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Dr. Robert Califf’s record coronates him king of chemical abortion

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Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) is set to vote on President Biden’s nominee for Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Robert Califf. Califf is a self-proclaimed ardent believer in data and a renowned figure in biomedical science. The average American would logically assume that such a person could be entrusted to protect the health and safety of our nation. The problem is, Califf, who previously served as FDA commissioner under President Obama from February 2016 to January 2017, has a troubling record of corrupting data to prioritize partisan interests over the health and safety of vulnerable women when it comes to abortion.

Until 2016, the REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies) for chemical abortion required the reporting of severe, life-threatening, and fatal adverse events. Under Califf’s esteemed leadership and direction, this requirement was altered so that only deaths be reported. Following this decision, 75 members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter highlighting concerns and requesting comprehensive metrics on the dangers of the abortion pill, mifepristone. Califf never responded. One could cynically assume it is because he knows the danger at hand.

It’s no secret that chemical abortions are dangerous. The Charlotte Lozier Institute found that chemical abortions, which now comprise roughly 44% of all abortions, significantly increase the risk of an emergency room visit, and over 60% of abortion-related ER visits following a chemical abortion were miscoded as a treatment for a miscarriage. The FDA’s December 16 decision to permanently allow this lethal pill to be distributed via mail is astounding given the risk of hemorrhaging, undetected ectopic pregnancies, and more.

Although the FDA’s job is to ensure the efficacy of drugs for all Americans, its safety claims lack any semblance of credibility, as the agency ignores flawed data and fails to strengthen weak reporting requirements. A report published earlier this year on the FDA’s data on deaths and injuries related to the chemical abortion pill, found incomplete data including 500 “uncodable” events. Complete gaps in critical health information are unacceptable especially for a federal entity trusted with oversight of our “health and safety.” Califf perpetuated this issue during his first stint atop the FDA, and we should not blindly grant him another term.

Many Senators seemingly turned a blind eye during his confirmation hearings last month, as Califf garnered “bipartisan” support from members of the committee. When the topic of chemical abortion was raised, Califf promised the committee that the agency’s decisions would always be grounded in the latest and greatest data.  This statement would be more comforting if the current data was not marred by Califf’s own incompetency and lack of discernment during his Obama years.

All of this does not even consider Califf’s ties to pharma. After leaving his first term as FDA Commissioner in 2017, Califf went to work as a consultant and board member for numerous health industry companies such as Cytokinetics, Bitterroot Bio, Centessa Pharmaceuticals, and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. He possesses millions of dollars’ worth of pharmaceutical company stocks. This should raise red flags everywhere. The conflict of interest alone should disqualify him for the job, and if that somehow wasn’t enough, his horrible track record of hindering data to appease the abortion industry at the expense of our health and safety should sound alarms everywhere. His claim to follow the data would be laughable if it was not a clear insult, and my organization, Concerned Women for America is urging the members of the Senate HELP committee to vote against Califf’s nomination. Robert Califf is unfit to lead the FDA. Another Term as FDA commissioner would be detrimental to all Americans, especially women and unborn children.

Indefensible Roe – The Scientific Track

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Do not believe your lying eyes.

This (pictured above) is not a baby. No sir.

If it were a person, then the Supreme Court itself admitted in Roe they would not have made the decision they made to allow her to be crushed and sucked out of her mother’s womb.

It is actually a good thing they didn’t have such confusing pictures back then. In 1973, when Roe was decided, they thought a baby at 15 weeks, as is at issue in the Mississippi law being challenged in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, looked like this:

Much easier to declare that this is some sort of tissue, part of a woman’s body, instead of a baby deserving of love and care. That is why the pro-abortion side in Dobbs wants the justices to keep women back in 1973. Nothing has changed, they argued on the day of oral arguments…

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

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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.”

Supreme Court Releases Opinions in Texas Abortion Law Cases

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As we discussed recently, the state of Texas presented a novel problem to the United States Supreme Court by enacting a law prohibiting abortions after a heartbeat is detected, but giving the right of enforcement to private citizens and not to any state official. Today, the Court handed down its opinion dismissing most of the claims but preserving the challenge going forward. Here is a short summary.

When abortionists sought to challenge S. B. 8, the Texas Heartbeat Act, they really had no one to sue because no state official is charged with its enforcement and no private citizen had sued. Still, they tried to push the legal envelope by suing a whole host of people, including state judges or state law clerks, the attorney general, some licensing officials, and even a potential private citizen defendant in an effort to enjoin the law and prevent it from going into effect.

The United States also tried to intervene, given its radical pro-abortion stance under President Joe Biden. That was the easy part (United States v. Texas). Its claim was summarily dismissed by the Court (8-1), as expected, with only Justice Sotomayor dissenting. The United States simply has no business interfering with this state law and basically seeking an unprecedented injunction against all persons in the country. Their effort would break with the most fundamental principles of federalism in our Constitution.

The more interesting challenge (Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson) is a bit more complicated. In its opinion, the Court wanted to stress first what it was not deciding. “In this preliminary posture, the ultimate merits question, whether S. B. 8 is consistent with the Federal Constitution, is not before the Court,” said Justice Neil Gorsuch who wrote the majority opinion.

He summarized, “The Court concludes that the petitioners may pursue a pre-enforcement challenge against certain of the named defendants but not others.” So, who can be sued? Well, not court officials: “Under the doctrine of sovereign immunity, named defendants Penny Clarkston (a state-court clerk) and Austin Jackson (a state court judge) should be dismissed.” Not the attorney general: “Texas Attorney General Paxton should be dismissed.” And not a private citizen prematurely (an affidavit showed he had no intention to sue): “The sole private defendant, Mr. Dickson, should be dismissed.”

But the Court leaves open “other defendants (Stephen Carlton, Katherine Thomas, Allison Benz, and Cecile Young), each of whom is an executive licensing official who may or must take enforcement actions against the petitioners if the petitioners violate the terms of Texas’s Health and Safety Code, including S. B. 8. Eight Members of the Court hold that sovereign immunity does not bar a pre-enforcement challenge to S. B. 8 against these defendants.”

Justice Clarence Thomas dissented from this last pronouncement, saying he would have dismissed the case against “all respondents, including the four licensing officials.”

It also declared “petitioners may bring a pre-enforcement challenge in federal court as one means to test S. B. 8’s compliance with the Federal Constitution. Other pre-enforcement challenges are possible too; one such case is ongoing in state court in which the plaintiffs have raised both federal and state constitutional claims against S. B. 8. Any individual sued under S. B. 8 may raise state and federal constitutional arguments in his or her defense without limitation.”

So, the bottom line is that the challenge to this law will continue as to the allowed defendants.

It is important to note that Chief Justice Roberts, joined by Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor, expressed considerable frustration with the law in concurring in part and dissenting in part. He wrote, “Texas has employed an array of stratagems designed to shield its unconstitutional law from judicial review.”

It seems clear the Chief views the law as an attack on the Court itself. “The clear purpose and actual effect of S. B. 8 has been to nullify this Court’s rulings … Indeed, ‘[i]f the legislatures of the several states may, at will, annul the judgments of the courts of the United States, and destroy the rights acquired under those judgments, the constitution itself becomes a solemn mockery.’[] The nature of the federal right infringed does not matter; it is the role of the Supreme Court in our constitutional system that is at stake,” he wrote.

We will have to wait for a further challenge to see where the more conservative justices land on the issue.

As I mentioned before, this problem is of the Court’s own making, by injecting itself into the political abortion debate. Texas is simply trying to protect life, which most of its citizens demand, and trying to work within the arbitrary and dubious parameters the Supreme Court has set up. The best way for the Court to guard its legitimacy would be to reverse Roe and Casey in the Dobbs case, and then states like Texas would be free to protect life, without having to come up with innovative ideas to appease the Supreme Court’s personal preferences.

Penny Nance Speaks at Supreme Court Rally for Life

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12.1.21: A day to remember. Concerned Women for America was proud to help bring thousands of activists and college students from all over the country to Washington, D.C., to pray on the steps of the Supreme Court today while the Justices heard oral arguments in the biggest abortion case of our lifetime.

While we have a few months to wait until the final decision that could end the culture of abortion in America, we are so encouraged by the passion of the prayer warriors who stepped up to defend the least of these.

Click below to watch our CEO and President Penny Nance’s full remarks from the rally.

Three Takeaways from Today’s Dobbs Oral Arguments

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Today, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the most important pro-life case of our lifetime: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. As hundreds of pro-life supporters rallied outside the courtroom (outnumbering the other side by a considerable margin!), inside the Justices heard arguments from the state of Mississippi, the Jackson abortion clinic, and the United States Solicitor General.

Here are the top three takeaways:

1-    Institutional Legitimacy was the Liberal Side’s Theme

Justice Stephen Brayer led the charge for the liberal side of the Court on this point. He quoted Casey and argued that to overturn Roe and Casey “Would subvert the Court’s legitimacy.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who blatantly and embarrassingly acted as an advocate for the pro-choice side instead of a justice of the Supreme Court, suggested the Court would not survive “the stench” of overturning Roe.

She’s obviously grown used to the fetor of more than 60 million babies aborted since 1973.

In the liberal side’s warped view, to overturn Roe would be a political action, but to impose abortion on demand on all Americans was not. They kept expressing concerns over the politicization of the Court as if it were not seen as activist in favor of abortion right now.

Mississippi’s State Solicitor General Scott Grant Stewart made clear that Roe and Casey had no grounding in the constitutional text and that the continued upholding of erroneous precedent is in fact more of a threat to the Court’s legitimacy…

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SPECIAL ALERT: Science Proved Us Right. STREAM NOW!

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Concerned Women for America is thrilled to drop a surprise special podcast episode TONIGHT ahead of the biggest abortion case of our lifetime being argued in front of the Supreme Court tomorrow. To brush up on the science of fetal development and the medical advancements since 1973, Penny is joined by pro-life OB/GYN Dr. Christina Francis.

Available below or wherever you normally get your podcasts!

 

Indefensible Roe – The Policy Track

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Having established that “The Constitution does not explicitly mention any right of privacy,” as the Court accurately noted in Roe, and that the Court relied on that virtual right to further invent another constitutional “right” to abortion with no basis in law, history or tradition, we turn to the Court’s dreadful shift to policymaking and why it, too, is indefensible.

While the media’s caricature of pro-life laws around the country at the time of Roe is that they sought to completely ban it, without regard for women, the facts of the case in Roe were, of course, different. I think by now every reader knows that the media lies. Therefore, remember that when it comes to the coverage you hear around Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

The Texas law at issue in Roe actually had an exception for “medical advice for the purpose of saving the mother’s life.” If Roe were overturned, it does not mean abortion will be criminalized everywhere for every reason as some will have you believe. Instead, it would mean that laws would more accurately reflect the convictions of most Americans in their localities. What the Supreme Court did in Roe was impose its preferred view of abortion policy robbing “we the people” of a voice in the matter.

In Dobbs, Mississippi passed a law establishing a policy of restricting abortions after 15 weeks only to the cases of medical emergencies and or severe fetal abnormalities. There is no basis, constitutional or otherwise, for the Supreme Court to second guess a state’s policy in such a matter. …

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Indefensible Roe – The Legal Track

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As that great bulwark of honesty Buddy the elf would say, Roe “sit[s] on a throne of lies.” This series will expose many of them in the spiritual, scientific, cultural, moral, and policy realm. But we start this endeavor with the most pressing deception as far as it concerns the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming considerations of the Dobbs v. Whole Women’s Health Organization case: the legal one.

It is a plain statement of fact that the U.S. Constitution has nothing to say about abortion. Zero, zip, zilch, nada. In fact, the fallacy of Roe is so deep, that the Court did not just invent the right to abortion, it actually based its decision to invent it on another “right” that appears nowhere in the Constitution. In an earlier case (Griswold v. Connecticut), the Court had “recognized” a new right to privacy that it now magically expanded to cover the right to abortions.

The Court is not even sure where this right to privacy comes from; it recognizes different theories. But wherever it came from, it is surely meant to cover abortion; it promises us. Here is how Justice Harry Blackmun, who shamefully wrote the Roe majority opinion, put it:

This right of privacy, whether it be founded in the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action, as we feel it is, or, as the District Court determined, in the Ninth Amendment’s reservation of rights to the people, is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.

And just like that, 185 years after the Constitution was officially ratified on June 21, 1788, the Court gives birth to a new right to abortion with no legal underpinning whatsoever…

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Ms. Magazine Creates New Site Entitled “Abortion Is Essential to Democracy”

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Ms. magazine has partnered with a law and policy institute to create a new website called “Abortion Is Essential to Democracy.”

From the article, Penny Nance responds: “The pro-abortion movement is built on lies. When Roe v. Wade was decided, they had wrong or incomplete science that has finally caught up to the left’s lies. If the goal of this initiative is really ‘Justice for all,’ as they stated, then that should include the unborn baby.”

Read the full story from Breitbart here.

TODAY: CWA on the steps of the Supreme Court for TX Heartbeat Law

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Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, Penny Nance, joined Newsmax to discuss today’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court and what the next few months could mean for the pro-life movement.

Watch Penny’s statements on the steps of the Supreme Court today with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton here and her full interview with Newsmax below.

Pro-Abortion Judge Undermines Law to Protect “the Precious”

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For Immediate Release
October 7, 2021

Contact: Jacklyn Washington
comms@cwfa.org

Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, had this to say after U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pitman granted the Biden Administration’s request for a preliminary injunction blocking the Texas Heartbeat Act (S.B. 8):

“Pro-abortion judicial activists cannot help themselves. You can almost hear Gollum’s voice protecting his “precious” as Judge Pitman called this law, duly enacted by the democratic process with the support of the overwhelming majority of Texans, an ‘offensive deprivation of such an important right.’ So, he does what even the United States Supreme Court refused to do and frustrates the will of ‘we the people’ to force his preferred policy views unto the people of Texas.

“What is lost in all the legal jargon is that Judge Pitman’s blinding hubris will result in the death of the more than 100 babies a day that were being saved by this law. We think of the thousands of women who will experience that “grief more anguished and sorrow more profound,” which Justice Kennedy acknowledges in Carhart is experienced by women who regret their abortion.

“That is what motivates CWA activists and the greater pro-life community. It is hard for pro-abortion radicals to comprehend, but we are fighting to save lives and protect women from a great evil. We will not be deterred.

“The days of callous, unrestricted abortion promotion in America are over. The millions that supported the Texas Heartbeat bill, from both sides of the aisle, will continue to fight. Most Americans want to ban late-term abortions and place considerable restrictions on them during the first trimester.

“The science is on our side, and no pro-abortion judicial activist can stand in the way of it. The future is pro-life.”

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Biden’s “Unity” Administration Again Props Up Abortion Industry

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For Immediate Release
October 6, 2021

Contact: Jacklyn Washington
comms@cwfa.org

Biden’s “Unity” Administration Again Props Up Abortion Industry

Washington D.C. – The Biden Administration has overturned regulations for the Title X family planning program finalized in 2019 that realigned the program with a prohibition in law against abortion as a method of family planning.  When the rule took effect, Planned Parenthood chose to pull out of the program rather than comply with the requirement that abortion services be physically and financially separate.  Under the Biden rule, the abortion industry will no longer be prohibited from comingling its funds and promoting abortion as a Title X grantee.

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

“Pro-life women are disgusted by the rabid abortion agenda promoted by the Biden Administration.  From Day One, President Biden has prioritized aborting the unborn over protecting birthmothers and their babies.  Repealing the pro-life protections that were built into Title X by law is another tragic action that has one goal, putting the abortion industry back in business.  Biden’s new rule earmarks the abortion industry for federal funding that the vast majority of Americans oppose.  Women are being deceived about the real harm of abortion and the eugenic history of Planned Parenthood.  It’s time to unmask the truth about abortion.”

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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.

Penny Nance on Cyber-attacks, Critical Race Theory, and the Impact on American families

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Penny Nance, our President and CEO, joined America’s Voice Live to discuss the news of the day, including the cyber-attack on the Colonial pipeline, Critical Race Theory, and how all these factors together break down the American family. Her message to America: “We were all created in God’s image and have intrinsic value, let’s get to that, and then we can talk about the beauty of this country and what we are all given. We are all given, at this time in history, equal opportunity. Let’s help all of us get to a win.”

Watch Penny’s interview here.

Breaking: Biden SBA Approves $10 Million PPP Loan to New York Planned Parenthood

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Time-sensitive action item at the end of this article.


Planned Parenthood of Greater New York has just been awarded a $10 million loan in the final hours of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which Congress passed to provide struggling small businesses a way to keep their employees during the pandemic shutdown. THIS IS NOTHING SHORT OF A SCANDAL.

Last week, Biden’s Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it ran out of funding for the PPP and stopped accepting new applications. That same day, a $10 million loan was approved for Planned Parenthood Greater New York. You may recall that Congress passed restrictions to the PPP that were supposed to disqualify Planned Parenthood affiliates from being eligible.

But the Biden Administration doesn’t care about playing by the rules. Fully funding Planned Parenthood is a top priority for President Biden and Democrat abortion advocates in Congress.

In addition to sending millions of dollars out the door through the Paycheck Protection Program, Biden is on a fast track to rewrite the rules for the Title X family planning program.

Two years ago, the Trump Administration succeeded in restoring Title X to its stated purpose of protecting human life and prohibiting federal funds from going to places providing abortion counseling, referrals, or services.  As a result, Planned Parenthood was shut out of the program.

Now, Biden is working to revoke the 2019 rules in order to RE-fund Planned Parenthood through Title X.

These proposed rules are now open for public comment until May 17. 

Opposing the Biden Title X Rule is a top priority for CWALAC, and we need your help.  You can send an official comment and be counted among those who oppose allowing the Title X family planning program from being used as a vehicle to promote abortion and prop up abortion providers.

Visit our Action Center HERE and send your comment today!