Join CWA of Hawaii on January 22

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Hawaii encourages you to join us by the Hilo Community Surgery Center, Wednesday, January 22, in support of the sanctity of human life from birth until natural death – in remembrance of when abortion was made legal all those years ago. There are approximately 25 pre-born babies aborted per week by resident abortion doctors at the “surgery” center.

Act Today!

  • Please join us on Wednesday, January 22, to show your support for the sanctity of life!  Please arrive as close to 8:00 a.m. as possible. Address: 82 Puuhonu Way # 100, Hilo. We will either be standing on the sidewalk by Komohana Drive or in the cul de sac by the driveway that leads to the surgery center.
  • Make plans now to attend and be sure to invite a friend! Consider inviting your pastor and/or members of your church. Your presence there is very important and does matter.

“For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.”
Psalm 139:13-16

Take a stand for the unborn because life is priceless.

For Life!
Barbara J. Ferraro
State Director

Child with doctor

Action Alert: Vulnerable Child Protection Act – CWA of South Dakota

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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

A good bill, the Vulnerable Child Protection Act (HB1057), will be heard in the House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday, January 22. Click here to read the bill.

(Please take action today. See the contact information below.)

HB1057 protects minors who struggle with gender identity from receiving certain dangerous and life-altering drugs and irreversible surgeries that remove healthy organs.  Children struggling with their identity should be protected from unethical sex reassignment interventions that reject their long-term health and well-being.  Here are a few things you should know:

  • Sadly, there are some clinics in South Dakota that are performing these procedures.
  • No long-term scientific research exists to support the safety or efficacy of sex reassignment treatments on children – in fact, there is evidence to the contrary.
  • Studies prove the fluid nature of gender dysphoria: 80% no longer wish to change their sex after puberty. Some studies find the rate as high as 90%.
  • Parents are being misinformed by an activist medical community.
  • There is no scientific evidence substantiating the suicide claim for dysphoria.
  • It is impossible for children and youth to understand, let alone give informed consent about the permanence of treatments and danger to their physical, mental, and emotional health.

Read CWA’s complete talking points with documentation here.

Action Needed!

  • Contact your two state representatives and urge them to support HB1057, the Vulnerable Child Protection Act.   Click here to view the list of state representatives, and then click on their e-mail addresses. Click here if you do not know who your state representatives are, or you can call your county auditor to obtain their names.
  • In addition to e-mailing, phone the House lobby at (605) 773-3851 and leave a message for your two state representatives.  (In observance of Martin L. King Day, they will not be in session on Monday, January 20.)
  • Share this information on two other concerned friends and family members. Your e-mails and phone calls are very important.

Please pray: Father, we thank you that in Your grand design You created us male and female. We ask that those who struggle with their God-given sex would be happy and healthy in the sex that You created them to be.

God bless you for your prayer and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director

Great News on this Religious Freedom Day

By | LBB, News and Events, Religious Liberty | No Comments

January 16 is Religious Freedom Day. It marks the anniversary of the passage of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, the precursor language of our First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom. This American ideal was born on Biblical soil. Freedom is impossible without faith. This is as true today as in the times of our founding. John Adams, the principal author of our Bill of Rights said:

The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence, were … the general principles of Christianity … Now I will avow, that I then believed, and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature and our terrestrial, mundane system …

Questions of faith are the questions of life. That is why religious freedom is known as our first freedom, listed first as the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. If we lose our religious freedom, we lose our freedoms.

President Donald J. Trump understands this, and he has been a champion of religious freedom since his first day in office. Just today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing rules to further implement President Trump’s 2018 Executive Order removing regulatory burdens on religious organizations and ensuring they are treated equally under the law within the agency’s programs.

This is important work that will never get much attention in the mainstream media, but which protects people of faith from being forced to do the government’s bidding when it comes to things that violate their conscience, like abortion — a favorite area where the left wants to force pro-life people to actively engage in supporting.

Yesterday, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memo aimed at protecting religious freedom in government grants at all levels. OMB Acting Director Russ Vought (himself a victim of religious discrimination) said, “No longer will faith-based organizations be bullied by the government, which has not done enough to ensure that religious groups are not discriminated against when receiving federal resources.”

The Department of Education is also taking serious steps to protect religious freedom and clarify the First Amendment’s protection of prayer in public schools. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a statement:

Our actions today will protect the constitutional rights of students, teachers, and faith-based institutions. The Department’s efforts will level the playing field between religious and non-religious organizations competing for federal grants, as well as protect First Amendment freedoms on campus and the religious liberty of faith-based institutions. I proudly share President Trump’s commitment to religious freedom and the First Amendment.

And that is just what the president has done recently. The president has also stood strong against the Johnson Amendment which has been used for decades to try to silence pastors’ political and cultural engagement. He has stood strong against anti-Semitism. He has also promoted religious freedom abroad.

The president issued a proclamation today saying:

[W]e reaffirm our commitment to protecting the precious and fundamental right of religious freedom, both at home and abroad.  Our Founders entrusted the American people with a responsibility to protect religious liberty so that our Nation may stand as a bright beacon for the rest of the world.  Today, we remain committed to that sacred endeavor and strive to support those around the world who still struggle under oppressive regimes that impose restrictions on freedom of religion.

Let us continue to pray for the President as he stands for religious freedom and let us support these efforts that are to the benefit of all freedom-loving peoples around the world, not just Christian or religious people.

 

Impeachment on Trial in the US Senate

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(Too) much has been witnessed and written regarding the impeachment of Donald John Trump.

As the first session of the 116th congress drew to a close in 2019, House Democrats relentlessly pursued a myriad of charges against the President declaring “high crimes and misdemeanors” against him.  Repeatedly, they changed their tactics on how to define these charges (unable to prove any crime), but never veered from their true intent. Two articles of impeachment claimed assertions of “abuse of power” and an indefensible rationale for “obstruction of Congress.” Far from a cliffhanger, House Democrats prevailed in passing an impeachment resolution with partisan support, and notably bipartisan opposition.

A new year in a new chamber will bring a new perspective. The Senate has the responsibility of separating fact from fiction in a trial of the impeachment articles. Now that the House has passed a resolution to send the impeachment articles to the Senate, we await more details about the Senate’s roadmap and schedule.

As we learn about the plan for the Senate trial, we know this: PRAYER is crucial.

PRAY with us:

For wise leadership in the Senate, especially for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:

The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception. (Proverbs 14:8)

For the Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts, responsible for presiding over the Senate trial:

You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. (Deuteronomy 16:19)

For the House managers and President’s defense team responsible for presenting their cases:  

“Present your case,” says the LORD. “Set forth your arguments,” says Jacob’s King.  (Isaiah 41:21)

Tell and bring forth your case; Yes, let them take counsel together. (Isaiah 45:21a)

 

For any witnesses who might be called to testify:

A false witness will perish, but a careful listener will testify successfully. (Proverbs 21:28)

In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me. (John 18:37b)

 

For President Trump and his family:

In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. (Psalm 71:2-3)

 

For the opponents of Donald Trump, who desire to do their will:

Do not grant the wicked their desires, LORD; do not let their plans succeed. (Psalm 104:8)

Bless those who curse you and pray for those who spitefully use you. (Luke 6:28)

For our nation:

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)

 

For the HOPE we have in this New Year and always:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

The States Act: Federal Marijuana Legalization Masquerading as States’ Rights

By | Counterpoint, Culture, Legislative Updates, News and Events, Social / Cultural Issues, Uncategorized | No Comments

 

Marijuana is not a state’s rights issue and misguided bills like the STATES Act create more confusion and problems than it claims to solve.  We are living in unprecedented times — never before have states bypassed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to legalize a federally illegal schedule I substance on the state level and call it medicine, but 33 states have legalized some form of marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes. The federal and state conflict is not one of big government versus small government; it is not one of natural medicine versus the establishment — it is a conflict of what science and medicine says is safe and effective versus what big businesses and advocates say is safe and effective. There is no doubt the federal government and state governments are at an impasse, one entirely created by the marijuana industry and exacerbated by informal guidance from the Obama Administration.

This paper scrutinizes the arguments used by proponents of the STATES Act and follows the scientific evidence, extrapolates logical conclusions, and elucidates the real effects of marijuana legalization. The marijuana legalization problem is one created by the marijuana industry, and it should not be up to Congress to solve. Rather, we should take big business, clichés, and financial interests out of the marijuana conversation and instead focus on the sociological and scientific evidence which says legalization harms individuals, families, and communities.

Read The Counterpoint: The States Act: Federal Marijuana Legalization Masquerading as States’ Rights Here

Join Penny Nance in Phoenix on February 6

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As a Christian conservative woman, do you have the desire to make a difference in the culture? Do you feel isolated in your views, and do you wonder if anyone else is as concerned as you? Or, are you in high school or a college student wanting to lead your generation of Christian, conservative women to protect and promote Biblical values and conservative principles on your campus and in your community?

We cannot allow the extreme feminist agenda to define what a conservative woman is. Modern feminism is destructive to women, families, and our country, so we need to be equipped to speak out against this radical narrative while maintaining our inherent femininity.

CWA’s CEO and President, Penny Nance; CWA’s Vice President of Field Operations, Tanya Ditty; and CWA’s Young Women for America National Director, Kelsey Gold will be in Phoenix next month for CWA’s Feisty & Feminine event. They invite you to join them on Thursday, February 6, for this amazing event. You will walk away equipped to be a powerful influencer in today’s culture.

Event details:
Date: Thursday, February 6
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Registration 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Location: 1 W Firestorm Way, Glendale, AZ 85306
Cost: $5 which includes the registration fee and the book Feisty & Feminine.
RSVP: Register here by Monday, February 3.

Click here to view the flyer.  Feel free to print and distribute liberally.

Please mark your calendar and be sure to invite your friends, your mother, your daughters, and your nieces.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

In Him,
Tanya Ditty
Vice President of Field Operations

mother-baby

Join CWA of Maine in Augusta for the March for Life – January 18!

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine encourages you to attend the March for Life sponsored by Maine Right to Life Saturday, January 18, in Augusta in support of the sanctity of human life from birth until natural death. 

March for Life Schedule:

  • 10:00 a.m. – Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 41 Western Avenue, Augusta, OR Prayer Service at Penney Memorial United Baptist Church, 393 Water St., Augusta.
  • 11:00 a.m. – Gather at St. Michael’s School gym (adjacent to St. Mary’s Catholic Church) and network with other pro-life participants. Refreshments will be available with donations gratefully accepted.
  • 11:15 a.m. – Rally. Speakers include Bishop Robert Deeley and other prominent pro-life leaders.
  • 12:15 p.m. March begins after the rally. We will march to the State Capitol. Look for the CWA of Maine banner and march with us!
  • 12:30 p.m. We will join hands as we assemble around the Capitol. The Capitol bell will ring 47 times, representing the number of years since Roe v. Wade was enacted.

Act Today!

  • Please join us on Saturday, January 18, to show your support for the sanctity of life!
  • Make plans now to attend and be sure to invite a friend!
  • If you plan to attend, call your state legislators and let them know that you will be attending the March for Life and that you encourage them to vote for legislation this year that protects human life from conception to natural death. To find and contact your lawmakers by the town you live in, follow these links, Representative and Senator.
  • If you are unable to attend, call your state legislators and simply encourage them to vote for legislation this year that protects human life from conception to natural death. To find and contact your lawmakers by the town you live in, follow these links, Representative and Senator.

Whether you can attend any of the above events or not, please pray for this issue on a state and national level throughout 2020. Pray for those who oppose the life issue – that their hearts will be tendered toward the wonderful gift of life. And, if they do not know Jesus, pray they will come to a saving knowledge of Him.

“For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.”

Psalm 139:13-16

Take a stand for the unborn because life is priceless.

For Life!
Penny Morrell
State Director

Need a Primer on Socialism? CWA’s Got It!

By | Culture, News and Events, Social / Cultural Issues, YWA | No Comments

You’ve heard all this talk — in the media and on college campuses — about why we need socialism in America today. Do you want to understand what socialism is and how it impacts society? Or, how to respond to socialist promises like – Free Stuff! – healthcare and college?

For answers to these and many other questions, read our Concerned Women for America’s YWA Socialism lesson written by our Vice President of International Affairs, Dr. Shea Garrison and designed by CWA’s Graphic Designer, Julia Curtis.

Socialism Study Digital Copy

Join CWA at the 2020 March for Life!

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Join CWA at the 2020 March for Life!

When:

Friday, January 24th, with the March for Life theme of:

Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.

Where:

The March for Life Rally will take place at 12th street on the National Mall and the march will be up Constitution Ave.

What time:

9:00 a.m. There will be breakfast and coffee at the CWA headquarters

10:00 a.m. Leave CWA headquarters and metro into D.C.

12:00 p.m. The Rally starts

1:00 p.m. The March begins

RSVP

If you would like to stop by the CWA headquarters that morning for breakfast and coffee, please email Carly Becker at [email protected] and let her know by Wednesday, January 22nd. Please provide all the names of the people who will be attending the breakfast.

 

You are welcome to come to any and/or all of the events held that day. Head over to the March for Life website to learn more about the details, speakers, and to look at maps.

Soleimani Was the Tip of Iran’s Spear Against Americans

By | News and Events, Politics/National Sovereignty | No Comments

President and CEO of CWA, Penny Nance, wrote the following piece addressing Iran and America’s long and complicated history and how some have upheld the promise to “never forget”:

About 19 years ago I was a part-time, work-from-home mom with a 10-month-old and a 4-year-old. I literally heard a “boom” when American Airlines flight 77 slammed into the side of the Pentagon three miles from my home, taking the lives of 184 innocents, as three more planes took the lives of many others in New York and Pennsylvania that day. Even more traumatic, my husband and I spent the evening comforting the pregnant wife of Navy CDR Patrick Dunn as she awaited news of her dead husband’s fate.

American citizens unified in our horror and outrage against evil men for their murderous actions but we also were furious with U.S. Intelligence for their failure to disrupt the plot. Last week our intelligence community proved that they took to heart our demand to “never forget.”

Unfortunately, many Democrats seem to have developed amnesia over the past week. Following the airstrike that killied Iranian commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s retaliatory airstrikes at U.S. bases in Iraq and even the downing of a passenger plane full of innocent people, some Democrats seem to think President Trump is wrong to use a strong hand against Iran.

Read more of the article on CBN News here.

Read more of the article on The Christian Post here.

 

Map of MO

Action Needed: Local Control of Missouri’s Public School Districts at Risk

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Time-sensitive – Comments Deadline is Wednesday, January 15

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released the revised proposed rule, 5 CSR 20-100.295 Missouri School Improvement Program 6 (MSIP 6), for public comment on December 16, 2019. If enacted, the proposed rules changes will diminish local control and centralize the management of our public school districts.

DESE’s MSIP 6 webpage describes the difference between its current standards (MSIP 5) and the proposed standards: “The most recent generation of MSIP (MSIP 5) focuses on student performance [emphasis added] metrics – output measures. The next generation will continue to emphasize standards for student performance but will also emphasize leading indicators – inputs in economic terms – that will ensure healthy school systems and the continuous improvement process.”

In other words, DESE is effectively proposing standards that will diminish local control and centralize school district management at the department.

Take Action:
Make your voice heard by providing your comments concerning the proposed rule change. Click here to enter your comments. The public comment period deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15. You may use the sample language below or respond in your own words. You can read the entire proposed rule available on the website to consider other standards for comment.

The number of responses DESE receives is VERY important. As a reminder, the first proposed rule requiring schools to teach gender diversity was withdrawn because DESE received almost 1500 responses opposing the proposed change.

Sample comments:

DESE’s proposed MSIP standards change Missouri’s school district accreditation standards to effectively centralize authority over districts at the state level in violation of Missouri law. That is, several proposed standards limit the discretion of local school boards to manage districts and determine personnel needs by requiring boards to structure their purpose and personnel organization in specific ways in order to be accredited.
OR
The proposed MSIP 6 standards create a double standard in which local districts are held accountable for compliance with state statutes, but DESE evaluators are not accountable for standards that are themselves incompliant with Missouri statutes. Furthermore, word choice used in several standards, for example, stakeholders (which is not defined in Missouri statute and may include non-resident representatives of advocacy organizations) rather than taxpayer (which would require representation of residents), allows DESE evaluators to determine the definition of terms; thereby increasing its power to control the influences affecting policies districts will be compelled to implement to score well on MSIP 6 evaluations.
OR
The proposed MSIP standards should be reviewed for alignment with Missouri law and ensure the protection of local school board authority.

Thank you.
Bev Ehlen
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

CWA LAC’s Actions on Iran and U.S. targeted killing of Soleimani

By | International, News and Events, Politics/National Sovereignty, Uncategorized | No Comments

Concerned Women for America has been busy these last eight days to keep you updated and your voice heard in the midst of the targeted killing of Qassem Soleimani and subsequent events. Here are highlights of the work we have done this week to cover this momentous event.

Talking Points

On Friday, January 3, we sent out briefing points to ensure you had a detailed explanation of the targeted killing of Soleimani and the context surrounding these events. Realizing this is a significant moment in history, we want to make sure you have real-time knowledge of what’s happening and what it means for the United States and your family.

Briefing:

CWA International hosted a briefing Tuesday, January 9, with The Heritage Foundation’s Senior Research Fellow on the Middle East, Jim Phillips, for our staff, state leaders, and supporters. Jim gave us an in-depth presentation on Soleimani, Iran’s threat to the United States, their low-intensity war of terror led by Soleimani, Iran’s history of aggression, the threat to Israel and the impact of the death of Soleimani on all of the above. Check out Jim’s article in the Daily Signal for some of his insights on the situation: “How US Strike Against Iranian General Changes Rules of Game in Iraq, Region.”

Hill Letter

CWALAC sent a letter to the House opposing Thursday’s vote on H. Con. Res. 83, the war powers resolution seeking to undermine the President’s ability to react in a timely manner to protect American personnel and facilities and downplay the immediacy of the threat presented by Soleimani. It is important to note a concurrent resolution, like this one, is non-binding—this bill is nothing more than a pseudo-press release by House Democrats. Unfortunately, this bill passed, largely along party lines 224-194, with eight Democrats opposing and three Republicans supporting. One of the Republicans supporting, Rep. Mat Gaetz (R-Florida), said he supported the strike on Soleimani but feels Congress should be consulted for any further action.

(Here is a great article on this resolution and the War Powers Authorization in context of recent events with Iran)

We the people

CWA of Washington Recommends This Upcoming Rally

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Alert: The rally scheduled in Olympia for Wednesday, January 15, has been canceled due to the weather forecast for snow. Click here for more details.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washingtonrecommends attending the2020 Freedom Rally in Olympia next week to show your opposition to the state of Washington’s government overreach into our lives.

Over-reaching government affects at least four of CWA’s seven core issues: family and the definition of marriage, education and parental authority, sexual exploitation and the sexualization of our children through public school curriculum, and religious liberty. CWA’s mission is to enable our members to apply Biblical principles to all levels of public policy and, when government oversteps their authority, to pray and take action to protect our families.

Rally Details:
Date: Wednesday, January 15
Time: Noon (Prayer on the Capitol steps at 10:30 a.m.)
Location: Steps of the State Capitol in Olympia, 416 Sid Snyder Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98504
Click here for all the details.

Not all issues addressed at the rally are within CWA’s core issues. However, the four issues mentioned above are important enough for us to support this rally.

“…since we have such hope we use great boldness of speech.” 2 Corinthians 3:12

I hope you will join me at the rally next Wednesday, January 15.

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director
[email protected]

The U.S. Constitution is Not the Problem!

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“Having witnessed the difficulties and dangers experienced by the first Convention … I should tremble for the result of a second.” “the most violent partisans,” and “individuals of insidious views” would strive to be delegates and would have “a dangerous opportunity of sapping the very foundations of the fabric” of our Country.  – James Madison’s letter to G.L. Turberville, 1788

HJR1005 is a bad bill that would put our U.S. Constitution in jeopardy by opening it up for amendments (changes) such as repeal of the Second Amendment or abolishing the Electoral College.  It could even re-energize the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) of the 1970s that would solidify tax-payer funded abortion in the Constitution. (CWA of Virginia and Georgia are currently dealing with the ERA and working to defeat it.)

Please read our new brochure “The U.S. Constitution is Not the Problem!” to understand this topic.

HJR1005 was defeated in House State Affairs committee, Wednesday, February 6.  Click here to view the votes.  (We wanted a No vote.) However, even after the defeat in committee, the sponsor “smoked” it out of committee for a full debate, and a vote on the House floor is scheduled for Monday, February 11.

We must defeat HJR1005!  Don’t delay, let your two representatives know where you stand, and then please forward this e-alert to others to do the same.

Please take action TODAY and through the weekend!

Contact your two representatives and ask them to oppose HJR1005.  Consider using some of the talking points listed below.

Contact Information:

When e-mailing, provide your name and address. Put a brief message in subject line: OPPOSE HJR1005.

When communicating with your legislators always be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota.

Click here to view the list of legislators and simply click on their e-mail address.

Click here if you do not know who your legislators are.

In addition to e-mailing, phone the House lobby today or Monday morning at (605) 773-3851 and leave a message for your two House representatives.

Please join us in prayer.  Pray for clarity and wisdom for our House of Representatives.

Talking Points:

  • It is too risky to open our Constitution. Too much national division, radical interest groups.
  • Limit power of the Federal Government, Fiscal restraint — All the goals the Constitutional Convention is trying to achieve are already listed in our Constitution. It just needs to be obeyed.
  • Too much uncertainty as to how a Constitutional Convention would be conducted.
  • Delegates to a Constitutional Convention could set their own rules with a new ratification mode.
  • Who selects the delegates? Would California get more than South Dakota?  Unknown.
  • Ideas already suggested for Constitutional Convention consideration: abolish Electoral College, Repeal of Second Amendment, weakening of First Amendment, Equal Rights Amendment, a new constitution.

Your e-mails and phone messages are very important. Again, please share this information with your friends.

Blessings,

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
(605) 380-6914
[email protected]
sd.cwfa.org

Value them Both Amendment Hearing, January 21, 2020

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Next Hearing on the Pro-Life Amendment to the Kansas Constitution: Tuesday, January 21

Kansas pro-life citizens are urged to attend the House Federal and State Committee hearing on Tuesday, January 21, regarding reversing the Kansas Supreme Court’s horrible decision on abortion.

Click here to read the proposed amendment (HCR 5019.) You can read more about the court decision here. You can read my testimony and view media coverage from the previous hearing hereMany of you attended the interim hearings on this issue last year, and your presence at the hearings sent a strong message that life is a top priority for Kansans. We are asking you to attend this next hearing as a statement that life is still a priority.

House Federal and State Affairs Committee Hearing Details:
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Kansas State Capitol, 8th & Van Buren, Topeka – Room #346S

Additional information about January 21:

  • We are asking everyone who can attend to wear purple, if possible.
  • We are also encouraging attendees to visit the offices of their state representative and state senator to voice support for the amendment. Please write down the names of your legislators and their office numbers before you come. You can find your legislators here.
  • Talking points will be available at the registration table when you walk in on the ground floor. Look for the CWA of Kansas volunteers as you enter the building.

Take Action: Make plans to attend, and be sure to invite a friend! We want our legislators to know now is the time to pass the amendment so that it can be placed on the November 2020 ballot.

Please Pray: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, we pray that this joint hearing will go the way You have planned. We pray for those who will testify – that You will give them the words to speak. We also pray for the committee members that their hearts will be receptive to the testimonies given that support life. We are so thankful for Your presence and we give You the glory. The outcome of all of this is in Your hands.  Amen

Thank you, and I hope to see you on January 21.

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas

SCOTUS

The Abortion Industry Does Not Speak for Women

By | Briefs, LBB, Legal, News and Events, SCOTUS | No Comments

This month, Concerned Women for America (CWA) filed an important amicus (friend of the court) brief in June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee at the United States Supreme Court standing up for the millions of pro-life women around the country who want to make sure the Justices know that the abortion industry does not speak for them.

Believe it or not, that is often what the abortion industry claims to do, with the blessing of the Court. Big Abortion has created a whole legal industry out of challenging any and all laws that seek to protect women by regulating the abortion procedure to make it safer for women. As predicted by Justice Powell in Singleton v. Wulff (428 U.S. 106, 119 (1976)), in abortion cases, the Court has “invit[ed] litigation by those who perhaps have the least legitimate ground for seeking to assert the rights of third parties”— in this case, women.

The same abortionists who spend millions of dollars fighting against a simple requirement to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals so they can properly follow up with patients that experience complications during an abortion, claim before the courts to have a relationship with patients close enough to justify them representing women in court.

CWA’s brief highlights the research of Prof. Teresa Collett, J.D., the Director of the University of Saint Thomas Pro-Life Center, which surveys all cases since Roe involving federal challenges to abortion laws. The research reveals that “women have consistently challenged abortion-related laws related to public funding and laws requiring parental, spousal, or judicial consent prior to performance of an abortion while showing little or no appetite for attacking laws aimed at providing women with more information on abortion and its alternatives; safer, cleaner abortion facilities; and ethical, competent providers.”

“In the three years between 1973, when Roe v. Wade was decided, and 1976, when Singleton v. Wulff was decided, women were more likely than doctors, hospitals, or clinics to file challenges to abortion-related laws… Since 1976, [when the Court opened the door for abortionists to represent women’s interests,] there have been sixteen years in which there were no cases filed by women alone, and thirteen years in which they have brought only one” (citations omitted).

“From 1973 to 2019, women or girls have filed an annual average of 2.1 cases per year. In contrast, providers have filed an average of 9.1 cases per year; women and providers have joined in the same lawsuit in only 1.6 cases per year.”

“[T]here are almost no cases filed by women alone challenging conscience rights, informed consent requirements, fetal disposition laws, and provider regulations generally. This pattern suggests that women either generally support or at least do not oppose laws like the one before this Court today that are aimed at providing them with more information, safer, cleaner facilities, and more skilled providers” (citation omitted).

Given this research, the Court should reexamine its “third party standing” standards when it comes to abortion cases. It is just another area where, as Justice Anthony Kennedy candidly acknowledged, the “longstanding maxim[s] of statutory interpretation ha[ve], in the past, fallen by the wayside when the Court confronted a statute regulating abortion.” Third party standing should be presumptively denied in such cases, requiring abortion providers to prove their close relationship with the women they seek to represent in order to stand before the Court asserting women’s interests.

Oral arguments for the case have been set for 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4. Stay tuned for more information on our activities surrounding the arguments. As always, I will be at the Court to bring you an up-to-date report.