CWA Stands for Free Speech at the U.S. Supreme Court

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NIFLA v. Becerra Oral Arguments Recap

It was a cold, rainy day in the nation’s capital today, but that didn’t stop your representatives from Concerned Women for America (CWA) from being present inside and outside the United States Supreme Court to stand for freedom of speech and for life. We were there as the Court heard oral arguments in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra.

CWA National Field Director Janae Stracke spoke at the rally on the steps of the Supreme Court where numerous groups stood together to send a message to the Court that the American people are paying attention to this case.  Janae praised the work of our CWA of California members who have fought against this law since it was first proposed and energized the valiant crowd, which stood there, despite the challenging weather.

Check out some of the highlights:

I was inside the courtroom to hear the arguments and was able to commend the petitioners, the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA). NIFLA has been in our prayers throughout the entire process, and we commend them for how they have stood so strong as the case moved through the lower courts.  I was reminded that CWA actually helped start the organization back in 1993, under the leadership of our friend Thomas Glessner, who still serves as the organization’s president. We thank God for their work.

As an allied attorney, I was also proud to see our friends at the Alliance Defending Freedom give another stellar performance before the Court.  Michael Farris, ADF’s president, argued the case before the justices, and he was calm under intense questioning.

The justice’s interest was evident. Farris started by highlighting the gerrymandering aspects of the case, which are troubling. So troubling they piqued the interest of one of the most liberal members of the court, Justice Elena Kagan. It is evident the State of California wrote this law in such a way as to target pro-life clinics specifically.  The state, represented by Mr. Joshua Klein, tried to argue it was a generally applicable law, not intended to target anyone, but in this, he failed in my estimation.

Justice Samuel Alito honed in on it, asking the state, “If you have a law that’s neutral on its face, but then it has a lot of crazy exemptions, and when you apply all the exemptions, what you’re left with is a very strange pattern and, gee, it turns out that just about the only clinics that are covered by this are pro-life clinics. Do you think it’s possible to infer intentional discrimination in that situation?”

The state had to admit that, yes, it would be a fair inference, even as they denied that was the case here.

The burdensome requirements of this law were also front and center. Justice Sonia Sotomayor tried to get the state to answer a simple question about if a clinic that merely wanted to put up a billboard that said, “Pro-Life” with their logo, would be required to put up the disclaimer at issue in the same size font and in multiple languages.  Mr. Klein danced around on the question until Justice Alito pinned him down and he admitted that, yes, they would be required to put up the disclaimer on the billboard.

Justice Anthony Kenned was visibly disturbed and had this exchange:

JUSTICE KENNEDY: Do you agree that mandating speech that the speaker would not otherwise give — indeed, does not agree with — alters the content of the message?

KLEIN: Yes, it does, Your Honor.

JUSTICE KENNEDY: All right. So then you are saying on this billboard, the state can require that the message be — the content of the message be altered, even though they are not providing medical services?

Even Justice Sotomayor returned once more to her hypothetical expressed concerns with the state’s position:

JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: Would it be fair to say — and I still don’t have a full answer to my question — all right, pro-life, nothing else, an unlicensed facility, it meets all of the criteria, has an ad that says just “pro-life” and puts its name. Does it have to give the notice; yes or no?

KLEIN: Yes, if it meets the other criteria. And it’s possible in an as-applied challenge –­

JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: That seems to me more burdensome and wrong because it’s not tied to an advertisement that is promoting medical services.

It is indeed wrong, and it is one of the reasons why the Court should invalidate the statute here and rule for the pro-life clinics.

Continue to pray for this case. A desicion is expected next summer.

Legislative Update on Physician-Assisted Suicide and Conversion Therapy Prohibition

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HB2739 HD1, Relating to Assisted Suicide, Establishes a regulated process under which an adult resident of the State with a medically confirmed terminal disease and less than six months to live may choose to obtain a prescription for medication to end the patient’s life. Imposes criminal sanctions for tampering with a patient’s request for a prescription or coercing a patient to request a prescription.

 CWA of Hawaii Opposes HB2739. Click here to read and track the bill.

 Update: HB2739l was passed in the House (with 12 representatives voting against it) and then passed Thursday by the Senate Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce. Gov. David Ige has stated that he ready to sign this bill into law if it reaches his desk. It is now on the calendar for a public decision hearing Friday, March 23, at 9:00 a.m. in the Senate Judiciary Committee (JDC).

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9

Take Action by Thursday:

  1. Please contact the members of the JDC and encourage them to vote NO on HB2739 HD1. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. Click here for their names and contact information.
  2. Contact Gov. Ige and tell him of your disappointment in hearing that he plans to sign HB2739.  Ask him to reconsider. Click here to contact him.
  3. If time allows, and you haven’t already, thank the 12 representatives who voted against HB2739: Henry Aquino (D-District 38), Romy Cachola (D-District 30), Isaach Choy (D-District 23), Ty Cullen (D-District 39), Sharon Har (D-District 42), Aaron Johanson (D-District 31), Sam Kong (D-District 33), Bob McDermott (R-District 40), Sean Quinlan (D-District 47), Andria Tupola (R-District 43) and Gene Ward (R-District 17).  To send each one an email simply enter each one like this “rep (last name) For example: [email protected]. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. It is important that we support those who vote right.

Pray: Please pray that the plans of those pushing this bill will be thwarted.

Here are just some of the many concerns we have about physician-assisted suicide:

  • There is no guarantee in this bill, or anywhere else, that the adult resident as defined, would not give this same medicine to someone else, whether that other person was even aware that they had been given this medicine.  In other words, there is no guarantee that the original adult who obtained the prescription, would not somehow decide to encourage or force someone else, even a child, to consume this medicine.
  • There is also a possibility that the adult resident might have been given the prescription due to a misjudgment or an error in the diagnosis of their disability or illness.  There is much room for error in this situation, since any drug that the adult resident receives a prescription for could also be used for detrimental purposes.
  • Oregon, the first state to legalize assisted suicide, provides the most complete data available on the practice of assisted suicide in the United States. Oregon reports that the dominant reasons motivating patients to choose assisted suicide have nothing to do with pain management. The primary concerns center around having a disability: losing autonomy (92%), being less able to engage in activities making life enjoyable (90%) and losing dignity (79%). Fear of inadequate pain control is one of patients’ least cited reasons.
  • Modern medicine has made significant advances in pain control. Doctors now have a range of options to treat pain in terminally ill patients, including even palliative sedation as a last resort.

Though there are many sound academic reasons to oppose physician-assisted suicide, as believers, the most important reason is because God, and God alone, is the author of life. We cannot take on the role of God and take life based on our inconsistent judgment.

SB270 SD1, Prohibits Conversion Therapy, Prohibits specific state-licensed persons who are licensed to provide professional counseling from engaging in, attempting to engage in, or advertising sexual orientation change efforts on persons under eighteen years of age.

CWA of Hawaii Opposes SB270 SD1. Click here to read and track the bill.

Don’t let our Hawaii legislators take away our religious freedom! It is not only the children that will be affected by this bill if passed, it is the Christian therapists. It will be illegal for a therapist to read what the Word of God has to say about homosexuality.  We still live in a country that “allows” religious freedom.  Don’t we?  Note that I didn’t say “welcomes.”  More and more I see our religious freedoms being taken away from us piece by piece.  If we don’t show strong opposition to these types of bills it lays the groundwork for them to go after other professionals and businesses in Hawaii.  One thing leads to another.  Who do you think they will go after next? Churches? Pastors? Individuals?  No, they wouldn’t dare . . .

Update: Nothing has changed on this since our last e-alert on March 15. This bill was passed in the Consumer Protection & Commerce Committee and is now headed to the Judiciary Committee.

Take Action: If you have not already, please encourage the members of the Judiciary Committee to vote NO on SB270. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. Click here for their names and contact information.  We are unsure when this bill will be voted on, so please contact the committee members as soon as you are able.  Thank you!

Pray: Please pray that the plans of those pushing this bill will be thwarted.

For good health and life!

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
[email protected]

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]m

Your Prayers and Actions are Needed to Forward the Adoption Protection Act and Choose Life License Plates

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HB 2687, bill ensures all child welfare providers are free to continue to work with the state of Kansas to find forever homes for children.

Adoption Protection is needed in Kansas.  If not passed, it will leave our adoption agencies open to lawsuits and legislation that would force faith-based adoption agencies to adopt out to same-sex couples, or, shut down.  This has already happened in several states.  Don’t let Kansas be the next.

Thank you for responding to our last e-alert on this topic. Your calls to get a hearing on this bill were effective!  Hearings are now scheduled for tomorrow March 20 and Wednesday, March 21.  Thank you!

The hearing are to be held in Room 346 South at 9:00 a.m. for House Federal and State Affairs and 10:30 a.m. Senate Federal and State Affairs.  March 20 will be proponents and March 21 will be opponents.

Take Action: 

  1. Most important, if at all possible, please attend the hearings. You are needed. The legislators need to know Kansan’s care about their religious freedoms.
  2. HB 2678 is expected to be voted on by the two committees possibly two or three days after the hearings. Therefore, please contact the members of both the House Federal and State Affairs committee and the Senate Federal and State Affairs committee.  Click on each name to contact them.  Encourage them to protect religious freedom by voting for HB 2687.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

Please continue to pray for the groups that are banning together, Catholic Charities, American Family Policy, Concerned Women for America of Kansas and many churches.  There will be attacks such as name calling and so forth from opposition.  The legislators also will be getting a lot of pressure.  Pray for courage and fortitude for them

HB 2678, which would allow the state of Kansas to issue special pro-life license plates, has been voted out of the Committee on Transportation and is expected to be voted on any day now in the Senate.

In 2002, a license bill similar to this one passed the House and the Senate, but Gov. Graves vetoed it.  To date, 32 states have passed similar legislation.  It is time for Kansans to be permitted to purchase “Choose Life” license plates. Click here to read and track the bill.

Take Action:  Please contact your Senator and ask him to vote YES on HB 2678.

Click here to find out who your senator is and how to contact her/him.

Give thanks that the bill is going through the process smoothly.  Please pray it will have continued success in the legislative process.

Thank you for your faithful prayers, action, and support of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.


Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
P.O. Box 8331
Topeka, KS  66608
(785) 260-5659
[email protected]

Legislative Update: Female Genital Mutilation Prohibition and Conversion Therapy Prohibition Bills

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L.D. 912, the conversion therapy prohibition bill, if passed, would NOT allow a licensed professional to counsel a child under the age of 18 away from homosexuality.  You say, “That’s impossible.”  NO, it’s not.  Rep. Ryan Fecteau (D-District 11) is an openly homosexual legislator, author of this bill, and the House Chair of the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development (LCRED) Committee, the committee tasked with this bill.

Don’t let our Maine legislators take away our religious freedom!  L.D. 912 is working to do just that.  We still live in a country that “allows” religious freedom.  Don’t we?  Note that I didn’t say “welcomes.”  More and more I see our religious freedoms being taken away from us piece by piece.  If we don’t show strong opposition to these types of bills right from the start, it lays the groundwork for them to go after other professionals and businesses in Maine.  One thing leads to another.  Who do you think they will go after next?

The bill is out of committee with a divided report and now moves to the House and Senate for their votes.

Take Action:

  • Ask your pastor to speak out about this to your congregation.  Give him this link to the bill for him to read it himself and to track it. Here to review it’s journey through the committees.  Encourage him to contact me for talking points and additional information.
  • Contact your lawmakers, both your representative and senator.  Politely ask them to protect religious freedom and oppose L.D. 912.  You may find your lawmakers by the town you live in here.  Be sure to tell them you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  • Pass this information to your e-mail list.

We’ve believed the lie that religion and politics don’t mix, yet our founding fathers established the 1st Amendment, something worthy of protection.

The 3rd work session on L.D. 1819 was held last week before the Criminal Justice Committee with still no consensus.  Two bills were issued on FGM, and the committee was tasked with combining the two into one.  However to do that, the committee will either adopt the republican or democrat version.  Essentially the difference is whether or not to make the parent or guardian of the child responsible and charge with a crime for allowing the abuse.  CWA of Maine wants language in the bill to be able to charge the parent/guardian with the crime.  Anything less is just an empty suit, a nothing burger.

Take Action:

  • There is still time to contact members of the Criminal Justice Committee and urge them to adopt Rep. Heather Sirocki’s (R-Scarborough) bill, L.D. 1819 as originally submitted and reject Rep. Barbara Cardone’s (D-Bangor) bill, L.D. 1822.  Be sure to tell them you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. Their e-mail addresses are as follows:

Senate Chair: [email protected]
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House Chair: [email protected]
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  • You may also call the committee clerk, Nikolette Alexander, at 287-1122 and ask her to convey your message to the committee members if you are short on time.  However, it is much more effective to contact committee members individually, and please don’t forget to tell her you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.

We must protect our kids from this child abuse and make sure it never happens in Maine.

 PRAY: “Heavenly Father, give us wisdom to engage in public policy in a manner pleasing to You.  May we stop the ban on conversion therapy and maintain our parental rights and religious freedom.  May we never allow female genital mutilation to happen in our state, a horrible form of child abuse.  Grant Your favor in these issues before us during this second session of the 128th Maine legislature, we pray, In Jesus’ Name.  Amen”

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case Brought by CPCs Challenging California Law — Tomorrow

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Please pray for this important case on free speech!  Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. EST, the Supreme Court will review the California Reproductive FACT Act, which compels pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to post notices in their physical clinics, printed material, and online regarding the availability of abortions.  Concerned Women for America submitted an amicus brief to the Court in support of the crisis pregnancy centers, and we will also have a presence inside and outside the courtroom in Washington, D.C., tomorrow. Be sure to check out for the latest.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot stated, “Forcing anyone to provide free advertising for the abortion industry is unthinkable — especially when it’s the government doing the forcing. This is even more true when it comes to pregnancy care centers, which exist specifically to care for women who want to have their babies. The state should protect freedom of speech and freedom from coerced speech. Information about abortion is just about everywhere, so the government doesn’t need to punish pro-life centers for declining to advertise for the very act they can’t promote.”

This is not a religious liberty case, but the implications for religious liberty are daunting. The government in this case is not only forcing clinics and their workers to say something they don’t want to say, it is forcing people of faith to be involved in something that infringes upon their conscience.  And it is completely unnecessary.

Please pray for this important case.  Pray specifically for Michael Farris and his team, who will be arguing the case, and pray for the justices.  Argument inside the Court will begin at 10:00 a.m. EST tomorrow and last for one hour.

“Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.” — Psalm 60:12

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California
[email protected]

Updated 3-17-18: Stay Informed: CWA of Georgia Capitol Watch

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Read our 2017-2018 – Targeted Legislation List (updated 3-17-18)

The Georgia General Assembly convenes on Monday, January 8, and will run 40 days. Religious freedom, predatory gambling, marijuana cultivation, and LGBT special rights are among the issues we will be monitoring in the 2018 session. This is the second year of the 2017-2018 legislative cycle, so any bill introduced during the last session is still active until the end of this year.

You can depend on CWA of Georgia to actively represent you at the State Capitol in Atlanta. We have made it easy for you to track the progress of bills involving our 2018 legislative priorities that are aligned to CWA’s seven core issues. The targeted bill list and legislative scorecard will be updated regularly to include action items, links to committee and floor votes, and talking points to help you lobby from your kitchen table or laptop! In addition, we will provide specific ways to pray for pending legislation.

Helpful resources:

CWA to Ireland’s Prime Minister: Protect the Children!

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CWA House Legislative Director, Jaime Ballew, met with members of Ireland Family and Life earlier this week.  The topic: Ireland’s 8th amendment.  It is a life-affirming law in Ireland that gives equal status to mothers and unborn babies but is under threat of repeal.  This amendment is a beacon of hope to America and has saved the lives of more than 100,000 Irish babies!!  Prime Minister Varadkar was here on Thursday to meet with President Trump for the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.  CWA signed a letter, along with other pro-life organizations, that was delivered to the Prime Minister asking him to protect the 8th amendment and uphold the right to life and the dignity of all persons.

Join CWA at the Supreme Court this Coming Tuesday

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This coming Tuesday, March 20, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a very important pro-life, free speech case: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra.  And Concerned Women for America (CWA) will be in front of the Supreme Court to rally for freedom and for life.

This is the case I’ve written to you about, where pro-life clinics are being forced, under threat of law, to promote abortion services. The case challenges California’s Reproductive FACT Act (AB 775), which our CWA of California leaders fought so valiantly as it was proposed, because it was a law specifically designed to curtail pro-life clinics’ effectiveness by capriciously requiring them to do what the government could have done much more easily, without infringing on constitutional rights.

If you remember, under this law, pro-life clinics are required to post a notice that must read in multiple languages: “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at [insert the telephone number].”

In some cases that county office will refer women to Planned Parenthood!

The law also required unlicensed pregnancy centers to put up large signs saying: “This facility is not licensed as a medical facility by the State of California and has no licensed medical provider who provides or directly supervises the provision of services.”

Not only that, the law also requires them to place a similar notice on the pro-life clinic’s advertisement.  The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), who will be arguing the case at the Supreme Court, recently showed what that would look like if a clinic just wanted to advertise their phone number:

Simply Outrageous!

Our First Amendment right to freedom of speech includes not only the right to speak without government silencing you, but also the freedom not to be forced to speak what you don’t want to say.

This is not a religious liberty case, but the implications for religious liberty are daunting. The government in this case is not only forcing clinics and their workers to say something they don’t want to say, it is forcing people of faith to be involved in something that infringes upon their conscience.  And it is completely unnecessary, as we’ve already mentioned.

This should be a 9-0 victory for NIFLA. It is that clear. Other courts have invalidated similar laws in places like Maryland, New York, and Texas. No one should be forced to violate their conscience in order to make government’s job easier.

But, as we know, it is more than about the law when we have judges willing to go beyond the scope of their judicial role.  So, may I ask you to be in prayer daily for this important case?  Pray for Michael Farris and his team, who will be arguing the case, and pray for the justices.

Also, if you are in the Washington, D.C., area, come down to the steps of the Supreme Court on Tuesday (8am-noon). We would love to meet you and stand alongside you as we stand for our constitutional rights and for life.


Let Us Unite in Prayer for the Sanctity of Human Life

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At this month’s Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in Freeport,  Sherrie Bicksler prayed for the sanctity of human life.  Sheri is the Executive Director of the Freeport Pregnancy Center and a member of the Freeport CWA Prayer/Action Chapter.

Please join me in praying this prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, Creator of all things, Giver of Life, Who was, Who is, and Who evermore shall be,

I stand before You today on behalf of believers everywhere–especially in America.  Father, we confess before You, we have failed!  Father, forgive us, as individuals and as a nation.  Our founding fathers had it right.  Their hearts were for ‘One Nation Under God’ with ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ and ‘Justice for all.’

America was founded for religious freedom.  We were created by You with freedom to choose to accept, love, and follow You or do it ‘my way’.

Forgive this nation Father — we have made bad choices and we have gotten it wrong.

WRONG:  just to name a few:

We got it wrong when we removed Bibles from classrooms/schools;
We got it wrong when in 1973 we legalized abortion;
We got it wrong when we legalized same sex marriage.

Your Word is very clear on these issues.

Our freedom to choose has placed leaders who have appointed Justices who have ‘gotten it wrong’.

Father, please forgive us.  Help us make right choices–ones that honor and obey You.

We pray for the nine SCOTUS Justices in all decisions, especially on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. The Freeport Pregnancy Center is one of 23 centers in Illinois and the Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRC) in California presenting Amicus Briefs before the Supreme Court to protect our (and your) rights to ‘Freedom of Speech.’  (AB 775 in California and SB1564 in Illinois mandate medical professionals and PRC workers to refer for abortions, with info on “where, who, and at tax payer expense, and give the benefits of abortion.)

In January 2017, this bill became law in Illinois.  Thank You, God, for protecting Illinois centers who refused to comply.  Thank you, God, that in July 2017, a federal judge granted an injunction calling SB1564 unconstitutional.  We are free, unless appealed and upheld by future actions.

Father, we now join California in taking our cases to SCOTUS via Alliance Defending Freedom and CEO Mike Farris.  We have been seeking You God, praying and trusting for Your Will.  We know Your Will for life.  We plead for Your Will for America, Americans, and our future.

May we stand strong on Your Promises. Our hope and trust are in You.

Thank You Precious Father, Creator of all Life, and God, please, bless America.  Amen.


In Christ,

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
[email protected]