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Ann Hettinger

Urgent Alert: Schools Need to Protect Students From Porn

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On Wednesday morning, May 1, the Texas House Culture, Recreation, & Tourism Committee took testimony from witnesses on HB 3730.  The bill requires vendors to filter pornography from materials made available to school districts for web access by students.  In failing to do this, students, working on homework assignments using computers at home with parental guards, have still accessed pornographic materials through the school district portals.  A portion of the bill is copied here:

Sec. 441.231.  ONLINE LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS.  (a)  The commission shall use funds appropriated to the commission or consortium services fees under Section 441.224(b) collected from school districts to purchase online library resources for primary and secondary schools that have adopted Internet safety policies and technology protection measures meeting the requirements for certification under 47 U.S.C. Sections 254(h)(5)(B) and (C).

(b)  The commission may purchase online library resources under Subsection (a) only if the vendor providing the resources certifies that the resources comply with 47 U.S.C. Section 254(h)(5).

Immediate Action Needed TODAY:

Please contact members of Texas House Culture, Recreation, & Tourism Committee and ask them to pass this bill out of committee:

  • John Cyrier, Chairman, (R-District 17) Phone: (512) 463-0682
  • Mando Martinez (D-District 39) Phone: (512) 463-0530
  • John Bucy (D-District 136) Phone: (512) 463-0696
  • Barbara Gervin-Hawkins (D-District 120) Phone: (512) 463-0708
  • Justin Holland (R-District 33) Phone: (512) 463-0484
  • Jarvis Johnson (D-District 139) Phone: (512) 463-0554
  • Kyle Kacal (R-District 12) Phone: (512) 463-0412
  • Geanie Morrison (R-District 30) Phone: (512) 463-0456
  • Steve Toth (R-District 15) Phone: (512) 463-0797

Please pray that legislators will understand the threat to the innocent minds of our children and prioritize this need. In Psalm101:3 David says: “I will set no worthless thing before my eyes…”

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas
[email protected]
tx.cwfa.org

Statement on Mental Health Bills

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Currently, there are multiple bills filed for consideration by the legislature this session which address mental health issues as they relate to school violence. Concerned Women for America of Texas has deep concerns about the approach that has been taken.

  • Creation of a new bureaucracy (identified by several different names in the various bills) that will dramatically expand the Texas budget (see footnote on budget requirements).
  • Provisions provide for research data retrieval through invasive student assessments for ALL students, and by insinuation, all families. That data is supposedly restricted to the use of the new bureaucracy (made up of university research teams), and there is no provision for its eventual destruction.
  • The prime source of the mental evaluation of a student is the classroom teacher who is to receive approximately sixteen hours of continuing education. This is in addition to their primary assignment of meeting Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards for all twenty-plus students. So now they must be para-psychologists.
  • The most egregious, however, is the absence of parental involvement. Texas families provide young citizens with remarkable capabilities. In a minority of cases, there are families who are dysfunctional to the degree that they produce children with extraordinary needs. Evaluating ALL students is a waste of resources and serves only to dilute attention to those with urgent needs.
  • The evaluation standards being proposed are, at best, in a development stage with no universal agreement on definitions, yet they are being institutionalized in legislation. What is “trauma-informed care?” What are “adverse childhood experiences?” What is the definition of “social-emotional learning?”
  • The religious beliefs taught in homes must be respected by public schools and are not subject to “culturally defined norms” established by public education. Questioning the mental health or viability of those families is not the prerogative of a teacher, mental health advocate, or psychiatric evaluator.

Concerned Women for America of Texas recognizes that school safety is a necessary issue for this session. We feel, however, that these measures violate conservative standards and fail to place optimum resources in critical venues at expeditious times. Measures that afford free access to mental health professionals by families in crisis would cost a fraction of this expense to the State, be more alert to actual, active circumstances, and provide more relevant services in a crisis. We are ready to work together with any legislator willing to address our concerns.

Footnote on budget requirements:

Quoting from the Budget analysis for SB 10: “The cost, timing, and institutional recipients of the funding authorized by the bill are not known. Costs of the funding may vary depending on the size, infrastructure, and existing resources of the member institutions.

For illustrative purposes, the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth estimated they would need approximately $1.8 million per fiscal year to implement the provisions of the bill related to access centers and workforce expansion. Their estimate includes costs related to hiring providers (including behavioral health specialists and a pharmacist) and staff members, two psychiatry residents, telemedicine units for each provider and resident, and other ongoing annual costs related to running a residency program.”

From the Budget analysis for SB 11: “The bill would direct each local mental health authority (LMHA) to employ a non-physician mental health professional to serve as a mental health and substance use resource for school districts, in conjunction with each education service center (ESC) served by an LMHA”…This analysis assumes that each of the 37 LMHAs and the two Local Behavioral Health Authorities would hire one additional non-physician mental health professional at an average salary of approximately $74,000. This analysis assumes that the cost of these additional employees would be appropriated to HHSC and then distributed to the local entities. The cost of these employees including benefit costs would be approximately $2.9 million per fiscal year. Additional costs would likely result from employee benefits, as well as rent, supplies, and technology costs… School districts are likely to see increased costs resulting from several of the bill’s provisions, including the bill’s requirements that districts comply with TSSC noncompliance findings. These include the following requirements: – Adoption of trauma-informed care policies and training …”

From HB 10 the bill fiscal analysis says: “The cost, timing, and institutional recipients of the grants authorized by the bill are not known. Costs of the grants may vary depending on the size, infrastructure, and existing resources of the member institutions.”

 

 

Deep in the Heart of Texas

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For the ninth time during a session of the Texas Legislature, Concerned Women for America of Texas hosted “Dinner with Texas Legislators.”  This year, seventeen Texas legislators participated in the program on Tuesday evening, March 12, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Austin.

Each legislator had a moment at the mic to speak to the gathering about issues important in the current session.  Several spoke of CWA’s current prayer campaign to encourage legislators during the session.

Rep. Bill Zedler, long-time advocate for life and family values in the Texas Legislature, was awarded the 2019 CWA Family Advocate Award.  Mrs. Pat Hanson, who was the South Texas Area Director was commended for many years of service before her retirement. Lastly, Dr. Shea Garrison, Vice President of International Affairs for CWA, was the dinner’s keynote speaker and addressed gender identity issues confronting women and their families in the current culture.

Several young women who are part of Young Women for America’s leadership on Texas college campuses were present. The dinner preceded the subsequent day’s rally at the capitol, where several hundred participated in visiting with legislators about Faith-and-Family issues.

Texas Born-Alive Infant Protection Act Needs Your Support

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Concerned Women for America of Texas applauds state Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Plano) for filing HB 16 protecting infants born-alive after an attempted abortion. The bill says: “A physician who performed or attempted the abortion must exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious physician would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”  Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Benham) is set to file the companion bill, SB 23, in the Senate.

Act:  Make your voice heard!  Ask your Texas representative to co-author this bill. You can find your Representative here. Be sure to let him/her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.

Pray: Ask God to open the eyes and ears of legislators to the reality of infanticide taking place in Texas and to give them the courage to oppose it.

Help make Texas safe for babies.

Blessings,

Ann Hettinger

State Director

CWA of Texas

[email protected]

tx.cwfa.org

 

What You Can Do to Secure the Texas Electric Grid!

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Did you know that there are only three power grids in the United States?  And did you know that one of those grids is entirely within the state boundaries of Texas?

CWA is serious about National Sovereignty and in Texas we are working to secure our electric grid.  In the event of a man-made or natural catastrophic attack on our grid, we need to be able to be up and running as soon as possible.  A long-term failure of our electric grid is a life-threatening situation for millions.  One of CWA’s legislative priorities for the 2019 Texas Legislative Session is securing our Texas electric grid.

We need your help!  Sen. Bob Hall (Senate District 2) and Rep. Tony Tinderholt (House District 94) are hosting the Texas Energy Security Summit this Monday, January 14, at the Capitol in Austin.  It is important that as many legislators as possible attend.  The purpose of this summit is to educate our legislators and the public about the importance of securing our grid and the potential economic benefits to Texas that accompany such an achievement.

Here is the step-by-step of how you can help with this important issue:

  1. Please pray that our legislators will understand the gravity of the situation in the event that our electric grid should fail.
  2. Call and/or email your state senator and your state representative now and ask them to please attend the Texas Energy Security Summit on Monday, January 14. Be sure to provide the link to the event and let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.  Click here to find and contact your legislators.
  3. Head to Austin so you can attend the Summit as well.

◦   Texas Capitol Auditorium

◦   Monday, January 14.  Two opportunities to attend: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

To learn more about the importance of securing the electric grid, please click here.  You can watch Sen. Bob Hall discuss this issue here.

We hope to see you and your legislators at the Texas Energy Security Summit!  Let’s secure the Texas electric grid!

Blessings,

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas
[email protected]
tx.cwfa.org

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Population of Texas is over 28 million.

Get Out the Vote with CWA of Texas!

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Dear friend,

As you know, we are at a breaking point in history where the rule of law and civil discourse are being threatened by some politicians and radical activists who insist on getting their way, no matter what. Some are actually inciting that violence to be directed at those with whom they disagree.

It is up to you and me to stand up to this mob mentality by praying against these malicious tactics and voting this November.  Will it be mob rule or the rule of law?!

There are three simple steps that can have a significant impact on our state and nation’s future. Please join us in carrying them out. 

#1 Pray
As a Christian organization, we are first and foremost committed to prayer. As November 6th approaches, will you join us in praying for our state and nation? Please join us by setting a time daily to pray for this next election. Will you do that? Set an alarm on your phone, your computer, put a sticky note on your mirror, whatever works.

# 2 Encourage
As a Christian organization, we are committed to educating and encouraging others to vote. Will you join us in this? Encourage friends and family through Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.

#3 Vote
It is our duty, as citizens and as Christians, to participate in the process by both praying and voting. The institution of government was ordained by God as seen in Romans 13:1-4.

Take a look at the candidates:

Opposed Justice Kavanaugh: Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), “If I were in the Senate, I would have voted no. The events of the past two weeks — including Dr. Ford’s courageous, powerful, and credible testimony and Judge Kavanaugh’s temperament in his response — have only added to my concern that he does not meet the bar to serve on the Supreme Court.” 

Voted YES on Justice Kavanaugh: Ted Cruz (R-Texas), “I read through the entire supplemental FBI report. Ten witnesses interviewed by the FBI, meticulously detailed, and not a single piece of corroborating evidence. In a fair process, that should be compelling.”

Voter Guides:

Two push cards to freely print and distribute:

Party Platform Comparison (print double-sided 14” X 8 ½”)

Together we will impact our state and nation’s future – Pray, Encourage, and Vote!

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas
[email protected]
tx.cwfa.org

New CWA Chapter to Have Its First Meeting on September 17

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Do you, or someone you know, live in or near Post, Texas?  If so, read on.  If not, read on, there is something here for you, too.

I am excited to announce that a new CWA of Texas Prayer/Action Chapter is having its first meeting next week on Monday, September 17, in Post.

Local chapters are the back bone of CWA of Texas.  They are the prayers and action that make it happen.  If you live in or near Post, please make plans now to attend.  And be sure to bring a friend.

Click here for more information on the Post Chapter and to view and print their flyer.

Whether you are able to attend or not, please say a prayer for this new chapter that many will be able to attend and that they will have an impact.

You don’t live in or near Post?  No problem!  Go to our website and click on the Area Director that oversees your zip code area.  She will let you know if there is a chapter in your area and/or answer any questions you may have about starting one.

In short, a Prayer/Action Chapter meets monthly to review current issues on the local, state and national level. Meetings include time to educate the group on an issue, pray about the issue and for our state and nation, and then take action such as writing a letter or committing to make phone calls. At times they may hold a baby shower for a local crisis pregnancy center, or put on an event with a special speaker, or hold a candidate forum, to name a few.  Meetings typically run from one to one and one-half hours.

In His service,

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas
[email protected]
tx.cwfa.org

San Antonio City Council Set to Appoint Abortion Advocate Medical Director – TOMORROW

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Do you, or someone you know, live in San Antonio?  If so, your assistance is desperately needed TODAY for the unborn of San Antonio. 

The San Antonio City Council has placed on their agenda for TOMORROW, Thursday, August 16, at 9:00 a.m., the appointment of Chichi Junda Woo as Medical Director for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.  

Woo is bad health care for San Antonio!

  • Woo was previously the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Trust of South Texas
  • Woo is currently Chief Medical Officer over STDs, infectious disease, and immunization clinics.  As such she oversees Project Worth.  Project Worth currently has a goal to “Reduce Teen Birth Rates among females age 15 – 19 in Bexar County by 25%” by 2020. Note that they did not state that they wanted to reduce the “pregnancy rates.”  No, they want to reduce the “birth rates”. So if they do not see teen pregnancy as a problem, yet do see teens giving birth as a problem, what might their solution be? One guess.

Woo was first appointed to the position of Medical Director for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District in 2015.  Due to a strong pro-life backlash, then Mayor Ivy Taylor, reassigned her to the position of Chief Medical Officer over STDS, infectious disease, and immunization clinics. 

Don’t delay!  If you live in San Antonio please take action on behalf of the unborn of your city now!

  1. Contact Mayor Ron Nirenberg at [email protected]
  2. Contact your city councilman.  If you are unsure what district you are in simply click here to find out.

District 1: CM Roberto Trevino at [email protected] 
District 2: William Cruz Shaw at [email protected] 
District 3: Rebecca Viagran at [email protected] 
District 4: Rey M Saldana at [email protected]   
District 5: Shirley Gonzales at [email protected]  
District 6: CM Greg Brockhouse at [email protected]   
District 7: Ana Sandoval at [email protected]    
District 8: Manny Pelaez at [email protected]
District 9: John Courage at [email protected]    
District 10: Clayton Perry at [email protected]  

3.      Consider attending the City Council meeting tomorrow to observe and pray. It will be held in the City Council Chambers on the first floor of the Municipal Plaza Building, located at 114 W. Commerce St.

4.      Consider submitting testimony. Click here to submit written testimony.

Please pray.  Ask the Lord to thwart the plans to make Chichi Junda Woo Medical Director for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.

For Life!

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas
[email protected]
tx.cwfa.org