect free speech, another valuable perspective was given by Stanford Sophomore Mr. Josiah Joner. Joner is the executive editor for the Stanford Review and president of an Evangelical Christian group at Stanford. When talking of his experience, Joner shared, “What I have seen at Stanford is that the DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) office is very one-sided, there is not much neutrality,” and later that, “These DEI officials are not really promoting this diversity of thought, they are actually squashing it in the classroom and university.” From his testimony he revealed how school administrators are not committed to the principles of free speech, and students are not given information about their Constitutional rights while on campus.


The topic of the First Amendment is important because it is the Constitutional right of each American. Universities should be protecting this right simply because of what it is, a right. But additionally, universities have even more to gain from free speech as they are where people are exposed to different ideas and see where their opinions stand strong or where they need to change in the face of truth. It is one of YWA’s highest priorities to equip our student leaders with the resources they need to defend their Christian, conservative values. In order to engage with their peers, they must feel that they have the ability to speak freely. Silencing free speech teaches control as well as ignorant intolerance for people of differing opinions. It weakens minds by not teaching how one can hear the other side and still stand firm in what they believe. It is for these reasons that the First Amendment of the United States Constitution should be protected on college campuses, as well as everywhere in the country.

Join In! Tell Your Church Leaders About Faith Month

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Here is a sample email/letter you can use to let your pastors and church leaders about Faith Month:


Dear ______________,



As we get ready to celebrate the glorious Truth of Easter, I wanted to let you know that the whole month of April has been set aside for communities to celebrate their faith. A Federal Congressional statement has been officially introduced in the last couple of years declaring April “Faith Month.” I would love for our church family to become more aware of this so we can use the opportunity to be salt and light to our community.


I learned about the initiative from Concerned Women for America (CWA), a Christian organization encouraging its members to fly the Christian flag in their homes and on their desks and car windows. “Faith Month” encourages people of all faiths to celebrate their beliefs, but the initiative presents an excellent opportunity for us as Christians to bring a positive message of our love of God and neighbor and the fact that we are “not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes,” (Romans 1:16).


This is so needed in our day and age when so many in the media insist on maligning the name of the body of Christ. The recent tragedy in Nashville brought this to the forefront so heartbreakingly. When the news broke that a transgender person had murdered three nine-year-old kids, including the daughter of a Christian pastor, and three staff members at a Christian school, Reuters had this headline: “Former Christian school student kills three children, three staff in Nashville shooting.” They want the public to associate Christianity with the killer, not the victims, even in such a blatant case.


I am not surprised. This is what our Lord told us would happen, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first” (John 15:18). But Jesus did not give up on us, and so I feel we cannot give up on our culture either. We need to continue to lift the banner of faith in Christ that all may come and thirst no more. Faith Month gives us a great opportunity to do just that, and I hope we can contribute to the global effort in any small way we can.


I stand here ready to help in any way, so please do contact me with any thoughts and/or requests.


Praying for you and the church leadership,


Trump Indictment is Abuse of Power and Perversion of Justice

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For Immediate Release
March 30, 2023

Contact:  CWA Communications Team
[email protected]


Trump Indictment is Abuse of Power
and Perversion of Justice

Manhattan DA’s pathetic political obsession must be called out

Today, Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization slammed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, for his unethical perversion of the rule of law in the indictment of former President Donald J. Trump.


“Rather than doing his job to protect the people of New York City, Alvin Bragg is abusing his power choosing to play politics instead serving the people counting on him to keep them safe.” said Nance. “It is no surprise left-wing billionaire George Soros gave Bragg $1 million in his last campaign.


“This year Bragg’s office downgraded 52% of felonies to misdemeanors and declined to prosecute 35 percent of felony cases.  Yet he wastes time and resources on pursuing a political opponent President Trump for something his predecessor agreed was pointless in a probe more than 5 years ago.


“The people of New York should be outraged that his soft-on-crime approach is ruining their beautiful city.  Crime is soaring in New York City: serious assaults up 18%, rape is up 16%, robbery is up 9.4% and burglaries up 5.5%, yet the DA is more interested in a political vendetta than doing his job.


“Abuse of power and perversion of justice is an insult to the founders of our nation. When the justice system is used as a political weapon, hard-working, law-abiding citizens can no longer trust the institution.


“Trump’s opponents just can’t ‘quit’ him.  They are obsessed and will do anything to try to damage him in the eyes of the American people. It hasn’t worked in the past and it won’t work this time, Americans see through this pathetic stunt. But what they are doing is inflicting great damage in American’s trust in our judicial system. Which is why we must fight against these unjust action.”


Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

Waiting for our Blessed Hope, I Will Stand for Life

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By YWA Ambassador Sarah Prentice, State University of New York Brockport


In American politics today, one of the most hot-button and contentious issues is abortion. Whether one is pro-choice or pro-life, a discussion about this topic is sure to ruffle everyone’s feathers. It can even be divisive among the Christian community.


According to Pew Research Center, approximately three-quarters (74%) of white evangelical Protestants think abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. However, 60% of white non-evangelical Protestants believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, as do 56% of Catholics, and 66% of black Protestants.


As an unapologetically pro-life and Bible-believing Christian in America today, I believe that 100% of Christians, regardless of race, gender, or church denomination, should not support abortion in any way.


However, in a world of cancel culture and ever-growing political polarization, being boldly pro-life can bring severe opposition. As a college student on an extremely secular campus, I have experienced the social backlash that comes with being pro-life. I have lost friends, potential relationships, and have been name-called, ridiculed, and excluded.


I’ve seen Planned Parenthood table at the school “health” fair. I’ve had people comment on my Instagram stories and tell me I’m “evil” for being pro-life. Once, I had a conversation with a pro-choice student where I shared the Gospel and the pro-life stance. It was one of the most spiritually draining conversations I’ve ever had with someone. She ended up getting visibly angry with me and said, “I know it’s killing a life, and I just don’t care!” I immediately wanted to burst into tears because my heart was in agony over the girl’s lost condition and for all the sweet, innocent lives that are taken every day because of a mentality like hers.


Perhaps the most difficult experience I’ve encountered because of my pro-life views was losing one of my closest friends. This friend would come with me to church every Sunday, and we attended Bible study together. I attended the service where she prayed with the pastor to accept Christ. However, she continued to cling dearly to her worldly lifestyle.


One day we were having lunch together, and the topic of abortion emerged. My friend mentioned she was pro-choice. I shared with her that as Christians, we should stand for the dignity and value of the unborn, as God knit each of us together in our mother’s womb. I lovingly and kindly shared the truth about abortion using Bible verses and the tragedies of the abortion industry. Without any change in emotion or demeanor, she bluntly said, “Well, it still deserves to be the woman’s choice.”


My heart sank. How could someone who had supposedly placed their faith in Christ not change their mind after learning what God’s Word had to say about abortion? I started praying daily that she would come to the Lord in fullness and in truth.


However, a few weeks later, she posted her pro-choice opinions on Instagram. Our pastor’s wife lovingly approached her about the Biblical view on abortion, but my friend still disagreed. She was offended that I didn’t take her side, and since then, our friendship grew more tense until it ended.


I have yet to discover someone at my college with whom I can develop a deep and faith-centered relationship. I have like-minded friends and acquaintances through my chapter of Turning Point USA, but I’m currently the only girl, and it can get lonely at times. My heart longs for the fellowship of like-minded girls my age with whom I can grow in Christ and boldly stand up for life. I am grateful for the community of like-minded girls around the country that I’ve met through YWA.  


I know confidently that God will use this experience for His glory and for my sanctification. It has forced me to cling closer and tighter to Christ, as I know that I can find friendship and acceptance in Him when I cannot find it in the world.


Jesus once comforted his disciples by saying, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18-19). Jesus can provide comfort to any Christian with these words today, too.


I find comfort in the Word of God, knowing that I have been adopted into the family of God through my faith in Christ (Galatians 4:5, Ephesians 1:5). Even when the world and my own heart fail me, I can take my burdens to Jesus, confident He will provide me with strength to endure times of hardship (Psalm 73:26, Philippians 4:13). Even when I cannot have fellowship with others the way I desire, I know that I have eternal fellowship with my Lord Christ Jesus, and that is far better.


Our secular society may ridicule me for being unapologetically pro-life, but my relationship with Jesus is worth infinitely more to me than what society says about me. For this, I will continue to trust God and follow His will as I am “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).


Jesus will come back again, and when He does, the world will be rid of all evil, and those who have placed their faith in Christ will have physical fellowship with God for all of eternity. When all else fails, this is the hope that never ceases to motivate me to continue standing up for my Christian values on my college campus.