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Capitol Hill Brief — Fight for Life

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If you care about the sanctity of life, I want to encourage you to read “Feisty & Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women.”

I believe we are on the cusp of big gains in this area, and for the good of our nation, we need to be all hands on deck!

Time magazine recently said that, although abortion-rights activists “won an epic victory” in Roe v. Wade, “they’ve been losing ever since.”

That is no accident!

Roe was decided in 1973.  Concerned Women for America started in 1978.

That means we’ve been fighting this evil abortion for almost forty years!

So, let us equip you and give you the tools you need to join the fight for life.


Penny Nance’s latest book, Feisty and Feminine, empowers women to engage the culture and is our gift to thank you for your donation today. Request yours at www.CapitolHillBrief.org. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Trump Set to End Ridiculous War Against Nuns

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God bless President Donald J. Trump. As reported by several news outlets, the Trump Administration is set to finally put an end to part of the repugnant ObamaCare contraception mandate which sought to force the Little Sisters of the Poor (LSP) to violate their religious convictions.

One of the most bizarre things about the Obama Administration’s ObamaCare crusade was this insistence that groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor be forced to participate in the process of providing contraception and abortifacients for their employees, regardless of their religious beliefs.  Not only was the policy unconstitutional, as a violation of religious liberty, but it was just so unnecessary.

The whole time the organization I lead, Concerned Women for America (CWA), is working to stand for these poor nuns — who, by the way, take vows of poverty and chastity, and dedicate their lives to serving the elderly, the maligned, and those forgotten by society — I’m thinking President Obama will soon provide a way for them to be exempt and go about their noble work.

But no. It never happened. Abortion groups have such a tight grip on the Democratic Party, they were willing to drag the sisters all the way to the United States Supreme Court before they would recognize their constitutional rights. Ridiculous.

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Statement of Penny Nance Regarding Planned Parenthood’s 2016 Annual Report

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Yesterday, Planned Parenthood released their 2015-2016 annual report — six months later than usual. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued the following statement in response:

“In the midst of a desperate fight to prove their relevance and fitness for federal funding, Planned Parenthood quietly released their latest annual report to their stakeholders (read: taxpayers). Planned Parenthood is hoping this year’s release will go unnoticed and is counting on the mainstream media, which basically serves as an extension of their PR department, for that cover.

“For an organization that is so ‘proud’ of what they do, yesterday’s release was met with radio silence. With the exception of a subtle website change noting the decrease in patients served, there was no Tweet storm or Facebook live update, no Twitter-sponsored hashtag, no bright pink email blast, and no celebrity endorsement. Upon glancing at the report, it is no surprise why.

“Since 2012, Planned Parenthood has suffered a steady loss of 600,000 patients; this year serving only 2.4 million compared to 2.5 million last year. Prenatal services are almost cut in half from last year’s numbers, although they did perform 4,349 more abortions this year. Contraception services are down; cancer screening and prevention services are down, and overall services have suffered a 12.6% drop since 2011. Government funding made up 41% of their revenue this year.

“This year’s report isn’t a fluke or a result of bad press from ‘heavily edited’ videos. It is a pattern. For an organization who spent millions this past election cycle, who has $1.5 billion in net assets, who’s CEO got a substantial bump in pay, its unfounded to say women will lose care or that Planned Parenthood will shut down without federal dollars. They’re fine.

“Planned Parenthood’s annual report spends pages in La-la-land pretending last year’s Center for Medical Progress videos were the first inclination of their shady practices. As if the criminal and regulatory referrals made by the House in 2016 to the Department of Justice are meaningless. Planned Parenthood workers have been caught on tape aiding and abetting sex traffickers and failing to report statutory rape. Furthermore, fifty-one known audits of Planned Parenthood and affiliate billing procedures showed chronic Medicaid over billing totaling almost $8.5 million in false claims. This isn’t exactly a smear campaign based on ‘fake news’ and ‘heavily edited footage.’

“Most women don’t choose to go to Planned Parenthood, but instead choose to visit one of the almost 14,000 Federally Qualified Health Centers located nationwide. This year’s reconciliation bill redirects Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid reimbursement to these centers which care for the whole woman and serve the underinsured, rural, and low-income communities. Women are going elsewhere, and federal funding should follow.”

If I Were Kathy’s Friend

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If I were Kathy Griffin’s friend, I’d want to be by her side now. It must be tough.

Most people by now have seen the horrible picture and video. It was bad. Really, bad. She has apologized. But it won’t be easy.

I hope she has some good friends by her side at this moment. I hope she doesn’t just have enablers, saying the world is just mad, that she was hilarious and people just didn’t get it. I hope she doesn’t have only the life-drainer types that hang around celebrities so often, just looking to better themselves. Nor just the ones who want to drag her out to a party and forget all about it, just to drop her off at home in the morning to deal with herself the next day.

If I were her friend, I’d want to talk to her about who she is, her feelings and emotions, but also her purpose. I’d want to talk to her about faith. I’d want to offer my love (frail as it is, as will be explained below) and offer the only meaningful hope I have ever found in life: the love of God.

What follows is what I might say.

You are so loved, Kathy. I know it is hard to see right now with all the brouhaha over your picture. I understand. I’ve done worse. You probably have, too. God is not impressed by how much attention our failings get. He is offended by our sin just as much when nobody knows about them.

Yet He pursues us. “While we were yet sinners,” Scripture tells us, He sent His son Jesus Christ to die for our “fumblings” — for our many sins.

That’s how He demonstrated His love for us, according to Romans 5:8. That’s how much He loves you. Not what you have done; we must all repent of our sins.  Not the personas we have created for others to see as a way of guarding our hearts to ease our loneliness and pain; He sees right through that.

He loves us. You.

It’s miraculous. It’s unbelievable. And it is truly lovely. To receive this kind of love is true liberty. Won’t you give that love a chance?

True love. It’s not like what you see between men and women. This love — this love is different.

It’s captured in 1 Corinthians 13, and there you can easily see why it seems preposterous when we use it to describe the type of love we show for one another.

My wife and I have the verse on a big painting in our living room, and I often go through it and try to put a mental check mark on the things I’ve been doing right.

It’s bad.

First one is brutal for me. “Love is patient,” it says. Well, I’m out right off the bat. If God were as patient with me as I sometimes am with my wife and children, I would’ve been the one on that cross.

“Love is kind”? Oh boy. I mean, it’s not like I don’t try to be kind. But I fail so often that I could never put a check mark on that one. The best I can say is that I have recurring flashes of kindness. But that’s just being kind with myself, which is nothing to brag about.

Love “does not envy.”  Fail. “Does not boast,” fail.  “It is not proud,” [laughter that turns to tears and then turns into 15 minutes of prayer].

“It does not dishonor others.” Ok, I might put a check mark here, but truth is I’m not fully confident. Especially if we consider our past.

I hope you see that aspect of love gets at the heart of the failure of your picture.

Love “is not self-seeking,” continues the passage. I got married precisely for this. I wanted someone to make me happy. Isn’t that what everyone tells us, “You deserve someone that will make you happy”?

It’s all baloney. Trust me. But that’s another conversation. For now, just know that it is not love.

Love “is not easily angered.” We all get angry, so we just have to reckon with the “easily” part, and I have to say I’ve learned to do much better. Check mark?  I hesitate. Truth is, if you catch me on the wrong day, “bye-bye” check mark.

Love “keeps no record of wrongs.” I kept a gold star on this one for a long time; I thought I did so well. Then I realized it was partly because I thought my wife did not do so well with it. That meant that I was keeping a record of her keeping a record, and there went my gold star — along with my pride.

We could go on (Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never ends), but you get the picture.

God loves you that way. In a supernatural way. Your friends and family might give up on you. They will all fail you. But God’s love still pursues you. No matter what you have done.

You are not this picture. You are not your career. You were created “in His image.” That’s where your purpose comes from. Not from fame. Not from comedy.

You were created by God for God. Could I pray for you?

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.