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Press Call Today: Pro-life Leaders Discuss Case of Teenage Jane Doe

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Washington, D.C. – National pro-life leaders Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and Penny Nance, president and CEO of Concerned Women for America will hold a press call today to discuss the Trump administration’s appeal of a court ruling ordering the U.S. government to facilitate an elective abortion for an undocumented teenage girl from Central America. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has temporarily blocked the order and will hear oral arguments this morning.
WHAT:         Press Call to discuss teenage Jane Doe and whether the U.S. government should facilitate and elective abortion
WHEN:          Today, Friday October 20th at 12:00 PM Eastern
WHO:             Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of Susan B. Anthony List
Penny Nance, President of Concerned Women for America
***RSVP to [email protected] for call-in information***
Background: A 17-year old girl, an undocumented immigrant from Central America, is currently in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the United States government, claiming that when young, pregnant mothers cross the border illegally, they are instantly granted a constitutional right to abortion. They are demanding that the government authorize abortions for young women and girls in its care.

America must not become UberAbortion for Illegal Immigrants

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Washington, D.C. — Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, has just ruled the U.S. government must provide access to an abortion for an undocumented minor or be held in contempt.

Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), had this to say:

“If there were any doubt of the disaster that is our immigration system, this should erase it.  Is the U.S. going to be legally forced to provide access to abortions for illegal immigrants now? That will apparently be our new reality, if this ruling is allowed to stand.

“The Office of Refugee Resettlement is providing care for this young woman and her unborn child, but abortion is not health care. There is no constitutional right for illegal immigrants to come to the U.S. and obtain abortions under federal care.

“The girl in this case is a minor who crossed the border unaccompanied by an adult.  Just think about that. Are we now inviting minors to cross the border if they want to circumvent their country’s laws and/or their parents’ authority to obtain a free abortion in the United States? Regardless of whether or not the actual abortionist is paid by the taxpayer, there are still federal costs associated with it, such as overseeing the girl’s recovery and transport to and from the elective abortion. This is a new frontier for abortion activists in which the federal government essentially becomes UberAbortion.

“We are sympathetic to this young woman’s plight. She has been offered expedited resettlement back into her own home country. In addition, Concerned Women for America and humanitarian organizations in the country stand ready to facilitate the adoption of the baby by a loving American family. We support the Trump Administration’s ethic of life. As a policy matter — and as a constitutional matter — this judge’s reasoning is wrong and incompatible with American values. It would set a dangerous precedent, if left to stand.”

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

State Department announces United States’ departure from UNESCO

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Washington, D.C. — This morning, the U.S. State Department announced its intention to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the end of 2018 due to UNESCO’s continued anti-Israel bias. The United States would remain a nonmember observer state, being privy to discussions on culture, education, science, and communication.

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

“Today, our State Department made a crucial decision to stand up for our closest and greatest ally in the Middle East by choosing not to align the U.S. with an organization that is blatantly biased against Israel. It is critical that Americans support Israel — the only country in the region that reflects the democratic ideals of our nation.

“UNESCO has demonstrated their anti-Israel bias again and again – proving their dedication to being politically correct is greater than their dedication to advancing human rights globally. The U.S. halted funding to the organization after it admitted the Palestinian Authority as a full member in 2011. And yet, UNESCO still chose not to expel Syria from its human rights committee inspite of their 2012 civil war and repeated resolutions inciting violence against Israel as an occupying power.

“Enough is enough. Although the United States helped found UNESCO in 1945, our nation’s concern about human rights abuses in the Middle East are continuously ignored. UNESCO must know that their resolutions against Israel have consequences. I applaud the President, Secretary Tillerson, U. N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and our State Department for taking a stand.”

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

Donald J. Trump — Defender of Liberty

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the Trump Administration has finally ended the Obamacare contraceptive mandate’s unconstitutional suppression of religious liberty.

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

“One of my fondest memories of working with President Trump so far is sitting in the Rose Garden as he stood strongly for religious liberty and asked the Little Sisters of the Poor to come on stage with him. The sisters had been so mistreated by the Obama Administration — dragged into court, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, for cheap political points — it brought tears to my eyes to see a president who respected and appreciated them.

“It was just a promise then, but today he has made it a reality. And that is the story to me. The story should be that this is a president who is truly committed to liberty. He is committed to America, and he is working to keep his word to the American people. That is incredibly honorable and noble.

“These are words that the media would never use to describe our president, but humble nuns, Christian aid workers, and CWA have seen that side of this president. The partisan pundits can do what they do, but we are so grateful for the many things he has already done for the cause of liberty.

“So, on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of women I represent, we just want to say a big ‘Thank you!’ to President Trump and his team for this historic stance in support of religious liberty. CWA will continue to lift him and the White House in prayer as they continue to tackle the challenges ahead.”

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

Senator Graham to Introduce Pain Capable Bill in Senate

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act in the Senate. This legislation would make elective abortion after 20 weeks post-conception illegal and require fully born children from a failed abortion to be given medical attention.

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

“America is one of seven countries that allows elective abortion after 20 weeks. We are in the company of some of the most egregious violators of human rights, including China and North Korea.

“It is time for the abortion laws of the United States to catch up with the rest of the civilized world.

“Science is too advanced to ignore the fact that the unborn child feels pain at 20 weeks post-conception. When fetal surgery is performed, both the mother and the unborn child are given medicine to control pain. The science cannot be denied and should not be disregarded.

“The passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is about our basic humanity. Anything short of support requires medical science and human decency to be willfully and radically ignored.

“It is time for America’s laws on abortion to catch up to the reality of modern medicine.”

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

House of Representatives Passed Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, by a vote of 237-189. This legislation protects unborn children nationwide after 20-weeks’ gestation based on the scientific fact that an unborn child can feel pain.

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

“Abortion is the human rights issue of our time. Regardless of where one comes down on the issue of life, it is undeniable that an unborn child can feel pain at 20-weeks’ gestation. Not only does this legislation protect unborn children, but it also protects women who face substantially higher risk of complications from a late-term abortion.

“Today the people’s House stood with the majority of Americans who support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. A nationwide consensus on when an elective abortion should no longer be legal is not a radical policy. In fact, a January 2017 Marist poll showed 59% of Americans, including 56% of Americans who identify as pro-choice, support banning abortions after 20 weeks.

“The United States is currently one of only seven nations worldwide — including Vietnam, China and North Korea — that allow elective abortions as late as 23 weeks. That is a radical policy.  The U.S. is supposed to lead the world in standing for human rights, not align our policies with nations that are known for human rights abuses. Causing an unborn child, who would otherwise receive the benefit of anesthesia if he/she was undergoing surgery in utero, to feel the pain of an elective, late-term abortion is hardly leading on this front.

“It is time that our laws reflect the principles which have upheld our government, like that of life — life for the baby that feels pain when poked or prodded in the womb and the life of the mother whose life is at risk when seeking a late-term abortion. We now call upon the Senate to swiftly take up and pass this legislation.”

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

Safe at Home Act

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Senators Blunt (R-Missouri) and Klobuchar (D-West Virginia) held a press conference to introduce the Safeguarding Addresses from Emerging (SAFE) at Home Act, also known as the Safe at Home Act. This legislation would protect survivors of domestic violence by allowing them to use their substitute address provided by their state Address Confidentiality Program when interacting with the federal government, thereby protecting their privacy and safety.

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

“I am grateful for Sens. Blunt and Klobuchar taking the lead in the Senate to defend survivors of domestic violence by sponsoring the Safe at Home Act.

“This legislation will significantly add to the security and emotional well-being of survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and other similar crimes. For decades, states have used address confidentiality programs to protect these survivors. It is time for the federal government to work with these programs to further ensure their protection.

“Survivors of abuse should be able to interact with the federal government without fear of being re-exposed to their abuser. They should have the freedom to apply for a passport or student aid without fearing for their safety.

“Concerned Women for America looks forward to championing the Safe Home Act in the Senate and seeing it garner the widespread, bipartisan support it deserves.”

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

Graham-Cassidy Bill: Last Chance for Health Care Reform

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Washington, D.C. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) as well as Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nevada) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) have teamed up and introduced a bill that gives power over health care decisions back to the states and the American people. The Graham-Cassidy health care bill is the Senate’s last chance to pass health care reform with a simple majority vote through the reconciliation process in 2017. The Senate has a hard deadline of September 30.

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

“Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is proud to support the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. It is time to make good on the promise made to the American people to end ObamaCare.

“There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution for health care. Sens. Graham and Cassidy have provided a bill that gives power back to the states.

“Improving health care means protecting life at all stages, and Graham-Cassidy does just that. This legislation ensures that no funds within the bill will be, or can be, used to subsidize plans that provide abortion coverage &emdash; something every other bill has failed to address. Most importantly, it redirects Medicaid funds away from Planned Parenthood and gives them to federally qualified health centers which provide care for the whole woman.

“All the funds provided through this legislation will go through CHIP (Child Health Insurance Programs) &emdash; a bipartisan effort to ensure underprivileged children are able to receive healthcare. It is time to give Americans real care instead of “insurance” that is not worth the plastic on which it is printed.

“While it may not solve every problem plaguing the American health care and insurance industry, Graham-Cassidy is a vast improvement over the status quo, providing momentum that enables other issues to be addressed.

“The American people have been waiting eight years to be given back their right to make their own health care choices.

“Now is the time to make good on the promise made to the American people.”

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

Senate Health Care Fails

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Washington, D.C. – Early Friday morning, the Senate voted on the Health Care Freedom Act, also known as “Skinny Repeal.” With three Republican defectors, the amendment failed with a vote of 49-51. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America issued the following statement in response:

“I am deeply disappointed the Senate failed to fulfill its promise to end the crippling, un-Affordable Care Act. Yet, there is a ray of hope regarding the issue of life. Despite a drawn out and intensely debated Senate process on health care, the language to significantly reduce taxpayer funding of abortion was one of the only provisions that was not controversial.

“It was clear, without the language redirecting tax dollars away from abortion providers to Federally Qualified Health Centers, the Senate and House would be short far more votes than could be won by the provision’s removal. That is a win and not a small one either.

“In election after election, Americans have made it glaringly clear they want to be released from the crushing burden of ObamaCare. The status quo on health care is unacceptable. American lives continue to hang in the balance.

“This is a fight for all lives – for the lives of hard working Americans penalized for their inability to afford health insurance, for those who have insurance but don’t have access to doctors their insurance covers, and last but certainly not least, this is a fight for the lives of the unborn.

“The left clamors that government-provided health care is a human right, while simultaneously fighting against the most fundamental right of all – the right to life itself.

“The irony would be comical, if it weren’t so distorted.

“Most of the Senate Republicans won election or reelection promising to end ObamaCare. Only a handful blocked the fulfillment of that promise.

“Hopefully, they find a way to make good on their promise and end taxpayer funding of abortion or they may reap the consequences of failing the good people who sent them to Washington.

“Concerned Women for America is committed to this fight. A bipartisan, majority of Americans oppose their hard-earned tax dollars funding abortions; Congress is catching on.

“We will not stop until life at all stages is protected and the American conscience is freed from the stain of her unwilling funding of the abortion industry.”

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

President Trump to Reverse Transgender Military Policy

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Washington, D.C. – Today President Trump tweeted that after meeting with his Generals and military experts that transgender individuals would no longer be serving in any capacity in the U.S. Military. This reverses a policy which had previously been instated by the Defense Department under the previous administration in which the United States Federal Government was projected to pay millions of dollars in gender-reassignment surgeries.

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