Nance on Fox to Discusses Gov. Cuomo Allegations

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Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America appeared on Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream to discuss the sexual harassment allegations aimed at New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  Penny had this to say when asked about Gov. Cuomo, “Gov. Cuomo’s behavior, his bullying, and perhaps his lying has really played out in the media and I hope the lovefest is over.”

Watch Penny’s interview.


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Update on Lisa and Isabella

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It has been a few years since we have reported on Lisa Miller’s story. Lisa went into hiding with her daughter Isabella in September of 2009. As some of you may recall their story, Lisa, Isabella’s birth mother, had been in a lesbian relationship, became a Christian, and then left the lifestyle. Lisa’s former partner was eventually awarded visitation, and the transfer of custody of Isabella was looming. LifeSite news conducted an in-depth in-person interview with Lisa in 2008. You can read that story here.

Two men who aided Lisa’s escape from the long arm of our judiciary system were convicted and sentenced to prison. Ken Miller, an Anabaptist pastor from Virginia (no relation to Lisa), served two years and was released in 2018. Philip Zodhiates is due to be released from prison later this year after serving his three-year prison sentence.

So now we circle back to Lisa to where this story of a dedicated mom started. Lisa was willing to leave her life in the U.S. and embark on an unknown path. That path took her to Nicaragua for over ten years. On January 19, 2021, Lisa turned herself into the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua. She is now in a federal detention center in Miami and is due to be transferred to Oklahoma, where the U.S. Marshall Service will process Lisa and then transfer her to Buffalo, New York, where she will stand trial.

Isabella released the following statement, “I am grateful for the life that God has given me these past few years and rejoice in the blessings He has granted me. I am not willing to testify against Mama or anyone who has helped bless my life these past years. I am committed to continuing to serve God in the days to come.”

Lisa made this statement, “I ask you for prayer specifically for me to honor and to glorify God and for my health. Thank you in advance for your prayers. May our Lord be further glorified in this matter.”

Concerned Women for America of Virginia was honored to support Lisa and Isabella as their story unfolded from the beginning. We wrote and distributed updates, attended court hearings, often praying in the back of the courtroom (see below), and putting out prayer and action alerts.

It is our honor once again to come to you with this update and to ask you to pray for this family as they stand for the Lord and suffer the consequences of disobeying the federal authorities. Lisa chose to serve her God and raise her daughter according to Biblical principles rather than to submit to judicial tyranny.

Please join us in prayer.

  • Pray for wisdom for Lisa’s attorneys;
  • Pray for the judge who will preside over this case;
  • Pray for good health and strength for Lisa;
  • Pray for the thwarting of the schemes of those who would aim to distort the truth, whether it be the prosecutors, media, or anyone surrounding this case.

Spread the word. Please forward this on to friends and family and encourage them to pray.

Thank you!
Janet Robey
Associate Director

“Equality Act” Exposed: Democrats Ram Vote to Avoid Scrutiny

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2021

Contact:
Natalie Panettiere
202-266-4816, [email protected]

“Equality Act” Exposed:  Vulnerable Women and Children Lose
House Democrats Ram Vote to Avoid Scrutiny

Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance and Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) joined Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri), Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Arizona), and organizations from the left and the right to expose the dangerous effects of the Equality Act before tomorrow’s House vote.

In a virtual rally hosted by the Family Policy Alliance, all were clear: the “Equality Act” will do away with women’s-only sports and locker rooms, safe spaces for vulnerable women in prisons and domestic violence shelters, and jeopardize parents’ jurisdiction over their child’s education and health care. The “Equality Act” is dangerous for our country.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America LAC, issued the following statement:

“Democrats are rushing the deceptively-named Equality Act for a vote because they fear the truth if their radical gender ideology is exposed. The media and Big Tech are giving them cover, devoting no attention to its dangerous and far-reaching implications. Amazon is banning books revealing its harms.

“The gender ideology of the elitist left erases the ability to differentiate between men and women and denies the harm this inflicts on women and children. Democrats should fear any examination of the real impact of the “Equality Act” because Americans reject its destructive agenda.

“This bill is not about equality; it is about imposing a new form of discrimination against women and all who believe in the basic truth and dignity of our creation as male and female. Women’s rights to safety, privacy, and conscience are abandoned under this bill. Vulnerable women in prisons and violence shelters have nowhere to be safe when any male claiming identity as a woman can occupy our spaces.

“Under the so-called Equality Act, women will lose female protected status in bathrooms, dressing rooms, locker rooms, and women’s shelters. Women will lose opportunities for scholarships and contracts.  Female athletes will lose their place on the podium in unfair competition. Children will face interrogation about their “gender identity” by educators and doctors and prescribed cross-sex hormones based on their self-declared identity regardless of parents’ concerns.

“The vast majority of America is united against government-coerced gender ideology and the harms that will result from the Equality Act.  Congress must reject it.”

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and
advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich
40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

Prayer Project Opportunity Now Available!

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Do you want to make a powerful and effective investment in the state of North Carolina? We invite you to participate in Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Carolina’s 18th year of the Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Prayer Project.

The EAL Prayer Project impacts our elected officials. It does this in two ways. First and foremost, it ensures daily prayer for each official. Second, through monthly postcards, it encourages and builds bridges with the conservative legislators and those who do not usually agree with CWA. As prayers are offered on behalf of the legislators, and they receive your postcards, hearts are changed and encouraged. The EAL Prayer Project is not used for lobbying purposes.

This year, the EAL project runs from April to July. Volunteers will be mailed detailed instructions along with four postcards for your assigned elected official(s), one for each month. Your responsibility will be to pray for your assigned official, write a brief encouraging note (suggestions are listed in our instructions), sign the card, and mail it. With what we have experienced this past year, prayer has never been more essential for revival and restoration for all citizens, especially those in public office.

We have received several enthusiastic responses from both officials and volunteers over the years:

  • From a judge: “I received your notes. Thank you for praying for me and for encouraging me with the scripture references. I really appreciate it. It convicts me that I need to pray for those in government more faithfully. Thank you for your witness.”
  • From EAL volunteers, mother and daughter: “We are willing to pray for every man or woman mentioned and sign and send postcards to them. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of an important project for our country.”

Please sign up today by emailing me at [email protected]. Include your name, physical address, phone number (optional), and the number of officials you would like to pray for and send notes of encouragement. We will mail your packet, complete with your official names, instructions, and postcards, by the end of March.

Will you commit to joining us in prayer and encouragement this Spring? Please share with your family, friends, church members, homeschool friends, etc. This is a great project for the whole family.

I look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, please contact me.

“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

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director

Equality Act Exposed: Virtual Rally

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The “Equality Act” will be voted on by the House this week. H.R. 5, the “Equality Act” overrules the truth about being created male and female and must be stopped.

The Equality Act’s unverifiable and unscientific attempt to address discrimination by elevating protections for certain groups on the basis of “gender identity” is a direct threat against every woman in America. Its effects are nothing less than extreme, far-reaching, and uncontainable.

Concerned Women for America invites you to attend a virtual rally on Wednesday, February 24, at 10:00 a.m. EST concerning the so-called “Equality Act.” We are proud to stand with other conservative leaders in opposition to this legislation. All of the details you need are below, and you will find a link to register for the event.

Confirmed speakers include:
Craig DeRoche (President, Family Policy Alliance), Charmaine Yoest (V.P., The Heritage Foundation), Joseph Backholm (Senior Fellow, Family Research Council), Penny Nance (CEO and President, Concerned Women For America LAC), Jeanne Mancini (President, March for Life), Andrew Beckwith (President, Massachusetts Family Institute), Eva Andrade (President, Hawaii Family Forum), Natasha Chart (Executive Director, Women’s Liberation Front), Beth Stelzer (Save Women’s Sports), and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler.

Parents, Not Schools, Decide

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The ongoing closure of schools due to COVID-19 is significantly interrupting student learning. Many students have fallen behind in their studies, and parents are considerably concerned about the rise in students’ failure rates. 

L.D. 70, a COVID-19 emergency bill, is a good bill that would allow a parent or guardian to request that their student not be promoted to the next grade level if the student has been affected by COVID-19. Concerned Women for America of Maine supports this bill because it gives the parent the authority to make decisions in their student’s best interest.

L.D. 70 will be heard before the Education and Cultural Services Committee this Wednesday, February 24, at 1:00 p.m. Calls and testimonies of support are needed. 

Take Action:

  • Contact your state representative and senator and ask them to support L.D. 70. To find your lawmakers, click on Representative and Senator. The list is alphabetical by town. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine, then let them know.
  • Consider submitting testimony in support of L.D. 70. Information concerning testimonies for the committee may be found here. You can submit your written testimony or submit and read your testimony during the committee hearing. All committee hearings are being held online through Zoom.
  • Please forward this e-alert to friends and family.

Please Pray: Dear Father, thank you for children and giving parents the authority and responsibility to raise them for You. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Please give wisdom to parents today to do that for Your honor and glory. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

“He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity.” 1 Timothy 3:4 

Penny Morrell
State Director

Neera Tanden

Neera Tanden, professional divider

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“[T]o restore the soul and to secure the future of America requires more than words. It requires that most elusive of things in a democracy: unity.” Those were President Joe Biden’s much-acclaimed words at his inaugural address. He was right which, ironically, is why most conservatives did not believe a word of it.

His words have attempted to unify. But, if President Biden knows more than words are needed to achieve unity, he must not really want it. Most of the actions he has taken as president have been hyper-divisive.

In his first week in office, he went on an all-out assault on conservatives, opting to promote abortion on demand at home and abroad, ignoring women’s concerns over the safety and fairness of biological males taking over women sports and spaces, and canceling many projects and policies (like the Keystone Pipeline) that were life-bringing for millions, especially those with low-incomes.

His nominations also reflect he is not serious about uniting the country. They suggest he is actively working for a deeper divide.

Neera Tanden, President Biden’s nomination to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is just the latest example. Tanden, a former Hillary Clinton advisor and the current president of the leftist Center for American Progress, has made a career of dividing.

Click here to read the rest of this op-ed as featured exclusively in American Thinker.

 


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Nance to Newsweek: Did Evangelicals Make a Mistake in Supporting Trump?

By | CEO, Defense of Family, National Sovereignty, News and Events, Religious Liberty, Sanctity of Life, Sexual Exploitation, Support for Israel | No Comments

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee to Newsweek: “Evangelical policy leaders have been willing to work with every president. To his credit, President Trump sought our advice often—and we supported his policies because they matched our positions. We will never again settle for political crumbs from the establishment’s table. We expect conservative elected officials to live up to their campaign promises to earn our votes.”

Read Penny’s entire Newsweek piece here.

Calls Needed for Two Good Bills

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Two important bills will be heard on Monday, February 22. Calls are needed first thing Monday morning, February 22!

Conscience protections for medical professionals
HB1247 will be heard in the House State Affairs Committee Monday, February 22. HB1247 will provide conscience protections for medical professionals. Health care professionals should not be required to perform a certain medical procedure if carrying it out would violate their conscience. Neither should they face any form of discrimination for declining to do so.

ACTION: Contact your two representatives and urge them to support HB 1247, the Conscience Protection Act. Send an email message, “Please vote YES on HB 1247.” If you do not know who your two representatives are, click here. If you are a member of CWA of South Dakota, be sure to let them know.


Fairness in girl’s sport
HB1217, a bill that would promote fairness in women’s sports, will be heard in the House State Affairs Committee Monday, February 22. Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are being threatened, and this legislation will combat that. Individual male born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females.

Many biological girls train and work hard to excel in their chosen sport with the goal of a college scholarship. When a biological boy who thinks he’s a girl is allowed to compete with the biological girls because of his natural endurance and strength, he steals the prize. We must ensure fairness in women’s sports.

Read Concerned Women for America’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet for additional information on this issue.

ACTION: Contact your two representatives and urge them to support HB 1217. Send an email message: “Please vote YES on HB 1217.” If you do not know who your two representatives are, click here. If you are a member of CWA of South Dakota, be sure to let them know.

Thank you for taking action on these two bills. Be sure to forward the information to friends and family.

PRAYER: Father, we ask that You would grant our South Dakota legislators wisdom and clarity as they make decisions in the coming weeks. Give them rest, good health, and protection from weariness. In Christ’s name. Amen.

Thank You,

Linda Schauer
State Director

Penny on CBN: Religious Freedom at Stake

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Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America discussed Kristen Clarke, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division. Clarke is set to face a contentious nomination in the U.S. Senate next week. Penny had this to say when asked about the nominee, “People of faith should be very concerned about possible persecution under the kind of people that Joe Biden is appointing.”

Watch Penny’s interview.


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Update! Speak Up for Students Like Abby

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Good news! Because of the many comments submitted regarding the Model Policy for Treatment of Transgender Students, the Virginia Department of Education has delayed the policy’s February 4 enactment. Thank you to all who responded to our alerts.

Update on Abby*:  In the story below, we told you about Abby, a 4th-grade student in a Virginia public school who had a very upsetting experience in her classroom. We are pleased to report that Abby, who was on a waiting list to enroll in a Christian school, just learned this week that she would be able to continue her education at a local Christian school.  And because of her father’s engagement with the principal and school board of the public school where Abby attended, the book “Julian Is a Mermaid” by Jessica Love has been removed from that school’s library.

We commend Abby’s parents for standing strong. We must continue to voice our concerns to protect other children who have no options within the public education system.

Look for further updates, and thanks for praying and acting!


Abby* is a ten-year-old girl and in the 4th grade. She attends a Virginia public school.

Abby’s English teacher recently read the book to the class, “Julian Is A Mermaid” by Jessica Love. After the teacher finished reading the book, she asked the question, “what is the purpose of the book?” One boy raised his hand and said, “it is about a boy who wants to be a mermaid.” The teacher then asked Abby the same question (she had not raised her hand.) Abby replied that she would rather not answer the question. The teacher said, “You will speak.” Abby replied, “It is about a boy wanting to wear makeup and be a girl.” The teacher replied, “You are right. You can be anything you want to be.”

Abby was quite upset, and when she was picked up after school, it was the first thing she told her mother. Abby’s parents are now exploring private and homeschooling options. But what about students who do not have those options? Who will speak for them?

Earlier this month I encouraged you to participate in the comment period for Virginia’s proposed Model Policy for Treatment of Transgender Students (read more here). The model policy states its purpose is “to ensure a positive, safe environment for all students.” Do you think Abby’s experience was positive? I do not, and these types of classroom experiences will only increase with a radical, unscientific philosophy being forced upon students.

Now is the time to speak up for students like Abby. The public has an opportunity to weigh in on the model policies. The comment period closes next Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Click here to submit a comment. Let them know that you disapprove of this radical push to eliminate differences between females and males and the brainwashing of our children and grandchildren.

Jan Robey
Associate State Director

*Name was changed to protect Abby’s true identity.

Big Tech & Censorship Talking Points

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On February 9, 2021, Young Women for America (YWA) National Director Annabelle Rutledge was honored to host Rachel Bovard, Senior Director of Policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute, on the topic of Big Tech and Censorship. Rachel is also a senior adviser to the Internet Accountability Project and has submitted testimony to Congress on the dangers of viewpoint discrimination and censorship from Big Tech.

If you missed YWA’s Leader Call and want to watch it back, you can view it here. Below are key talking points from our time learning from Rachel.

  • The issue of Big Tech and Censorship is no longer merely a debate on what we can say on social media, but about power colluding to control free speech and the marketplace of ideas in the United States.
  • Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, etc., control the public space and thus, control the narrative.
  • These platforms aren’t even just social sites anymore; they are market access retail sites, which means their censorship has an impact on small businesses.
  • The way that they control access to information has an unparalleled effect on society. We saw this most dramatically when the platforms collectively engaged in a total blackout on the New York Post Hunter Biden story.
  • Original – (As a result, Americans couldn’t access information on corruption in a presidential candidate’s family that has a significant impact on how we vote in this country. This is no small thing!)
  • We have also seen censorship in regards to COVID- 19. Social sites decided what information you were allowed to access, even censoring medical professionals. They seemingly declared themselves smarter than medical doctors by deciding what information you have access to about the disease and its treatments.
  • As Conservatives, we were ill-prepared for this moment. It was a slow fade until it wasn’t! Our propensity towards the free market tends toward a hands-off approach, but in this case, the level of market manipulation demands change.
  • When people say that these platforms are just private companies making content moderation decisions, there is a gross misunderstanding of the one-sided viewpoint discrimination taking place at the behest of the government and veiled by private companies.
  • The government is hiding behind Big Tech and relying on them to censor the American people as an extension of the government.
    • In the summer of 2020, Facebook interfered with private citizens’ constitutionally protected free speech by not allowing anti-lockdown protesters to organize using their platform.
    • In this case, Facebook was working on behalf of the government. The government could not shut down constitutionally protected free speech, so Facebook, acting as the arm of the government, took care of it for them. This is a real danger.
    • Google, Facebook, and Amazon worked together to get Parler taken off of the App Store, the Play Store, and Amazon Web Services because “It was used to plan      insurrection.” In reality, Facebook, and Instagram by proxy, were more widely used in the planning leading up to January 6.
  • When Michelle Obama tweeted out that she wanted Donald Trump banned from the big tech platforms, Big Tech did it. This should scare us. Big tech should not have the ability to silence political opponents.
  • When corporate power fuses with government power, it is the literal definition of fascism in that it is dictatorial power and forcible suppression of opposition.
  • A healthy government, and even private companies, should recognize that there is room for everyone in the marketplace of ideas.
  • The answer to bad speech should be more speech by allowing our ideas to flourish and having a healthy debate. Big Tech is trying to put an end to that – to a deliberate and one-sided end.

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For America (Day 117)

By | Defense of Family, Erasing Women, LBB, News and Events, Prayer, Sexual Exploitation | No Comments

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name forever.
With thankful hearts, we behold
Your awesome works from the beginning.

You are Faithful and True
Still moving in the midst of Your people.
Help us fret not for evildoers.
They are like grass withering away.

But Your Word stands forever.
We delight in Your counsel and Your statutes,
We crave to know You more and more,
To increase in faith and trust; this is our goal.

Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ
To be our Savior—to show us the way of salvation.
His example is our encouragement and aim,
Oh, to be more like Him, each and every day.

We stand in the great promises of Scripture.
We delight ourselves in You Lord,
Knowing You will give us the desires of our heart.
Give us righteous desires Abba, Father.

For often we seek after the wrong things
Thinking they will somehow fill the hole in our hearts,
When we know it is a God-shaped hole we bear,
And only living water will ease our thirst.

Lord, we pray for the assault on sexuality
The enemy is leveling against our world.
We pray against the increasing gender confusion,
Against the identity crisis he seeks to create in Your creation.

But our identity is found in Christ,
Let that healing lesson spread among those who hurt today.
Our hearts break for them; do not let the enemy get away
With his schemes to establish a lie as a foundational truth in their lives.

Let the truth that You are our Creator shine ever so brightly.
May we commit our ways to You, Lord,
For we know You will act. And You are good!
You are God.

In the name of Jesus, we pray,
Amen.


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Action Needed! Equal Rights Amendment Resolution

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First, I want to thank you for the calls, emails, and prayers on HB 1415, the physician-assisted suicide bill that I emailed you about earlier this week. This was a dangerous bill, but because of your voice, the bill was voted down by an overwhelming majority!

We need your voice againSCR 4010, the Equal Rights Clarification Resolution, clarifies that the proposed 1972 Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was only valid through March 22, 1979, and should not be counted by lawmakers, or any other person as a live ratification. SCR 4010 could be voted on by the Senate as early as tomorrow, Friday, February 19. Concerned Women for America of North Dakota stands in favor of SCR 4010 and urges the senators to support the resolution.

On Friday, February 5, 2021, CWA of North Dakota submitted written testimony and gave oral testimony (beginning at 10:31:42) to support SCR 4010. The resolution passed out of committee and now heads to the full Senate for a vote. In my testimony, I stated, “Women don’t need the ERA to flourish in America. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution and multiple federal and state statutes guarantee women all the rights inherent to American citizens – equal employment, equal pay, education, credit eligibility, etc. Women are thriving and succeeding, and they are doing this without the assistance of ERA.”

Take Action!
Send a message to your state senator, and ask him or her to vote “Yes” on SCR 4010. You can find the name and contact information of your senator here.  Enter your house number, zip code, and press Search.  Click on the name of your senator to see their email address. Use the suggested message below my signature line or simply write, “Please support SCR 4010.”

Please Pray:
Father, thank you for the men and women who represent us as lawmakers in the North Dakota legislature. Provide each with the wisdom, strength, and discernment to know that Your ways will be honored and Your Name is glorified across our land!

“To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.”  Proverbs 21:32

Linda Thorson
State Director


Suggested email message:

Dear Senator,

Please give SCR 4010 a “Do Pass” recommendation. The deadline for ratification of the ERA expired over 40 years ago. The ERA is a poorly worded amendment and could be used to mandate Medicaid funding for abortions and end conscience clauses for nurses, doctors, and hospitals who do not want to participate in performing abortions.

Sincerely,
Your Name, Town

Consider sending an email message to all 47 ND State Senators. Copy and paste their email addresses:
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CWA of South Dakota Legislative Update

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“Let us not become weary in doing good, for
at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” —Galatians 6:9

Dear Friends,

Below is a legislative update on bills Concerned Women for America of South Dakota is actively working on at the state legislature. Your prayer and action are making a difference! Thank you.

Victory – Born Alive Bill Passes
HB1051 is the born alive survivors bill that would require that a baby born alive be given medical care.  At the time a child is born alive, he or she is a patient and deserving of medical care and legal protections. A McLaughlin poll showed that nearly 80% of Americans agree that infants born alive due to a botched abortion need protection and care. You may read and follow the action and votes on the bill here.

HB1051 passed out of the full House with a vote of 59-8 on January 28.  We are pleased to report that it passed the full Senate on February 16 with a vote of 3-32. Check the votes here.
HB1051 now goes to Gov. Noem for her signature.

ACTION: Thank your senator and representatives if they voted Yes on HB1051. See contact information below.


Homeschool Freedom Bill – SB177
A good and freedom-loving homeschool bill, SB177, passed in the Senate Education Committee Thursday, February 11. You may read the bill, follow and check the votes here.
We are pleased to report that SB177 passed in the full Senate Wednesday with a vote of  21-14. Check the votes here. Now SB177 will go to the House.
About SB 177:

  • SB177 will update antiquated language in our state code. It will simplify and eliminate the annualnotification that parents must submit to their local school district that indicates their intention to homeschool. Instead, it will require a one-time notification unless the student enrolls in a public or nonpublic school or moves to a different district.
  • SB177 eliminates the mandatory testing, making South Dakota the 40th state to strike this requirement.
  • SB177 will allow any homeschool student to participate in local school sports or other school activities.

ACTION: Contact your two state representatives and ask them to “Vote Yes on SB177.” Put “Vote Yes on SB177” in the subject line.  If your senator voted Yes, please thank him or her. See contact information below.


Religious Freedom
SB124 will provide protections for the exercise of religious freedom. This bill was inspired by the actions in some states during the pandemic. Indoor worship was prohibited or restricted while shopping malls, casinos, tattoo parlors, etc., were open for business. SB124 ensures in state policy that our First Amendment right to freedom of religion will not be restricted.
We are pleased to report that SB124 passed unanimously in the Senate on February 16.  SB124 will now be considered in the House.

ACTION: Contact your two representatives and urge them to support SB124. See contact information below.


CONTACT INFORMATION: Email your senator or representatives by clicking on his or her name here.  If you do not know who they are, click here. Be sure to include your name and address so your legislators know you are a constituent. Also, if you are a member of CWA of South Dakota, be sure to let them know.

God bless you for your prayers and action,
Linda Schauer
State Director

Senate Must Do Better for HHS Than Abortion Activist Xavier Becerra

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The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) handles one of the most essential and basic functions of government: public health. Its mission is “to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services.”

The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services leads HHS. It is an important post that requires a knowledgeable and experienced individual.

The previous HHS Secretary under President Donald J. Trump, Tom Price, was a medical doctor with decades of health care policy experience.

Kathleen Sebelius and Sylvia Burwell, who both served as HHS Secretary under President Barack Obama, also had significant health care management background before being nominated.

Sure, one can disagree with their political philosophies and policies (I sure did). Still, Sibelius was the Insurance Commissioner of Kansas for eight years before becoming the Governor of Kansas. Burwell worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, becoming the president of their Global Development Program which is highly influential in developing global health policy.

The question is, why in the world is California Attorney General Xavier Becerra President Joe Biden’s nominee for HHS?

A Rabid Abortion Activist

Look, Becerra is an accomplished attorney of Mexican descent, so I’m sympathetic. But Gen. Becerra has zero experience in public health care. Unlike with previous candidates, his career does not suggest he even cares about public health policy.

Gen. Becerra was admitted to the California State Bar in 1985. The next year he was an administrative assistant for California State Senator Art Torres. He then served as deputy attorney general for three years, and his next move was to run and become a State Assemblyman for two years, where he worked on laws revising criminal sentencing.

Then, before taking his current post as Attorney General for California (in 2017), he went to the U.S. House of Representatives, where, again, nothing stands out about his interest in health care policy.

Except in one area: abortion. That has been his focus. Gen. Becerra is a political operative, prosecutor, and a rabid abortion activist. Does that qualify him to lead the nation’s health care policy?

Put aside the abortion issue. There are plenty of abortion proponents with enormous health care experience. Why is Becerra the pick?

Click here to read the rest of this op-ed as featured on The Stream.


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For America (Day 116)

By | LBB, Prayer | No Comments

Oh God, our refuge,
We give thanks to You
For Your protection and blessing
Over our land and our people.

You have been our bulwark,
Our shelter and hope.
Let the nations look and marvel
At Your lovingkindness.

You have been patient at every turn,
So, we accept and affirm Your loving correction.
Let our hearts be heavy for the suffering
Among our people—fill us with compassion.

May our hearts break
For the sins we have committed.
Against You we have committed them,
And we repent with contrite hearts.

We stand on Your grace,
In You alone we trust.
Help us to return once more
To Truth, to what is good, to Love.

Restore Your church in America!
Help us as Your bride,
To await Your coming with great expectation—
With great joy and peace. Help us be ready!

We are not.
We have become distracted
With the things of this world.
Help, Lord. Help!

For You reign from eternity to eternity;
How great are Your ways;
How unscrupulous and awesome!
Help us to see—open the eyes of our hearts and spirits.

Help us be light in all that we do,
Help us love You above all,
And help us to love each other more and more
So the world may know we are Yours.

In Christ, we pray these things,
Amen.

We Have a Place for You! Interested?

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri is excited to announce our new Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator Tracy Dougan. We are thrilled to have Tracy on board!

At this critical time in our nation’s history, many individuals are asking what they can do. I would like to share with you a powerful and effective way to make a difference: join or start a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter.

CWA’s Chapters are the heartbeat of our organization. The chapters consist of faithful women and men who meet regularly to pray for leaders and issues and then take action. Chapters make a difference by fighting to keep pornography out of communities, supporting crisis pregnancy centers, educating others on critical cultural issues, and organizing voter registration drives, just to name a few.

We would love to share more information about joining a Prayer/Action Chapter or becoming a Chapter Leader. Tracy can speak with you to discuss the responsibilities of a chapter Leader and the possibilities of making a difference at the local, state, and federal levels. You can contact her at [email protected] or 417-766-2281. She is happy to discuss this with you.

Maybe you’re not quite ready to become a chapter leader but would like to know more about CWA of Missouri. We would love to come to your town or community and share about the work of CWA of Missouri. Would you consider hosting a meeting in your area, or maybe know someone who would? Again, reach out to Tracy at [email protected] or 417-766-2281.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that
from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” -Colossians 3:23-24

Gratefully,
Bev Ehlen
State Director

Prayer

Write Prayer for CWA’s Prayer Journal

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YWA Challenge: Write Prayer for CWA’s Prayer Journal.

Would you like to be published in Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) For America Prayer Journal? CWA is in the process of collecting 365 written prayers that will be turned into a published prayer guide. We would be honored to have your submission.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Pick an issue close to your heart and write a half-page or one-page prayer.
  • Ideas for topics: pray for one of CWA’s seven core issues (Sanctity of Life, Defense of the Family, National Sovereignty, Religious Liberty, Education, Sexual Exploitation, Support for Israel), our government, our federal and state governmental leaders, your peers, high school and college campuses, teachers, censorship, etc.
  • Submit your prayer to [email protected] with the subject line “For America Prayer Journal Submission.”

Read samples of the prayers that have already been written to get an idea.

Praying the Full Armor of God
A Prayer for Congress
Prayer for our Cities

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 26, 2021