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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 arutledge@cwfa.org or 916-792-3973.

Conservative Women Celebrate Freedom as the U.S. Supreme Court Decides Masterpiece Cakeshop

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Washington, D.C. – Minutes ago, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion (7-2) in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization had this to say:

“The Court is right in recognizing that it ‘is the right of all persons to exercise fundamental freedoms under the First Amendment.’ All Americans, whatever their view of same-sex marriage, should celebrate the Court’s strong stance for religious freedom.

“Those who want to promote tolerance should celebrate most of all. This is what true tolerance looks like. It was sad to see some of them stand on the wrong side of this case, trying to exercise a new form of intolerance against people of faith.

“As Justice Kennedy said during oral arguments, ‘tolerance goes both ways.’

“We applaud the U.S. Supreme Court for its strong stance for religious freedom with only two justices dissenting on this important decision. We know the work is not done. Religious liberty must be protected at every turn. But today we can celebrate this strong affirmation from the highest court in the land.”

 

Concerned Women for America LAC Applauds New HHS Title X Rule

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Washington, D.C. —  Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will file a proposal to update Title X grant requirements. These regulations would reinstate regulations similar to the “Reagan rules” which were upheld by the Supreme Court in 1991 in Rust v. Sullivan. These new regulations require physical and financial separation between Title X recipients and abortion providers.Under these new regulations, abortion centers cannot serve as Title X family planning centers, and recipients cannot refer for abortion. This rule repeals the Clinton-era regulations that require abortion counseling, and instead makes this optional.

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

“This new rule is the Trump Administration’s response to the requests of 194 Members of Congress and 85 pro-life advocacy groups to update Title X regulations in light of the fungibility of these funds. Americans want out of the abortion business; six-in-ten Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortion.

“Today, HHS acted on their statutory ability to decide who is eligible for Title X funding. Abortion is not health care, nor is it family planning. Although the Title X statute and legal precedent make this clear, previous administrations have failed to draw this line. This new rule doesn’t reduce Title X dollars, but it does direct funding to service sites like Federally Qualified Health Centers, rural health centers, and nonprofits that are willing to comply with the law. This provides necessary transparency and ensures that Title X dollars are spent on family planning, not abortion.

“Obviously the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, is apoplectic because they view Title X funds as their personal entitlement. But it is disingenuous to characterize a mere 4% loss of income as a ‘devastating blow.’ As with all grantees, Planned Parenthood and affiliates can choose to comply with the statute or forgo taxpayer support and continue offering these services in whatever fashion they please as a private entity.

“This is yet another promise fulfilled by President Trump and his administration. It is also a necessary response to the frustration felt by our grassroots over funding for abortion providers in the omnibus and the Senate’s failure to pass a law to redirect Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid dollars to Federally Qualified Health Centers. I applaud the House members and senators who pushed for this, Secretary Azar’s response, and President Trump’s leadership.”

 


For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at arutledge@cwfa.org or 916-792-3973.

U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem

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Washington D.C. — Today marks the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

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

“Today is an historic moment — not just in Israeli history or American history, but in the history of the world. Today, the U.S. Embassy in Israel is open in Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital.

“America has a history of defying the naysayers and standing by our principles in defending our ally, Israel. Seventy years ago, President Truman made history when he recognized the State of Israel just 11 minutes after the provisional government of Israel announced its statehood. Today, America has again made history under the leadership of President Trump.

“This has been an issue of importance to Concerned Women for America from the beginning.

“Thank you, President Trump, for making good on your promise to the American people, to Israel, and for paving the way for other nations to follow our example.”

 


For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at arutledge@cwfa.org or 916-792-3973.

Gina Haspel Begins Confirmation Hearings for CIA Director

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Washington, D.C. — This morning, President Trump’s nominee for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director, Gina Haspel, began her confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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

“Gina Haspel is a strong, intelligent woman of integrity who has unquestionable qualifications to serve as our nation’s next CIA director. She worked her way to the top in a male-dominated field, but she has risen based on her earned credentials and hard work. If confirmed, she would be the first woman to serve as CIA Director.

“Haspel is undeniably well-qualified for this crucial position. She has served in the CIA for over three decades and has shown a commitment to the rule of law and to the mission of the CIA. She previously served as Deputy Director under then-Director Pompeo and now serves as Acting Director. She has served in numerous senior-level positions, rising through the ranks of the CIA, proving her worth with each earned promotion and numerous awards and recognitions.

“Haspel requested a transfer to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center to join the fight against al Qaeda. Her first day was a day our nation must never forget, September 11, 2001, the day we were attacked on American soil and almost 3,000 lives were lost. All of our lives forever changed.

“Perhaps most tellingly, Haspel is widely supported by her peers in the intelligence community and from national security officials. For example, Leon Panetta, former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense during the Obama Administration, said ‘I’m glad it’s Gina because, frankly, she is someone who really knows the CIA inside out.’ It’s one thing to win awards; it is another thing entirely to earn the respect of your colleagues and superiors.

“As our nation faces numerous threats from abroad, the CIA remains a crucial element of our national security. Haspel’s career at the CIA has no doubt prepared her, but her own hard work, integrity, and expertise in the field of intelligence is what makes her the best candidate for this job.

“I urge all senators to put partisan bickering and theatrics aside, focus on what is best for our national security, and swiftly confirm Haspel to be our next CIA Director.”

 


For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at arutledge@cwfa.org or 916-792-3973.

 

Concerned Women for America Supports Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal

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Washington, D.C. — Today President Trump took a bold step in terminating United States participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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

“Concerned Women for America praises the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal as a necessary step in protecting America’s vital national security interests.

“This was a bad deal from the beginning. The JCPOA has propped up the Iranian regime and enabled its continued illicit activities. Re-imposing much needed sanctions that target critical sectors of Iran’s economy will impose pressure on the Iranian regime to alter its course and stop rewarding its bad behavior.

“We must continue to hold accountable the worlds’ leading state sponsor of terrorism, stand by our ally Israel, and protect our national interests. Withdrawing from this deal will contribute to advancing peace in the Middle East and promote the security of Israel.”

 


For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at arutledge@cwfa.org or 916-792-3973.

Mike Pompeo Confirmed as U.S. Secretary of State

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Washington, D.C. — This afternoon the Senate voted 57-42 to confirm Mike Pompeo as the 70th U.S. Secretary of State.

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

“Today, 42 Senate Democrats put party over country by voting against Mike Pompeo’s confirmation. It is a shame, because Pompeo will serve the U.S. well as Secretary of State and has a proven record of service to our nation as a veteran of the U.S. Army, a congressman from Kansas, and Director of the CIA. Not only does Pompeo have President Trump’s trust and respect, his qualifications are undeniable.

“The Secretary of State is a crucial position, and Pompeo will represent the nation well on the world stage. The State Department is notorious for failing to support international religious liberty and for pushing a pro-abortion agenda on developing nations, but I have confidence in Pompeo to bring the State Department in line with the policies of the Trump Administration.

“I have had the honor of working with Mr. Pompeo on many occasions, and I am confident that his vast experience across all levels of government makes him an excellent representative of the United States. I believe Mr. Pompeo will bring pragmatic yet firm and decisive leadership to U.S. foreign relations, such as our pressing political and economic challenges with North Korea, Iran, Russia, and China.

“Mr. Pompeo will put America’s interests first and bring desperately needed leadership to the State Department. We look forward to working with him to implement the Administration’s policies to advance international religious liberty, support life, and preserve our national sovereignty.”


For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at arutledge@cwfa.org or 916-792-3973.

Mike Pompeo Begins Confirmation Hearings for U.S. Secretary of State

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Washington, D.C. — This morning, Mike Pompeo’s confirmation hearings begin for U.S. Secretary of State.

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

“We are thrilled with President’s Trump choice of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. As an Army veteran and President Trump’s pick for Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo has shown collaborative but strong and capable leadership, gaining the trust of those he leads and facing threats to U.S. interests with decisive action. As a congressman from Kansas, Pompeo’s voting record shows he supports family and life, will implement Trump’s extension of the Mexico City Policy, and will support strong families.

“Most importantly, Mike Pompeo is a man who boldly embodies his Christian values and leads fearlessly.

“I have had the honor of working with Mr. Pompeo on many occasions and I am confident that his vast experience across all levels of government makes him an excellent representative of the United States.”

 


For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at arutledge@cwfa.org or 916-792-3973.

President Trump signs anti-sex-trafficking bill

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Washington, D.C. — This morning, President Trump signed H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), into law. 

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

“The President is standing up to Silicon Valley and standing with victims of abuse. FOSTA is the biggest anti-sex trafficking bill that has been signed into law since The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003. This bill closes the loophole that allowed bad-actor websites to not only knowingly facilitate prostitution and sex trafficking, but also to profit from the ads selling women and children against their will.

“Evangelical women see this as ‘caring for the least of these.’ This is a huge victory for all the victims who have been impacted by the compliance, negligence, and intentional exploitation by websites like backpage.com that allowed them to be sold and repeatedly raped.  Concerned Women for America strongly supported this legislation to the point that we were able to thwart efforts by big-money media to sink the bill.

“President Trump signed this bill today, but the reality is that even before the bill was signed, it was driving change. Backpage.com, a classified ad listing service, was seized by the Department of Justice for ‘knowingly facilitating’ prostitution ads as well as covering up sexually trafficked children while publically pretending to do something about it. Not even a full day had passed after the Senate’s passage before the first website that advertised ‘adult escort’ services had been shut down.

“CWA is thankful to our friend, Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Missouri), for putting countless hours into writing this bill, working with other members, the Department of Justice, state and local law enforcement, and victims to improve this bill, and seeing it through to the end. Lives are being changed, because of her willingness to stand up for those who need an advocate. We are honored to have stood alongside her in this process and championed the cause.”


For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at arutledge@cwfa.org or 916-792-3973.

Senate Passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA)

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Washington, D.C. — Penny Young Nance, the CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued the following statement following the Senate passage of H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA). The legislation now heads to the President’s desk:

“Yesterday the Senate made crucial strides to curtail the gruesome practice of selling human beings online, a practice our laws were never meant to enable. Once the president signs FOSTA, survivors and law enforcement will have new tools available to hold bad actor websites that are knowingly participating in sex trafficking accountable.

“While the Internet has given us so much good, Congress could not have foreseen the depravity and exploitation that it has caused, and if they could have, they certainly would have never condoned this behavior. The laws put in place to foster innovation were never meant to enable sex trafficking. This concept is so obvious; it is absurd that we even had to clarify it.

“This is a victory for law enforcement officers who are working relentlessly to combat sex trafficking in their communities. This is a victory for prosecutors and the 50 state attorneys general who support FOSTA and who have asked for better tools and resources so that they can better prosecute those involved in sex trafficking. Perhaps most importantly, this is a victory for victims who have encountered substantial obstacles while trying to achieve justice against those found complicit in their trafficking.

“I applaud the tireless work of Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Missouri) and her staff who have worked on the federal, state, and local level to preserve the freedom of the Internet while holding bad actor websites accountable. I also applaud Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), House and Senate leadership, and all those involved in making this legislation stronger and moving it forward.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at arutledge@cwfa.org or 916-792-3973.