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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.
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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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).
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.
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt – http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-roy
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill – http://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/contact
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
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/
U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler – https://hartzler.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver – https://cleaver.house.gov/contact/email-me
U.S. Rep. Sam Graves – https://graves.house.gov/contact
U.S. Rep. Billy Long – http://long.house.gov/contact-billy/
U.S. Rep. Jason Smith – https://jasonsmith.house.gov/contact/email-me
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
Please celebrate Constitution Day by participating in our annual Constitution Day Project.
Each year we present a gift to each member of the Missouri General Assembly to help them understand and remember the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the freedom that it protects. This year we will be presenting three items. The first is a book titled In God We Trust. This inspiring book by John Hudson Tiner reveals the events that led to the phrase “In God We Trust” finding a place on American coins and currency. In addition we have included a pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution as well as the “28 Principles” card by W. Cleon Skousen. These principles are what the Founding Fathers said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desired peace, prosperity, and freedom. They made more progress possible in 200 years than was made previously in over 5,000 years.
The gifts will be delivered to each member of the Missouri General Assembly at the State Capitol on Wednesday, September 16.
We are asking $10 to sponsor your state representative or state senator.
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 Constitution Day Project AD2015,
contact Val Cummings at 636-916-3189 or [email protected] Please contact us by September 10 to participate.
Click here to view and print flyer.
Dear CWA of Missouri Friends!
Below you will find a link to the current CWA of Missouri Capitol Report of the 2015 Legislative Session. In this report, you will read about CWA of Missouri’s activities at the Missouri General Assembly, upcoming events and additional ways you can partner with us in our efforts. In order for CWA of Missouri to be as effective as possible in impacting the state legislature, it is imperative that you read, act, pray and pass on this report. Together we will make a difference on behalf of Missouri families and children.
Read the April 22, 2015 CWA of Missouri Capitol Report now!
Thank you in advance for your diligent, enthusiastic participation.
CWA of Missouri
April 14, 2015
Please take a few minutes to both pray and take action on these important issues. Then forward this e-mail on to like-minded friends, family, churches and associates.
The LAST TWO WEEKS IN REVIEW
Wednesday, April 1
Easter Project 2015 gift delivery day!
Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator Ginger Yoak and her husband Jim, Volunteer Coordinator Val Cummings and Records Correspondent Diana Kaufman came to help Capitol regulars Legislative Liaison Sherry Kuttenkuler, Legislative Liaison Linda Laird and State Director Bev Ehlen with the delivery of the Ten Commandments plaques and Easter cards to each of the members of the Missouri General Assembly. The Ten Commandment plaques were well received. We had Legislative Assistants even asking how they, too, could get one, and we had some visitors to the Capitol stop by our work area to see what we were doing. Thankfully, we had purchased some extra so we were able to bless each person who asked for a Ten Commandment plaque that day.
A special thanks to Ginger, Jim, Val, and Diana for taking time out to help. We greatly appreciate every one of you!
Wednesday, April 1
The Truth Project
CWA of Missouri and Missouri Alliance for Freedom hosts the Truth Project on Wednesday mornings for the members of the Missouri General Assembly, staff members and individuals living near the Capitol. The week’s lesson was Sociology: The Divine Imprint – The order we observe in the natural realm is even more apparent in the social systems God has established: family, church, community, state, labor, and the union between God and man. Life is a series of relationships that flow out of and reflect the Trinitarian nature of the Creator.
Tuesday, April 7
We are happy to report that the people of Springfield repealed the highly controversial sexual orientation gender identity ordinance that was passed by the Springfield City Council last year. The vote was 15,364 (51.43%) YES votes to 14,510 (48.57%) NO votes. It was close. We are so grateful for this victory. Many pastors in Springfield stepped out of their comfort zone and got involved. Thank you, Father God, for honoring these pastors and the people of Springfield with this victory.
Bev Ehlen took a break from CWA activities and traveled to SE Missouri to help a friend who was a first time candidate for school board.
Linda Laird was at the Capitol taking care of business. Linda attended the hearing on HB104 sponsored by Isaac Haahr (R-District 134) in the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee meeting. This bill prohibits an institution of higher learning from taking any action or enforcing any policy that denies a religious student association any benefit available to other student organizations. CWA of Missouri supports HB104.
Action Item: Please contact your state senator and ask him/her to support HB104 when it comes to the Senate floor for debate and vote. Click here to find out who your state senator is as well as their contact information.
Also heard in the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee meeting, sponsored by Rep. Isaac Haahr (R-District 134), was HB152 which expands the crime of sexual trafficking of a child to include advertising a child participating in a commercial sexual act. CWA of Missouri supports HB152. We expect this bill to pass without opposition.
Wednesday, April 8
The Truth Project
CWA of Missouri and Missouri Alliance for Freedom host the Truth Project on Wednesday mornings for the members of the Missouri General Assembly, staff members and individuals living near the Capitol. The week’s lesson was Unio Mystica: Am I Alone? Is it possible for the infinite, eternal Creator to dwell within the heart of an individual? The implications of this great mystery, which represents the very core of the Christian faith, are explored at length in this examination of the most intimate of the social spheres.
Educating the Legislators
Linda Laird and Sherry Kuttenkuler delivered the weekly handouts CWA of Missouri prepares to leave in each office of each member of the Missouri General Assembly. They had several interesting and engaging conversations with members as they went from office to office.
Linda and Sherry continue to do outstanding work as they track legislation, articulate CWA of Missouri’s position on many pieces of legislation and develop relationships with legislators and their staff. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Student Data Protection
Linda and Sherry then attended the Senate Education Committee meeting that afternoon where SB530, sponsored by Sen. Bob Onder (R-District 2), was heard. SB530 (the student protection bill) enacts multiple provisions to protect the privacy of student data. One of the biggest concerns we have with the Common Core State Standards Initiative is the data collection and privacy violation of the students. This bill will go a long way to protect the students in that regard.
Action Item: Please contact Sen. David Pearce (R-District 21) at 573-751-2272 and ask him to hold an executive session on SB530 and then turn it in with full support to be placed on the formal calendar for debate and vote. Then contact Sen. Ron Richard (R-District 32) at 573-751-2173 and ask him to support SB530.
Prayer/Action Chapter Activity
Bev Ehlen was in Washington, Missouri, on Wednesday evening to help the local CWA Prayer/Action Chapter start a study on The Five Thousand Year Leap. This is a basic study on the twenty-eight principles our founders used to frame our Republic and write our Constitution.
Action Item: If you would like to host a study like this in your area, find out if there is a local CWA Prayer/Action Chapter in your area and/or find out how to start a chapter, contact Bev Ehlen at [email protected]. We have this study and other DVD-based studies available to borrow.
Thursday, April 9
Pastors and Christian Leaders Summit
Bev Ehlen attended the Pastors and Christian Leaders Summit in Lee’s Summit. President of Amerisearch, Inc. Bill Federer, Liberty Institute Attorney Kelly Shackelford, Pastor and National Black Pro-life Coalition representative Stephen Broden and others spoke directly to the pastors and the lay people attending regarding our responsibility to be involved in public policy and how to prepare ourselves for the immediate future especially regarding Religious Liberty and the growth of Islam – a religion with equal political and military components. Thank you to Dr. Karladine Graves for hosting such a terrific event.
THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES
The Truth Project
If you live close to the Capitol or are visiting for the day, join us for breakfast and a dose of Truth at 7:00 a.m. in Hearing Room 4 on Wednesday mornings. Click here for more information.
Action Item: Contact your state representative and state senator and ask him/her to attend on Wednesday mornings – especially Wednesday, April 15, when the lesson will be The State: Whose Law? and Wednesday, April 22, when the lesson will be The American Experiment: Stepping Stones. Both of these lessons have content that a public office holder needs to understand to fulfill their duties successfully. Click here to find out who your state representative and state senator are as well as their contact information.
Partner with Us
We ask for your prayers, financial support and participation. We are an all-volunteer organization. Each of the ladies travel to the Capitol, pay for gas for their cars and overnight stays, food away from home, etc. It would be great to have some individuals step up and “Sponsor a Legislative Liaison.” This money could go directly to reimburse a Legislative Liaison for some of her expenses. Think about it, pray about it and contact us should the Lord move you to “Sponsor a Legislative Liaison.”
What if I told you that pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) activists are working tirelessly to infiltrate schools and influence children across the country? What if I said activists were taunting and bullying kids in public school and shaming them regarding their religious beliefs that favor traditional marriage? Read More
The Day of Silence, organized and promoted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), takes place this year on Friday, April 17. The Day of Silence is the king of all the numerous homosexuality-affirming activities that take place in public schools. It started in one university and then, like a cancer, metastasized to thousands of high schools and then into middle schools. Before long it will take place in elementary schools. Leftists know that it’s easier to indoctrinate 16-year-olds than 36-year-olds and easier still to indoctrinate 6-year-olds.
Silence the Day of Silence by participating in the ‘Day of Silence’ Walk Out.
Ask your pastor to write a letter to the local schools. Click here for a sample letter.
If you have school-age children, contact your administration as soon as possible.
- Ask this specific question: Will you be permitting students to refuse to speak in class on the Day of Silence? If the administration either answers “Yes” or dodges the question, please keep your child or children out of school on the Day of Silence. Every absence costs districts money, and money talks.
- Also, politely insist that an e-mail be sent to every family informing them that the Day of Silence will be taking place in classes on April 17, that some students will be refusing to speak during instructional time, that it is organized by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, and identifying specifically who is sponsoring it in your school. Parents have a right to know.
GLSEN promotes the Day of Silence as an “anti-bullying” effort. If it were centrally or solely about eradicating bullying, everyone — liberals and conservatives alike — would support it. But it’s not.
The Day of Silence exploits government schools, captive audiences, and anti-bullying sentiment to advance the left’s social, moral, and political beliefs and goals. GLSEN seeks to advance the belief that all public expressions of moral disapproval of homosexual activity are bullying.
GLSEN urges students to refuse to speak all day, including during academic classes, which is disruptive to instructional time. Administrators permit students to refuse to speak in class, and teachers feel compelled to create lesson plans to accommodate student refusal to speak. Teachers feel that if they don’t accommodate student refusal to speak, they will be seen as supporting the bullying of self-identified homosexual students.
The little unspoken secret is that many teachers on both sides of the political aisle hate the Day of Silence because of the distraction and disruption it creates. Unfortunately, they’re afraid to say that to their administrations because GLSEN and its ideological acolytes proclaim that opposition to the Day of Silence necessarily means endorsement of bullying. The truth is one can both oppose bullying and oppose the Day of Silence.
The homosexuality-affirming legal organizations Lambda Legal and the ACLU have both stated that students have no legal right to refuse to speak in class, so school administrations have every right to require students to participate verbally in class. And teachers have every right to require students to answer questions, give oral presentations or speeches, or participate in debates or discussions.
CWA of Missouri has endorsed the ‘Day of Silence’ Walk Out.
A coalition of pro-family organizations is once again urging parents to keep their children home from school on the Day of Silence if their school administrations will be allowing students to politicize instructional time by refusing to speak. This is the only organized national effort to oppose any pro-homosexual activity or event in public schools.
Often times parents of freshmen learn for the first time that the Day of Silence is taking place in their school when they hear about the ‘Day of Silence’ Walk Out. Even parents of sophomores, juniors, and seniors are uninformed. This lack of awareness happens because school administrations do not notify parents about The Day of Silence.
The absence of conservative influence within the culture on issues related to homosexuality is to some extent the fault of conservatives. Ignorance, fear, and an astounding lack of perseverance on the parts of conservatives have turned our cultural institutions — including public education — into the playground of “progressives.” Our passivity has enabled homosexual activists and their ideological allies to become social, political, and pedagogical bullies. Evidence of that is everywhere, including in schools on GLSEN’s annual April school event, the Day of Silence.
We must match — and exceed — the boldness and perseverance of the left if we hope to stop the relentless appropriation of public education for the promotion of homosexuality.
Stop the bullying! Join the ‘Day of Silence’ Walk Out.
Pass this e-mail on to like-minded friends, family, your pastor, and acquaintances.
Please pray and ask the Lord to silence the voice of those that promote unhealthy lifestyles – physically, emotionally and most importantly, spiritually.
For more information, visit the ‘Day of Silence’ Walk Out website.
Stop the bullying!
Missourians’ liberty is under attack AGAIN. This time with another Obamacare style data collection proposal at the State Capitol. The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is being described as a program which will deter “doctor shopping” and keep prescription drugs off the streets.
SB63 sponsored by Sen. David Sater (R-District 29) and HB130 sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder (R-District 148) are the two bills that would make Missouri participate in this national data bank, a data bank that would hold the information on Missourians prescription drugs. A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is not just about collecting data — it puts you under a system of government surveillance, with government computers sifting through your private data in ways human agents currently cannot do.
According to the National Survey on Drugs and Health, where non-medical use of prescription drugs is concerned, Missouri is only 0.26% (1/4 of 1%) worse, without a PDMP, than the national average, and all the other states already have PDMPs set up!
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is all about data collection. The more they know about you, the more they will be able to control your family’s personal decisions. Instead of resisting Obamacare, a PDMP plays right into the hands of those trying to centralize power and run your life.
The last few years, federal officials have used questions about one’s mental condition as a form of back-door gun control. Veterans have particularly been victimized. Some people think the prescription drug database will facilitate claims of mental illness, leading to loss of gun rights, simply because someone has received a prescription that contains an ingredient sometimes used to treat emotional or mental illnesses.
The state of Missouri has already demonstrated that it can’t be trusted with our personal data. Remember the Department of Revenue (DOR) scandal in 2013 in which they illegally released the personal data of 163,000 conceal carry permit holders? What you may not know is that to this day the DOR is still violating other provisions of Missouri’s anti – Real ID statute, in spite of sanctions imposed on them by the General Assembly.
Some things you can do regarding SB63:
- Contact Rep. Jim Hansen’s (R-District 40) office at 573-751-4028 and tell him you are opposed to Missouri adopting the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, SB63. He is the chairman of the House Insurance Committee. His committee will hold a hearing of SB63 now that it has passed the Senate and is over in the House of Representatives.
- Contact Speaker John Diehl’s (R-District 89) office at 573-751-1544 and urge him to oppose the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, SB63.
- Contact House Floor Leader Todd Richardson’s (R-District 152) office at 573-751-4039 and tell him no to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, SB63.
- Contact your own state representative and urge him/her to oppose the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, SB63. Click hereto find out who your state senator is as well as their contact information.
Some things you can do regarding HB130:
- Contact Sen. Doug Libla’s (R-District 24) office at 573-7514843 and tell him you are opposed to Missouri adopting the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, HB130. Sen. Libla is the chairman of the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety Committee. HB130 was assigned to his committee and it will most likely be heard Wednesday, April 15 if not before. It was scheduled to be heard this Wednesday, April 8 but the hearing was cancelled.
- Contact Sen. Tom Dempsey-President Pro Tem’s (R-District 23) office at 573-751-1141 and urge him to oppose the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, HB130.
- Contact Senate Floor Leader Ron Richard’s (R-District 32) office at 573-751-2173 and tell him no to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, HB130.
- Contact your own state representative and urge him/her to oppose the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, HB130. Click here to find out who your state representative is as well as their contact information
Please pray and ask the Lord to thwart the plans of those that would have these bills succeed.