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Your Prayers and Actions are Needed to Forward the Adoption Protection Act and Choose Life License Plates

By | Kansas | No Comments

HB 2687, bill ensures all child welfare providers are free to continue to work with the state of Kansas to find forever homes for children.

Adoption Protection is needed in Kansas.  If not passed, it will leave our adoption agencies open to lawsuits and legislation that would force faith-based adoption agencies to adopt out to same-sex couples, or, shut down.  This has already happened in several states.  Don’t let Kansas be the next.

Thank you for responding to our last e-alert on this topic. Your calls to get a hearing on this bill were effective!  Hearings are now scheduled for tomorrow March 20 and Wednesday, March 21.  Thank you!

The hearing are to be held in Room 346 South at 9:00 a.m. for House Federal and State Affairs and 10:30 a.m. Senate Federal and State Affairs.  March 20 will be proponents and March 21 will be opponents.

Take Action: 

  1. Most important, if at all possible, please attend the hearings. You are needed. The legislators need to know Kansan’s care about their religious freedoms.
  2. HB 2678 is expected to be voted on by the two committees possibly two or three days after the hearings. Therefore, please contact the members of both the House Federal and State Affairs committee and the Senate Federal and State Affairs committee.  Click on each name to contact them.  Encourage them to protect religious freedom by voting for HB 2687.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

Please continue to pray for the groups that are banning together, Catholic Charities, American Family Policy, Concerned Women for America of Kansas and many churches.  There will be attacks such as name calling and so forth from opposition.  The legislators also will be getting a lot of pressure.  Pray for courage and fortitude for them

HB 2678, which would allow the state of Kansas to issue special pro-life license plates, has been voted out of the Committee on Transportation and is expected to be voted on any day now in the Senate.

In 2002, a license bill similar to this one passed the House and the Senate, but Gov. Graves vetoed it.  To date, 32 states have passed similar legislation.  It is time for Kansans to be permitted to purchase “Choose Life” license plates. Click here to read and track the bill.

Take Action:  Please contact your Senator and ask him to vote YES on HB 2678.

Click here to find out who your senator is and how to contact her/him.

Give thanks that the bill is going through the process smoothly.  Please pray it will have continued success in the legislative process.

Thank you for your faithful prayers, action, and support of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.


Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
P.O. Box 8331
Topeka, KS  66608
(785) 260-5659
[email protected]

Legislative Update: Female Genital Mutilation Prohibition and Conversion Therapy Prohibition Bills

By | Maine | No Comments

L.D. 912, the conversion therapy prohibition bill, if passed, would NOT allow a licensed professional to counsel a child under the age of 18 away from homosexuality.  You say, “That’s impossible.”  NO, it’s not.  Rep. Ryan Fecteau (D-District 11) is an openly homosexual legislator, author of this bill, and the House Chair of the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development (LCRED) Committee, the committee tasked with this bill.

Don’t let our Maine legislators take away our religious freedom!  L.D. 912 is working to do just that.  We still live in a country that “allows” religious freedom.  Don’t we?  Note that I didn’t say “welcomes.”  More and more I see our religious freedoms being taken away from us piece by piece.  If we don’t show strong opposition to these types of bills right from the start, it lays the groundwork for them to go after other professionals and businesses in Maine.  One thing leads to another.  Who do you think they will go after next?

The bill is out of committee with a divided report and now moves to the House and Senate for their votes.

Take Action:

  • Ask your pastor to speak out about this to your congregation.  Give him this link to the bill for him to read it himself and to track it. Here to review it’s journey through the committees.  Encourage him to contact me for talking points and additional information.
  • Contact your lawmakers, both your representative and senator.  Politely ask them to protect religious freedom and oppose L.D. 912.  You may find your lawmakers by the town you live in here.  Be sure to tell them you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  • Pass this information to your e-mail list.

We’ve believed the lie that religion and politics don’t mix, yet our founding fathers established the 1st Amendment, something worthy of protection.

The 3rd work session on L.D. 1819 was held last week before the Criminal Justice Committee with still no consensus.  Two bills were issued on FGM, and the committee was tasked with combining the two into one.  However to do that, the committee will either adopt the republican or democrat version.  Essentially the difference is whether or not to make the parent or guardian of the child responsible and charge with a crime for allowing the abuse.  CWA of Maine wants language in the bill to be able to charge the parent/guardian with the crime.  Anything less is just an empty suit, a nothing burger.

Take Action:

  • There is still time to contact members of the Criminal Justice Committee and urge them to adopt Rep. Heather Sirocki’s (R-Scarborough) bill, L.D. 1819 as originally submitted and reject Rep. Barbara Cardone’s (D-Bangor) bill, L.D. 1822.  Be sure to tell them you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. Their e-mail addresses are as follows:

Senate Chair: [email protected]
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House Chair: [email protected]
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  • You may also call the committee clerk, Nikolette Alexander, at 287-1122 and ask her to convey your message to the committee members if you are short on time.  However, it is much more effective to contact committee members individually, and please don’t forget to tell her you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.

We must protect our kids from this child abuse and make sure it never happens in Maine.

 PRAY: “Heavenly Father, give us wisdom to engage in public policy in a manner pleasing to You.  May we stop the ban on conversion therapy and maintain our parental rights and religious freedom.  May we never allow female genital mutilation to happen in our state, a horrible form of child abuse.  Grant Your favor in these issues before us during this second session of the 128th Maine legislature, we pray, In Jesus’ Name.  Amen”

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case Brought by CPCs Challenging California Law — Tomorrow

By | California | No Comments

Please pray for this important case on free speech!  Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. EST, the Supreme Court will review the California Reproductive FACT Act, which compels pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to post notices in their physical clinics, printed material, and online regarding the availability of abortions.  Concerned Women for America submitted an amicus brief to the Court in support of the crisis pregnancy centers, and we will also have a presence inside and outside the courtroom in Washington, D.C., tomorrow. Be sure to check out for the latest.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot stated, “Forcing anyone to provide free advertising for the abortion industry is unthinkable — especially when it’s the government doing the forcing. This is even more true when it comes to pregnancy care centers, which exist specifically to care for women who want to have their babies. The state should protect freedom of speech and freedom from coerced speech. Information about abortion is just about everywhere, so the government doesn’t need to punish pro-life centers for declining to advertise for the very act they can’t promote.”

This is not a religious liberty case, but the implications for religious liberty are daunting. The government in this case is not only forcing clinics and their workers to say something they don’t want to say, it is forcing people of faith to be involved in something that infringes upon their conscience.  And it is completely unnecessary.

Please pray for this important case.  Pray specifically for Michael Farris and his team, who will be arguing the case, and pray for the justices.  Argument inside the Court will begin at 10:00 a.m. EST tomorrow and last for one hour.

“Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.” — Psalm 60:12

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California
[email protected]

Updated 3-17-18: Stay Informed: CWA of Georgia Capitol Watch

By | Georgia | No Comments


Read our 2017-2018 – Targeted Legislation List (updated 3-17-18)

The Georgia General Assembly convenes on Monday, January 8, and will run 40 days. Religious freedom, predatory gambling, marijuana cultivation, and LGBT special rights are among the issues we will be monitoring in the 2018 session. This is the second year of the 2017-2018 legislative cycle, so any bill introduced during the last session is still active until the end of this year.

You can depend on CWA of Georgia to actively represent you at the State Capitol in Atlanta. We have made it easy for you to track the progress of bills involving our 2018 legislative priorities that are aligned to CWA’s seven core issues. The targeted bill list and legislative scorecard will be updated regularly to include action items, links to committee and floor votes, and talking points to help you lobby from your kitchen table or laptop! In addition, we will provide specific ways to pray for pending legislation.

Helpful resources:

Let Us Unite in Prayer for the Sanctity of Human Life

By | Illinois | No Comments

At this month’s Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in Freeport,  Sherrie Bicksler prayed for the sanctity of human life.  Sheri is the Executive Director of the Freeport Pregnancy Center and a member of the Freeport CWA Prayer/Action Chapter.

Please join me in praying this prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, Creator of all things, Giver of Life, Who was, Who is, and Who evermore shall be,

I stand before You today on behalf of believers everywhere–especially in America.  Father, we confess before You, we have failed!  Father, forgive us, as individuals and as a nation.  Our founding fathers had it right.  Their hearts were for ‘One Nation Under God’ with ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ and ‘Justice for all.’

America was founded for religious freedom.  We were created by You with freedom to choose to accept, love, and follow You or do it ‘my way’.

Forgive this nation Father — we have made bad choices and we have gotten it wrong.

WRONG:  just to name a few:

We got it wrong when we removed Bibles from classrooms/schools;
We got it wrong when in 1973 we legalized abortion;
We got it wrong when we legalized same sex marriage.

Your Word is very clear on these issues.

Our freedom to choose has placed leaders who have appointed Justices who have ‘gotten it wrong’.

Father, please forgive us.  Help us make right choices–ones that honor and obey You.

We pray for the nine SCOTUS Justices in all decisions, especially on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. The Freeport Pregnancy Center is one of 23 centers in Illinois and the Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRC) in California presenting Amicus Briefs before the Supreme Court to protect our (and your) rights to ‘Freedom of Speech.’  (AB 775 in California and SB1564 in Illinois mandate medical professionals and PRC workers to refer for abortions, with info on “where, who, and at tax payer expense, and give the benefits of abortion.)

In January 2017, this bill became law in Illinois.  Thank You, God, for protecting Illinois centers who refused to comply.  Thank you, God, that in July 2017, a federal judge granted an injunction calling SB1564 unconstitutional.  We are free, unless appealed and upheld by future actions.

Father, we now join California in taking our cases to SCOTUS via Alliance Defending Freedom and CEO Mike Farris.  We have been seeking You God, praying and trusting for Your Will.  We know Your Will for life.  We plead for Your Will for America, Americans, and our future.

May we stand strong on Your Promises. Our hope and trust are in You.

Thank You Precious Father, Creator of all Life, and God, please, bless America.  Amen.


In Christ,

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
[email protected]

Legislative Update: Oppose Physician-Assisted Suicide and Prohibition on Conversion Therapy

By | Hawaii | No Comments

HB2739 HD1, Relating to Assisted Suicide, Establishes a regulated process under which an adult resident of the State with a medically confirmed terminal disease and less than six months to live may choose to obtain a prescription for medication to end the patient’s life. Imposes criminal sanctions for tampering with a patient’s request for a prescription or coercing a patient to request a prescription.

CWA of Hawaii Opposes HB2739 HD1.

Update: This bill has been placed on the calendar for a hearing tomorrow, March 16, at 8:30 a.m. by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health (CPH). This bill has already been passed by the full House with 12 representatives voting against it.  Gov. David Ige has said he is ready to sign this bill into law once it reaches his desk. Click here to read and track the bill.


  1. Please contact the members of the CPH and encourage them to vote NO on HB2739 HD1. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. Click here for their names and contact information.
  2. Contact Gov. Ige and tell him of your disappointment in hearing that he plans to sign HB2739.  Ask him to reconsider. Click here to contact him.
  3. If time allows, thank the 12 representatives who voted against HB 2739: Henry Aquino (D-District 38), Romy Cachola (D-District 30), Isaach Choy (D-District 23), Ty Cullen (D-District 39), Sharon Har (D-District 42), Aaron Johanson (D-District 31), Sam Kong (D-District 33), Bob McDermott (R-District 40), Sean Quinlan (D-District 47), Andria Tupola (R-District 43) and Gene Ward (R-District 17).  To send each one an email simply enter each one like this “rep (last name) For example: [email protected]. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. It is important that we support those who vote right.

Pray: Please pray that the plans of those pushing this bill with be thwarted.

Here are just some of the many concerns we have about physician-assisted suicide:

  • There is no guarantee in this bill, or anywhere else, that the adult resident as defined, would not give this same medicine to someone else, whether that other person was even aware that they had been given this medicine.  In other words, there is no guarantee that the original adult who obtained the prescription, would not somehow decide to encourage or force someone else, even a child, to consume this medicine.
  • There is also a possibility that the adult resident might have been given the prescription due to a misjudgment or an error in the diagnosis of their disability or illness.  There is much room for error in this situation, since any drug that the adult resident receives a prescription for could also be used for detrimental purposes.
  • Oregon, the first state to legalize assisted suicide, provides the most complete data available on the practice of assisted suicide in the United States. Oregon reports that the dominant reasons motivating patients to choose assisted suicide have nothing to do with pain management. The primary concerns center around having a disability: losing autonomy (92%), being less able to engage in activities making life enjoyable (90%) and losing dignity (79%). Fear of inadequate pain control is one of patients’ least cited reasons.
  • Modern medicine has made significant advances in pain control. Doctors now have a range of options to treat pain in terminally ill patients, including even palliative sedation as a last resort.

Though there are many sound academic reasons to oppose physician-assisted suicide, as believers, the most important reason is because God, and God alone, is the author of life. We cannot take on the role of God and take life based on our inconsistent judgment.

Please do all you can to support God’s gift to us: life.

SB270 SD1, Prohibits Conversion Therapy, Prohibits specific state-licensed persons who are licensed to provide professional counseling from engaging in, attempting to engage in, or advertising sexual orientation change efforts on persons under eighteen years of age. CWA of Hawaii Opposes SB270 SD1.

Update: This bill was passed in the Consumer Protection & Commerce Committee and is now headed to the Judiciary Committee. Click here to read and track the bill.

Act: Please encourage the members of the Judiciary Committee to vote NO on SB270 SD1. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. Click here for their names and contact information.  This bill is moving fast so please contact the committee members as soon as you are able.

Pray:  Please pray that the plans of those pushing this bill with be thwarted.

For good health and life!

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
[email protected]

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]

Don’t Leave Faith-Based Adoption Agencies Unprotected; Support HB 2678

By | Kansas | No Comments

HB 2678, Adoption Protection, is needed in Kansas.  If not passed, it will leave our adoption agencies open to lawsuits and legislation that would force faith-based adoption agencies to adopt out to same-sex couples or shut down.  This has already happened in several states.  Don’t let Kansas be the next.

Massachusetts and the District of Columbia have declared that all state-licensed adoption agencies must place children in homes of same-sex couples, forcing faith-based agencies to close. Illinois has passed legislation requiring private agencies to license unmarried and same-sex couples as foster parents.  Faith-based agencies that refused to comply were unable to renew their contracts with the state.

Now Alabama, Virginia, South Dakota and North Dakota have all passed legislation allowing faith-based adoption agencies to operate according to their religious beliefs.  May Kansas be the next.

Over a month ago HB 2678 was referred to the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs, and there it sits.  We need the committee to have a hearing on it and for Speaker Ron Ryckman (R-District 78) to be on board to allow it to be debated on the House floor.  Please take just a few minutes to assist us in these efforts.

All Kansans should be free to peacefully live and work consistently with their beliefs without fear of government intrusion.  We are constitutionally guaranteed the freedom to exercise our religion. We should not have to shut down our operations because of our deeply held religious beliefs.

Please Take Action: 

  1. Contact House Committee on Federal and State affairs, Chairman John Barker (R-District 70) at 785-296-7674 and [email protected] Urge him to have a hearing on HB 2678. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.
  2. Contact Speaker of the House Ron Ryckman at 785-296-2302 and at [email protected] Urge him to please allow HB 2678 to be debated if and when it comes to the House Floor. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

 Please Pray for the legislators and groups that are banning together such as the Catholic Charities, American Family Policy, CWA of Kansas and many churches.  Pray for the Lord’s wisdom and guidance as we come up again strong opposition.

Getting this bill through the process is important because it will protect faith based agencies.  We have elections coming up, and we do not know what kind of executive orders the newly elected governor will be giving.  We need this protection in place to exercise our religious freedom that we are guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.

Thank you for your faithful prayers, action, and support of CWA of Kansas.


Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
P.O. Box 8331
Topeka, KS  66608
(765) 260-5659
[email protected]

Feisty & Feminine Book Discussions

By | North Dakota | No Comments

A wonderful discussion was held this last weekend at CWA of North Dakota’s first ever Feisty & Feminine Book Discussion. The book written by Penny Young Nance is “A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women – How to engage a culture desperate for a redemptive message”. We discussed ways we can be relevant to the pressing issues confronting our culture while still holding fast to our faith and conservative values.

We hope to have several of these book discussions across the state.

The purpose of these events, and Penny’s book, is to change the way women engage the culture.

“Conservative women have never fit neatly into stereotypes, especially conservative Christian women,” says Penny. “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.”

Let us come together and learn to be direct without being disrespectful, winsome but not shallow, and relevant while still holding to faith and conservative values.

The time is right for this book — and for conservative women everywhere to be part of the conversation.

One attendee, Tatjyana Richards, grew up in Russia and now lives with her family in North Dakota.  She emailed me after the event, “It was good to be with ladies from Concerned Women for America this morning in Fargo.   Let’s get more people involved fighting the good fight for values that made America the best country in the world.   Thank you, Linda Thorson, for all that you do and for the wonderful book, Feisty & Feminine by Penny Young Nance.  Looking forward to reading the whole thing.”

Are you interested in information about possibly hosting such an event? Contact me for more information.

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]

Protect Hawaii’s Minors and Parental Rights, Oppose SB 270 SD1

By | Hawaii | No Comments

SB270 SD1, known as the “Conversion Therapy” bill, seeks to prohibit sexual orientation change efforts and regulate any state-licensed persons who provide professional counseling to minors under the age of 18. Licensed counselors would be prohibited from engaging in, seeking to engage in, or advertising the offering of sexual change efforts on persons under 18 years of age.

“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6

 SB270 SD1 undermines parental authority and leaves the fate of Hawaii’s children in the hands of the State. Public schools indoctrinate students from a young age to accept alternative lifestyles and sexual orientations, yet this bill will not permit parents to seek professional help for their own children who could be confused and damaged by the messages and information sanctioned in public schools and by the mainstream media.

There is a battle raging for the hearts, minds, and lives of our children. Here’s what you can do to fight for Hawaii’s keiki:

PRAY that SB270 SD1 will be voted on by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce at a hearing scheduled for tomorrow, March 14 at 2:00 p.m.

CALL and EMAIL the following members of the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, urge them to vote “NO” on SB270 SD1:

Rep. Roy Takumi, Chair: (808) 586-6170, [email protected]
Rep. Linda Ichiyama, Vice Chair: (808) 586-6220, [email protected]
Rep. Henry Aquino, (808) 586-6520, [email protected]
Rep. Ken Ito, (808) 586-586-8470, [email protected]
Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, (808) 586-9470, [email protected]
Rep. Matthew S. LoPresti, (808) 586-6080, [email protected]
Rep. Bob McDermott, (808) 586-9730, [email protected]
Rep. John M. Mizuno, (808) 586-6050, [email protected]
Rep. Calvin Say, (808) 586-6900, [email protected]
Rep. James K. Tokioka, (808) 586-6270, [email protected]
Rep. Ryan I. Yamane, (808) 586-6150, [email protected]

SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY in strong opposition to SB270 SD1 at before 2:00 p.m. today, March 13. Your opinion matters. Let your voice be heard!

ATTEND HEARING. If time permits, attend the hearing at the state capitol in House Conference Room 329, tomorrow, March 14 at 2:00 p.m.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

On behalf of CWA of Hawaii, thank you for your help in defending the right to seek professional help for confused youth who are being taught that what is aberrant is normal, what is evil is good.

For Hawaii’s keiki,

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
P.O. Box 10732
Hilo, I 96721
[email protected]

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]





Watch: Students Walk Out After Female Speaker Declares Men and Women Are Different — ‘Nazis Are Not Welcome’

By | Washington | No Comments

When is truth not truth?  Is it when people decide to redefine it?  Apparently, that is what these university students believe!  Concerned Women for America of Washington will continue to stand for absolute truth as found in God’s Holy Bible:  “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” – Gen. 1:27  Please pray with us for eyes and ears to be opened to God’s truth about this and other issues.

Click here to watch video.