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Appropriations Outcome Proves Pro-life Progress Won’t Come Without A Fight

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Washington, D.C. — U.S. House-Senate conference appropriators wrapped up business on fiscal year 2019 spending bills today, choosing to tack on a short-term continuing resolution for remaining agencies as a rider to the Department of Defense/Labor-HHS-Education appropriations package.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America issued the following statement in response: 

“It is highly disappointing that the only “rider” conference negotiators could make a deal on was a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown.  Conservative House appropriators fought the good fight for many new pro-life and conscience protection provisions that are desperately needed to prevent taxpayer funds from  propping up the abortion industry year after year.

“We need leaders to stand up for innocent life and stand firm to make progress.  It won’t come without the willingness to fight to the end for our principles.  If deals were made in these negotiations, then it’s pretty clear who was on the losing side.  Our members want to see results, and unfortunately, once again, pro-life and conscience protection priorities were sidelined.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

PRESS RELEASE: Planned Parenthood Announces New President, Dr. Leana Wen

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Planned Parenthood announced their new President, Dr. Leana Wen. Dr. Wen has a medical background having been an emergency room doctor and Baltimore’s health commissioner. Her background as a political activist leaves little hope that Planned Parenthood will leave the abortion industry behind.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America issued the following statement in response: 

“If Planned Parenthood was truly serious about advocating for women, they would hire someone as their president who understands medicine and, because of that knowledge, accepts that abortion does not help women but only inflicts harm and destruction. Instead, they have hired a medical professional who does not understand the true nature of abortion and is more a political activist than women’s health advocate.

Dr. Wen’s background as an emergency room doctor and her time as Baltimore’s health commissioner should give her perspective on the real healthcare needs of women. Dr. Wen has the opportunity to change the trajectory of Planned Parenthood and address the full range of services needed by poor women. It’s time for Planned Parenthood to change their business model instead of pushing their abortion agenda.

Dr. Wen was just a child when she left China, but she was born in a nation with an authoritarian government that forced abortions under their One Child Policy for more than three decades. We know the devastating impact of that policy. If Dr. Wen cares for women, we ask that she rely on her expertise as a doctor instead of her political activism.

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Last-Ditch Effort from Dems to Obstruct Judge Kavanaugh’s Confirmation

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Sen. Feinstein (D-California) released a statement saying she referred an anonymous letter to federal investigative authorities concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. The contents of the letter are unknown.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America issued the following statement in response:

“CWA just wrapped up four days spent listening to every word of Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing last week. He was stalwart, answering every question as a Judge should. He stood in support of the Constitution and adhered to precedent in response to each question.

“We have looked carefully at his record which is impeccable, by the way. Anyone who takes the time to consider Judge Kavanaugh’s qualifications and experience will find the same. Judge Kavanaugh has served 12 years as a D.C. Circuit Court Judge and has been thoroughly vetted by the FBI throughout his 25 years of public service.

“We are thankful to Judge Kavanaugh for being a leader among his peers in hiring female clerks. More than half of his clerks were women, each of whom have successful careers and have given him their outright support for his nomination to the Supreme Court (unless barred by their current position) .

“In the face of his qualifications, his record, and his character, Democrats are left with nothing, and so we’re faced with this last-ditch effort to defame this outstanding nominee. We knew all along that the left would try a last minute dirty trick (as they have done in the past). “Somebody” saying “something” is simply not even close enough to any kind of evidence to halt or even slow down the process. There is nothing substantive in this dubious charge.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Planned Parenthood Announces New President, Dr. Leana Wen

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Planned Parenthood announced their new president, Dr. Leana Wen. Dr. Wen has a medical background having been an emergency room doctor and Baltimore’s health commissioner. Her background as a political activist leaves little hope that Planned Parenthood will leave the abortion industry behind.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America issued the following statement in response: 

“If Planned Parenthood was truly serious about advocating for women, they would hire someone as their president who understands medicine and, because of that knowledge, accepts that abortion does not help women but only inflicts harm and destruction. Instead, they have hired a medical professional who does not understand the true nature of abortion and is more a political activist than women’s health advocate.

Dr. Wen’s background as an emergency room doctor and her time as Baltimore’s health commissioner should give her perspective on the real healthcare needs of women. Dr. Wen has the opportunity to change the trajectory of Planned Parenthood and address the full range of services needed by poor women. It’s time for Planned Parenthood to change their business model instead of pushing their abortion agenda.

Dr. Wen was just a child when she left China, but she was born in a nation with an authoritarian government that forced abortions under their One Child Policy for more than three decades. We know the devastating impact of that policy. If Dr. Wen cares for women, we ask that she rely on her expertise as a doctor instead of her political activism.

For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

CWA of Iowa State Director Responds to Protesters in Sen. Grassley’s (R-Iowa) Office

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Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, CWA of Iowa State Director, Tamara Scott, was inside her Senator’s office when a swarm of protesters came to hold a sit-in protesting Sen. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Judge Kavanaugh.

Tamara Scott, CWA of Iowa State Director, issued the following statement: 

“Thursday I was in Sen. Grassley’s office before heading to the Kavanaugh Hearing when a large group of defiant protestors stormed in with cameras, rehearsed rhetoric and a proud defiance.  They pounded on inner office doors, made demands of staff, and staged a display the media was all too eager to capture.   It does not matter that Kavanaugh has support from colleagues across ideological spectrums because they trust him to be Constitutional not political. The antics of the New Left are sadly not about civil discourse, but disruption and destruction of the sacred traditions of diplomacy America has known. They simply have no respect for our Constitutional process.

“Sadly, the protestors that stormed Sen. Grassley’s office Thursday morning were not interested in dialogue or informed on Kavanaugh, who has received support from colleagues across the ideological spectrum because they trust him to be constitutional not political. This group did not care.  Their goal was not discussion or even civil discourse – they were there to disrupt the process, distract from facts, and destroy the foundations of our Republic and the media present seemed all too delighted to help.”

 

For an interview with Tamara Scott contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

PRESS RELEASE – Kavanaugh Hearing Wraps Up Day One

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Washington, D.C. – Today was the first day of Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. The morning had a contentious start with interruptions from Democrats and protestors in the audience. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) started by asking for the meeting to be cancelled entirely while Sen. Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) waited his turn to ask for an adjournment. Despite delay tactics, the hearing procreeded, although delayed. The day ended with an opportunity for Kavanaugh to address the committee and introduce his family.

After attending the hearing this afternoon, Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee made the following observation:

“What we witnessed today from the Kavanaugh opposition was more of the same. As they grow more and more frustrated and tired of losing, they continue to pout and scream louder and louder. Despite their cries, the arguments have not changed. The nominee has not changed.

“The Democrats in the committee who acted out because they didn’t get enough documents have already vowed to oppose him. Their minds are made up regardless of the proceedings. Let them vote, “no.” Even the liberal American Bar Association had enough information to give Judge Kavanaugh a unanimous “well qualified” rating which is its highest.

“The complaints of those opposing Kavanaugh are loud and incendiary, but they are simply not persuasive. They bear no resemblance to the nominee’s record.

“Hopefully, tomorrow we’ll get less antics and more substantive discussion about the actual record of the nominee. That is what the American people want and expect from their representatives in the committee.”

 

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

CWALAC Endorses Mark Harris for Congress for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, has endorsed Mark Harris for Congress in the 9th District of North Carolina.

Penny Nance, CEO and President, said, “Concerned Women for America LAC is proud to endorse Mark Harris, a true leader in his community, to represent the citizens of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.   American families are looking for leaders like Mark Harris who are committed to tackling the tough issues in Congress with hard work, courage and integrity.

“Our members are honored to stand with Mark Harris in this election, confident that he will stand up for women across North Carolina and the nation who are passionate about protecting life, religious freedom, and our economic and national security.”

Chairman Grassley Announces Kavanaugh Hearings to begin September 4

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Washington D.C. — Today, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced that the hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States will begin on September 4.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued the following statement: 

“We applaud Senator Chuck Grassley for swiftly moving along Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings so the Supreme Court seat vacated by Anthony Kennedy can be filled quickly. Concerned Women for America’s ‘Women for Kavanaugh’ six state bus tour spent time this week at Senator Grassley’s townhalls in Iowa, and we saw how enthusiastic Americans – especially women – are about Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.

“While those on the left will cry that the timing is short, Judge Kavanaugh’s name was listed last November on President Trump’s short list of possible nominees if a Supreme Court vacancy should occur. They have had additional months over the summer to gather documents, read cases, and interview Judge Kavanaugh himself. And just because it’s an election year, it does not mean that Judge Kavanaugh cannot – or should not – be confirmed. There have been at least four Justices nominated and confirmed in midterm election years.

“It’s time for the public to hear from President Trump’s nominee and learn first-hand just how well-qualified he is to hold the position of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.”

PRESS RELEASE: Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii choose Planned Parenthood over care for women

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Washington, D.C. — On July 31, the public comment period ended on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services new Protect Life Rule which requires physical and financial separation between abortion services and Title X dollars. Since then, 14 states have threatened to sue the federal government while the governors of Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii have decided that their states will pull out of the program entirely should this proposed rule be put into effect.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued the following statement: 

“Concerned Women for America supporters and other pro-life women recently filed several thousand comments in support of President Trump’s common-sense reform prohibiting abortionist from receiving Title X funds. Our message is simple: abortion is not health care.

“The new HHS policy means that real healthcare providers will be able to compete for and win the $286 million available for contraceptives and other family planning services.  By the way, the statute is very clear that abortion is not family planning. This new rule only enforces the law already in place.
“The fact that the governors of Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii, are willing to take a pass on approximately $10 million and instead choose Planned Parenthood over care for poor women is shocking.  This is an unmasking of the radical ideology behind abortion and proof that healthcare for women was never the point.
“This is nothing more than a political stunt.  The good news is that HHS can by-pass state governments and award grants directly to healthcare providers. Now faith-based health clinics and other charities, who were squeezed out of the process due to the Obama era’s rules forcing them to refer for abortions, can step forward to care for the least of these.

“This is one more example of President Trump keeping his promise to support life.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

PRESS RELEASE: #WomenforKavanaugh Bus Tour to Hit Eight States, Rally Conservative Women

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Washington, D.C. — Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, will kick off the #WomenforKavanaugh Bus Tour on August 8 in Des Moines, Iowa. The eight-state bus tour will rally conservative women to use their voices to support Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States.

“This is the moment conservative women and evangelical voters have been waiting for and a huge reason why they voted for President Trump,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America. “This grassroots bus tour will utilize CWA state directors, chapter leaders, and volunteers across the nation to rally behind Judge Kavanaugh and demonstrate that he is abundantly qualified to serve on the United States Supreme Court.”

The #WomenforKavanaugh tour will hit cities in Iowa, West Virginia, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Alabama and run from August 8-21.
Details on the tour can be found at www.womenforkavanaugh.com.
“This in an historic moment for our nation, and I could not be more proud to stand alongside conservative women across the country in support of Judge Kavanaugh,” continued Nance. “Judge Kavanaugh is uniquely qualified, fair, and impartial and fulfills President Trump’s campaign promise to nominate a constitutional conservative to the Supreme Court.”
A full list of stops are below:
  • Wednesday, August 8: Des Moines, Iowa
  • Thursday, August 9: Des Moines and Corning, Iowa
  • Friday, August 10: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Saturday, August 11: Charleston and Fairlea, West Virginia
  • Sunday, August 12: Louisville, Kentucky
  • Monday, August 13: St. Louis, Missouri, with stop-offs at Hazelwood, Missouri, and St. Charles, Missouri
  • Tuesday, August 14: Jefferson City, Missouri, with stops in O’Fallon, Wentzville, Columbia
  • Wednesday, August 15:  Sedalia, Missouri
  • Thursday, August 16: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with stop-offs in Omaha, Nebraska; Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Sioux City, Iowa;
  • Friday, August 17: Fargo, North Dakota
  • Tuesday, August 21: Birmingham, Alabama

 

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.