A Special Message from the Heart of Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance.
Hello everyone, this is Penny Nance. I’m just pausing because I have this strong message on my heart. I’m stopping right where I am to record this because I just want people to hear it. And particularly for the elderly in our country to understand this.
What I want you to know is that, in this country, we support the intrinsic value of every human life. And that is regardless of whether or not you are eight days in the womb or eighty-eight in age.
We are here as a nation, coming together in support of you. So much so, that we are willing to stay home from our jobs, some of us are losing our businesses, some of us are in deep financial straits. Our economy is in the tank. But when we put it all side by side with our choices, the President is 100 percent right. We value you!
We value you with a compromised immune system. We value you who have aids or who have cancer or who are very sick for some other reason. We value you, and at Concerned Women for America, we will fight for you!
We do not know how long this will go on. But we will fight for every person, no matter their age, to receive care. We will sacrifice personally to make sure you get it. We believe in Psalm 139, that God knit you together in your mother’s womb, and this is not a surprise to Him.
So, understand that the pro-life community is pro-life no matter what point in life you are. We are here for you. We are here to fight for you.
So please don’t be afraid. Please understand that there is grief around all of this because there is deep sacrifice. People are scared. It makes us feel out of control. We feel a little angry as we watch the stock prices go down and we know what that means for people’s jobs. Those two things, those two principles: the grief of what is happening in our country, the loss of freedom, honestly (our kids can’t go to school, we can’t go to church, we can’t go to work), all the things we can’t do can exist alongside our love for you. Those two things can exist at the same time, and they do!
But I want you to hear me when I speak for Concerned Women for America and for pro-life people around this country, that we are here for you. Let us know what you need. Our kids are all home. We’d love to send them over to the grocery store for you and then put them on the front porch so that you don’t have to trade germs with anyone.
Let those of us who are able, help take care of others. This might mean taking people into our homes at some point. This is a long-term problem. But we’re in this together and this is a great opportunity for the church to be the Church. To share the hope that is within us.
Because we do not put our faith in horses and chariots, it says in the Bible, but our hope is in a risen God. And in the future that He holds. None of this is a surprise to God. He remains on His throne in heaven. He is not shocked by any of this. He is still in control. And until we are taken home to Him, we will serve. In whatever way that is. And we will speak for the least of these.
So, again, this is Penny Nance with Concerned Women for America. I just had to share this message that’s deeply on my heart. I’m outside. I was on my way somewhere; I had to pause and share this thought with you.
God bless you. We love you. We’re in this together. Come to ConcernedWomen.org for prayer points, for notes of encouragement, for content for homeschool moms, or content for college students or any of us who just want to learn something while we’re at home.
We are going to make sure that we are leaning into this moment.
Thank you and God bless you.
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.
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.
Washington, D.C. — Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, is pleased to announce our first round of 2020 endorsements for federal office: U.S. Senate candidates Cynthia Lummis (Wyoming) and Daniel Gade (Virginia), and U.S. House of Representatives candidates Kathaleen Wall (Texas-22), Beth Parlato (New York-27), and Amy Phan West (California-47).
Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC had this to say:
“The 2020 election will be a defining moment in American history at the pinnacle of intense political division. The choice before voters is clear: support the bedrock freedoms of our Constitution and conservative values that make America great or threaten our future with a bankrupt leftist agenda that undermines religious freedom, denies life, erases female dignity, and embraces government socialism that will lead to economic and social collapse.
“In this election, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee will not concede the fundamental values that strengthen families and promote individual flourishing to the left’s destructive agenda. That is why CWALAC is proud today to endorse Cynthia Lummis for U.S. Senate for Wyoming, Daniel Gade for U.S. Senate for Virginia, and U.S. House candidates Kathaleen Wall for the 22nd District of Texas, Beth Parlato for the 27th District of New York, and Amy Phan West for the 47th District of California.
“Cynthia Lummis courageously represented the state of Wyoming in the U.S. House for three terms, and now we need her strong voice in the U.S. Senate. Cynthia is a no-nonsense conservative who understands what it means to work hard, stand for what is right, and serve with integrity. CWALAC looks forward to welcoming her back to Washington, bringing the voice and values of hard-working Americans with her.
“Daniel Gade is an American war hero who understands first -hand the life-changing cost of protecting America’s freedom. Daniel will bring a passionate commitment to preserving our constitutional rights to life and liberty to the U.S. Senate. He will reject the socialist agenda and abortion extremism promoted by Virginia politicians, support constitutionalist judges, and fight for conservative values that promote human flourishing.
“Kathaleen Wall is a champion of the pro-family conservative values that make Texas and America great. Kathaleen will bring her passion for religious freedom, the dignity of women, and the sanctity of human life to Congress and fight to preserve American sovereignty at our borders and abroad.
“Beth Parlato brings a wealth of experience as an attorney and judge to the major issues facing our country and will be a strong voice for conservative women in Congress. Beth will tirelessly defend our constitutional rights to life and liberty and fight against a socialist agenda that threatens our economic freedoms.
“Amy Phan West understands first-hand the American dream having escaped communist Vietnam as a young girl to thrive in our country. As a small business owner and community leader, Amy will bring her passion for life and American freedom to Congress and fight against the socialist liberal agenda that oppresses liberty and individual opportunity.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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)
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:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
Human Rights Day is a yearly celebration to remember the importance and necessity of the protection of unalienable rights.
Today we call for the end of violence against women and girls and the protection of their basic human rights.
On a Friday in November, some of our staff had the honor and opportunity to meet President Trump as he boarded Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. The President expressed his great appreciation of our work at Concerned Women for America and took the time to pose for pictures. Thank you Mr. President.