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Women’s Group Endorses Legislation to Protect Female Athletes on National Girls & Women in Sports Day

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For Immediate Release
February 1, 2023

Contact:  CWA Communications Team
comms@cwfa.org

MEDIA ADVISORY:

Women's Group Endorses Legislation to Protect Female Athletes on National Girls & Women in Sports Day

Prevents males from stealing their trophies, their scholarships, and advancement in sports

Washington, D.C. – On National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), representing hundreds of thousands of women and girls across the country, has endorsed the Protecting Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023 to ensure women’s sports are protected under Title IX.

 

The bill, authored by Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) and introduced by Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) today, recognizes the discrimination taking place against female athletes in sports when male athletes identifying as women are allowed to participate in their competitions.

 

“Female athletes are losing their rightful places to advance and win in their own sports when they are forced to compete against biological males,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC. “Women and girls deserve to have Title IX, the 50-year-old civil rights law that respects female athletes and guarantees equal opportunities and benefits for all athletes, be reinforced by this important legislation.”

 

The Protecting Women and Girls in Sports Act will clarify the responsibility of schools receiving federal funds to prohibit discrimination against female athletes based on biological sex. Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination is based on sex – male and female. It does not define sex based on “gender identity.” It does not sanction males, with distinct physiological advantages regardless of treatment, to compete in female sports. 

 

“No male, however he identifies, will ever shed his XY chromosomes, menstruate, or give birth,” says Nance. “Male bodies have larger hearts and lungs and higher hemoglobin levels that enable the body to oxygenate muscles faster. Science tells us they have bigger bones and muscle capacity, larger feet and hands. To deny these facts is to deny science.”

 

Policies allowing for inclusion in sex-specific sports on the basis of “gender identity” have no substantiation in biological fact or valid medical research to defend males competing in female athletics.

 

“Female athletes are under attack by an insidious form of sex discrimination driven by identity politics and condoned by schools and sports officials who are denying women and girls equal rights to their own sports. Sadly they are unwilling to stand up to protect fairness and inclusion for female athletes,” said Doreen Denny, CWA Senior Advisor. “Rep. Steube and his colleagues are working to make sure that does not continue to happen.”

 

CWA has filed three discrimination complaints against colleges, including a civil rights complaint under Title IX against the University of Pennsylvania for allowing Lia Thomas, a biological male swimmer, to compete in the NCAA championships in female competition.v

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

States Rejoice for School Choice

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Every child deserves educational freedom. At Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), we saw landmark developments in the states for the school choice movement during National School Choice Week.

 

Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa) listened to the voices of parents in Iowa and signed key education policy into law. Under Iowa’s Students First Act, state education funding—an estimated $7,598 per student—can go to K-12 students who choose to attend private schools and pay for their schooling and other qualified education expenses.

 

Gov. Spencer Cox (R-Utah) signed into law the Utah Fits All Scholarship Program. Eligible students can apply for and receive an $8,000 per-year scholarship for qualified education expenses, with preference for lower-income families and a program cap of $42 million per year.

 

In Arkansas, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ (Republican) signed an executive order—her first in office—that directs the Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas State Board of Education to create “policies that streamline processes to continue, expand, and replicate effective charter schools.”

 

No student should be forced to attend failing schools or schools that denigrate their beliefs and values. Unfortunately, parents have seen far too much of this, and the problem accelerated during the pandemic. These actions by Govs. Reynolds, Cox, and Sanders empower parents to choose the best education for their children and advance education freedom. A key component of education freedom is educational choice—at CWALAC, we focus on choice in the forms of education savings accounts and open enrollment. CWA has already identified target states to advance the mission for educational choice: Florida, Louisiana, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia. In each of these states, more can be done.

 

Iowa’s Students First Act, as mentioned, above, creates an education savings account (ESA). ESAs vary from state to state, but generally speaking, ESAs are publicly funded, are administered by the state government, and use state funding already allocated for the student. ESAs are used to provide an education in reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies, and science. ESAs allow a parent to purchase vetted educational services to tailor a learning experience that meets a student’s needs.

 

Every student must have access to an ESA, like in Iowa and the nine other states that have adopted ESAs that are publicly funded: Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. An ESA helps fulfill the proper goal of education to impart knowledge to students and teach them how to think, not what to think.

 

Open enrollment refers to the policy of allowing students to request to transfer to another school either within a school district (intradistrict open enrollment) or outside of the school district (interdistrict open enrollment) in which the student resides. Over half of the states have policies permitting intradistrict or interdistrict open enrollment. Fourteen states require interdistrict open enrollment for all grade levels.

 

Of those 14 states, five states—Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, South Dakota, and Tennessee—have the strongest policy because they require schools to accept transfer requests, subject to capacity of the receiving school. Gov. Sanders’ executive order builds on Arkansas’ strong foundation in what is sometimes called “public school choice.”

 

Every student must have access to transfer-request acceptance as in Arkansas and the other four states. Without it, there is a risk of open-endedness in transfer policies that give schools the latitude to create policies that prioritize the preservation of an institution rather than an individual student’s quality of education.

 

The remaining nine states require schools to have policies for transfer requests but do not require acceptance of transfer requests: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wisconsin. Open enrollment that is interdistrict, available for all grade levels, and available for any reason (subject to capacity) gives even more options to the parents and the student to achieve maximum educational outcomes.

 

A zip code should not determine a student’s success. The pandemic, despite its many tragedies, has resulted in an opportune climate for change in education policy. For this year’s National School Choice Week, more parents are experiencing more meaningful choice in their student’s education.

YWA Leaders to Join House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to Champion Women’s Sports

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For Immediate Release
January 31, 2023

Contact:  CWA Communications Team
comms@cwfa.org

MEDIA ADVISORY:

YWA Leaders to Join House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to Champion Women's Sports

Will expose unfair treatment of female athletes

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, February 1, Concerned Women for America (CWA) and Young Women for America (YWA) leaders Macy Petty and Chloe Satterfield will join other female athletes in an event with Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-California) and House leadership to mark National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

 

The first Wednesday of February is designated to honor female athletes around the country. Yet a growing trend of males who identify as women are allowed to play women’s sports despite scientific studies that prove testosterone suppression cannot eliminate the male athletic advantage.

 

“I am honored to join Speaker McCarthy to honor female athletes, many of whom feel forsaken by their schools that are putting the safety and opportunity for girls to compete on an equal playing field at risk to cater to the desires of a few,” says Petty, an NCAA volleyball player and YWA Ambassador. During USA Volleyball junior qualifiers, Petty competed against a male athlete identifying as a female.

 

“Macy, Chloe and many other young female athletes have lost their trophies, their scholarships, and their opportunities to advance in their sports,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWA. “We are grateful Speaker McCarthy and leaders in Congress are going to make championing women a priority.”

EVENT DETAILS:

What: National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Who:

Speaker Kevin McCarthy

Riley Gaines, NCAA swimmer

Macy Petty, NCAA volleyball player

Chloe Satterfield, former high school tennis player

When: February 1, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. EST 

Where: U.S. Capitol Building, Rayburn Room next to the House floor

“Women have come so far in the past one hundred years, and Title IX was a significant turning point for women which increased athletic, scholastic, and financial opportunities for women,” says Satterfield, a former high school tennis player who competed against a male athlete in high school.  “By speaking out today, we hope to continue progress for women and prevent being dragged fifty years backwards by allowing men to participate in our athletic competition.”

CWA has filed three discrimination complaints against colleges, including a civil rights complaint under Title IX against the University of Pennsylvania for allowing Lia Thomas, a biological male swimmer, to compete in the NCAA championships in female competition.

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

CWA Takes Message Directly to the NCAA: Stop Discriminating Against Female Athletes

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) and Young Woman for America (YWA) joined allies in the fight to preserve a fair playing field for college female athletes by taking our message straight to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at their annual convention in San Antonio, Texas. The rally showcasing female champion athletes and women’s organizations representing the voices of Americans across the political spectrum received nationwide coverage and put the NCAA on notice for legal action should it continue its discriminatory policy allowing male athletes identifying as women to participate and compete in the women’s category of sport.   

 

A petition urging the NCAA to stop discriminating against female athletes was hand-delivered to NCAA officials with nearly 10,000 signatures.    

 

As reported by the Daily Signal, CWA Senior Advisor Doreen Denny, YWA Ambassador and current NCAA volleyball athlete Macy Petty, and CWA of Texas State Director Ann Hettinger spoke at the rally. They were joined by Deanna Drogan, CWA’s Digital Media Specialist, Cassidy Comer, basketball player from Midwestern State University in Texas, and other local CWA/YWA supporters.

 

Speakers also urged the Texas Legislature to pass a bill sponsored by Rep. Valoree Swanson (R-District 150, the Save Women’s Sports Act, which would protect female athletics at all levels, including college.

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Victorious Life Votes Advance Culture of Life

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Legislation for Life

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and a resolution condemning attacks on pregnancy centers and pro-life groups. By a majority vote, which included all Republicans and even some Democrats, we saw two very moderate bills pass the House.

 

The Born-Alive Act only strengthens guarantees in existing law for medical care owed to babies who are born alive following an unsuccessful abortion. The resolution would create no new law and simply calls for the condemnation of criminal attacks following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Mississippi abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The majority of those criminal attacks were on pro-life institutions, like pregnancy centers and churches.

 

Elections Have Consequences

It is a stark example of how elections have drastic consequences on what legislation gets to see the light of day.

 

Mere months ago, the U.S. House of Representatives under Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) passed the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation that supported abortion-on-demand and up to the point of birth. Following the Dobbs decision and in addition to that bill, the House voted to pass legislation that guaranteed access to abortifacients and conflated the issue of contraception with abortion in order to cause confusion about what the Supreme Court decided in Dobbs (hint: the decision had nothing to do with contraception).

 

The Born-Alive Act only received floor consideration through procedural maneuvering by the conservative minority in a measure known as a discharge petition. The over 100 attacks against pro-life institutions received no floor consideration.

 

But what a difference an election makes! While this Congress is held by conservatives with a slim 5-seat majority, control of the House is a zero-sum game, and the U.S. House of Representatives is a pro-life majority. House Republicans put it best when they said, “Following two years of Democrats’ fight for a radical abortion on-demand up until the moment of birth agenda, there is finally a House majority that fights for life.”

 

Promoting A Culture of Life

Pro-life means much more than what abortion opponents want it to mean, which is anything less than abortion on demand. As a pro-life organization, we wait in eager anticipation of the day when all abortion is illegal and unthinkable. But being pro-life means supporting the kind of policy that creates a culture of life, even when it has nothing to do with new protections for the unborn. That very policy passed the House today.

 

While the Born-Alive Act specifically protects abortion survivors, it is really about protecting newborns no matter the circumstance of their birth. During President Donald Trump’s Administration, President Trump issued Executive Order 13952, “Protecting Vulnerable Newborn and Infant Children.” That Executive Order described hospitals that “refuse[d] to require[] medical screening examination and stabilizing treatment or otherwise [did] not provide potentially lifesaving medical treatment to extremely premature or disabled infants, even when parents plead for such treatment.” The Order advanced a culture of life by directing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to enforce laws that protected newborns and dedicated federal funding to enhancing life-saving treatment for newborns. The Born-Alive Act similarly advances this goal by giving stronger tools to enforce an appropriate medical standard of care for babies who survive abortions.

 

Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Missouri), who introduced the Born-Alive Act, recognized the cost of the death of a newborn when she said, “Women, fathers, and whole families all suffer deeply from the loss of their child. Our communities are weaker because these bright young ones did not grow up to share their wisdom, laughter, and ingenuity with us.”

 

The resolution is about calling for justice for crime victims, which should be obvious. Sadly, even access to justice is in question now more than ever while the Department of Justice is being used to increase abortion access through specious legal authority. The resolution condemns the attacks on pro-life institutions, recognizes the sanctity of life, and calls upon the Biden Administration to use all appropriate authority to protect the rights of pregnancy centers and pro-life groups and churches.

 

Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana), who introduced the resolution, explained that the resolution was necessary because “there has been so little accountability for the leaked draft opinion and ensuing violence and intimidation against pro-lifers,” so the pro-life majority in Congress was going to call for justice.

 

These actions elevate a conversation that advances a culture of life. As Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-California) said, the Born-Alive bill “protects the lives of the unborn and their mothers,” and the resolution is important because “in the face of a growing movement to devalue the miracle of life, we must also protect every American fighting for life.”

 

Keep Up the Pressure

Your engagement makes outcomes like this possible. Unless you tell your elected officials that you want to see laws that reflect a culture of life, they will assume that their constituents no longer care, or worse, think that their constituents support the pro-abortion narrative. Thank you so much for reaching out to your legislators, and we look forward to more pro-family votes that reflect Biblical values in the ensuing two years.

Speaker of the House: Message from Penny Nance

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, 
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7

 

Happy New Year!  It appears Washington is off to a chaotic start. The votes the last two days in the House of Representatives to determine the next Speaker have left many confused and concerned about what will happen next.  We understand this situation can be unsettling but want to assure you that we have been in many conversations with Members of Congress, Republican Leadership, and conservative leaders around the country about the Speaker situation and know that God is in control. 

 

As an organization, we have not weighed into this fight because we know the factors involved on both sides. Negotiations are continuing behind the scenes as 20 patriots work to assure that the new Speaker will stand firm on the policies we support. By the same token, Kevin McCarthy is a pro-life leader who has been unwavering on this issue throughout his career, and in the last session of Congress he had a 97% voting record on the key issues scored by CWA.  

 

Our encouragement for you today is first to pray. Pray that the Lord moves on the hearts of these men and women to do the right thing and move forward to represent the American people with courage and wisdom. Second, please do not be afraid. The media and the Left are spinning this as the most earth-shattering event and that Republicans are incapable of governing. None of this is true. In the big scheme of things, this is a short-term dustup. From our experience, the nation is better when we engage in pitched debate and contend for our principles.  

 

Most Americans are more worried about their sick child, how they will pay their bills, and finishing that project at work. The problem with Washington is that we think the whole world revolves around politics, which is simply not the case.

 

Regardless of what happens in the next days, CWA will be working hard on the policies that matter to American women and their families. We are working on your behalf.  

 

Penny Nance
CEO and President

Nance: NCAA’s New President Must Rescue Women’s Sports

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For Immediate Release
December 15, 2022

Contact: CWA Communications Team
comms@cwfa.org
(703) 282-7320

 

NCAA’s New President Must Rescue Women’s Sports

Appointment of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker gives female athletes hope

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Concerned Women for America (CWA) applauded the appointment of outgoing Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, to head the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as a hopeful sign that new policies for protecting female athletes may be possible.

 

“Charlie Baker’s appointment could be a desperately needed reset in the NCAA for female athletes, and we hope he stands up to lead,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWA, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization. “As the spouse of a former college athlete and someone devoted to children’s wellbeing, we expect Gov. Baker to understand that female athletes should never be subject to harassment, intimidation, and discrimination as they are experiencing in today’s NCAA.  

 

“Outgoing NCAA President Mark Emmert has overseen a decade of degradation of college women’s sports, treating females as second class athletes and an outright denial of our status as women by allowing males like Lia Thomas to compete in women’s sports. Forcing female athletes to stand down so men can steal their scholarships and their trophies, invade their locker rooms and their events has been the ultimate act of discrimination against women. 

 

“We call on Baylor President Linda Livingstone, chair of the NCAA Board of Governors, and Gov. Baker to end the exclusion of female athletes in their own sports and cease denying their rights to equity and fairness in sport. Title IX was meant to level the playing field, but allowing men to compete in female sports strikes a blow to that equity.” 

 

Concerned Women for America has been at the forefront of challenging universities violating female athletes’ Title IX protections against sex discrimination. CWA has filed three civil rights complaints on behalf of college women athletes and will not stop fighting for their rights.     

 

For more information, please contact comms@cwfa.org.

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Conservatives Defend Ground on Defense Bill

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Every year, Congress passes the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill that governs policies and funding for federal defense agencies. The bill recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is on track for enactment before the end of the year. In a perfect world, the defense bill only focuses on military readiness and fortifying national security. Unfortunately, legislators try to use such an important bill as a vehicle for their non-defense-related pet priorities.

 

At Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), our main job is to be the sticky fly trap for those pet—or perhaps “pest”—priorities. Fortunately, as of this week, our sticky paper has caught the major vermin. We gave decision-makers clear, achievable goals – stop women in the draft, no bankrolling Big Marijuana, and keep out woke data collection mandates. Your activism and our direct communications with staff and legislators made it possible to kick out these bad provisions from the NDAA.

 

Stop Women in the Draft

  • This year, we once more combatted the existential threat of women in the draft. For several years now, certain legislators—Democrat and Republican—have tried to expand the Selective Service to include women. Thankfully, families and advocates batted off this latest attempt to draft our daughters. Leaders like Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and his colleagues staked their ground early on by demanding a vote to amend the bill if it included women in the draft. NDAA bill negotiators Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) listened to these legislators and constituents and ensured no Selective Service expansion.
  • We are grateful for the women who volunteer to serve, which includes daughters and mothers at CWA. We also pray towards a world in which we never need the draft. But it is contrary to reason and morals to force women—who would be 18-25—into the draft. Doing so takes away the only reason for a country to fight in the first place: to defend the family at home. If everyone is on the frontlines, the only thing being protected is government for its own sake, and this is antithetical to the proper role of government. The government exists to protect us and not the other way around.

 

Bankrolling Big Marijuana

  • Besides stopping women in the draft, activists successfully intercepted a drug deal to include the unrelated, unsafe “SAFE Banking Act” into the annual defense bill. Law enforcement input was the nail in the coffin. First, the National Sheriffs’ Association gave legislators a grave warning of the harm that the Unsafe Act would bring. The Sheriffs’ Association shared that amid the rising crime wave, its members are seeing a form of THC-induced psychosis when booking criminal defendants. Second, the Department of Justice provided an assessment that law enforcement is in no way prepared to handle the influx of money laundering likely to come from the Unsafe Act’s enactment.
  • The only thing the Unsafe Act achieves is legitimizing the marijuana industry, enabling criminal behavior. It gives marijuana businesses access to the federal banking system, and it grants access with no regulation or guidance for the financial and law enforcement industries. Enactment only exposes the economy to money laundering, and there will be little to show for the benefits proponents proclaim.

 

Woke Data Collection Mandate

  • Finally, negotiators said “no thanks” to woke data collection efforts, which have been kicked out of the bill. These efforts seek to inoculate “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” into as many areas of federal law as possible. This time, it was mandates on data collection of veterans and small business loans from the federal government. However, there is no limit to the ways in which the Left will try to include radical gender ideology in federal law.
  • It is worth noting that these provisions are but a snapshot of the unrelated riders that legislators often try to attach to the annual defense bill. Most bills “die” before they ever reach the level of consideration by a congressional committee. Some of these bills are great ideas and worthy of merit. But that is no excuse to cut corners—or as we say in the legislative world—circumvent “regular order.” This practice of cutting corners makes the NDAA more controversial than it needs to be. National security is critical, and no pet project, much less one fueled by leftist ideology, should dilute that goal.

 

Making our opposition loud and clear from the beginning helped focus this bill on national security. It is only with raising our voices and hard work that we have a shot at keeping out advances by the Left.

Nance to American Girl: shame on you

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Penny Nance statement on American Girl’s book pushing puberty blockers:

 

“Shame on American Girl for teaching girls as young as three years old to hate their bodies.  What happened to teaching girls that they are beautiful just the way they are?” asked Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization. “Advocating that young girls consider altering their bodies through puberty blockers or surgery exploits vulnerable and impressionable children. In the same way that it would be dangerous to tell a young, underweight girl struggling with an eating disorder to consider gastric bypass surgery, why are we encouraging a young girl struggling with her female identity to mutilate her body? There used to be a time when parents trusted corporations like a doll company to send positive messages to their daughters, but unfortunately those days are gone. Parents need to stop buying goods from woke corporations pushing this dangerous and manipulative agenda on their children.” 

Groups to GOP: “Marriage Matters”

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It is the sad reality that this week, the Respect for Marriage Act (better named the Disrespect of Marriage Act) passed both chambers of Congress. It now heads to the President’s desk to become law. Disappointingly, legislators in the Senate and House who tout pro-family values voted the exact opposite by voting to advance the bill. Find out how your Senator voted here and how your Representative voted here. Disrespect Act supporters overlook the religious freedom concerns posed in the bill and have redefined marriage from a commitment between a man and a woman to something else entirely.

 

Although these legislators failed to represent their constituents, there is hope to be had. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) said, “The attempts to derail this piece of legislation were probably more focused and robust than any other bills I’ve worked on in the last two years.” Sen. Sinema is right; coalition members and constituents mobilized in a way that was shocking to many members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans. It has long been believed that the marriage argument was dead and that the average American did not care about the definition of marriage. This is a large reason Democrats decided to move on this legislation; they saw it as a winning issue with little to no opposition. However, that belief has proven to be false.

 

Here at Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), we urged legislators to vote no. This summer, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the Disrespect Act, and 47 Republicans voted in favor of the bill. This was of great concern, as there were no religious freedom protections. Twelve Senate Republicans voted to advance the bill with the addition of an abysmal and meaningless religious freedom amendment. These Republicans wrongly voted “yes.” It might be said that little advance notice and no committee hearings caught them off guard. However, they now understand loud and clear their constituents’ support for Biblical marriage. They have had ample time to understand the concerns of this bill and their constituents’ position. We experienced some breakthrough, as fewer House Republicans supported the bill in their vote this week than over the summer.

 

CWALAC will continue to defend marriage as God intended, as we know this leads to healthy family units. Marriage is a sacred union created to reflect Christ and His bride, the church. Marriage sanctifies those in the union in a unique way that God has intentionally and purposefully created, through the commitment of a woman and a man. Further, children need and have a right to both a mother and father, as God intended. It is cruel to tear a child away from their biological parents to fulfill the desires of an adult. Although God can restore and redeem all situations, it is not hard to see the problems that often arise in homes that are lacking a mother or father. Each provides an irreplaceable and important role in a child’s life to have the optimal environment to flourish.

 

The government has a responsibility to punish evil and praise good (1 Peter 2:13-14). Unfortunately, the so-called Respect for Marriage Act does neither in promoting what God has deemed unholy as good. This bill will affect people of faith trying to live out their religious convictions; it will affect the family unit, and, furthermore, it will create the opportunity to harm children. Therefore, CWALAC will continue to advance pro-family policies.  

Young Women for America: 1 Corinthian 16 Culture Warriors

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Urgency, faith, courage, strength—these words characterize the women we have the privilege to disciple through Young Women for America (YWA). YWA is an initiative of Concerned Women for America to mentor and disciple female high-school students, college students, and young professionals in their faith. There are over 150 YWA leaders across the country. They are our daily reminders of the command in 1 Corinthians 16:13 to “stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong.” With the help of the Lord, these women are able to swim against the cultural tide telling every beautiful young woman that she should get to do with her body what she wants, when she wants, no matter who—including herself—gets hurt in the process.

 

This mentality is a dead-end road to fulfillment. It unfortunately characterizes the identity politics movement every American is steeped in today. This is especially true for identity politics related to gender and sexuality. How do we know? Take a look at the following statistics:

  • The percentage of U.S. adults who identify as LGBTQ has doubled over the past decade, from 3.5% in 2012 to 7.1% in 2021.

Gen Z adults who identify as LGBTQ have increased from 10.5% in 2017 to 20.8% in 2021.

Millennials, ages 26 to 41, identifying as LGBTQ increased from 5.8% in 2012 to 10.5% in 2021.

  • People who identify as LGBTQ could make up 10 to 15% of the adult population “in the not too distant future,” as Gen Z and millennials comprise an increasing share of the adult population.

This trend affects Gen Z and Millennials disproportionately—especially women—”Gen Z women are roughly three times more likely than men to identify as LGBTQ and Millennial women are about two times as likely than men to identify as such.”

 

The generational divide reveals views on sexuality that differ from the general Christian view of sexuality. Future marriage stats will inevitably reflect this variation. And if the trend holds up, more women will be affected than men.

 

Any arrangement besides a stable, traditional marriage—same-sex, open, divorced, abusive, and so on—inhibits the flourishing of everyone involved—man, woman, son, daughter. Government action like the so-called Respect for Marriage Act—which is an attack on people of faith with Biblical views of marriage—unnecessarily throttles us away from the only arrangement in which people will flourish. The next generation, especially the women of the next generation, will pay the price.

 

But the attitudes, actions, and beliefs of this constituency do not represent all Gen Z or Millennial Women.

 

YWA leaders in Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, and Arkansas were brave enough to speak in support of Biblical marriage, while the U.S. Senate was actively considering the Respect for Marriage Act. Through social media, they encouraged their Senators who voted to support traditional marriage. This is no easy thing when the majority of women their age would rather support noncommittal sexual encounters or even just stay silent. The light of their commitment to the truth burns bright as every institution in American society continues to lean left. Right where they are in their high schools, their college campuses, and their jobs, they epitomize 1 Corinthians 16:13.

 

They are unlike their peers, but they are not alone. Through the YWA network, they are able to connect with one another. As an initiative within Concerned Women for America, these women also receive Titus 2 reinforcements—older Christian women mentoring younger Christian women. Whether they get credit or not, these young women are courageously doing the right thing for themselves and for their peers by speaking truth to power. They are tilling the ground for those around them to reap the rewards that come from a stable, traditional marriage and identity found only in Christ.

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It Takes One to Know One

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It Takes One to Know One: Activist Groups that Sued for Same-Sex Marriage are Same Groups Peddling Fear about Suits Against Same-Sex Marriage

 

The Senate is expected to wrap up its vote on S.4556, the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act,” this week. All votes so far have been to advance the bill. Senators will now vote on the bill itself. There is an amendment supported by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Minnesota), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) to include references to religious liberty that unfortunately falls short of accomplishing anything significant.

 

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the nation’s largest public policy organization for women, has been sharing its opposition to the bill and the amendment. We are defending the merits of God-designed marriage in the halls of Congress. We are letting Senators know that the bill does not just codify same-sex marriage; it codifies a prohibition against preferring to place adoptive and foster kids in husband-wife households. The self-styled religious liberty amendment continues to leave wedding vendors like cakebaker Jack Phillips and website designer Lori Smith in the cold. Faith-based child welfare service providers remain vulnerable to litigation related to placing kids in traditional families. The Act gives activists renewed momentum.

 

There are precious few days on the legislative calendar. Why is Congress spending it on codifying same-sex marriage?

 

Activist groups have successfully drowned out every other priority. It is not just about conservative versus liberal policy. One priority drowned out is child welfare. Leftist activists appear unwilling to ask Congress to spend its time on even ideologically center-left child-focused legislation like the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. And Congress is apparently willing to let its priorities be decided by the leftists even though, as explained earlier, the rights and benefits for same-sex marriage are under no threat. Congress is not even taking time to pass the the annual defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act, during these last few days of the legislative calendar. These are lost days and weeks for votes on policies that help America and its families.

 

The leftist rally for codification of same-sex marriage comes from insecurity. The Left has long used courts rather than legislatures to make radical changes in policy. But this way of policymaking is unstable, is subject to the whim of activist judges, and requires constant maintenance.

 

Thus, activists push for codification in the Respect for Marriage Act. They point to Justice Clarence Thomas’s concurrence in the historic overturning of Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization as impetus for the Respect for Marriage Act. Activists waive Justice Thomas’ nonbinding opinion in the air because it accurately describes the right to same-sex marriage as being another court-created right. They overlook the majority opinion limiting the scope of Dobbs to the overturn of the court-created right to abortion. They peddle fear, like the American Civil Liberties Union, which described “the right to marry potentially at risk.”

 

It is a classic case of “takes one to know one.” The activists are paranoid about being sued out of the right to same-sex marriage because they sued into the right to same-sex marriage. Observe the number of cases after United States v. Windsor (2013)—which held the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional—and leading up to Obergefell v. Hodges (2015)—which held that the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires states to license and recognize same-sex marriages. In 2013, there were at least 17 lawsuits challenging marriage amendments in state constitutions, many of which were filed shortly after Windsor.

 

The same shortcut that activists used to get power is now their downfall. To close the gap, they have taken hold of the legislative calendar. Untold riches are spent to advance the radical individualism of the pro-abortion and gender ideology agenda. Imagine if they put it towards policies that help families instead.

 

At CWALAC, we continue to fight the good fight for marriage. But we do not lose sight of why government is involved in marriage in the first place. Foremost, marriage policy must build strong foundations for kids and families. Thus, we have spent almost as much time—if not more—advocating for policies like the Standing With Moms Act by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and the Unborn Child Support Act by Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota). The Unborn Child Support Act incentivizes states to have a child support program that provides for costs of parenting that many know begin well before the baby’s first birthday. The Standing With Moms Act, which CWALAC worked closely with legislative staff to create, would create a website called life.gov that would list local resources available for expectant moms and families at all levels of government and the private sector.

 

Twelve senators who traditionally support religious liberty policy voted to advance the Respect for Marriage Act. We are clear-eyed about the likelihood that they will vote to pass the bill. But we will continue to dutifully make the case for the sake of advancing pro-family policy at the federal and state level.

We Don’t Have to Wonder

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Insight from the Next Generation – Sierra Welch, our Young Women for America Ambassador at North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, shares her thoughts on the intentionality of our creation.

 

From the moment I was created in my mother’s womb, I was female. There is such power, beauty, and intentionality in this reality. I praise God that He ordained such an important and foundational part of who I am. We are the created beings called to love and worship a holy and marvelous God worthy of all praise. Through His good pleasure and love, He created beings to inhabit and rule over the earth.

 

We are the form molded by the potter’s hands, and as we read in Isaiah 45:9, “Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ or ‘Your work has no handles?'”

 

We do not have the wisdom or infinite knowledge and understanding of God to distrust what He has ordained. Rather, we can trust the God who created the heavens and the earth, the cosmos and the atom, the mountains and the valleys, the oceans and the babbling brooks, none of which compare to the crescendo of creation, man and woman.

 

We can trust that God created our manhood and womanhood without mistake, without question, and without fear of fault or error. We can also trust that every human life has value, purpose, destiny, and a call by God to salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

 

Every human life has dignity inside and outside of the womb. Both mom, dad, unborn child, and born child have value, are priceless, and have been bought with an unmatched price through the blood of Jesus Christ.

Seven Days of Prayer for the Election – Day 7

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When we pray, God moves!
Join us for seven critical days of prayer before Election Day.

 

Concerned Women for America was founded on prayer and action. It is an honor to have you join us as we battle for America on our knees. The following is our prayer for the day. It is in no way exhaustive. Please feel free to add to it on your own. You can download the seven-day prayer guide here.


Day #7 – Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Today is a critical day in America. Voters go to the polls to elect U.S Senators, Representatives, and other important down-ballot races. Many states will also be voting on statewide ballot measures that fall under CWA’s seven core issues. Throughout the day, would you please pray for the following:

 
Pray for God’s hedge of protection over our nation, even during the election.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. Psalm 91:9-12

 
Pray that the election process—personnel and voting equipment—will perform with honesty and integrity.
Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. Use honest scales and honest weights … Leviticus 19:35-36

 
Pray that God’s will be done, our nation be blessed with Godly and principled leaders, and His name be glorified.
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Romans 13:1

 
Our votes and prayers do matter. Please do both today!

Seven Days of Prayer for the Election – Day 6

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When we pray, God moves!
Join us for seven critical days of prayer before Election Day.

 

Concerned Women for America was founded on prayer and action. It is an honor to have you join us as we battle for America on our knees. The following is our prayer for the day. It is in no way exhaustive. Please feel free to add to it on your own. You can download the seven-day prayer guide here.


Day #6 – Monday, November 7
When the ancient Israelites entered the Promised Land, their first obstacle was the great walled city of Jericho. As Joshua and the men prepared to conquer the city, God gave them a clear battle strategy. They were to walk around the great city once a day for six days without speaking one word. On the final day, they silently circled the city seven times. What went through the minds of these untrained warriors as they only heard the tramping feet of their fellow countrymen? Did they hear taunts from above as Jericho citizens jeered? They saw the great wall up close. Did they tremble in fear at the overwhelming size of this fortress city? Did they feel outnumbered and unprepared? How many realized that their only hope for victory would be from God? During the silent trek, how many called out to God in prayer? How many asked Him to do the impossible?

 

Today, we need God to do the impossible for us. We, too, have the opportunity to call out to Him and ask Him to give us a fair election. May He crumble our opponents like He crumbled the walls of Jericho!

 

Here’s a simple strategy: on the evening of November 6 (preferably before dark), go to your local polling precinct. Take a few like-minded friends and march around the building or grounds. Pray out loud or silently, asking God to make sure no fraud will succeed in the precinct the next day. Pray for only a fair vote to come from the precinct. Below are a few requests in addition to the Confession and Praise from the previous page. Please feel free to add whatever God lays on your heart. (If you can’t make it to your polling place the night before, please pray about these candidates at a convenient time as often as you can.)

 

Requests:
Dear Heavenly Father, we lift up this polling place. We pray there will be no tampering with machines, ballots or any confusion causing voters to mis-vote. We pray any attempts at fraud would fail and/or be caught. We ask that all ballots cast would be fair ballots. Help voters not to be deceived but to see the whole truth.

 

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

Seven Days of Prayer for the Election – Day 5

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When we pray, God moves!
Join us for seven critical days of prayer before Election Day.

 

Concerned Women for America was founded on prayer and action. It is an honor to have you join us as we battle for America on our knees. The following is our prayer for the day. It is in no way exhaustive. Please feel free to add to it on your own. You can download the seven-day prayer guide here.


Day #5 – Sunday, November 6, 2022
Pray that our leaders will always pursue righteousness.
 
Lord, may our leaders strive to be righteous;
May they see and seek Your Truth above all.
May they lead with fear and humility.
Help us to hold them accountable
To Your high standards.
 
Psalm 58:11 – “And men will say, ‘Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely there is a God who judges on earth!’”
 
Pray that we will vote wisely and seek the Lord in our decision-making.
Grant us wisdom; grant us discernment.
Grant it to our leaders on every level,
And help us to live out our motto,
Trusting You — Who rules in the affairs of men.
 
Proverbs 18:15 – “The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”

Seven Days of Prayer for the Election – Day 4

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When we pray, God moves!
Join us for seven critical days of prayer before Election Day.

 

Concerned Women for America was founded on prayer and action. It is an honor to have you join us as we battle for America on our knees. The following is our prayer for the day. It is in no way exhaustive. Please feel free to add to it on your own. You can download the seven-day prayer guide here.


Day #4 – Saturday, November 5, 2022
 
Pray for the Holy Spirit to intercede on our behalf.
Lord, in a time of chaos and turmoil,
When words seem insufficient,
Draw us to our knees.
Give us the words to say.
Through the Spirit’s groanings,
Hear the petitions we cannot speak.
Lord, help us to see the world through your eyes so we may greater understand your mercy and grace.
 
Romans 8:26 – “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
 
Pray that we will trust only in the Lord.
While we live, we shall praise You, Lord.
Blessed are the people who put their trust
Not in the might of their armies or political prowess,
But who put their trust in You, the Great I Am.
 
Isaiah 26: 3-4 – “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.”