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Florida Members: The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For — Urge Senator Nelson To Confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch Today!

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Dear Friend,

This is it. This is what we’ve been fighting for over the last year. We have a Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, who believes the Constitution should be interpreted as written. He is a constitutionalist who rejects the liberal proposition of a “living, breathing document” — this confirmation will help determine the future of our Supreme Court for many years to come.

Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) holds an important vote, and as his constituent, we need you to contact him today and tell him to confirm Judge Gorsuch.

In a recent meeting with President Donald Trump, I, Penny Nance, promised that CWA National and our members would “light up the Senate switchboard” and make certain that his nominee is confirmed.

Together, we fought to ensure the American people had their voice heard in the election to decide who would select the nominee to fill Justice Scalia’s seat. This is the moment we have waited for, and we need your help now more than ever in order to secure the future of the Supreme Court for the next 30 or more years.

Act:

  • Call, visit and/or e mail Sen. Nelson today and urge her to confirm Judge Gorsuch. Make sure you tell him you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Florida.
  • Check out our Legal Studies page for an overview of Judge Gorsuch’s qualifications and for daily updates. You can also sign our petition here.

Pray: For wisdom for Sen. Nelson and that Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation process will be smooth and swift.

I am grateful for all of your hard work. It has paid off, and now we get to finish what we started nearly a year ago.

Thank you for your prayer and action,

Nelson Praised Sessions, Now He Should Vote to Confirm Him

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Sen. Jeff Sessions has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump as the nation’s next Attorney General. As the state director of Concerned Women for America of Florida, I represent the concerns of so many Floridian women who are ecstatic about such a great candidate.  We are eager to see justice and respect for the rule of law return to the Department of Justice (DOJ), and we hope our senator feels likewise. Read More

Merry Christmas from CWA of Florida and Looking Forward to 2017

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To Florida’s Concerned Women:

As 2016 draws to a close, it is encouraging to look back over what has been accomplished through the efforts of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Florida. We look forward with expectation to what the Lord has for us in 2017.

The 2016 Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott passed several bills that were victories for Christians and conservatives which included support for Israel, increased human trafficking penalties and the Pastors’ Protection Act. Working in conjunction with like-minded organizations, we were able to mobilize people to pray, call and e-mail their support to our lawmakers at critical junctures in the legislative process. Let us not underestimate the power of our prayers. We thank God for hearing us. Unfortunately, the Abortion Clinic Regulations/Public Funding Prohibition bill, which would have defunded Planned Parenthood, was met with a challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, but the status is uncertain.  Keep this item in your prayers.

In the meantime, The Obama Administration finalized a new pro-abortion rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that may prevent states from blocking Title X funding to abortion companies like Planned Parenthood. Click here to read more.

As you know, Florida was a hot state in the Presidential election. Our state Prayer/Action Chapters were heavily involved in canvassing households and distributing voter guides door-to-door.  With six teams working across the state, we were able to distribute 300,000 voter guides leading up to the November 8 Election. Highlighting issues that CWA has chosen to focus on, the guides compared the stances of the candidates so that voters could readily see which one aligned with their values.

For the first time in twelve years, Republicans will control the Federal executive and legislative branches. With the 2016 elections, there are 33 Republican governors, 37 Republican majority state senates and 31 Republican majority state houses. In Florida, Republicans now control the Governor’s Office, Senate and House. Because history has shown that more often these are the officials who’ve favored the positions of CWA, we are tremendously expectant as we go into 2017.

CWA of Florida Legislative Liaison Cathy Fruit will be monitoring bills of interest to us in Florida’s 2017 Legislative Session, set to begin March 7. We have a busy year ahead as we anticipate the changes President-elect Trump will make as well as our state governor and legislature.  This is no time to sit back. There is momentum building, and now more than ever we need your participation. We need strong Prayer/Action Chapter Leaders in every county. Please consider heading up a Chapter in your area. My Steering Committee and I will do everything we can to get your group started. In addition, please forward this letter to like-minded friends and family and ask them to consider signing up for both national and state e-alerts on our homepage.

We have much to be thankful for this Christmas season, especially for a Lord who cares for our every need. This may not be the time, but when you are able, consider giving to the work of CWA of Florida. Donate your tax-deductible gift online.  It is an organization that does respectable work and carefully stewards its resources.

Merry Christmas! I pray you are blessed in the year ahead and look forward to serving you.

Terri Johannessen
State Director
CWA of Florida
director@florida.cwfa.org
fl.cwfa.org

Important Florida Early Voting Information!

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Dear friend,

As a Christian, voting is not just a right; it is a responsibility.  It is imperative that we engage evangelical Christian conservatives in Florida to get to the polls!

Early voting begins 10 days before the election and ends three days before Election Day (October 29 – November 5). For elections that include state and federal races, election supervisors may choose to offer early voting 15 days before an election. Certain elections can be held entirely by mail.

Act:

  • VOTE!
  • Forward this reminder on to friends and family and remind them of the importance and weight their vote carries.

Pray:

  • Be in prayer for our nation — that Christians would get to the polls and that those whom we elect would honor God through their leadership.

What is on the line in this election? The Supreme Court vacancy, national security, national debt, taxpayer funding to the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood, the Hyde Amendment, religious liberty, and more. Getting registered is crucial to make sure your voice is heard on the issues that are important to you.

That said, let’s make sure we get to the polls and encourage our fellow believers to do the same!

Blessings,

Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee

CWA’s Penny Nance Responds to Florida Terrorist Attack

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. — This morning, Orlando, Florida suffered a terrorist attack where a gunman killed at least 50 and injured many more. The FBI has said the individual bragged about his ties to terrorist organizations. Officials have confirmed this attack was ideology driven. This attack is also being recorded as the worst mass shooting in American history. Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“Concerned Women for America’s prayers are with everyone impacted by last night’s horror. Terrorist attacks on any community in America is an attack on all Americans. These were 50 precious lives stolen from families and loved ones.

“This heartbreaking attack is yet more evidence of the radical Islamic terrorism our country is facing right here on our own soil. We must not sacrifice our safety in the name of political correctness and instead take action to stop it. These attacks have become more frequent, and we must acknowledge them for what they are, lest we become numb to this horror. Our country needs leadership who will not back down from this fight, nor treat it as a playground bully.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at jstracke@cwfa.org or 712-269-1724.

Transgender Bathrooms in Florida Public Schools?

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On Friday, May 13, a “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students” was jointly issued to all public schools in America by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Education (DOE).  Its purpose is to summarize Title IX obligations and explain how DOJ and DOE will evaluate a state school’s compliance with these obligations.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was intended, in the words of its sponsor Sen. Birch Bayh (D) of Indiana, to be “an important first step in the effort to provide for the women of America something that is rightfully theirs—an equal chance to attend the schools of their choice, to develop the skills they want, and to apply those skills with the knowledge that they will have a fair chance to secure the jobs of their choice with equal pay for equal work”. Title IX is most commonly known for its application to female participation in school sports activities.

Now, however, DOJ and DOE “treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of Title IX and its implementing regulations”. Since 2014, President Obama’s administration has taken what was a legislative decision directed at fairness for women and, by its own interpretation, determined that this applies to transgender students as well. The implications are that a boy who identifies as a girl, or a girl who identifies as a boy must be allowed access to locker rooms and bathrooms of his/her preference subjecting other students to embarrassment and humiliation as well as privacy and safety violations. Failing to comply incurs the consequence of the loss of Federal funds that public schools rely on for their operations.

Our 2016 Florida Legislature has already spoken on this issue. Taking into consideration what is best for Floridians, the “Florida Competitive Workforce Act” (Senate Bill 120/House Bill 45) was killed in its first Senate Committee.  The Bill sought to modify Florida’s Civil Rights Act of 1992 so that sexual orientation and gender identity would become protected classes subject to the same penalties as for discrimination based on race, religion, age and disability.

At this time, Gov. Rick Scott has not followed the example of the leaders in twelve other states who have vowed to push back against President Obama’s heavy-handed attempts to reshape culture.

Take Action!

  1. Please contact Gov. Rick Scott’s office and urge him to make a statement of his intention to protect the school children and youth of Florida by refusing to buckle to the Federal letter of “guidance” that is in direct opposition to the citizens and legislators of this state, even if it means a Federal lawsuit or reduction in funding. Call Gov. Scott at (850) 488-7146 and/or e-mail him.
  2. Also, make time to contact Attorney General Pam Bondi, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and your own county school superintendent and school board members. If we do not complain about this illegal action, we cannot expect Florida’s leaders to act on our behalf.  Call Attorney General Bondi at 850-414-3300 and/or e-mail her. Call Education Commissioner Stewart at 850-245-0505 and/or e-mail her.

Please pray for each state leader before contacting them.  Pray that they will have the wisdom and courage to do what it right.

“And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow
weary.” (Galatians 6:9)

Florida Pastor Protection Bill in Jeopardy – Your Prayers and Actions are Needed!

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Florida Senate Bill 110, known as the Pastor Protection Bill, was temporarily suspended from the Senate floor on Tuesday.

“Churches or Religious Organizations; Providing that churches or religious organizations, related organizations, or certain individuals may not be required to solemnize any marriage or provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for related purposes if such action would violate a sincerely held religious belief; prohibiting certain legal actions, penalties, or governmental sanctions against such individuals or entities, etc.”

In other words, if SB 110 does not pass, the entities named above will be subject to religious persecution in a variety of forms, as listed above, if they do not perform a same-sex marriage ceremony, allow their building to be used for such ceremonies and more.

CWA of Florida whole-heartedly supports this religious freedom bill.

While SB 110 is retained on the Senate calendar and is expected to be debated in the full Senate Chamber next Wednesday, March 2, there is growing opposition.

Our pastors and churches are depending on us.  Please pray and take action today!

Please Pray that this bill will pass as it stands.

Please take action Before Wednesday, March 2: 

  1. Contact your Senator and Representative from your district and let them know that you support the Pastor Protection Bill, SB 110, as it stands.  Click here to find out who your legislators are as well as how to contact them.  It’s easy!
  2. Pass this e-alert on to friends and family and ask them to pray and take action on this crucial bill.

 

 

CWA of Florida Mid Legislative Session Report. Your Prayers and Actions Are Needed!

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We have just passed the midway point of the Florida 2016 Legislative Session and would like to share what is happening to this date.   A couple of bills that we support are moving through their respective committees, and we are looking for them to end up on the floor of both the House and the Senate for a vote.  And one additional bill was just addressed in the Florida First District Court of Appeals.  They are all as follows:

1.    The Pastor Protection Bill, HB 43 and SB 110, provides pastors with protection from lawsuits regarding marriage.

Statues:   

  • House bill 43 has passed through all committees.
  • Senate bill 110 will be heard in its final committee stop on Wednesday, February 17 at 4:00 p.m.

PRAY: 

  • For a vote on the House floor that approves this bill.
  • For a favorable vote in the Senate committee this Wednesday.
  • That this bill would end up becoming law in our state this year.

ACT:   Thank Rep. Scott Plakon (R-District 29) and Sen. Aaron Bean (R-District 4) for sponsoring this bill.

  • For Rep. Plakon’s contact information, click here.
  • For Sen. Bean’s contact information, click here.

2.    Abortion Clinics, HB 233  and Termination of Pregnancies, SB 1722/HB 1411, provide that all abortion facilities shall be licensed under ACHA (Agency for Health Care Administration).

Statues:

  • House bill 233 still has two more committee stops before going to the House floor.
  • Senate bill 1722 will be heard in the second of three committee stops this Wednesday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m.
  • House bill 1411 has passed its final committee.

PRAY: 

  • That House bill 233 will favorably continue through all of its committees and that HB 1411 will go to the House floor for a vote.
  • That the Senate bill will be heard favorably this week on Wednesday and move on to the last committee.
  • That this bill would become law in our state this year.

ACT: Thank Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-District 15) for sponsoring this bill.  You can contact her here.

3.    Informed Patient Consent, HB 633, requires a woman to meet in person with a physician at least 24 hours prior to having an abortion.

Statues: Last week the Florida First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee heard the case brought by the ACLU concerning HB 633. Since our July 9, 2015, alert Attorney General Pam Bondi appealed the injunction, and a stay was issued. The ACLU then filed suit to have the stay lifted. Before Judge Francis could make a decision, all of his civil suits were moved to Judge Charles Dodson. Last Tuesday Judge Dodson heard the case in the First District Court of Appeals.  A decision is expected within two to four weeks.

Pray: that the injunction would be lifted, and the law will stand.  Also, that Judge Dodson will not send this back to the lower court.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and actions concerning these issues.  Please pass this alert on to others so that they may pray and act as well along with us.