Capitol Hill Brief — Stellar Sessions

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Sen. Jeff Sessions was stellar in his hearings last week to be the next Attorney General of the United States. The objections to his nomination have now been proven to be motivated by vicious partisan politics.

What was most shameful of all was to see his beautiful, diverse family standing behind him at the hearings, while some Democratic senators launched numerous unsubstantiated attacks aimed at scoring political points for future battles.

Several news stories have confirmed that they knew Sen. Sessions would be confirmed but wanted to make a big fuss about it to better position themselves for the upcoming Supreme Court fight. Shame on them! All Americans should condemn this type of abuse of power.


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Missouri Law Under Attack – Our Rights and the Rights of the Unborn are in Jeopardy

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LAWSUIT

On November 30, Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit to drop the Admitting Privileges and Ambulatory Surgical Centers requirements from Missouri Law.  Planned Parenthood states that if they win the lawsuit, they plan to open four more abortion facilities in Missouri in Kansas City, Columbia, Joplin, and Springfield.

Side note:  It has been uncovered that 911 calls have summoned emergency ambulances to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis 63 times since 2009, averaging one 911 call and ambulance response every 42 days.

PROTECTED CLASSES LAW

 On December 2, 2016, Alderwomen Megan Green, Ward 15, and Christine Ingrassia, Ward 6, filed BB 203, a St. Louis “Ordinance regarding pregnancy and reproductive health decisions as protected classes.”  In other words this bill, if it becomes law, would make opinions a protected class of people within St. Louis.

Here are just a few examples of what this bill will criminalize:

  • A Catholic hospital refusing to lease medical office space to a doctor who wants to perform abortions.
  • A doctors’ medical group rejecting as an employee a physician who wants to prescribe abortion pills to his or her patients.
  • A property owner declining to lease office space to the CEO of Planned Parenthood.
  • The Archdiocese of St. Louis or Catholic Charities (at least as applied to their City of St. Louis employees) failing to include in their employees’ health benefit plans, coverage for abortion (at any time for any reason throughout pregnancy), contraception, sterilization or artificial reproduction.
  • A pastor in a pro-life church demoting or reassigning the youth minister because he encouraged and paid for his girlfriend’s abortion, because that is an “adverse employment action” (as defined in the bill) against the employee.
  • A maternity home, pregnancy resource center, Catholic Charities agency, etc., firing a counselor or social worker who referred a client for an abortion.
  • A mom or dad denying parental consent for their minor daughter to get an abortion, because the parent would be “interfering with any person in the exercise or enjoyment of, or on account of his having exercised or enjoyed, rights granted and protected by this ordinance.”

BB 203 has been referred to the Aldermanic Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee.  They will decide whether or not to send this clearly discriminatory bill to the full board of aldermen.

TAKE ACTION

Whether you are a resident of St. Louis or not, please take these steps of action.  They need to know that this kind of law isn’t acceptable anywhere within our state.

  1. Please contact Alderman Joseph Roddy, the Committee Chairman, Ward 17, and ask him to oppose BB 203. Call him at (314) 622-3287 and then e-mail him at jroddystl@gmail.com.
  2. Call and email each member of the committee. Click here for committee names and contact information. Encourage them to vote “NO” on BB 203, a bill that clearly discriminates against people of faith and conscience and violates their freedom of speech.
  3. Forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to pray and take action on this important issue.

BUFFER-ZONE ORDINANCE

The same Alderwomen Megan Green and Christine Ingrassia are expected to file a buffer-zone ordinance in the City of St. Louis.  As reported by St. Louis Public Radio, the buffer zone will be modeled after the Colorado and Massachusetts laws in place.  The goal of these buffer zones is to eliminate free speech in a specific zone on public property.  The effect is that thousands of women will not be able to receive information and support from sidewalk counselors.

PRAY

  1. Pray these setbacks will be overcome soon.
  2. Pray the lawsuit Planned Parenthood has filed will be defeated.
  3. Pray the eyes of the employees at Planned Parenthood will be opened. Pray they will see abortion for what it truly is and what it does to women, and then leave their jobs.
  4. Pray on the sidewalk in front of the Planned Parenthood nearest you. There are Planned Parenthood offices in Florissant, Gladstone, Independence, Joplin, Kansas City, Manchester, Springfield, Central West End-St. Louis, South St. Louis, and St. Peters.
  5. Please pray and act as these attacks on our rights and the rights of the unborn continue.

 

Sincerely,

 

Bev Ehlen

State Director

CWA of Missouri

director@missouri.cwfa.org

mo.cwfa.org

 

A special thanks to Sam Lee, Campaign for Life, Coalition for Life, and Missouri Right to Life for the information included in this e-alert.

Capitol Hill Brief — A Precursor of Things to Come

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The unjust attacks against Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination to be the Attorney General are just the precursor of things to come from the left.

They seek to make Sen. Sessions an example of the smear campaign they want to deploy against the next nomination to the Supreme Court.

Remember that the replacement of Justice Scalia has not been selected yet. Thanks to the leadership of Majority Leader McConnell, the American people had a chance to consider the type of justice they want as they voted for president.

They spoke loud and clear that they wanted someone in the mold of Justice Scalia. But the left is furious. And what we saw with Sessions was just the beginning.

We must be ready to fight.


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Capitol Hill Brief — What Women Want

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What do women want in the next attorney general?  The same thing everyone else wants.  Someone we can trust with our family’s security.  Someone that will put our children first, and who will not play politics with their well-being.

That is exactly what we have in Sen. Jeff Sessions.

Concerned Women for America has worked with Sen. Sessions on many issues, from the sanctity of life to prison and sentencing reform to judicial nominations to violence against women.  Through it all, he has always shown himself to be a man of knowledge, experience, and integrity.

Above all, Sen. Sessions is someone who will not be intimidate or manipulated by the left.  Exactly what we need in the next attorney general.


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Stand With Sen. Collins (R-Maine) as She Courageously Stands With Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General

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Yesterday, during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Senator Jeff Sessions’ (R-Alabama) nomination for U.S. Attorney General, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) had nothing but kind words for her colleague, stating:

“Jeff Sessions and I were first sworn into the United States Senate on the very same day. In the 20 years since, we have worked closely on some issues and on opposite sides on others. In fact, it would be fair to say that we have had our share of vigorous debates and policy disagreements.

“Through these experiences, I have come to know Senator Sessions professionally as a trusted colleague and personally as a good friend. I can vouch confidently for the fact that Jeff Sessions is a person of integrity, a principled leader, and a dedicated public servant …

“In 1980, long before he ran for the Senate or even dreamed of being Attorney General, Jeff Sessions sponsored the first African-American member of the Mobile Lions Club.  As U.S. Attorney, he provided leadership in the successful convictions of two Ku Klux Klan members who had murdered an African-American teenager.  As the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2009, he appointed the first African-American to serve as Chief Counsel to the Republican members.  These are not the actions of an individual who is motivated by racial animus.”

Sen. Collins’ endorsement of Sen. Sessions for U.S. Attorney General carries significant weight. She didn’t have to voice her opinion, but she did.  By doing so, she has fallen under vicious attacks from ethically-challenged people here at home.  (See Susan Collins’ Support for Jeff Sessions Sparks Protests in Maine, Washington)

Though we don’t always agree with Sen. Collins, it is exciting for Concerned Women for America of Maine to stand with Sen. Collins in her support of President-Elect Trump’s choice for U.S. Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions.

Stand with us! It is imperative that we support Sen. Collins at this time. 

Please contact Senator Collins’ offices and thank her for her strong support:

Portland Office: (207) 780-3575
Augusta Office: (207) 622-8414
Bangor Office: (207) 945-0417
Washington D.C.: (202) 224-2523

Great News! North Dakota Senate Vote – Marriage Defined as Between One Man and One Woman, Only

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SB 2043, a bill attempting redefinition of marriage in North Dakota, did not pass yesterday! This means our statutes will continue to follow our State Constitution, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

Thank you everyone for diligently praying and contacting your lawmakers!  CWA of North Dakota knows your voice was heard!  We needed 29 “nay” votes to defeat the bill; the final tally was 31-15!

CWA of North Dakota is thanking God for respectable leadership in our state!   Be encouraged.

Senator Janne Myrdal (R-District10) carried the bill to the Senate floor and asked for a “nay” vote from her fellow Senators:

“ … SB 2043 seeks to redefine the statutes — the terms ‘spouse’ and ‘marriage’ as ‘two individuals living together who are  married to each other’.  However, currently subsection 1 of section 12.1-23-09 of the North Dakota Century Code defines clearly the terms spouse and marriage as persons living together as husband and wife.  The proposed changed seems arbitrary; however, our North Dakota Constitution clearly defines marriage as between one man and one woman and it reads, ‘marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman, no other domestic union however denominated may be recognized as marriage’.  Something that is defined in the North Dakota Constitution should not be redefined in statute.…  SB 2043 will actually accomplish functionally nothing, though it will serve to diminish with official intent the honor and sacredness of what the human institution of marriage is described as in North Dakota Constitution as it stands today … my Judiciary members can concur to this; we have been overwhelmed with e-mails and phone calls and the last count as of a few days ago, it was 90 percent in favor of ‘do not pass’.”

Watch for yourself the discussion and vote on the senate floor.  Click here and begin viewing at 1:16:00.

“Blessed are they who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart.” (Ps. 119:2)

“I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on Your laws.”  (Ps 119:30)

“Righteous are you, O Lord, and Your laws are right.  The statutes You have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy.”  (Ps. 119:137, 138)

Praise the Lord!  He alone is worthy of our praise!

Now, one more thing; please take a moment today to thank your senator if he/she voted against SB 2043.  Some are reporting that they are getting significant kickback from constituents who disagree with their “nay” vote. If you do not know who you senator is, click here.

January 10, 2017 “Nay” vote on SB 2043

Sen. Howard Anderson, (R-District 8) hcanderson@nd.gov

Sen. Bill Bowman, (R-District 39) bbowman@nd.gov

Sen. Randall Burckhard, (R-District 5) raburckhard@nd.gov

Sen. Tom Campbell, (R-District 19) tomcampbell@nd.gov

Sen. Jonathan Casper, (R-District 27) jcasper@nd.gov

Sen. David Clemens, (R-District 16) dclemens@nd.gov

Sen. Dwight Cook, (R-District 34) dcook@nd.gov

Sen. Dick Dever (R-District 32) ddever@nd.gov

Sen. Jim Dozenrod, (D-District 26) jdozenrod@nd.gov

Sen. Robert Erberle, (R-District 28) rerbele@nd.gov

Sen. David Hoguem, (R-District 38) dhogue@nd.gov

Sen. Jordan Kannianen, (R-District 4) jkannianen@nd.gov

Sen. Ralph Kilzer, (R-District 47) rkilzer@nd.gov

Sen. Jerry Klien, (R-District 14) jklien@nd.gov

Sen. Curt Kreun (R-District 42) ckreun@nd.gov

Sen. Lonnie Laffen, (R-District 43) llaffen@nd.gov

Sen. Oley Larson, (R-District 3) olarsen@nd.gov

Sen. Diane Larson, (R-District 30) dlarson@nd.gov

Sen. Gary Lee, (R-District 22) galee@nd.gov

Sen. Larry Luick, (R-District 25) lluick@nd.gov

Sen. Janne Myrdal, (R-District 10) jmyrdal@nd.gov

Sen. Arne Osland, (R-District 20) aosland@nd.gov

Sen. Larry Robinson,(D- District 24) lrobinson@nd.gov

Sen. Jim Roers, (R-District 46) jroers@nd.gov

Sen. David Rust, (R-District 2) drust@nd.gov

Sen. Donald Schaible, (R-District 31) dgschaible@nd.gov

Sen. Ronald Sorvagg, (R-District 45) rsorvaag@nd.gov

Sen. Jessica Unruh, (R-District 33) junruh@nd.gov

Sen. Shawn Vedaa, (R-District 6) svedaa@nd.gov

Sen. Terry Wanzek, (R-District 29) tmwanzek@nd.gov

Sen. Rich Wardner, (R-District 37) rwardner@nd.gov

 

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
director@northdakota.cwfa.org
nd.cwfa.org

South Dakota Legislative Session Has Begun – Prayer and Action Needed

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Dear Concerned Women for America (CWA) Friends,

The 2017 South Dakota Legislative Session began yesterday, January 10. During this 38-day session, we urge all CWA members to participate as grassroots activists by praying and taking action when called upon by CWA of South Dakota.

It is imperative that your state representatives hear from you concerning CWA-supported, pro-family, pro-life bills. Equally crucial is your help to defeat dangerous, anti-family legislation that CWA opposes.

I will alert you via e-mail regarding these bills and ask you to contact your senator or representatives after praying about the bill. For greater impact, please check your e-mails often and feel free to share these alerts with others.

If you do not know the names of your senator and representatives simply click here, fill in your information and it will give you their names and contact information.

We are ready, as volunteers, to represent you in Pierre and to promote CWA’s issues. The Core Issues of Concerned Women for America are:

  • Defense of Family
  • Sanctity of Life
  • Education
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Religious Liberty
  • National Sovereignty
  • Support for Israel

We covet your prayers for our protection, health, wisdom, and guidance.

Asking God’s blessing upon you for your faithfulness in prayer and action,

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfa.org
Linda’s phone:  (605) 380-6914
Cindy’s phone:  (605) 380-2766

In Case You Missed It . . .

About 30 Concerned Women for America members (including two people who flew in!) gathered in Pierre on December 3, 2016, for our “Christmas at the Capitol” event.   Read more here.

 

 

 

Capitol Hill Brief — Support: Hearing Day 2

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We’ve heard some powerful testimony from all over the country in support of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the next Attorney General of the United States.

Here is what a considerable group of state attorneys general said in a letter before the Senate Judiciary Committee:

The challenges we face often cross state lines, and it is imperative that we have as our nation’s chief law enforcement officer someone who has the experience, the knowledge, and the principles to work with us to meet those challenges. No one is more qualified to fill that role than Sen. Sessions.

Wow! A powerful statement coming from law enforcement officers at the local level.  No one is more qualified than Jeff Sessions.  We agree.


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Child Prostitution is No Longer Illegal in California?!

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Law enforcement officers need to be able to do everything they can to keep minors who are the victims of sex trafficking safe. However, this is no longer possible thanks to our legislature and Governor Jerry Brown’s decision regarding child prostitution.

Last September, Gov. Brown signed SB 1322 into law, decriminalizing child prostitution.  As of January, SB 1322 is now law.  Sex trafficking is a difficult subject with no one-size-fits-all answer.  Decriminalizing child prostitution may sound good at a surface level; but decriminalization is not the answer.

This law makes “recruiting” children easier for the pimp, because the minor will not be participating in anything illegal and therefore won’t get into trouble.  Decriminalization gives law enforcement one more obstacle in their ability to investigate sex trafficking involving minors and potentially takes away  their ability to rescue the children involved. Without a criminal charge, law enforcement cannot safeguard the minor or provide treatments and services.  Child prostitution is vicious and can include torture; therefore, treatment is sometimes imperative to a child’s healing and their future.

CWA of California is outraged that this bill was passed and is now law.  It must be repealed!

 We agree that these children are victims, andwe believe law enforcement officers need every tool necessary to keep minors safe including being able to arrest them in order to get them the help that they need.  This bill puts minors within the sex trade industry more at risk than they have ever been.

 Pray:

  • Pray for the rescue and rehabilitation of victims.
  • Pray that our lawmakers’ eyes will be open and they will have wisdom and courage in dealing with this issue.
  • Pray our representatives will push for the appropriations to fund shelters for juvenile victims.

Take Action:

  1. Contact both your senator and assemblyman/assemblywoman.  Simply ask them to “repeal SB 1322”. Click here to find out who your senator and assemblyman/assemblywoman are and how to contact them.  I encourage you to at least make a phone call to each of them, even if you don’t have time to e-mail them.  A call puts a greater amount of pressure than an e-mail.  Some say a call represents as much as one hundred people.  Also, if you so choose, feel free to call after hours and leave a voicemail.
  2. Contact Gov. Brown. Let him know how disappointed you are in him for signing SB 1322 into law.  Call him at 916-445-2841 and e-mail him.
  3. Find out if there is a shelter in your community for juvenile victims in which you can volunteer.

More information:

Article: Washington Times article – Failing the Children of California

Article: The Orange County Register – California Democrats Really Did Just Legalize Child Prostitution

Brochure: CWA’s Children in Prostitution

Contact the Governor and Senate President TODAY and Urge a Delay in Implementing Recreational Marijuana

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Gov. Paul LePage and Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-District 11) want to delay the implementation of recreational marijuana as passed by referendum vote on November 8.  This is necessary in order to provide more time to hash out this legislation and do everything we can to minimize risks and harms to youth and communities.

Take Action: Please call and/or e-mail both Gov. LePage and Senate President Michael Thibodeau without delay to let them know that as a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine, you support their effort to put a one-year moratorium on the implementation of recreational marijuana.  The proponents of the law are making their voices heard loud and clear, so we must do the same; hopefully, we’ll be even  louder.

  1. E-mail Senate President Thibodeau and/or call his office at (207) 287-1500.
  2. E-mail LePage and/or call his office at (207) 287-3531.
  3. Forward this e-mail to friends and family and ask them to pray and take action on this important issue.

Pray: Ask the Lord to give Gov. LePage and Sen. Thibodeau the wisdom and strength to do what they know to be right.

Thank you for being such an important part of CWA of Maine!