Pro-life conservative leader Penny Young Nance may be President Donald Trump’s next ambassador at large for global women’s issues.
Nance, the president of Concerned Women for America, is a strong pro-life advocate who would continue to fight to protect women and girls, from the moment of conception, in the new role.
Two congressional aids recently said Trump is considering Nance for the position, Politico reports. The position through the Department of State involves overseeing programs to fight violence against women and girls, and promote educational and economic opportunities for them.
If nominated, she would add to the growing list of pro-life advocates who Trump has appointed to his administration. Teresa Manning and Charmaine Yoest, both of whom previously worked for prominent pro-life groups, are among the others.
Nance has been a bold and compassionate advocate for unborn babies and moms through her conservative Christian organization.
“We are told that abortion is not a big deal; that it’s a humane choice for the unborn baby; and that to be anti-abortion is to be anti-women. Guess what? None of this is true. And it’s time we got the facts straight,” she wrote in 2016.
“It is with compassion that we must share the facts and speak our minds,” Nance continued. “This is not about winning a theoretical argument; it is about the suffering of women, the loss of children, and the need to find compassionate, effective answers to a terrible national stain.”
Another one of Nance’s priorities has been to promote economic success for women and their children through expanded child tax credits.
She has worked behind-the-scenes with Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, to help her find support for one of her causes: expanding the child tax credit. Concerned Women for America has long supported the credit dating back to the mid-1990s.
In early October, Nance told POLITICO that she and Ivanka Trump “agreed to work together to again increase the child tax credit in order to allow families to keep more of their own money and to free up their ability to invest in their children.”
Abortion activists already are groaning about her potential nomination.
Erin Vilardi, VoteRunLead founder and CEO, told the pro-abortion blog Bustle that Nance’s conservative beliefs “burden” women.
“If you take [Nance’s] priorities and turn that into policies, that creates a greater burden on women not less,” Vilardi said. “When you have a particular agency that’s supposed to expand women’s rights, and you end up putting someone in who’s very restrictive about what women can choose for their bodies and their lifestyles and who they can love, it’s one of those anomalies.”
Dawn Laguens, executive vice president for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, also blasted Nance in a statement.
“The millions of vulnerable women and girls across the globe deserve an ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues who will support and respect them, not an ideologue who is actively complicit in undermining their human rights,” Laguens said.
Contrary to what these abortion activists claim, Nance’s pro-life position would expand women’s rights, not reduce them. She fights and would continue to fight in the new role to expand human rights to unborn girls – some of the most vulnerable and targeted members of society today. And she would continue fighting to end the violence of abortion against women and their unborn babies.
Across the world, unborn baby girls are targeted for abortions at an alarming rate. Some countries are missing millions of girls due to sex-selection abortions and infanticide. Having a pro-life advocate in a global women’s advocacy role would empower women across the world and give their unborn girls a better chance at life.