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Praying for Dobbs

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Concerned Women for America

Six Month Spiritual Engagement for Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health


 

The December 1 oral arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health were just the beginning of our pro-life efforts for this case. If the Court keeps to its historical track record of rendering decisions on “controversial” cases in the last weeks of its term, the Dobbs decision will likely be announced by the end of June.

Until the Supreme Court renders its decision, our posture must be on our knees before the Lord. CWA is encouraging our leaders, members, and friends across the country to set aside the fourth Monday of the next six months, beginning January 24, for focused prayer on the Dobbs case. Using the 30 Days of Prayer for Life prayer booklet and our monthly prayer points listed below, we encourage you to gather together people to pray in person, over the phone, or via Zoom.

 


Monday, January 24, 2022

Using the 30 Days of Prayer for Life booklet, read silently or aloud prayers 1, 2, 13, 14, and 15.

Strategic Prayer Points:

  • Pray that the March for Life, held on January 21 in Washington, D.C., had a great spiritual impact on the Justices and their law clerks as they continue to study and prepare their opinions for the Dobbs vs Jackson case.
  • Pray for the media, that they will see the importance of the March for Life in light of the Dobbs case and choose to report on the march and the case both fairly and accurately.
  • Pray that the decision of the Dobbs case will end the federal scourge of abortion on our nation.

 

February – June prayer points will be listed soon.

Concerned Women for America urges FDA to reverse course on chemical abortion restriction removal

By | News and Events, Sanctity of Life | No Comments

Today, the FDA announced its permanent removal of the “in-person dispensing requirement” for Mifepristone. This makes the abortion pill readily available through mail and telehealth services without the supervision of a physician. Research has shown chemical abortion has a four times higher rate of complication than surgical abortion.

Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance said:

“The FDA’s decision to permanently remove the in-person dispensing requirement for Mifepristone will senselessly jeopardize lives. Shamefully deemed a means to ‘minimize the burden on the health care delivery system,’ this change is nothing more than a political plot to satiate the profit-hungry abortion industry.

“The chemical abortion pill significantly increases the rate of hospitalization for vulnerable women who truly need conscientious care and counsel, not a reckless, mail-order fix. The FDA’s new requirement that any pharmacy dispensing be specially certified is ludicrous and a cheap concession that will do nothing to protect women’s health and safety. This dangerous pill has no place in our healthcare market. We urge the FDA to reverse course.”

Denny in Newsweek: The Biden Administration is Sending Title IX to the Ash Heap of History

By | News and Events, Sexual Exploitation, Women's Sports | No Comments

A biologically male athlete at the University of Pennsylvania is smashing NCAA women’s swimming records. Will Thomas from Austin, Texas, competed on the men’s team for three years and is now, as a senior, competing as Lia Thomas on the women’s team. Penn press releases are boasting of the wins and shamefully displacing the true women’s swimming program record holders in their history books. Cases like this, enabled by the NCAA’s anti-woman policies, jeopardize the hopes and dreams of female athletes nationwide.

Read the latest from Doreen Denny, Concerned Women for America‘s Senior Advisor, entitled “The Biden Administration is Sending Title IX to the Ash Heap of History” in Newsweek Opinion here.

Bipartisan Senate Majority Bucks Biden’s Private Sector Vaccine Mandate

By | Defense of Family, News and Events, Religious Liberty | No Comments

On December 8, 2021, a bipartisan majority in the U.S. Senate voted 52-48 to invalidate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) emergency temporary standard (ETS) imposing President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on private sector employers with 100 or more employees. Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) joined all 50 Republicans in passing Sen. Mike Braun’s (R-Indiana) resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, a critical tool at Congress’s disposal to check executive overreach.

Prior to the vote, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee sent a letter to Senators condemning the OSHA ETS rule and urging members to support the resolution. “President Biden’s vaccine mandate exceeds the authority granted to OSHA by Congress and is yet another attempt to circumvent the law and implement through federal government coercion what the American people have rejected,” declared CEO and President Penny Nance. The Senate agreed.

This marks yet another key repudiation of President Biden’s tone-deaf decree, coming soon after the Fifth Circuit Court’s stay on the mandate and a series of district court injunctions nationwide. Should the U.S. House of Representatives also pass the disapproval resolution and send it on to the President’s desk, the question arises whether Biden will have the sense to admit defeat and repeal his order or choose instead to veto and overrule the will of the people, their representatives, and the courts.

To date, nearly 110,000 public comments have been submitted to the Federal Register regarding the OSHA vaccine mandate, with some noting that it is their first time taking formal action to oppose federal rulemaking. Such engagement clearly demonstrates the burdensome toll the mandate has taken on hard-working citizens.

Americans are pushing back with one unified message: We refuse to choose between our livelihoods and our civil liberties. Public health must always be balanced with individual freedom. We will continue to share the latest developments on this unconstitutional rule.

Nance in Townhall: The One Area Where Youngkin Should Follow Former Govs. McAuliffe and Northam’s Lead

By | Defense of Family, Education, News and Events | No Comments

Parents’ rights in education won Glenn Youngkin (Republican) the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial election. Now, in order to live up to the promises of his campaign and turn the tide of Virginia’s leftward lurch in the education system, Governor-Elect Youngkin should follow the lead of his predecessors. He must appoint stalwart members to Virginias Higher-ed institutions governing boards who will stand up for the rights and interests of the people who voted for him.

Read the latest from Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, entitled “The One Area Where Youngkin Should Follow Former Govs. McAuliffe and Northam’s Lead” in Townhall Opinion here.

CWA Stands with Religious School and Parents

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Today, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Carson v. Makin. The case involves a Maine tuition assistance program that discriminates against religious institutions. As Concerned Women for America (CWA) explains in its brief, the case involves serious violations of religious freedoms. The program takes important educational decisions away from families in Maine, treating parents who desire a religious education for their children like second-class citizens.

CWA CEO and President Penny Nance said:

“This state infringes on foundational constitutional rights by denying tuition assistance based on a family’s desire to raise their children according to their faith. Maine’s law seeks to remove religious institutions from the education choices of parents and families who reside there. Parents should have freedom when it comes to their children’s education, whether secular or religious.

“A school’s eligibility to receive funds should not be contingent on the educational institution’s religious beliefs. The state of Maine should honor funds promised in the tuition assistance program regardless of the educational choice of the parent.”

CWALAC Celebrates Removal of NDAA Provision Drafting Our Daughters

By | Draft, National Sovereignty, News and Events, Press Releases | No Comments

For Immediate Release
December 7, 2021
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
comms@cwfa.org

CWALAC Celebrates Removal of NDAA Provision Drafting Our Daughters

Washington, D.C. – Last night, harmful language requiring women to register for the Selective Service was removed from the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) were instrumental in opposing this monumental reversal in military policy. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is grateful for their steadfast leadership. We also thank Reps. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri) and Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) –all integral, vocal players in the efforts to defeat this proposal.

Lastly, we want to extend our sincerest gratitude to our leaders in the states and our Young Women for America leaders on college campuses around the country. Your voices were key to ensuring this issue made it to the forefront of debate.

CWALAC will continue to stand for the inherent dignity of women and against the destructive lie that women’s equality means sameness with men. We admire and support the patriotic women who volunteer for military service. Conscripting our daughters and granddaughters to the frontlines of war is entirely different. Assigning priority to “equity” over military necessity would only hinder critical national defense objectives in a wartime crisis.

CWALAC applauds Members for rejecting the shameful fallacy that Congress must rubber stamp the social experimentation of our military to secure critical funding for our troops and national security.

We are thrilled that our leaders have chosen to respect women and their role in serving our nation without sacrificing our daughters on the altar of political correctness. Thank you for eliminating language to draft women.

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich history of over 40 years.

Webinar: What’s Next for Dobbs v. Jackson?

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Several thousand pro-life supporters rallied and prayed outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday, December 1, as the historic Supreme Court oral arguments were heard for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Tens of thousands more joined in prayer from around the nation!

Concerned Women for America (CWA) is hosting a live webinar one week after the oral arguments to provide perspective on all the activity that happened outside the Court on December 1, and to answer the question everyone is asking, “Now that the oral arguments are over, what’s next for the Dobbs v. Jackson case?”

On Wednesday, December 8, join CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance and CWA’s Legal Counsel Mario Diaz, Esq., as they debrief the December 1 oral arguments and discuss what happens next with the Court on this critical pro-life case.

Whether you attended the December 1 event or joined us in prayer from home, this webinar is for you!

Here are the details:
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST [1:00 p.m. CST; 12:00 p.m. Mountain; 11:00 a.m. CST]

Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Senate Dems Want to Sacrifice Our Daughters on the Altar of Political Correctness

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For Immediate Release
November 26, 2021

Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
comms@cwfa.org

Senate Dems Want to Sacrifice Our Daughters on the Altar of Political Correctness

Washington D.C. – Upon return from the Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. Senate will consider the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including a provision requiring young women to register with the Selective Service for a potential military draft. The U.S. House of Representatives passed its own version of the annual defense bill with a similar provision in September. The House version also includes funds for CRT training, diversity officers, and inclusion and equity programs.

This monumental, unjustified reversal in policy forces our military to be sex-blind in all selection, training, and service of draftees, erasing key biological differences between males and females that have everything to do with readiness in wartime. Further, the provision gives the federal government blanket discretion to institute a draft for any number of unspecified reasons.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, had this to say:

“The recent role that woke ideology played in the Virginia election should have been a wakeup call for Congress. Instead, current language in the funding bill for America’s military and military academies contains the same ideology soundly rejected across the nation. CRT funding and woke diversity officers are part of the Left’s effort to deconstruct the U.S. military and our academies. Add to the mix language forcing women to register for Selective Service (i.e. the draft) and language specifically prohibiting military leaders for making decisions based on sex is disastrous policy that will cost lives.

“Concerned Women for America admires and supports the strong, patriotic women who volunteer for military service, but we refuse to believe the destructive lie that women’s equality means sameness with men. American women do not need to be conscripted to fight on the frontline of war to prove their worth.

“Even after a three-year, $45 million taxpayer funded commission’s unsubstantiated recommendation, a 2021 Ipsos poll shows that support for drafting women has nosedived—especially among females—since the issues was last debated in 2016, with only 45% of Americans and a third of women in favor of the policy.

“We are also witnessing growing enthusiasm from both parties to repeal the Selective Service altogether. At a time of such deep division, we rarely see this harmony. This makes any call to expand this outdated agency’s purpose and reach even more tone-deaf.

“Fresh off the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and a terror attack that took the lives of 13 U.S. servicemembers, Americans are rightfully weary to award new mobilization powers to the government. Trusting this Administration—or any other—with the unchecked latitude to declare a national emergency and conscript 18- to 25-year-old women for any number of purposes is too great a risk.

“Sacrificing our young women on the altar of political correctness is a clear dealbreaker, but the potential inclusion of race-driven, divisive ideological agendas gives further reason to oppose the bill in its current form. Sadly, the House-passed version of the NDAA diverts from mission-critical defense objectives to fund this nonsense. The Senate must say no.

“We reject the shameful fallacy that Congress must rubber stamp the social experimentation of our military to secure critical funding for our troops and national defense. An NDAA that drafts our daughters and granddaughters is a non-starter, and we call on members of courage to oppose its advancement.”

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Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich history of over 40 years.

 

House Passes Biden’s Build Back Broke Plan Despite Americans’ Rejection

By | Defense of Family, Legislative Updates, News and Events | No Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 220-213 on Friday morning to pass the so-called Build Back Better (BBB) Act, a $1.75 trillion tax and spend spree implementing President Biden’s far-reaching agenda. This after Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy held the floor for over eight hours to dismantle deceptive claims on the bill’s contents and highlight several of the nearly 600 amendments Republicans offered only to be rejected by a one-party rule. The bill now heads to the Senate, where critics on both sides of the Democrat spectrum are calling for changes.

The BBB Act would cement the largest expansion of the federal government in 50 years. President Biden and members of his party have haggled over the final price tag and featured progressive policies for months, oblivious to the hardships of everyday Americans facing rising costs at the gas pump and dinner table as they gather for the holidays. Proponents peddled the outright lie that the plan would not add a single penny to our national deficit and continued their spin even after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) delivered a score of $367 billion. One fact rings clear, even if our leaders refuse to recognize it: Cradle to grave government intervention is the last thing we need.

Despite the budget gimmicks its proponents continue to peddle, the BBB Act is a one-way ticket to bankruptcy. The plan institutes over 150 costly new programs at the taxpayer’s expense, many branded as temporary but intended to be permanent. As the CBO noted in September, “Inflation has eroded the purchasing power of families.” This bloated bill is set to further drive-up prices of goods and utilities, undermine wages, and raise taxes on working families and job creators.

While the fiscal ramifications are bleak, the policies behind these sky-high numbers are even more devasting. The BBB Act is a widespread expansion of the nanny state via federal mandates that overrule parents and families in raising and educating their children. In a recent op-ed, CWALAC President and CEO Penny Nance highlighted the bill’s $400 billion proposal for universal (aka federally controlled) childcare and Pre-K. Overburdensome regulations like minimum wages and degree requirements for staff would raise the cost of care and push private providers out of the market. Further, faith-based providers would be forced to forfeit their beliefs or close their doors. The absence of religious organizations would leave over half of our nation’s families with no place to turn.

The trampling of our conscience rights continues as the federal government seeks unlimited avenues to finance abortion on demand with our tax dollars. This includes a $30 billion fund for states to pay all out-of-pocket costs and subsidize insurance plans that cover abortion. All to target those states that declined to expand Medicaid under the iron fist of Obamacare.

The BBB Act may be the Left’s dreams fulfilled, but it is the American people’s worst nightmare. According to recent polling, 61% of Americans believe President Biden is asking Congress to spend too much money. Furthermore, just over three-quarters of Americans favor capitalism over big government socialism. This bill is an afront to our core values. CWALAC issued a letter in strong opposition to the BBB Act and will continue to fight it every step of the way.

Geneva Consensus: Standing for Women and Girls

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Just one year ago, representatives from over thirty nations signed the Geneva Consensus Declaration; those representatives came together in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the first anniversary of the Declaration. Together they recommitted to standing together and counteracting the impositions of governments and international organizations against developing countries.

The purpose of the declaration was to bring countries together and join efforts to secure the highest attainable health standard for women and girls, to reaffirm the role of the family as the foundations of society, and to serve as a source of care and support. It also reasserted the nonexistence of the so-called ‘right’ to abortion within international law and reaffirmed the right of every nation to exercise their own national sovereignty.

At one time, the United States was one of the signatories of the Declaration. In reality, the U.S. once led this incredible effort. One of the Biden Administration’s first actions was to swiftly withdraw from this Declaration. Why? Simply because abortion was not glorified or a part of it. Nevertheless, the number of countries that have joined the declaration has grown to thirty-five because other countries see the need to come together and fight the attempts of the Biden Administration and international organizations to export their radical and liberal agenda across the world.

The Geneva Consensus Declaration is not a binding agreement itself, but the principles contained in it are. The principles stem from the international human rights treaties that have been signed and ratified by the nations. Ratification means the treaty has gone through a process in which the nation’s legislative body has agreed there are no contradictions between the treaty and their nation’s laws. This internal process guarantees respect for the principle of self-determination enshrined in the United Nations (UN) charter.

UN bodies, within the last few decades, have taken a sharp turn away from their founding principles and often misinterpret the provisions contained in treaties previously agreed upon by the countries. Signatories of the Geneva Consensus Declaration released the Declaration to bring clarity to the misintepretations of human rights law, namely the lie that there is an international “right” to abortion.

A perfect example of this grievance is general comment No. 36 in Article 6 on the right to life of The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) made by the Human Rights Committee (HRC), the UN body that monitors the implementation of the ICCPR. Article 6.1 of the ICCPR states that “every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.” Despite the clarity of this provision, the HRC’s interpretation is that “states parties should not introduce new barriers and should remove existing barriers [11] that deny effective access by women and girls to safe and legal abortion.” That is to say, this committee, whose authority is limited to implementing that to which countries have agreed, intends to change the law created by countries and replace it with their own agenda.

In the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021, the U.S. Congress committed the same trespass by stating in its finding that “cofre human rights treaties, ratified by the U.S., protect access to abortion.”In 2018, the UN Human Rights Committee declared that the right to life, enshrined in Article 6 of the ICCPR (above), “at a minimum requires governments to provide safe, legal, and effective access to abortion …”

Similarly, developed countries use international forums like the ones listed above to impose abortion on developing nations by pushing for inclusion of new terms that include abortion, terms such as “sexual and reproductive health and rights.” For instance, during a UN Human Rights Council 43 session last year, the U.K. stated its regret because El Salvador had rejected its recommendation to “review laws criminalizing the use of abortion, ensure access to sexual and reproductive health services and support for all women and girls.”

No committee nor country has been granted authority to create a new obligation upon which countries have not agreed; in doing so, they are eroding each country’s sovereignty. This is another part of what the Geneva Consensus Declaration is – defending the right of the people to choose the laws that will rule their country; without it, democracy is in vain.

In the international community, there is no consensus on abortion, but there is a consensus on the importance of protecting each individual’s right to life. There is a consensus on protecting womens’ and girls’ rights. There is a consensus on national sovereignty and why it should be respected.

Concerned Women for America cares for all of these issues: life, women’s rights, national sovereignty, and particularly, the unborn. We are proud the U.S. once led such an extraordinary effort to protect all of the above. CWA will keep supporting, nationally and internationally, every effort that will promote and protect the dignity of all human life, born and unborn.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee Endorses Charles W. Herbster for Governor of Nebraska

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2021

 Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee Endorses Charles W. Herbster for Governor of Nebraska

Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (LAC), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization is endorsing Republican candidate Charles W. Herbster for Governor of Nebraska.

“Charles W. Herbster is a Christian man who will defend the values upon which Concerned Women for America LAC stands. His incredible track record of supporting life and American liberties makes the decision to endorse an easy one for our organization,” stated Concerned Women for America LAC CEO. and President Penny Nance. “Nebraska needs courageous leadership, and Charles will provide that.”

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Concerned Women for America LAC.  This organization is in the trenches everyday fighting to protect life, our spiritual values, and the cultural values that make America unique in the world,” said Herbster. “I am humbled to be supported by such an organization and all its members. I will fight to keep Nebraska out front on the protection of life and the freedoms we all should enjoy.”

Concerned Women for America LAC represents thousands of women around the country in advocating for strong public policies that support the protection of life, the defense of the family, religious liberty, the elimination of sexual exploitation and other areas of interest.

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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.

AG Garland Defends Intimidation Actions

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AG Garland Defiantly Defends Action to Intimidate Parents Speaking Out at School Board Meetings 

Attorney General Merrick Garland appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week for an “oversight hearing” of his leadership at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).  Out of the gate, Republican Senators took the opportunity to question him intensely on his October 4 memorandum to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in which he cites “a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff who participate in the vital work of running our nation’s public schools.” When pressed, Garland admitted he had no evidence of these charges beyond news reports that he failed to investigate.

As a paper trail of communication has uncovered,  AG Garland’s memo was undeniably a coordinated response to a request for action from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) in a letter to President Biden that likens the actions of engaged parents as “the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

Lost on no experienced advocate is the chilling effect this threat from the nation’s most powerful law-enforcement apparatus will inflict on parents trying to stand up for their rights as taxpaying citizens and the safety and protection of their children in schools. Concerned Women for America immediately sent a letter to Attorney General Garland when he issued his directive, reminding him that parents are sovereign in raising and educating their children and their grievances are protected speech, not an excuse for federal investigation.

While he repeatedly identified “spirited debate” and disagreement over school policy and curriculum as a First Amendment right, Garland defiantly defended the tone and content of his memo to the FBI, refusing to recognize the rightful concern such a call for federal law enforcement engagement in local schools has raised.  Even in the aftermath of NSBA retracting the aggressive language in its letter—catalyzed by school boards in Missouri, Ohio, and Pennsylvania making high-profile exits from the association—Garland doubled-down and rejected any call for withdrawing his decree.

AG Garland’s appearance before the Senate came on the heels of his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. During that hearing, Democrat Chairman Jerry Nadler refused a request from Republicans to air a revealing video compilation of courageous moms and dads speaking at school board meetings and pleading with local authorities to hear and respect their concerns. Censoring this video for a public hearing begs the question: Why are Democrats bent on suppressing the voices of parents? Perhaps they fear what this exposure really means about their morally destructive agenda.

Before the government-mandated closures of COVID-19, many parents had no idea what was being peddled in the classrooms. When parents were forced to become home-based substitute teachers, they were given an inside view into radical curricula promoting the left’s agenda for Critical Race Theory, deceptive gender ideology, and sexually explicit content. It was a needed wake-up call.

If there is anything positive to take away from Garland’s Senate appearance, it was his repeated acknowledgment that airing grievances and opposing school board policies are protected forms of speech under the Constitution.  What remains to be seen is how this Administration might weaponize law enforcement to intimidate parents from action if school officials do not like what they hear and want to threaten parents into silence.

What’s at Stake in Virginia? – The Future of Women’s Sports

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The future of female athletics is on the line in the Virginia election. You need to know if the candidates will uphold the rights of female student-athletes to fair competition, or will force our daughters on the sidelines as boys identifying as girls cut in?

Next year will mark the 50th Anniversary of Title IX – the law that made it possible for women and girls to receive equal opportunities in education, including athletics.  So why are we having to fight to uphold these rights all over again?  Because liberals in the General Assembly passed a law signed by Gov. Ralph Northam that requires school districts to treat gender identity as a student’s sex.

We stand on the truth that God created male and female, and basic biology tells us that male bodies have advantages in athletic competition over female bodies. That’s not speculation – that is science.  But Democrats still press on with their radical agenda to overrule science and common sense at the expense of our daughters.

The only way to save women’s sports is by electing leadership from the statehouse to the Governor’s mansion who will protect our daughters and stop the push for destructive gender ideology in our schools.  Other states have succeeded; it’s time for Virginia to do the same.

We know that athletic participation is a key factor in developing confidence and leadership skills, but when girls feel defeated before the race even begins, they wonder why even try.  They deserve better.

Your vote matters.  Hold the line against radical gender ideology as you vote in this year’s election.  Give our girls the chance they deserve to excel in sports and in life.

Are You an Encourager? The Virginia State Legislature Needs You!

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Dear CWA Friends,

We are excited to launch our 2022 Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program! For those who have not participated in our EAL program in the past, it focuses solely on prayer and encouragement for our state legislators. The EAL program is one of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia’s most valued programs. Though CWA members and friends regularly contact their legislators and pray concerning our core issues, the EAL program is designed to pray for and encourage the legislators with no mention of legislation or policy. Regardless of whether legislators are conservative, liberal, Republican, Democrat, Independent, Christian, or non-Christian, they need both our prayer and encouragement.

For more information about the EAL program click here. Please print and distribute to others who might want to participate in our program.

If you would like to participate, please contact CWA of Virginia’s EAL Coordinator, Janet Stasulli. She can be contacted at jstasulli1@gmail.com. Provide your name, mailing address, phone number, and specify whether you would like to adopt one or two legislators.

Sincerely,
Teresa Pregnall
State Director

iVoterGuide Resource

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is pleased to be able to partner with iVoterGuide to provide you with an up-to-date voters’ guide for the Virginia General Election. We pray that this information is helpful to you as you prepare to vote.

Important dates to know:

  • Friday, September 17 – Early Voting Begins
  • Tuesday, October 12 – Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration
  • Friday, October 22 – Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.
  • September 17 – October 30 – Early Voting
  • Tuesday, November 2 – Election Day

You can find your polling locations or mail-in ballot information by contacting your local voter registration office.

Thank you for your faithfulness!

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee and iVoterGuide

To Vote … or Not

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There is much at stake in the November elections here in Virginia. Will you exercise your duty and vote?

The institution of government was ordained by God (Romans 13:1-4). It is our duty, as citizens and as Christians, to participate in the process. According to the late U.S. Senate Chaplain Richard Halverson, people of faith are more to blame for the nation’s woes than are politicians.  Believers who are apathetic “abdicate their responsibility,” he said. He noted that lawmakers have authority to act only “with the consent of the governed. People of faith must understand the issues, vote intelligently, and advise elected representatives.”

Exercising our right to vote in elections is the most fundamental way to participate. Yet, surveys have shown that as few as one-half of church members who are eligible to vote are registered to vote, and not everyone who is registered actually votes.

Voter registration deadline in Virginia is October 12.

A Million Dollar Investment

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Have you ever thought of your right to vote as a form of currency? Let me explain – you can spend your money on purchases that you researched and know are the best choices for the money you are spending, or you can impulse buy, picking whatever catches your fancy at the moment.

When we consider what is at stake, the security of our families, and the future of our country, our vote should be treated like a million-dollar investment. Read “What’s Your Vote Worth?” and find out why.

Election season has begun in Virginia. Today, Friday, September 17, is the first day of in-person early voting at local voter registration offices. If you need to take advantage of early voting, you can do that starting today. Remember to research the candidates and vote knowledgeably.

What’s At Stake, Virginia? Safety

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As a mom, I can’t help but be concerned about our state and our nation’s future as I watch the massive leadership failures we have witnessed in recent years.

Current radically liberal leadership has failed us and is putting our families at risk. We are not safe.

Our children are not safe in our classrooms. Instead, they are targeted for indoctrination by those pushing radical race and gender-based theories that shame them for the way they were created.

Unreasonable mask mandates and erratic public health policies have distorted their educational development and threaten their liberties going forward.

Our economic future is not safe. Radical policies are crushing our bottom line. Everything from gas prices to the cost of meat in the supermarket —not to mention other necessities like healthcare and transportation— is skyrocketing with many red flags on the horizon.

Our streets are not safe. Who can forget the summer of riots and shameful chants to “defund the police” that kept us all in fear of going to nearby places where we knew rioters would gather?

Children in the womb are certainly not safe. To our shame, Virginia has become one of the most pro-abortion states in the country. Any and all reasonable restrictions are systematically being rejected in the radical liberal’s quest for abortion on demand, without restrictions for all nine months and paid for with taxpayer dollars.

But nothing can remind us more of the failure of leadership we are facing than the recent disaster in Afghanistan. After so many of our Virginia military families made great sacrifices in service of our nation, to see the debacle that transpired in the withdrawal just breaks my heart. It did not have to be that way.

With a young son training to be an officer right now, I am concerned about the long-term impact of our leadership’s failure in the Middle East. I am concerned for his safety and ours.

This is why I will be traveling around our great state, engaging our community in a time of prayer for the upcoming election.  We will keep you informed about important election dates and will provide you with information that we pray will be helpful to you and your family and friends as you make your decisions about voting.  Watch for our emails and pass them on to others.

Vote knowledgeably,

Penny Nance
CEO and President