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CWA Calls on Roberts to Release Dobbs Decision in Light of Leaks & Intimidation Tactics

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For Immediate Release
May 2, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
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(571) 420-2488

 

Washington, D.C.— Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America, the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, had this to say about the leaked drafts of the United States Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:

 

“The betrayal of trust we have witnessed today at the United States Supreme Court by what is reportedly the malicious leak of a private draft of the Court’s Dobbs opinion is outrageous.  

 

“This appears to be another attempt by the left to intimidate the justices to uphold a law that is clearly unconstitutional. On the contrary, these tactics should only embolden the Court to stand firm on law and principle. Chief Justice John Roberts must take charge of his court and issue this decision as soon as possible, sending a clear message that the Court will never be intimidated.

 

“The hundreds of thousands of members of Concerned Women for America  remain prayerful and cautiously optimistic as we work to provide loving alternatives to the violent ending of a human life through abortion.”

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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   
[email protected] 
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

Kentucky Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto

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For Immediate Release
April 13, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
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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 [email protected].

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

Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed to the Supreme Court

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For Immediate Release

April 7, 2022

Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary

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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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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.”

Nance: We Oppose Ketanji Brown Jackson After She is Unable to Define a Woman

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For Immediate Release
March 23, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
(571) 420-2488

Washington, D.C.— Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the country’s largest public policy organization for women, is asking Senators to oppose the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court after the nominee refused to define what a woman is in a troubling exchange with Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee). Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC, had this to say:

“How can we trust a justice to protect women’s rights when she denies the unique dignity of women? According to Judge Brown Jackson, one must be a biologist in order to do that. I’m sorry, but that doesn’t pass the straight-face test.

“The sort of discrimination women are facing right now— with males displacing females from meaningful competition in direct violation of federal law, when the safety concerns of women in prisons and women’s domestic violence shelters are being ignored, when the sexual exploitation of women continues to expand, and so many other issues— demands judges who take women seriously. Judge Brown Jackson showed a complete lack of wisdom and discernment and instead an embrace of gender theory politics when she chose to deny obvious biological differences between men and women.  Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s question was very simple and deserved a direct answer.  The idea of entrusting someone who has trouble identifying women with a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land is ludicrous.  This issue should be nonpartisan. 

“Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s record on abortion, in which she claimed to not know when life begins, while she advocates for groups that promote the termination of early life was troubling already. Another red flag was her refusal to own up to her judicial philosophy, and completely unsatisfactory explanation to Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) of her record on child pornography cases.   Her lack of clarity on the nature of victimhood, confusing child pornography with the real victims, the children being exploited, is the last straw.

“We gave Judge Brown Jackson a fair hearing, but we cannot in good conscience remain silent. We call on all Senators to oppose this nomination. They should call on President Joe Biden to withdraw Ketanji Brown Jackson and select another nominee. He considered multiple women for this important position; let him pick a woman who at least knows how to define ‘woman.’”

 

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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

Female swimmer

CWA Files Civil Rights Complaint Against UPenn

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For Immediate Release
March 17, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
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(571) 420-2488

Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against UPenn

Allows male to compete on women’s swim team

Washington, D.C. – Today, Concerned Women for America (CWA) filed a formal Civil Rights Complaint under Title IX with the U.S. Department of Education against the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) for refusing to protect the rights of college female athletes under federal law.

UPenn continues to allow male athletes who identify as women to compete in women’s sports. Lia Thomas (formerly Will Thomas), a Division I swimmer who is biologically male but rostered as a senior on UPenn’s women’s team, has competed throughout the season displacing female teammates in events and shattering pool, league, and national records.

Thomas is anatomically and biologically a male with physical capacities that are different from anatomically and biologically female athletes, which extends an unfair advantage and strips female student-athletes of opportunities afforded to them by law. The complaint also cites reports that Thomas’ own teammates have complained about UPenn allowing a hostile environment to fester in its locker room which has put them in apprehension.

Title IX requires equal educational benefits and opportunities for students, including in athletics, on the basis of sex. The federal law extends to any school receiving federal financial assistance, including public K-12 schools and almost every college and university in America. Thomas was also allowed to compete in the Ivy League Championships as a member of UPenn women’s swimming team and is currently competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) National Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, in direct violation of that law.

“The future of women’s sports is at risk and the equal rights of female athletes are being infringed,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America. “We filed a formal civil rights complaint against UPenn in response to this injustice.

“Any school that defies federal civil rights law by denying women equal opportunities in athletic programs, forcing women to compete against athletes who are biologically male must be held accountable.”

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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

Nance: Biden’s Priorities are Out of Step with Reality

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For Immediate Release
March 16, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
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Biden’s Priorities are Out of Step with Reality

Policies Aimed at Protecting Women Fail

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, President Joe Biden signed into law the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2022, legislation passed by Congress as part of a massive government spending package.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Concerned Women for America (CWA)’s grassroots supporters across the country, opposes this effort to update VAWA because it fails women. For over 40 years, CWALAC has championed the privacy and safety rights of women, supporting causes for justice and assistance to victims of sexual exploitation and domestic violence. This VAWA renewal focuses on all the wrong priorities, such as:

  • erasing in several instances the word “women,”
  • prioritizing funding for unspecified groups of people who self-identify with a particular “sexual orientation” or “gender identity,”
  • sex education recommendations for schools,
  • funding that leaves an open door to abortion giant Planned Parenthood, a VAWA grant recipient, and
  • millions of dollars in a set-aside for special services for so-called “LGBT” communities and exactly $0 in set-asides for women survivors in rural communities.

VAWA was originally enacted as a government and community response to violent crimes against women. Special interests have since hijacked the program. Current VAWA programs are so extreme that they would require a service provider to ignore a survivor if she speaks up about feeling unsafe residing with a man who identifies as a woman. Since at least 2013, updates to VAWA have undermined the program’s critical mission and shamefully politicize care and recovery for survivors. Women are once again left to hold the bag.

“The deceptive name of this bill fails to identify it’s real effect – the dramatic advancement of gender ideology in federal law, including for the first-time millions in special set-asides for LGBT+ programs in addition to the millions already given to this identity group,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC

“The President’s comments today were stuck in the past and missed the mark on what this law will truly mean for women. I will continue to work on behalf of our more than 500,000 members to keep this Administration accountable for protecting women when it takes action that does the exact opposite.”

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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

Congress Puts LGBTQ Agenda Ahead of Women

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, the Senate passed the massive omnibus government funding bill that includes the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act by a vote of 68-31.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the largest grassroots public policy women’s organization in the country, opposes the VAWA reauthorization because it fails women. VAWA prioritizes the rights for biological males self-identifying as women over the safety and privacy rights of women.

“This backroom deal voted on in the dark of night is heartbreaking for women,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC. “The deceptive name of this bill fails to identify its real intent – the dramatic advancement of gender ideology in federal law, including for the first-time millions of dollars in special set-asides for LGBTQ+ programs in addition to the millions already given to this identity group as a priority under existing law. All at taxpayers’ expense.  That carve-out is unprecedented and leaves women behind, again.   

“We are extremely disappointed in the eighteen Republican Senators who voted for VAWA. Our more than 500,000 members will be voicing their concerns with their Senators who voted in favor of the gargantuan bill. They were duped into thinking VAWA is about protecting women when it is the opposite.”

For media inquiries, please contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary 571-420-2488

Radicals in Congress Out-of-Step with American Women and their Families

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For Immediate Release
March 1, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
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(571) 420-2488

Radicals in Congress Out-of-Step with American Women and their Families
New CWALAC Scorecard of 117th  Congress Released Today

Washington, D.C. – As the 2022 primary election season gets underway this week, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the largest grassroots women’s organization in the country, today released its congressional scorecards for the 1st Session of the 117th  Congress. Percentage scores from 0 (worst) to 100 (best) summarize key votes of sitting members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate in 2021 which were relevant to CWALAC’s core issues

The scorecards track issues important to CWA and its more than 500,000 members across the country, including the sanctity of human life, preserving the dignity and status of women on the basis of sex, ensuring the freedom to practice faith, upholding the rights of parents in education, and many others.

“The radical left turn in the priorities of Congress sadly reflects once again that elections have consequences,” said Penny Young Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC. “In 2021, a new majority took over in Washington. Unfortunately, our legislative team has had to spend the last year working to oppose the radical policies and extreme ideologies of the Democrat majority in order to defend the values of American women.”

This scorecard reflects key votes on:

  • Removing protections against taxpayer funding of abortion on demand both domestically and internationally.
  • Redefining sex in civil rights laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity, effectively erasing women’s status and prohibiting the use of sex-specific pronouns.
  • Instituting a federal takeover of state voting laws, forcing taxpayers to fund political campaigns, and requiring nonprofits to disclose donors.
  • Erasing the unique status and dignity of females by eliminating legal safeguards that recognize differences between men and women.
  • Legitimizing the marijuana industry financially and granting marijuana businesses access to the federal banking system.
  • Collecting the sexual behavior and gender preferences of business owners.
  • Subjecting state election laws to federal approval under the discretion of the Department of Justice.
  • Requiring young women to register with the Selective Service for a potential military draft.
  • Imposing radical gender ideology on faith-based providers and jeopardizing care for female abuse victims.
  • Mandates that gender perceptions override biological fact in federal civil rights law.

“We would much rather be on the side of advancing the freedoms that are the foundation of our great nation, and we are very grateful for all the Members of Congress who have fought to preserve those freedoms,” said Nance. “Members’ scores reflect on which side of the divide they stand. Americans are looking forward to the 2022 elections to right the ship  – CWA Legislative Action Committee’s congressional scorecards will assist voters in making that choice.” 

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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

No Shortcuts on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Nomination

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For Immediate Release
February 25, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
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Washington, D.C.— President Joe Biden is reported to be nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to take the seat of retiring Justice Stephen Breyer at the United States Supreme Court. Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, had this to say:

“The U.S. Senate must focus on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s record, especially her judicial philosophy and temperament.

“There are serious questions about Judge Jackson’s judicial philosophy, especially being nominated by a President who promised to appoint someone who viewed the Constitution as a “living document.” This is a dangerous view of the Constitution that allows a judge to inject personal policy preferences under the guise of an ever-expanding Constitution that changes according to a majority of nine unelected judges. Does Judge Jackson share the view?

“President Biden said unequivocally he has an abortion litmus test for nominees. He wants judges who look beyond the clear text of the Constitution to uphold and even expand so called abortion rights. The President has been open to his political supporters about his commitment as he sought their support. And, predictably, he has picked the nominee most championed by the far left when other nominees seemed to have more broad support.

“Judge Jackson is being nominated to the highest court in the land, and her record must be reexamined with a much higher standard than in the past. They must explore the thousands of pages in opinions, briefs, speeches, and other writings Judge Brown has authored and also her overwhelming support by radical progressive groups. Everything must be examined. No shortcuts.

“The happy warrior women I represent demand nothing less. We deserve nothing less.”

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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

ERA is Dead, and so is Virginia’s Lawsuit

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For Immediate Release
February 18, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
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ERA is Dead, and so is Virginia’s Lawsuit

CWA Praises New Virginia AG for Championing Women

Washington, D.C. – Today, Virginia announced it will no longer participate in the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) lawsuit it joined with the states of Illinois and Nevada under Gov. Ralph Northam’s Administration. This decision comes after a recent legal decision by the Biden Administration and an Obama-appointed federal judge that affirmed that the deadline for ratification of the ERA had passed decades ago.

Concerned Women for America Legislative (CWA) has opposed the ERA since it was first proposed in the 1970s when women activists across the country rose up to oppose it and fight for the dignity of women. Radical activists have made it clear they hope that adding an equality amendment based on “sex” would allow federal courts and legislatures new powers to reinterpret every law making a distinction based on gender. Current trends to neutralize the unique differences of males and females in policy and law and redefine “sex” to include “gender identity” could be weaponized by the ERA to the detriment of biological females.

“Women are already equal under U.S. law and in our Constitution,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWA, the largest public policy organization for women in the nation. “The ERA seeks to erase women from the law under the guise of ‘equality.’”

The 14th Amendment states, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor … deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor … the equal protection of the laws.” Women can and have used established law to make progress. These include Title IX, the Equal Opportunity Act of 1963, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and the Equal Pay Act, laws in which women have made huge strides against institutional discrimination in education, employment, sports, politics, and many other aspects of society.

“Virginia’s new Attorney General, Jason Miyares, rightfully sees this lawsuit as a futile exercise and blatant waste of taxpayer dollars,” said Nance. “The ERA is dead. CWA applauds the AG for dropping this unconstitutional effort and standing up for the rule of law and for women.”

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

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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  

Battle Over Girls’ Sports Reaches Kentucky Legislature

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For Immediate Release
February 15, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
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Battle Over Girls’ Sports Reaches Kentucky Legislature
YWA Leader Testifies in Committee Hearing

 Washington, D.C. – Today, Young Women for America (YWA) Kentucky leader Halli Gravely testified before the Kentucky legislature in support of the Kentucky Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (H.B. 23). This Act would prohibit male students from participating in girls’ athletics. Gravely, a high school swimmer, spoke on behalf of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) who has been fighting to protect women’s rights to fair play in sports.

H.B. 23 protects girls’ sports by making sure that biological males cannot compete in girls’ sports. Ten states have passed protections for girls’ sports while ten other states, like Kentucky, are debating this issue.

“Women’s and girls’ sports are under attack,” said Annabelle Rutledge, National Director of YWA who attended the Committee hearing today. With all of the national news around the discrepancies in high school and college athletics, it is important to speak up and protect a woman’s right to a fair playing field.”

Lia Thomas, a swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania who is a biological male, has drawn national attention to the issue of men competing in women’s sports. Thomas has set records competing against girls and has been cleared to compete in NCAA women’s tournament. Thomas will also be competing in the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships this week where the swimmer is seeded first in three events.

“Young women should not be forced to compete against young men,” said Penny Young Nance, President, and CEO of CWALAC. “Biology does not lie, and science is clear, men and women are different, and men have a clear advantage over women in sports. We feel for these girls who have been tossed aside by schools who just want to win.”

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

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

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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  

Congress Continues to Fail Women by Denying their Biological Reality in VAWA Protections

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Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) has a long history of championing the rights of women to be protected from sexual exploitation.   We stood strong for women survivors of rape and demanded that rape kits be prioritized in forensic testing under the Debbie Smith Act, and because we did not back down, Congress implemented promising changes for rape survivors in the 2019 reauthorization. 

Recently, we joined in urging the passage of the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (H.R.4445). Its passage is a long-overdue action that reflects the all-too present disregard for the concerns and dignity of many women by elected officials. 

But the current bipartisan Senate Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization (S.3623) continues to fail women. Congress stripped women of protections on the basis of sex in the 2013 VAWA reauthorization by prioritizing rights for any biological male self-identifying as a woman over the safety and privacy rights of women.  

Female identity and status are being flouted under current federal law intended to protect women victims and survivors.  S.3623 does nothing to correct that failure. 

Women survivors of violence and sexual assault deserve the full protection of our laws for their security, not denied it.  Unfortunately, that has been the case since President Obama signed the last VAWA reauthorization into law. Like every other VAWA reauthorization introduced or passed by Congress since then, S.3623 as introduced rejects ensuring protections for women on the basis of biological sex. 

Because of VAWA’s failure to uphold its purpose to protect women, CWALAC is forced to oppose any VAWA reauthorization which fails to clarify that nothing in the intent or implementation of its provisions may be interpreted to compromise, threaten, or undermine the privacy, safety, and rights of females in order to accommodate biological men who identify as women. 

Concerned Women Applaud the Virginia Supreme Court’s Decision to Restore Rights to Parents

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Mask mandates have proven harmful to children

Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), issued the following statement on the Supreme Court of Virginia’s dismissal of Castillo v. Youngkin:

“Today, the Supreme Court of Virginia rejected a challenge to Gov. Youngkin’s Executive Order Number 2 regarding mask mandates for students. Concerned Women for America along with many parents and schoolchildren across the Commonwealth of Virginia celebrate today’s ruling. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many state government officials enacted unnecessary policies that have proven to be harmful to our children, inhibiting their ability to learn, play, and interact with each other. After two years of the overreaching mandates, it’s time for our children to return to normal. We applaud Gov. Youngkin and Attorney General Miyares for defending the Executive order and protecting parental choice in education in Virginia.”

Read the full order here.

Concerned Women Applaud Virginia AG Miyares for his Public Universities COVID-19 Vaccines Opinion

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Attorney General Jason Miyares issued a legal opinion today that Virginia colleges cannot require their students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as a general condition of students’ enrollment or in-person attendance.

Miyares highlights the opinion that “as recognized in the prior opinion, ‘[t]here is no question that the General Assembly could enact a statute requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for in-person school attendance.’ As of this writing, it has not done so. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly has amended other statutes to address pandemic-related issues.”

Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), gave the following statement responding to today’s release:

“Attorney General Miyares’ opinion proves that he respects the rule of law and listens to students, parents, and school employees. His first opinion as Virginia AG is a huge step in the right direction to personal freedom in education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. No student should be denied admission to an institution or admittance to class because of their vaccine status.

“Nothing in Virginia law empowers public universities to make such requirements, and therefore we urge them to immediately rescind their policies.policies.

“We are grateful to Gov. Youngkin and Attorney General Miyares and urge them to continue prioritizing education, parents, and students in Virginia and continue to push back on the authoritarian establishment.

“Concerned Women for America applauds Attorney General Miyares and will continue to stand up for individual freedom and civil rights for Americans.”

For media inquiries, please contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary 571-420-248

DOJ Opinion Confirms ERA’s Rotting Corpse, Again

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Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the country, had this to say regarding the Office of Legal Counsel’s January 26, 2022, opinion regarding the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment:

“The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is dead. Its rotting corpse confirmed by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) itself in a 2020 opinion that concluded Congress had the constitutional authority to impose a deadline for its ratification, and that, having failed to be ratified by the required number of states as the deadline expired, ‘the ERA is not part of the United States Constitution and the Archivist of the United States may not certify it as such.’

“OLC admitted that ‘Congress has no further role in the ratification process and therefore lacks authority to modify the original deadline.’

“OLC agreed with the late liberal icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who famously admitted the ERA was dead and the process needed to start over.

“Nothing has changed.

“Except that Joe Biden is President now, and he is tanking in the polls at the moment. So, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), led by Merrick Garland, fresh out of comparing parents to terrorists for protesting at school board meetings, has decided to issue a hilarious opinion affirming everything they had said about the ERA being dead while still nonsensically saying others could act.

“‘[T]he OLC Opinion is not an obstacle either to Congress’s ability to act … or to judicial consideration,’ it says.

“Insert a laugh-out-loud emoji, please. Sure, OLC says, Congress can always ignore the Constitution and the plain reading of the amendment.

“A day later, like a kid whose parents told him he can do anything because he is the most fabulous kid in the world, President Biden called on Congress to take on the ERA, though he is not specific on what they are supposed to do. Which makes sense, since there is nothing they can do.

“These are mere theatrics to project that they are fighting for women, when in fact, women do not want or need the ERA. Women have seen the practical effects of the left’s idea of “equality,” with men erasing our accomplishments in women’s sports competitions and putting women at risk in what are supposed to be women-only protected spaces, like shelters and women’s prisons.

“No thanks. We do not need the ERA to be equal. We are equal. They better learn to deal with it.”

 

 

For media inquiries, please contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary 571-420-2488

Penny Nance statement on Justice Breyer’s retirement

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Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the country, had this to say on the retirement announcement of Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Stephen Breyer:

“Justice Breyer’s announcement comes as no surprise to those of us engaged in the policy, political arena. The Democrats are facing a potentially disastrous midterm election, and the left has been aggressively, and very publicly, pushing for his retirement—to their shame honestly.

“We are thankful for Justice Breyer’s service and have shown respect for him, even when we vehemently disagree with his judicial philosophy.

“But the radical left does not care. And it is that same boorish crowd we hope President Joe Biden can resist in making his nomination.

“He needs a win; we can all see that. But I hope he has learned from his recent defeats in the Senate that the radical lefts’ insistence on alienating half the country to get their way is a losing strategy.

“The president has a chance to finally unify the country with a consensus nominee, breaking away from the shameful and vile tactics we have experienced in recent Supreme Court nominations.

“No matter what, CWA’s army of happy warrior women is ready and eager to speak up for truth and justice to prevail on this nomination, against any and all odds.”

 

For media inquiries, please contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary 571-420-2488

CWALAC Celebrates Removal of NDAA Provision Drafting Our Daughters

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For Immediate Release
December 7, 2021
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]

CWALAC Celebrates Removal of NDAA Provision Drafting Our Daughters

Washington, D.C. – Last night, harmful language requiring women to register for the Selective Service was removed from the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) were instrumental in opposing this monumental reversal in military policy. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is grateful for their steadfast leadership. We also thank Reps. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri) and Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) –all integral, vocal players in the efforts to defeat this proposal.

Lastly, we want to extend our sincerest gratitude to our leaders in the states and our Young Women for America leaders on college campuses around the country. Your voices were key to ensuring this issue made it to the forefront of debate.

CWALAC will continue to stand for the inherent dignity of women and against the destructive lie that women’s equality means sameness with men. We admire and support the patriotic women who volunteer for military service. Conscripting our daughters and granddaughters to the frontlines of war is entirely different. Assigning priority to “equity” over military necessity would only hinder critical national defense objectives in a wartime crisis.

CWALAC applauds Members for rejecting the shameful fallacy that Congress must rubber stamp the social experimentation of our military to secure critical funding for our troops and national security.

We are thrilled that our leaders have chosen to respect women and their role in serving our nation without sacrificing our daughters on the altar of political correctness. Thank you for eliminating language to draft women.

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich history of over 40 years.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee Endorses Charles W. Herbster for Governor of Nebraska

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2021

 Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee Endorses Charles W. Herbster for Governor of Nebraska

Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (LAC), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization is endorsing Republican candidate Charles W. Herbster for Governor of Nebraska.

“Charles W. Herbster is a Christian man who will defend the values upon which Concerned Women for America LAC stands. His incredible track record of supporting life and American liberties makes the decision to endorse an easy one for our organization,” stated Concerned Women for America LAC CEO. and President Penny Nance. “Nebraska needs courageous leadership, and Charles will provide that.”

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Concerned Women for America LAC.  This organization is in the trenches everyday fighting to protect life, our spiritual values, and the cultural values that make America unique in the world,” said Herbster. “I am humbled to be supported by such an organization and all its members. I will fight to keep Nebraska out front on the protection of life and the freedoms we all should enjoy.”

Concerned Women for America LAC represents thousands of women around the country in advocating for strong public policies that support the protection of life, the defense of the family, religious liberty, the elimination of sexual exploitation and other areas of interest.

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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.