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2020 California Legislative Session Summary

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A warm, heartfelt thanks to all our Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California members who supported our prayer and action efforts during the 2020 legislative session. Though the session has come to an end, let us not shrink back from vigilant prayer for California and the issues it faces. Please join your local CWA of California Prayer/Action Chapter if you are not already connected. Contact me for more information.

Legislative Update
Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund (AB 2218): Gov. Gavin Newsom (Democrat) signed AB2218 into law. I reported on the bill here and here. California taxpayers will now provide grants that will distribute an unspecified amount of funds to organizations “serving” transgender and intersex adults and children. Various services include “gender-affirming health care services, such as hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery.” Dr. James Dobson weighed in on this bill in an article here. In a recent poll, more than 64 percent of voters participating somewhat or strongly disapproved of AB 2218.

Jails and Prisons (SB 132): Gov. Newsom also signed SB 132 into law. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will now allow transgender persons to be housed in the facility of their choice “with or without a diagnosis of gender dysphoria or any other physical or mental health diagnosis, and regardless of anatomy …”

What’s the Answer – Elect Better Legislators!
Elections have consequences. If we want a better outcome for our next legislative session, we need to elect better legislators. We do this by taking part in the privilege of voting and encouraging others to do the same. And above all else, we pray.

Please ensure that you, your family, friends, and church congregants are registered to vote. The deadline to do so is Monday, October 19. You may register to vote online at your county elections office website or on the Secretary of State’s website here.

Due to the governor’s COVID-19 orders, all California registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot beginning this week. These may be returned by mail postmarked by November 3, dropped off during business hours at various official ballot drop-off locations, or dropped off at any polling place between October 31 and Election Day November 3. See locations and hours of operation for drop-off and polling places on your county elections office website.

Let us Pray Together for the Election
Please join our national prayer campaign, SHE PRAYS SHE VOTES 2020. The main goal of She Prays, She Votes 2020 is prayer. Now more than ever, Christians need to be on their knees before God praying for our nation, for our leaders, and for this election.

Lord Jesus, we pray with humble hearts for our state and our nation. Deuteronomy 3:22 says, “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” Lord, we pray for fearless leaders who will stand boldly on the Word of God for what is right and true and pure. Please, Lord, pour your blessing upon our land and heal our nation. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

United with you in peace and truth,

Marlo Tucker
State Director

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Calls Needed! Taxpayer Funding for Transgender Treatment Heads to Senate Floor

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Assembly Bill 2218 passed the Senate Health Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee and it could be heard on the Senate floor as early as today, August 25.  And, because of recent minor amendments to the bill it will have to return to the Assembly floor for a concurrence vote.

As you’ve learned from previous alerts here, here, and here, AB 2218 establishes a Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund to encourage, promote, and provide the means for sex-change operations, cross-sex hormones, and puberty-blocking drugs to minors and adults. The taxpayer funds to provide grants were originally set at $15 million, but now there is no limitation – simply “as appropriated by the Legislature.”

Take action today to help us stop this dangerous bill!

  1. Contact both your state senator and assembly member asking for a “no” vote on AB 2218. Find your senator and assembly member here. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California.
  2. Forward this email to friends and family.

The legislative session will end on Monday, August 31, so AB 2218 could be heard any time during the next several days, first in the Senate and then the Assembly. Do not delay in contacting your elected officials.

Please pray: Father, please help our senators and assembly members to understand the enormity of this vote and to understand Your truth about our creation, male and female, in Your image. Give them the wisdom and COURAGE to say “no” to this bill. Protect our vulnerable children and give their parents the wisdom to guide and protect them throughout their lives. Lord may Your will be done in California. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

We thank you for your prayers and action once again. You are our faithful warriors!

Marlo Tucker
State Director

Back from the Dead – Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund Is Still a Threat!

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We had been assured that the dangerous Assembly Bill 2218 was not going to be heard by the Senate Health Committee and thereby dead for this year. However, it seems the transgender lobby exerted enough pressure on Committee Chair Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) to have him place AB 2218 on a new Health Committee hearing Monday, August 10. In the last weeks of this session, policy committees were to limit the number of bills to be heard, due to the lengthy COVID-19 recess, and prioritize bills that had relevance to the present crisis.

AB 2218 would not seem to fit this category. To recap, AB 2218 establishes a Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund to encourage, promote, and provide the means for sex-change operations, cross-sex hormones, and puberty-blocking drugs to minors. This fund “shall be available to a hospital, health care clinic, or other medical provider that currently provides gender-affirming health care services, such as hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery.” Monies of an unknown amount will be appropriated as the legislature deems necessary with taxpayer dollars. Read our previous alert here.

Right now, many girls and boys are becoming part of a dangerous phenomenon in which, unsatisfied with their bodies, they are being pressured into disfiguring and dangerous operations and puberty-blocking drugs. These “treatments” can cause irreversible damage, rendering them infertile and in chronic pain. For females, such medical measures have included mutilation, such as cutting off breasts. For both males and females, they lose child-bearing abilities.

We thank you so much for the calls you have already made to the Senate Health Committee members to ask them to oppose this legislation that undermines a child’s identity, the sanctity of womanhood and manhood, and uses California tax dollars to do so. Now we need your voices and prayers again in advance of Monday’s hearing.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California asks you to help us once again send a strong message that we oppose AB 2218.

Take Action!

  1. Please call the offices of the nine Senate Health Committee members and urge them to oppose AB 2218. Please try to reach as many offices as you can and politely share your concerns about using your tax dollars for this fund. These are minors and adults who need compassionate counseling care, not dangerous “treatments” that cause infertility, ongoing health problems, and disfiguring surgeries that cannot be reversed. The office contact information is directly below my signature line. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California.
  2. Forward this alert to your community of prayer warriors, family, and friends as a call to pray and action.

“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

Please pray: Lord, most urgently, we pray for this bill’s journey to end in the Senate Health Committee and progress no further. We pray especially that You would provide wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to our legislators. May You open their eyes to what is good for our young children. Lord may Your will be done in California. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Marlo Tucker
State Director


Please call these committee members’ offices:

Sen. Richard Pan (Chair)
Democrat – District 6
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4006
District Offices
Sacramento, (916) 651-1529 or (916) 262-2904

Sen. Melissa A. Melendez (Vice Chair) (says she will vote “NO” on AB 2218)
Republican – District 28
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4028
District Offices
Murrieta, (951) 894-3530
Indio, (760) 398-6442

Sen. Lena A. Gonzalez
Democrat – District 33
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4033
District Offices
Long Beach, (562) 256-7921
Huntington Park, (323) 277-4560

Sen. Shannon Grove (says she will vote “NO” on AB 2218)
Republican – District 16
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4016
District offices
Bakersfield, (661) 323-0443
Yucca Valley, (760) 228-3136

Sen. Melissa Hurtado
Democrat – District 14
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4014
District Offices
Bakersfield, (661) 395-2620
Hanford, (559) 585-7161
Fresno, (559) 264-3070

Sen. Connie M. Leyva
Democrat – District 20
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4020
District Offices
San Bernardino, (909) 888-5360
Pomona, (909) 469-1110

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell
Democrat – District 30
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4030
District Office: (213) 745-6656

Sen. Bill Monning
Democrat – District 17
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4017
District Offices
San Luis Obispo, (805) 549-3784
Monterey, (831) 657-6315
Santa Cruz, (831) 425-0401

Sen. Susan Rubio
Democrat – District 22
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4022
District Office: (626) 430-2499

Your Voice Made the Difference in California – Here’s How

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“For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
Deuteronomy 20:4

Our United Voice Defeated Assembly Bill 2218!

Last week, we asked you to activate and raise the alarm on Assembly Bill (AB) 2218 – and boy did you! Your phone calls, your visits to Senate district offices, and your presence on social media stopped AB 2218 dead in its tracks!

AB 2218 would have used millions of taxpayer dollars to establish a Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund, which would have encouraged, promoted, and provided the means for sex-change operations, cross-sex hormones, and puberty-blocking drugs to minors.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California opposed AB 2218.  The Senate Health Committee heard our united voice of opposition and removed AB 2218 from the hearing agenda.

This is a miraculous victory that reveals the Lord’s favor and His power.  California is truly blessed by your commitment to prayer and action.

Thank you, and God bless California!

Sincerely,
Marlo Tucker
State Director

Thursday, July 23: Day of Action to Protect Our Children!

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The California legislature is fast-tracking Assembly Bill 2218 to provide millions of taxpayer dollars (an open-ended amount!) to establish a Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund which would encourage, promote, and provide the means for sex-change operations, cross-sex hormones, and puberty-blocking drugs to minors. This fund “shall be available to a hospital, health care clinic, or other medical provider that currently provides gender-affirming health care services, such as hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery.”

Right now, many girls and boys are becoming part of a dangerous phenomenon in which, unsatisfied with their bodies, they are being pressured into disfiguring and dangerous operations and puberty-blocking drugs. These “treatments” can cause irreversible damage, rendering them infertile and in chronic pain. For females, such medical measures have included mutilation, such as cutting off breasts. For both males and females, they lose child-bearing abilities.

In the midst of all the social issues bombarding our families today, why would our state government choose to pay attention, spend money, and focus their time and energy on passing a law that undermines a child’s identity, the sanctity of womanhood and manhood, and use California tax dollars to fund this measure?

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California is linking arms with organizations, groups, and concerned citizens to send a strong message that we oppose AB 2218. The bill has already passed the Assembly and is now being heard in the Senate Health Committee.

Day of Action: This Thursday, July 23

  1. Call the offices of the nine Senate Health Committee members and urge them to oppose AB 2218. The office contact information is directly below my signature line. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California.
  2. Forward this alert to your community of prayer warriors, family, and friends as a call to pray and action.

We need to act in defense of the family and stop this threat to the futures of our daughters and sons. Be a part of this powerful call to action! Do not let the government harm our children with this proposed law.

“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

Please pray: Lord, most urgently, we pray for the bill to end in the senate committee and progress no further. We pray especially for our leaders that you would provide wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to our legislators. May you open their eyes to what is good for our young children. Lord may Your will be done in California. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

United with you in prayer and action,

Marlo Tucker
State Director

Call the following nine offices on Thursday, July 23.

Sen. Richard Pan (Chair)
Democrat – District 6
District Offices
1020 N. Street, Room 576, Sacramento, CA 95814; (916) 651-1529
2251 Florin Road, Suite 156, Sacramento, CA 95822; (916) 262-2904

Sen. Melissa A. Melendez (Vice Chair)
Republican – District 28
District Offices
25186 Hancock Avenue, Suite 320, Murrieta, CA 92562; (951) 894-3530
45-125 Smurr Street, Suite B, Indio, CA 92201; (760) 398-6442

Sen. Lena A. Gonzalez
Democrat – District 33
District Offices
3939 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 107, Long Beach, CA 90807; (562) 256-7921
6550 Miles Avenue, Room 214, Huntington Park, CA 90255; (323) 277-4560

Sen. Shannon Grove
Republican – District 16
District offices
5701 Truxtun Avenue, Suite 150, Bakersfield, CA 93309; (661) 323-0443
7248 Joshua Lane, Suite B, Yucca Valley, CA 92284; (760) 228-3136

Sen. Melissa Hurtado
Democrat – District 14
District Offices
201 E. California Avenue, Suite A, Bakersfield, CA 93307; (661) 395-2620
611 N. Douty Street, Hanford, CA 93230; (559) 585-7161
2550 Mariposa Mall, Suite 2016, Fresno, CA 93721; (559) 264-3070

Sen. Connie M. Leyva
Democrat – District 20
District Offices
464 W. 4th Street, Suite 454B, San Bernardino, CA 92401; (909) 888-5360
101 W. Mission Blvd., Suite 111, Pomona, CA 91766; (909) 469-1110

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell
Democrat – District 30
District Office
700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037; (213) 745-6656

Sen. Bill Monning
Democrat – District 17
District Offices
1026 Palm Street, Suite 201, San Luis Obispo, CA  93401; (805) 549-3784
99 Pacific Street, Suite 575 F, Monterey, CA 93940; (831) 657-6315
701 Ocean Street, Suite 318A, Santa Cruz, CA  95060; (831) 425-0401

Sen. Susan Rubio
Democrat – District 22
District Office
100 S. Vincent Avenue, Suite 401, West Covina, CA 91790; (626) 430-2499

Day 5 – Prayer with a Heavy Heart

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Dear Heavenly Father,
We come to You with heavy hearts.
We come to You broken in spirit for our nation
In need of Your healing touch.

We trust in You, Oh Lord.
We know You never stop working on
Our behalf for we are Your beloved.
Please guard our hearts and minds in You
And surround us with Your presence.

Dear Father,
We pray the blood of Jesus over our President
For protection, health, favor, and guidance.
As it says in Psalm 52:8,
We trust in You confidently
Because You rescue us and keep us safe
For You are forever good and faithful.

We also pray for our medical teams.
Draw near to them and bless them with provision,
Peace of mind, and strength.

We pray for wisdom as we intercede
For our leaders in our states, churches, and families.
Psalm 91 says that we can dwell in the shelter of the Most High
and remain secure in the shadow of the Almighty,
Whose power no enemy can withstand.

We declare Psalm 32:7 and Psalm 18:2
You, Oh Lord, are our hiding place.
You will protect us from trouble,
And You surround us with songs and shouts of deliverance!

Oh Lord we declare that You are our rock and our fortress,
Our shield, the horn of our salvation,
Our high tower and our strength.
Worthy to be praised!

Please heal our nation and deliver us completely.
Encircle us with strength and set our feet securely.
Thank You for Your lovingkindness and for Your sovereignty.
In Jesus’ powerful name we pray, Amen.

 


This prayer was submitted by CWA of California’s State Director Marlo Tucker. Click here for more prayers from our “30 Days of Prayer in the Midst of Covid-19” effort. Here for more coronavirus-related resources.

Action Item: Tell Gov. Newsom to Shut All Abortion Clinics!

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Why are abortion businesses still operating when Gov. Gavin Newsom (Democrat) is shutting churches, schools, and mass gatherings?

Currently, across the United States, including California, elective procedures and services that constitute essential health care for women, such as routine Pap smears, mammograms, and pelvic exams, are being postponed in order to reduce everyone’s risk of exposure to COVID-19 and to conserve scarce medical resources. Yet, the abortion industry is open for business as usual.

On March 18, 2020, Vice President Mike Pence issued a mass gathering ban exceeding 10 people, and Gov. Newsom has placed many restrictions on Californians’ activities according to this directive. While many healthcare agencies have ceased their non-essential medical, surgical, and dental procedures, Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers across California insist on essential business as usual. A few Planned Parenthood clinics have closed – and we praise God for that – but most remain open. Medication abortions continue unabated. Later term elective surgical abortions are being limited to fewer facilities, but still being performed. These life-taking procedures consume critically needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other equipment that COVID-19 patients need.

Immediate Action Needed
#1. Please contact Gov. Newsom.  Urge him to join other states by closing abortion clinics and redirecting PPE and other medical equipment to our state’s much-needed coronavirus response. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California.

Gov. Newsom: (916) 445-2841 | Online form

#2. Forward this email to family and friends.

Please pray:  Dear Heavenly Father, we ask that you move on the hearts of Gov. Newsom and all our leaders to seek You in all things, especially with regard to this issue of life.

“Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy.”
Proverbs 31:8-9

Thank you for taking action at this critical time.

United with you in peace and truth,
Marlo Tucker
State Director

Game On! It’s Time to Start Getting Out the Vote!

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It’s election season! Early voting has already begun across California as we head toward the March 3 primary election.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California says it’s “game on” to get conservative women and men registered to vote and to the polls in the primary and general elections!

We have put together a list of helpful sites to guide you through the election season, including a voter score guide link.

What if I’m not registered?
If you or someone you know is not yet registered to vote, there is still time! The registration deadline is February 18. You may register online at the Secretary of State’s website here or at your County Registrar of Voter’s website (list here). If you miss the deadline, you may register at the County Registrar’s office up to Election Day or at your polling place on Election Day and cast a provisional ballot.

Who is on my ballot and where do I vote?
Click here to locate and view your ballot, as well as your polling place from the Secretary of State’s website. Or visit your County Registrar of Voter’s website for more information.

Is there a guide for voting?
For statewide and federal primary candidates, CWA has partnered with iVoterGuide to offer an excellent resource where you can find the candidates who will appear on your ballot and where the candidates stand on the issues.  Click here and type in your zip code and view how the evaluation panelists scored the candidates based on their survey answers, their campaign websites, etc.

No local races have been evaluated there, but state legislator information is available through VoteSmart. You can find voting records (if a candidate has one), ratings from organizations, quotes from speeches and more. You might also consider checking with friends and elected officials to offer wisdom on the candidates in the local races.

We urge you to do your homework and vote your values.
Please pray diligently for the upcoming elections.
Please forward this to friends, family, and acquaintances.

May our God speak of us, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”

For Truth and Righteousness,

Marlo Tucker
State Director

Sen. Morrell

Attend the Fight for Parents’ Rights! Rally on January 15

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CWA of California encourages our members and friends to attend the Fight for Parents’ Rights! rally to support SB 673. It is important that the Senate knows that the people see parental rights and authority as an integral part of education. Please join us for this crucial event on Wednesday, January 15, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Sacramento on the South Steps of the State Capitol.

We will be there to greet you, and you’ll get a chance to speak out and tell the Senate Education Committee members “we care about our children’s education and instruction, and they should care too!”

Click here to watch a 90-second video by SB 673 bill sponsor Sen. Mike Morrell. Sen. Morrell explains the bill and discusses the senate committee hearing and the rally.   

Click here for background and action items for SB 673.

Share: Of course, bring friends to the rally and invite them to call committee members too! Find out more at sb673.org!

Marlo Tucker
State Director

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California: Let’s Bring It On!

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Happy New Year, Friends!

I want to first and foremost thank you for your generous support to Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California. It is the beginning of the month and we are already on the move mobilizing our members to action!

Let me tell you about Senate Bill 673 (Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga) – a bill that needs our phone calls, our word of mouth to spread the news, and most of all, our prayers to pass the Senate Education Committee hearing on January 15.

Background: The California Healthy Youth Act (AB 329) that was passed in 2015 requires that sexuality education be taught once in middle school and once in high school. The problem with AB 329 is that it allows for the youngest in our schools to be exposed to the dangerous sex education agenda beginning in kindergarten (and even transitional kindergarten (TK)). Further, the bill removed the ability of local school districts to adopt opt-in policies for sex ed – at any age. And, while the law requires that sex ed be age-appropriate in upper grades, it does not stipulate this for the youngest and most impressionable children.

Thankfully, SB 673 makes some important parent and child-friendly corrections to the current law to protect our children and recognize the importance of parental authority in education.

#1) SB 673 allows for increased parental oversight and “supervision” for sexuality education curricula by requiring districts to place content and material online for ease of parent review. This is especially important for parents who may not be able to take time off work to review their curriculum at district offices.
#2) SB 673 provides increased parent oversight by requiring an active opt-in for grades TK-6 with a parent signature prior to student participation. This oversight is important for our youngest, most vulnerable children, so they are not exposed to content and material without a parent’s knowledge and consent.
#3) SB 673 increases protections for children (TK-6) by closing a “loophole” in the current law and ensuring all curricula are medically accurate and age-appropriate for our youngest learners in elementary school who deserve these protections.Please Pray: Ask the Lord to open the eyes of the Senate Education Committee members to vote for the best interest of families, where parental authority in education is recognized as key to a strong foundation for children’s learning.  Take Action:
Call: Please pick up the phone and call the Senate Education Committee members before Wednesday, January 15! The committee members and their contact information are listed below my signature line. Senators who are part of the Senate Education Committee REPRESENT YOU and all Californians, even if they are not your own senator!

Rally: CWA of California encourages our members and friends to attend the Fight for Parent’s Rights! rally to support SB 673. It is important that the Senate knows that the people see parental rights and authority as an integral part of education. Please join us for this crucial event on Wednesday, January 15, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Sacramento on the South Steps of the State Capitol.

We will be there to greet you, and you’ll get a chance to speak out and tell the Senate Education Committee members “we care about our children’s education and instruction, and they should care too!”

Share: Of course, bring friends to the rally and invite them to call committee members too! Find out more at sb673.org!


Senate Education Committee Members:
Sen. Connie Leyva (Democrat, District 20) Chair (909) 888-5360
Sen. Maria Elena Durazo (Democrat, District 24) (213) 483-9300
Sen. Steven Glazer (Democrat, District 7) (925) 258-1176
Sen. Mike McGuire (Democrat, District 2) (415) 479-6612
Sen. Richard Pan (Democrat, District 6) (916) 262-2904
Sen. Ling Ling Chang (Republican, District 29), Co-author for SB 673, (714) 671-9474
Sen. Scott Wilk (Republican, District 21) Co-chair (661) 729-6232

Find out more about the committee members through their website here. You may also submit your personal letter of support through that site.


We thank Sen. Morrell for his work to protect children and provide for parental rights. And we thank you for your prayers and your heart for family. Join me at the State Capitol as we speak up for our children!  

United with you in peace and truth,

Marlo Tucker
CA State Director

CWA of California November Legislative Recap

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First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:1-4

That’s it for this year.  The California legislature has adjourned until January 6, when the 2019-20 session will reconvene in Sacramento. In the meantime, you may wish to seek opportunities to meet your state assembly member and senator at local events or visit their district offices. Whether they share your values or not, it is important to let your representatives in Sacramento know you are praying for them and to share your views on legislation and issues in your area as well.

Last month, we asked you to request vetoes on several bills. Gov. Gavin Newsom (Democrat) signed the bills that Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California opposed with one exception – AB 624. We are so grateful for this victory.

VETOED: AB 624 – Student ID’s to Contain Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Numbers
As mentioned, Gov. Newsom vetoed Asm. Jesse Gabriel’s (D-L.A.) troubling bill, AB 624, requiring all public and charter school identification cards for students in grades 7-12 and post-secondary institutions to include a resource number for “sexual and reproductive health care information” consistent with requirements of the CA Healthy Youth Act. Read the Governor’s veto message here. The Governor was not pleased that the bill left the choice of the hotline number up to the individual school or district, stating, “There are many agencies across this state that refuse to give women information about all of their reproductive health care options.” Presumably, because AB 624 did not specify the agency, schools could choose a pro-life pregnancy clinic rather than, or in addition to Planned Parenthood, or the like. The Governor did not feel the schools had the “appropriate expertise” to make this decision. We may see a similar bill introduced next year and will be watching as new measures are introduced.

SIGNED: SB 24 – Medical Abortions on Public University Campuses
By 2023, all of California’s public university campus health clinics will be required to provide medication abortions. SB 24 (Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino) will be expensive, deadly for unborn babies, and dangerous to the physical and emotional health of young college women. Please pray that the Lord will speak to the hearts of our college students so that they will act responsibly in relationships. Pray for women facing unplanned pregnancies to choose life.

SIGNED: AB 175 – Children’s Rights in Foster Care
AB 175 (Asm. Mike Gipson, D-Compton) gives foster children as young as ten years old prompt access to “reproductive and sexual health care, including gender-affirming health care and gender-affirming mental health care.” These at-risk children will now have 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.” New requirements will be placed on foster parents that may conflict with their religious beliefs, such as using the names and pronouns of the child’s choice contrary to their biological sex.

Thank you for making a difference with your prayers, action, and tax-deductible donations to our work in California!

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California

Action Alert: It’s Time to Ask for Vetoes

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CWA of California September Legislative Update

The 2019 state legislative session is now over, and the news is mixed. A few bad bills are being held over until next year, though, several dangerous measures are now on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk. It’s Time to Ask for Vetoes!

Please read more about these egregious bills below and contact the governor asking for his veto. He has until October 13 to sign or veto bills. If he does nothing, they will automatically become law without his signature. So, we MUST ask for vetoes – and soon. He could act on these any day.

To contact Gov. Newsom, call 916-445-2841 or go to his contact page and fill out the online form here.

SB 24 – Medical Abortions on Public University Campuses
Early abortions should not be part of the mission of California’s public universities. SB 24 (Sen. Connie Leyva’s, D-Chino) will require campus clinics to provide chemical abortions up to 10 weeks of pregnancy to college students on the University of California and California State University campuses. This bill is deadly to tiny preborn babies, dangerous for the mothers, and unnecessary. There are already abortion clinics near every one of these campuses. Further, the California Department of Finance issued its review of this bill after Gov. Newsom promised to sign it. That review shows significant costs over and above the “private” funding called for in the bill. For the UC system alone, the report lists $7.8 million in start-up costs and millions more annually – at taxpayer expense! Please ask the governor to veto SB 24.

AB 175 – Children’s Rights in Foster Care
Asm. Mike Gipson’s (D-Compton) foster care bill, AB 175, would allow 10-year-olds to review their foster care plans and require that all foster kids have prompt access to “reproductive and sexual health care,” including “gender-affirming health care and gender-affirming mental health care.” It also 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.” The bill also requires foster parents to participate in training for cultural competency and sensitivity involving LGBTQ issues and to use names and pronouns preferred by the child – regardless of how it may conflict with their closely held religious beliefs or conscience. Help protect foster kids AND foster parents by asking Gov. Newsom to veto AB 175.

AB 624 – Student ID’s to Contain Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Numbers
Jesse Gabriel’s (D-L.A.) troubling bill requires that all public and charter school identification cards for students in grades 7-12 include a resource number for “sexual and reproductive health care information” that is “comprehensive and medically accurate” and consistent with requirements of the CA Healthy Youth Act. It is anticipated that most schools will use hotlines for Planned Parenthood or similar organizations. Students should not be forced to advertise for Planned Parenthood. Please ask Gov. Newsom to veto AB 624.

Please pray with me!  Prayer is a powerful force!
Lord, please bless us as we raise up our voices in California. May Your Biblical standards set the morality of our state.  In Your Word, Romans 12:21 says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Empower us, Lord, with the courage to speak up for what is right, according to your Word. Lord, we ask that Your will be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Thank you for making a difference with your prayers, action, and donations to our work in California! You are both needed and appreciated.

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California

Praying for California’s Students

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California’s children are now back in school. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California  is praying for California’s students and stands with you in concern for the declining quality of education, the deterioration of parental rights, the increasing emphasis on sex education, and the godless philosophies being taught. We are concerned for the children who must attend schools that denigrate their beliefs and their values. Please join us in praying for the children of California.

As parents of a first-grader, sixth-grader, and eighth-grader, my husband and I expect a standard of excellence for our children’s education – a stirred passion for learning, mastery of subjects to reason clearly, and the ability to speak and write convincingly.  We expect schools to partner with parents to prepare our children to be productive members in society, yet according to U.S. News, our great state of California ranks near the bottom of the nation in math and reading scores and 44th in the nation for pre-K-12 education.

Now more than ever, prayer is needed to plead the blessing of protection and deliverance from evil in our California schools.  CWA  of California joins with Pray for Safe Schools (P4SS) to pray for our children.  We recommend using P4SS’s eight prayer points as you pray for California’s students.

Whether you are a parent, grandparent, or a community member, please lift up our students regularly.  California’s children are our future leaders.

United with you in prayer,

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California

CWA of California August Legislative Update

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FAITH Can Move MOUNTAINS
Matthew 17:20

We pray you are having a wonderful summer. Perhaps a family vacation or getaway to refresh!

Speaking of vacation, the California legislature began its summer recess on July 12 and will reconvene on August 12 to complete the year’s legislative business. Right now, is a great time to visit your assembly member or state senator in his or her district office or at local events. You may wish to share your concerns about the pending bills that they will be voting on next month. Let them know you are a Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California member and are praying for them.

Here is the updated status of several bills we have been actively opposing, with current action:

SB 24 – Medical Abortions on Public University Campuses
Early abortions should not be part of the mission of California’s public universities. SB 24 (Sen. Connie Leyva’s, D-Chino) will require campus clinics to provide chemical abortions up to 10 weeks of pregnancy to college students on the University of California and California State University campuses. Then-Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the previous version of this bill as unnecessary. It still is, but Gov. Gavin Newsom has vowed to sign it. Help us stand for life!

SB 132 – Transgender Prison Bill
Under SB 132, 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 text states, “At any time, [an inmate] 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.” They may then 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.

SB 132’s author, Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), says this law is required for safety. We, too, believe it is important that no one be harmed in the course of his or her incarceration, but that safety should extend to women in female facilities who may be at risk when forced to share facilities with biological males who perceive themselves to be women – and without diagnosis or surgery.

Please Take Action: SB 24 and SB 132 will both be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee in August, and then likely head to the Assembly floor. Call your assembly member and ask a “no” vote on both bills. Be sure to let him/her know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California. Find your Assembly member here.


AB 175 – Children’s Rights in Foster Care
Asm. Mike Gipson’s (D-Compton) foster care bill, AB 175, would allow 10-year-olds to review their foster care plans and require that all foster kids have prompt access to “reproductive and sexual health care,” including “gender-affirming health care and gender-affirming mental health care.” It also 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.” The bill also requires foster parents to participate in training for cultural competency and sensitivity involving LGBTQ issues and to use names and pronouns preferred by the child – regardless of how it may conflict with their closely held religious beliefs or conscience.

AB 493 – LGBTQ Teacher In-Service Training
California schools are already required to have anti-bullying policies in place to respect all students.  Teachers are currently receiving such training. AB 493, sponsored by Sen. Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), requires all California public schools, including charter schools, to provide online in-service training to all teachers and certificated staff in grades 7-12, and adopt strategies to increase support for LGBTQ students. This will likely become on-site training if funding is provided for grants outlined in the bill and many schools are already implementing such training K-12.

The California Department of Education will develop the training materials, and active participation is required. Staff attendance will be tracked by the state. Teacher testimonies of their experiences in the training that is already occurring include shaming of traditional beliefs regarding sexuality and gender by the instructors. How pervasive this is will depend upon the school district.

CWA of California does not support the bullying of any student for any reason, and, we do not support requirements that teachers participate in training that conflicts with their closely-held religious beliefs or conscience and requires them to affirm such behavior. These two are not at odds, nor should they be seen as such.

ACR 99 – Resolution Denying Change Is Possible
Last year, CWA of California opposed AB 2943, which would have prohibited “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE) for adults (such therapy for minors was banned here in 2012 by SB 1172.) AB 2943 was pulled from consideration by the author, Asm. Even Low (D-San Francisco), before its final floor vote. He indicated he wanted to work with pastors and other members of the faith community who objected to the bill’s premise that counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction is deceptive or even harmful and hoped to find “common ground.”

This year, Asm. Low has introduced a resolution, ACR 99, that does not have the force of law, but makes untruthful claims—and may pave the way for stronger legislation next year. SOCE, or restorative therapy, generally involves talk therapy for unwanted desires, yet ACR 99 makes broad statements about the pejorative term “conversion therapy” being “ineffective, unethical and harmful.” Practices associated with that term have not been utilized by any professionals for decades. ACR 99 denies that thousands have experienced change using restorative therapy, essentially denying the transformative work of the Holy Spirit in people’s lives.

Please Take Action: AB 175 and AB 493 will be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee in August, and then likely head to the Assembly floor. 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 state senator here.

ACR 99 will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on August 12. Please contact members of the committee (find them here) and ask them to oppose ACR 99. If passed, it will proceed to the Senate floor, so please also call your state senator and ask him or her to oppose the resolution.

Please pray with me!  We know prayer is a powerful force!
Please pray that the hearts of our California lawmakers would be open to Biblical truth, that they would vote not to further these efforts, but to stop them in their tracks. In so doing, they would save lives, protect precious children, preserve rights of conscience, and not oppose the work of the Holy Spirit in people’s lives.

Thank you for making a difference with your prayers, action, and donations to our work in California!

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California

Thank You from CWA of California!

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Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!
Philippians 4:4

To all who have joined in the work of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California to protect and promote Biblical values in all levels of public policy, we send a heartfelt THANK YOU!  Your membership and donations are so appreciated as we use these funds for Christian advocacy at the state legislature, in our correspondence with local leaders, and supporting our Prayer/Action Chapters across the state with training, educational materials, and encouragement. May the Lord bless you and your family as we join our efforts to influence California for Christ!

In her book, Feisty and Feminine, CEO and President of CWA Penny Nance, calls women “to step forward as this generation’s Esthers, speaking the truth in love to a troubled nation.”

CWA of California’s goal is to establish Prayer/Action Chapters in every city across the state. Our chapters educate members on how to discuss the tough issues we are facing in today’s society; they equip our members to be influential in Christian advocacy, bringing Biblical principles to all levels of public policy. Most importantly, they pray and intercede for our national, state, and local officials to make wise decisions that reflect Godly principles, and to speak courageously in support of the sanctity of life, religious freedom, Biblical design of marriage, the gift of children, and more.

Please contact me if you would like to join or lead a Prayer/Action Chapter in your area. Don’t miss out on the joy of meeting with like-minded women and making a difference through prayer and action.

If you have friends you would like to introduce to CWA of California, consider hosting a Coffee Talk in your area. 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:

  • Current state and national legislation that relates to 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
  • Steps to join or lead a Prayer/Action Chapter

We have had multiple Coffee Talks this year, and the events been met with great enthusiasm. Last Thursday’s Coffee Talk event in Orange County was no exception. The event had an incredible impact on newcomers. All thanks go to CWA’s Southern Area Director Ruth Smith, host Sheri Miller, and other Orange County Prayer/Action Leaders, and to Amy West and CJ Moon for the important information and rich discussion about the current issues.  The Coffee Talk event brought a refreshing and encouraging understanding of hope in the midst of chaotic news headlines – equipping attendees with proactive ways to influence public policy.

Contact me if you would like more information about hosting a Coffee Talk in your area.

United with you in prayer and thanksgiving,

Marlo Tucker
California State Director
Concerned Women for America

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
director@california.cwfa.org
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
director@california.cwfa.org
www.facebook.com/CWAofCalifornia/
ca.cwfa.org

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

California Legislative Update

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“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what the Lord requires of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8

Please join me in praying for and taking action on the following California legislative bills.

SB 24 will be on the state Senate floor for a vote soon. This bill 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. This abortion technique is terribly dangerous and has caused fatalities. Abortion clinics are within six miles of every UC/CSU campus, which is why former Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill last year. This bill is harmful and completely unnecessary. Gov. Gavin Newsom said he would sign the bill into law if it gets to his desk. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen. Let your state senator know that UC / CSU health centers on campus should not be turned into abortion clinics.

AB 624 promotes abortion services to students who are underage in public schools (6th – 12th grade), including charter schools by advertising a sexual or reproductive hotline on the back of student IDs.  In other words, students could be carrying Planned Parenthood’s number right on their school ID!  An amendment was made so the bill will no longer apply to private schools, but all other schools are included. Sadly, AB 624 passed the State Assembly on May 9. It now moves to the state Senate. Contact your senator and encourage him/her to vote no on AB 624.

SB 673, Sen. Mike Morrell’s (R-District 23) excellent bill has been sidelined until January 2020. The measure will require that sex education be an “opt-in” for grades six and under and will bring transparency by requiring the curriculum to be fully available to parents online. Committee members wanted to make significant changes, so Sen. Morrell pulled the bill to gain more public support between now and January when it will be presented again.  No action is needed except to bring awareness that this bill is good for the community.

Take Action:

  1. Please call your state Senator and urge them to oppose SB 24 and AB 624. You can find your state senator here. Be sure to let him/her know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California.
  1. Send this e-alert to friends and family.

God is good!  He is on the throne!  It’s encouraging to see in the state of Georgia that the heartbeat bill to protect babies from abortion once a heartbeat was detected became law!  Join me in prayer for our California legislators and governor to follow suit and pass bills that protect the sanctity of life!

Thank you for your prayers and action in bringing Biblical values into public policy.

In grace and truth,

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California