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Virginia Members: Call/Email Speaker Howell and Urge Him to Assign a Committee to HB 1473, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act!

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Dear CWA of Virginia friend,

As you all know, our 2017 Legislative Session kicked off last week, and Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia commends Delegate Dave LaRock (R-House District 33) for introducing HB 1473, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. HB 1473 is a crucial step to ensuring protection for innocent life in the womb as it protects babies at 20 weeks’ gestation, or when a baby feels excruciating pain.

The bill has not yet been assigned to a committee and we need YOU to call and/or email the Speaker of the House, Bill Howell (R-House District 28), and urge him to assign the bill to a committee for a vote.

Why should you get involved? Take a look this crucial research which supports the need for Pain-Capable legislation:

  • Unborn children have pain receptors (nociceptors) present throughout their entire body and nerves link these receptors to the brain’s thalamus and subcortical plate by no later than 20 weeks.
  • The unborn child reacts to touch by 8 weeks after fertilization.
  • After 20 weeks, the unborn child reacts to stimuli that would be recognized as painful if applied to an adult, for example, by recoiling.
  • In the unborn child, application of such painful stimuli is associated with significant increases in stress hormones known as the stress response.
  • For the purposes of surgery on unborn children, fetal anesthesia is routinely administered and is associated with a decrease in stress hormones compared to their level when painful stimuli are applied without such anesthesia.
  • Consequently, there is substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain by 20 weeks after fertilization.
  • Therefore, Virginia has a compelling interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates that they are capable of feeling pain.
  • Polls by Quinnipiac, National Journal, Huffington Post, NBC News/Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post/ABC News have all revealed: A majority of Americans support limiting abortion after 20 weeks.
  • A study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute has shown the United States is one of just seven countries worldwide that permits abortion beyond 20 weeks. Other countries include: China, North Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada, and the Netherlands.

And most importantly, life in the womb matters to our God. Therefore, please pray and act TODAY and make your voice heard!

PRAY: Please pray that HB 1473 is assigned a committee and passes and that Virginia would be a state that protects life from conception to natural death.

ACT:

  • Please call and/or email the Speaker of the House, Delegate Bill Howell today and tell him you are a member of Concerned Women for America, and then ask him to assign the bill to a committee for a vote.

House Speaker Bill Howell (R-House District 28), phone: 804-698-1028; email: DelWHowell@house.virginia.gov

  • Then, call Delegate LaRock and thank him for introducing this excellent legislation.

Del. David LaRock (R-House District 33), phone: (804) 698-1033; email: DelDLaRock@house.virginia.gov

Thank you in advance – you are impacting Virginia with Biblical principles!

Hannah Ellis
National Field Director
Concerned Women for America

CWA of Virginia Forest Chapter Goes to Capitol in Richmond

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On January 11, five members of the Concerned Women for America Forest Prayer/Action Chapter, led by Chapter Leader and former State Director Jan Robey, enjoyed a very informative and exciting day at the Capitol in Richmond.  The first major event was the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast; the group was graciously hosted by Delegate Kathy Byron (R-District 22).  Governor Terry McAuliffe and many other state officers, elected officials and dignitaries were in attendance as they were prayed over at the start of this legislative session. In addition, former Governor Bob McDonnell was also present and recognized.

Other highlights of the trip included participating in the powerful Family Advocacy Day activities sponsored by The Family Foundation; the main speaker for the legislative briefing there was Joseph Backholm, President of the Family Policy Institute of Washington (state); his presentation was very informative and insightful.  Visits with various Central Virginia Senators and Delegates rounded out the day as we were able to expressly state our desire for their support of pro-life and pro-traditional marriage legislation and that the Commonwealth would shift taxpayer dollars from Planned Parenthood to the more comprehensive Federally Qualified Health Centers.  What a joy it was to see so many of our elected officials enthusiastically embracing the values also espoused by CWA!

Join CWA of Virginia’s Encourage-A-Legislator Program Today!

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“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.”  I Timothy 2:1-2

We are setting up our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Program for this coming state legislative session once again. Our prayer is that those who took part last year will be willing and eager to do it again this year and that we will have many new encouragers as well.

If you have not participated in our EAL Program in the past, know that this program is focused solely on prayer and encouragement to our state legislators.  Participants simply pray for an assigned legislator every day of the legislative session and send a postcard once a week to their assigned legislator with encouraging words letting them know that they are being prayed for each day. This is not a lobbying effort but a ministry to the legislators.  Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, democrat, republican, independent or other, they are in desperate need of prayer.  This 2017 legislative session, CWA of Virginia plans to deliver those prayers. The 2017 legislative session goes from January 11 to February 13 (6 weeks).

Once signed up, participants receive a packet with the name and biography of their assigned legislator, six CWA of Virginia EAL postcards and suggestions to write on the postcard (optional).

Seen or unseen, prayer always has a significant impact. Year after year we receive letters of appreciation from the legislators expressing their gratitude for the many postcards of prayer and encouragement.  They often communicate how they need and want to be upheld in prayer as they serve the people of Virginia.

Sign up today by e-mailing me at encourageva@gmail.com or call me at 434-525-6705.  I will need your name, address, phone number and how many legislators you would like to encourage.

Click here for brochure.  Print and distribute freely.

Please forward this on to friends and family who you think may be interested in participating.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Praying along with you,

Janet Stasulli
Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator
CWA of Virginia
434-525-6705
encourageva@gmail.com

Parents: Important Information Regarding Fairfax County Public Schools’ “Gender Identity” Policies

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Dear Friend,

Do you or someone you know live in Fairfax County? If so, please read the following important information and pass it along to any parents of students in the Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) District.

We reached out to you in July regarding the new transgender “guidelines” that were to be implemented into the curriculum by the Fairfax County Public School Board. You made your voice heard then, and now we want to inform you about the latest regarding the newly revised Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum as well as the added “gender identity” section of the FCPS nondiscrimination clause and Policy 1450 – neither of which has been well-explained by the School Board.

It has become evident that your elected representatives on the School Board are making decisions with little parental input and involvement, and they have not clearly defined what the actual policies will mean for teachers, students and parents.

In response, the Concerned Parents and Educators of Fairfax County have put together a Parent Information Package which contains valuable information and important opt out forms.

Click here to view the Parent Information Package.
They have also written a letter to FCPS parents, you can view it here. In summary, the letter asks for a few action items:

  1. Decline to sign the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Handbook. How can we sign when we don’t know what it means?
  2. Opt out of Guidance, Health, and other lessons that include “gender identity.”
  3. Opt out of the newly revised Family Life Education (FLE) program, which is needlessly explicit and age inappropriate.
  4. Opt out of the Youth (Sex) Survey that educational bureaucrats use to justify including progressive and anti-family material in curricula.
  5. Voice your opposition to the controversial, nontransparent transgender Policy 1450 by writing to the School Board and Superintendent Garza (at SchBoard@fcps.edu and SuperintendentGarza@fcps.edu), and attending the next FCSB Meeting, September 8, at 7:00 p.m., at Luther Jackson Middle School to ask for answers.

Pray that God would guide the members of the FCSB and school boards across America as they make policy decisions this year. Ultimately, pray that God would show students across the nation their true identity is found in Christ alone.

This policy is not just about bathrooms. It would involve locker rooms, overnight sports, academic trips, and more. It even has the potential to have female and male sports team implications as well.

Parents, we must respectfully make our voices heard to the School Board in order to protect the safety of our children.
Thanks in advance for your action!

Supreme Court Stays Ruling Forcing Schools to Allow Transgender Students to Use the Bathroom of Their Choice

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – The Supreme Court has put on hold a Fourth Circuit Court ruling requiring a Virginia school district to accommodate a transgender high school student’s request to use the boys’ bathroom. The justices split 5-3 on the issue to temporarily lift the obligation of the Gloucester County school system to allow one of their students to use the bathroom of her choice in accordance with Obama Administration guidance. CWA CEO and President Penny Nance has this to say:

“We commend the Supreme Court for voting to stay this case and encourage them to do the right thing when the time comes to rule on the merits.

“This case is a result of yet another Obama Administration overreach. To require schools to allow students into any bathroom of their choice is an overstep on legal boundaries by redefining the scope and reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and slapping the heavy hand of government on local schools.

“This would also impact the use of showers, locker rooms, school travel and more. This unwise and rash policy would favor the desires of a small group over young women with religious, cultural, and modesty concerns. The Court should not shove this unwise policy on the states.

“Schools all over this nation have rightly worked on a case-by-case basis to accommodate kids struggling with gender dysphoria. They should not be forced by big government to violate the privacy of other students and perhaps even create trauma for the very kids Obama pretends to protect. Local school districts, with the input of parents and health professionals, should be setting school policy on such a sensitive and controversial issue, not Washington.

“Finally, the left always uses children to accomplish its goals of social reengineering. The adults closest to these children should decide what’s best for all the children in the school. Safety and kindness should be the guiding principles, not threats from the bullies in Washington. We hope the Supreme Court agrees.”

Meet CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance in Lynchburg Next Monday, April 18!

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You’re invited!

Have you heard about CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance’s new book, Feisty & Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women?!  It hits the shelves TOMORROW, April 12!

Meet Penny and obtain a signed copy next week in Lynchburg, Virginia!

Attend Liberty University’s Senior Convocation service and then a book signing with Penny immediately following.

Monday, April 18

Convocation: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Book signing:  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Liberty Alumni Speakers: DJ Jordan, Penny Nance and Jason and David Benham

Each speaker will discuss their time at Liberty University and how it prepared them for their careers.

Williams Stadium
Club Level (3rd floor)
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515

Click here for parking map.
No RSVP necessary.

She hopes to see you there!

Can’t attend?  Click here to order her book now!

“Conservative women have never fit neatly into stereotypes, especially conservative Christian women,” says Penny Young Nance. “We’re not the humorless, dim-witted ‘church ladies’ Saturday Night Live has made us out to be. Today’s conservative women are intelligent, well-educated, compassionate, accomplished, funny, and fearless—and it’s time for us to stand up and be heard. In fact, we have an opportunity like never before to offer words of redemption to a world gone mad.”

Click here to find out more about this timely book and what Penny has to say about it.  Click here to watch her interview with the Washington Times.

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Thank You, Janet Robey, for Your Outstanding Service to CWA Through the Years

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Dear CWA of Virginia Friends,

For eight years, Janet Robey has been the State Director for Concerned Women for America of Virginia. We remember back in 2007 when we asked Janet to step into the position of State Director. She diligently prayed about it and eventually accepted with the understanding that she would commit to taking the position for only one year. We agreed, knowing full well the Lord was at work and that she would be with us much longer. Well, eight years later, the one year has concluded, and Janet is stepping down from the position of State Director. Though saddened, we are honored that she graced us with her tremendous work for each of those years. As of December 31, Janet will be stepping down from the position of State Director, yet will be staying with us as a local Prayer/Action Chapter.

Here is what she said on the matter:

“It is with a heavy heart that I need to share that as of December 31, 2015, I am stepping down as Virginia’s State Director for Concerned Women for America (CWA).

“The life experience, education and opportunities that CWA has provided for me over the past eight years are invaluable, and I would recommend this organization to anyone who wishes to be educated and engaged in current issues.

“As I age (I hate to admit that), I have found it is increasingly more difficult to juggle CWA, my full time job and family responsibilities. I will continue to be active with CWA including facilitating a Prayer/Action Chapter (I absolutely love my ladies and the prayer warriors that they are). This conservative activist is not stepping down from the fight, just the position.

“I look forward to our continued relationship as we battle on until HE comes. After December 31, you will be able to reach me at janetrobey55@gmail.com, and my phone number stays the same 434-401-8852.”

Through the years Janet has made countless trips to Richmond to lobby legislators on CWA’s core issues. Through the years, she has taken the time to encourage the state legislators with cookies, flowers and, when the flu was going around, hand sanitizer with a tag that said, “Stay Well. Virginia families are counting on you! Psalm 24:3-5”. She has attended multiple demonstrations in opposition to abortion, in support of marriage and many others. She has spoken in front of a myriad of groups on an array of topics and attended meetings all around the state representing CWA. Through e-alerts, Janet encouraged prayer and action on behalf of Lisa Miller as she held her ground to protect her daughter from going into the custody of a woman living in a lesbian relationship. She attended many of Lisa’s court hearings as well. Thank God with us for blessing CWA with such a godly representative.

Every month we spotlight a director on CWA national’s homepage. In October we featured Janet. Please take a moment to read what she wrote for us.

We will miss Janet tremendously, but look forward to her continued leadership with her Chapter and her involvement with CWA of Virginia. Know that we are working on a replacement. After December 31, you can contact us in the Field Department for any help you need.

Sincerely,

Kenda Bartlett
National Field Director
Concerned Women for America
kbartlett@cwfa.org
ConcernedWomen.org

Michelle Minor
Field Organization Coordinator
Concerned Women for America
mminor@cwfa.org

State Leader Spotlight: Janet Robey

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What is Your Policy Passion?
Marriage

What’s your CWA story?

VA BOH Media pic“In 2005, I began to sense God was redirecting my ministry focus after being in children’s ministry for five years.  In the fall of that year, I attended an E-Women conference, where I stumbled on a Concerned Women for America booth.  I was familiar with this organization, so I spoke to the ladies and, shortly afterwards, started attending a Prayer/Action Chapter meeting.  While attending these monthly meetings, I discovered how much I had forgotten about our governmental process.  These passionate and caring ladies began my journey to become educated on the process of federal and state government.  In the very beginning, I could not even tell you who my state representatives were.

In those early days, I was a Home Team Captain with CWA and a Church Liaison with The Family Foundation.  In those positions, I recruited individuals to be on my Home Team.  I was to disperse information via e-mail to encourage my team to take action (educating, praying, and acting on issues of importance). With the Family Foundation, I took training on how to encourage the church to be involved in passing the Marriage Amendment.  So the Marriage Amendment is what propelled me into action.

I attended my first CWA National Leadership Conference in September 2006.  Looking back to that conference, I can see how God was preparing me.

After the Marriage Amendment was passed, my husband and I attended a victory celebration.  It was to be a prophetic night.  We were talking to the grassroots director of Family Foundation and discussing the fact that the Virginia director had stepped down to run for office.  Steve said to me, “You could do that!” and I promptly said, “Oh no, I’m too new.” A few minutes later as we walked away, my husband turned to me and said, “They are going to ask you to do that.”

In June 2007, I was approached by a long-time CWA member and asked to be interim State Director.  The very next Sunday (June 17), a dear lady at church handed me a note and said she was impressed to give this to me.  She had no idea what was swirling around in my head.  Romans 8:28. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  She said “Respond to His leading and trust; He will work it out.”

I was in a Beth Moore study “Seeking Him,” and that particular week was on grace.  I’ll share some quotes from that week God used to lead me in the decision process.  “Grace is that which God gives us to meet His requirements and to face the difficulties of life.”  “Do I take God’s grace for granted or have I lost the sense of wonder of what God has done for me?” (Or can do for me?) “God’s grace is the dynamic quality of His life within us that gives us both the desire and the power to obey God.  God is fully aware that we are incapable of Godly living in spite of our best intentions or efforts.  His grace is His supernatural supply for all we lack.  He promises to equip and empower us to do whatever He requires of us.”  Philippians 2:13 says it is God who works in you to will and to do for His good pleasure.

I had noted in the book that week, “I feel totally inadequate to do a task that God has called me to do.”

I was dumbfounded really.  So for the two weeks, I struggled; I reasoned; I questioned.  One of my main concerns was my lack of ability, education, and knowledge in this arena.

A couple weeks later, our church had a special guest — a trumpeter.  It was as if God ordained this message just for me.

I Corinthians 14:7-8 “… how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes, Again if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?”

God was calling me to sound a clear call through the vehicle of CWA.  So I answered the call.  Has it been easy? No!  Has it been convenient? No!  Has it required me to move out of my comfort zone? Absolutely! Would I change my answer to the call — most days NO!

I leave you with two verses. May they challenge you to say “Yes” to God and “No” to your doubts.

2 Corinthians 8:12 — “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.”  God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.

Acts 4:13 — “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

Call to Action

If you feel that you are being called to serve, make today the day that you say “yes.”  Just like Janet, God will use YOU to impact America! For more information on how to lead or join a CWA State Chapter or Prayer and Action Chapter, attend events and rallies, sign petitions, and much more, visit www.ConcernedWomen.org.

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