Prayer Alert: Supreme Court of the United States Decision Soon to Affect Hawaii

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We at CWA of Hawaii anxiously anticipate a decision from the Supreme Court of the United States on NIFLA v. Becerra regarding a current California law in which pro-life clinics must post printed notices in several languages urging women to contact state facilities where they can get a free or low-cost abortion.  In addition it asks 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.”

CWA of Hawaii fought diligently against an almost identical law, S.B. 501, and lost.  Therefore, the outcome of this case will affect the free speech of the crisis pregnancy centers of Hawaii and ultimately the unborn of Hawaii.

A decision is expected sometime between now and the end of June.

We are grateful for CWA national going all out in its defense of free speech in this case.  CWA national presented an amicus brief, staff rallied outside the court on the day of the hearing, articles were written, etc.  Click here to read about it.

Please join with us in prayer, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:12-13). May we stand firm together.

Pray for each Supreme Court justice by name:

  • Chief Justice John Roberts, appointed to the high court by President George W. Bush
  • Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, appointed by President Ronald Reagan
  • Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, appointed by President George H.W. Bush
  • Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, appointed by President Bill Clinton
  • Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, appointed by President Bill Clinton
  • Associate Justice Samuel Alito, appointed by President George W. Bush
  • Associate Justice Sonya Sotomayor, appointed by President Barrack Obama
  • Associate Justice Elena Kagan, appointed by President Barrack Obama
  • Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, appointed by President Donald Trump

Pray that each Justice will see clearly the serious issues in this matter and will rule in favor of the prolife pregnancy resource and medical clinics in California, and subsequently those in Hawaii.

Pray for the continuing battle against abortion nationwide.

Thank you for your diligence in this matter.

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

Don’t Miss Out on Attending One of the Franklin Graham’s Decision America Tour Stops

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Last night I attended one of Franklin Graham’s Decision America Tour stops.  It was so amazing that I cannot help but to encourage you to attend a tour stop closest to you. Thousands of people came out to kick-off the tour in Escondido. The message was strong, calling us to pray for America and especially legislation in California.

“The most critical thing you can do is pray, pray, pray. The intercession of God’s people is crucial if we are to see a return to the Biblical faith of our fathers, the faith that has guided and sustained our country for so long.” – Franklin Graham

Do everything you can to attend the stop closest to you. All events begin a 7:30 p.m.

Pasadena
May 21
Rose Bowl Lawn

Oxnard
May 23
Beach Park

Bakersfield
May 25
Spectrum Amphitheatre

Fresno
May 28
Fresno Fairgrounds

Modesto
May 29
Stanislaus County Fairgrounds – Turlock

Santa Clara
May 31
California’s Great America Redwood Amphitheatre

Berkeley
June 1
Cesar Chavez Park

Chico
June 3
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds

Redding
June 5
Shasta District Fairgrounds – Anderson 

The Decision America Tour was born in 2016 when Franklin Graham visited all 50 states, challenging Christians to lead lives rooted in Biblical principles and to pray earnestly for America. More than 230,000 people joined him as he traveled across the country. Last year, he continued the tour by going back to Tennessee and Texas, drawing more than 70,000 people to outdoor venues in 11 cities. After this year’s stops in California, Washington, and Oregon, Franklin plans to keep the momentum going next year with tour stops in the northeastern U.S. Click here for more information. 

Our mission at Concerned Women for America of California is to educate, equip, and encourage all concerned citizens to be prayerfully and actively involved in protecting and promoting Biblical values in our nation, state, and communities.  Let us rise up and give God the glory.  Pray for our nation.  Pray for California.  Pray that hearts will turn to the Lord and bring Biblical principles back into the laws of our land. 

“With God, all things are possible” (Mark 10:27b). 

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California
[email protected]
ca.cwfa.org

5,000 Signatures Needed by Friday to Stay in the Fight

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Dear Friend,

As I mentioned a few months ago, Oregon is the only state that does not have any kind of regulation on abortion, despite the many efforts to persuade state legislators. Not one abortion regulation bill has been able to pass through Oregon’s legislature.

It is imperative that Oregon passes its first law to protect women and babies from abortion. To do so, Stop Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act has been formed— also known as Initiative Petition #1.

This citizens’ initiative will give Oregonians an opportunity to create the state’s first pro-life law! If approved by voters, the following will be added to the Oregon State Constitution:

“The state shall not spend public funds for any abortion, except when medically necessary or as may be required by federal law.”

At this point over 113,000 signatures, of the 117,578 signatures required to put this on the ballot, have been collected.  To insure these signatures are valid on the June 30 deadline, an earlier deadline must be met.  4,578 more signatures have to be physically collected before this Friday, May 25.  This is a requirement set by the Secretary of State.  Next month will then be used to come up with signatures to replace those that have been deemed invalid.

Please pray.  Ask the Lord to give the pro-life citizens of Oregon the strength to do all they can to collect the signatures needed by Friday.

Please take action TODAY:

  1. If you haven’t already, download the petition, print it, sign it, and mail it in.  It must arrive by Friday.
  2. Encourage others to pray, download the petition, print it, sign it, and send it in.  Contact friends, family, acquaintances, pastors, pro-family groups, etc. TODAY.

We have an opportunity here on which we cannot turn our backs.  The unborn of Oregon are counting on us!

“If you faint in the day of adversity,
Your strength is small.

Deliver those who are drawn toward death,
And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’
Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?
He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?
And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?”

— Proverbs 24:10-12

For life!

Janae Stracke
National Field Director
Concerned Women for America

Maine June Primary Voter Guide for Governor

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Political television ads, radio ads, mail pieces, and yard signs must mean one thing – this is election season!  If you have not voted early, please be sure to vote Tuesday, June 12, in the primary election. Voter turnout is typically low in a non-presidential election year, but I cannot think of a more critical year to cast your vote than this year when we want to keep the momentum going to make Maine great again.  Gov. LePage is termed out.

Voters have a significant impact upon the laws and government of this state and nation. It is important that we be informed, educated voters. We should know the candidates and the issues.

  • Who will best represent your values and concerns?
  • What are the candidates’ positions on current issues affecting you and your family?
  • Are the candidates’ campaign speeches in alignment with their voting record?
  • Who is endorsing each candidate?
  • How did each candidate vote on important issues in the past?

Be proactive – an uneducated vote is a wasted vote!

  1. Study voter guides/candidate surveys. Here is a candidate survey for governor. We are blessed, honored and thankful to partner and share the Christian Civic League of Maine’s voter guide with you for candidates running in Maine.  Click here and follow the instructions to learn the candidates’ positions on issues we care about from those who responded to the questions.
  2. Attend candidate forums or watch them online.
  3. Visit the website and social media pages of each candidate.
  4. Listen to talk radio and watch state and national news.

While we are citizens of the United States of America, foremost, we are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, and our vote should mirror God’s views.

The institution of government was ordained by God. It is our duty, as Christians and citizens, to be active participants in the governmental process. Therefore, seek the Lord’s wisdom through prayer (and fasting) before you cast your vote.

 View CWA’s brochure What’s Your Vote Worth?

“Select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and ten” (Exodus 18:21).

Thank you for making a difference for the Kingdom of God here in Maine!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org

Legislative Update – Title X

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On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) filed new Title X grant requirements similar to rules established during the Reagan era and upheld by the Supreme Court. This new rule requires physical and financial separation between Title X recipients and abortion providers in order to draw a clear line against federal tax money going to support abortion.   It also prohibits referrals for abortion to further disentangle federal taxpayer money from the abortion industry.  

For years abortion providers have used the fungibility of Title X funds to their financial advantage. Title X funding can be used for a number of things like utilities, advertising, staff salaries, and medical supplies. Basically, these grants can free up other funds and provide infrastructure for clinics like Planned Parenthood to promote abortion.

Title X has been Planned Parenthood’s second largest government funding stream.  They operate as if they are entitled to federal tax dollars and use these grants as their personal slush fund.   Under these new regulations, Planned Parenthood will have to play by the new rules or get out of the game.

Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood wants you to believe abortion is just a small part of what they do. The reality is that over 90% of pregnant women who enter a Planned Parenthood clinic will receive an abortion.  It is not a “small part” of what they do, because if it were, these new rules would not make a big difference to their business model.  But we know otherwise.

This move by the Trump Administration is a promise kept. Almost 200 Members of Congress and 86 pro-life groups asked for these changes   Americans want out of the abortion business altogether.   Six in ten Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortion.  Title X funds have been tangled in big abortion for far too long.

While there is still more to do, this is a big step in the right direction.  Everyone is frustrated with the Senate’s failure to pass a bill redirecting Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid funding, and we are still furious that the omnibus allowed abortion providers to receive funding. Now the federal agency who controls who is eligible for Title X funding has responded. We will continue to work with Congress and the Administration to find new avenues to make progress against taxpayer funding of abortion providers.

Here is why the U.S. Embassy Move is so important to American Christians

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On May 14, 1948, just after the provisional government of Israel proclaimed the new state of Israel, President Truman said: “This government has been informed that a Jewish state has been proclaimed in Palestine, and recognition has been requested by the provisional government thereof. The United States recognizes the provisional government as the de facto authority of the new State of Israel.”

In that moment, the United States made history as the first nation to recognize the legitimacy of the new state of Israel. And now, 70 years later, the U.S. is making history again as our great nation will legitimize the state of Israel, our ally and friend, by moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital.

American Evangelicals are responding, “It’s about time.” Moving our Embassy to Jerusalem is a promise that was made to the American people and Israel in 1995, when Congress voted almost unanimously to locate our embassy in the nation’s capital, just as we do in every other nation in the world. May 14 will be an historic moment. We are thankful to President Trump for making good on a promise that his predecessors chose to ignore.  I am honored to represent Concerned Women for America supporters as I attend this historic event.

While the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is a game changer on the world stage, it is uniquely important to American Christians.

Although imperfect, like any nation, Israel is a representation in the Middle East of the ideals and principles that we hold dear as Christians. It is much more than a political performance; it is about giving Israel the respect it deserves as a nation that is dedicated to democratic ideals.

Israel stands for human rights. Israel cares for the least of these. Israel is inclusive. Every Israeli is supported and represented, regardless of whether they are Jewish, Muslim, Arab, Christian, male or female, young or old.

Women have been an integral part of the modern state of Israel since its beginning. Golda Meir, the original “Iron Lady,” served as Minister of Labor and Foreign Minister before becoming Israel’s Prime Minister in 1969. She was Israel’s fourth Prime Minister and the third female prime minister in the world, and she led Israel during the Arab-Israeli (Yom Kippur) War.

Israel has always prioritized diversity within the Knesset, their unicameral legislative body. Minorities, including women, Arabs, and Druze, have been represented in the Knesset since its inception. Today, 33 members of the Knesset are women, and 18 members of the Knesset are Arab.

The Israeli people have proven their dedication to upholding justice and always working towards improvement.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Israel had become a destination country for trafficked women, and prostitution became a prominent issue. Because of this, in 2001, Israel was ranked as a Tier 3 country for human trafficking on the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report — the worst possible ranking. The Israeli government took definitive action against sex traffickers, working to protect women and children and bring criminals to justice. For six years in a row, Israel has been ranked a Tier 1 nation in their efforts to combat human trafficking, signaling their success in fighting this gross injustice.

Although they receive little recognition on the global stage, Israel continues to go above and beyond in their service to the world. Last summer, Israel unveiled Operation Good Neighbor, the secret operations they had been conducting in Syria to keep starvation away from thousands of Syrians while also providing free medical care. The Good Neighbor is an appropriate name for Israel.

Since its beginning as a small nation in the midst of the Middle East, Israel has been committed to wide-reaching humanitarian relief and global development. Despite the animosity from much of the world, they continue to always be a helping hand, often being the first responders to natural disasters, whether it be the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan or Hurricane Katrina in the United States.

In 2016, the United Nation’s World Health Organization recognized the Israeli Army’s field hospital as “number one in the world.” The U.N. has been known for having a negative attitude towards Israel, but they could not ignore the humanitarian efforts of Israel. Their army field hospital is regularly sent abroad to provide aid at natural disaster sites. Israel was its first and, so far, it’s only “Type 3” field hospital — the highest rank that can be received.

The United States is making history with this embassy move.  Once again, we hope to see others around the world do the right thing and follow our lead.

 

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was published by FoxNews.com. Click here to read it.

Should We Embrace a Libertarian Conservatism?

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The degree to which government should be involved in moral choices has been a topic of debate through history. Though conservatives advocate for small government, they distinguish themselves from libertarians (broadly speaking) in the realization that government is involved in moral choices, whether it wants to be or not, because moral issues are part of human nature. Even choosing not to intervene in a particular area is a moral choice with great societal implications.

Given this fact, instead of stepping back from the “controversial” topics of our day, as some suggest, conservatives should vigorously engage in those conversations at every level, debating and persuading others (and, therefore, government) to serve the public in positive ways.

Conservatives generally distrust government, not because it is this big, bad “thing” that is completely separate from “We the People.” Our distrust of government is because government is “We the People.”  And people, we know from personal experience (because we know ourselves), are ultimately not trustworthy. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick,” wrote the prophet Jeremiah long ago. James Madison also noticed it, writing in Federalist No. 51, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

This is why conservatives need to reject the modern push for libertarianism on moral issues. It is troubling to hear great thinkers like Ben Shapiro, for example, seemingly advocate for acceptance of the LGBTQ agenda and drug legalization as part of a new, libertarian “live-and-let-live” approach to entice young conservatives to join the freedom movement. “Young conservatives may not care about same-sex marriage, but they’re deeply pro-life and pro-gun,” he wrote for the Weekly Standard.

All this means is that young conservatives are wrong about some issues and right about others. Reality exposes this sort of self-serving libertarianism.  When Shapiro turns to talk about President Donald Trump’s behavior, young conservatives all of a sudden are not so libertarian about the president’s personal morality. And they shouldn’t be.

They’re right to deem as morally reprehensible certain behaviors that are, in fact, morally reprehensible. But they’re wrong to abandon other moral issues just to avoid being called a “bigot” by the Left.

“But the libertarians are with us on fiscal and economic issues,” we are told.  Well, not really.  The survival or not of the family unit (including marriage) has enormous economic implications. Without strong families, no society can resist the further moral breakdown that liberals use to justify an ever-encroaching state.  You want small government? Stop undermining the family.

The pressure on young people in a libertine culture to abandon sexual morality is immense.  They will most certainly experience enormous personal temptation.  However, even here there is moral truth — right and wrong — regardless of personal, physical, or emotional struggles and/or desires.  One of the great lies of the Left is defining people by their inclinations and temptations instead of as moral beings created in the image of God.

The conservative approach to the human internal struggle is not to “accept who you are,” and “live and let live.”  That “Feels-so-good-it-can’t-be-wrong” attitude of the 60’s brought too much pain for us to ignore it. It is a false, bankrupt, liberal concept that leads to destruction and death.

The proper response to this internal struggle is to fight. Fight against the urge to steal and lie. Fight against the urge to abandon your family for personal pleasure. Fight against the urge to be sexually promiscuous.  Fight against the urge to be slothful and indulgent. Fight to be better than you are — to live up to all that is good and righteous.  Thomas à Kempis wrote beautifully about this struggle in The Imitation of Christ.  He said, “[T]o fight against evil thoughts which attack you is a sign of virtue and great merit.”

Notice the fight itself is virtuous, not victory. We all fail, and that’s the point. That is where love and grace in spite of our failures come in. It’s where humility comes in. Still, we should aspire to a virtuous life.

We’ve mostly lost that word “virtue” today, though it is essential for freedom. Young conservatives must come to the realization that freedom comes from a great deal of personal restraint and from fighting against the evil desires within us. Government should support and not hinder that. And yes, that means a great deal of societal pressure on your “private conduct.”

The way to freedom is through the pathway of truth.  Liberalism has and will fail because it ignores truth. To embrace a similar approach for convenience’s sake will serve conservatives no better. The next generation of conservatives must grapple with that reality.  The relationship between freedom and truth is non-negotiable. To embrace one is to embrace the other and vice versa.

Your Vote Counts!

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June 5, 2018, is California’s primary election, when your voice is heard. Your vote will make a difference with who is elected to make, or interpret laws for our state. Your vote is your voice!

In 2014 4 million Californians voted for and elected Gov. Jerry Brown. There are 15.8 million proclaimed Christians in California. Imagine the resounding voice of millions making a difference in this year’s primary election.

Years ago, Mrs Beverly LaHaye, CWA Founder, authored a publication, What’s Your Vote Worth. Her words are true today: “We must have people in elected office who honor the proper role of government, respect sanctity of life and marriage, and have the character to do what is right”.

The judicial races are non-partisan, so we must pay attention to the judges we elect. A good judge will show restraint, letting the legislators write and pass the laws. We must elect judges who uphold the constitution, not see it as a “living breathing” document. A good judge will interpret the law, not make laws.

Your vote could be the one that makes a difference for future generations to be free to live out our faith and order our society according to the laws of Nature’s God (as stated in the Declaration of Independence).

Thank God we live in a country in which we choose our leaders.

PRAY: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

TAKE ACTION:

“When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan” (Proverbs 29:2)

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California
[email protected]
ca.cwfa.org

Prayer Alert: Maine Abortion Providers Appeal MaineCare Case

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and Maine abortion providers have appealed a judge’s ruling against their challenge to MaineCare’s ban on insurance coverage for abortion. The case was brought on behalf of Mabel Wadsworth Center, Maine Family Planning and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

In October 2017, the Cumberland County Superior Court granted summary judgment to the defendant, Commissioner Ricker Hamilton of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

 

 

 

 

 

Oral arguments were heard in Augusta at the Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday. Zachary Heiden represented the ACLU and Maine DHHS presented the case to sustain the prior court ruling.

From a moral standpoint, Maine taxpayers should not be forced to pay for the taking of human life through the abortion process.

From a legal standpoint, the Cumberland County decision was undoubtedly correct and should prevail for three reasons: 1.) Medicaid funds are partly federal, 2.) the Hyde Amendment prohibits federal taxpayer funds from being used for abortions, 3.) and because MaineCare recipients are exempt from abortion coverage under DHHS’s own rules.

The brief and other information:
Legal documents concerning this case
ACLU press release

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:12-13).

May we stand firm together in prayer, “Father, may righteousness prevail in the decision this court will soon make in this case.  May babies be saved from being aborted, mothers protected from the lies perpetrated by the abortion industry, and taxpayers protected from funding the heinous act of abortion.  Please touch the hearts of each one of the justices, may they see abortion for what it is and have the courage to rule on behalf of life:  Justice Leigh Ingalis Saufley, Donald G. Alexander, Andrew M. Mead, Ellen A. Gorman, Joseph Jabar, Jeffrey L. Hjelm, and Thomas E. Humphrey.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Take action by passing this information on to others and encouraging them to pray diligently about this case. Thank you.

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org

Please get involved in CWA of Maine and consider contributing.  Contact me today to find out more!  You are needed!