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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.

CWA of Missouri Ramps It Up Against Planned Parenthood

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kmbc-9-planned-parenthood“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.” (Ephesians 5:11, 12)

Five simultaneous press conferences were held yesterday outside the Kansas City, St. Louis, Columbia, Springfield, and Joplin Planned Parenthood sites by Missouri citizens and pro-women leaders.

Concerned Women for America of Missouri Greater Kansas City Area Director Jill Noble was present at the Kansas City press conference. She was interviewed by KMBC News 9.  “We fight for the right of every human being, including the life of the unborn. Planned Parenthood claims to exist solely for the good of women’s health. Yet they are suing to avoid compliance with basic surgical standards! How can that be good for women’s health? Clearly, it isn’t if 63 ambulance calls are made to a single facility.” Click here to view coverage.

The press conference was called to blow the whistle regarding the following:

  • To publicize how Planned Parenthood affiliates filed a federal lawsuit on November 23 in a shocking attempt to nullify vitally important, very basic laws put in place by Missouri lawmakers to protect women’s safety and health. This action is another demonstration of Planned Parenthood’s staggering disregard for the health and wellbeing of Missouri’s women. Planned Parenthood’s desire to dodge basic safety practices which are being followed by every other surgical center in Missouri is startling and egregious, particularly in light of the fact that in July 2016 several Missouri state senators issued an explosive “whistleblower” report after investigating Missouri Planned Parenthood locations, using Planned Parenthood’s own internal documents to cite shocking indifference to women’s health, likely constituting medical malpractice.
  • To expose the unsafe conditions within Planned Parenthood facilities around the state therefore sounding the alarm to women urging extreme caution concerning Missouri Planned Parenthood facilities. It has been uncovered that 911 calls have summoned emergency ambulances to a single Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Missouri 63 times since 2009, averaging one 911 call and ambulance response every 42 days.
  • To demand a vigorous defense by state Attorney General Chris Koster against this willfully irresponsible suit, and that he demand an immediate revocation of the license for the abortion clinic at the St. Louis site while a thorough investigation of the 63 ambulance visits to Planned Parenthood is conducted by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

 Recently, two Planned Parenthood locations in Missouri were refused a new surgical license due to their inability to comply with the basic safety standards that all other surgical centers maintain throughout Missouri.  We celebrate this decision by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Please Pray: Pray that the things done in darkness by Planned Parenthood throughout our great state will continue to be exposed.   Pray that our efforts will be effective in bringing attention to the grievous actions of Planned Parenthood and ultimately, pray that lives will be saved.

 Please Take Action:

  • Contact Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and demand a vigorous defense against this willfully irresponsible suit, and ask that he demand an immediate revocation of the license for the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic at the St. Louis site while a thorough investigation of the 63 ambulance visits to Planned Parenthood is conducted by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
  • Contact the following state senators that issued the “whistleblower” report last July and encourage them to continue working for the safety of women and babies. Click on their name to e-mail each one: Ron Richard (R-District 32), Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-District 19), Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-District 10), Sen. Will Kraus (R-District 8), Sen. Mike Kehoe (R-District 6), Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-District 15), Sen. Bob Onder, M.D. (R-District 2) and Sen. David Sater (R-District 29). Whether you are from their district or not, they need to know that the stand they have taken is supported and appreciated.

Thank you in advance for both your prayers and actions concerning the health of women and the lives of the unborn in Missouri.  Your involvement is vital.

For health and life!

Bev Ehlen
State Director
director@missouri.cwfa.org
mo.cwfa.org

CWA of Missouri Election Headquarters – Great Missouri Election Resources

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CWA of Missouri is excited to announce the CWA of Missouri Election Headquarters – Great Missouri Election Resources page. Below you will find resources to help you make an informed decision regarding candidates, ballot issues, judges and more.

Above all, please pray for Christians to turn out to vote in this upcoming election in numbers that we have not yet seen. We could have a better America if Christians take their civil responsibility seriously and vote their Biblical values.

Thank you for accessing and sharing our information and encouraging your friends at church to vote their Biblical values.

Platform Comparison (One page) – CWA of Missouri
2016 Values Voter Presidential Voter Guide 2016 – FRCAction and CWALAC
Missouri Voter Guide – Black Robe Regiment
Judges up for a retention vote statewide
Statewide Ballot Issues – CWA of Missouri recommendations regarding the ballot issues
Statewide Ballot Issues – Carl Bearden, United for Missouri
Statewide Ballot Issues – Missouri Alliance for Freedom
2016 Primary Missouri Candidate Profile August – Front Line
Court Watch – Information on Judges up for retention in Missouri – Front Line
Letter to the Pastor left with voter guides – CWA of Missouri
A Comparison of the 2016 Republican and Democratic Platforms – Priests for Life
2016 Party Platforms Comparison (4 pages) – CWA
The Missouri Court Plan and Its Effect on Missouri Judicial System
Voters in Jackson County – Information on J. Dale Youngs, Judge in Circuit #16 – Retention Vote on Judge J. Dale Youngs  

Voters in Jackson County – Information on J. Dale Youngs, Judge in Circuit #16 – Retention vote on Judge J. Dale Youngs

Constitutional Day Project AD2016

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Celebrate Constitution Day with us!

CWA of Missouri has made it a tradition to celebrate Constitution Day each year by expressing thanks for the republic that was established by that document and presenting a gift to each member of the Missouri General Assembly.

This year we will be presenting three resources that will help the legislators remember and better undMOCDPerstand the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the freedom that it preserves.

  1. A More Perfect Union: A stirring 2-hour film that brings the Founding Fathers to life as the viewer witnesses the struggles and the miracles that produced the Constitution of the United States and the freest nation on earth. Officially recognized by the Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, who cited the film as being “of exceptional merit.”
  2. Pocket size U.S. Constitution: Made to keep on hand.
  3. 28 Principles of Liberty Card: A great resource taken from the book The Five Thousand Year Leap.

Please support this project and the work that CWA of Missouri does by donating  a gift of $10 or more. We will present the gift to your legislator with a note regarding your sponsorship.

Please send in your sponsorship by Friday, September 9. We will be delivering at the State Capitol on Wednesday, September 14. Please make check payable to CWA of Missouri and send to P.O. Box 1352, St. Peters, MO 63376.

Click here for flyer.  Feel free to print and distribute liberally.

 

 

 

It is Time to Pray and Act to Protect Missouri’s Religious Freedom

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If we do not protect our religious freedoms, who will?!

SJR39 “Prohibits the state from imposing penalties on individuals and religious entities who refuse to participate in same sex marriage ceremonies due to sincerely held religious beliefs.” Click here to read the bill, check on its status and more.

Your state representative needs to hear from you on this issue!

Take Action: Please contact your state representative and ask him/her to support SJR39. “Pass SJR39 out of the House as it came over from the Senate.  Please don’t accept any changes to SJR39. To amend SJR39 is to kill SJR39.” Click here to find out who your representative is and how to contact him/her.

Note: If there are any changes made to SJR39 in the House, it will effectively kill the bill for this session and the opportunity to vote on it this year. The Senate used parliamentary rules to get it out of the Senate before Spring Break. They had to shut down a Democrat-led filibuster. If any changes are made to SJR39 in the House, SJR39 will have to go back to the Senate. To shut down a second filibuster on SJR39 just couldn’t happen, so SJR39 will die, and the people will not have a chance to vote to secure these protections this year. It would be two more years before the people could expect the opportunity to vote on this amendment. How many Missourians would be negatively affected in that time?

This proposed constitutional amendment prohibits the state from imposing a penalty on a religious organization who acts in accordance with a sincere religious belief concerning same sex marriage, which includes the refusal to perform a same sex marriage ceremony or allow a same sex wedding ceremony to be performed on the religious organization’s property.  The state cannot penalize an individual who declines, due to sincere religious beliefs, to provide goods of expressional or artistic creation for a same sex wedding or wedding reception.

Persons protected by this resolution may use the law as a claim or defense in a legal proceeding regardless of whether the state is a party in the dispute.

Nothing in the resolution 1. prevents the state from providing lawful marriage licenses or other marital benefits; 2. allows a hospital to refuse to treat a marriage as valid for the purposes of a spouse’s right to visitation or to make health care decisions; 3. shall create a cause of action against a private employer by an employee for termination related to the employee’s religious beliefs concerning same sex marriage.

Additional Action Items:

  • If time allows, please contact the chairman and members of the Emerging Issues Committee to which SJR39 has been assigned and ask them to support SJR39.  Click here for their names and contact information.  The message is, “Please vote do pass with no changes to SJR39. To amend SJR39 is to kill SJR39.”
  • Save the date: Tuesday, April 19 – Religious Freedom Rally at the State Capitol. Watch for more information to come.

Please Pray.  Pray that the plans of those opposing this legislation would be thwarted and that those in support of it would be bold and courageous.  Pray for each office holder by name as you contact them.

More information about this important bill:

A great explanation of SJR39 from our friends at the Missouri Baptist Convention and Pathway.

What does the Missouri Religious Freedom Amendment (SJR39) do, not do?

It is entirely defensive, a shield, not a sword. It prevents the State and local governments from imposing penalties on clergy, churches, religious organizations and some wedding vendors which, for religious conscience reasons, wish to not participate in a wedding involved two people of the same sex or gender.

Who is protected?

All pastors and staff, churches, organizations and institutions like church run children’s homes, church-run universities and all church-run schools. It even prevents accreditation boards, which are non-state actors, from indirectly allowing the state to punish religious belief about same-sex marriage.

The definition of “religious organization” is not limited to nonprofits. So, for example, a for-profit Christian book seller, Family Counseling Center, Crisis Pregnancy Center or Publishing House that holds itself out to the public as religious is protected.

Is anyone else protected?

Yes. For-profit businesses are protected if they are closely held and the corporation either is asked to be a participant in a “marriage” or wedding ceremony; or provides goods and services that reflect creative or artistic expression and are asked to provide such goods and service for a same-sex “marriage” ceremony or ensuing celebration of the “marriage.” This would generally include bakers, photographers and florists.

What does SJR 39 not do?

  • It does not provide protection for individuals, corporations, or religious organizations who discriminate against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • It does not protect any non-religious, for-profit business, unless the business is closely held and the business is asked to either participate in a same-sex “marriage” or wedding ceremony, or provides goods and services that reflect creative or artistic expression for the “marriage” or wedding ceremony, or ensuing celebration.
  • It does not prevent state or local government from providing a marriage license or other government entitlement to same-sex couples.
  • It does not provide protection for a healthcare facility or elder care facility to refuse to treat a same-sex “marriage” as valid.
  • It does not provide protection for any action that violates the U.S. Constitution or federal law.

 

Easter Project AD2016

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CWA of Missouri has traditionally presented gifts to the members of the Missouri General Assembly to celebrate Easter and Constitution Day. This year for Easter we will be presenting this ceramic gift mug with vintage clock design to each member of the Missouri General Assembly.

On the reverse side the verse is spelled out in bold letters: For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

An Easter card  and chocolates will accompany each mug!

We are asking $10 to sponsor your state representative or state senator.

The gifts will be delivered to each member of the  Missouri General Assembly at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 23.

The gift will bear the sponsor’s name and address so the elected official will know who sponsored their gift.

To sponsor your state representative or state senator for the Easter Project AD2016 contact Val Cummings at 636-359-0401 or cwaofmo@hotmail.com.

Click here to view and print flyer.

 

Join CWA of Missouri at the #WomenBetrayed Rally at Planned Parenthood – St. Louis – Tuesday, July 28, at 12 Noon

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Planned Parenthood
4251 Forest Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108

In the last week, two undercover videos were released revealing that Planned Parenthood has been selling fetal organs from aborted babies. View first video.  View second video. In response to the outcry to defund Planned Parenthood since the release of the videos, Students for Life of America and other prolife organizations are launching #WomenBetrayed National Rallies across the country.

CWA of Missouri is joining with them to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH . . . Planned Parenthood has betrayed women. This is why we will be gathering together to protest Planned Parenthood. They have betrayed women, their children and their families – and they did it all with your tax dollars.

It is time to defund Planned Parenthood!

Please make plans now to join us on Tuesday, July 28, at 12 noon for the St. Louis Rally at Planned Parenthood on Forest Park Avenue.

Forward this on to your church, friends, family, etc. Strongly encourage them to attend.

Have you contacted Missouri congressional members and our governor concerning this issue yet? View our last two alerts on this issue and make your voice heart today.

CWA of Missouri Calls for Continued Action in the Allegations Against Planned Parenthood

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A hearty thank you to those who responded to our last e-alert concerning the undercover video of a Planned Parenthood representative casually describing the harvesting of baby body parts. Since then another video has come out. View both videos here.

Republican Members of Congress have called for a Congressional investigation. This is a perfect opportunity for you to voice your support to defund Planned Parenthood at the federal level. Our tax dollars should not be used to support an organization whose practices seem to be following the letter of the law rather than the spirit of the law if anything or breaking federal law at worst. Planned Parenthood is an organization which encourages unbiblical sexual behavior as well as abortion. Check out their website if you want to see who they are. Explore their website at plannedparenthood.org. Go to plannedparenthood.org/learn and the links to Sex & Sexuality and Sexual Orientation & Gender just for starters.

If you haven’t contacted Missouri’s two senators and eight representatives, do it right now by clicking here. The pressure needs to continue until an investigation is official. Encourage friends and family to do the same.

Let’s ramp it up!

Take Additional Action:

  • Please contact Gov. Jay Nixon at (573) 751-3222 or e-mail him at governor.mo.gov/get-involved/contact-the-governors-office. Ask him to investigate the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Missouri immediately due to recent developments. Then, encourage your friends and family to do the same.
  • Please contact Attorney General Chris Koster at 573-751-3321 or at attorney.general@ago.mo.gov and thank him for calling for an investigation.
  • Please contact President Pro Tem of the Senate, Sen. Tom Dempsey at (573) 751-1141 or at Tom.Dempsey@senate.mo.gov and thank him for taking this issue seriously and forming a Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life. The duties of this interim committee will include conducting an in-depth analysis of the Planned Parenthood business model and methods by which they dispose of human remains from aborted fetuses and determining whether any state dollars have been directly used in such activity, as well as other duties.

Pray: Pray that Gov. Jay Nixon will do the right thing and call for an investigation. Pray for Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, who was seen on the first video. Pray for Dr. Mary Gatter, President of Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director’s Council who was seen on the second video released yesterday. As you can be sure, the stress in their lives has risen to a level they may not have ever experienced. May the Lord call them to the saving knowledge of His Son Jesus Christ.

“For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:22b–26

Added note: Some of you may have seen attempts by some liberals to deflect the claims made by those who produced the video. Read our response, The Left has Left out Details (Again).

CWA of Missouri SPEAKS OUT Against the Selling of Baby Body Parts

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It is a federal felony to traffic human body parts! This week a shocking video from an undercover investigation shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola describing how selling the body parts of aborted children is part of the Planned Parenthood business plan!  View disturbing video..

Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America CEO and President, responded:

“Thirty to one hundred dollars; that’s the price Planned Parenthood appears to be profiting per dead baby. The recent video of Planned Parenthood’s senior director of Medical Services is just the latest in a laundry list of scandals, including aiding and abetting sex traffickers, giving sexual bondage instructions to children, cheating the government, sex-selection abortions, blatant racism, and the failure to report the molestation and rape of minors.

“There appears to be no depths to which this organization won’t stoop for money. When will the federal government wake up and follow the lead of the ten courageous governors who have cut funding to Planned Parenthood?

It’s time for Congress to say ‘Enough!’ If Planned Parenthood provides any worthy services, then they should have no problem raising funds like the thousands of other charities around this nation. Wake up America!”

Silence is not an option! Take action and pray on behalf of unborn babies!

Take Action: Contact your U.S. Senators and Representatives.

Senators:

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt – http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-roy
(202) 224-5721

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill – http://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/contact
(202) 224-6154

And then contact your U.S. Representative. If you are not sure who your U.S. Representative is, go to senate.mo.gov and to “Legislator Lookup” and fill in the blanks to find who you representative in the U. S. House is. If time allows, contact all of them.

U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay – https://lacyclay.house.gov/contact-form
(202) 225-2406

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner – https://wagner.house.gov/contact
(202) 225-1621 (Thank Rep. Ann Wagner. She called for an investigation on Wednesday soon after the story broke.)

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer- http://luetkemeyer.house.gov/contact/
(202) 225-2956

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler – https://hartzler.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
(202) 225-2876

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver – https://cleaver.house.gov/contact/email-me
(202) 225-4535

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves – https://graves.house.gov/contact
(202) 225-7041

U.S. Rep. Billy Long – http://long.house.gov/contact-billy/
(202) 225-6536

U.S. Rep. Jason Smith – https://jasonsmith.house.gov/contact/email-me
(202) 225-4404

Pray: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-3

Dear Heavenly Father, the God of all creation, please forgive us our trespasses. We will no longer be silent. Boldly we speak the truth in love, knowing that Jesus is the victory. Please break the hearts of our leaders for what breaks Your Heart. Destroy the walls of deception and shine the light on the evilness of abortion. As we serve You, our Risen Savior, we call on the surpassing power that is from You, not us.

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer