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Legislative Update – Title X

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On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) filed new Title X grant requirements similar to rules established during the Reagan era and upheld by the Supreme Court. This new rule requires physical and financial separation between Title X recipients and abortion providers in order to draw a clear line against federal tax money going to support abortion.   It also prohibits referrals for abortion to further disentangle federal taxpayer money from the abortion industry.  

For years abortion providers have used the fungibility of Title X funds to their financial advantage. Title X funding can be used for a number of things like utilities, advertising, staff salaries, and medical supplies. Basically, these grants can free up other funds and provide infrastructure for clinics like Planned Parenthood to promote abortion.

Title X has been Planned Parenthood’s second largest government funding stream.  They operate as if they are entitled to federal tax dollars and use these grants as their personal slush fund.   Under these new regulations, Planned Parenthood will have to play by the new rules or get out of the game.

Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood wants you to believe abortion is just a small part of what they do. The reality is that over 90% of pregnant women who enter a Planned Parenthood clinic will receive an abortion.  It is not a “small part” of what they do, because if it were, these new rules would not make a big difference to their business model.  But we know otherwise.

This move by the Trump Administration is a promise kept. Almost 200 Members of Congress and 86 pro-life groups asked for these changes   Americans want out of the abortion business altogether.   Six in ten Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortion.  Title X funds have been tangled in big abortion for far too long.

While there is still more to do, this is a big step in the right direction.  Everyone is frustrated with the Senate’s failure to pass a bill redirecting Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid funding, and we are still furious that the omnibus allowed abortion providers to receive funding. Now the federal agency who controls who is eligible for Title X funding has responded. We will continue to work with Congress and the Administration to find new avenues to make progress against taxpayer funding of abortion providers.

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Stormy Daniels And Her $130,000 Donation To Planned Parenthood

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Lest her calm, cool, and collected 60 Minutes interview give the wrong impression, it’s important for us to remember that Stormy Daniels is in no position to establish herself as a role model for women and young girls.

Having received some backlash for accepting what has been characterized as hush money, Daniels is now trying to emphasize her selfless and philanthropic nature by donating the cash. She could have chosen to donate to any charity — perhaps an organization that helps sex trafficking victims or victims of assault and violence. Instead, she has chosen that $130,000 will be going to the bank account of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion vendor who has been caught on tape aiding sex traffickers — and then training employees on how to not say incriminating things on camera to undercover journalists.

This reeks of another expensive public relations campaign by Planned Parenthood to get their name in the press and attach themselves to a national story that isn’t going away anytime soon.

It’s their MO. The Women’s March was shaping up to be huge in 2017, so Planned Parenthood decided to sponsor it and ultimately became a key player in the movement. The March for Lives was a huge national story dealing with gun violence; Planned Parenthood tweeted out their support (and subsequently got slammed for their hypocrisy). The immigration debate – why not? The non-profit supports illegal immigration because they sell more abortions that way.

It’s not much of a surprise that Stormy Daniels is on the Planned Parenthood train and vice versa. Daniels was a “successful” star in pornography and is continuing her run next week with a cover shot on Penthouse along with a nude photoshoot. This is the kind of modern day feminism Planned Parenthood loves, where women shed their dignity and damage their souls in exchange for money and power.

The connection between the porn industry, sex traffickers, and Planned Parenthood is well documented.  Porn is often used to groom sex trafficking victims so they can learn what they are expected to do. When sex trafficked victims become pregnant as a result of their abuse, they are often coerced into having abortions. Planned Parenthood has been caught on film helping pimps obtain abortions for their victims, including minors. The only thing done to fix the situation after it was made public was train employees not on how to identify victims of sex trafficking but rather how to avoid making incriminating statements.

In addition, promoting pornography is not a new concept for Planned Parenthood. In other undercover videos by Live Action, Planned Parenthood staff teaches teenagers how to access pornography and experiment with whips, chains, and choking, all while hiding it from their parents.

Pornography, particularly today’s ubiquitous, violent version, is anything but harmless. Studies have found it can adversely affect the brain, create problems in one’s sex life, become addictive and break apart families, negatively warp views on relationships, and is linked to prostitution and sex trafficking.

The thing is, Planned Parenthood doesn’t even need Stormy Daniels’ money. In 2016, they had excess revenue of $98.5 million. The same year, they also spent an astounding $38 million trying to elect Hillary Clinton and other Democrats. And they recently announced they plan to spend at least $20 million in this year’s midterm elections.

Stormy Daniels and Planned Parenthood have much in common, but the most insidious is the lie (straight of out the pit of Hell) to young women that a life of sexual promiscuity is glamorous and freeing.  Their glossy promotion of pornography casts women as objects devoid of worth beyond their use for the sexual pleasure of men. They divorce body and soul. And they profit from human misery.

Feminist Naomi Wolfe said, “The Victorian woman became her ovaries, as today’s woman has become her ‘beauty.’” There is nothing remotely feminist in the arrangement of sex for money.  Those who promote “sex work” as a valid career choice for women, (ahem, the Women’s March) are guilty of shameful devaluation of women.

It’s time that we were honest about the porn industry. Linda Lovelace, perhaps the most famous porn actress in history, tells the true story of abuse and manipulation at the hands of men who profited from her.  Her story is not unique. Men and women must be disabused of the idea that the smiling faces being violated on camera will walk away whole when the bright lights are off.

Stormy Daniels believes she has been wronged, and maybe that’s true.  I would simply ask her not to hurt others as she seeks whatever it is she needs to feel vindicated. Continuing to perpetuate the lie that abortion and porn are just another choice harms young women.  Money is clearly her love language. I would recommend she choose other ways to spend it.

 

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was published by Townhall.com. Click here to read it.

“What are we doing about Planned Parenthood now?”

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One of the most common questions I get from grassroots advocates, supporters or even other D.C. folk is, “What are we doing now about Planned Parenthood?” Although we have proven we can get Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid reimbursement funding redirected to better healthcare providers through a House vote, the Senate makeup is not changing right now, so we are tackling this from a different angle.

According to their most recent annual report, in 2016 Planned Parenthood received approximately $543.7 million from the government. This is a big pot of money that is divided in a lot of ways. The main ways Planned Parenthood receives funding is through Medicaid reimbursement for services performed and through Title X (family planning) dollars and through other various government (state and federal) grants. The healthcare reconciliation bill that failed by one vote in the Senate last year tackled the largest portion: their Medicaid reimbursement, but we are not giving up because that bill failed.

The Title X Family Planning Program was authorized in 1970 and is intended to assist in “voluntary family planning projects,” offering “a broad range of acceptable and effective family planning methods and services,” and may not fund “programs where abortion is a method of family planning.” The statute gives the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the ability to determine qualifications for this money. These qualifications are mostly outdated and although the statute firmly differentiates between abortion and family planning, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, is a large recipient of these funds. Obama regulations required all grantees to refer for abortion. This obviously deters many from applying for funds who do not believe abortion is a method of family planning.

Members of the House know this issue well and are currently circulating a letter to the Secretary of HHS to update these regulations. HHS recently issued new Title X regulations lifting the abortion referral mandate, but members of Congress are now asking for these funds to be fully separated from abortion clinics. As it stands, several Title X locations are also abortion clinics, but members are calling to renew similar Reagan Administration regulations (that the Supreme Court upheld) that require Title X service sites to be physically and financially separate from abortion facilities.

This is just one of the ways you won’t hear about on the news that we are working to cut off the government funding stream to Planned Parenthood. Their free ride on the backs of taxpayers is not forgotten in D.C. and is coming to an end.

True Feminism: The Third Choice

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Reading articles or listening to debates about abortion, I’m always left wondering, “Why isn’t adoption front and center in the national conversation?” Adding adoption as The Third Choice to the stunted “two-choice solution” — abortion or “keeping my baby” — holds promise for many thousands of women and couples. Together, unexpectedly pregnant and childless women can forge a new outlook on adoption.

Can cultural prevailing winds lift up adoption, The Third Choice? In the past few decades, our culture has shifted regarding unmarried pregnant women. In my generation as a Baby Boomer in the south, young women left town under some pretense and returned some months later “having lived with an Aunt” or they “ran off and got married” at the first inkling of a pregnancy, hoping no one was counting the months. For this discussion, I simply want to address our current cultural realities and offer The Third Choice to save the lives of the pre-born baby.

The loosening of shame in our culture has created a new environment where single pregnancy is most often acceptable. What is unacceptable is overlooking and under-emphasizing the adoption option for unwanted pregnancies. It is tragic that too many birth mothers have been propagandized into thinking that the baby in their womb is not a baby but only a conglomeration of irrelevant tissue. The emergence of ultrasound science is proving that a pre-born human is indeed beginning life in the womb. While science is serving women with a needed reality check to pierce the propaganda, many women who chose abortion pre-ultrasound technology face painful regrets that haunt them for a lifetime.

The pro-abortion propaganda which has seeped into our culture has also robbed infertile couples of the joy of parenting. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 7.4 million women have difficulty getting and staying pregnant. And a 2008 American Community Survey estimated that 1.6 million children are adopted. Statistics indicate that childlessness is increasing. While abortion rates are decreasing and pro-life legislation and tax breaks are increasing, “unwanted” babies are still erased from the population rolls, leaving too many couples with empty arms and less possibilities to parent.

Here are two suggestions in simple terms. Adoption is an option that must be rehabilitated. The adoption process is impaired by a bureaucracy that is not only complicated, it is incredibly expensive. Adoption must be elevated in our culture. Part of that process includes changing the national conversation to lift up birth mothers as heroes who, instead of sacrificing the child in their womb, choose to sacrifice nine months of their lives to fill the arms of childless couples. This is the essence of TRUE FEMINISM; a birth mother making The Third Choice to fill the empty arms of an infertile woman.

I am one of the childless women blessed by two brave heroes. They are called “birth mothers.”


Editor’s Note: Today’s post was written by CWA’s friend, Arlene Bridges Samuels. 

I Met With Ivanka, Too, and Cecile Richards is Being a Drama Queen

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In a breathless passage, or as People Magazine prefers to call it, a “riveting passage,” from Cecile Richards’ new book about her life as Planned Parenthood’s president for the past 12 years, she describes meeting with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in January 2017 to discuss taxpayer funding of her organization, the nation’s largest abortion provider. It is so hyped up and drawn out that I have to wonder about it. Read More

Taking Aim at the Elephant in the Room: Why Republicans Should be Nervous

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Last week, President Trump begrudgingly signed into law a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that runs out in September.  The Republican-controlled Congress sent the president a bill that rightfully increases support for the U.S. military but doesn’t offset spending and, thus, increases our national debt by at least $1 trillion.

The American public has little appetite for hard decisions.  Even the Republican base refuses to have an honest conversation about the long-term sustainability of entitlement spending.  At some point, we will be forced to reconcile our list of wants with real needs, and that will be a necessary but painful process.

But it’s about to get painful for Republicans immediately.

Pro-life Americans elected Donald Trump as president, and he has not disappointed.  He has followed through on promises to appoint constitutionalist judges and used every legal tool of his Administration, from personnel to regulations, to side with life.

However, he cannot do it alone. Sure, the House of Representatives took up easy-to-pass bills like the Unborn Child Protection Act, which protects children beyond five months gestation. Public opinion is strongly in favor of these commonsense limits. The majority of the Senate agrees but could not reach the 60-vote threshold.

However, Congress cannot vote for spending bills paying for abortion and maintain their pro-life credentials.

Pro-life voters elected Republicans to protect life, and if they do not, what’s the point?  We have voted, rallied, phone banked, gone door to door, and given small contributions to assure that Republicans are elected.

So here’s the deal: Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee will score against any future spending bills that allow our tax dollars to fund big abortion. We will not support legislators who vote for these bills. Working quietly behind the scenes has failed.  At this point, it is better to be feared than loved.

We would rather find more pro-life Democrats like Dan Lipinski than continue to be patted on the head and ignored.  The gavel is in the hands of supposedly pro-life Republicans, and it is about to be wasted if they can’t make changes with it.

The omnibus spending bill was a complete backhand to the pro-life movement.  It did not include language for conscience protections for pro-life medical professionals, a repeal of D.C.’s assisted suicide law, a ban on fetal tissue research, or a ban on detainee abortions for DHS.

And Republicans again funded Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, who is on track to receive about half-a-billion dollars per year.  How is this possible?  Planned Parenthood provides one in every three abortions performed in this nation, over 321,000 per year.  The American public overwhelming opposes the entanglement of their money with the taking of innocent human life.  Polls show that 60% of Americans oppose tax dollars funding abortion.

Planned Parenthood is currently under investigation by the FBI for the buying and selling of body parts of aborted babies, yet their friends in Congress are more willing to fight than pro-life members are willing to stand firm.

Our president clearly articulated to Congress that he will not sign another funding bill like the last, and we should believe him.  The President has called for an end to the filibuster.  That is a strong suggestion but even short of that idea Mitch McConnell should require Senators to literally hold the floor if they wish to stop legislation.  House Appropriator Robert Aderholt (R-Alabama) on Alabama radio has called the current system a “phony filibuster” and he is right. The pro-life community can no longer allow Republican lawmakers to get away with bowing to the big abortion lobby.

As the leader of the nation’s largest grassroots women’s organization, as a conservative, and as a defender of life, I am embarrassed by the omnibus spending bill.  Planned Parenthood supporters in the Senate need to have to explain why they are choosing funding abortion over funding Social Security in a shutdown.

This is about light and darkness — life and death.  We will stand with life.

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was published by Townhall. Click here to read it. 

Urge HHS to Protect Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care

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Our nation has a long history of protecting the beliefs of individuals and entities who object to certain activities based on religious and/or moral convictions. This is applicable in all areas of life but is particularly important for health care providers. Our nurses, doctors, and all health care providers should be free to live according to their sense of ethic. No one should ever be forced to perform procedures in a manner that violates their conscience.

The Department of Health and Human Services is directly impacted by these statutory protections and is working to ensure that their employees are never subjected to policies that “violate conscience, coerce, or discriminate.” They need our support today!

HHS has proposed a rule that gives responsibility to its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to ensure that the department and everything that falls within HHS’s purview will have full protection of the law.

HHS is currently taking comments on this rule, and they need to hear from all of us. Please take a moment to comment in support of HHS’s new conscience protections as they work to protect our constitutional liberties in all their programs.

The deadline is 11:59 PM ET on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. So, don’t delay!

Submit a Comment by clicking here.

Below is a sample comment you can copy and paste. But be sure to personalize it and give it your take. We want HHS to know these are not computer-generated messages, but the expressions of concerned citizens.

Please take a moment to write right now if you can. It is vital for them to hear from you today!

SAMPLE COMMENT:

I write to express my strong support for proposed regulation Docket HHS-OCR-2018-0002.

As a supporter of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, I have been terribly concerned about the federal government’s increased hostility towards people of faith in recent years.

As shown in cases like Zubik v. Burwell, where the government capriciously pressured the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their conscience, there seems to be a lack of good faith at the highest levels of government that is a real threat to liberty. Nobody wants to go through the ordeal the Little Sisters of the Poor had to go through (fighting all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court) just to be free to live according to the dictates of their conscience.

We are encouraged that current HHS leadership is recognizing this problem and taking steps to ensure that this sort of abuse is not imposed on health care workers in the future.

This is important for us as women, as is evidenced by the Little Sisters of the Poor’s example. Women have a long history of recognizing the deep value of religious freedom and charitable service. The contribution of so many women of faith to the poor and needy in our country, whether through public or private service, or through religious ministry, cannot be overestimated. Those contributions are a direct expression of faith that is protected by federal law. It should be honored, not frowned upon.

But in recent years, government has become increasingly comfortable with presenting a choice between violating deeply held religious beliefs or facing crippling fines that not only violate fundamental constitutional principles, but also have a chilling effect on religious expression and charity. A recent U.S. Supreme Court case dealt with an effort in California to force pro-life clinics to promote abortion, regardless of the infringement on conscience. Other efforts to force nurses and doctors to perform abortions in practice or even before they graduate medical school are a common dream of “reproductive rights” advocates.

HHS’ role in combating such attempts to force people of faith to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs is extremely important, given that many of the controversial subjects of the day (abortion, contraception, sexual relations outside of marriage, etc.) are directly related to the areas this agency oversees.

I commend you on this important effort.