I wanted to pass along a piece of good news. Last month, Missouri won another victory for life when a federal court rejected a lawsuit from the Satanic Temple, challenging the state abortion informed consent law. In the lawsuit, the Satanists claimed the pro-life law saving babies violated their religious beliefs.
You can read here about the court decision.
No action is needed except to thank our God for Missouri’s pro-life Attorney General Eric Schmitt and his office and their competent defense time and time again concerning our good pro-life Missouri statutes regarding abortion.
Join me in proclaiming Psalm 100: “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
If you have any questions, please contact me.
Missouri Supreme Court Overturns Law Blocking Taxpayer Dollars to Abortionists.
Pro-life Missouri taxpayers were delivered a blow on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, when the Missouri Supreme Court ruled the Missouri General Assembly unconstitutionally stripped Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.
The court’s decision stated that the Missouri General Assembly violated the Constitution when lawmakers blocked Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood. The Republican-controlled General Assembly’s budget-writing strategy has defunded the organization more than $1 million since 2018. In the 6-1 high court decision, Judge Zel Fischer was the only one siding with the state in the case.
Please pray for mothers who are facing “unplanned pregnancies” and feel their only choice is to end the life of their child. Please pray women who find themselves in crisis pregnancies will find help at a Christian- based Crisis Pregnancy Center where they will not only receive the emotional and financial help that they need but have the Good News of the Gospel shared with them.
“He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.” Proverbs 17:15
Peace in Him,
CWA of Missouri regrets the decision of the Missouri Supreme Court regarding our tax dollars and Planned Parenthood. Read more here.
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We are honored to have Sen. Bill Eigel speak on what was accomplished during the abbreviated 2020 Missouri legislative session. He will also address the expansion of Medicaid that will be on our August ballot.
Sen. Eigel is a United States Air Force military veteran of eight years and has owned a small business in St. Charles County for more than 10 years.
After leaving the service in 2006, Sen. Eigel purchased St. Louis Skylights, a small residential and commercial remodeling company. Despite the challenges of the economic recession in 2008 and 2009, Eigel took his company (and affiliates) to be one of the fastest growing skylight installation companies in the country.
Sen. Eigel was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 2016.
Sen. Eigel lives in Weldon Spring with his wife, Amanda, and their two children.They are all members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish in Cottleville, Missouri.
Thank you! Missourians spoke up and the
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services responded.
As you recall, earlier this week, I sent an alert asking you to speak out on the attempted power grab by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). We just got word, the Department of Community DHSS has withdrawn the emergency amendment that was put in place, and will withdraw the 19 CSR 20-20.050 at the end of the public comment period! Thanks be to God!
“For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.” Psalm 92:4
A special thanks to those who prayed and took action by sending a letter to Adam Crumbliss, Director, Division of Community and Public Health of the DHSS.
Please contact Gov. Mike Parson and ask him to veto SB631, which allows mail-in voting for the 2020 August and November elections. The conference report on SB631 was passed on the last day of the session with the ballot integrity protections stripped from the bill. SB631 disenfranchises Missouri voters by providing new opportunities for vote fraud.
Office of Governor Michael L. Parson
P.O. Box 720 / Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3222
Online email form
Here is the statement issued Friday by Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft opposing the final version of SB631, which allows mail-in voting without ballot integrity protections.
Jefferson City, Mo. — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft issued the following statement in regard to Senate Bill 631:
“Over the past few months, I have been working with county clerks and legislators to create bi-partisan legislation that would enable Missourians to vote safely and securely in view of Covid-19 concerns. I supported HCS for SB 552, because it allowed marginal expansion of absentee voting with safeguards of notarized ballots and a sunset clause. The bill also provided for a photo ID requirement, which Missourians overwhelmingly approved in 2016.
“The legislators in conference stripped the safeguards and voter ID from SB 631. Without the agreed upon safeguards, I have grave concerns that this bill will make voting less secure and jeopardize the integrity of our elections.”
Please pray before you call Gov. Parson. Please pray for the integrity of our elections in Missouri, that each person who is eligible to vote and wants to vote will vote.
“But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens” Exodus 18:21.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has proposed amendment 19 CSR 20-20.050 to obtain the authority to enact emergency rules and therefore, control the activities of Missourians even when no state of emergency is declared. The DHSS director, or someone authorized to do so, would have the power to declare another “pandemic” and suspend our constitutional rights as they see fit.
Contact the director of the Missouri DHSS if you do not support this proposed power grab. Comments must be submitted in writing to the address below and must be received by May 30, 2020.
Adam Crumbliss, Director
Division of Community and Public Health
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
PO Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
Dear Mr. Crumbliss,
I am writing to oppose the proposed amendment to 19 CSR 20-20.050.
Sections (3) and (4) would give an unelected person the power to declare a statewide pandemic, close public and private places indefinitely (including schools and churches), and limit the size of public and private gatherings.
This violates the First Amendment rights of the people to peaceably assemble and a person’s right to exercise one’s religion.
Please withdraw the proposed amendment.
I look forward to your reply.
Your name and address
Please pray as you write your note to Mr. Crumbliss. Pray that our first amendment rights will be honored by the Missouri DHSS.
“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper …” (Isaiah 54:17)
If you have any questions, please contact me.
In Truth and Righteousness,
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan.
While many of us are staying home and/or homeschooling, Concerned Women for America (CWA) is providing a great learning opportunity for teens, pre-teens, and adults. CWA’s General Counsel, Mario Diaz, Esq., has created an educational and entertaining series on the U.S. Constitution.
Mario takes us on a journey to understand America’s founding documents and the principles which guard our liberty. Part I focuses on the Declaration of Independence by way of an introduction to the concepts that undergird the U.S. Constitution.
View Part 1 of this free 30-minute class here. Part II of the series is scheduled for release on April 22 at 3:00 p.m. EST via Facebook Live. So be sure to follow us on CWA’s Facebook page for notifications to join us live!
If you cannot join the Facebook Live, the archive will be posted on the CWA website.
We are called to be pro-life, to protect life, and to proclaim truth. Abortion takes the lives of millions of unborn children every year in the United States. Join Concerned Women for America of Missouri as we March for Life in Jefferson City. Gov. Mike Parson will be joining the March as the first governor to participate in the Midwest March for Life!
Here are the details:
Midwest March for Life in Jefferson City, Missouri
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Click here for all event details.
7:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – St. Peter Selinger Expo Hall (216 Broadway Street.) Life-affirming booths and vendors inside the Expo Hall. Coffee, hot chocolate, and pastries available for a nominal fee.
8:00 a.m. – Capitol Prayer Walk – Meet Bonnie Lee in the 1st floor Capitol rotunda: prayer cards will be distributed, and prayer teams assigned offices. Pray for the Legislators, Executive officers, families, and staff; leave a card of encouragement.
8:00 a.m. – Rosary / Divine Mercy – Meet on the steps of St. Peter Church; look for Gregory Thompson with life-size cross. Fr. Anthony Viviano will lead the Rosary.
9:30 a.m. – Pre-Rally with speakers in front of St. Peter Expo Hall.
10:00 a.m. – March begins at St. Peter Selinger Expo Hall; March North towards the river, past Governor’s Mansion, proceed one block to Madison Street, turn right on High St to the Capitol, Approximately 3/4 mile.
10:45 a.m. – Rally inside State Capitol 1st floor Rotunda
12:00 p.m. – Chili & Hot Dog Fundraising Lunch Expo Hall, K of C Precious Blood Council 4454
1:00 p.m. – Youth Rally Jacinta Florence of Students for Life (Call 573-340-8444 to reserve seats)
1:00 p.m. – Adult Apologetics David Bereit /Fr. Ahrens Room (Call 573-340-8444 to reserve seats)
2:00 p.m. – Mass for Life St. Peter Church
See you this Saturday!
A new report shows a huge drop in abortions in Missouri. Concerned Women for America if Kansas State Director, Bev Ehlen, “This is very encouraging news!”
Read the details here.
Time-sensitive – Comments Deadline is Wednesday, January 15
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released the revised proposed rule, 5 CSR 20-100.295 Missouri School Improvement Program 6 (MSIP 6), for public comment on December 16, 2019. If enacted, the proposed rules changes will diminish local control and centralize the management of our public school districts.
DESE’s MSIP 6 webpage describes the difference between its current standards (MSIP 5) and the proposed standards: “The most recent generation of MSIP (MSIP 5) focuses on student performance [emphasis added] metrics – output measures. The next generation will continue to emphasize standards for student performance but will also emphasize leading indicators – inputs in economic terms – that will ensure healthy school systems and the continuous improvement process.”
In other words, DESE is effectively proposing standards that will diminish local control and centralize school district management at the department.
Make your voice heard by providing your comments concerning the proposed rule change. Click here to enter your comments. The public comment period deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15. You may use the sample language below or respond in your own words. You can read the entire proposed rule available on the website to consider other standards for comment.
The number of responses DESE receives is VERY important. As a reminder, the first proposed rule requiring schools to teach gender diversity was withdrawn because DESE received almost 1500 responses opposing the proposed change.
DESE’s proposed MSIP standards change Missouri’s school district accreditation standards to effectively centralize authority over districts at the state level in violation of Missouri law. That is, several proposed standards limit the discretion of local school boards to manage districts and determine personnel needs by requiring boards to structure their purpose and personnel organization in specific ways in order to be accredited.
The proposed MSIP 6 standards create a double standard in which local districts are held accountable for compliance with state statutes, but DESE evaluators are not accountable for standards that are themselves incompliant with Missouri statutes. Furthermore, word choice used in several standards, for example, stakeholders (which is not defined in Missouri statute and may include non-resident representatives of advocacy organizations) rather than taxpayer (which would require representation of residents), allows DESE evaluators to determine the definition of terms; thereby increasing its power to control the influences affecting policies districts will be compelled to implement to score well on MSIP 6 evaluations.
The proposed MSIP standards should be reviewed for alignment with Missouri law and ensure the protection of local school board authority.
Time-sensitive – calls needed by Friday, December 6.
The City of St. Louis is considering passing a ban on therapy for a minor who is not comfortable with same-sex attraction or has gender identity issues.
Here are the facts:
- BB152 has been filed by St. Louis Alderwoman, Christine Ingrassia.
- BB152 prohibits medical and mental healthcare providers from providing “conversion therapy,” also known as reparative therapy, ex-gay therapy, or sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts to a minor.
- BB152 was heard in the Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday, November 13, where several spoke in support and opposition of the bill. The committee unanimously voted that same morning to pass it out of committee and onto the full Board of Aldermen.
- BB152 could be brought up for perfection and final vote in the regular Friday meeting of the full Board of Aldermen on Friday, December 6.
Immediate Action Needed
Please contact the members of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen (see list below) regarding the proposed ban on “conversion reparative” therapy for minors in the city of St. Louis. Ask them to vote no on BB152. Please be kind and respectful in your correspondence.
Please pass this information on to others you know who would be interested in this issue.
Concerned Women for America of Missouri
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Sharon Tyus, Ward 1
Lisa Middlebrook, Ward 2
Brandon Bosley, Ward 3
Samuel L Moore, Ward 4
Tammika Hubbard, Ward 5
Christine Ingrassia (Sponsor of BB152), Ward 6
Jack Coatar, Ward 7
Annie Rice (Co-sponsor of BB152), Ward 8
Dan Guenther, Ward 9
Joseph Vollmer, Ward 10
Sarah Martin, Ward 11
Larry Arnowitz, Chairman, Ward 12
Beth Murphy, Ward 13
Carol Howard, Ward 14
Megan E. Green (Co-sponsor of BB152), Ward 15
Tom Oldenburg, Ward 16
Joseph D. Roddy, Ward 17
Jesse Todd (Co-sponsor of BB152), Ward 18
Marlene E Davis
Cara Spencer, Ward 20
John Collins-Muhammad, Ward 21
Jeffrey L Boyd, Ward 22
Joseph Vaccaro, Ward 23
Bret Narayan, Ward 24
Shane Cohn, Ward 25
Shameem Clark Hubbard, Ward 26
Pam Boyd, Ward 27
Heather Navarro, Ward 28
CWA of Missouri is disappointed that Health and Human Services advances the therapy ban. Read more here:
Recommended article by CWA of Missouri: Missouri abortion law critics won’t seek signatures for vote
Concerned Women for America of Missouri is grateful that Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft takes his oath of office seriously and follows all of the election procedures provided in the Missouri Constitution.
Are you ready to take your knowledge and put it into action? If so, a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter is the perfect place to do so.
“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?” James 2:14
Second: Click here to find a Prayer/Action Chapter in your area and learn more.
State Panel issues order-abortions can continue at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.
CWA of Missouri recommends this article: Abortions can continue at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis under order from state panel
Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi granted the stay Planned Parenthood requested to be able to continue to do abortions. The Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission will meet on August 1 to make a final decision on licensing of Planned Parenthood-STL to do abortions.