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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.

PRESS RELEASE: Penny Nance Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee: Promoting Justice for Victims of Crime

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Washington D.C. – Today, Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act. She urged them to continue to improve the support given to victims of sexual assault, ensuring that every sexual assault kit is processed before the statute of limitationsruns out.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for AmericaLegislative Action Committee, issued the following statement following her testimony:

“Each time the reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act comes up, we should do the hard work necessary to reevaluate our approach and raise the bar. We must push ourselves until each sexual assault kit is accounted for and every last one is processed – because every kit represents a brave woman waiting for justice. For some of these women, the clock is running out as the statute of limitations for rape approaches.

“Accountability in the reporting of existing backlogs must be required and processing of rape kits must be prioritized.

“We should never forget the picture of the deteriorating, abandoned warehouse in Detroit where some 11,000 rape kits were stockpiled, unopened and unprocessed for decades. Each of those kits represents a woman whose life was forever changed. She deserves closure. She deserves justice.

“Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee has been committed to working on this issue on the federal level and with states to end the backlog. We will continue to commit ourselves to these women. It was my privilege to stand before the Senate Judiciary Committee today on behalf of each hurting woman represented by these unprocessed rape kits. They deserve better.”


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

Women for Kavanaugh Grassroots Effort to Sweep the Nation

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Washington, D.C. — Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization of women in the country, is launching a $500,000 grassroots effort to support the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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

“We are happy to announce that Concerned Women for America is launching a $500,000 grassroots campaign called “Women for Kavanaugh ” (WomenforKavanaugh.com) to rally conservative women across the nation in support of the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  While this is a national effort, there will be specific efforts in nine key states to educate and engage our activist in efforts to communicate with their senators.  CWA activists from around the nation have been waiting for this historic opportunity to restore constitutional balance to the nation’s highest court, and they are ready to meet the challenge. We will do everything in our power to support this noble, eminently qualified nominee against the unfair attacks from the left.

“This is the moment for which conservative women have been waiting, and the ‘happy warrior’ women I represent are eager to engage in an effort they know will help preserve justice and liberty for their children and their children’s children.

“During his presidential campaign, President Trump promised to nominate judges in the mold of the late, great Justice Antonin Scalia. That was one of the main reasons why conservative women turned out for President Trump in such great numbers. The president delivered on that promise with Justice Neil Gorsuch, and he has delivered once again with soon-to-be Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“The U.S. Senate must now rise above political pettiness and give this nominee a fair consideration. President Trump is not the nominee; he already won.  Judge Kavanaugh is the nominee, and his record speaks for itself. It is worth noting that Judge Kavanaugh was already confirmed to the D.C. Circuit, commonly recognized as the second most powerful court in the land, with bipartisan support. He should be confirmed swiftly with overwhelming support this time, too.

“Our message is simple: ‘Confirm Judge K.’”

 


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

Trump’s Solid Choice for the Supreme Court is Good News for All Americans

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Washington, D.C. – Moments ago, President Donald J. Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s vacancy at the United States Supreme Court. 

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

“This is an historic moment for the United States. This is why conservative women voted overwhelmingly for Donald J. Trump – to ensure that a proper constitutional balance is restored to our nation’s highest court. President Trump made a promise to the American people and, just as with the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch, he is delivering on that promise.

“Judge Brett Kavanaugh is abundantly qualified to sit on the bench of the United States Supreme Court. He is among the best and brightest jurists on the appellate courts with a reputation of being fair and impartial in his decisions. Judge Kavanaugh is known as a judge who respects the Constitution as written, refusing to legislate from the bench.  This is what we need at this time on the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Concerned Women for America is ready to stand up for Judge Kavanaugh and against the political attacks of the left which have little to do with the candidate’s record. This is not just about us; this is about our children and their children. This is about the future of this nation for generations to come, and we plan on giving everything we have in order to leave them a Supreme Court that will protect their liberties and uphold our Constitution.

“Simply put, Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an outstanding choice.  President Trump, once again, is keeping his promises to the American people by picking a highly qualified, fair, and independent judge – just as he did with Neil Gorsuch. He will be another great justice, and the U.S. Senate should confirm him expeditiously.”


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

PRESS RELEASE – Grassroots Fired up for the Supreme Court

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Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance, President & CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), had this to say on the news of the impending retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy:

“This is the moment conservative women have been waiting for — the chance to return justice and constitutional limits to the nation’s highest court. This is the reason why they voted overwhelmingly for Donald J. Trump over Hillary Clinton.

“We want a Supreme Court that rejects the subjective “living, breathing” constitutional philosophy which judicial activist have used to force liberal political policies on the country under the guise of law. It is time for a Supreme Court that returns power to “We the People.”

“This is why 81% of Evangelical women voted for President Trump.  He was clear from the beginning on the credentials and judicial philosophy he would require of any of his appointees to both the high and lower courts. He has delivered on that promise like no other president in history.

“We know what the opposition will do, no matter whom the president chooses. Their hatred for anything the president does is evident to the country by now.  But they are out of ideas.  We know the script and expect the phony hysteria to reach its climax with the help of the liberal media.

“Concerned Women for America is gearing up for our biggest and perhaps most important confirmation battle in our almost 40-year history.  We plan to devote considerable resources to this effort, and we expect to win.

“Our happy warrior/activist ladies relish the fight and shine in these historic moments.  Our nation is at a pivotal moment, and CWA ladies will be in the center of the action, protecting our future children and grandchildren with grace and dignity.”

 

 

Supreme Court Protects Pro-Life Clinics from Government Targeting; Millions of Women Celebrate

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Washington, D.C. — Moments ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a great victory (5-4) to pro-life clinics in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra.

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

“We applaud the U.S. Supreme Court for sending a clear statement today that pro-life Americans cannot be discriminated against and targeted by government. The State of California’s insidious effort to prevent pregnancy care centers from helping suffering women is appalling.

“To be clear, this case was not about abortion. Malicious abortion politics definitely were the motivation behind it, but the case centered on the inappropriate mandate of the state compelling pro-life clinics to promote abortion in violation of their consciences.  The case was about forced speech.

“Supporters of the First Amendment, including many pro-abortion women, were appalled to see the way the state tried to punish pro-life clinics where hundreds, if not thousands, of women dedicate their lives to help other women in need.  Millions of women around the country, both pro-life and pro-abortion, reject this form of government tyranny.

“Freedom-loving women should celebrate the Court’s wisdom here in allowing all women to serve their fellow neighbor as their conscience dictates, free from government interference.”


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

A Statement on Immigration by Penny Nance

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The issue of Immigration is very complicated and fraught with emotional and political landmines.  The truth is that both Democrats and Republicans have used the issue to rev up their bases and score points against each other, ignoring the human cost.

Americans are aghast at the idea of separating legitimate parents from children.  However, the answer can’t be to not enforce the law.

It’s time for Democrats and Republicans to put aside petty politics and get to work on a solution that both protects children and respects the rule of law.

It’s a false choice to suggest that we cannot keep mothers and children together.  However, it is true that there must be a statutory fix to this heartbreaking problem.

I call on Congress to stop with the finger pointing and to pass legislation immediately.

 

United States Withdraws from UN Human Rights Council

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Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Nikki Haley and President Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

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

“The United Nations’ dedication to defending human rights has strayed so far from its conception post-World War II when President Harry Truman appointed Eleanor Roosevelt to the first American delegation to the U.N. where she oversaw the drafting and adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“Today the UNHRC itself is a remake of its predecessor, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, which had to be replaced because it valued partisan politics above human beings. History is nothing if not repetitive, and today the UNHRC is facing the same fate as the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. The United States is willing to call it what it is.

“Last year, Ambassador Haley addressed the Council in Geneva, warning that the United States would be leaving the Human Rights Council if they continued to show their unfounded hostility towards Israel. The U.N. Human Rights Council has passed more than 70 resolutions against the state of Israel since its creation, while Iran, which is listed as a Tier 3 nation on the U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report, has withstood only seven.

“The United States has asked the Council to face its hypocrisy. We have asked that they expel nations who are blatant human rights abusers, such as Venezuela, China, and Saudi Arabia. Ambassador Haley put forth minimum requirements for the United States’ involvement, and all of them have been ignored. It is not our obligation to align ourselves with an international body that claims to stand for human rights but cherry picks which humans deserve those rights.”

 


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