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Pregnancy Care Centers Forced to Direct Clients to Abortion Clinics if Legislation Passes

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 “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.  If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” (Proverbs 24:11, 12,)

Update: SB501 SD1 has passed through yet another committee.  On Tuesday it passed the House Committee on Health .  It will now be voted on House Committee on Judiciary.  The vote is yet to be scheduled, but is expected any day. Very little notice is given, so please act now. Click here to view current statues.

SB501 SD1 “Requires all limited service pregnancy centers to disclose the availability of and enrollment information for reproductive health services; establishes privacy and disclosure requirements for individual records and information; authorizes civil penalties and civil actions for enforcement and remedy.”

Bottom line, pregnancy care centers will be required to provide information on local abortion clinics to their clients or break the law and face civil penalties and civil actions.

This bill is a battle for survival of the innocent unborn and the pregnancy care centers that advocate for them. View this excellent video we came across the other day.  It’s of a pastor pleading the case of his church.  Part of their church is a Pregnancy Care Center.  Therefore, their church could be forced to promote abortion. Click here to view video. And then, take action!

Please Take Action Immediately.

Contact each committee member and ask him/her to vote NO on SB501 SD1. Email each committee member and then give them a call. Feel free to call and leave a message after hours.  Let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.

  1. Contact as many legislators as your time allows. Every contact you make counts!  Join the chorus in opposition to this bill.

House Committee on Judiciary:
Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Chair: [email protected] / 586-8515
Rep. Joy San Buenaventura, Vice Chair: [email protected] / 586-6530
Rep. Della Au Belatti: [email protected] / 586-9425
Rep. Dee Morikawa: [email protected] / 586-6280
Rep. Marcus R. Oshiro: [email protected] / 586-6700
Rep. Tom Brower: [email protected] / 586-8520
Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson: [email protected] / 586-9470
Rep. Chris Lee: [email protected] / 586-9450
Rep. Mark Nakashima: [email protected] / 586-6680
Rep. Bob McDermott: [email protected]/586-9730
Rep. Cynthia Thielen: [email protected]/ 586-6480

2. Please forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to pray and take action.

More about SB501 SD1:

  • Requires pregnancy care centers to do what is in direct opposition to the centers’ very mission.
  • Is an attack on religious freedom.
  • Is an attack on free speech.
  • Is a “one-way street” that imposes no such requirement on abortion providers to advertise the services of pregnancy care centers.
  • Seeks to further the agenda of abortion providers.

Know that this is not a two-way street.  There is no such law in the legislature being considered that requires abortion clinics to give information out about pregnancy care centers.

Please, make your phone calls and send your emails now.  The very survival of pregnancy care centers and therefore the lives they seek to save and minister to depend on it.

Please Pray. Pray for the defeat of SB501 in the House Committee on Judiciary. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16)

“For You formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:13-14a)

For life!

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org
Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
[email protected]

Pregnancy Care Centers Forced to Direct Clients to Abortion Clinics if Legislation Passes

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“Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.  If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” (Proverbs 24:11, 12,)

Update: SB501 SD1 has passed through yet another committee.  On Tuesday it passed the House Committee on Health .  It will now be voted on House Committee on Judiciary and the House Committee on Finance.  The vote is yet to be scheduled for both committees, but is expected any day. Very little notice is given, so please act now. Click here to view current statues.

SB501 SD1 “Requires all limited service pregnancy centers to disclose the availability of and enrollment information for reproductive health services; establishes privacy and disclosure requirements for individual records and information; authorizes civil penalties and civil actions for enforcement and remedy.”

Bottom line, pregnancy care centers will be required to provide information on local abortion clinics to their clients or break the law and face civil penalties and civil actions.

This bill is a battle for survival of the innocent unborn and the pregnancy care centers that advocate for them. View this excellent video we came across the other day.  It’s of a pastor pleading the case of his church.  Part of their church is a Pregnancy Care Center.  Therefore, their church could be forced to promote abortion. Click here to view video. And then, take action!

Please Take Action Immediately.

 Contact each committee member and ask him/her to vote NO on SB501 SD1. Email each committee member and then give them a call. Feel free to call and leave a message after hours.

  1. Contact as many legislators as your time allows. Every contact you make counts!  Join the chorus in opposition to this bill.

House Committee on Judiciary:
Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Chair: [email protected] / 586-8515
Rep. Joy San Buenaventura, Vice Chair: [email protected] / 586-6530
Rep. Della Au Belatti: [email protected] / 586-9425
Rep. Dee Morikawa: [email protected] / 586-6280
Rep. Marcus R. Oshiro: [email protected] / 586-6700
Rep. Tom Brower: [email protected] / 586-8520
Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson: [email protected] / 586-9470
Rep. Chris Lee: [email protected] / 586-9450
Rep. Mark Nakashima: [email protected] / 586-6680
Rep. Bob McDermott: [email protected]/586-9730
Rep. Cynthia Thielen: [email protected]/ 586-6480

House Committee on Finance
Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair: [email protected] / 586-6200
Rep. Ty Cullen, Vice Chair: [email protected] / 586-8490
Rep. Romy Cachola: [email protected] / 586-6010
Rep. Isaac Choy: [email protected] / 586-8475
Rep. Lynn DeCoite: [email protected] / 586-6790
Rep. Cedric Gates: [email protected] / 586-8460
Rep. Daniel Holt: [email protected] / 586-6180
Rep. Jarrett Keohokalole: [email protected] / 586-8540
Rep. Bert Kobayashi: [email protected] / 586-6310
Rep. Matthew LoPresti: [email protected] / 586-6080
Rep. Nicole Lowen: [email protected] / 586-8400
Rep. Nadine Nakamura: [email protected] / 586-8435
Rep. Sean Quinlan: [email protected] / 586-6380
Rep. James Tokioka: [email protected] / 586-6270
Rep. Kyle Yamashita: [email protected] / 586-6330
Rep. Andria Tupola: [email protected] / 586-8465
Rep. Gene Ward: [email protected] / 586-6420

  1. Please forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to pray and take action.

More about SB501 SD1:

  • Requires pregnancy care centers to do what is in direct opposition to the centers’ very mission.
  • Is an attack on religious freedom.
  • Is an attack on free speech.
  • Is a “one-way street” that imposes no such requirement on abortion providers to advertise the services of pregnancy care centers.
  • Seeks to further the agenda of abortion providers.

Know that this is not a two-way street.  There is no such law in the legislature being considered that requires abortion clinics to give information out about pregnancy care centers.

Please, make your phone calls and send your emails now.  The very survival of pregnancy care centers and therefore the lives they seek to save and minister to depend on it.

Please Pray. Pray for the defeat of SB501 in the House Committee on Health. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16)

For You formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:13-14a)

For life!

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
[email protected]

UPDATE: CWA of Hawaii Continues to Stand Up to Onslaught of Physician-Assisted Suicide Bills – Urgent Action Requested!

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CURRENT STATUS OF SB1129: On March 7, SB 1129 passed the Senate 22-3. It is now in the House. We just got word that it is scheduled for a hearing in the House Committee on Health this Thursday, March 23, at 8:30 a.m. A vote is expected. Click here to read the bill, note its sponsors, and track its status.

SB1129, Death with Dignity, “Establishes a death with dignity act under which a terminally ill adult resident may obtain a prescription for medication to end the patient’s life.”

The Sixth Commandment: “Thou shalt not murder,” (Exodus 20:13).

Please contact the members of the House Committee on Health today!

They can call it “death with dignity,” “medical aid in dying,” or “informed health care decision,” but suicide is still suicide, and murder is still murder — no matter how it’s spun!

Take Action: Contact each member of the House Committee on Health and ask them to vote “NO” on SB1129. Email each member, and then give them a call. Call and leave a message after hours if that works best for you. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.

 Please Pray:  Please pray that the eyes of these committee members are opened to the reality of this legislation.  Pray SB1129 fails.

 CURRENT STATUS OF HB150, HB201 & HB550: They were referred to the House Committee on Health as well as the House Committee on Judiciary in January and, as of yet, there has been no action. Click on each bill above to read it, note its sponsors, and track its status. The official description of each can be found at the end of this e-alert.

Take Action: If you haven’t already taken action based on our February 14 e-alert, please do so now. Contact the members of each committee and ask them to vote “NO” on HB150, HB201, and HB550. Call and leave a message after hours if that works best for you. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. The House Committee on Heath members are, of course, listed above.  Here are the members of the House Committee on Judiciary:

Please Pray: Please pray that the eyes of these committee members are opened to the reality of this legislation. Pray that these bills will remain dead through the end of the 2017 state legislative session.

Here are just some of the many concerns we continue to have about physician-assisted suicide:

  • There are not sufficient safeguards against coercion and elder abuse. At least one-in-ten elderly people is the victim of domestic abuse, which is difficult for a health care provider to identify. Because any doctor can write a lethal prescription, an abuser can “doctor shop” until they find a provider willing to assist them in killing their victim.
  • Oregon, the first state to legalize assisted suicide, provides the most complete data available on the practice of assisted suicide in the United States. Oregon reports that the dominant reasons motivating patients to choose assisted suicide have nothing to do with pain management. The primary concerns center around having a disability: losing autonomy (92%), being less able to engage in activities making life enjoyable (90%), and losing dignity (79%). Fear of inadequate pain control is one of patients’ least cited reasons.
  • Modern medicine has made significant advances in pain control. Doctors now have a range of options to treat pain in terminally ill patients, including even palliative sedation as a last resort.

Though there are many sound academic reasons to oppose physician-assisted suicide, as believers, the most important reason is because God, and God alone, is the author of life.   We cannot take on the role of God and take life based on our inconsistent judgment.

The Official Description of HB150, HB201 & HB550:

  • HB150 – End of Life Option Act, “Establishes a person’s ability to choose the End of Life Option when afflicted with a terminal illness; provides safeguards for the affected person; and repeals penalties for participating in the End of Life Option Act.”
  • HB201 – Death with Dignity; Aid in Dying; Patient Choice; Physicians, “Allows a terminally ill adult with the capacity to make an informed healthcare decision to request a prescription for aid in dying medication from their attending physician to facilitate a peaceful death. Ensures that physicians who assist patients in obtaining aid in dying medication are not subject to civil or criminal liability.”
  • HB550 – Death with Dignity, “Authorizes terminally ill adults seeking to end their life to request lethal doses of medication from medical and osteopathic physicians.”

We don’t understand why God allows pain and suffering, but we know God is good; God is love, and His ways are higher than ours.  God has appointed a time for each of us to be born and to die.  He is with us in all things and has a purpose for every situation that comes our way. God has a plan for each and every one of us.

Please do all you can to support God’s gift to us: life.

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
P.O. Box 10732
Hilo, HI 96721
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org
808-965-9834

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]

The State of Hawaii Wants to Force Church to Put an Abortion Referral on Church Wall – watch video

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Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor:

“The Hawaii’s House of Representatives is trying to pass SB501 SD1 which would require limited service pregnancy centers to post an abortion referral sign on their walls or hand out where a client could obtain no or low cost abortions. This bill is will affect pro-life religious non-profits that receive no federal or state funds and charge nothing for their services.

“Our pro-life pregnancy center, A Place for Women in Waipio, is located in our church. The State of Hawaii wants to force Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor to put an abortion referral on the church wall.”This is against our Church’s First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and religion. This bill could set a disturbing precedence for all churches in America.

“Stand up for your rights and the rights of the church by calling the Hawaii State Representatives and tell them you OPPOSE SB501.”

View excellent video statement.  Please like it!

Speak Now to Save Hawaii Pregnancy Care Centers – Oppose SB501 SD1

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 “For You formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb.

 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:13-14a)

SB501 SD1 “Requires all limited service pregnancy centers to disclose the availability of and enrollment information for reproductive health services; establishes privacy and disclosure requirements for individual records and information; authorizes civil penalties and civil actions for enforcement and remedy.”

Bottom line, pregnancy care centers will be required to provide information on local abortion clinics to their clients or break the law and face civil penalties and civil actions.

This bill is a battle for survival of the innocent unborn and the pregnancy care centers that advocate for them. Each pregnancy successfully carried to term is one less abortion to be performed.

Unfortunately, SB501 was passed by the Senate and moved to the House where the House Committee on Health has deferred it until 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21. Turnout and testimony at the hearing last Thursday was overwhelmingly in opposition, so the deferment indicates there is still a chance that committee members can be persuaded to vote NO on this bill. We must keep the pressure on!

Please Take Action Immediately. Contact each committee member and ask him/her to vote NO on SB501 SD1. Email each committee member and then give them a call. Feel free to call and leave a message after hours. Please act now; the hearing is 10:15 a.m. this Tuesday.

Consider the wise words of Proverbs 24:11, 12, “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.  If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?”

  1. Contact as many legislators as your time allows. Every contact you make counts!  Join the chorus in opposition to this bill.

House Committee on Health:

Rep. Della Au Belatti, Chair: [email protected]/ 586-9425

Rep. Bert Kobayashi, Vice Chair: [email protected] / 586-6310

Rep. Sharon E. Har: [email protected] / 586-8500

Rep. Dee Morikawa: [email protected] / 586-6280

Rep. Marcus Oshiro: [email protected] / 586-6700

Rep. Chris Todd: [email protected] / 586-8480

Rep. Andria P.L. Tupola: [email protected] / 586-8465

  1. Please forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to pray and take action.
  1. Please click here for a printable copy of this e-alert and distribute. Consider handing it out at church this Sunday.

More about SB501 SD1:

  • Requires pregnancy care centers to do what is in direct opposition to the centers’ very mission.
  • Is an attack on religious freedom.
  • Is an attack on free speech.
  • Is a “one-way street” that imposes no such requirement on abortion providers to advertise the services of pregnancy care centers.
  • Seeks to further the agenda of abortion providers.

Know that this is not a two-way street.  There is no such law in the legislature being considered that requires abortion clinics to give information out about pregnancy care centers.

Please, make your phone calls and send your emails now.  The very survival of pregnancy care centers and therefore the lives they seek to save and minister to depend on it.

Please Pray. Pray for the defeat of SB501 in the House Committee on Health. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16)

For life!

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org
 

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
[email protected]

Speak Now to Save Hawaii Pregnancy Care Centers – Oppose SB501 SD1

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“For You formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:13-14a)

First, we would like to thank all of you who responded to our last e-alert on this issue.  It is greatly appreciated!

Unfortunately SB501 SD1 was passed by the Hawaii Senate and now moves to the House Committee on Health, House Committee on Judiciary and the House Committee on Finance.

For now, it is urgent that you contact the members of the House Committee on Health before THIS THURSDAY at 10:30 a.m,, when the committee is scheduled to vote. Your simple 30-second phone call will count and join the chorus in opposition to this bill.

Take Action Today:

1. Contact each committee member and ask him/her to vote NO on SB501 SD1. Email each committee member and then give them a call. Feel free to call and leave a message after hours tonight if that works better for your schedule. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.

2. Forward this e-mail on to friends and family now and encourage them to pray and act immediately.

SB501 SD1:

  • In its own words, “Requires all limited service pregnancy centers to disclose the availability of and enrollment information for reproductive health services;  establishes privacy and disclosure requirements for individual records and information;  authorizes civil penalties and civil actions for enforcement and remedy.”
  • Requires pregnancy care centers to do what is in direct opposition to the centers’ very mission.
  • Is an attack on free speech.
  • Is an attack on religious freedom.
  • Is a “one-way street” that imposes no such requirement on abortion providers to advertise the services of pregnancy care centers.
  • Seeks to further the agenda of abortion providers

For more information read CWA’s written testimony submitted on SB501 SD1.

This bill is a battle for survival of the innocent unborn and the pregnancy care centers that advocate for them. Each pregnancy successfully carried to term is one less abortion to be performed. That takes money out of the pockets of doctors and clinics that perform abortions.

Please, make your phone calls and send your emails now.  The very survival of pregnancy care centers and therefore the lives they seek to save and minister to depend on it.

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11)

Win or lose, we will fight!

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii

[email protected]

Pull Hawaii Back from the Brink of Physician-Assisted Suicide

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Time is running out to voice your opposition to one of the many assisted suicide bills making their way through the legislature. SB 1129, Death with Dignity, “Establishes a death with dignity act under which a terminally ill adult resident may obtain a prescription for medication to end the patient’s life.”

On February 17, SB 1129 passed out of the Senate Consumer Protection and Health Committee.  It is now in the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor, where they have issued a Notice of Decision Making for TOMORROW, February 28, at 11:00 a.m., in room 16.  This is a decision making meeting only. No oral testimony will be accepted. Click here to read the bill, note its sponsors and track its status.

Each person’s life, including its end, should remain in the hands of God, the One who ordained it. It is His, and His alone, to take. “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139:16

Take Action:

  1. It is CRUCIAL that TODAY, or no later than TOMORROW MORNING (before 10:30 a.m.), you contact the members of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor if you haven’t already, as instructed to do in our February 14 e-alert on this subject.  Call and/or email each member. Leave a voicemail message for them tonight if that is most convenient.  Ask him/her to oppose SB 1129. Click on each name to email them. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.

Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran (808) 586-7344

Sen. Karl Rhoads (808) 586-6130

Sen. Mike Gabbard (808) 586-6830

Sen. Donna Mercado Kim (808) 587-7200

Sen. Laura Thielen (808) 587-8388

  1. Contact your Senator and ask him/her to oppose SB 1129 if you haven’t already, as instructed to do in our February 14 e-alert on this subject.  If you don’t know who your senator is or how to contact him or her, simply click here, go to the upper right hand corner of the page and fill in your street name next to “Find Your Legislator.”  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.
  2. Please forward this e-alert on to friends and family immediately.

 Pray for each member of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor by name. May they see that life is precious and have the courage to protect it.  Human life is precious, from keiki to kupuna. May God use us to raise up a standard against physician-assisted suicide in our islands.

For life,

Barbara J. Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
http://hi.cwfa.org

State Director Barbara Ferrero Submits Written Testimony to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means in Opposition to an Anti-Abortion and Anti Religious Freedom Bill

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To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means
Regarding: SB 501 SD 1
Statement submitted by: Barbara Ferrero, Concerned Women for America of Hawaii State Director
Date submitted: February 22, 2017

 As the State Director for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Hawaii, I join with my members here in Hawaii in opposing SB 501 SD 1.

Below are some of the concerns we have about forcing crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) across our state to provide information regarding an abortion option known as “reproductive health services.”

These CPCs are typically volunteer-run, donation-based, life-embracing charities that will now be forced to promote abortion or pay bundles out of their shallow budgets if they don’t comply. What’s more, this legislation forces those with deeply-held convictions against promoting abortion to violate their conscience, and often their religious freedoms guaranteed by our U.S. Constitution.  Please help us make sure that doesn’t happen.

For the pro-abortion crowd who profess a “war on women” is taking place, we don’t disagree —but for a different reason. In fact, we submit that the pro-abortion lobby is part of the problem causing this war on women. Trying to take away precious resources and care from a woman in distress who is facing an unplanned pregnancy is the very definition of harm. Abortion not only ends the life of the unborn child, but also may hold serious and devastating physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological consequences for the mother.

If the pro-abortion crowd is truly “pro-choice,” why not support pregnancy care centers that give women other options? One venue should not be forced to support the other. Women are more than capable of making their own choice.

CWA of Hawaii is asking you to vote “NO” on this anti-religious liberty and anti-choice legislation.

SB 501 SD 1 Update: Stop the attack on Hawaii Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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Unfortunately, on February 16, SB 501 SD1 passed out of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor. It is now in the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, where there will be a public hearing TOMORROW at 9:35 a.m. in room 21.

Take Action:

  1. It is crucial that TODAY, or first thing tomorrow morning (before 9:30 a.m.), you contact the members of the Ways and Means Committee.  Ask them to oppose SB 501 SD 1. Click here for the members’ names and contact information. Feel free to leave a message after hours.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.
  2. If you have not already done so, after reading our last e-alert, please contact your Senator and ask him/her to oppose SB 501 SD 1. Be sure to let him/her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. If you don’t know who your senator is or how to contact him/her, simply click here, go to the upper right hand corner of the page and fill in your street name next to “Find Your Legislator.”
  3. Please forward this e-alert on to friends and family.

 Pray that our members of the legislature will understand that these centers are helping women in difficult situations at NO cost to taxpayers and that we should help, not harm, their efforts.

Background: SB 501 SD 1 is an attack on the free speech rights of crisis pregnancy centers.  This legislation “[r]equires all limited service pregnancy centers to disclose the availability of and enrollment information for reproductive health services;  establishes privacy and disclosure requirements for individual records and information;  authorizes civil penalties and civil actions for enforcement and remedy.”

This means that these underfunded charities may have to pay hefty financial penalties if they refuse to follow these absurd and unnecessary regulations.

For more information read my op-ed recently published in the West Hawaii Today, “Crisis Pregnancy Centers Shouldn’t Promote Abortion,” on page 4.

For life,

Barbara J. Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org