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

By | Texas | No Comments

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

By | North Dakota | No Comments

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

By | California | No Comments

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

By | Texas | No Comments
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

By | Texas | No Comments

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

CWA of Louisiana Hosts Encourager Awards Breakfast and Lobby Efforts

By | Louisiana | No Comments

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana recently recognized state and federal legislators with Ambassador Awards for their work to advance CWA core issues. Additionally, each of the Ambassador Award recipients was asked to recognize their greatest encourager as part of the event. The award ceremony was held in Baton Rouge on May 8.

Sancha Smith, CWA of Louisiana State Director, stated, “As an organization, we really appreciate our lawmakers who align with our faith-based policies. We realize that it is often difficult to stand for Biblical principles in this culture, and the most successful legislators usually have solid encouragers who stand with them through thick and thin. These ‘Encourager Awards’ allow us to recognize both the legislators and those people who have supported them in so many ways. It was truly an honor to host this event.”

Ambassadors were each recognized by listing some of their major accomplishments in support of the core issue for which they were awarded. Beautiful bronze statues of a woman in prayer were given to each of the recipients as a token of appreciation and to remind the legislators that CWA members are praying for them. The recognized “Encouragers” received Louisiana state flags, which had been recently flown over the state capitol.

The Ambassador recipients and their recognized encouragers:

Defense of Family – State Sen. Beth Mizell
Encourager – Julie Stewart

Fight Sexual Exploitation – State Sen. Ronnie Johns
Encourager – Father Jeff Bayhi

Religious Liberty – Congressman Mike Johnson
Encourager – Patrick Johnson (deceased)

Sanctity of Life – State Rep. Katrina Jackson
Encourager – Dorinda Bordlee

Education – State Rep. Beryl Amadee
Encourager – John Amadee

National Sovereignty – Congressman Clay Higgins
Encourager – Becca Higgins

Support for Israel – State Rep. Valarie Hodges
Encourager – Carla Roberts

Leadership Award – State Sen. John Milkovich
Encourager – Carola Milkovich

Keynote speaker at the event was Dr. Shea Garrison, Vice President for International Affairs for Concerned Women for America in Washington, D.C. Dr. Garrison spoke of her work on U.S. foreign policy and aid, women’s economic and social empowerment, religious freedom, and human rights. She cited numerous studies and experiences to highlight the importance of bringing the Biblical perspective into what is typically an overtly humanist worldview.

Two Legislative Victories!
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was up for a vote on the floor of the Louisiana senate the afternoon of the awards breakfast. Dr. Shea Garrison joined other Louisiana conservative leaders in speaking to Louisiana senators at the state capitol on the dangers of passing the ERA.  CWA’s presence was felt there, as was the groundwork laid earlier by State Director Sancha Smith and her team. The ERA failed to pass by an unexpected vote of 26 “Against” and only 9 “For” the amendment!! State Sen. Beth Mizell was the only senator (brave enough) to stand and speak out against the ERA during the debates on the floor. Earlier in the day, Sen. Mizell received CWA Louisiana’s recipient of the Defense of Family Award.

Rep. Valarie Hodges, who won CWA of Louisiana’s award for Support for Israel, was the sponsor of HB 245, a Louisiana anti-Boycott Divestment and Sanctions bill which “authorizes a public entity to reject the lowest bid on a procurement contract when a vendor engages in a boycott of Israel.” The bill was heard in the afternoon of the awards and it passed unanimously in the State House of Representatives! CWA of Louisiana lobbied for the passage of the bill.

Urgent Action Needed! Abortion Bill is Moving!

By | Maine | No Comments

L.D. 820 passed the state House on Tuesday, May 7, by a vote of 79 to 63 and is expected to be voted on in the state Senate on Tuesday, May 14. L.D. 820 will force insurance companies to include abortion coverage in their health plans and require the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to pay for abortions for those enrolled in MaineCare. This bill is an affront to any thoughtful person and taxpayer, and it must be stopped.

Take Action!

  1. Take a stand for life by coming to the Capitol next Tuesday, May 14. For those who were at the Capitol last week and picked up a baby-blue t-shirt, please wear it again to show your support for life and opposition to L.D. 820. If you are coming for the first time next week and have a baby-blue color shirt, please wear it. We will meet in the hall of the Senate.
  2. Call and/or e-mail your state senator and ask him or her to oppose L.D. 820. Find your senator alphabetically by the town in which you live. You can also call the Senate at 287-1540 and leave a message for your lawmaker asking him or her to oppose L.D. 820. Be sure to let them know you are a constituent and a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. This bill is destined to pass if your senator does not hear from you. 
  3. Forward this e-alert to friends and family.

Please pray: Dear Father, we ask You to perform a mighty miracle and stop this abortion bill. We claim Luke 1:37 where you say, “For with God nothing will be impossible.” Thank You for using our hands and feet to stand in the gap for righteousness.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

These are very challenging days in Maine. I appreciate these words of encouragement from Dr. David Jeremiah, “God gives the grace we need whenever we’re pressured because of our faith – whether we’re living for Him or dying for Him. Christians are God’s ambassadors in a hostile world. Take courage, be faithful, and stand for Jesus!”

Maranatha!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine

California Legislative Update

By | California | No Comments

“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