South Carolina

CWA of South Carolina SPEAKS OUT Against the Selling of Baby Body Parts

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It is a federal felony to traffic human body parts! This week a shocking video from an undercover investigation shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola describing how selling the body parts of aborted children is part of the Planned Parenthood business plan!  View disturbing video here.

Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America CEO and President, responds:

“Thirty to one hundred dollars; that’s the price Planned Parenthood appears to be profiting per dead baby. The recent video of Planned Parenthood’s senior director of Medical Services is just the latest in a laundry list of scandals, including aiding and abetting sex traffickers, giving sexual bondage instructions to children, cheating the government, sex-selection abortions, blatant racism, and the failure to report the molestation and rape of minors.

“There appears to be no depths to which this organization won’t stoop for money. When will the federal government wake up and follow the lead of the ten courageous governors who have cut funding to Planned Parenthood?

It’s time for Congress to say ‘Enough!’ If Planned Parenthood provides any worthy services, then they should have no problem raising funds like the thousands of other charities around this nation. Wake up America!”

Silence is not an option! Take action and pray on behalf of unborn babies!

Take Action: Contact Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), Rep. Mark Sanford (R-District 1), Rep. Joe Wilson (R- District 2), Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-District 3), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-District 4), Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-District 5), Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-District 6), Rep. Tom Rice, Jr. (R–District 7). Ask for a congressional investigation and an immediate defunding of Planned Parenthood. All of their contact information can be found here.

Pray: 2 Timothy says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” We are reminded that it isn’t easy. 2 Corinthians 4:6-9 “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” We should not fear man. Man cannot take our soul. We need to take heart during these times. Have courage. Put on the full armor of God and speak boldly as we speak. And having done all stand.

Dear Heavenly Father, the God of all creation, forgive us our trespasses. We will no longer be silent. Boldly we speak the truth in love, knowing that Jesus is the victory. Break the hearts of our leaders for what breaks Yours. Destroy the walls of deception and shine the light on the evilness of abortion. As we serve You our Risen Savior, we call on the surpassing power that is from You, not us.

Register Today for Truth for a New Generation Conference Early Bird Rate! (Ends July 10)

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Since the recent U.S. Supreme Ct decision redefining marriage, I am asked, “What can we do”? Only when we as God’s people, and our Christian families, commit to Prayer, Repentance, and Action will we change in our nation (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Here is an opportunity for our Christian families to be strengthened in prayer and God’s Word, to stand strong with Truth for a New Generation. CWA of South Carolina and CWA of North Carolina are partnering with Dr. Alex McFarland’s conference, Truth for a New Generation, on September 18, 19 in Spartanburg, SC. Note that the early bird rate has been extended to July 10.

Nationally known speakers will headline this year’s conference, including the Benham Brothers, Alveda King, Will Graham, Todd Starnes, Lee Strobel, Stephen Meyer, J. Warner Wallace, Erick Stakelbeck and more.

This is an excellent event we are proud to endorse. Won’t you join us? Invite a friend!

Reigniting Unity by Removing the Confederate Flag

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Concerned Women for America is honored to stand with South Carolina’s Governor, Nikki Haley, in her call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of South Carolina’s state capitol, and here’s why.

This matter has been an issue for over five decades, but we are speaking out now in support for Gov. Haley and Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) as a response to the recent tragic massacre in Charleston, South Carolina.

Without a doubt, this flag has historical relevance for some, but for our African-American brothers and sisters in Christ, it represents oppression, division, and slavery. It’s informative to take a look at how we got here. The confederate flag has not always flown over the South Carolina capitol or even on the grounds at all. The flag was first placed above the state capitol by liberal, pro-abortion, Democratic Gov. Fritz Hollings in 1962 in the midst of the civil-rights movement and school desegregation. This was an act of defiance and a means of intimidation to African-Americans fighting for equality and specifically to allow their children to attend the same schools as white children.

In 1996, Gov. David Beasley, a Republican, called for removal of the flag to a memorial on the State House grounds, but it wasn’t until 2000 that a compromise was reached, and the flag was moved from the capitol dome to the grounds in front of the capitol.  This shaky compromise remained the status quo until Dylann Roof brutally murdered nine Americans studying God’s word inside Charleston’s historic Mother Emanuel AME Church. This one act of hate based on race has served as a rallying cry for unity among all Christians.

Now is the time. Over 50 years from the time it was first flown over the South Carolina capitol, it is time for the flag to be removed and placed in a museum as a reminder of our history — the history we do not want to repeat, not the history of which we are proud.

We do this not out of fear of offending someone, but out of love — love for our neighbors and love for our brothers and sisters in Christ. We don’t want to mistakenly support something that is keeping us from unity.

I came to this decision years ago. As a proud daughter of the South, I have always loved Southern culture and its people. However, when my sister in Christ and sweet friend Kay Cole James patiently explained how hurtful she found that symbol, I then saw it through her eyes. What seemed like a benign historical relic took on a different meaning.  Love for my brothers and sisters in Christ compels me to speak now.

Paul on many occasions speaks to the Church about unity, urging believers to set aside differences and put love first.

“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you,” 2 Corinthians 13:11.

“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony,” Colossians 3:14.

Peter spoke to discouraged believers and, while reminding them of Christ’s example, he called them to “live as people who are free, not using [your] freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God,” 1 Peter 2:16. He also counseled them to humble themselves and compassionately seek unity.

“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind,” 1 Peter 3:8.

The only time it is acceptable to knowingly offend someone is when we are standing up for Biblical principles. God’s Word trumps human feelings. In this case, we are simply respecting the feelings of those who see the flag as something negative. If someone has a different view and chooses to display the flag on their personal property, they should be allowed to do so.

Removing the Confederate flag from state grounds is just a tiny way to put God’s Word into action and show love and respect towards the friends and family of those who lost their lives in Charleston at the hands of hate — hands that CWA does not believe represent America as a whole. May God help us prove that to be true.

CWA Calls for the Removal of the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina Capitol Grounds

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Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America stands with the people of South Carolina who call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the State Capitol. Penny Young Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, had this to say:

“I am not a South Carolinian, but I am a proud daughter of the South.  I grew up in a time when Confederate flags were common place.  Seeing the Confederate flag was the norm; I did not question what it represented until adulthood when my dear friend and sister in Christ, Kay Coles James, explained what the flag meant to her.  Once I heard this from her perspective, I was horrified at what I had taken for granted as an historical relic.

“As people of faith, this is a time to join hands with African-Americans, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ. As this controversy has been brought to the national level, one way to support them is to join Senator Tim Scott, Governor Nicki Haley, and others as they call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds. Although this flag has historic significance, we must look at it through the eyes of others who view this symbol as one of repression and slavery.

“Paul’s letter to the Galatians tells us that ‘we are all one in Christ.’  The members and families of Mother Emanuel Church and the people of Charleston are an inspiring example of how Christ’s love triumphs over hate.  Let us all support them as they grieve this act of hate and respond with acts of love. I am deeply moved by their courage and commitment to God.  CWA members around the nation support them in our prayers.”

 For an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at or 712-269-1724.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislative arm of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with 500,000 participating members across the country, over 450 Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams, 600 trained leaders, and over 30 years of service to our nation. For more information visit


CWA of South Carolina Recommends: Truth for a New Generation 2015 Conference – September 18 & 19, 2015

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CWA highly recommends this excellent event to take place in Spartanburg, South Carolina. President Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” The laws we make and the people we elect will impact generations to come. Our future generations are counting on us to be the next greatest generation that stands for faith, family, and freedom. Join with CWA of South Carolina and CWA of North Carolina as we encourage attendance this year at Dr. Alex McFarland’s Truth for a New Generation 2015 Conference.

‘Hope’—A Lost Cause?
All-Star Speaker Lineup to Focus on “Jesus: America’s Hope” at Truth for a New Generation 2015

Click here for more details and to register.

The Response – Join Governor Nikki Haley in Praying For Our Great State and Nation

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We encourage you to join The Response on Saturday, June 13 to pray for our great state and nation.

“America’s issues are not primarily financial, political or moral. Neither does America’s hope lie in one leader or institution. Our hope is found in the One who desires for us to turn to Him with our hearts. This is our response – to call on Jesus on behalf of America, that He might hear our cry and heal our land.

“The Response is holding statewide solemn assemblies to gather people from all ages, denominations and backgrounds in prayer and fasting on behalf of our nation. Governor Nikki Haley is inviting South Carolina and the nation to a time of worship, prayer, fasting and repentance on June 13th at the North Charleston Coliseum. This is the time for Christians to come together to call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy.”

The Response South Carolina: A Call to Prayer For a Nation In Crisis

Saturday June 13, 2015
North Charleston Coliseum
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Youth Rally, Music geared towards youth
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Time of scripture reading, prayer, worship

PRAY: Pray that the Coliseum will be overflowing with a spiritual revival to bring truth to our concerned citizens, lawmakers, and public policy advocates.


  1. If you can attend this great call to prayer event, please make arrangements to join and invite others to do the same.
  2. Click here to Register. This event is free but space is limited.
  3. If you cannot attend, please take time to pray specifically for our country and state leaders.

Would you consider becoming a Prayer/Action Chapter leader in your town? You don’t have to know everything or even anything about public policy! CWA will provide you with information about what is going on at a local, state and national level. Contact me today if you are interested in more information about this wonderful opportunity.

Also, would you considering partnering financially with CWA of South Carolina today? It’s easy; simply click here.

Meet Your New State Director!

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Tonya Shellnutt has been named the State Director for Concerned Women for America of South Carolina. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with over 500,000 members nationwide and over 2,600 members in South Carolina. Tonya became connected to CWA through a book she wrote, Woman Power Revolution. It is about feminism from a conservative viewpoint and her personal story that brought her there. CWA has since endorsed her book. As a volunteer for CWA, Tonya will travel the state meeting with many different groups and citizens educating them on CWA’s seven core issues; Family, Sanctity of Human Life, Education, Sexual Exploitation, Religious Liberty, National Sovereignty, and Support for Israel. Furthermore, she plans to frequently meet with legislators and travel to the capital to testify on behalf of proposed legislation. Tonya will work effortlessly to establish CWA Prayer/Action Chapters across the state.  She has a goal to have one in every county in South Carolina!

Tonya and her husband, Rich, have five kids, Makenzie 19, Ashton 16, Isabel 14, Fischer 10, and Holden 8. Tonya was born and raised in Montana, but met Rich in Montana and moved their family to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1997, where two of their five children were born. They moved back to Montana in 2001 and lived there until their recent move to South Carolina. Rich grew up in the South and is a navy veteran. His mother was an English professor at the University of South Carolina before moving the family to the DC area. His mother has since moved to Rock Hill, South Carolina while his two brothers live in Charleston and own businesses in both North and South Carolina. His twin sister also works for the family business and resides in the Charlotte area. With Rich and Tonya’s oldest daughter, Makenzie, heading south to the University of North Greenville, in Greenville, South Carolina, to play softball and attend college, they quickly realized that all of their children were talking about going south. Their children’s only grandparent is Rich’s mom, so they felt that they needed to be closer to her and the rest of the family. They have owned and operated their own flooring installation business for the last 16 years and felt as if a time for change was in order. Rich recently got a job in the Carolina area as a project manager for a flooring installation company, so it was a perfect fit.

They are extremely passionate about strengthening families and battling the cultural war being waged against traditional families values. Tonya also works with women who are “at risk” or in crisis situations. Tonya is an outdoor enthusiast and her competitive side LOVES watching her kids’ sporting events. Tonya’s authentic approach to life allows her to connect with all types of people and to inspire them to live victoriously and be all that they were meant to be!

As a mother of five children, Tonya knows it is so important to work to protect family values and advocate for the sanctity of life. Families are the backbone of our communities, our state, and our country. When we strengthen families, we strengthen communities.
It is our time to make a difference and be the voice for South Carolina that speaks of hope, meaningful legacies, and intentionality. Our future generations are counting on us to be the light in the darkness. Therefore, I look forward as we band together in South Carolina and across the nation to be the conservative voice that doesn’t waver, compromise, or succumb to apathy. Together, our voice will be one of courage and purpose.