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What do you do when threatened?

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What would your response be if your place of business was vandalized, if your building was urinated on, and your staff verbally accosted? I would imagine your response would be swift and strong.

 

This hypothetical is a reality for us. Over the past several weeks, Concerned Women for America (CWA) employees have had coffee cups thrown at them while inside our gated parking garage, along with ongoing vulgar gestures and confrontational rantings made toward them. These things have happened not once but several times. 

 

Damage has also been done to our building. For weeks, we have had coffee and other drinks thrown on our front door. And this past weekend our doorbell and security device were ripped from the door frame. The person doing all these exposed himself to our security cameras and then relieved himself all over our front door. 

Our response?

  • We have prayed for the safety of our staff.
  • We have prayed for this individual who harbors such hatred towards us.
  • We have initiated a police investigation.
  • We have reported this as a hate crime to the FBI.
  • We have taken extra steps to ensure the safety of our staff.

Will we be silenced?

Attacks on our employees and our building will not deter Concerned Women for America from standing up for women and for babies. We will not be bullied; we will not back down, and we will never, ever stop fighting to protect human life.

 

Will you stand with us?

Please pray for us to be wise and to speak the truth with compassion.

 

Please support us as we continue to be your voice for the unborn. 

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Prayer at the Supreme Court

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One of the great evangelists of the Nineteenth Century, Dwight L. Moody, famously said, “The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on tiptoe.” The reality of those words came to life for us this week as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Kennedy v. Bremerton School Dist., where the government punished a Washington State high school football coach for the sole fact that he took a knee at midfield to say a brief, personal, private prayer after football games. For that, Coach Joe Kennedy was fired.

With everything going on in the world, can you imagine our government is concerned with one coach praying privately at midfield after football games? Think of how desperate our youth are for good role models. Think of how many men need father figures to teach them the life skills needed to be good citizens.

Think of how many objectionable things public schools are not only allowing but encouraging inside public classrooms. Yet, a fleeting, private prayer is beyond the pale, apparently.

CWA General Counsel Mario Diaz and CWA Director of Government Relations Alexandra McPhee with Coach Kennedy and his wife.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) has stood firmly in support of Coach Kennedy and our constitutionally protected religious freedoms throughout the years, and we were proud to lift our voice in support today as we prayed in front of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., while arguments where being heard inside the courtroom.

We are thankful that Paul Clement, the veteran constitutional appellate advocate, presented Coach Kennedy’s case on behalf of First Liberty. He was superb.

Much of the argument centered on government “coercion,” as if the government were, through the coach, forcing students to pray. But this complete fiction by the state is impossible to reconcile with the facts as presented. Clement exposed the point using an analogy:

[T]hink about what happens when a player gets injured on the field. I mean, it’s common practice at all levels of the game, public school, private school, you take a knee. The coach takes a knee. The players take a knee. Many of them presumably are praying for the player’s health. Some of them are not. Some of them are –have their own religious traditions. But none of that is coercion, not in a real sense, and none of it violates the Establishment Clause.  

It really is that simple. Justice Brett Kavanaugh asked about a similar hypothetical pressing on the limits of government control, “[T]he question is, how far does that go? The coach does the sign of the cross right before the game. Is that –could a school fire the coach for the sign of the cross right before the game?” The answer was revealing. Richard Katskee of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, who argued the case for the school district, said candidly that “if the coach is doing it while not making himself the center of attention at the center of the field, it’s perfectly fine.” Justice Kavanaugh expressed his frustration with such a frivolous argument. “I don’t know how we could write an opinion that would draw a line based on not making yourself the center of attention as the head coach of a game.”

In rebuttal, Clement drove home some of the facts of the case that make the school district’s religious retaliation very dangerous. Coach Kennedy was reprimanded for his conduct (his prayer) in two specific games where, to the surprise of many listening to the arguments, no one (no player) joined him in that prayer. If that was supposed to be a form of coercion, it was not very effective.

The other side tried to argue the case should be sent back to the lower court, yet again delaying what should be a resounding defeat. Clement appealed to the Court with a powerful example:

[M]y client has already waited six years to get his job back. And if you imagine the parallel for this is a race case where the lower courts, both lower courts, said the sole reason the government acted was because of race. But yet, we think it’s okay because there’s this compelling interest. If this Court took that case up and said there’s nothing to the compelling interest, it wouldn’t send it back down to see if there was some other reason when the courts had already found the sole basis for the action was on the basis of race. Here the record is clear, two courts that didn’t agree with much of what we said, said the sole basis for the government’s reactions –actions here were religion. That is not something that should stand.

It shouldn’t. Let us pray that the Supreme Court vindicates Coach Kennedy and protects religious freedoms for all Americans, regardless of faith. A decision is expected by the end of the Court’s term in June.

The Left’s Legislative Rampage

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Concerned Women for America’s Vice President of Government Relations, Doreen Denny, joined America’s Voice to discuss the prospective laws that Democrats are looking to ram through. It’s hard for the average American to keep up with all these legislative policies so Doreen breaks it all down for you in this interview. Take a listen and learn what’s at stake for future generations of Americans.

 

Who Gets to Compete in Women’s Sports Competitions?

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“So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:2

Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are being threatened. Individual male born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females – from kindergarten to high school to college (NCAA).

Many biological girls train and work hard to excel in their chosen sport with the goal of a college scholarship. When a biological boy, who thinks he is a girl, is allowed to compete with the biological girls because of his natural endurance and strength, he steals the prize.

SB156, a bill that would promote fairness in women’s sports, has been introduced by Sen. Beth Mizell (R-District 12). The bill has been assigned to the Louisiana Senate Education Committee. The chairman and members of the committee need to hear from you (particularly if you are a constituent of a committee member) about the importance of ensuring girls have a fair playing field in sports.

Visit Concerned Women for America’s Standing with Female Athletes page for timely resources on this issue. Download and distribute CWA’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet.

Take Action:

  1. Contact the members of the Senate Education Committee and ask them to support SB156 and give it a hearing. The committee members are listed below my sign If you are a constituent, be sure to let them know. Not sure if you are a constituent, then click here. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Louisiana, be sure to let them know.
  2. Contact your state representative and ask him or her to support SB.156. Use this link to find out who represents you in the state legislature. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Louisiana, be sure to let him/her know.
  3. Forward this information to family and friends.

Please Pray:

  1. Pray that Louisiana state senators will not be overcome with timidity and “political correctness” and will handle this issue with positive and fair wisdom for the girls and women of Louisiana.
  2. Pray for the young women who are called upon to stand strong against this adversity in the face of the “cancel culture.” Pray they will come forward to give testimony.
  3. Pray for Gov. John Bel Edwards, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, and Speaker Patrick Page Cortez. Pray they support and defend the birthright of every young girl in Louisiana.

Anchored in Christ,
Laura Huber
State Director


Louisiana Senate Education Committee Members:

Sen. Cleo Fields – Chairman
Democrat-District 14
225.342.9514
[email protected]

Sen. Katrina Jackson – Vice Chair
Democrat-District 34
318.343.2877
[email protected]

Sen. Mark Abraham
Republican-District 25
337.475.3016
[email protected]

Sen. Robert Mills
Republican-District 36
318.371.5200
[email protected]

Sen. Beth Mizell – SB 156, Author
Republican-District 12
985.839.3936
[email protected]

Sen. Kirk Talbot
Republican-District 10
504.736.7299
[email protected]

Sen. Mack “Bodi” White
Republican-District 6
225.272.1324
[email protected]

Fairness in Girls Sports Bill Passes – One more call to make…

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“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against
the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

Dear CWA Friends,

We are delighted that HB1217, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, passed in the legislature Monday, March 8. Gov. Kristi Noem tweeted out that she is “excited” to sign the bill. The bill was delivered to Gov. Noem on Wednesday, March 10, and it is awaiting her signature.

Gov. Noem is getting tremendous pressure from the transgender lobby and the sports organizations, including the NCAA not to sign the bill. It is very important that she hears from those who stand with her on protecting girls’ sports.

First, pray for Gov. Noem, that she will sign the bill.

Second, e-mail Gov. Noem here and encourage her to sign HB1217, the Fairness in Girls Sports Act. Let her know that stand with her in support of the bill. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota, be sure to let her know.

Please pass this on to others to pray and act.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director

Encouragers Needed in South Dakota! Learn More.

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It is time to recruit “encouragers” for our Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Dakota Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) campaign for the 2021 South Dakota legislative session. This is our 22nd year of Encourage-A-Legislator, and many of you have been dedicated encouragers with us from the very beginning. We appreciate your faithfulness.

We live in challenging times. I am sure you’ll agree with me that much prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture. Prayer is also needed to help encourage and sustain our state legislators. You may have seen the picture on the left of Sen. Jack Kolbeck’s (R-District 13) desk displaying the postcards he received from his encourager. He told me that he read some of the postcards each day.

Will you commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the three-month session beginning in January? Each week you will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard pre-printed with a Scripture verse or inspirational quote. Simply express appreciation for the legislator’s service and note your prayers for him or her. Finally, add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.

Your efforts will encourage and build bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA of South Dakota. Your benefit as an “encourager” is that you are energized and blessed to be a part of this effort.

If you wish to participate in our EAL campaign, please reply to this email by noting your commitment and providing your physical address. You will receive your postcards and instructions before the opening of the 2021 South Dakota legislative session early in January.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director

Nance: Norma McCorvey’s Testimony Reveals Roe v. Wade’s Foundation of Lies

By | Blog, CEO, Family Issues, Feminist / Women's Issues, Legal, News and Events, Planned Parenthood, Sanctity of Life, Social / Cultural Issues, Uncategorized | No Comments

CWA’s CEO and President Penny Young Nance wrote the following op-ed published on CNS News.

“It is always sobering to stand and contemplate the destruction and devastation left along the pathway of “Hurricane” Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that invented a right to abortion. It is worse than any of the modern-day disasters we have experienced. More than sixty million babies now lost.

In light of a new documentary airing Friday — “AKA Jane Roe” — today is yet another day of mourning as we now hear a new tragic explanation that only adds to the injustice and confusion that is Roe.

The Supreme Court case was not only plainly an unconstitutional exercise in judicial activism, it was also the result of a wicked plan to deceive the public into something it never wanted. And now, this 2020 documentary, produced by Nick Sweeney, whose body of work informs viewers of his agenda, paints a picture of even more injustice and deception surrounding the complicated and sorrow-filled life of Norma McCorvey.”

Read Penny’s Entire Op-Ed Here:

CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance on “Marcus & Joni” on DAYSTAR Television

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Our CEO and President Penny Nance appeared on Daystar TV on the “Marcus & Joni” Show.

Penny spoke to Marcus and Joni Lamb about numerous topics including her book, Feisty and Femininecurrent events, COVID-19, Concerned Women for America, abortion, and President Trump among many additional topics. Penny closed the show in a heartfelt prayer!

See Penny Nance’s Segment and the Entire Marcus & Joni Show Here: (Penny’s segment runs from 43:30 to 59:13)

U.N. Report Promotes Abortion, LGBT ‘Rights’ Over Human Rights

By | Blog, International, News and Events, Sanctity of Life, Uncategorized, United Nations, United Nations | No Comments

CWA’s Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Shea Garrison, teamed up with Emilie Kao, director of the DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation on an opinion piece published in The Washington Times.

“Billions of people around the world exercised their religious freedom during Holy Week, but a new United Nations report threatens to undermine both this freedom and women’s rights.

The report of Ahmed Shaheed, the U.N. expert responsible for protecting religious freedom, advances a “progressive” agenda of abortion and new “rights” based on membership in sexual identity groups. It seems the U.N. is willing to trample the rights of the vulnerable and undermine the credibility of universal human rights to promote the values of a small number of wealthy countries — a travesty the Trump administration should oppose.

The report to the infamous U.N. Human Rights Council undermines the empowerment of women and girls by lumping their concerns together with novel claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It includes a controversial interpretation of “gender equality” that promotes acceptance of transgender ideology and the concept of multiple, fluid, “gender identities.””

Read Dr. Garrison and Emilie Kao’s Entire Piece Here:

House Republicans Force Floor Vote on Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

By | Blog, Legislative Updates, News and Events, Sanctity of Life, Uncategorized | No Comments

At the end of February, on the heels of the U.S. Senate’s two pro-life votes, House Republicans successfully forced a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act through a procedural measure called a Motion to Recommit (MTR). This was the 80th time that House Republicans, led by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Missouri), sought a vote on Born Alive.

You may recall that last April, Rep. Wagner and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) filed a discharge petition to force a vote on Born Alive by acquiring support from a majority of the House. Members of the House felt so strongly about comments made last year by disgraced Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who nonchalantly detailed how a baby born alive after an abortion would be “kept comfortable” while the doctor and mother had “a conversation,” as well as about New York repealing its state-level born alive law, that they were determined to take federal action. Without control of the House floor, a discharge petition was the best option. The discharge petition currently has 204 signatures of the 218 required. Since then, House Republicans have taken to the floor almost 80 times and asked for unanimous consent for the bill to be brought to the floor for a vote.

The Motion to Recommit offered an alternative strategy. When a bill is on the House floor to be voted on, it often undergoes a series of votes before final passage. An MTR is generally used as a tool of the minority (Republicans) to seek a vote on something the majority (Democrats) won’t allow. It is unveiled at the last minute and is often the last vote before final passage. This MTR, if passed, would have amended a youth tobacco bill on the floor to include the text of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The MTR was defeated 187-220 but was effective in showing Americans exactly where their Member of Congress stands on infanticide. To see how your Member of Congress voted, click here.

The abortion industry says babies surviving abortion never happens, but data from the CDC and stories of abortion survivors like Melissa Ohden, Josiah Presley and Claire Culwell prove otherwise. This does happen. It is gut wrenching to think physicians nonchalantly allow newborn children to die, but Kermit Gosnell is proof that some do. Without these protections in place, we cannot effectively stop a future Gosnell-like doctor from repeating the horrors of Gosnell’s post birth “abortions.”

Remember: the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act isn’t about abortion and doesn’t change a single abortion law; it’s about what happens when a child survives an abortion. This bill requires that doctors provide the same standard of care to a child born alive after an attempted abortion that would be afforded to any other child born at that gestation. It is unconscionable that a bill this basic, that simply requires doctors to treat a child born alive as they would any other child, would be so radical to the far left.

Issues like this, whether or not a child who survives an abortion receives age-appropriate medical care, should not be a political or a partisan issue. This is a moral issue. We must continue to pursue every available avenue for this bill to become law for the least of these.

 

 

She Votes 2020 – Get Out and Vote!

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For statewide and federal primary candidates, Concerned Women for America has partnered with ivoterguide.com to offer an excellent resource where you can find the candidates who will appear on your ballot and where the candidates stand on the issues.  Click here and type in your zip code and view how the evaluation panelists scored the candidates based on their survey answers, their campaign websites, etc.

The States Act: Federal Marijuana Legalization Masquerading as States’ Rights

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Marijuana is not a state’s rights issue and misguided bills like the STATES Act create more confusion and problems than it claims to solve.  We are living in unprecedented times — never before have states bypassed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to legalize a federally illegal schedule I substance on the state level and call it medicine, but 33 states have legalized some form of marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes. The federal and state conflict is not one of big government versus small government; it is not one of natural medicine versus the establishment — it is a conflict of what science and medicine says is safe and effective versus what big businesses and advocates say is safe and effective. There is no doubt the federal government and state governments are at an impasse, one entirely created by the marijuana industry and exacerbated by informal guidance from the Obama Administration.

This paper scrutinizes the arguments used by proponents of the STATES Act and follows the scientific evidence, extrapolates logical conclusions, and elucidates the real effects of marijuana legalization. The marijuana legalization problem is one created by the marijuana industry, and it should not be up to Congress to solve. Rather, we should take big business, clichés, and financial interests out of the marijuana conversation and instead focus on the sociological and scientific evidence which says legalization harms individuals, families, and communities.

Read The Counterpoint: The States Act: Federal Marijuana Legislation Masquerading as States’ Rights Here

CWA staff with AIPAC staff for briefing

CWA LAC’s Actions on Iran and U.S. targeted killing of Soleimani

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Concerned Women for America has been busy these last eight days to keep you updated and your voice heard in the midst of the targeted killing of Qassem Soleimani and subsequent events. Here are highlights of the work we have done this week to cover this momentous event.

Talking Points

On Friday, January 3, we sent out briefing points to ensure you had a detailed explanation of the targeted killing of Soleimani and the context surrounding these events. Realizing this is a significant moment in history, we want to make sure you have real-time knowledge of what’s happening and what it means for the United States and your family.

Briefing:

CWA International hosted a briefing Tuesday, January 9, with The Heritage Foundation’s Senior Research Fellow on the Middle East, Jim Phillips, for our staff, state leaders, and supporters. Jim gave us an in-depth presentation on Soleimani, Iran’s threat to the United States, their low-intensity war of terror led by Soleimani, Iran’s history of aggression, the threat to Israel and the impact of the death of Soleimani on all of the above. Check out Jim’s article in the Daily Signal for some of his insights on the situation: “How US Strike Against Iranian General Changes Rules of Game in Iraq, Region.”

Hill Letter

CWALAC sent a letter to the House opposing Thursday’s vote on H. Con. Res. 83, the war powers resolution seeking to undermine the President’s ability to react in a timely manner to protect American personnel and facilities and downplay the immediacy of the threat presented by Soleimani. It is important to note a concurrent resolution, like this one, is non-binding—this bill is nothing more than a pseudo-press release by House Democrats. Unfortunately, this bill passed, largely along party lines 224-194, with eight Democrats opposing and three Republicans supporting. One of the Republicans supporting, Rep. Mat Gaetz (R-Florida), said he supported the strike on Soleimani but feels Congress should be consulted for any further action.

(Here is a great article on this resolution and the War Powers Authorization in context of recent events with Iran)

Happy New Year from CWA, Our Look Ahead for 2020

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Through God’s grace and the help of supporters like you, the year 2019 was full of successes. The staff of CWA is gearing up for a productive 2020!

This year, please pray for the following:

From Legal:

  • Continued success in the appointment of constitutional judges to federal courts.
  • Protections of the right of conscience and religious freedom in the Congress, the culture, and the courts.
  • Big wins at the Supreme Court on two important cases on the sanctity of human life (June Medical Services v. Gee) and preserving federal protections for women (R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).

From Legislative:

  • For the Senate to act swiftly and decisively in dispensing with the articles of impeachment against President Trump.
  • For the House to stand against abortion extremism and pass the Born Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protection Act.
  • For Congress to uphold the rights and protection of women and preserve the God-given distinctions of the sexes.
  • For the Department of Education to act favorably on CWA’s Title IX complaint against schools forcing female athletes to compete against transgender males.
  • For God’s will to be done in the 2020 election.

From International:

  • For the protection of unborn children all around the world and that strategies promoting abortion in developing countries will fail.
  • For the protection of religious freedom and the release of prisoners of religious persecution. In particular pray for the Christians in Iraq who continue to rebuild their lives after ISIS and the Uyghur Muslims in China who are forced to remain in detention camps.
  • For Godly wisdom for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as President Trump, as they interact with foreign governments and shape U.S. foreign policy.

From the Field team:

  • Increased influence and impact on pro-life and pro-family issues in our state legislatures and on our college campuses.
  • Continued growth in state-level leadership and Young Women for America college chapters.
  • Unprecedented engagement in CWA’s 2020 Get Out the Vote grassroots efforts.

Our thoughts and prayers will be with each of you as we embark upon a new year and a new decade.