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Current News Out of North Dakota

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#1 – Linda Thorson’s, interview on Real Presence Radio Station (Podcast):

Linda and Fr. James Cheney talk about the Planned Parenthood and North Dakota State University provision of a Sex Education Professional Development credit to ND teachers.

Interview on this topic begins at the 6: 10-minute mark.


#2 – Columnist from the Fargo Forum recognizes a discouraging and disappointing friendship between Planned Parenthood and NDSU.

“Linda Thorson, state director for Concerned Women for America, offered a fitting analogy in her letter, asking how taxpayers would feel if North Dakota, which leads the nation in binge and underage drinking, were to partner with Anheuser-Busch to provide training on safe alcohol consumption, then funnel grant money back to its instructors.”

Link to Thorson’s letter.


#3 – Questions Answered:  State Senator and past State Director of CWA of ND discusses AMA lawsuit against ND abortion laws.

CWA of North Dakota is mentioned by Host Joel Heitkamp at the 11:31 mark of the interview.


#4 – Read CWA of North Dakota’s Press Release.

CWA of Missouri laments the decision to allow Planned Parenthood-STL to continue to do abortions, for now.

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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.

 

 

Dispute over Planned Parenthood goes to Missouri Commission

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Recommended article by CWA of Missouri: License dispute over Missouri’s last abortion clinic heads to state commission

CWA of Missouri is happy to see that Judge Stelzer will end his injunction that allows Planned Parenthood in St. Louis to continue to do abortions even without a current license by the state on Friday, June 28. The Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission, which handles bureaucratic disputes, will review the case. However, that hearing is set for Aug. 1.

June 25 Prayer Action Alert: Be a Light in the Darkness

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“And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”  John 1:5
“Therefore, having such a hope, we use great boldness.” 2 Corinthians 3:12

We are called to be light in the darkness and to speak boldly because of our hope in Christ Jesus. Now more than ever, you are needed to be a light in the darkness!

Here are ways you can be light bearers in our state:

Attend or Start a Prayer/Action Chapter
Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington Prayer/Action Chapters around the state gather monthly to pray, educate, and take appropriate action on issues related to CWA’s seven core issues: defense of family, sanctity of human life, education, sexual exploitation, religious liberty, national sovereignty, and support for Israel.  Please consider joining or leading a chapter in your community!  It is easy, and it encourages so many of us to regularly pray for our nation and our families as we witness the increasing cultural darkness. Contact our state office for more information on CWA’s Prayer/Action Chapters or to find out how to start a chapter.

Pray and Take Action
Comprehensive sex education reminder. If you are concerned about the sex education class offered in your school district, you may opt your child out. Contact your local school for the opt-out protocol. Earlier this year, CWA of Washington recommended considering viable alternatives to the state’s sex ed curriculum. One such alternative for parents who prefer a different approach is Teen-Aid. Teen-Aid Spokane has developed a curriculum that is worth considering. Their program promotes Biblical values that lead to a healthy lifestyle, including teaching abstinence and the skills to live out a Christian lifestyle amid a world attacking those values. Please visit their website to consider enrolling your student.

Drag Queen Story Hour: Drag queens are showing up in public libraries around the state to read books to young children from which parents might not approve. This is an outright assault on our children and parents are beginning to show up at library board meetings to protest this egregious attack on our culture values. Much prayer and action are needed on this very spiritually dark issue.

Update on Barronelle Stutzman. Over the past few years, we have prayed diligently for the case of Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman. Barronelle is the florist who was sued by our Attorney General because she declined to provide flowers to celebrate a same-sex wedding due to her religious beliefs. You can read about the update on her case here. Please continue to pray for Barronelle and the protection of our religious liberty.

Remember to check the CWA national website for updates on ongoing issues: Together, let us shed God’s light boldly into the cultural darkness!

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
wa.cwfa.org

Hear CWA of North Dakota this Thursday, June 27

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Despite the concerns of many lawmakers and citizens like YOU, the president of North Dakota State University (NDSU), Dean Bresciani, did not cancel the Safe Spaces teacher professional development courses offered this month by Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota (Planned Parenthood). Sadly, President Bresciani has allowed this partnership with Planned Parenthood and NDSU to remain.

Read Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota’s concerns about the partnership here.

This discussion is not over!  Join me this coming Thursday, June 27, at 9:05 a.m. on Real Presence Radio, 1370AM, 1280AM, and 101.9 FM, where I will be speaking on how Planned Parenthood’s tactics usurp the authority given to school districts to choose curriculum. Also speaking is Fr. Jim Cheney from the NDSU Newman Center who will discuss the issue from the NDSU perspective.

CWA of North Dakota would like to thank the eighty-nine legislators who signed a letter expressing their displeasure with NDSU’s continued public partnership with Planned Parenthood (names are listed at the bottom of this email.) Pray for each legislator by name. Thank God for their willingness to stand up against the attempts of Planned Parenthood to infiltrate our schools. Pray fervently 2 Thessalonians 3:3, “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.”

To our CWA of North Dakota members who contacted President Bresciani’s office in April and May about this partnership, thank you! 

Please Take Action
Once again, we need everyone to take the opportunity to protect North Dakota’s children from Planned Parenthood’s harmful propaganda.

  1. Contact NDSU President Dean Bresciani with a message you are disappointed the teacher training workshops scheduled in Dickinson, Fargo and Grand Forks were not canceled. Contact information for the president: Chris Wilson, Chief of Staff, (701) 231-6409 and [email protected]. When talking to President Dean Bresciani’s office, be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.
  2. Donate to CWA of North Dakota to help us continue educating on the lies of Planned Parenthood and their targeted education propaganda.
  3. Please forward this email to family and friends.

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
nd.cwfa.org
[email protected]
Facebook: Concerned Women for America of North Dakota

Get more involved with CWA of North Dakota!

  • Inquire about joining or starting a Prayer/Action Chapter in your area.
  • Contact me if someone forwarded you this e-alert, and you would like to be on our e-alert list.

Thank you in advance for considering these opportunities!


The eighty-nine legislators who signed a letter expressing their displeasure with NDSU’s continued public partnership with Planned Parenthood.

  1. State Sen. Curtiss ‘Curt’ Kreun
  2. State Sen. Donald ‘Don’ G. Schaible
  3. State Sen. Jerry J. Klein
  4. State Sen. Dick Dever
  5. State Sen. Scott Meyer
  6. State Sen. Larry Luick
  7. State Sen. Jessica K. Unruh
  8. State Sen. Kristin Roers
  9. State Sen. Ronald ‘Ron’ Sorvaag
  10. State Sen. Michael ‘Mike’ A. Dwyer
  11. State Sen. Jim P. Roers
  12. State Sen. David A. Clemens
  13. State Sen. Dale Patten
  14. State Sen. Terry M. Wanzek
  15. State Sen. Jordan L. Kannianen
  16. State Sen. Diane K. Larson
  17. State Sen. David S. Rust
  18. State Sen. Kyle R. Davison
  19. State Sen. Oley Larsen
  20. State Sen. Gary A. Lee
  21. State Sen. Randy D. Lemm
  22. State Sen. Shawn A. Vedaa
  23. State Sen. Robert ‘Bob’ S. Erbele
  24. State Sen. Rich Wardner
  25. State Sen. Randall ‘Randy’ A. Burckhard
  26. State Sen. Dwight C. Cook
  27. State Sen. Janne Myrdal
  28. State Sen. Jay Elkin
  29. State Sen. David Hogue
  30. State Sen. Brad Bekkedahl
  31. State Sen. Nicole K. Poolman
  32. State Sen. Robert O. Fors
  33. State Rep. Jim Schmidt
  34. State Rep. Dwight H. Kiefert
  35. State Rep. Lisa M. Meier
  36. State Rep. Clayton Fegley
  37. State Rep. Kim A. Koppelman
  38. State Rep. Karen M. Rohr
  39. State Rep. Rick ‘Ricky’ C. Becker
  40. State Rep. Bill R. Devlin
  41. State Rep. Randy A. Schobinger
  42. State Rep. Luke Simons
  43. State Rep. Robin L. Weisz
  44. State Rep. Aaron McWilliams
  45. State Rep. Jason D. Dockter
  46. State Rep. Tom Kading
  47. State Rep. Michael ‘Mike’ Don Brandenburg
  48. State Rep. Ben Koppelman
  49. State Rep. Gary J. Kreidt
  50. State Rep. Bert Anderson
  51. State Rep. Bob Paulson
  52. State Rep. Vicky Steiner
  53. State Rep. Karen Karls
  54. State Rep. Mike I. Schatz
  55. State Rep. Jeff A. Hoverson
  56. State Rep. Jim M. Kasper
  57. State Rep. Austen Schauer
  58. State Rep. Chet Pollert
  59. State Rep. Bill Tveit
  60. State Rep. Jeff W. Delzer
  61. State Rep. Bernie L. Satrom
  62. State Rep. Vernon R. Laning
  63. State Rep. Mike Lefor
  64. State Rep. Don Vigesaa
  65. State Rep. Jay Fisher
  66. State Rep. Dan J. Ruby
  67. State Rep. Keith A. Kempenich
  68. State Rep. Greg Westlind
  69. State Rep. Daniel ‘Dan’ L. Johnston
  70. State Rep. Wayne A. Trottier
  71. State Rep. Nathan P. Toman
  72. State Rep. Terry B. Jones
  73. State Rep. Chuck D. Damschen
  74. State Rep. Kathy Skroch
  75. State Rep. Michelle Strinden
  76. State Rep. David C. Monson
  77. State Rep. Jim Grueneich
  78. State Rep. Matthew Ruby
  79. State Rep. Larry Bellew
  80. State Rep. Scott C. Louser
  81. State Rep. Patrick ‘Pat’ D. Heinert
  82. State Rep. Jeffery J. Magrum
  83. State Rep. Shannon M. Roers Jones
  84. State Rep. Gary A. Paur
  85. State Rep. Craig Johnson
  86. State Rep. Lawrence ‘Larry’ R. Klemin
  87. State Rep. Andrew Marschall
  88. State Rep. Sebastian ‘Seabass’ Ertelt
  89. State Rep. Glenn Bosch

DHSS Gets it Right About Planned Parenthood

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Recommended article by CWA of Missouri: Fate of Missouri’s only abortion clinic in hands of judge after state denies license

CWA of Missouri supports the decision of the Department of Health and Senior Services to deny license to do abortions at the Planned Parenthood facility on Forest Park Blvd. The facility failed to fulfill what the department required. Judge Stelzer however, is keeping his injunction in place which will allow the Planned Parenthood facility to continue to do abortions.

California Bill is a Threat to Women

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“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

In yet another attempt to erase the protected class of sex as male and female in the Golden State, Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has proposed that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation segregate prisoners not based on their biological sex, but their perceived gender identity.

SB 132 states, “At any time, a person under the jurisdiction of the department may inform facility staff of their gender identity, and facility staff shall promptly repeat the process of offering the individual an opportunity to specify the gender pronoun and honorific most appropriate for staff to use in reference to that individual.” Did you notice the reference to “at any time?” Yes. Inmates could be moved from men’s to women’s detention facilities based on their desired “identity” and “with or without a diagnosis of gender dysphoria or any other physical or mental health diagnosis, and regardless of anatomy.”

The inmate will also determine whether “he,” “she” or “they” would be housed in a single or double cell, dorm, in protective custody or the general population based on that individual’s perception of health and safety. It is the safety issue – to protect transgender individuals from violence – that the author declares is the purpose of the bill. To be clear, we wish no one to be harmed in the course of his or her incarceration, but one must also consider the health and safety of the primary population, in particular women being forced to share facilities with a biological male who perceives himself to be a woman – and without diagnosis or surgery.

SB 132 will be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on June 25. Women in prison are already a vulnerable population, and we request your assistance in helping ensure their safety by asking the members of the committee and your assembly member to oppose SB 132.

Please Take Action:

Call your assembly member and ask for a “no” vote on SB 132. If you have time, please also share your concerns about SB 132 with the members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee before June 25. Be sure to let him/her know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California. Find your state senator here.

Please pray with me!  We know prayer is a powerful force!

Dear Heavenly Father,

You are the Creator of all things seen and unseen.  You created man male and female. We stand today and ask for protection for women in the California prison system. Provide wisdom to every one of our California state senators, today.  May they vote to protect women from being harm and against SB 132.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons for our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Thank you for making a difference with your prayers and action!

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California
[email protected]
www.facebook.com/CWAofCalifornia/
ca.cwfa.org

 

June 14 – CWA of California Halfway Point Legislative Update

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The 2019 California legislative session has reached its halfway point. The deadline for bills to pass out of their house of origin was May 31. Those measures that did not make it to the floor of their first house have another chance at passage beginning in January 2020, the second year of the 2019-20 session.

Several bills, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California is actively opposing, passed the house-of-origin hurdle and are now in their second house. We highlight three of these bills below and ask that you pray and act as noted. (Information who your legislators are and how to contact them are within the Take Action section at the bottom.)

SB 24 – Medical Abortions on Public University Campuses

This bill by Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) will require campus clinics to provide chemical abortions up to 10 weeks of pregnancy to college students on the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) campuses. Aside from killing an unborn child, this abortion technique is emotionally and physically dangerous to the woman and has even caused fatalities. SB 24 passed the State Senate on May 20. Because this bill will likely pass its assigned committees (Assembly Health and Higher Education), we ask you to begin letting your assembly member know now that UC and CSU campus health centers should not be turned into abortion clinics. This is not the scope of education.

AB 493 – LGBTQ Teacher In-Service Training

While California schools have previously instituted anti-bullying efforts and many are already addressing issues regarding “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning” (LBGTQ) students with teachers, a new bill sets specific requirements and tracking. AB 493, sponsored by Sen. Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), requires all California public schools, including charter schools, to provide online in-service training at least every two years to all teachers and certificated staff and adopt strategies to increase support for LGBTQ students. If funds are appropriated, schools may utilize grants to offer in-person training. For now, the training requirement is limited to grades 7-12, but there is no prohibition against involving teachers in earlier grades, and many schools are already implementing such training K-12.

With this bill, the California Department of Education will develop the training materials and track the attendance of staff. As the bill states, “The training program is interactive, requiring the sustained input and participation of the trainee.” Given the materials already being offered by the department are anti-bullying and sex education resources, this causes great concern. Further, teacher testimonies of their experiences in training already occurring include shaming by the instructors of traditional beliefs regarding sexuality and gender.

CWA of California does not support the bullying of any student for any reason; there are sufficient laws/regulations already in place for this. In addition, we do not support requirements that teachers participate in training that conflicts with their closely held religious beliefs or conscience nor requires them to affirm such behavior. AB 493 has already passed the State Assembly and will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on July 10. Given the make-up of the committee and the likelihood it will pass this bill, we suggest that you begin alerting your state senator now to your concerns about AB 493.

AB 175 – Children’s Rights in Foster Care

California’s foster care system currently allows broad rights to foster children, including the ability to review their own case plan at age 12 and have access to care, treatments, and benefits in accordance to their “actual or perceived” sexual orientation or gender identity. Recent amendments to AB 175 cause us great concern about the effect further expansion of rights will have on an already vulnerable population.

AB 175, authored by Asm. Mike Gipson (D-Compton), lowers that age of foster plan review to 10 and includes prompt access to “reproductive and sexual health care” including “gender-affirming health care and gender-affirming mental health care.” Most alarmingly, the bill gives these at-risk children the right “[a]t any age, to consent to or decline services regarding contraception, pregnancy, and perinatal care, including, but not limited to, abortion services and health care services for sexual assault without the knowledge or consent of any adult.” Current California law already allows children 12 and above the right to access reproductive health services, including abortion, without parental knowledge or consent. AB 175 makes an already terrible situation even worse.

AB 175 also imposes requirements on foster parents. They must not only abide by all the “rights” offered to their foster children as noted above but must also participate in training for cultural competency and sensitivity involving LGBTQ issues and use names and pronouns preferred by the child – regardless of how it may conflict with their closely held religious beliefs or conscience.

These and other concerns place CWA of California in an opposing position with regard to AB 175. The bill will be before the Senate Human Services Committee on June 24. We ask you to begin now contacting your state senator with your concerns. 

Please Take Action: Call your assembly member and ask a “no” vote on SB 24 and call your state senator and ask for a “no” vote on AB 175 and AB 493. Be sure to let him/her know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California. Find your assembly member and state senator here.

Please Pray that our California lawmakers who know the Lord would seek His wisdom and stand firmly for His tenets as they consider and vote on these and other bills. Pray for those who don’t know Him to come to a saving knowledge of the Lord and follow Him.

Thank you for making a difference with your prayers and action!

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California
[email protected]
www.facebook.com/CWAofCalifornia/
ca.cwfa.org

CWA of Missouri 2019 Session Wrap-Up

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Missouri’s 100th General Assembly, First Regular Session, ended on Friday, May 17.

It was a very busy legislative session, and Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri was active at the State Capitol representing your voice every week during the session. I want to thank CWA of Missouri’s legislative team, Alissa Johnson and Vicki Leuther, for accompanying me every week of the session advocating for public policy that will benefit the family and instill Biblical values in our culture.

As Christians, we have the Truth – the Bible – to tell us what is right and wrong. The Bible sets the standard – it is our guide. CWA of Missouri is active at the Capitol to interject God’s Biblical truths into public policy.

Pro-Life Victory!
The biggest news of the session was the passage of HB126, the Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act sponsored by Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O’Fallon). HB 126 passed the Senate on May 16, the House on May 17, and was signed into law by Gov. Mike Parson (Republican) on May 24! HB126 prohibits abortions after eight weeks and contains a prohibition of discriminatory abortions. It also requires both parents to be notified when a minor is seeking an abortion, expands the tax credits for crisis pregnancy centers, puts in state statute the “Late-Term Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” and establishes Missouri as a sanctuary of life – banning abortions except for medical emergency when Roe v Wade is overturned.

We are proud to be the eighth state this year to pass stringent abortion bans.  Thanks be to God!

Here are other bills CWA of Missouri either actively worked on or watched during this session.

HB138, Simon’s Law,” sponsored by Rep. Bill Kidd (R-Independence), requires one parent’s or guardian’s permission before a Do Not Resuscitate order is issued for a minor. HB138 was Truly Agreed and Finally Passed on May 13, having passed both the House and the Senate. CWA of Missouri supported the bill.

SCR3, sponsored by Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar), declares pornography a public health crisis. SCR3 passed the Senate in March. After a three-week delay of being assigned to a committee by the Speaker, SCR3 was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. It passed the Judiciary Committee and then the Rules Committee and was placed on the House calendar but was not brought up for debate and vote before the end of the session. CWA of Missouri supported the bill.

HCR20, sponsored by Rep. Ken Wilson (R-Smithville), declares pornography a public health crisis. HCR20 passed two House committees but wasn’t put on the House Calendar for debate and vote. CWA of Missouri supported the bill.

SB382, sponsored by Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar), establishes the Safer Internet for Children Act. SB382 was heard and passed in Senate Committee. This is the first year for the bill. It will be filed next session again, and hopefully, make it through both the Senate and the House and to the Governor’s desk! CWA of Missouri supported the bill.

HB188, sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), would create a statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. HB188 passed the House and was voted “do pass out” of Senate Committee. A threatened filibuster by the Conservative Caucus in the Senate kept it on the Senate Calendar without coming to a vote in the Senate. CWA of Missouri opposed the bill.

HB350, sponsored by Rep. Tom Hannegan (R-St. Charles), adds Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act. HB350 was heard in the House Committee on May 8.  Thankfully it was too late in the session for the bill to move forward. CWA of Missouri opposed the bill.

HB728, sponsored by Rep. Hardy Billington (R-Poplar Bluff), requires the name of the real party in interest to be named in civil actions involving the First Amendment. “Real party in interest” means no more anonymous lawsuits when it comes to religious liberty. HB728 passed the House and was heard in the Senate committee but was never brought up for a vote by the chairman. CWA of Missouri supported the bill.

HB577, sponsored by Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-Sedalia), requires public schools to display the national motto prominently in each school building. HB577 was heard in House committee on April 30, but the chairman never brought it up for a vote. Hopefully, it will be in the next session!  CWA of Missouri supported the bill.

SCR15, sponsored by Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield), creates procedures for the appointment of commissioners to a convention called under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. SCR15 was heard and passed out of Senate committee and placed on the Senate Calendar but was never brought up for a debate and vote in the full Senate. CWA of Missouri is opposed to the calling of an Article V convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution. We were watching this and speaking with members of the Missouri General Assembly (MOGA) regarding the concerns in calling for such a convention. The MOGA did pass its call (SCR4) in 2017, but it has a five-year sunset clause, so we are working the issue hoping to kill any renewal of the call as the sunset provision approaches (2022.)

HB1006, sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), the bill prohibits public bodies from entering into certain contracts with companies/corporations who are active in the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel.  HB1006 passed the House on May 13 and then was referred to the Senate, but the session ended before any action was taken in the Senate. CWA of Missouri supported the bill.

HB592, sponsored by Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield), creates new provisions related to student data privacy. HB592 passed the first House committee but got stuck in the Rules Committee and never went anywhere. CWA of Missouri supported the bill.

HB267, sponsored by Rep. Ben Baker (R-Joplin), allows school districts to offer elective social studies courses on the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. HB267 passed the House and made it through the Senate committee but was not placed on the Senate calendar. CWA of Missouri supported the bill.

For a complete list of all the bills for the 2019 session, go to house.mo.gov and select the Legislation tab. You can search by subject or sponsor name. Click here for the bill list for the House and here for the Senate bill list.

Moving forward: We will now concentrate on holding meetings across Missouri educating Missourians on our core issues. If you would like us to come to speak at a meeting or host a meeting in your area, do not hesitate to contact me at 314-608-0168.

Thank you!
Bev Ehlen
State Director
CWA of Missouri

Trying Times in the Maine Legislature – Still Time to Make a Difference!

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L.D. 1313, the Doctor-Prescribed Suicide bill, was scheduled to be voted on in the Maine House Tuesday and again Thursday of this week but no vote was taken. The bill was tabled and will be voted on sometime next week – Tuesday, May 28, at the earliest.

You still have time to contact your representatives to ask them to oppose LD 1313! Please do so immediately. Contact them again even if you have previously done so and let them know that you once again wanted to encourage them to oppose LD 1313.  It’s that important!

We have endured many defeats this session, including taxpayer-funded abortion, the requirement that private insurance companies include abortion in their health coverage plans, other than doctors allowed to perform abortions, loss of parental rights, loss of religious freedom, and the ban on conversion therapy.

My prayer is that you will remain engaged and take a stand against the suicide bill. God is on the throne. He has given us the privilege to advocate for His truth; the results are entirely up to Him.  

Take Action:
Contact your state representative and urge him/her to oppose L.D. 1313. Find your representative alphabetically by the town in which you live or call the Maine House at 287-1400 and leave a message for your representative. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
Please send this message to family and friends and ask them to take action and pray.

Keep updated on LD 1313 here.

Please pray with me: Dear Father, thank you to all those who have fought alongside us in this legislative session.  We aren’t discouraged because You are on Your throne and we trust You to act on our behalf for what’s best.  We ask that You grant us victory for the eighth time as we once again oppose the physician-assisted suicide bill.  May the Maine legislators protect life for those who are sick and need of care and protection.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

Maranatha!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine

Abortion Bills are Poised for a Comeback!

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The Parental Notice of Abortion Repeal and the Late-Term Abortion No Restricts bills that CWA of Illinois has actively opposed have been sequestered in an Executive sub-committee since the massive April 20 pro-life rally and lobby day.  And now with the passage of pro-life bills in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, and Missouri, as well as the influx of conservative judges to the bench, Planned Parenthood, pro-abortion legislators and proponents are working overtime to see that extreme abortion laws are fully established in Illinois and other states equally vulnerable.

It appears the Democrat supermajority is planning to amend the stalled bills and move them to a new shell bill named the Reproductive Health Act.  If passed, the Reproductive Health Care Act , proposed in the House by Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), and in the Senate by Sen. Melinda Bush, (D-Grayslake), would repeal Illinois’ abortion law and replace it with what proponents and detractors agree would be the most liberal reproductive health care legislation in the country.

Highpoints of the bill, as cited in the ACLU Illinois account of the February 12, 2019, Planned Parenthood press conference, include:

  • Repeal Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 including criminal penalties on doctors who commit abortion
  • Repeal the Partial Birth Abortion ban, thereby allowing babies to be killed up to the time of birth
  • Remove any and all regulations on clinics that commit abortion
  • Repeal the Parental Notification Act of 1995
  • Allow DCFS to use public funds to pay for abortions–which would be in addition to Medicaid

Please take action:

  1. Contact your state representative and state senator and urge him/her to oppose the Reproductive Health Care Act. Click here to find your senator and state representative’s contact information. Be sure to tell them you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.
  2. Forward this alert to your family, friends, as well as churches in your area.

Please join me in prayer that the Church will wake up to the assault on the lifeof the unborn in Illinois and speak out against the Reproductive Health Act. Pray also for the hearts of the Illinois legislators that they will courageously vote against the bill.

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

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois

Urge Governor Abbott to Veto Mental Health Bill – HB 18

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HB 18 attempts to solve the problem of school violence by creating a state bureaucracy – a coalition of psychiatric and psychological experts in medical schools – to STUDY the problem.  This involves multiple assessments of all school children with invasive questions about children and their homes and families. We believe that mental health care must remain in the control of parents and that if tax dollars are appropriated for this purpose, they must be distributed at the request of families.

Take action:

  • Call Gov. Abbott at (512) 463-2000 or contact him here and say this:
  • Please veto HB18.
  • While we recognize the mental stability of each child contributes to their learning capacity; and
  • Recognize that the disruptive antics of disturbed children affect, and in cases endanger, entire classrooms,
  • We, however, object to turning our schools into mental health clinics using assessments by mental health researchers to label ALL children on some researcher’s “mental health scale.”
  • We object to using vital funds for this experimental study when those funds can actually remedy some of the frustrations in classrooms and schools by making low cost/no-cost mental health centers immediately accessible in local communities.
  • This is a huge misdirection of tax-payer funds to solve a problem that it is incapable of solving.

Pray that the voice of reason from citizens of Texas will be heard by the Texas governor. Remember that a portion of Proverbs 24:6 says, “In a multitude of counselors there is safety.”

Thank you,
Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas

Urgent! Calls Needed – Mental Health Mandates Must be Stopped!

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We need you to act immediately to save our children and families from the invasion of the overreaching arm of our state government.

Last night, SB11 was subversively reconsidered for a 2nd reading in the Texas House of Representatives. The reason for this was so that they could add language via the Zerwas amendment, which is the whole of SB10.  SB10 was defeated on a Point of Order earlier in the evening.  (You can read about SB 11 and SB 10 in a previous alert here.)

Assuming SB11 passes third reading in the Texas House of Representatives today, it will then return to the Senate to concur on the amendments.  The Senate is not expected to concur.   Therefore, it will be assigned to a conference committee (five members from each chamber to work out a compromise bill).  It then goes back to both chambers for an up or down vote.

It is imperative for Concerned Women for America of Texas to stop this encroachment into the homes and families by the provisions of these two allegedly mental health mandates.

Act:

  1. Call your state senator and state representative immediately and firmly, but respectfully, ask them to:
  • Please oppose SB11.
  • SB11 is a huge expansion of a dangerous and expensive new bureaucracy complicit with the pharmaceutical companies and progressive groups.
  • All children, including home and private schoolers, will be screened by physicians and caregivers in the name of “safety.”
  • This bill establishes mental health telemedicine screening programs for “at risk” children.  There is no definition for “at risk.” In this day, any child can be considered “at risk” and in need of assessment.

2. Click here to find your legislators. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.

Pray for legislators to listen to their constituency and ignore the intimidating threats of the establishment no matter who is making the threats.

Thank you for your diligence and faithfulness,

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas

Planned Parenthood and NDSU have teamed up AGAIN

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Planned Parenthood is using the backdoor to enter North Dakota schools by offering a free workshop to classroom teachers! Their plan is obvious – what better way to influence children but through building a relationship with teachers. North Dakota State University (NDSU) is offering the workshop, Safe Spaces, a professional development class for sex education teachers. Planned Parenthood is even offering scholarships to teachers so that the NDSU Professional Development credit is covered by Planned Parenthood. Classes will be held June 3-4 in Dickinson, June 6-7 in Fargo, and June 13-14 in Grand Forks. The classes are open to any teacher with students kindergarten through grade 12!

More about Safe Spaces
The Safe Spaces course is offered through a partnership between NDSU and Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. It is advertised as a “comprehensive, medically-accurate, and age appropriate” course. You can watch Minnesota legislators debate the Safe Spaces curriculum here.

The materials recommended in Safe Spaces do not belong in the classroom! Under the category of “Books for Children,” Planned Parenthood’s recommended curriculum for children as young as ten years old includes, It’s Perfectly Normal by Robbie Harris, a former member of Planned Parthood’s National Board of Advocates. This book for elementary aged children contains graphic drawings of female and male anatomy and cover topics such as sexual intercourse (vaginal, oral and anal sex), abortion, and homosexuality.

(Caution, some of the links below are offensive and inappropriate for children.)

Click here to learn more about Planned Parenthood’s recommended sex education curriculum for all students, aged kindergarten through high school.

Together, again, we can stop the Safe Spaces courses from taking place!
Just last year, CWA and other pro-family voices spoke out against the Safe Spaces teacher training workshops that were scheduled to held in Mandan, Minot, and Jamestown. Because you took action, two of the three events were canceled

Please Take Action:
1. Contact NDSU President, Dean Bresciani, at [email protected] and ask him to cancel all Safe Spaces classes and to discontinue NDSU’s affiliation with Planned Parenthood. Others to contact in President Bresciani’s office:

  • Chief of Staff Chris Wilson: [email protected]  and (701) 231-6409
  • Executive Assistant to the President Stephanie Wawers: [email protected] and(701) 231-7211
  • Associate Executive Assistant to the President LaDonna DeGeldere: [email protected] and (701) 231-8522

2. Considering sharing the additional Planned Parenthood talking points at the bottom of the page when talking with NDSU.
3. Forward this on to friends and family and ask them to both pray and take action.

Please Pray! Join me in thanking God for opportunities to protect our children from harm. “He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.”  Proverbs 21:21

Planned Parenthood is the last group we want teaching our teachers how to teach our children! This issue is so very important!  We must speak up and keep Planned Parenthood away from our students!

Thank you for your commitment to both prayer and action.

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota

Additional Planned Parenthood talking points:
There is a well-documented connection between Planned Parenthood and sex traffickers. When sex trafficked victims become pregnant as a result of their abuse, they are often coerced into having abortions.  Planned Parenthood has been caught on film helping pimps obtain abortions for their victims, including minors!  The only thing Planned Parenthood did to fix the situation after it was made public was train employees how to avoid making incriminating statements, not how to identify victims of sex trafficking. You can read more about this in the January 2018 Washington Times story.

Planned Parenthood has also been known to teach acceptance of BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism) to our youth.

Another Great Coffee Talk Event

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Wonderful Coffee Talk & Fellowship!

We had a wonderful Coffee Talk event in Wildomar last week. We sang, we prayed, and we fellowshipped over delicious and comforting tea, coffee and cakes. Thanks to our Prayer/Action Chapter Leader, Linda Wallace, for organizing the event.

Area Director, Ruth Smith, and I met incredible prayer warriors! A new member of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California proclaimed, “For many years, I was a Christian who was asleep about the issues affecting our community. Now, I’m awake, eager, and engaged – going to town hall meetings and being specific in prayer. Even my husband is speaking up in the workplace for Biblical values!  Praise God!”

Our Coffee Talk events are a great way to learn more about CWA of California and the work we do here in the state. We talk about:

  • Legislation about CWA’s seven core issues
  • Praise reports at the state and national level
  • Issues to pray about at the local, state and national level
  • Upcoming events
  • Public policy focused initiatives

Our next Coffee Talk is Thursday, June 13 in Orange County. Click here for event information. We invite you to join us if you live in or around Irvine. Please contact me if you would like to host a Coffee Talk in your area.

What a blessing to gather with the body of Christ to praise in thanksgiving for God’s love and mercy, to fellowship and encourage one another in the Lord, and be productive and engaged in Christian advocacy for our state and nation.

Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

United with you in prayer and thanksgiving,
Marlo Tucker
CA State Director
Concerned Women for America

Final Week to Pass Religious Freedom Bill

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Calls needed for SB 1978, the “Save Chick-fil-A” Religious Freedom Bill

Sine Die, the last day of the 2019 Texas legislative session is Monday, May 27. This means that SB 1978, the Religious Freedom bill, must pass the Texas House this week! Religious freedoms of Americans are being attacked more than ever.  It is time to protect Texas from this onslaught.

Take Action:  
  • Call your state representative and respectfully and prayerfully urge him or her to vote “Yes” on SB 1978. Find your Representative here. Be sure to tell them you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.
  • Share this alert with like-minded friends and family.

Pray that the members of our state legislature will recognize our religious heritage and restrain government entities from prohibiting the exercise of our faith. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”  Psalm 33:12

Talking Points

  • SB 1978 tells local governments, like the San Antonio City Council, that they cannot punish businesses, like Chick-fil-A, simply for donating to or associating with religious organizations.
  • SB 1978 prevents state and local governments from discriminating against entities that associate or donate to religious groups.
  • SB 1978 ensures businesses and organizations are able to operate consistent with their beliefs without fear of government punishment.
  • SB 1978 prohibits government authorities from denying government grants, contracts, licenses, tax benefits, and access to other programs because of being associated with or donating to a religious organization.
  • Government should never punish Texans for operating according to their religious beliefs.
Examples of Protections under SB 1978
Faith-based Businesses and Charities
SB 1978 protects Chick-fil-A, The Salvation Army, local faith-based substance-abuse recovery programs, Catholic charities, and many other faith-based social service agencies serving the poor and disabled. The bill ensures that those groups do not lose government funding and contracts because of their association or donations to these religious groups.Educational Institutions
SB 1978 protects religiously affiliated preschools, elementary schools, and high schools in the state. It also protects those schools’ tax-exempt status under state law and ensures that they can continue to serve their students without being penalized.

Texans
SB 1978 ensures that Texans who serve their communities, contract with the state, take out a loan, or apply for benefits will not be denied simply because of their association or donations to a religious organization.

SB 1978 is Supported by:
Concerned Women of America of Texas | Texas Values Action | Republican Party of Texas | First Liberty Institute |Texas Young Republicans | Family Policy Alliance| Texas Pastor Council | Southern Baptists of Texas Convention | Texas Eagle Forum| Grassroots for America We the People| American Family Association | Celebration Church| Coming Out, Inc. | Fredericksburg Tea Party | NE Tarrant Tea Party| Texas Leadership Institute for Public Advocacy | San Antonio Family Association| Texas Republican Party of Bexar County |Faith Outreach Center, International| Iglesia Cristiana Aposento Alto| Laredo Prayer Task Force | Texas Right To Know | Texas Leadership Institute for Public Advocacy | First Baptist Church Pflugerville | Stand for Fort Worth

Urgent: Calls Needed on Mental Health Bills

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Senate Bill 10 and Senate Bill 11 are up for a floor vote in the Texas House tomorrow, Tuesday, May 21. Tuesday is the deadline for bills to be debated on the House Floor so calls on the two bills are needed immediately!

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Texas opposes both bills for the following reasons:

Senate Bill 10:

  • Establishes mental health “telemedicine” screening programs for “at risk” children.
  • Does not inform parents who consent to mental health screening for their children that these screenings have high rates of false positives. Unreliable mental health screenings for depression in children can lead to overdiagnosis or wrong diagnosis and medication.
  • As a result of SB10’s attempt to assess all school children, it is not unlikely that more psychotropic drugs will be administered/prescribed to kids. These drugs have led many perpetrators to increased violence including – Devin Patrick Kelley (Sutherland Springs), Stephen Paddock (Las Vegas), Kendrex White (University of Texas stabber), James Holmes (Aurora Colorado), Erick Harris (Columbine), and many others.
  • Medical school psychiatry departments have been enlisted (at the cost of millions) to access your children and use their experimental therapies to reduce “school violence.”

Senate Bill 11:

  • Creates Threat Assessment Teams to question/assess your school-aged children. Although children will be questioned by Threat Assessment Teams, SB11 has no Miranda warning.
  • Investigates children they think may be potentially violent and gives them psychological evaluations. Will parents be warned that their child could be labeled and institutionalized as a result of such evaluations?
  • Adds this language to the education code: “Appropriate grade levels and methods of instruction for human sexuality instruction and healthy relationships education”. This language is being defined contemporaneously. Do we really want today’s culture defining sexuality and healthy relationships for our children?

Act quickly. Time is ticking!

  1. Call your State Representative and respectfully and prayerfully tell him or her to vote on Senate Bill 10 and Senate Bill 11. Find your Representative here. Be sure to tell them you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.
  2. Share this alert with likeminded friends and family.

Please Pray!

  • Pray for the protection of Texas school children from the overreaching arm of the state.
  • Pray that our elected public servants will pause, think, and stop expanding government to the harm of our children. Pray that they will recognize the stewardship they hold, and the accountability required of them by God for the decisions they make that affect innocent children.
  • Pray that families will remain intact and parents will be intimately engaged with the hearts of their children.

With such gratefulness for you,

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas