Neomi Rao is President Trump’s nominee for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, a federal court that is generally recognized as the second-most important court in the nation. Four sitting Supreme Court justices previously sat on the D.C. Circuit.
There is no question that Rao is well qualified for this position. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School, she clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas, served in the Office of the White House Counsel for President George W. Bush, founded the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at the Antonin Scalia Law School of George Mason University and currently heads the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for the Trump administration.
As these last two positions, in particular, indicate, she is an expert in administrative law, with which the D.C. Circuit is deeply involved.
Washington, D.C. – Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D), runner-up to the Virginia governorship should current governor Ralph Northam resign, has had a sexual assault allegation leveled against him. Vanessa Tyson claims that Fairfax sexually assaulted her at the DNC convention more than a decade ago.
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued the following statement in response:
“Every woman deserves the chance to be heard. Simultaneously, every allegation must be investigated. Concerned Women for America has taken the position that every person has the constitutional right to due process under the law. America hasn’t forgotten the left’s mantra of ‘Believe Women’ during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. As the leader of the nation’s largest public policy organization for women and the project Women for Kavanaugh, I find their hypocrisy shocking but not surprising.
“Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s accuser deserves the same consideration as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Justice Kavanaugh underwent SEVEN FBI investigations in total. The silence of the left speaks volumes. Where is the public outrage? Where are the calls for an FBI investigation? If Democrats don’t take this seriously and begin an investigation, their credibility is lost.”
CEO & President of Concerned Women for America Penny Nance speaks up for the vast majority of Americans on this issue, 81 percent of them believe third-trimester abortions should be illegal.
This past Thursday, Toni DeLancey, Virginia State Director, Kelsey Good, YWA Coordinator, and Amelia Koehn, Field Services Coordinator traveled to Richmond, Virginia to lobby key legislators to vote against the Equal Rights Amendment in the state capitol. We had a large group of men and women alike going into several offices voicing their concerns about how the ERA will not help women but rather, hurt women.
There were several groups who were fighting alongside us with grace and a God-given purpose in the state capitol including, Students for Life and the Family Foundation. Our mission was to thank legislators who voted against the ERA and to encourage others who had not yet voted to vote against it. While meeting with the legislators, we of course prayed with them. This is much appreciated by the lawmakers due to the intense backlash they and their staff have received from proponents of the ERA.
Concerned Women for America and the other like-minded organizations were able to go into the House Gallery and be introduced as faith-based organizations who oppose the Equal Rights Amendment. This was an incredible moment because proponents of the ERA and those who are indifferent were able to see the large group of men and women stand up against those who claim they are “for women” when in reality the amendment does not even mention women in the text.
After a successful morning of lobbying, Toni DeLancey was able to speak on behalf of CWA and go into further detail as to what our organization does as well as Kelsey Good who explained the importance of young women getting involved in politics and influencing policy especially on college campuses.
President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear President Trump,
December 20, 2018
During your first two years in office your administration has been dedicated to, and widely successful in, making policy to protect vulnerable unborn children and women. No doubt these policies have already saved babies and their mothers in the U.S. and abroad from the pain of abortion. We applaud your commitment, and the millions of pro-life Americans that we represent continue to stand with you in your determination to defend life at all stages.
We write to you today with great concern about National Institutes of Health (NIH) spending over $100 million taxpayer dollars in FY18 for research that involves the body parts of children derived from induced abortions. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) responded appropriately to this disturbing discovery by ending one contract with a fetal tissue procurer and conducting an ongoing audit of this research. We commend Secretary Azar for initiating the audit and for announcing new grants to pursue ethical alternatives to aborted fetal tissue research. Pro-life voters across America reject the use of their tax dollars to purchase the body parts of children and expect a comprehensive pro-life policy change at the end of this process.
The hearts, eyes, livers, and brains being purchased on the taxpayer’s dime to be used in laboratory experiments belong to fellow members of the human family. These organs are “harvested” after abortions that deprive these children of their right to life. There is absolutely no moral or ethical justification for treating children and their organs like commodities. Further, according to expert witnesses testifying at a recent Congressional hearing, there are viable alternatives to research using aborted fetal tissue. As documented at StemCellResearchFacts.org, life changing treatments and even cures have been generated for a growing list of diseases and conditions thanks to ethical stem cell research.
Unfortunately, amidst HHS’ audit and following the Congressional hearings last week, the NIH Director Francis Collins claimed in Science Magazine that fetal tissue will “continue to be the mainstay” of NIH research efforts. His comments put him at odds with Secretary Azar’s audit process. HHS has said that Director Collins’ statements “should not be seen as pre-judging the outcome of the review,” but they are greatly concerning to the millions of pro-life Americans awaiting a pro-life policy shift on this issue.
The millions of Americans we represent wholly reject Collins’ assertions and urge you to immediately end the unethical practice of using taxpayer dollars to experiment on the bodies of aborted children. This terrible atrocity is incongruous with your leadership in defense of human life. We look forward to working with you and with Secretary Azar to implement a new policy that affirms the dignity of all Americans, born and unborn.
Susan B. Anthony List
Penny Young Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America LAC
March for Life
National Right to Life
Catherine Glenn Foster
President and CEO
Americans United for Life
Students for Life of America
Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
VP for Government Affairs
Family Research Council
The Center for Medical Progress
President and Founder
Fr. Frank Pavone
Priests for Life
Priests for Life
Did you know that in Virginia alone, there are about 5000 children in the foster care system and about 1000 children who are available for adoption AT THIS MOMENT. And that is just one state.
DJ Jordan joins Penny Nance to celebrate November as National Adoption Awareness Month. After a career in journalism, DJ spent almost a decade on Capitol Hill including as a spokesperson for Rep. Aderholt (R-Alabama) and as Communications Director for Sen. Lankford (R-Oklahoma). At this time, DJ is running for the state legislature in Virginia and he joined Use Your Voice this month to share his family’s heart for adoption and the story of their daughter, Tori.
This month’s episode is our favorite to date. Adoption is a beautiful expression of the heart of God and DJ’s incredible personal insight is worth hearing.
Find your state’s registration deadline below and click here to register!
Colorado 11/6 (election day)
DC 11/6 (election day)
Idaho 11/6 (election day)
Illinois 11/6 (election day)
Iowa 11/6 (election day)
Maine 11/6 (election day)
Minnesota 11/6 (election Day)
Montana 11/6 (election Day)
Nebraska 11/6 (election Day)
New Hampshire 11/6 (election Day)
North Dakota – none, just bring ID
South Dakota 10/22
Vermont 11/6 (election Day)
Wisconsin 11/6 (election Day)
Wyoming 11/6 (election Day)
The Kavanaugh hearings have officially come to an end after no shortage of political theater by both Senators and paid disrupters. There’s still a lot that needs to happen before he can be confirmed. The Senate Judiciary Committee must give his nomination either a favorable or unfavorable recommendation to the entire Senate. This vote in the committee will be scheduled next week, but Democrats can object to a motion to proceed to a vote and delay the process. If they do (and we fully expect that they will), the committee must wait one week before meeting again to consider the nomination. Once this time is burned, the vote can be taken, and then the committee can report the nomination to the full Senate. Cloture can be filed the day after the committee gives their final report (cloture is a vote to end debate) and then the clock starts ticking to burn 30 hours of Senate floor debate.
It normally takes 60 votes to stop debate, but remember former Majority Leader Harry Reid changed the Senate rules in 2015 to allow for a simple majority (51) to end debate for lower court judges and cabinet nominees. When Democrats obstructed the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to be an associate justice for the Supreme Court in 2017, Majority Leader McConnell was forced to change the Senate rules again to lower the cloture threshold for Supreme Court nominees to a simple majority. The vote to end debate on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination will require this same simple majority. After debate is over, the final vote will occur for confirmation; this vote also requires a simple majority of Senators present to pass.
This will likely take us into the end of September, and if all goes according to plan, including a successful floor vote, it appears that Judge Kavanaugh will be Justice Kavanaugh in time for the Supreme Court’s term beginning the first Monday in October (October 1).
Click here (private PDF file, use the same password) to find out where does your senators stand on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. This document was created and is being updated regularly by our very own Jaime Ballew (thank you Jaime!). If you have updates to the list for your own states feel free to send that to her through your field contact.
Be sure to send a message to the Senate Judiciary Committee by clicking here. And be sure to tell your family and friends to do that same. They can take action by going to WomenForKavanaugh.com or use by going directly to this link: https://www.votervoice.net/CWFA/campaigns/60540/respond.
Women for Kavanaugh Bus Schedule August 6-21, 2018
Monday, August 6 –
Sen. Grassley’s Townhall Meeting –
Palo Alto County Townhall Meeting
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Palo Alto County Courthouse
Tuesday, August 7 –
Sen. Grassley’s Townhall Meeting –
Audubon County Town Meeting
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Audubon County Economic Development Corporation
800 Market Street
Wednesday, August 8 –
Des Moines, Iowa –
State Fair Parade – 6:00 p.m. – Bus will be staged along the parade route
Thursday, August 9 –
Meet and Greet – State Fair – Des Moines – Morning
Sen. Grassley’s Adams County Townhall Meeting – 4:45 –5:15 p.m.
Corning Opera House
800 Davis Avenue
Corning, IA 50841
Meet and Greet – Corning, Iowa
After the townhall meeting at the bus
Friday, August 10 –
Indianapolis, Indiana –
Meet and Greet – State Fair – 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Meet and Greet – State Capitol – 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Saturday, August 11-
Charleston, West Virginia
Meet and Greet – State Capitol – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
1400 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
Fairlea, West Virginia
Meet and Greet – State Fair – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 12 –
Meet and Greet – TBD
Monday, August 13 –
St. Charles, Missouri
Meet and Greet – TBD
Tuesday, August 14 –
Columbia, Missouri –
Senator McCaskill’s office
28 N. 8th Street, Suite 500
Columbia, MO 65201
Wednesday, August 15 –
Jefferson City, Missouri –
Meet and Greet – TBD
Meet and Greet – State Fair – Time TBD
Thursday, August 16 –
Omaha, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Stops – TBD
Friday, August 17 –
Fargo, North Dakota
Meet and Greet – Noon
This was one of the most impactful visits for our bus! We drove from Jerusalem to the border of the Gaza Strip and toured Nativa Elseron, a Kibbutz right on the border.
A woman from the community, Ronni, shared her story and the realities of living on the border with constant threats, bomb shelters, and missile alarms. On our way to visit with Ronni, we walked past a children’s daycare. Toddlers played outside as Ronni explained the reason for the layout of the play area and the system for gathering children inside when there are security threats. It was sobering to understand the reality of their life. Many of our girls raised the question, “Why do you stay here?” Their response, “Why would we leave? This is our home.”
Israel is a small nation, and there aren’t many places to which you can run. The Israelis who live in the border towns near Gaza are not willing to uproot their lives and allow Hamas terrorists to win. They have adjusted. They rely on excellent Israeli security, the Iron Dome, and the Israeli Defense Forces to keep them safe. They understand that there is risk to living there. In actuality, they explained how their daily lives are similar to Israelis across Israel. Walking through their Kibbutz and driving in the bus, it was easy to understand their point of view that day. It was a beautiful sunny day with no threats from across the border. Kids were playing outside, and moms were sitting on their porches. It was a normal day.
On the flip side of the same coin, Sderot, the city where we were, is different from other cities in Israel. In Sderot, it is hard to look around without seeing a bomb shelter. At first you might not see it, but that bus stop is a shelter and so is the play structure at the playground. This is an area where when the siren goes off, you have eight seconds to find shelter. Israel has made sure that bomb shelters are abundant. Each house is equipped with one room that acts as a shelter. This is their reality.
Our young ladies were thankful for the opportunity to tour this area, meet Ronni and tour this Kibbutz. Because of fire kites sent from Gaza to ravage the Israeli border towns and intense rocket fire from Hamas that has significantly increased this summer, we were one of the few buses who were cleared to visit Sderot on their tour.
We spent our last full day in Tel Aviv before flying out late that night to the United States. We toured Jaffa, the port from which Jonah fled, and the House of Simon. We also visited Independence Hall where Israel declared its independence on May 14, 1948. We sat in the room and listened to recordings of David Ben-Gurion pronouncing the establishment of the State of Israel.
The 10 days spent in Israel were FULL, a little exhausting, but absolutely life-changing. Thank you to everyone who prayed for us and followed along!
Here are some closing thoughts from participants:
“From being baptized in the same river where Jesus was baptized to floating in the Dead Sea, sailing on the Sea of Galilee, reading the Scripture in the land where the stories took place, praying and crying at the Western Wall, observing traditional and modern Israeli culture, visiting the Garden Tomb where Jesus was buried and where He rose again, learning about the geopolitical issues that plague the region, worshipping in Jerusalem, and making new best friends, Israel was an absolute dream! I embarked on this journey to discover the roots of my faith, and I left having accomplished that and so much more. I was blessed to grow not only in my faith, but in my role as a leader and advocate for the peace of Israel. I am in awe of the resilience of this nation and its people, and I am eternally grateful to have been a part of God’s story in the Holy Land.” Brittany McMillian, YWA Chapter member, University of Alabama
“When I first heard about the YWA trip to Israel, I was instantly interested and had a desire to go; however, I thought that I would just forget about it and never follow through. Fast forward to the day that the application was due, I found out the cost of the trip, the details of the schedule, and that three of my best friends had decided to apply. I had gotten the “okay” from my parents to apply, and the only thing that was holding me back from attending the trip was an overwhelming sense of fear and worry. I was fearful of going to a country with such controversy, fearful of traveling there, and was feeling as if the Lord was telling me that this trip might not be for me. I prayed about it and went to a worship night on campus to gain some clarity and realized that fear and worry are not of the Lord; they are from Satan. I realized that only fruitful and glorifying things for the Lord would occur from a trip to Israel, and that I was letting Satan get ahold of me. With only about 10 minutes left until the deadline, I quickly submitted my application, and am so grateful I did. This trip to Israel blessed me in so many ways, and I had the most incredible experience learning more about who Jesus is and taking some of His very same steps in the Holy Land. I grew in my relationship with Him and was constantly encouraged and inspired by the amazing group leaders and other girls on the trip. It truly was an experience of a lifetime!” Olivia Szolack, YWA participant, Liberty University
“My time in Israel changed my life. From picking up rocks at the Sea of Galilee to visiting the peace wall along the Gaza Strip, I learned so much about all that has happened and is happening there. Coming home I brought with me a bag of Israeli snacks, but also a passion for Israel and all of its people! I will never stop praying for the Israeli people, especially the ones that had such a huge impact on me while I was there. And to the amazing girls I got to travel with; each one of you taught me so much about life and friendship. I am so, so blessed. The past eleven days have given me memories that I will carry with me forever. Thank you to each person who poured into me during this trip; our God is real. He is alive! And we all got to walk in His holy land! I am so thankful.” Abby Voggenreiter, YWA member, Liberty University
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13).
One Week Left to Support the Protect Life Rule!
This is the final week to submit comments on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Protect Life Rule. We have a great and urgent opportunity to shift taxpayer funds away from abortionist facilities and direct funds toward real health centers. Planned Parenthood alone receives at least $50 million from Title X, and 90% of the women who enter their clinics have abortions. A new proposed rule directs money away from abortion providers.
The deadline is Tuesday, July 31.
Please Take Action: If you have not yet submitted your comment, please add yours to thousands of others. Click here to do so now. If time allows, it’s important to personalize your comments. Feel free to use one or more of these talking points. And, please encourage others to make their voice heard. This is something we all can do to make a difference.
After the 60-day comment period is up, HHS will review the comments and issue a final rule based on the public’s feedback. So far about 90,000 comments have been posted. We do not yet know how many are positive or negative. But, it has been reported that HHS was anticipating 10% positive and 90% negative. So, we are praying that all pro-life warriors will unite and let your voices be heard!
Together we can influence the right to life on a national level. The opposition will not take their hand out of the cookie jar without significant opposition.
Forward this onto others and encourage them to not miss out on this opportunity to both pray and act during this time in American history.
God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.
Everyone was tired when we landed in Israel, but our excitement trumped our lack of sleep! We landed around noon and headed straight to Ceasarea, a town on Israel’s Mediterranean Coast. Ceasarea was a magnificent port city built by Herod the Great. The 2000-year old Roman Amphitheatre, the city’s center of entertainment, still stands and is used today. We actually sat inside while a band set-up for a concert that night.
Ceasarea is breathtaking. It was our first glimpse of the Mediterranean before we got to our hotel that night which was right on the beach.
Photos by Annabelle Rutledge, CWA Communications Coordinator and Alixanne Kramer, YWA Tucson Chapter President
In the morning we visited Alfei Menashe, a town overlooking the West Bank and took a tour of an archeological site, Tel Shimron, in the Jezreel Valley. From there we went to Nazareth, Jesus’ childhood home. We visited a museum, toured the old village of Nazareth, had an authentic Nazarene lunch and toured the Church of Annunciation. We ended the day at Mount Precipice. This is the cliff where Jesus passed through the crowds who attempted to throw him off the edge. (Luke 4:16-30)
Photos by Alixanne Kramer, YWA Tucson Chapter President
“The grounds of the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth were remarkable. I marveled at the beautiful mosaics along the walls, which showcased different depictions of Jesus’ Mother from around the world. Once I entered the basilica, I began to contemplate how impactful Mary’s ‘yes,’ or fiat in Latin, was to the life of Christ. By Jesus calling her ‘woman,’ she became the ‘New Eve’ whose ‘yes’ to Gabriel overcame Eve’s ‘yes’ to the serpent in the Garden of Eden.” -Valeria Tkacik, former YWA Chapter President, now alumni, of Ave Maria University
Photos by Valeria Takcik, former YWA Chapter President, now alumni, of Ave Maria University
“As I look back on our first full day touring Israel, I am touched by how fitting it was that one of the first sites we visited was the Basilica of the Annunciation. Our pilgrimage began where salvation history began all those centuries ago. It was here that Our lady’s humble and obedient ‘yes’ procured for humanity, Salvation itself, through the immaculate conception of Our Lord Jesus Christ. As I looked upon that Holy grotto where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary, I was struck by the unassuming and lowly nature of the place. How modest and plain the spot where the Divine would make an entrance into our everyday world. This mystery is so compelling because it mirrors the interior experience of our souls, as Our Lord reveals Himself to us, though unfit and limited, and we are to then respond to His grace. And so I uttered once more, yes, to Our Lord, in that same place as did The Sweet Virgin, whose trust was so fearless and so complete in The Divine Will.” -Veronica Hays, YWA Member at George Mason University
Lest her calm, cool, and collected 60 Minutes interview give the wrong impression, it’s important for us to remember that Stormy Daniels is in no position to establish herself as a role model for women and young girls.
Having received some backlash for accepting what has been characterized as hush money, Daniels is now trying to emphasize her selfless and philanthropic nature by donating the cash. She could have chosen to donate to any charity — perhaps an organization that helps sex trafficking victims or victims of assault and violence. Instead, she has chosen that $130,000 will be going to the bank account of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion vendor who has been caught on tape aiding sex traffickers — and then training employees on how to not say incriminating things on camera to undercover journalists.
This reeks of another expensive public relations campaign by Planned Parenthood to get their name in the press and attach themselves to a national story that isn’t going away anytime soon.
It’s their MO. The Women’s March was shaping up to be huge in 2017, so Planned Parenthood decided to sponsor it and ultimately became a key player in the movement. The March for Lives was a huge national story dealing with gun violence; Planned Parenthood tweeted out their support (and subsequently got slammed for their hypocrisy). The immigration debate – why not? The non-profit supports illegal immigration because they sell more abortions that way.
It’s not much of a surprise that Stormy Daniels is on the Planned Parenthood train and vice versa. Daniels was a “successful” star in pornography and is continuing her run next week with a cover shot on Penthouse along with a nude photoshoot. This is the kind of modern day feminism Planned Parenthood loves, where women shed their dignity and damage their souls in exchange for money and power.
The connection between the porn industry, sex traffickers, and Planned Parenthood is well documented. Porn is often used to groom sex trafficking victims so they can learn what they are expected to do. When sex trafficked victims become pregnant as a result of their abuse, they are often coerced into having abortions. Planned Parenthood has been caught on film helping pimps obtain abortions for their victims, including minors. The only thing done to fix the situation after it was made public was train employees not on how to identify victims of sex trafficking but rather how to avoid making incriminating statements.
In addition, promoting pornography is not a new concept for Planned Parenthood. In other undercover videos by Live Action, Planned Parenthood staff teaches teenagers how to access pornography and experiment with whips, chains, and choking, all while hiding it from their parents.
Pornography, particularly today’s ubiquitous, violent version, is anything but harmless. Studies have found it can adversely affect the brain, create problems in one’s sex life, become addictive and break apart families, negatively warp views on relationships, and is linked to prostitution and sex trafficking.
The thing is, Planned Parenthood doesn’t even need Stormy Daniels’ money. In 2016, they had excess revenue of $98.5 million. The same year, they also spent an astounding $38 million trying to elect Hillary Clinton and other Democrats. And they recently announced they plan to spend at least $20 million in this year’s midterm elections.
Stormy Daniels and Planned Parenthood have much in common, but the most insidious is the lie (straight of out the pit of Hell) to young women that a life of sexual promiscuity is glamorous and freeing. Their glossy promotion of pornography casts women as objects devoid of worth beyond their use for the sexual pleasure of men. They divorce body and soul. And they profit from human misery.
Feminist Naomi Wolfe said, “The Victorian woman became her ovaries, as today’s woman has become her ‘beauty.’” There is nothing remotely feminist in the arrangement of sex for money. Those who promote “sex work” as a valid career choice for women, (ahem, the Women’s March) are guilty of shameful devaluation of women.
It’s time that we were honest about the porn industry. Linda Lovelace, perhaps the most famous porn actress in history, tells the true story of abuse and manipulation at the hands of men who profited from her. Her story is not unique. Men and women must be disabused of the idea that the smiling faces being violated on camera will walk away whole when the bright lights are off.
Stormy Daniels believes she has been wronged, and maybe that’s true. I would simply ask her not to hurt others as she seeks whatever it is she needs to feel vindicated. Continuing to perpetuate the lie that abortion and porn are just another choice harms young women. Money is clearly her love language. I would recommend she choose other ways to spend it.
Editor’s Note: A version of this article was published by Townhall.com. Click here to read it.
Throughout the decades, “prudish” Christian conservatives have been known for warning against the dangers of pornography. But long gone are the days of Playboy’s nude women — the pornography of today is so violent and so pervasive that even the New York Times published an op-ed this month voicing deep concern.
They are not alone. This month, the Kansas Senate joined five other states in taking an important step and declaring pornography a public health crisis. Utah did the same in 2016, and other states are considering following suit, including Florida. It’s about time.
When it comes to the topic of sex, our nation is in utter conflict and chaos. One moment we’re leading a movement against sexual harassment and the objectification of women, and the next moment we conflate love and violence by paying to watch the movie Fifty Shades Freed on Valentine’s Day. Americans are basically desensitized to the issue of sexual spousal abuse, a concept feminists once fought hard to legitimize. What happened? Now those of us who are offended are labeled “prudes” by the same movement.
The reality is that if we really believe in the #MeToo movement, and if we actually want to decrease child-sex abuse and sex trafficking, then everyone should be offended by portrayals of sex that not only degrade women but are abusive towards women. Pornography thrives on the lie that women enjoy violence.
An analysis of the 50 most popular pornographic videos found that 88% of scenes contained physical violence and 49% contained verbal aggression. Recent studies have found that the majority of the most-watched porn scenes contain abusive behavior against women, including slapping and gagging. The worst part is that women are depicted as enjoying this treatment. The studies went on to find that, not surprisingly, men are more likely to act aggressively towards women after watching these videos.
It’s either naïve or dishonest to downplay the role of pornography in the sexual objectification of our women and children. Today, violent pornography permeates our culture. PornHub, a leading site for pornography, boasts 92 billion video views a year with over 75 million daily visits.
These are horrifying statistics.
Don’t think for a second that any of these statistics are escaping our children; the normalization of violent sex is being passed down to future generations. We live in a culture in which it is almost impossible to shield our children from hardcore pornography. Twenty-seven percent of millennials report being exposed to porn before they reached puberty. The Pediatrics journal found in a 2014 study that 20% of middle school kids have engaged in sexting.
Repeated exposure to porn rewires the human brain. It changes how young men view sex and how they view women. It teaches young men that abuse of women is not only normal but that women, in fact, enjoy it. Meanwhile, porn teaches young women that to object to anything sexual, even if it is painful or demeaning, is abnormal.
This false view of sexuality fuels behaviors in which young men behave as predators while young women are silently compliant. This is the state of sexual “normality” that is being fed to our children.
Repeated exposure to pornography hijacks the brain’s pleasure centers, leading to addiction. We’re watching a generation that has been so exposed to hardcore pornography that they are now nursing an addiction that they are unaware is even something of which to be wary.
And this shouldn’t have even been allowed in the first place! According to the Supreme Court, if something is prurient in nature, completely devoid of scientific, political, educational, or social value, and violates the local community standards, then it is obscenity.
Much of the porn on popular websites meets the Supreme Court’s definition of obscenity. Rape, gang rape, and other abusive images are not legal, because they don’t meet community standards. The Department of Justice has kowtowed to the porn industry which has dumped untold millions into lobbying and public relations efforts to silence them, and our kids are paying the price.
Utah, Kansas, and Florida are all on the right track. We are indeed facing a public health crisis. Recognizing this crisis for what it is gives health officials the ability to draw attention to the negative impacts of the pornography industry. The bully pulpit of public health has helped with smoking, HIV/AIDs prevention, and lead paint poisoning to mention a few examples. Why not educate the public on the health risks of violent porn? It may be a stepping-off point to urging the Department of Justice to enforce obscenity law, but even if it’s not, it’s helpful.
It’s time to be honest with ourselves. We can engage in hashtag activism all we want, but we most certainly cannot claim to stand for women and children while turning a blind eye to the dangers of violent pornography. It’s time to stop living in a constant state of cognitive dissonance.
Editor’s Note: A version of this article was published by the Hill. Click here to read it.
Moving this week is support for President Trump’s new nominee for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. You will see CWA becoming more active later this month on the Hill when Pompeo appears in the Senate for his official hearings for his new position as Secretary of State. This week we joined with other conservative organizations to lend our voice to his swift approval by signing on to a letter of support that will hit the Senate soon.
The letter stated that, “Mike Pompeo’s career also shows a regard for the sanctity of life, the solidarity of the family, and the solemnity of marriage. These principles will be key in re-building a State Department that, under President Obama, actively pushed a radical social policy around the world. His belief in religious freedom as a foreign policy priority is equally important in directing the State Department’s efforts to protect the freedom of all people.
“Mike Pompeo will be a positive agent for change at the State Department, and a valuable asset to President Trump in imparting his agenda at home and abroad. We support his nomination and urge his swift confirmation.”