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The Deceptively Named “Equality Act” is a Threat to Women

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) joined with Reps. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri), Jody Hice (R-Georgia), Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) and Carol Miller (R-West Virginia) to speak out about the Equality Act’s harmful effects on women and girls. Alongside the lawmakers, representatives from CWALAC, Women’s Liberation Front, Alliance Defending Freedom, Susan B. Anthony List and Family Research Council, were clear – the “Equality Act” will do away with women’s sports, safe spaces for women, and jeopardize parents’ jurisdiction over their child’s health care. It is dangerous for our country.

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

“We are united in sending a clear message to Speaker Nancy Pelosi in opposing the deceptively-named “Equality Act.” The Speaker has shut off debate and with it, any hope of addressing the serious issues in the so-called “Equality Act.”  This bill would enshrine “gender identity” in civil rights law as a new protected class of sex with no rules or standards for claiming the opposite sex.

This bill is extreme and dangerous. It is not about equality; it is about imposing a new form of discrimination against women and people of faith in our country. Our rights to safety, privacy, and conscience are abandoned under this bill, and women and girls put at greater risk.

Women will lose female protected status in bathrooms, dressing rooms, locker rooms, and women’s shelters. Women will lose opportunities for scholarships and contracts. Female athletes will lose in unfair competition.

Congress should pass laws to protect women, not abandon us.”

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Women Across America Unite to Oppose Pelosi’s Threatening Equality Act

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WASHINGTON, DC – Concerned Women for America LAC, Women’s Liberation Front, Independent Women’s Voice, Save Women’s Sports, Hands Across the Aisle Coalition for Women, and many more united in sending a clear message to Speaker Nancy Pelosi in opposition of the so-called “Equality Act,” which threatens protections and opportunities for women across America.

May 14, 2019

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC, 20515

Dear Speaker Pelosi:

Women are uniting in opposition to the so-called “Equality Act” because Congress should only pass laws that protect women, not threaten, silence or abandon us.  The Equality Act seeks to enshrine in civil rights law a new protected class of sex based on “gender identity” that claims no objective standard, medical diagnosis, or permanent intent.  Under this bill, gender identity is nothing more than a person’s perception of self that can be changed at any time, for any reason, and cannot be challenged.

The danger to women when biological men seek to claim female identity should seem obvious but is being ignored by proponents of this bill.  In the course of congressional debate, our voices have been shut out by members who deny these concerns and dismiss them as fearmongering.  Tragically, they are the ones willing to put women at risk by promoting a federal law that would overrule any restriction on gender identity claims and abolish the protections of biological sex-specific practices and spaces.

This is an affront to women, putting everything that women have worked to gain, our opportunities and protections, at risk.

As organizations representing hundreds of thousands of women across America, we call on Congress to reject the Equality Act.  We stand together against the threats to women proposed by this bill.

We refuse the demand, for ourselves and our daughters, to undress in front of female-identifying men in public accommodations or tolerate them undressing in front of us. Concerns seem obvious for women of faith who follow strict guidelines about interaction with the opposite sex, for victims of sexual assault, or for young girls in public restrooms and dressing rooms.  In our society, laws should seek to protect the safety and privacy of every woman and girl, not compromise them in the name of “equality”.  The weight of refusal should not be placed on our shoulders with the threat of legal jeopardy silencing us as would be the case in the Equality Act.

We refuse to accept that women in emergency shelters, in jail or in prison — women in desperate and vulnerable circumstances whose public voice is barely a whisper— will be forced to shower and share intimate quarters with biological men because others were too afraid to speak up for them.

We refuse to give up our rights to women-only sports. There are thousands of men and boys alive today who run faster than the fastest female runner who ever lived.  Puberty, testosterone, and innate biological differences give physical advantages to males that cannot be mitigated, disqualifying any female athlete from fair competition. To deny this is denying science. Title IX’s purpose and benefit will be negated for females under the so-called Equality Act.  The tragedy of this is already being seen in women’s sports and will only intensify.

We refuse to give up the few women-only scholarships and small business programs available. These programs are a necessary and proportional response to women’s historical exclusion from public life and commerce, as well as the different life and career paths women often take.

We refuse to allow security checkpoints at our nation’s airports, or other sensitive locations, from becoming sites of sexual harassment. Security officers should not be required to conduct body searches of people of the opposite sex, nor should members of the public be required to submit to intimate security checks by officers of the opposite sex.

We refuse to give up our right to accept only intimate medical care from female providers or to at least have a female chaperone during such care, if necessary. This is of particular concern for elderly women, or women and girls with profound disabilities, who might lack the capacity to report abuse by male caretakers.

We refuse to believe children innately require sterilization as minors, by chemical or surgical means, in order to affirm fluid gender perceptions, social stereotypes, or personal expressions. Society should seek to protect the health of children’s bodies and their natural course of maturation through the turbulent, often distressing years of growth and development.   The Equality Act would normalize the practice of gender transitioning of minors, which is dangerously on the rise, especially among adolescent girls.

Denying the dangers of the so-called Equality Act for women and girls is a disservice to honest debate.  We urge Congress to pass laws that protect and defend the rights and dignity of women and the gains we have made, not laws that risk our safety and our opportunities.  The Equality Act is a threat to women, and Congress should reject it.

Sincerely,

Beverly LaHaye
Chairman of the Board
Concerned Women for America LAC

Penny Nance
CEO & President
Concerned Women for America LAC

Natasha Chart
Chairman of the Board
Women’s Liberation Front

Heather R. Higgins
CEO
Independent Women’s Voice

Carrie Lukas
Vice President
Independent Women’s Voice

Meg Kilgannon, FCP
Hands Across the Aisle Coalition for Women

Kara Dansky
Chair – DMV Chapter
Women’s Liberation Front

Beth Stelzer, MLT, ACEHC
Member, US Powerlifting
Founder
Save Women’s Sports

Michelle Cretella, M.D.
Executive Director
American College of Pediatricians

Donna J. Harrison, M.D.
Executive Director
American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Elizabeth Kantor
Senior Editor at Regnery Publishing
Author of The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After

Mary Rice Hasson, JD
Director, Catholic Women’s Forum

Kate O’Beirne Fellow,
Ethics and Public Policy Center

Michelle Lentz
President
Child Protection League

Patricia Garibay
Founder and Executive Director
American Heritage Girls

Michelle Easton
President
Clare Booth Luce Center for Conservative Women

Nancy Schulze
Founder
Republican Congressional Wives Speakers

Cathy Ruse, JD
Senior Fellow and Director of Human Dignity
Family Research Council

Republican Women of Clifton

Kristen Waggoner
SVP of U.S. Legal Division & Communications
Alliance Defending Freedom

Sandy Rios
Director of Government Affairs
American Family Association

Stella Morabito
Author

Sheryl Kaufman
Member, Board of Directors
Americans for Limited Government

Marlo Tucker
State Director
Concerned Women for America of California

Ruth Smith
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of California

Terri Johannessen
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Florida

Tanya Ditty
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Georgia

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Hawaii

Deborah Leininger
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Illinois

Tamara Scott
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Iow

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Kansas

Sancha Haysbert-Smith
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Louisiana

Penny Morrell
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Maine

Bev Ehlen
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Missouri

Jill Noble
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Missouri

Haven Howard
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Missouri

Jill Siceloff Coward
State Director
Concerned Women for America of North Carolina

Linda Thorson
State Director
Concerned Women for America of North Dakota

Linda Schauer
State Director
Concerned Women for America of South Dakota

Rose Herman
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Texas

Ann Hettinger
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Texas

Kori Peterson
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Texas

Mary Smith
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Texas

Beverly Roberts
Area Director
Concerned Women for America of Texas

Toni DeLancey
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Virginia

Maureen Richardson
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Washington

Kelsey Good
Young Women for America National Coordinator
Concerned Women for America

Sarah Perry, JD
Director of Partnerships
Family Research Council

Rebecca Teti
Operations Director
Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship

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CWA Joins “Pro-Life Rally Against Bullying” and Addresses Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims’ Behavior

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Washington, D.C.  Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims (D) shared videos of himself ranting and berating praying women and girls outside of a Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia. In his videos, he intimidated and harassed the women and offered to pay his viewers to identify them by name, find out where they live, and then to harass and endanger them.

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

“Watching these videos of an elected official in the state of Pennsylvania harass and berate peaceful, praying women and girls should infuriate women all over this nation. Regardless of ideology, faith, or political party, this type of bullying behavior is unacceptable in this country. People of faith have every right to pray in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic. The faith-based community has come together over this incredibly offensive behavior and wants bullies like Brian Sims to know that when you attack one of our own, you will have to answer to all of us. This behavior is not OK.”

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Victory for Religious Liberty

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Victory for All Americans

Washington, D.C. –  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a final rule to protect the “conscience” rights of our nation’s health care professionals. This new rule will allow health care workers to follow their moral and religious convictions about the services they provide without discrimination. President Trump made the announcement at a National Day of Prayer event Thursday.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA) applauded the administration’s move and made the following statement:

“Religious liberty lies at the foundations of American values. President Donald J. Trump’s Administration honors and respects the very essence of liberty by ensuring these principles are protected. The hundreds of thousands of Concerned Women for America supporters around the country stand with him in this endeavor and applaud his unwavering commitment to the protection of liberties for all Americans and not just a privileged few.

“We count this as another promise kept by President Trump who is simply living up to the vision he unveiled on the campaign trail. These regulations fully implement longstanding protections that had been shamefully neglected under previous administrations. We are grateful for these much-needed developments.”

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The “Equality Act’s” Transactivist Agenda is a Direct Assault on Women

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The American People Deserve Better

On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee rejected conservative attempts to address unfairness and extremism in the “Equality Act”.  Liberals proved they no longer stand for women. Women have fought long and hard to gain status.  Now, males self-identifying as women are celebrated in sports competitions; they steal women-owned business grants, and they invade female privacy in locker rooms and shelters.

This total assault on the 14th Amendment overturns decades of gains, including Title IX, that recognizes the importance of equal opportunities for women.  This is extreme and absurd. The American people deserve better.  Reach out to your U.S. House Representative and make your voice heard.

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Christian Conservative Women and Radical Feminists Agree: Women and Girls would be harmed by the Equality Act

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the House Judiciary Committee will markup the Equality Act (HR 5), which would amend the Civil Rights Act redefining the meaning of “sex” as male and female to include the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity. Concerned Women for America’s Senior Director of Government Relations, Doreen Denny, issued the following statement:

“The bill would create a world in which women and girls are no longer recognized, protected or dignified as uniquely female. In jobs, education, sports, shelters or any public space, any biological man classifying himself as a woman according to his ‘gender identity’ would have every claim to any women’s program, scholarship, sports roster, competition, boardroom, executive office, women’s shelter, bathroom, locker room, or job. Under the Equality Act, everything women have done and achieved over the last half century to improve opportunities and protections in education, sports, the workplace, and society could be overruled by any male claiming ‘womanhood’.”

Concerned Women for America sent the attached letter to House Judiciary Members and have joined hands with radical feminists (Women’s Liberation Front) and other interested groups (Hands Across the Aisle) in our mutual concerns over the Equality Act. The attached US Equality Act: Gender Identity Impact Summary delineates why we are united in purpose against this bill. Making “gender identity” a protected characteristic under federal law would erase the protected category of sex which has been a foundation for securing the rights and opportunities of women in the United States. We implore you to recognize the powerful message that our joining together from the left and the right conveys in opposing the Equality Act.

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It is Time for Congress to Reject the Extreme Abortion Agenda and Pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on
S. 160, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, sponsored by Chairman Graham (R-South Carolina). Immediately following, Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), will join a press conference with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mrs. Nance issued the following statement:

“Since Roe v. Wade, technology has changed our understanding of preborn life, and we need to face the truth on this issue: the unborn do feel pain. The United States is only one of seven countries in the world that allows abortion past 20 weeks; this includes Vietnam, China, and North Korea — not exactly the company we want to keep on human rights issues.

“In light of New York and Virginia’s radical abortion bills, support for late-term abortion nationwide has declined. A February 2019 Marist poll shows that a whopping 80% of Americans support abortion being limited to the first three months (12 weeks) of gestation — an increase of 5% since a January Marist poll on the same topic. This includes 64% of Democrats. America is waking up to the extreme abortion agenda, and it is time for Congress to listen.

“The hundreds of thousands of women I represent call on the Senate to take up and pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act without delay.”

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Secretary Pompeo Continues to Remove U.S. Taxpayer Funds Used for Abortion Overseas

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Today, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced further implementation of the Mexico City Policy to protect “more unborn babies around the world than ever before” and enforce President Trump’s commitment to stop U.S. taxpayers from funding abortion overseas.

In January 2017, President Trump’s executive action restored and extended the original 1984 Mexico City Policy to prohibit any organization which promotes or performs abortions in other countries from receiving U.S. global health funds. Today, Sec. Pompeo announced that the U.S. will also no longer fund organizations who subcontract with or provide financial assistance to other organizations in the global abortion industry. In addition, he announced the State Department will enforce the Siljander amendment to the 1982 Foreign Assistance and Related Programs Appropriations Act which prohibits tax dollars from being used to lobby for or against abortion. This announcement will directly reduce funding to the Organization of American States (OAS) in proportion to its expenditures on abortion-related activities.

Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America, and Dr. Shea Garrison, Vice President of International Affairs for CWA, responded to Sec. Pompeo’s announcement:

“Secretary Pompeo’s announcement confirms the proud pro-life stance of this administration and their commitment to ensuring that U.S. taxpayer dollars are not used to promote or subsidize the killing of unborn children around the world. Today’s announcement closes two gaping backdoor loopholes that organizations continue to use to get around the funding limitations of President Trump’s expansion of the Mexico City Policy.
“The U.S. has shown we can continue to meet the most critical health care needs for women while refusing to pay for the killing of unborn babies. This is consistent with the moral beliefs of most governments around the world and strengthens U.S.-foreign relations. In addition, women’s rights and health care can be better served through more focused assistance to alleviate the main challenges women face around the world — including in maternal health and mortality.
“We are thankful for Sec. Pompeo’s continued actions to implement the administration’s pro-life policies to the broadest extent possible. As Sec. Pompeo said: ‘This is a policy that is designed fundamentally to protect human beings … this is decent, this is right.’ We are proud to stand behind an administration that protects the most vulnerable among us.”

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislative arm of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with members across the country, over 450 Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams, 600 trained leaders, and over 30 years of service to our nation. For more information visit www.concernedwomen.org 

Senate Born Alive Vote Is a Yea or Nay for Infanticide

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CWA’s Penny Nance:  “Americans are Watching Your Vote.”

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S.311), sponsored by Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) and cosponsored by 49 Senators.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America LAC, warned U.S. senators about the significance of today’s vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act:

 “Friday marked the ninth anniversary of Kermit Gosnell losing his medical license for crimes against babies born alive after an abortion.  As we’ve heard from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, defending Gosnell-like infanticide is alive and well in some liberal corners of our country.  Today, senators have a choice to make; will they stand for protecting the lives of children who survive abortion or support infanticide?  At the point a child is born alive, she is a patient, and doctors should be required to provide care.  Congress has already agreed, unanimously, that a child born alive is a person with legal protections under U.S. law.  The Born Alive Survivors Protection Act is about enforcing that law.  Eighty percent of Americans agree with this bill, including 77 percent who identify as pro-choice.  Senators, Americans are watching your vote.”

President Trump Supports Life in 2019 SOTU 

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Washington, D.C. – Tonight in his 2019 State of the Union Address, President Trump again proved his commitment to the unborn by highlighting the importance of the sanctity of life.

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

“President Trump’s choice to recognize and reinforce this nation’s commitment to the sanctity of life in the State of the Union address tonight was crucial at this moment in our nation’s history. Belief in dignity of all human life — even those deemed less than perfect by some — is essential and fundamental to our nation. This principle is in large part what sets us a part from other nations who callously dispose of or abuse women, children, and others whom they find inconvenient.

“During the last two weeks, the far left and Planned Parenthood have been unmasked to reveal their shocking extremist views that abortion should be legal with no exceptions up until birth. New York state’s barbaric new law is a direct violation of human rights and must be reversed.  Other states like Virginia and Rhode Island are considering following their lead.

“Concerned Women for America members around this nation will fight infanticide bills with every breath in our bodies.

“Our nation desperately needs leadership on this issue at this time, and our president once again did not disappoint. President Donald Trump continues to be the most pro-life president in U.S. history. Thank you, President Trump, for your unwavering support of pre-born babies.”

CWA Calls for FBI Investigation Into Allegations Against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax

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Washington, D.C. – Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D), runner-up to the Virginia governorship should current governor Ralph Northam resign, has had a sexual assault allegation leveled against him. Vanessa Tyson claims that Fairfax sexually assaulted her at the DNC convention more than a decade ago.

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

“Every woman deserves the chance to be heard. Simultaneously, every allegation must be investigated. Concerned Women for America has taken the position that every person has the constitutional right to due process under the law.  America hasn’t forgotten the left’s mantra of ‘Believe Women’ during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. As the leader of the nation’s largest public policy organization for women and the project Women for Kavanaugh, I find their hypocrisy shocking but not surprising.

“Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s accuser deserves the same consideration as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.  Justice Kavanaugh underwent SEVEN FBI investigations in total. The silence of the left speaks volumes. Where is the public outrage? Where are the calls for an FBI investigation? If Democrats don’t take this seriously and begin an investigation, their credibility is lost.”

 

Dems Continue Religious Tests and Bullying Tactics in Court Confirmations

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Washington D.C. – Today was the conclusion of Professor Rao’s testimony in her confirmation hearing for appointment to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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

“Extreme liberals in the U.S. Senate once again tried to bully Professor Rao, despite her sterling credentials to sit on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, perhaps the most important court in the country besides the U.S. Supreme Court. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee fully supports Neomi Rao’s nomination and calls on Senate liberals to stop the religious litmus tests, gridlock and bullying tactics and confirm her, she will make an outstanding addition to the federal bench.”

Media Advisory: CWA and Pro-Life Groups Rally to Stop Abortion Extremism in Virginia

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Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America joins Susan B. Anthony List, The Virginia Family Foundation, Students for Life, and other pro-life organizations in holding a press conference this Saturday, February 2, in Lorton, VIrginia, to oppose Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran’s bill allowing abortions up until the moment of birth. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) has not only failed to disavow the bill but went so far as to say that mothers and physicians can discuss a child’s viability post-birth.

 

WHO:       

Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America,

Denise Cappuccio, Concerned Women for America

Marjorie Dannenfelser, Susan B. Anthony List

Victoria Cobb, The Virginia Family Foundation

Olivia Gans Turner, Virginia Society for Human Life, National Right to Life

Amy McInerny, Diocese of Arlington

Tina Whittington, Students for Life

Amy McInerny, Respect Life for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington

Alison Centofante, Live Action

Janae Stracke, Heritage Action for America

 

WHAT:             Rally to Stop Abortion Extremism in Virginia #ResistInfanticide

 

WHEN:             Saturday, February 2, 12:00 p.m., Noon

 

WHERE:           South County High School

8501 Silverbrook Rd, Lorton, Virginia 22079

Main Entrance

 

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

“Abortion undermines every life. In the United States of America, the beacon of human rights to the world, abortion is giving way to infanticide. Pro-life leaders have been warning about this for decades, and now we’re facing what we always knew would be the reality. Delegate Kathy Tran’s bill, which allows an abortion even as a baby is preparing to come through the birth canal, is unspeakably evil, and Gov. Northam’s commitment to stand by it is unforgivable.”

 

Planned Parenthood Annual Report Shows Abortion and Federal Funding Increase

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Washington, D.C. — Planned Parenthood’s 2017-18 Annual Report confirms that Planned Parenthood continued to establish themselves as a taxpayer-funded abortion giant.

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

“If Planned Parenthood was a women’s health care provider, abortions would not make up 96% of their pregnancy services. In 2017-18, Planned Parenthood performed 332,757 abortions, an increase of more than 11,000 since the previous year. That is 332,757 individuals who our country will never realize. The fact that abortion is Planned Parenthood’s primary goal is not a secret. President Leana Wen stated that Planned Parenthood’s ‘core mission is providing, protecting and expanding access to abortion.’

“Meanwhile, cancer screenings, breast exams, and pap smears have continued to decrease. There is something wrong with an organization that claims to provide women’s health care but whose prevention services are declining to the tune of 67%!
“Unique patients have dropped by 20%, and 29% of Planned Parenthood facilities have closed their doors while the United States Federal Government continues to pump money into the industry. All the while, Americans have spoken up again and again, urging Congress to not use their money to fund abortion services.
“A recent Marist poll again showed that a majority of Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion, and yet, somehow, Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding hit a record high. Taxpayer funding saw an increase from $543.7 million to $563.8 million – more than $1.5 million per day. At what point do we examine the cost and ask ourselves, ‘To what end?’ One and a half million dollars per day to facilitate the loss of hundreds of thousands of precious lives.”
For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

President Trump Promises to Veto Abortion Legislation

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Washington D.C. — Today during the annual March for Life, President Trump announced the delivery of a letter to Speaker Pelosi threatening to veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life policies or “encourages the destruction of human life at any stage.”
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee CEO and President Penny Young Nance issued the following statement in response:

“We applaud President Trump for holding true to his promises and standing for life. Now that Congress is divided, issuing this blanket veto letter to protect life is an absolute necessity. There is no doubt that a Pelosi-led House will do everything in its power to roll back any and all protections for the unborn.

“Speaker Pelosi has made it clear from the day she took the gavel that life is not significant. On January 3, day one of the new Congress, the House voted to roll back protections to prohibit federal funding for abortion entities overseas. Newsflash to Speaker Pelosi: 75% of Americans, including 56% of Democrats, do not want their tax dollars funding international abortions . Furthermore, 54% of Americans support the Hyde Amendment and oppose taxpayer funding for abortion, including 36% of Democrats . The issue of abortion doesn’t divide Americans, it divides the left.

“On Tuesday, 169 members of the House, led by Rep. Chris Smith (R-New Jersey), and 49 senators, led by Senator Daines (R-Montana), each submitted requests to the president to issue this veto promise, guaranteeing that a veto will be sustained. This is not an empty promise; it sends a clear message, backed up by Congress, that life is not a bargaining chip.

“While notable progress has been made, there is still much work to be done, and CWALAC will continue to work with the administration and both houses of Congress to fight for life.”

CWA Sends Letter to President Trump – Pro-life Legislation

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Washington D.C. – On Wednesday, January 16, Concerned Women for America sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to continue his administration’s pro-life legacy. Read the letter here.

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

“Concerned Women for America has been honored to work closely with President Trump’s administration on many issues, principal among them being support for life at all stages. President Trump is building a legacy as the most pro-life president to date.

“CWA understands the unique challenges and threats to the pro-life movement that a divided Congress presents. As the president of Concerned Women for America, I am also honored to represent half-a-million women across this nation who will continue to stand behind President Trump on this issue.

“Today, as hundreds of thousands of Americans gather on the National Mall to March for Life, we ask President Trump to hold fast in his leadership and veto any legislation that weakens existing pro-life policy or current protections, moving us backwards on life.”

Strengthening our Borders and Fixing our Broken Immigration Laws

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The following is a statement made by Mrs. Beverly LaHaye, Concerned Women for America’s Founder and Chairwoman; Penny Nance, CWA’s CEO and President; and CWA’s board members, Jean Crisp, Janne Myrdal, Ann Hettinger, Lori Scheck, Terri Johannessen, Betty Jane Strong, Cheryl Keithly, Angel Voggenreiter, and Jon Whetsell:

“Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the country, calls on Congress to break through political pride and work together to secure our borders with appropriate and effective means and fix our broken immigration laws.

“As a sovereign nation, it is the duty and right of the U.S. to secure our borders and protect our people. Groups who have encouraged mass and disorganized migration to our borders are manipulating and exploiting vulnerable people for political gain and unduly burden our U.S. Border Patrol. During the journey, almost 1 in 3 women have been sexually abused and many have fallen prey to violence or human trafficking.

“Both parties acknowledge the system must be fixed, and President Trump is more than willing to take on this difficult task. The status quo is hurting both citizens and immigrants. It’s time to stop the political games and work for the good of the country.”


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

Senate Votes on Bill to Strengthen U.S. Security in the Middle East

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate is voting on the first bill introduced in the 116th Congress, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 (SASME Act). The SASME Act is made up of four bipartisan bills nearly enacted by Congress in 2018: the Rubio-Coons United States-Israel Security Authorization Assistance Act of 2018, Ros-Lehtinen-Deutch United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act, Engel-Royce Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2018, and Rubio-Manchin Combating BDS Act of 2018.
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, issued the following statement:

“Thank you, Leader McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senators Rubio (R-Florida), Risch (R-Idaho), and Gardner (R-Colorado) for making the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 the Senate’s first priority of 2019. No more playing politics when it comes to our allies. The SASME Act combines four key bipartisan foreign policy bills that were nearly passed into law last year with little controversy. This bill is a basic necessity for U.S. foreign policy.

“Over half the states in the country have already passed an anti-BDS bill. Contrary to comments by new Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), this bill is 100% in line with American values and our first amendment. Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel is blatant anti-Semitism and has continually incited violence against Jewish people here in America and abroad time and time again.

“Concerned Women for America is scoring this bill, and we will be scoring in favor of cloture and final passage. Anyone who votes against Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act will forever be on record as undermining efforts for peace and stability in the Middle East, abandoning our ally Israel, and condoning anti-Semitic behavior in the United States.”

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

Speaker Pelosi’s First Priority: Promote Overseas Abortion, Not End Shutdown

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Nancy Pelosi (D-Califorinia) takes the gavel as Speaker for the 116th Congress, and her priority agenda to dismantle the prolife policies of the Trump Administration take center stage.  In her first act, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019, Pelosi’s price tag for ending a government shutdown includes repealing the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy (formerly known as the Mexico City policy), and vastly increases taxpayer funding of the United National Population Fund (UNFPA) which is a chief contributor to China’s appalling policies of forced sterilization and coercive abortion. In essence, Pelosi wants Trump’s wall on abortion repealed while forcing Americans to finance the international abortion industry.
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, called out Speaker Pelosi for playing abortion politics in the shutdown deal:

“Concerned Women for America strongly opposes the Pelosi pro-abortion agenda.  The price of a deal to end the government shutdown should not be tearing down the wall that protects American taxpayers from subsidizing the international abortion industry.  In expanding the Mexico City Policy early in his administration, President Trump sent a strong message that he will defend the unborn and support the vast majority of Americans who do not want their tax dollars paying for abortion at home or abroad.

“The Democrat’s Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 unmasks the real agenda of liberals in Congress – to promote the radical policies of pro-abortion activists, including Speaker Pelosi, whose unabashed agenda is to prop up the abortion industry even as young Americans today embrace what science dictates:  Abortion kills children.

“We urge Congress and President Trump to reject any deal to end the shutdown that repeals the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy and expands funding for pro-abortion policies abroad.  Members of Congress take note:  Concerned Women for America will score against any spending bill containing these provisions. Your first vote for the 116th Congress will be on record for the millions of Americans who demand an end to taxpayer-funded abortions.”

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

Congress Passes Sexual Harassment Bill – American People Still Need Answers

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Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, both the House and Senate passed, by unanimous consent, legislation amending the process for handling sexual harassment claims on Capitol Hill.  The legislation now heads to the White House for President Trump’s signature. The bill does not require reimbursement of federal hush funds from the last two decades and does not disclose the identities of members of Congress who utilized this hush fund in the past.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, had this to say:

“It has been over a year since the #MeToo revolution erupted, and it is high time that Congress deal with this issue on its own turf.  Our representatives have finally come to terms with changes for which 1,500 staff members and countless citizens have asked.

“Finally, in the eleventh hour and during a lame duck session, things have begun to move along.  However, there is more work to be done.

“Even with the passage of this bill, the American people are still denied full disclosure of who engages in sexual harassment in Congress.  No one is exposed for these deeds.  None of the $15 million worth of taxpayer money to settle claims in the past is returned to the Treasury.  No one is held accountable for reimbursing these hush funds.  Where is the transparency?

“Concerned Women for America continues to ask likely incoming-Speaker Pelosi to move immediately to disclose the names of every member of Congress who used the fund. This is not an issue we expect our elected officials to handle with kid gloves. The American people deserve to know. Congress works for us – not the other way around.”

 

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