On Thursday, August 4, 2016, the Texas Department of State Health Services held a public hearing on their proposed rule changes to 25 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 1, Subchapter K §§1.132 – 1.137 concerning the method of disposal for abortion victims. Gov. Greg Abbot and the Department of State Health Services issued new rules on July 1 that would require any abortion provider to cremate or bury the bodies of unborn babies. In an outrage, pro-abortionists demanded a public hearing to oppose the implementation of the rules. Currently, the law allows for abortion victim remains to be disposed of like regular medical waste through sewers and landfills. Concerned Women for America (CWA) leaders had a strong representation at the hearing. Paula Moore, CWA of Texas Pro-Life Director, Cindy Asmussen, CWA of Texas Legislative Director, and Amanda Sanders, Young Women for America (YWA) Coordinator, testified at the hearing on behalf of the CWA of Texas, YWA and CWA Legislative Action Committee in support of the rule change. The room was filled with a strong presence of both pro-abortionists and pro-life advocates. Pro-lifers were well put-together and conducted themselves in a respectful, mature manner while pro-abortionists were sloppy and disrespectful during all pro-life remarks. The true colors of each side were shown. CWA and YWA of Texas leaders will be watching the progression of these rule changes and continue to speak up for the dignity of human life.
A woman seeking an abortion in Texas is required by law to receive a copy of “A Woman’s Right to Know” booklet before the procedure is performed. This booklet, published by the Texas Department of State Health Services, provides general information for the patient about pregnancy, abortion procedures and health care choices and applicable state laws. That booklet is under revision, and the public is invited to comment. You have the opportunity to read the material and make your comments available to State Health Services. The process is explained below. The following has been released by the Department for your convenience.
The draft version of “A Woman’s Right to Know” was published online June 28, 2016. Proposed revisions are available for stakeholder comment for 30 calendar days after posting. Comments provided by stakeholders that pertain to the proposed revisions will be considered. Revisions to the booklet will be guided by peer-reviewed scientific and medical literature, resources from professional medical organizations, and government health sources.
Comments should be emailed to WRTK@dshs.state.tx.us comment by Friday, July 29, 2016.
At the conclusion of the 30 days comment period and the final review process, the revised edition of the booklet will be announced through the stakeholder email distribution list and on the website. The revised edition of the booklet will be posted to the DSHS Woman’s Right To Know website and will be made available in print in English and in Spanish.
Add the Supreme Court’s Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt to the long line of horrible, unlawful, abortion rulings. Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a (5-3) ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the case challenging a law requiring abortion clinics to meet the building standards of ambulatory surgery centers and that abortionists maintain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), had this to say:
This decision represents a great setback for woman’s health and safety. For that is what this case was about, not abortion. Women’s health and safety are a top priority for the thousands of women I represent at Concerned Women for America, and they fought hard to enact this basic commonsense legislation.
The Supreme Court dishonors that commitment today by imposing its policy preferences over the women of Texas.
It is simply a complete fabrication to say that the Constitution somehow demands that these laws be struck down.
Worse, the outcome of this case represents what we have known for a while now, that we have a deep problem of judicial activism. Eight unelected Justices sitting 1,500 miles away should not have the constitutional authority to second guess the policy choices of the women of Texas.
The justices created and self-defined this extra-constitutional “undue burden” to advance their political ideology and, in doing so, just five justices are able to halt the efforts of a whole state to protect its citizens.
This reminds us once again that the types of justices we appoint to the Supreme Court make the decisions that, unfortunately, affect every area of our lives, and we must fight for men and women who respect the law and the Constitution instead of liberals wanting to advance an agenda.
For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at email@example.com or 712-269-1724.
We just celebrated Mother’s Day, and continue to celebrate mothers, children and families everywhere as we remember that May is National Foster Care Month. In this audio interview, Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, talks to Angela Paxton, wife of pro-life, pro-family stalwart Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) of the great state of Texas.
This story is the type that movies are made of, and as Mrs. Paxton would confirm, it could only happen through the grace of a Sovereign God. You do not want to miss it!
On April 26, the Superintendent of the Fort Worth, Texas, Independent School District (ISD) unilaterally issued new transgender student guidelines at the Board of Trustees’ meeting dictating serious and dangerous new policies, effective immediately. They were not debated, discussed or voted on at any Board meetings.
These new guidelines (many of which may actually violate Texas state law) say employees of the district will undergo adverse employment action if they do not go along with all of the new guidelines that clearly violate not only common sense, but First Amendment speech and religious liberty rights. They can no longer use the words “boy” and “girl” and must abandon gender references, information about the students gender expression on campus will be withheld from parents, no medical or mental health diagnosis is required in order to have a student claim an identity and therefore, have full rights to the opposite sex locker rooms, bathrooms, etc. Click here to read the actual guidelines.
They are making the guidelines look as if they are in accordance with governing law, but there is no federal or state law on this. Title IX, which was written in 1972, states that you cannot discriminate based on sex (sex meant male or female) in order to receive federal funds. School districts are not required to make any transgender policy changes by Texas or Federal law, even if it is the desire of bureaucrats from the Department of Education to make up new definitions and set up interdepartmental guidelines without having any amendments to the law passed by Congress. The Department of Education Office of Civil Rights is bullying school districts into believing they have no choice but to make these policy changes as is currently happening in Chicago, Illinois. Click here to read more about that situation.
The Fort Worth ISD guidelines are mandatory and retroactive to the 2015-2016 school year unless revised or revoked. They must, and can be, revoked with public outcry and parental as well as local and statewide involvement. Will you join us as we commit this issue in pray and then take action?
Please pray about this very concerning situation.
- Pray for each member of the Fort Worth ISD School Board by name.
- Pray that the Fort Worth district parents, community and our state will overwhelmingly rise up against this.
- Pray for the Lord’s wisdom and strategy as we oppose these guidelines and the individuals perpetrating them.
Take action now!
- If you live in the Fort Worth area please attend the Fort Worth ISD School Board meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. to be held in the Board of Education complex at 2903, Shotts Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107.
- Email each member of the Fort Worth ISD Board and respectfully express your concerns. Even if you don’t live in Fort Worth school district, this sets a dangerous precedent and they need to hear from all Texans.
Jacinto “Cinto” Ramos, Jr – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tobi Jackson – email@example.com
Christene Chadwick Moss – firstname.lastname@example.org
Theophlous Aron Sims, Sr. – email@example.com
Judy Needham – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Sutherland – email@example.com
Norman Robbins – firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Avila – email@example.com
Ashley Paz – firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Please forward this e-alert to fellow Texans, especially those in Fort Worth.
CWA of Texas
On May 9, 2016, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, called for the resignation of Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner, Superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District. He issued the following statement
“After less than a year as superintendent, Dr. Scribner has lost his focus and thereby his ability to lead the Fort Worth ISD. He has placed his own personal political agenda ahead of the more than 86,000 students attending 146 schools in the district by unilaterally adopting ‘Transgender Student Guidelines.’
“Without any discussion with parents, board members, principals, and other community leaders, Dr. Scribner’s unilateral action, underscores his lack of fitness to hold his position as superintendent.“Campus safety should be of paramount concern for anyone in his position. Every parent, especially those of young girls, should be outraged.
“The State of Texas has an affirmative responsibility to provide a safe environment in the schools where attendance is compulsory. While this may be an example of the need for the Legislature to pass a meaningful School Choice Bill, we must not allow the actions of Dr. Scribner to go unnoticed or unanswered.“I call upon the parents within the Fort Worth ISD to take immediate steps to repeal this stealthy scheme and remove Dr. Scribner from his post.”
Click here to view his press release.
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick will be attending the Fort Worth ISD school board meeting this evening and speaking out against the dangerous new guidelines the superintendent is trying to impose on the school district. If you live in Fort Worth, please make plans to attend and address the elected members of the Fort Worth ISD School Board meeting today, Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Board of Education complex at 2903, Shotts Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107.
Concerned Women for America of Texas has worked tirelessly on this issue from the beginning and brought light to the problem by mobilizing and educating others, and speaking with public officials such as the Lt Governor.
CWA of Texas sincerely thanks Lt. Governor Patrick for making sure our Texas schools are not overtaken with dangerous policies that not only violate free speech and religious liberties, but also the protections of children and parental knowledge of their child’s wellbeing on campus.
Click here to read the FWISD policy changes.
For more information click here to view our previous e-alert on this issue.