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CWA of ND State Director Linda Thorson: Urge senators to support Gorsuch

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Judge Neil Gorsuch is the Supreme Court Justice America needs, though, perhaps not the one it deserves. In a deeply divided nation, Gorsuch brings stability and astuteness.

No one on either side of the aisle opposed Gorsuch when he was up for confirmation for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. No one has reason to oppose him now. I hope both our senators give him their full support.

Sen. John Hoeven seems to be doing just that. He said, “Gorsuch has a strong record of upholding the law … he has the experience necessary to serve on our nation’s highest court.” No one could argue with that.

Click here to read the entire letter as featured on Inforum.

The Baby Part Business: The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives Final Report

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) has covered the undercover investigation and subsequent congressional investigation into the “fetal tissue procurement” of Planned Parenthood under the guise of “donating tissue” for medical research.

To dispense with the flowery language — strong evidence suggests that Planned Parenthood sold baby parts for profit.

At CWA, we summarized the original undercover videos, reported on Planned Parenthood’s response to the video, covered a hearing of the Select Panel, updated you on the progress of the investigation on the anniversary of the first video’s release, and applauded the continuation of funding for the Select Panel.

At the conclusion of their investigation in early 2017, the panel released a 470-page report outlying their findings in detail.  The report included details on 13 criminal referrals that the Investigative Panel made to the relevant prosecuting organizations. The investigation unrecovered an entire industry with multiple business models involving partnerships between abortion clinics, middlemen, and research facilities. The obstinacy on the part of Planned Parenthood, biotech tissue companies, and research entities is astounding as they continued to resist investigation and deny fault.

The panel concluded in recommendations regarding possible administrative, legislative, and judicial action that could be taken towards remedying the many problems in the current fetal tissue procurement industry.  These recommendations would be a good start towards ensuring more ethical research and procedures.  This investigation has been an important piece in exposing the corruption of Planned Parenthood and the entire tissue procurement business.  It has been an effort to expose the works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11).  Now we must let Christ’s redeeming life shine and build a culture where experimentation on aborted baby body parts becomes unthinkable — no matter the profit margin.

Troubling Immoral and Possibly Criminal Actions by Abortion Clinics, Tissue Procurement Companies, and/or Research Entities:

Incompliance with Investigation:

Most of the entities asked for documentation during the investigation did not fully comply with congressional requests.  There were also instances of possible document destruction.

Failing to Obtain Informed Consent:

The consent forms used the powerful motivator of a promise for cures of diseases, but there has been no such cure for diseases deceptively listed on consent forms.  Consent was also obtained from staff that had self-interest in ensuring the woman said “yes.”  In addition to these misleading consent forms, other cases involved no consent form at all, or an improperly combined consent form amended to the abortion consent.

No Oversight:

There was a lack of paperwork and official approval from Institutional Review Boards, which are meant to oversee scientific research.  The national office of Planned Parenthood is also envisioned as an oversight check on their affiliates, but they admit to not regulating whether a particular affiliate profits from tissue sale because, “We can’t stop them.  We only have carrots and sticks.”1

Violating HIPPFA:

Patient Privacy laws are in place to protect patient data from outside entities, but Planned Parenthood disclosed health information to biotech companies.  An employee of the tissue procurement company got to look through patient records to target patients at stages of their pregnancy that would be advantageous to them.

Profiting from Selling Parts:

Though PPFA and tissue companies claim that there was no profit involved, the accounting practices to prove that there was only “recouping of costs” were particularly shady and included both the clinic and tissue procurement company claiming the same expenses — the use of what a PPFA employee said was “back of the envelope” cost accounting — and the refusal of PPFA to turn over relevant financial documents.  One document provided, which showed a net loss for tissue “donation,” was flawed due to an absence of primary sourced accounting records, attorney fees, and inflated shipping charges.

Taxpayer University Funding Indirectly Supporting Late-Term Abortion and Tissue Procurement:

Especially in the case of the University of New Mexico and the University of Colorado, third-trimester abortions are performed by sitting faculty members of these public institutions.

Partial-Birth Abortion and Neglect of Born-Alive Infants:

In order to obtain whole baby parts and organs, there is evidence that abortionists use partial-birth abortion — an illegal procedure — or they allow the child to come out still alive, and then neglect to give the child the medical care to which it is legally entitled. In these cases, the abortionists do not poison the fetus with digoxin before extraction, as this would poison tissue samples, thus increasing the chances of being born-alive.

Changing Abortion Procedures:

There is evidence that doctor’s use a different abortion procedure in order to obtain baby parts for research, which is not legal. A Planned Parenthood executive acknowledged changing procedures in violation of Planned Parenthood’s own policy, apparently unenforced, to certify in writing that procedures are not being altered.

Medicaid and Tax Fraud:

Planned Parenthood has overbilled 132.4 million in Medicaid and has also violated the Hyde Amendment by billing for costs sometimes associated with abortions not allowed under Hyde.  Another incident involved tax evasion in California.

Misleading Rhetoric Regarding the Need for Aborted Fetal Tissue:

Both on consent forms and to the general public, universities and other entities have been claiming that fetal tissue is a necessary component to vital and prolific scientific research projects.  In reality, projects involving fetal tissue are rare, and in many cases (26 out of 34 successful NIH grants) could use alternatives other than aborted tissue.  The remaining cases could use miscarried fetal tissue or need to be analyzed for their effectiveness.  Claims that fetal tissue is necessary for vaccine production, Zika research, or clinical trials ignore the real ineffectiveness or irrelevance of fetal tissue in these cases.  Non-fetal tissue studies have been receiving over two times the papers and citations than studies that involved fetal tissue.

A Summary of The Recommendations of the Select Panel

  • Ensure real, informed consent, and clarify laws to ensure woman’s safety (presumably in reference to changed abortion procedures in order to get tissue).
  • Increase oversight of consent forms, review boards, patient privacy laws, and the care of born-alive infants (including establishing HHS protocols for born-alive infants).
  • Prosecute those who have profited from fetal tissue sale and those who do not follow the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.
  • Enact the 20-week abortion ban and redirect funds from Planned Parenthood to non-abortion-providing health centers.
  • Allow states their own jurisdiction over who received Medicaid and Title X funding. Some states opt to refuse such funding to abortion providers.
  • Prohibit federal funding of research that involves aborted fetal tissue, and an increase in programs allowing for tissue from miscarried and stillborn babies. Also, better classify projects regarding their need for fetal tissue, establish further guidelines regarding human fetal tissue research, and looking into adult human tissue alternatives.

 

Chaney Mullins serves as Special Projects Writer for Concerned Women for America.

 

ENDNOTES

1) Planned Parenthood admitted this in a Center for Medical Progress videotape produced to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, as noted on page 305 of the full panel’s report.

Capitol Hill Brief — Sessions on Civil Rights

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Listen to Sen. Jeff Sessions on his background in civil rights:

[Audio Clip] Sen. Jeff Sessions: As a southerner who actually saw discrimination, and have no doubt it exists in a systematic and powerful and negative way, to the people — great millions of people — in the south, particularly, of our country, I know that was wrong. I know we need to do better. We can never go back. I am totally committed to maintaining the freedom and equality that this country has to provide to every citizen. And I will assure you that that’s how I will approach it.

That’s Jeff Sessions.  That’s our next Attorney General.


Bring strong leadership to President-elect Trump’s cabinet by supporting conservatives like Sen. Jeff Sessions who will promote Biblical, constitutional values. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to sign our petition to Congress supporting Sen. Sessions. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station

 

Capitol Hill Brief — Despicable Me(dia)

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The mainstream media has not learned anything from the last election. As the hearings on the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General are scheduled to begin tomorrow, the left is running silly with some old, discredited charges of racism.

The racial innuendo is meant to intimidate and end the debate without looking at the facts.

The shameful strategy has worked for the left for a long time. But not anymore!

As a district attorney in Alabama, Sen. Sessions helped to prosecute the KKK and help desegregate schools. Those are the facts, and as John Adams said, facts are stubborn things.

Jeff Sessions is a good man and those smearing his character for political reasons should be ashamed.


Bring strong leadership to President-elect Trump’s cabinet by supporting conservatives like Sen. Jeff Sessions who will promote Biblical, constitutional values. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to sign our petition to Congress supporting Sen. Sessions. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — Repeal All Executive Orders

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Under our Constitution, Congress, not the president, creates the laws. But President Obama tried to circumvent the constitutional model by misusing executive orders. He famously said:

[Audio Clip] President Obama: We are not just going to be waiting for legislation. I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone.

From ObamaCare’s unprecedented push for the taxpayer funding for abortion to the mischievous assault on the privacy and safety of young women by requiring schools to open showers and locker rooms and bathrooms to transgender students to executive orders that single-handedly removed U.S. sanctions on Iran, President Trump must overturn all these misguided Executive Orders by President Obama on day one.


The first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency will be critical. Join CWA and encourage him to prioritize conservative values. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to sign our petition today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

Capitol Hill Brief — Living Up to Our Calling

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In his 1815 Thanksgiving Day proclamation, President James Madison wrote:

No people ought to feel greater obligations to celebrate the goodness of the Great Disposer of Events of the destiny of Nations than the people of the United States. … And to the same Divine Author of Every Good and Perfect Gift we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed in this favored land.

Do you know how privileged you are to live in America?  I hope you do, for Scripture reminds us that to him who much is given much is required. I pray this Thanksgiving that we may live up to the many blessings we have received.


This holiday season, we’ll come together to celebrate with family and friends. It’s the perfect time to give thanks and to pray for our nation and each other.  Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org for a special Thanksgiving prayer guide today.  

Capitol Hill Brief — He Reigns

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It’s Thanksgiving week and my heart feels up with joy and song as I remember just one thing …

God is still king!

That means there’s hope. In the middle of the many difficulties we face personally, as a country, — even in the whole world — we can rest on His unwavering love.

Remember the old hymn?

     This is my Fathers world.
     O let me ne’er forget
     That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
     God is the ruler yet.

     This is my Fathers world:
     Why should my heart be sad?
     The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
     God reigns; let the earth be glad!


This holiday season, we’ll come together to celebrate with family and friends. It’s the perfect time to give thanks and to pray for our nation and each other. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org for a special Thanksgiving prayer guide today.

Mike Pence Shined in Debate, Showed that Social Issues Matter

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CWALAC_MediaStatementConcerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say about last night’s Vice-Presidential Debate:

“Mike Pence shined as a Vice Presidential candidate who embodied what it means to show kindness and statesmanship as a faith-filled public servant,” said Penny Nance, President & CEO of Concerned Women for America, our nation’s largest Women’s Public Policy Organization. “Among the many conservative principles he articulated tonight, Mike Pence showed that social issues matter.  They illuminate the fundamental principle of human dignity that underscores every policy. Mike Pence articulately clarified that women who make the heartbreaking decision on abortion should not be punished, but rather we should work to build a culture of life – one in which human life in the womb is valued.  One in which the most vulnerable among us – including the aged, sick, and unborn – are honored.  One in which adoption policy turns what begins as a “crisis” pregnancy into an answer to prayer for infertile couples.”

“Tim Kaine fails to see abortion as a fundamental human rights issue violating the rights of the unborn child,” added Nance, who is also author of the new book Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women. “I find it odd that a man of faith who says he struggled with allowing the death penalty because of his faith, is also pro-abortion. He seems to have no qualms about losing the lives of the most vulnerable and unprotected in our society, the unborn. Women are strong and able, but the so-called ‘pro-choice’ community often takes advantage of women at a very vulnerable time in their life and only promote one option–abortion.”

“Tim Kaine has proven himself to be an even match for Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton supports completely unrestricted abortion at any time for any reason. As Pence stated, Hillary’s extremism on this fundamental issue led her to support partial-birth abortion, and now her campaign wants the repeal of the Hyde amendment, which has saved two million lives. Repealing the Hyde amendment would lead to tax-payer-funded abortions.  That kind of policy is out of touch with the majority of Americans who believe there should be restrictions on abortion, it denies women better choices than abortion, and it disregards the humanity of the unborn.”

Planned Parenthood: What Can We Do?

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When Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards was called before the House Oversight Committee.  The question of the day was whether Planned Parenthood deserved federal funding (a decision Congress put off by passing a temporary budget until December when the debate on passing a budget will resume). Miss Richards was the only one questioned with Republicans grilling her and Democrats rushing to her defense.

The hearing was sparked by the Center for Medical Progress undercover videos which show Planned Parenthood’s illegal activity. Using the videos as a starting point, members of the Oversite Committee plunged deep into the larger spending habits of Planned Parenthood and the things that make them unworthy of funding. Planned Parenthood, Republicans pointed out, uses money for exorbitant salaries ($520,000 just for Cecile Richards — by her own admission!), overseas funding ventures, pro-choice political lobbying, and expanding their services, though they are already the largest abortion provider in America.

Planned Parenthood makes millions in excess revenue each year and does not need federal money to continue its mission. Proposals to defund have two components — 60 million federal dollars directly, and around $500 million more government reimbursements for Medicaid services. Though Medicaid money can’t go directly to abortion (except in cases of rape, incest, or the mother’s life), the money Planned Parenthood gets from the government allows them to move their other sources of revenue into their abortion-centric business and their questionable lobbying efforts.

If you were watching the hearing and felt like pulling your hair out (trust me, we understand), then you’re probably wondering, “What can I do?” Beyond calling your senators and representatives, learning more about Planned Parenthood, and signing a petition, there are several important ways a concerned Christian can be involved:

  1. We need to pray and discuss.
    Don’t be silent about what is happening. So many still don’t know about the videos or don’t think they can trust them. Discuss them, and prove them wrong. Pray for those who stand against us, especially mislead pro-choice advocates like hurting post-abortive women.  Pray for Cecile Richards that God would touch her heart. We need to treat her with the same human dignity we wish she would extend to the unborn.
  1. We need to actually be the medical alternative to Planned Parenthood.
    The pro-life movement has done an excellent job of meeting many needs, such as counseling, baby supplies, ultrasounds, post-abortive healing, legal advocacy, and educational initiatives.  Unfortunately, we have let Planned Parenthood hold a monopoly on medical services like family planning, STD testing, and breast exams. It is true that community health centers, primary care doctors, and increasing numbers of medicalized pregnancy centers and non-profit OBGYNs serve many of the health needs of women, but the pro-life movement itself is still primarily non-medical, a reality that needs to be addressed.
  2. We need to realize that health clinic name ID truly matters.
    Planned Parenthood is so successful in many ways because of their marketing and the coherency of their affiliates in a way that makes women think Planned Parenthood is the only option, when scattered community health centers are little known, underfunded, and underutilized. As we consider offering alternatives, we should carefully strategize marketing, franchising, and name ID.
  3. We need to question Planned Parenthood’s lies that they help women.
    Because Planned Parenthood is such a recognizable name in women’s healthcare, they’re thus able to define the terms of their services, leaving many women unaware of findings such as abortion’s link to breast cancer, certain health risks of some birth control, potential abortifacients, and the effectiveness of hormone-free family planning.  Furthermore, Planned Parenthood has essentially made “women’s health” synonymous with birth control and abortion, denying or minimizing all other health issues facing American women.  For instance, the number one killer of women is heart disease, and we do not hear them discussing that fact.  They also continue pushing the ideology that the government should be the one funding their “healthcare” services, despite the deep controversy and possible criminal activity of Planned Parenthood.

Chaney Mullins serves are Special Projects Writer for Concerned Women for America. 

Live Action Does It Again: Abortion Facts Change Minds

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Who wants to be against science? Who wants to kill humans in the womb?

Simple videos show that with abortion – both science and facts are on our side.

Live Action, a group known for undercover investigations into the abortion industry, has creatively put together animated videos at AbortionProcedures.com in order to show people what abortion is really like.  Quite powerfully, the videos are narrated by a former abortionist who thus lends a very accurate perspective and explains his own change of heart in one of the videos.

These powerful videos of abortion procedures are actually changing people’s minds when they are shown the reality of abortion.

Check out this moving video of people on the street who radically reconsider their moderate to pro-choice views upon viewing this video.

https://www.facebook.com/liveaction/videos/10154168301463728/

Sign the Open Letter to Our Presidential Candidates

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Dear Presidential Candidates,

 

We can no longer stand by while ISIS murders Americans within our own borders, rapes women, kidnaps children, and beheads Christians. President Obama’s failure to lead our nation in the war against ISIS has made America a greater target than ever.

 

It’s vital that we know the next president – whoever that may be – will protect America.

 

So we’re asking you, as the potential next president, to take the pledge to do all in your power to defeat ISIS and terrorism, placing America once again in a position of true moral leadership in the world.

 

Signed,

 

Penny Nance

CEO and President

Concerned Women for America

 

Signed,

 

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Sign the Open Letter to Our Presidential Candidates

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Dear Presidential Candidates,

 

We can no longer stand by while ISIS murders Americans within our own borders, rapes women, kidnaps children, and beheads Christians. President Obama’s failure to lead our nation in the war against ISIS has made America a greater target than ever.

 

It’s vital that we know the next president – whoever that may be – will protect America.

 

So we’re asking you, as the potential next president, to take the pledge to do all in your power to defeat ISIS and terrorism, placing America once again in a position of true moral leadership in the world.

 

Signed,

 

Penny Nance

CEO and President

Concerned Women for America

 

Signed,

 

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Pray and Take Action Concerning Obama’s Current Nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court

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The recent nomination made by our President for Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court calls for urgent prayer and action.  I cannot stress strongly enough just how important this is, and it may very well be the most important thing we have prayed about for some time, even over and above who we want our next president to be. Prayer is our number one weapon; let’s use it!  Taking action is our second; let’s do it!

Judge Garland’s record on the D.C. Circuit proves that he would be a reliable fifth vote (or sixth, if you count Kennedy) for many extreme liberal priorities, like gutting the First and Second Amendment, unleashing the abortion industry (think legalizing partial-birth abortion), and helping to maintain unaccountable bureaucratic agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

“This is the most important battle of our lives.” – CEO and President of CWA Penny Nance

Pray that any selection or nomination President Obama makes to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court of the United States will not be acted upon by the Senate.  Pray for the senators meeting with Judge Garland to be compassionate but forceful in expressing the deep concerns for our Constitutional Republic beyond the candidate himself (who has been caught in the middle of all this). Let us pray for truth and justice in accordance with God’s will. Amen!

I personally am going to be praying for Christians all over this country to be praying with us for the same goal.  We must remember that we are a majority not a minority and that those who believe in Almighty God have the power to move mountains if they believe they can.  Thanks be to the Lord, we are more than conquerors and we are also overcomers.

Please Take Action:

  • Call and/or e-mail our U.S. Senators and ask them to not accept or vote upon any nominations for the U.S. Supreme Court that are made by President Obama. The main goal is not to allow any Supreme Court nominations to be accepted or approved by our members of the U.S. Senate until after the elections and after the inauguration of the new President, whoever that may be.

Pat Roberts (R)

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202-224-4774

Jerry Moran (R)

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(202) 224-6521

  • Call and/or e-mail Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).  Thank him for his commitment to not allowing any nominees a hearing.  He needs our support now!

Chuck Grassley

(202) 224-3744

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  • Stay informed, regularly read about this issue at concernedwomen.org.
  • Pass this e-mail on to like-minded friends and family.