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Good News! Simon’s Law Just Passed Out of Committee! Needs Your Support to Make it to the House Floor for a Vote

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Simon’s Law, Sub SB 85 passed out of committee this morning!

 Thank you for your prayers and action.  Prayer was and is the key!

Sub SB 85, known as “Simon’s Law,” would enact new statutes regarding life-sustaining treatment for patients younger than eighteen years of age.  Parental consent under this bill is required before a do-not-resuscitate order is issued by medical professionals.

This law is needed. There have been incidents in the past where doctors have put a do-not-resuscitate order on the records of a child without the parent’s knowledge. Medical professionals should not be allowed to make such a decision.

Status: Sub SB 85 is now in the Speaker’s office.  He will decide when it will go to the House floor for a vote.  The word is that he is agreeable to do it!  If the vote is favorable, Gov. Brownback will have the opportunity to sign another pro-life bill into law!

On February 16, I testified in support of the bill.  Click here for background information and to read my testimony.

 Please Pray:  For Speaker of the House Ron Rykman (R-District 78), that he will bring Sub SB 85 to the floor for a vote.  That the members of the House will stand up for the rights of parents to protect their own children by passing this legislation.

 Take Action: You can take action at this point by doing these three things:

  1. E-mail the Chairperson of the House Federal and State Committee, Rep. John Barker (R-District 70) here, and then give him a call at 785-296-7674.  Thank him for his support of Sub SB 85.
  2. Please e-mail Speaker of the House Ron Rykman here and then call him at 785-296-2302.  Ask him to “allow Substitute SB 85 to be debated on the House floor.”
  3. Finally, call your representative and ask him/her to support it with no amendments.  Click here for list.  If you don’t know who your representative is or how to contact him/her, click here.  Then click on “Find Your Legislator” and then “Search by Your Address.”

Note:  Feel free to make your calls after hours and leave a message if that is more convenient for you.  And, always be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

Thank you for your prayers, action, and donations to Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

In His service,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas

P.O. Box 8331

Topeka, KS  66608
(765) 260-5659

[email protected]
ks.cwfa.org

Update on Simon’s Law – Parental Rights – Your Prays and Action Needed

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Simon’s Law, SB 85 is now Substitute SB 85.  There was an approved amendment added. We are tracking several bills, but this one is needed desperately. We need your assistance now on this bill by praying and taking action.

Prayer is key!

Substitute SB 85, known as “Simon’s Law,” would enact new statutes regarding life-sustaining treatment for patients younger than eighteen years of age.  Parental consent under this bill is required before a do-not-resuscitate order is issued by medical professionals. This bill is needed. There have been incidents in the past where doctors have put a do-not-resuscitate order on the records of a child without the parents’ consent.

Status: Substitute SB 85 is in the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs and has not yet been voted on.  On February 16, I testified in support of the bill.  Click here to read the testimony.

Please Pray:  Pray the members of the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs will stand up for the rights of parents to protect their children.

A vote is expected any day on Substitute SB 85.  If the committee passes it, it will then go to the House floor, more than likely by next week.  When it passes the House, Gov. Brownback will have the opportunity to sign it into law.

 Take Action: Based on the comments and questions asked throughout the February 16 hearing, the committee appears to be in favor of passing the bill.  Therefore, please contact the Chairperson of the House Federal and State Committee, Rep. John Barker (R-District 70) here.  He has the power to bring it up for a vote.  Urge him to bring the Substitute Simon’s Law up for a vote in committee.  Then, please call Speaker of the House, Ron Rykman (R-District 78) here.  Ask him to allow Substitute SB 85 to be debated on the House Floor once it arrives after passing out of committee.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

Thank you for your faithfulness in supporting Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

In His service,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
P.O. Box 8331
Topeka, KS  66608
(765) 260-5659
[email protected]
ks.cwfa.org

Written Testimony Submitted in Support of Disclosure Act – Provides Information About Doctor to Perform Abortion

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To the House Federal and State Affairs Committee
In Support of HB 2319 Disclose Act
Barbara Saldivar, State Director of Concerned Women for America of Kansas
March 14, 2017

 

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee,

My name is Barbara Saldivar. I am the State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Kansas. CWA is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation.

As an organization committed to the health and wellbeing of women, we support this bill requiring baseline data needed for a women to make an informed decision concerning the doctor who is to perform her abortion.

Because the current law requires that only the doctor’s name be given to the patient 30 minutes prior to the procedure, it is unrealistic for her to obtain adequate information about the doctor within that time period to make a decision as to whether that is the doctor she prefers.  Therefore HB 2319 simply makes it mandatory that she be given information on paper about her potential doctor, within that same time block, so that she doesn’t have to go searching for it. Especially since, in most cases, she waits out that 30 minutes within the doctor’s office.

The patient is given basic information about the doctor, such as the year their medical degree was attained, date employment began, any disciplinary action that may have been taken by the Board of Healing Arts, carries malpractice, insurance, has hospital privileges and is a Kansas residence.

HB 2319 is common sense legislation.  Legislation on which both sides of the abortion issue should have no problem agreeing. It acknowledges a woman’s right to have basic transparent information about her doctor at her fingertips so that she can make an informed decision that is best for her.

We ask you to vote “yes” on HB 2319.  Thank you.

A Special Thanks to Gov. Sam Brownback For His Consistent Pro-Life Stance

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Recently Gov. Brownback wrote a letter to President Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) asking them to take action now on pro-life laws.  In it he stated that “[w]ith the new administration in Washington and both houses of Congress controlled by pro-life majorities, we must grasp the opportunity to proclaim and protect the dignity of life.”

Way to go, Gov. Brownback!  What better time than now to move forward with pro-life legislation?  How sad it would be if this opportunity was indeed lost.

Prayer:

  • Pray Gov. Brownback’s letter has an impact.
  • Pray for Gov. Brownback and his family. There are a few (maybe more) good men in politics and Gov. Brownback certainly is one of them.
  • Please continue praying for the unborn and their families. May the Lord heal their hearts.

Action: Thank Gov. Brownback for his February 17, 2017 letter to the President, Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader to encourage Congress to move on pro-life legislation.  Click here for the governor’s contact information (scroll to the bottom of the page).

 Thank you, everyone, for your generosity of time and money. Most of all, thank you for your prayers.

Blessings,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
[email protected]
ks.cwfa.org
785-260-5659

We Need Your Support on Two Kansas Bills – Parental Rights and School Bathroom Privacy

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There are several bills we are now tracking within the Kansas Legislature.  There are two that we need your assistance on now that we would like you to take action on and be praying about.  Prayer is key!

SB 85, known as “Simon’s Law,” would enact new statutes regarding life-sustaining treatment for patients younger than eighteen years of age.  Parental consent under this bill is required before a do-not-resuscitate order is issued by medical professionals. This bill is needed. There have been incidents in the past where doctors have put a do-not-resuscitate order on the records of a child without the parents’ consent.

Statues: SB 85 is in the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs.  I testified yesterday before the committee on this bill.

Please Pray:  Pray the members of this committee will stand up for the rights of parents to protect their children.

Based on the comments and questions asked throughout the hearing, the committee appears to be in favor of passing the bill.

A vote is expected any day on SB 85. 

 Take Action: Contact the members today on the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs.  Ask them to vote YES on SB 85.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

HB 2171, student privacy and protection act.  Every public school student restroom, locker room, and shower room accessible by multiple students at the same time shall be designated for use by male students only or female students only.

Statues: HB 2171 is currently in the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs.

Take Action: Contact the members of the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs. Urge them to vote YES on HB 2171.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

Please Pray:  Pray the members of this committee will see the wisdom of this legislation and vote to protect our children’s privacy.

Rep. Trevor Jacobs (R-District 4) believes we should have legislation that goes further than schools. He has started a petition to protect children from the unwarranted access and intrusion of those who desire to enter into restrooms, showers, and all other gender-specific facilities that are not based solely on the user’s biological birth gender for the whole state.

Take Action:  Please read, sign, and send Rep. Jacobs’ petition to Honorable Trevor Jacobs, 1927 Locus Road, Fort Scott, KS  66701.  If at all possible, please have others sign it, too, before sending it in.

We have many other bills that we are tracking and will alert you to as soon as there is an opportunity to take action.  For now, please pray against plans behind the scenes concerning legislation on physician-assisted suicide and “sexual orientation.”  Thank you.

In His service,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
P.O. Box 8331
Topeka, KS  66608
(765) 260-5659
[email protected]
ks.cwfa.org

CWA of Kansas Testifies Before the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee Concerning Parents Rights When if Comes to a Do-Not-Resuscitate Order on Their Child

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To the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee
In Support of SB 85
February 16, 2017

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee,

My name is Barbara Saldivar. I am the State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Kansas. CWA is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation. I would like to thank you for allowing this opportunity to share our support of SB 85, Simon’s Law.

As an organization committed to protecting both the sanctity of life and families, we support the language within this bill requiring parental consent before a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order is issued by medical professionals.

It was encouraging to CWA members last year when the Senate vote 37–3 in favor of this bill.

The bill guarantees that it will be the parents who make the final decision for a DNR order.  It defends children with special needs from negative “quality of life” assessments and protects life-sustaining care for critically injured children when a parent is not yet in the hospital.

Simon’s Law adopts long-held Kansas guardianship law for recourse to court process to secure life-sustaining treatment. Please vote in favor of families who face decisions that only they can make.  Vote “yes” on Simon’s Law.

 

November 2016 Kansas General Election Voter Guides Now Available! ALL DISTRICTS!

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Click for the District 1 Voter Guide and Survey Questions, District 3 Voter Guide (and here for Survey Questions), (  District 2 Voter Guide (and here for Survey Questions) and District 4 Voter Guide and Survey Questions.  If you do not know what District you live in, find instructions below.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee of Kansas sent a nine question survey to every Kansas Senate and House of Representative candidate running in 2016.

Survey questions:

  1. Should life be protected from conception until natural death?
  2. Should students, teachers, business owners, state employees, or any American be restricted from exercising their First Amendment rights in the public sector?
  3. Kansas passed a constitutional amendment in 2005 defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. Will you vote to uphold this amendment to the Kansas Constitution?
  4. Will you vote for legislation to combat violence, abuse and sex trafficking of women and children?*
  5. Will you support legislation for tax credits or other programs to be used by parents to educate their children in the school of their choosing?
  6. Would you support legislation to take fewer federal education dollars for Kansas schools?*
  7. Would you support a Constitutional Amendment for direct election of the judges to return to Kansas?*
  8. Do you support the judicial branch’s decision to legislate school finance by mandating the state dollars?
  9. Do you support the power delegated by the U. S. Constitution to the states and to the people in the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Notes:

  • Question 4, 6 and 7 were eliminated from the final voter guide. Question 4 was eliminated because every candidate that answered the questions answered “Yes”.  Question 6 and 7 were eliminated because the candidates generally found the question unclear.
  • If a candidate is an incumbent, his/her name is italicized.
  • If the candidate made a comment on the survey, it is on the bottom of the page.
  • If the candidate didn’t return the survey their positions were determined, if possible, by votes or positions stated elsewhere, see comment section for details.
  • Bills used for votes:

Q1. SB95 – AN ACT concerning abortion; creating the Kansas unborn child protection from dismemberment abortion act; HB2218 (2011) – Bans abortions to Pain-capable Unborn child at 22 weeks gestation

Q2. SB175 (2015) – AN ACT concerning postsecondary education; relating to allowing the exercise of religious beliefs by student associations; HB2453 – An act concerning religious freedoms with respect to marriage; HB2523/H Sub for SB62 – Protection of Healthcare Conscience Rights

Q3. SCR 1601(2005) – to protect and reserve the special status of the institution of marriage in Kansas – Kansas Marriage Amendment; HB2453 – An act concerning religious freedoms with respect to marriage

How to use the voter guides:

  1. Find out the following districts for where you live:

U.S. Representative ______

Kansas Senate ______

Kansas Representative ______

To do so click HERE, select your county in the “UPCOMING ELECTIONS” box, click “POLLING PLACE” and fill in your address, click the “Search” button and scroll down to “Districts”.

  1. Based on the U.S. Representative district, click one of the following voter guides: District 1 Voter GuideDistrict 2 Voter Guide or District 4 Voter Guide.
  2. View those running for senate by using your Kansas Senate district number and Representative by using your Kansas Representative district number.
  3. Now, as you see, only some of the candidates filled out and returned the survey. If you would like to know where any of the candidates stand on these issues who did not answer, then go to his/her campaign website and/or call their campaign headquarters to find out.
  4. Once you have educated yourself on the candidates, pray. Pray for the candidates in your districts by name.   “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2)
  5. Share this survey with friends and family.
  6. Vote before or on Nov 8.

Please feel free to print and distribute voter guides liberally.

Kansas Election Resources and More!

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Dear Friends,

“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” Proverbs 29:2

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how important the election is this year! So much is at stake! It is important that we as Christians get out and vote our Biblical values. As believers we must do all we can to positively affect legislation in our great nation.

The elections will not only determine our next President, but also who will win the senatorial, congressional, state school board, judicial retention and local races. To help your decisions at the poll, I have included a handful of helpful resources throughout this e-alert.  Please prayerfully consider all of this information and forward it on to like-minded family and friends. 

What party best represents you?  You decide.  We have put together two Party Platform Comparison documents that I am sure you will find very helpful:

The presidential race is of immense importance. The next president will be choosing the next U.S. Supreme Court justice/justices as well as up to four more that will be within retirement age within the next four to eight years.  And, let us not forget that he/she will be selecting 55 U.S. Courts of Appeals Judges, 268 U.S. District Court Judges and there are currently 90 Federal Judicial vacancies.  CWA has put together a two-minute and 20-second video that will help you to understand the impact the next president will have on the country’s judicial system for generations to come.

Kansas will be voting to retain 11 judges.  That is, five Supreme Court justice, six Court of Appeals races, and numerous local-level judges.  Here is helpful brochure on the topic of judges:

Kansas Secretary of State website.  This site is extremely helpful in answering all of your questions pertaining to voting in Kansas:

Important dates and deadlines:

  • Tuesday, October 18 – Voter Registration Ends: Last date to register to vote in General election.
  • Wednesday, October 19 – Early Voting/In person Absentee voting starts: First day advance ballots are mailed. In person advance voting may begin. Contact your county election office to find out when and where.
  • Friday, November 4 – Absentee Ballot Request deadline: Deadline for voters to apply for advance voting ballots to be mailed.
  • Monday, November 7 – Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Noon deadline to cast advance voting ballots in person in office of county election office.
  • Tuesday, November 8 (General Election) – Absentee Ballot return deadline: Advance voting ballots must be received in office of County Election Officer by close of polls.

Again, please pass this information on to like-minded friends and family.

The most important thing we can do is to pray! God will direct our paths as we study the candidates and the platform.

Please jump in at any time to join CWA’s 30 Day Prayer Challenge.  Sign up today!

Please pray the following Scriptures for the Lord’s direction as you vote:

“Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.” Exodus 18:21

“Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?” 1 Corinthians 6:1-5

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Thank you for taking the time to consider all of this information.  May the Lord be with you on November 8.

For Liberty and Truth,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
[email protected]
ks.cwfa.org
(785) 260-5659

 

 

Douglas County Candidate Forum a Great Success!

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Candidates from the U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate and State House of Representatives Participated.

douglas-candidate-forum-bWith candidates from three different races and both parties, the attendees heard very diverse comments in answer to their questions at our Douglas County Candidate Forum.  The Moderator, Pastor John McFarland, did an outstanding job as he conveyed the written questions from the audience as well as questions from CWALAC of Kansas’ Candidate Questionnaire.  Even though the candidates disagreed on some of the issues, they were respectful and cordial.  The audience was also very respectful and offered questions concerning some of CWA’s core issues such as education, sanctity of life and the election of judges.  The Forum was informative and everyone seemed to be pleased with the outcome.

Watch the videos of this great event!  Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Ann Mah, State School Board Member, District 4, Marci Francisco, State Senator, District 2, Meredith Richey, State Senator, Disrict 2,  Jim Karleskint, Echo Van Mereten, State Senator, District 3, Tom Holland, State District 3 (Sue Mollenkamp, State School Board Member, District 4 and James Houston Bales, Congressional District 2 not shown.)

Please pray

  • Pray for the candidates, they are working so hard to attend as many forums as possible.
  • Pray for their families as some are reporting health problems and the pressure of campaigning door-to-door.
  • Pray for the candidates, that they will be able to give a true picture of how they will lead in the legislature.

Take action

  • Contact me at ks.cwfa.org or call 785-260-5659 if you are interested in inviting us to do a presentation concerning education or on any of our other core issues.  We can discuss a location for your event, who to invite, how to get the public notified, and any questions you have.
  • Check out the 2016 She Votes page.  We have some great resources that I’m sure you will find helpful.
  • Vote on November 8 or get an early election ballot from your local county elections office.

Remember, now is the time to be more involved in defending family values in your community, our great state and America. We can make a difference in the makeup of our Kansas Senate and Kansas House!

Blessings,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWALAC of Kansas
[email protected]
ks.cwfa.org
(785) 260-5659