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Under President Trump, the U.S. Returns to Honoring Life Globally

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One of the things President Donald Trump should be most proud of from his short time in the White House is his decision to move the U.S. away from the hideous business of promoting abortion-on-demand around the world.

On Jan. 23, 2017, just three days after his swearing-in ceremony, President Trump reinstated what has been known as the “Mexico City Policy” (because of its roots at a population conference in Mexico City). The policy, initiated by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, to the delight of most Americans, prohibits U.S. taxpayer dollars from going to organizations that perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning abroad.

Big Abortion, of course, despises the policy…

Read the rest of this op-ed as featured exclusively on AmericanThinker.com.

How long, O Lord?

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Most times I am outraged, really incensed, at the evil that is abortion.  I get angry at the debasement of the very image of God.  The way outside forces prey on vulnerable women for their personal and corporate profit.

Sometimes a sense of the reality of the sin we are committing as a nation weighs in on me.

But not today. Today, I fight to hold back tears (as I write in a public place).  Today, after watching the latest Center for Medical Progress video, I feel such pain for the people (educated professionals) that are part of this dark industry.

Here is the video:
[Editor’s note: the original video has now been removed from YouTube (they don’t want the truth to be heard!). Here we provide a shortened version still available through Twitter posts]

I want to be furious.  I want to be enraged.  It would be an appropriate response to such callousness—such cold, raw disregard for life, fragility and love.  These poor babies are thought about as “pointy skulls.”

I want to cry out to God, as the psalmist did, “How long, o Lord?”  I feel this irrational desire to pray as Jesus did on the cross, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do.”  But my heart sinks deeper still as I ponder that they do.  They do know exactly what they do.

And they do it anyway.

They do it with glee.  They discuss it between wine and giggles.  They make a living from it.

How long, o Lord?

How long will you and I, friend, turn a blind eye to this evil?  How long will you and I dismiss it as someone else’s problem?  How long will we pretend to fight injustice somewhere else, while we perpetrate an injustice of the harshest kind on our most vulnerable?

How long will we compartmentalize and rationalize what is plain for all of us to see?  A vulnerable baby, sacrificed at the altar of self? How long will we allow our court to push this evil on us?  How long will we allow laws making it possible to stand?

How long will we continue to support and promote the evil of abortion with our own money?

Oh yes, we can try to con ourselves into thinking we have no part in it, but the heart-cutting truth is that we all support this with our own money.  My money, your money makes conferences like the one we just saw in this video possible.

Our money pays for them to get together to discuss the harvesting and selling of baby body parts.

Let that sink in.  We are not guiltless (ok, forget about holding back the tears now).

We are not innocent.  We live our lives, every day under this horrid cloud.  We wake up, eat, drink, work, have time with family, even worship in our churches under this national cloud.

O Lord, how long?

Still, we do not despair.  That would be too easy.  No, we must renew our strength and set upon the hard, tedious, inconvenient task of exposing this infringement on our most basic right.  We must expose the painful, virulent nature of abortion.  We must repent.

That is why we must be so grateful for the work of people like David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress.  Their incredible sacrifice has ignited the moral conscience of many, and we will continue to take that work to the ends of the world until this evil is eradicated everywhere it is found.

If you are pro-choice, I plead with you to consider the reality of what is in front of you as you watch this video.  Forget about what you have been told and just consider what you are seeing, what you are hearing.  Are you okay with that?

We can do better than this.  We can be a compassionate people, a loving people.  Let us love one another then.  Let us love our daughters, so that they may never even come close to feeling a need to put themselves at the mercy of one of these exploiters.

May God grant us the wisdom and will to put an end to abortion once and for all.

To the Women Who Trusted Planned Parenthood

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As I was driving into D.C. today, I was struck by how many “Help After Abortion” stickers I saw. Don’t get me wrong; it’s fantastic to get the word out about a post-abortion service through a bumper sticker, but I started to think about the pro-life movement’s relationship with the women to whom these bumper stickers speak.

We talk about the children harmed by abortion and, to an extent, we talk about the women, too, but why is that where our conversation ends? Why is that the only communication the pro-life movement has with our fellow women, who are just as broken as we are and currently going through a traumatic time in their lives?

To the women who trusted Planned Parenthood when they told you your child was nothing more than a blob of cells …

I am so sorry. I don’t think the pro-life movement says it enough. We furiously make signs and hold protests to save children at risk of abortion, but very few times do we slow down enough to address the women who have already made the choice — the ones who knew no other option, or even those who knew they had a choice, made the wrong one, and wish they could take it back.

I am so sorry for the pain you are going through right now, and I need you to know three things:

First, you are not alone. Studies show that 55% of women regret their abortion. Many women were in your exact position, chose the exact same thing, and are going through what you’re going through. You are no worse than anyone else.

Second, you are deeply, ferociously loved. None of us in the pro-life movement are angry with you, and we don’t hate you. We want to move forward with you. In fact, plenty of women in our ranks have made the same choice you did, and that’s the reason they do what they do.

If anyone from our side has made you feel less-than or demonized, please do not let them taint your view of the right-to-life movement. This does not define you, and it does not affect your value in any way. Jesus paid the ultimate price so that, if you let Him, He can take every single sin from you.

Lastly, your experience has given you an opportunity. You have the power to speak up and change hearts and minds like very few people do. As a Planned Parenthood survivor, you have authority and credibility to help save women who are in the same position you were.

Do not, whatever you do, let the left silence you. They would like to stifle anyone who speaks out against abortion, but especially women like you who are a threat to their lie that “abortion helps women.”

Do not rush your healing, but when you’re ready, we are here with open arms, excited for you to join us in rescuing babies and women alike from the tragedy of abortion.

Our One Motivation

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As women who are concerned for America, why do we do what we do? Why support lobbying efforts, write letters to Congress, make phone calls to the White House, and give our money to support these endeavors?  And why do we pray? It’s because we know the one true God.

We support human life from conception, because we know that every child is “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalms 139).

We reject gender fluidity, because we know “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).

We work against sexual exploitation and homosexual “marriage,” because we know that marriage is God’s good design, a mystery that points beautifully to Christ and His church (Ephesians 5:32).

We oppose overbearing government control of education, because God instructs parents to teach their children diligently (Deuteronomy 6:7) and bring them up in the instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).

We advocate for religious liberty, because we know that, ultimately, the truth will win out and will set people free (John 8:32).

God created the universe. He put every star in its place. He designed the Earth and sculpted the mountains. He established the seas and fashioned a diversity of animals. He formed man out of the dust of the Earth and breathed life into him. Trying to live without acknowledging our Creator is like covering our eyes and ears and stumbling about in the dark. Knowing God brings us into the light. His word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Ps. 119:105).

Knowing the God who brings meaning to life motivates us to continue to lobby, write letters, make phone calls, give money, and pray! We must persevere to glorify Him. And we must persevere in knowing Him through His Word.

Keri Folmar was press secretary for Concerned Women for America in the 90’s and now lives in the Middle East where her husband, John, is the pastor of the United Christian Church of Dubai. She has recently written The Good Portion: The Doctrine of Scripture for Every Woman and has published several Bible studies for women.

From Judge to Justice: Gorsuch Confirmed with Bipartisan Support

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Washington, D.C. –Today, Judge Gorsuch, soon-to-be Justice Gorsuch, was confirmed 54-45 to be the next Associate Supreme Court Justice of the United States with bi-partisan support.

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

“Today we witnessed a historic victory for our country. One that proves government ‘for the People, by the People’ is alive and well. The Senate overcame historic partisan obstructionism and restored original Senate precedent.

“On behalf of our members, I want to thank Leader McConnell, as well as Sen. Grassley, for their decisive leadership, which gave the American people a voice in November on the kind of justice they believed should fill the Supreme Court vacancy.

“I also want to thank President Trump for keeping his promise to nominate a constitutionalist judge to the Supreme Court. It is hard to imagine someone better suited to serve on our nation’s highest court than Judge Gorsuch.

“Judge Gorsuch follows the law wherever it leads, regardless of personal opinion or political preference. His constitutional jurisprudence makes him an ardent defender of the rights that keep us free.

“Judge Gorsuch will elevate the proper role of the judiciary and refuse to legislate from the bench. He is what America needs in this time of partisan dysfunction and obstructionism from the far left-the bipartisan support for his confirmation is proof.

“I would be remiss not to thank the Democrats who had the conviction to listen to their constituents rather than toeing the party line. I applaud their willingness to rise above the political fray in favor of their constituents.

“In spite of partisan gridlock, we see the symphony of the three branches of government and their checks and balances function as our Founders intended.”Our prayers continue to be with Judge, soon-to-be Justice, Gorsuch and his family as they begin this new chapter.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke [email protected] 712-269-1724.

Capitol Hill Brief — Final Vote Day

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I want to congratulate you today!  Judge Neil Gorsuch will be the next Justice of the Supreme Court, and you, as a member of Concerned Women for America, helped make that happen.

In Judge Gorsuch, we have a Justice who is committed to the Constitution and the laws enacted by congress, as written.  We have someone who respects his role as a judge and will not legislate from the bench.

We have someone who respects the sanctity of human life and religious liberty.

Thank you for making a difference through CWA as we work together to protect our freedoms.  And if you haven’t join CWA yet, what are you waiting for?  Visit our website today and join the fight!


Join us on the front lines. Fight to defend critical issues, like the sanctity of life and religious freedom. Together we’ll bring Biblical, constitutional values back to our nation. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to see how you can help. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

How the Left’s “Inclusion” Rhetoric Excludes

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I have been bombarded by the media pushing a leftist political agenda my entire life.   Since my high school years, when I first noticed their deliberate attempts to push their particular perspective on me, they seem to be getting even more crass and up front in their efforts.

I remember the first time Snapchat got its new update adding magazine subscriptions for users to scroll through, read, and enjoy.  I was kind of irritated that there was only CNN and no other option for news.

This was also around the time that Twitter introduced the discover page and would only display stories from the left’s points of view.  It gets old after a while.  There have been numerous stories of Facebook pushing the same leftist ideology.

The trend continues today, and it seems to be only growing since the election of President Donald Trump.  These social networks seem to be personally invested in defeating the president and conservative values at all costs.

This is not a scientific study, so I am not 100% certain if there has been a measurable increase since then, or if I am just more politically in tune, but I am amazed at the continual efforts of the left to brainwash and influence young adults like me.

Magazines like Cosmopolitan and Teen Vogue specifically and purposely hone in on why women’s health and wellness means I must be “pro-abortion.”  More than once, I have clicked on the Snapchat Cosmopolitan story that seemed interesting, only to discover it was just spoon feeding me the abortion industry’s propaganda. Not only is abortion a choice, it’s apparently the best choice.

Young women and girls today are being influenced across the country from this undeniably exclusive rhetoric.  Teen Vogue recently published an article called “What to get a friend Post-Abortion.”  The end of the article states, “… she will need you — not because the act itself is so terrible, but because sometimes the world can be.”  Nothing wrong with that per se; pro-lifers are often the ones who come alongside post-abortive women.  But the article listed and encouraged gifts like an “F-U-terus” pin.  Lovely.

I wonder if the women writing these articles ever question why an abortion can be so traumatizing.  It is not something to take lightly.

According to one study, an alarming 50% of women who have an abortion show immediate negative responses.  The emotional impact is significant not only for the women but for anyone closely involved with the pregnant mother.

Abortion does not seem empowering to me.  In fact, the entire article proves how discouraging and dismantling it can be for someone.  To feel empowered is to feel accomplished.  What do abortions accomplish?

Does that disqualify me from being a woman?  That’s what these media influencers would like me to believe.  They do everything in their power to silence and shame young women like me by acting as if we do not exist.

What they are discovering, though, is that we will not go away.  Programs, like Concerned Women for America’s Young Women for America, are giving young women like me a voice and the space to express our views in a respectful, thoughtful, intelligent way with those who agree and disagree with us.

This gives us a great opportunity to reach other young women with a message of true diversity and inclusion that allows them to be who they want to be and not who the media elite demands.

Samantha Stohlman is an alumna of Concerned Women for America’s Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Program. Learn more about this program by clicking here.

 

Explanation of Planned Parenthood Alternatives

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As Concerned Women for America (CWA) has previously discussed, Women Don’t Need Planned Parenthood.  To expand upon this theme, we would like to provide this short fact sheet explaining all of the alternatives available to a woman seeking health care.

  1. Federally Funded Community Health Centers – about 11,000 vs. 665 Planned Parenthoods

And they offer far more services than Planned Parenthood does.

See this Facebook album for approximate state by state breakdowns of community health centers.

[Note: Number Statistics and more information provided by Alliance Defending Freedom and Charlotte Lozier Institute. 

The 11,000 number of health centers is an estimated number of the actual locations where medicine is provided relevant to women’s health.  This number adds up:

  • Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)- which accept Medicaid/Medicare.
  • Federally Qualified Health Clinic Service Sites (FQHC Service Sites are sometimes called FQHCs) – which receive federal grants and accept Medicaid/Medicare.
    • FQHC service sites are sometimes only called FQHCs, though technically there are only about 1300 FQHCs which then run these many thousands of on-the-ground “service sites”.
  • A few hundred “look-a-like” centers that meet federal care standards but don’t receive federal grants like FQHCs, but are often eligible for Medicaid/Medicare, like RHCs and other federal benefits

And then this subtotal, about 13,550, subtracts certain healthcare service sites which are not relevant to women’s health (such as a shelter or school).]

  1. Local Community Health Centers – that aren’t “federally qualified”

Many Community Health Centers choose not to become officially Federally Qualified.  This doesn’t mean they are low quality.  For example, some quality health centers feel uncomfortable with the fact that FQHCs must provide contraception and can legally refer for abortion in any case – not just in the Hyde allowed cases. (Though FQHCs don’t provide abortion, they do refer for it, and this is enough to make many Christian affiliated health centers, for example, avoid becoming federally qualified).

  1. 187,000 estimated Private Doctor’s offices – that accept Medicaid patients

Medicaid is a government program that, like private insurance, reimburses healthcare providers for providing services – in this case to low-income women who receive Medicaid assistance. So a medical center doesn’t have to be run by the government to see Medicaid patients.  Many private doctor’s offices choose to see Medicaid patients, some accepting a certain number of Medicaid patients a month, and others having no cap on their women in need. (See Tepeyac OB/GYN as an example of one such center – this one being pro-life.)

  1. Pregnancy Centers – Students for Life estimates that there are 2200 pregnancy centers in the U.S.

CareNet Pregnancy Centers – 60% of which offer ultrasound medical services – say they have 1,100 centers in the U.S. and Canada, and there are many other pregnancy center networks (like Heartbeat International) and private pregnancy centers .

Also keep in mind that reducing the amount of women in need is also an admirable economic goal, which would move women out of the safety net and towards self-sufficiency.  This opens up more healthcare options for women such as:

  1. Employer Health Insurance

When an employer provides health insurance to their employee as a benefit, this almost always covers family planning needs.

  1. Self-Pay Options

Women out of the social safety net are able to afford their own family planning choices. Birth control pills range in price, but, even paying out of pocket without an insurance plan, can cost less than a dollar a day and even as low as $9 a month.

Women’s Can Find Help through Online Search Maps

These are federally qualified Community Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics, which you can learn more about here.

Concerned Women for America is one of this website’s sponsors.

Both these websites come out of a partnership with CareNet and Heartbeat and seem to list only the centers affiliated with them (there are even more centers in the country not on here!). Option Line also seems to include locations such as Bethany Christian Services, an adoption agency.  Many pregnancy centers affiliated with option line can forward their phones to their line at night.

Concerned Women Through History: Sanctity of Human Life, Hebrew Midwives, Elizabeth Blackwell, and Sancha Smith

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, we offer a seven-part series, each with a short featurette on one of Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) core issues and three women who champion that cause: one from Scripture, one from history, and one from today. The seven featurettes will cover our core issues: Defense of Family, Sanctity of Human Life, Education, Sexual Exploitation, Religious Liberty, National Sovereignty, and Support for Israel.

The list is by no means exhaustive; and many more women could be added to each category. But even a partial list is meant to inspire us to look up to these women and to honor their excellent achievements, which are too often ignored by the hijacked feminism of today.

One breed of today’s hijacked feminism is the movement for a “women’s strike” this month, a radical protest by women who feel American society has been inherently against them.  These women fail to recognize the brilliant opportunities and blessings of America, and instead harbor bitterness, resentment, and a demand for government dependency.  Women’s History thus becomes a forum for pouting liberalism — for women who focus only on what they don’t have and how they want the government to get it for them.

In one sense, these women are right in that life is not always easy for all women.  But the government is the worst place to turn to solve their problems.  Women need better role models who understand the source and solution to adversity and who ultimately rely on the Lord.  They need to hear examples of Concerned Women Through History, who changed their world for the better — without bitterness, violence, and faulty ideology.

#WomenMakeAmericaWork is a truth that CWA hopes resounds through this Women’s History month and the discussions around the women’s strike.  Rather than walking out on the job, we hope women know their work matters and that they can make a real difference in our nation.  The women in this series, most of whom are from Israel or America, are women who show how their hard work and God’s grace have lifted them up to remarkable and inspiring destinies.

Concerned Women for America is also honored to have our own modern-day “Esthers,” “Ruths,” and “Corrie Ten Booms” in our midst, as leaders in states all across our nation, whom we also wish to extol.

In each Concerned Women Through History Featurette you will find women who, in their time and place, helped spread the message of freedom within God’s design.  We hope you enjoy this conservative woman’s history!

Sanctity of Life

Exodus 1: 15-22a is the story of Shiphrah and Puah, two remarkable women who stood up for the sanctity of life in Biblical times:

“Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, ‘When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.’ But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, ‘Why have you done this, and let the male children live?’ The midwives said to Pharaoh, ‘Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.’ So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families.”

This stirring account reveals the true bravery and shrewdness of the women.  They were willing to use civil disobedience to carry out God’s will in their vocations instead of bending to the will of an oppressive government.  Regardless of how you feel about their lying, it’s clear that rescuing these precious babies’ lives was pleasing to God, who blessed the midwives with families of their own.  Even though many of the boys would later die at Pharaoh’s hands, they refused to have blood on their own hands.  And one of the boys would survive Pharaoh’s massacre: the little baby Moses.

Imagine if the midwives had killed Moses on the birthstool!

Imagine if they had given in to the male genocide of the time, as many succumb to the female genocide that exists today.  Imagine if they gave in to the government’s laws, the conventional wisdom of the times, the mantra that they must help destroy lives.

But thankfully, many women have a maternal instinct that makes them especially suited to standing up for the unborn. Elizabeth Blackwell also knew instinctually that viewing abortion as a woman’s right went against the very wiring of the female heart. She was “anti-abortion and pro-woman.”  Blackwell became the first female in America to graduate with a medical degree.

Part of the reason she began studying medicine was that the “female physicians” of the time were abortionists, at which she expressed great horror:

“The gross perversion and destruction of motherhood by the abortionist filled me with indignation, and awakened active antagonism. That the honorable term ‘female physician’ should be exclusively applied to those women who carried on this shocking trade seemed to me a horror. It was an utter degradation of what might and should become a noble position for women. … I finally determined to do what I could do ‘to redeem the hells,’ and especially the one form of hell thus forced upon my notice.”

Today, Sancha Smith, the Louisiana state director for CWA, does a superb job living up to the legacy of the Hebrew Midwives and Blackwell.  Her passion for the issue comes from personal experience:

“When I learned that I was pregnant … again, I was horribly disappointed in myself. My grandmother heard the desperation and confusion in my voice and exhorted me saying, ‘If God can hang the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky, and keep the waters from overtaking the land, surely He can take care of you and your child.’

The Hebrew midwives’ civil disobedience, Elizabeth Blackwell’s trailblazing educational achievements, and Sancha’s decision to choose life all required great courage, trust in God, and a willingness to make personal sacrifice.  But all women received great blessings from God, their courageous Witness, reminding us that God’s promises are what sustain our fight for life today.