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Senate Failed to Pass Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, the Senate failed to pass S. 2311, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, by a vote of 51-46. This bill would have ended elective abortions after 20 weeks.

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

“Senators like Doug Jones (D-Alabama), Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), and Claire McCaskell (D-Missouri), who represent states where voters overwhelmingly support life, will have much to answer for in their next election.

“Today, these senators had a chance to stand for life. They chose to vote against life. They had a chance to defend the dignity of both children and their mothers. Instead, they voted without regard for the most vulnerable among us.

“The United States calls itself a champion of human rights but is one of only seven nations to allow abortion after 20 weeks when it has been proven that babies feel extreme pain. Today, we continue to align ourselves with countries such as China, North Korea, and Vietnam.

“A recent Marist poll showed that 60% of Americans support ending abortions after 20 weeks, but that majority had no voice today. It’s time to do better.”

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

Cecile Richards Steps Down

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Washington, D.C. – Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, plans to step down after more than a decade.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, had this to say:

“Under the leadership of Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood has grown to push one agenda – abortion above all else – while throwing aside any inkling of actual medical care. Cancer screenings and STD testing have all declined under her reign.

“Under Cecile’s leadership, Planned Parenthood has been exposed for refusing to report statutory rape and abuse, for aiding sex traffickers, for taking money to abort black babies, and for illegally profiting off of the body parts they have aborted. Ms. Richards leaves the organization just as the FBI is investigating likely criminal actions by the abortion giant.

“If Planned Parenthood is serious about standing up for the women they claim to represent, they will hire someone who understands medicine and accepts the facts that abortion does not help women but only inflicts harm and destruction. This is their chance to turn the organization around for the good and actually help women, instead of constantly telling them they cannot fulfill their dreams without abortion.”

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

House Votes to Protect Infants Born Alive After Abortions

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Washington, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4712, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act by a vote of 241-183. This bill requires any health care practitioner who is present when a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion to exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, and to ensure that such child is immediately admitted to a hospital.

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

“The House has passed commonsense reform that protects infants who are born alive after an attempted abortion. The bill requires appropriate medical care for any child who survives an attempted abortion, as well as establishes criminal penalties for health-care practitioners who violate this requirement. However, the mother of the child born alive may rightly not be prosecuted.

“This is not a restriction on abortion or a way to prosecute women who have abortions. This guarantees that if a child is born alive, he or she will receive the medical care that would otherwise occur if the child was born at that gestation under normal circumstances. This bill places sole responsibility on the medical provider to not simply let the child starve, suffocate, or die of other means, but to fulfill their oath of doing no harm.

“After the horrific Gosnell case and the Center for Medical Progress videos that show Planned Parenthood staff admitting that they perform abortions in specific ways that cause these children to be born alive for tissue procurement preferences, this reform is necessary.”

Congress Approved Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, the House approved the Senate-passed conference report of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill that overhauls the tax system. The bill will now head to President Trump’s desk for signature.

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

“Our tax system is unnecessarily complex and outdated, and I applaud the House and Senate for coming together to create reform that will benefit the American family. Speaker Ryan has been tirelessly working to reform the tax code since he was a hill staffer, and I offer my congratulations to him and gratefulness for his hard work, as well as the dedication and work of Chairman Brady (R – Texas), Chairman Black (R – Tennessee), Chairman Hatch (R – Utah), the conference committee, and House and Senate Leadership.

“This overhaul is pro-family and includes the doubling of the child tax credit to $2,000.  I applaud the conference committee for adopting the Senate-passed language that doubled the credit and made it refundable. Senators Rubio (R – Florida) and Lee (R – Utah), as well as Ivanka Trump, have worked hard to ensure this key element was not overlooked. This increase will allow parents more flexibility in how they choose to raise their children in an increasingly expensive environment. As pro-life Americans, we must ensure that the costs of raising a child do not make having children seem impossible. This credit expansion is an important element in this formula.

“Independent analysis has found that 80% of Americans will see tax cuts because of this bill. Shame on Democrats for falsely selling this as a one-sided reform that only helps the ultra rich and for failing to put aside petty politics to vote for a bill to help their constituents. Additionally, by lowering the corporate tax rate, America is again a competitive environment for business. This bill will not only create job growth but will put money back in the pockets of American workers. The voters will remember those who dug their heels in for the sake of partisanship and voted against tax cuts for the American family.”

Judicial Excellence Shines Under Trump, McConnell

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Senate, under the leadership of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), has confirmed the 10th judicial nominee to a circuit court: Leonard Steven Grasz to the Eight Circuit.

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

“I want to commend President Donald J. Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on their leadership and commitment to constitutional principles as they continue their excellent work on the confirmation of judicial nominees.

“I hear it everywhere I go. The excitement is palpable. President Trump has delivered on this issue, which was one of the primary reasons they voted for him.

“And Majority Leader McConnell’s commitment has not gone unnoticed. His steady handling of nominees, even when faced with fierce Democrat opposition, has been stellar.

“Judge Steven Grasz is just the latest example. Here is a nominee with excellent credentials, impeccable character, and professional reputation, and a commitment to the proper constitutional role of a judge. We are thrilled with his confirmation and commit to lifting him and his family in prayer as he undertakes this new public service challenge.”

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

Justice Department Investigates Planned Parenthood Over Sale of Fetal Tissue

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Washington, D.C. — Last night it was announced that the Department of Justice has launched an official investigation of Planned Parenthood’s practices and sale of fetal tissue.

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

“It’s about time! Since 1916, when Margaret Sanger opened the first ‘birth control clinic,’ Planned Parenthood has been hurting women, children, and communities.

“It has been common knowledge for some time that the practices of Planned Parenthood are extremely suspect. Video after video have surfaced showing the atrocities taking place behind those doors, including the profitable sale of aborted fetal tissue. Former employees have left the abortion giant and unveiled the truth behind the cheery pink façade.

“The abortion industry is driven by one thing: money. Planned Parenthood has repeatedly shown that they are willing to do anything to help their bottom line, including the illegal profiting from fetal tissue. Last year, the House’s Select Panel on Infant Lives and the Senate Judiciary Committee dug deeper into the allegations against Planned Parenthood and the biomedical fetal tissue industry. Both committees found foul play regarding the profit and sale of baby body parts. During the Obama Administration, the House of Representatives voted to send 15 criminal and regulatory referrals to various agencies, including the Department of Justice, but our government turned a blind eye.

“Not anymore! Our government is no longer breaking its back to shelter the foul play of big abortion, but is doing its job by investigating illegal activity. I, along with all of Concerned Women for America, am hopeful that the truth will come to light in this investigation.”

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

President Trump Declares Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital and Announces Embassy Move

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Washington, D.C. – Today, President Donald Trump made a statement officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel. He ordered the State Department to begin the process of moving the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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

“Today, I am thankful for President Trump’s courage in declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel and for his directive to the State Department to begin the process of moving our embassy. This has been years in the making, but no president has prioritized our relationship with Israel enough to take this important step.

“The United States has done little for Israel over the past eight years – this move will be restorative to U.S./Israeli relations.

“Thank you, President Trump, for working to fulfill your campaign promises. Moving our embassy will create a new legacy in the Middle East and prove the United States’ support for our strongest and only true democratic ally in the region.”

President Trump to Declare Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

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Washington, D.C. – President Donald Trump is expected to make a speech next week recognizing Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, had this to say:

“I happily anticipate President Trump’s upcoming statement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital city of the Jewish state of Israel. Six months ago, UNESCO chose to ignore history when they passed a resolution denying Israel any claim to the city of Jerusalem.

“Such a responsive statement from our nation will send a clear message – we support Israel, our strongest and only true democratic ally in the Middle East, despite the U.N.’s attempt to undermine Israel’s very existence. Concerned Women for America is thankful for President Trump’s dedication to the Jewish state.

“This is an excellent first step, and I hope it is exactly that – a first step in fulfilling President Trump’s campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Israel’s eternal and indivisible capital city of Jerusalem. Recognizing that Jerusalem is the capital assumes that the United States respects Israel’s capital city and will at some point move our embassy.”

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

Penny Nance Calls on Congress to Address Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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Washington, D.C. – Over the past two weeks, the truth of sexual misconduct among certain members of Congress has been brought to light. Today, Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, called on Congress to release the names of congressional members who have used taxpayer dollars to silence these allegations.

“This information, while disturbing, must be openly discussed, and it must be addressed. No more brushing this under the rug. And absolutely no more using taxpayer money to cover it up.

“The American people deserve better. We want to know about this $17 million that has been paid out to cover 234 complaints. We have a right to know. I call on Congress to give us this list now, because we deserve to know which members we have been paying to protect.”

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

President Trump Delivering on Judges

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Washington, D.C. – President Donald J. Trump has just announced he is adding five more names (Judge Amy Barrett, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Judge Kevin Newsome, Justice Britt Grant and Justice Patrick Wyrick) to his already solid list of possible United States Supreme Court Justices.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America had this to say:

“What President Trump is doing on judges stands above any president in recent memory.  He should be commended for his transparency, diligence, and commitment to the founding principles that made America a shining light of freedom and liberty around the world.

“His selections have been spot on at every level, and we are so thankful to him for delivering for the American people in such a crucial area.

“We are especially thankful to see Judge Amy Barrett considered.  At a time when the truth behind the treatment of women is being exposed at every level of our culture, it is great to see the president standing by an accomplished woman like Judge Barrett, who was maliciously and unjustly attacked for her faith during her confirmation hearings.

“The thousands of women I represent applaud President Trump on this announcement and will continue to support him in the selection of constitutional judges who respect their limited roles as jurists and not legislators.”

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