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One Step Closer to Giving Birthmothers and Adoptive Parents Faith-Based Options

By | Kansas | No Comments

Last week with the help of myself and fellow state directors, CWA National had a big victory in the House Appropriations Committee when U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt’s (R-Alabama-District 4) Adoption Amendment passed 29-23.  This amendment ensures that government agencies receiving federal funds cannot discriminate against a child welfare provider on the basis of that provider’s “sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions.”  This amendment is similar to the Adoption Protection Act, SB 284, that Gov. Jeff Coyer signed into Kansas law on May 4, 2018.

Our own U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-District 3) was on that committee, and he voted for the amendment.

Now the essence of the amendment is capsulated in the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act. House version is HR 1881, and the Senate version is S 811.

This legislation includes, not excludes, faith-based adoption and foster care agencies; birth mothers and families will have the freedom to choose a provider that shares their faith and values. This legislation recognizes that these agencies are desperately needed on the playing field, especially as more and more children are being displaced from their homes by opium addiction.

This is an important step in our efforts to ensure government is not hostile to one’s sincerely held religious beliefs.  Nine in ten Americans agree that birthmothers should have the freedom to choose an agency for adoption that shares her religious values and moral convictions.

So far Rep. Yoder is the only one who has co-sponsored the House version and no one has co-sponsored the Senate version.

Action:

  1. Please thank Rep. Yoder for voting “Yes” on the Adoption Amendment. Click here to contact him.
  2. Write our other U.S. Representatives, Rodger Marshall (R-District 1), click here to do so, Lynn Jenkins (R-District 2), click here to do so, and Ron Estes(R-District 4), click here to do so. Encourage them to vote for HR1881.

As this legislation continues through the legislative process, please be praying for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.  Pray they will see the truth that it is not discrimination as some will try to convince them.

CWA National will continue their efforts to get the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act with the Aderholt Amendment passed into law. Let us do the same at CWA of Kansas.

Thank you and many blessings.

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
[email protected]
ks.cwfa.org
785-260-5659

 

 

 

Are You Tired of Paying for Abortions With Your Taxes?

By | North Carolina | No Comments

Dear Friend,

Are you tired of paying for abortions with your taxes? I sure am! Together, we have a chance to do something about it!

In less than two weeks, it will be the last day to post your comments expressing your views to U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Azar. After the 60-day comment period is up, HHS will review the comments and issue a final rule based on the public’s feedback.  The deadline is Tuesday, July 31. So far about 66,000 comments have been posted. We do not yet know how many are positive or negative. But, it has been reported that HHS was anticipating 10% positive and 90% negative. So, we are praying that all pro-life warriors will unite and let your voices be heard at HHS!

We have a great and urgent opportunity to shift taxpayer funds away from abortionists and direct funds toward real health centers. Planned Parenthood alone receives at least $50 million from Title X, and 90% of the women who enter their clinics have abortions. A new proposed rule directs money away from abortion providers.

Together we can influence the right to life on a national level. The opposition will not take their hand out of the cookie jar without significant opposition.  

We are in need of substantive comments and lots of them. The opposition is already fighting this because abortion is big business and they love their government subsidies. Planned Parenthood is mobilized with an army contacting HHS Secretary Azar.  They will sue and intimidate, so we must be vigilant, mobilized, passionate, strong and courageous on behalf of unborn babies.

From our June 20, 2018 e-alert, you can see the variety of ways where Planned Parenthood unashamedly promotes pornographic instruction materials along with additional information about abortion, sells aborted baby body parts, and participates in human trafficking, etc. (https://concernedwomen.org/dont-miss-out-on-the-opportunity-to-take-tax-money-from-planned-parenthood-3/)

It’s time; let’s take action! Enough is enough! Let us defend the right to life! 

Take Action:

  1. Please click here for more information about the regulation as well as step-by-step instruction on how to submit a comment.  We have provided a comment you can easily copy and paste (if you don’t have time to write a comment yourself), and the link to the comment submission form. It only takes about 5 minutes to do.
  2. Please pass this e-alert on to family and friends! Encourage them to both pray and take action.Let us join in prayer together: “Lord, we love YOU!  Thank YOU for creating us!  We ask that You bless our efforts as we speak out boldly for the unborn. We cry out to you to multiply our efforts to send a lasting and convincing message. In the powerful name of Jesus. Amen”

“… praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— [ … that we] may speak boldly, as [we] ought to speak” (Ephesians 6:18, 20).

Again, the deadline is July 31; please comment right away and then use the remainder of the time to encourage those you know to comment as well.

For Life and Liberty,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

Would you like to get involved with CWA of North Carolina?
Join a Prayer/Action ChapterContact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.

Would you like to partner with CWA of North Carolina!
Please DONATE to CWA of North Carolina.  Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations. The lighthouse is pictured on our CWA of North Carolina website symbolizing that we are to be a light in the darkness. In these dark days, we appreciate your contribution to CWA of North Carolina. And again we thank you … your donation will make a difference in North Carolina through prayer and action. 

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CWA of North Carolina’s 18th Annual Day at The Capital Review

By | North Carolina | No Comments

Dear Friend,

In early June, CWA of North Carolina enjoyed our 18th Annual Day at The Capital as we made our voices heard.  We were once again joined by North Carolina Values Coalition.  Approximately 25 were in attendance.  We had a legislative briefing, lobbied our legislators and held a chapel service with our legislators. Our beloved Associate Director, Mary Frances Forrester, presented a stirring and inspiring devotion on the history and importance of our cherished American flag.

We lobbied our legislators on the following concerns:

  1. Pass HB575, Require Info About Abortion Pill Reversal – Require Info About Abortion Pill Reversal so that women seeking a chemical abortion will be told that there is a process to reverse the abortion if they change their minds.
  2. Parents Right To KnowRemind our legislators to allow parents to know and have more access to school lesson plans and curriculum involving human sexuality and bullying prevention. Sex Ed programs were being carried out in Cumberland, Onslow, Carteret, and Wayne Counties; but parents were not notified nor invited to review and discuss these new sex materials being adopted. Unfortunately, in this culture today, it is imperative that our state adopts commonsense educational transparencies to protect our children. Parents have the right to know!

Regrettably, we will need to revisit our legislators regarding these issues as neither concern was addressed during this legislative session. Although there had been good support for commonsense pro-transparency legislation protecting a parent’s right to know what their kids are taught in schools about sex, unfortunately no legislative solution was presented.

We are in agreement with Executive Director of NC Values Coalition Tami Fitzgerald’s assessment that “We cannot back down. We need to send a clear message to our legislators that they need to listen to parents across our state who demand these kind of protections … This is an issue we won’t be backing down from! We’re committed to keeping this issue before legislators however long it takes for them to take action to protect parental rights and childhood innocence. We need them to know we WILL hold them accountable.”

These two issues will be a high priority for CWA of North Carolina in 2019.

“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” (Proverbs 29:2)

We always appreciate your prayers. Prayer is the bedrock for all that we do. Stay tuned for additional pressing concerns.

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

Would you like to get involved with CWA of North Carolina?
Join a Prayer/Action ChapterContact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.

Would you like to partner with CWA of North Carolina!
Please DONATE to CWA of North Carolina.  Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations. The lighthouse is pictured on our CWA of North Carolina website symbolizing that we are to be a light in the darkness. In these dark days, we appreciate your contribution to CWA of North Carolina. And again we thank you … your donation will make a difference in North Carolina through prayer and action. 

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Are You Tired of Paying for Abortion?!

By | California | No Comments

Friends of Life,

Are you tired of paying for abortion? I am! Together, we have a chance to do something about it!

We have a great and urgent opportunity to shift taxpayer funds away from abortionists and direct funds toward real health centers. Planned Parenthood alone receives at least $50 million from Title X, and 90% of the women who enter their clinics have abortions. A new proposed rule directs money away from abortion providers.

Together we can influence the right to life on a national level. The opposition will not take their hand out of the cookie jar without significant opposition.  

As with any federal regulation, there is an open comment period where the public has the opportunity to express their views to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Azar. After the 60-day comment period is up, HHS will review the comments and issue a final rule based on the public’s feedback.  The deadline is July 31.

We are in need of substantive comments and lots of them. The opposition is already fighting this because abortion is big business and they love their government subsidies. Planned Parenthood is mobilized with an army contacting HHS Secretary Azar.  They will sue and intimidate, so we must be vigilant, mobilized, passionate, strong and courageous on behalf of babies.

It’s time; let’s take action! Enough is enough!  Defend the right to life! 

Take Action:

  1. Please click here for more information about the regulation as well as step by step instruction on how to submit a comment. We have provided a comment you can easily copy and paste (if you don’t have time to write a comment yourself), and the link to the comment submission form. It only takes about 5-10 minutes to do.
  2. Please pass this e-alert on to family and friends! Encourage them to both pray and take action.

Let us join in prayer together: “Lord, we love YOU!  Thank YOU for creating us!  We ask that You bless our efforts as we speak out boldly for children.  Multiply our efforts to send a lasting and convincing message.

“… praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— [ ,,, that we] may speak boldly, as [we] ought to speak.” (Ephesians 6:18, 20)

The deadline is July 31, please comment right away and then use the remainder of the time to encourage those you know to comment as well.

Thank you for praying and taking action.

God bless you!

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California
[email protected]
ca.cwfa.org

Conversion Therapy Bill DEAD

By | Maine | No Comments

Praise!  Maine House Upheld Governor LePage’s Veto of L.D. 912

L.D. 912 is Rep. Ryan Fecteau’s (D-Biddeford) bill silencing parents and counselors from helping our young people under the age of 18 with unwanted homosexual tendencies.  It was child abuse and wrongheaded from the start, but somehow passed in the Legislature, only to be rejected by the governor’s veto.  Thankfully, the House of Representatives sustained the veto by 15 votes Monday.  The Legislature came back into session yesterday to act on the bills the governor vetoed and other matters.  Click here to watch yesterday’s L.D. 912 proceedings. Move the cursor to 13:02:13.

Take Action:

  • Please thank your representative if he/she sustained the veto. And express your displeasure if he/she didn’t.  Be sure to let him/her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. The roll call vote to sustain the veto is here.  All “no” votes are with us, “yes” votes against us, and an “x” vote means the legislator was absent for the vote.  Click here to find out who your representative is, based on the town in which you live.
  • Please also thank Gov. Paul LePage for his veto of this bill. His mailing address is: 1 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333.  Or email his office. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.

Please Pray: “Thank You, Father, for victory over this bill and that our Maine Legislature didn’t go the way of other states but protected our children’s rights to secure information they desire in their lean years when going through the maize of life’s different pathways.  Amen”

Children are vulnerable to cultural mores of their time.  What they observe in others’ behaviors and what ideas are spoken to them and placed in their minds, aren’t necessarily healthy for them.  This bill, L.D. 912 would have banned conversion therapy for these young minds and stopped them from getting the help they needed to lead the life they desire.

For more information click here to read Gov. LaPages excellent veto letter.

To God be the glory! 

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org
207-465-6015

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of ME” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME  04917. Or, click here to contribute online.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.  Thank you!

 

Celebrating Independence Day

By | Hawaii | No Comments

For many people today, July 4th is a holiday filled with picnics, friends, and fireworks. But it is also a commemoration of America’s Declaration of Independence. The freedom call was not only against a political and economic system, but it was also a cry for independence from the spiritual tyranny of the Anglican Church.

In 1775, there were 668 congregational churches in America.  Seventy-five percent of all Americans, at that time, belonged to churches of Puritan derivation. The religious makeup was 98.4 percent Protestant, 1.4 percent Roman Catholic, and three-twentieths of one percent Jewish. America was a nation deeply concerned with religious freedom.

Religious freedom today is far from what the original founders intended. What Americans wanted was a government that did not favor one Christian sect over another. The idea was never to erode Christianity through the separation of church and state. John Jay, after the war, described the homogeneity of America in Federalist 2 (*see below).

 

Competition between the various churches, early Americans thought, was healthy; it kept them from becoming complacent, comfortable and arrogant like the nationally endorsed Anglican Church. In 18th century America, men and women adhered to the Protestant conviction that all men and human institutions were fallible. Americans fought hard for seven year during the Revolutionary War to rid themselves of the shackles of imperial England and her state controlled church.

The men who called the people of America to independence were men committed to their country and the freedom of her people. They paid a great price for our independence and religious freedom: five signers were captured by the British army and tortured; 12 men’s homes were destroyed; two had sons who died during the Revolutionary War; one had two sons taken prisoner by the British; and nine signers of the Declaration died in the war.

This July 4th, let us remember those courageous men who helped to establish a free nation. Let us thank God for religious freedom won and exercise that freedom by reaching our generation with the Gospel. Liberty without religious freedom is bondage.

*Federalist 2

I have taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people – a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who … fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established their general liberty and independence. This country and this people seem to have been made for each other … Similar sentiments have hitherto prevailed among all orders and denominations of men among us. To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people. — John Jay

Blessings to you on this Independence Day, 2018.

Barbara J. Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

Celebrating Independence Day

By | Maine | No Comments

For many people today, July 4th is a holiday filled with picnics, friends, and fireworks. But it is also a commemoration of America’s Declaration of Independence. The freedom call was not only against a political and economic system, but it was also a cry for independence from the spiritual tyranny of the Anglican Church.

In 1775, there were 668 congregational churches in America.  Seventy-five percent of all Americans, at that time, belonged to churches of Puritan derivation. The religious makeup was 98.4 percent Protestant, 1.4 percent Roman Catholic, and three-twentieths of one percent Jewish. America was a nation deeply concerned with religious freedom.

Religious freedom today is far from what the original founders intended. What Americans wanted was a government that did not favor one Christian sect over another. The idea was never to erode Christianity through the separation of church and state. John Jay, after the war, described the homogeneity of America in Federalist 2 (*see below).

Competition between the various churches, early Americans thought, was healthy; it kept them from becoming complacent, comfortable and arrogant like the nationally endorsed Anglican Church. In 18th century America, men and women adhered to the Protestant conviction that all men and human institutions were fallible. Americans fought hard for seven year during the Revolutionary War to rid themselves of the shackles of imperial England and her state controlled church.

The men who called the people of America to independence were men committed to their country and the freedom of her people. They paid a great price for our independence and religious freedom: five signers were captured by the British army and tortured; 12 men’s homes were destroyed; two had sons who died during the Revolutionary War; one had two sons taken prisoner by the British; and nine signers of the Declaration died in the war.

This July 4th, let us remember those courageous men who helped to establish a free nation. Let us thank God for religious freedom won and exercise that freedom by reaching our generation with the Gospel. Liberty without religious freedom is bondage.

*Federalist 2

I have taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people – a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who … fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established their general liberty and independence. This country and this people seem to have been made for each other … Similar sentiments have hitherto prevailed among all orders and denominations of men among us. To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people. — John Jay

Blessings to you on this Independence Day, 2018.

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org

Celebrating Independence Day

By | Washington | No Comments

For many people today, July 4th is a holiday filled with picnics, friends, and fireworks. But it is also a commemoration of America’s Declaration of Independence. The freedom call was not only against a political and economic system, but it was also a cry for independence from the spiritual tyranny of the Anglican Church. 

In 1775, there were 668 congregational churches in America.  Seventyfive percent of all Americans, at that time, belonged to churches of Puritan derivation. The religious makeup was 98.4 percent Protestant, 1.4 percent Roman Catholic, and three-twentieths of one percent Jewish. America was a nation deeply concerned with religious freedom. 

Religious freedom today is far from what the original founders intended. What Americans wanted was a government that did not favor one Christian sect over another. The idea was never to erode Christianity through the separation of church and state.  

Competition between the various churches—early Americans thought–was healthy; it kept them from becoming complacent, comfortable and arrogant like the nationally endorsed Anglican Church. In 18th century America, men and women adhered to the Biblical conviction that all men and human institutions were fallible. Americans fought hard for seven years during the Revolutionary War to rid themselves of the shackles of imperial England and her state-controlled church. 

The men who called the people of America to independence were men committed to their country and to the freedom of her people. They paid a great price for our independence and religious freedom: five signers were captured by the British army and tortured; 12 signers’ homes were destroyed; two had sons who died during the Revolutionary War; one had two sons taken prisoner by the British; and nine signers of the Declaration died in the war. 

Words from President John Adams reveal our foundational beliefs:  And may that Being who is Supreme over all, the Patron of Order, the Fountain of Justice, and the Protector in all ages of the world of virtuous liberty, continue His blessing upon this nation.  (3/4/1797)

 And on October 11, 1798, he stated in an address to the military:  We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.  Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other. This July 4th, let us remember those courageous men and women who helped to establish a free nation. Let us thank God for religious freedom won, and exercise that freedom by reaching our generation with the Gospel. Liberty without faith in the God of the Holy Bible is bondage to the world.

Blessings to you on this Independence Day, 2018.

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
[email protected]
wa.cwfa.org
 

Celebrating Independence Day

By | North Carolina | No Comments

For many people today, July 4th is a holiday filled with picnics, friends, and fireworks. But it is also a commemoration of America’s Declaration of Independence. The freedom call was not only against a political and economic system, but it was also a cry for independence from the spiritual tyranny of the Anglican Church.

In 1775, there were 668 congregational churches in America.  Seventy-five percent of all Americans, at that time, belonged to churches of Puritan derivation. The religious makeup was 98.4 percent Protestant, 1.4 percent Roman Catholic, and three-twentieths of one percent Jewish. America was a nation deeply concerned with religious freedom.

Religious freedom today is far removed from what the original founders intended. What Americans wanted was a government that did not favor one Christian sect over another. The idea was never to erode Christianity through the separation of church and state. John Jay, after the war, described the homogeneity of America in Federalist 2 (*see below).

Early Americans thought competition between the various churches was healthy; it kept them from becoming complacent, comfortable and arrogant like the nationally endorsed Anglican Church. In 18th century America, men and women adhered to the Protestant conviction that all men and human institutions were fallible. Americans fought hard for seven years during the Revolutionary War to rid themselves of the shackles of imperial England and her state-controlled church.

The men who called the people of America to independence were men committed to their country and the freedom of her people. They paid a great price for our independence and religious freedom: five signers were captured by the British army and tortured; 12 men’s homes were destroyed; two had sons who died during the Revolutionary War; one had two sons taken prisoner by the British; and nine signers of the Declaration died in the war.

North Carolina has much about which to be proud in regards to the American Revolution. The site of the first Patriot victory for independence from the British in the American Revolution was fought at Moores Creek Bridge on February 27, 1776, in present-day Pender County outside of Wilmington, North Carolina. Although this three-minute battle was brief, the victory at Moores Creek led the North Carolina Provincial Congress to seek total independence from Great Britain, the first colony to do so. This victory resulted in the end of British authority in North Carolina. This victory resulted in the end of British authority in North Carolina and explains why we are “First in Freedom!”

As we celebrate with our friends and family this July 4th, let us remember those courageous men who helped to establish a free nation. Let us thank God for the religious freedom won by those who lived before us and who fought valiantly for liberty. Let us exercise that freedom by reaching our generation with the Gospel. Liberty without religious freedom is bondage.

*Federalist 2

I have taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people – a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who … fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established their general liberty and independence. This country and this people seem to have been made for each other … Similar sentiments have hitherto prevailed among all orders and denominations of men among us. To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people. — John Jay

Blessings to you on this Independence Day, 2018.

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

The lighthouse is pictured on our CWA of North Carolina website symbolizing that we are to be a light in the darkness. In these dark days, we appreciate your contribution to CWA of North Carolina. And again we thank you…your donation will make a difference in North Carolina through prayer and action.

Would you like to get involved with CWA of North Carolina?

Join a Prayer/Action chapterContact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.

Please DONATE to CWA of North Carolina.  Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations.

If someone forwarded you this e-alert and you would like to be on our e-alert list, please contact me.