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Calls Needed to Stop Therapy Ban

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Time-sensitive – calls needed by Friday, December 6.

The City of St. Louis is considering passing a ban on therapy for a minor who is not comfortable with same-sex attraction or has gender identity issues.

Here are the facts:

  • BB152 has been filed by St. Louis Alderwoman, Christine Ingrassia.
  • BB152 prohibits medical and mental healthcare providers from providing “conversion therapy,” also known as reparative therapy, ex-gay therapy, or sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts to a minor.
  • BB152 was heard in the Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday, November 13, where several spoke in support and opposition of the bill. The committee unanimously voted that same morning to pass it out of committee and onto the full Board of Aldermen.
  • BB152 could be brought up for perfection and final vote in the regular Friday meeting of the full Board of Aldermen on Friday, December 6.

Immediate Action Needed
Please contact the members of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen (see list below) regarding the proposed ban on “conversion reparative” therapy for minors in the city of St. Louis. Ask them to vote no on BB152. Please be kind and respectful in your correspondence.

Please pass this information on to others you know who would be interested in this issue.

Thank you.

Bev Ehlen
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Missouri

 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen

Sharon Tyus, Ward 1
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-1/

Lisa Middlebrook, Ward 2
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-2/

Brandon Bosley, Ward 3
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-3/

Samuel L Moore, Ward 4
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-4/

Tammika Hubbard, Ward 5
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-5/

Christine Ingrassia (Sponsor of BB152), Ward 6
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-6/

Jack Coatar, Ward 7
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-7/

Annie Rice (Co-sponsor of BB152), Ward 8
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-8/

Dan Guenther, Ward 9
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-9/

Joseph Vollmer, Ward 10
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-10/

Sarah Martin, Ward 11
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-11/

Larry Arnowitz, Chairman, Ward 12
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-12/

Beth Murphy, Ward 13
(314) 622-32874
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-13/

Carol Howard, Ward 14
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-14/

Megan E. Green (Co-sponsor of BB152), Ward 15
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-15/

Tom Oldenburg, Ward 16
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-16/

Joseph D. Roddy, Ward 17
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-17/

Jesse Todd (Co-sponsor of BB152), Ward 18
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-18/

Marlene E Davis
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-19/

Cara Spencer, Ward 20
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-20/

John Collins-Muhammad, Ward 21
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-21/

Jeffrey L Boyd, Ward 22
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-22/

Joseph Vaccaro, Ward 23
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-23/

Bret Narayan, Ward 24
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-24/

Shane Cohn, Ward 25
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-25/

Shameem Clark Hubbard, Ward 26
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-26/

Pam Boyd, Ward 27
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-27/

Heather Navarro, Ward 28
(314) 622-3287
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/ward-28/

Concerned Women for America LAC Urges Senators to Support Sarah Pitlyk

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Update: Good news! Sarah Pitlyk was confirmed (49-44) to be a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. Please join us in prayer for Judge Pitlyk as she takes on this solemn task.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) sent the following letter to U.S. Senators urging the confirmation of Sarah Pitlyk to be a judge at the Eastern District of Missouri. Pitlyk has been attacked by the left merely for being pro-life.

“[Pitlyk] show[s] a full understanding of the judicial restraint that is paramount in the role of a judge. Although some have tried to apply unconstitutional litmus tests based on their favorite policies, Pitlyk was clear that ‘[i]t is never appropriate for lower court judges to depart from controlling Supreme Court precedent.’

“That is the type of judge the American people deserve – one who abides by the law instead of personal preference. We urge you to support her swift confirmation.”

Prayer

Are You an Encourager? Encouragers are Needed!

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

Dear CWA of South Dakota Friends,

More “encouragers” are needed for our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign for the 2020 South Dakota legislative session. It is our goal for 2020 that not one legislator be left without both prayer and encouragement. Will you help us meet that goal?

Our legislators will be making important decisions on many issues that affect our state and families. Undoubtedly, much prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture.

This is our 21st year of Encourage-A-Legislator! We appreciate the faithfulness of those among you who have been “encouragers” since our first year.

Will you commit once again to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the nine-week session beginning on January 14? If you have not participated as of yet, now is the time! Each week you will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard pre-printed with a Scripture verse or inspirational quote. Simply express appreciation for the legislator’s service, note your prayers for him or her, then add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.

Many legislators responded to your encouraging postcards last year with words of appreciation. Your benefit as an “encourager” is that you are energized and blessed to be a part of this effort.

Consider making this a family project in which each member adopts a legislator.

If you wish to participate, please reply by noting your commitment and providing your physical address. Postcards and instructions will be sent to you just prior to the opening of the 2020 South Dakota legislative session.

Help us recruit more “encouragers” by printing this informative flyer and providing it to your church family and friends. And/or forward this e-alert to those you think would be interested.

You are appreciated!

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota

education students

Will You Step Up to Protect Your Children?

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“Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, rebuke and expose them.” Ephesians 5:11 (NLT)

We watched social media in horror as the Austin Independent School District defied parents in the district by adopting K-12 sex-ed materials that offend the dignities of conservative families. I have been asked repeatedly what can be done. It will require all of us to be diligent in watching our own local school district meetings. The local advisory board charged with the responsibility of determining community standards is referred to as the “SHAC.”  The official name for the body is School Health Advisory Council. It is mandated in Sec. 28.004 of the Texas Education Code as amended by the last session of the Texas Legislature and effective on December 1, 2019.  Click here to read the text of the state code that establishes the advisory councils.

Whether you are currently a parent of a public-school student or not, it’s time for us, as CWA leaders, to step up and hold our ground in defense of our children. If not us, then who? See action items 1-4 below.

On a different, but similar note, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) health standards, which includes sex education standards, are currently being reviewed and edited by a committee appointed by the State Board of Education (SBOE). CWA of Texas is very concerned that there will be an aggressive push to move Texas away from abstinence-based standards to comprehensive sex ed standards.

Once the draft of the standards is completed, there will be an open comment period where the public can provide feedback on the standards, which should be sometime in 2020. Once the standards are approved, textbook companies will write the textbooks and develop the health education curriculum and present to the SBOE for final approval.

Action Items: 

  1. Volunteer to serve on the SHAC as a parent or community representative. It is critical that Christian conservatives be appointed to local school district SHACs. These Councils will be filled by parents and community members, so why not you? To begin the process of applying, call your local school district and ask to speak to the person who oversees health education for the district. Then inquire about their process of selecting parents and community representatives to serve on the Council. Make every effort to get yourself on the Council.
  2. Recruit parents or others to serve on the Council.
  3. At the very least, call your local school district to find out who is serving on the SHAC, when the meetings are held, and then be sure to attend the meetings. These are public meetings, so you have every right to be there. Your presence will make a difference.
  4. Review the proposed health education curriculum for your child’s (grandchild’s) grade level and provide substantive feedback and concerns.
  5. Know who represents you on the State Board of Education.  Your SBOE district number is on your voter registration card. Several members have chosen not to seek reelection in 2020; therefore, it is important that you participate in choosing someone to represent you who represents your standards.

Pray:  Psalm 127:3 says, “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.”  It is a reprehensible desecration of that gift to submit them to a morally corrupt curriculum, to undermine their innocence, and pervert their future. Pray that God will lead you to impact this issue in the way He has designed you and given you access.

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas

Join CWA of Kansas for a Candlelight Prayer Walk at the State Capitol

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Please join Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Kansas for a Candlelight Prayer Walk for Life.  Capitol City Commission, Family Policy Alliance, Kansans for Life, and Catholic Charities will be joining us.

Date: December 12, 2019
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Where:  Kansas State Capitol, located at SW 8th Avenue and SW Van Buren Street, Topeka. We will meet on the ground floor of the Capitol.

Following the prayer walk, we will head to the Celtic Fox restaurant located at 118 SW 8th Avenue #202. We hope you can join us for this Dutch-treat meal.

Click here to download the event flyer.

First, we will focus our prayers on the legislators and their efforts during the upcoming session. We will then pray for the passage of the Life Amendment out of the House and Senate and then its placement on next year’s November ballot. We ask that nothing be added to the amendment; just that our elected legislators continue to regulate abortion facilities and the laws that have been passed remain as they are. We believe the Kansas Supreme Court made a serious mistake in creating a right to abortion in our state constitution. The amendment for life will rectify that decision.

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14

I hope to see you at the prayer walk on December 12!  Be sure to invite a friend.

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas

For America (Day 110)

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Anoint me with the oil of gladness
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Let the words of my mouth and the deeds of my hands
Be to Your glory forever and ever.

My instrument is ready for your praise;
A new song I will sing—
A song of remembrance and thanksgiving.
Even (especially!) in my distress, I shall praise You.

With joy and gladness, I take on today’s challenges.
In victory, I approach the battle.
Spirit and truth are my weapons,
And I lean not on my own understanding.

Make me quick to repent before You.
Clean hands You seek; therefore, for clean hands, I plead.
Through the blood of Christ, the perfect lamb, slain,
Renew my heart and mind.

Make me a light onto the nations;
A lighthouse leading them to You,
The Safe Harbor, our Refuge,
Our Help in times of trouble.

When waters roam and foam
And the winds of life threaten
To take us under,
It is You who comes to our rescue.

For the wind and the rain must bow to Your majesty.
No mountain is too high, nor valley too low.
You reach us where we are
And protect us to Your Glory.

Now, come to our aid, Lord,
For Your Name’s sake.
Let Your Spirit fill our land;
Protect us from the enemy.

Give hope to the brokenhearted,
Bring liberty to those in chains,
Heal the sick,
Save the lost.

May the springs of Your Word
Burst out in unexpected places
That the thirsty may drink up
And thirst no more.

Let renewal be the headline that describes us
In every newspaper in every city
In every state.
May the wonder of Your grace abound.

In Jesus’ Holy Name we pray,
Amen.


Click here for more prayers from our For America Prayer Journal.

Kelly Loeffler Wrong Choice for Georgia

By | Georgia, News and Events, Press Releases | No Comments

 

Joint statement from Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America, and Tanya Ditty, Vice President of Field Operations and former CWA Georgia State Director:

“Governor Kemp needs to know Kelly Loeffler would be the wrong choice for conservatives in Georgia and supporters of President Trump on several fronts. She sits on the board of a hospital in Atlanta that employs five abortionists and actually runs the largest training program for abortionists in Georgia. She is also part owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream franchise. The WNBA has been an outspoken supporter of Planned Parenthood, even partnering with the pro-abortion organization in opposing President Trump’s pro-life policies. Likewise the WNBA has remained disturbingly silent about China’s persecution of the citizens of Hong Kong, even after an NBA general manager courageously spoke out about it. Ms. Loeffler also sits on the board of a psychiatric treatment facility that provides transgender affirming counsel to minors. Likewise she has given thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to liberal and pro-abortion candidates. There are better choices for Gov. Kemp when it comes to the next U.S. Senator from Georgia. Gov. Kemp has a list of fantastic pro-life candidates. We hope he doesn’t pick the one the pro-life community will have to oppose.”

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Thanksgiving, the anthem of our nation

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Thanksgiving is deeply embedded in the historical framework of this great nation. While the first Thanksgivings were celebrated by both Virginia and Massachusetts settlers in the New World, November 26, 1789, was the first official Thanksgiving Day. President George Washington set that day apart for the nation to give thanks, and the presidents to follow continued the tradition.

However, it was President Abraham Lincoln who issued the Thanksgiving Day proclamation which prompted the holiday we know and love today.

“It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea, and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union.”

It was a proclamation made on October 3, 1863 — almost exactly in the middle of the Civil War. In a period of time when our nation was most deeply divided and the American spirit of unity was in tatters, our leader asked us to give thanks. As brother fought against brother, our president asked us to set aside a day to recognize the Lord’s deliverance and blessings. It was in the midst of that darkness that President Lincoln implored the nation to come together in prayer for peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

It’s striking to me that we hold elections in the same month as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Was it purposeful, the timing of those two events? Elections, whether they should be or not, can be so deeply divisive. But we have a built-in reminder, just three weeks later, to put it all aside and give thanks.

So this month, as we move past an election cycle and on to Thanksgiving, choose unity, prayer, and thankfulness. Set aside time to thank God for His deliverances and blessings. Bow with humble penitence for our national disobedience. Commend to our Father in Heaven every American who has become a widow, orphan, mourner, or sufferer this year. Implore our Savior to heal the wounds of our nation and restore peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

 

Penny Nance at the White House: The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

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Concerned Women for America at the White House. CWA CEO and President, Penny Nance, wearing one of the historic sashes, is a member of the bi-partisan Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. To commemorate the 100th year anniversary of women’s right to vote, a coin with some of the amazing women suffragists will be minted. Penny Nance joined President Trump in a Signing Ceremony for H.R. 2423, The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act.

 

UPDATE:

These photos are official White House Photos by Tia Dufour of the signing of The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act.

Penny Nance: White House Listening Session (Includes Video)

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Our CEO and President Penny Nance was invited to attend a listening session on Vaping at the White House with President Trump.

Watch as Penny Nance Introduces herself to the President and mentions our CWA Family:

Watch as our CEO and President Penny Nance makes her comments to President Trump about the Vaping Issue:

See More From Penny Nance:

Tell Congress No to Funding Pro-Abortion Groups Overseas

By | Feminist / Women's Issues, Legislative Updates, News and Events | No Comments

Concerned Women for America opposes funding abortion oversees.

Another Christmas shutdown looms over Capitol Hill.  This week a Continuing Resolution moved the spending expiration deadline to December 20. This delay does not remedy serious and real problems in the appropriations process, like the Senate FY 2020 State-Foreign Operations (SFOPS) bill that would undermine pro-life gains made by the Trump Administration.

The Shaheen Amendment, offered by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), increases funding for programs that have been used to support the abortion industry and advocacy overseas. The amendment was disturbingly included in the SFOPS bill passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee. While the SFOPS bill has not gone to the floor for a vote, avoidance of the Shaheen Amendment is not a solution. Something must be done to remove it from the FY 2020 spending bill and ensure it doesn’t get passed in the commotion of avoiding a Christmas government shutdown.

Thankfully, President Trump issued a letter in January promising to veto any bills that weaken current pro-life policies which is exactly what the Shaheen Amendment would do.  Her amendment also violates the conditions of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement agreed to by both parties that prohibits “poison pill” provisions from being included.

The Shaheen Amendment undermines the strong pro-life polices of this administration, specifically President Trump’s executive order creating Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA), commonly known as the Mexico City policy.   Every year, Sen. Shaheen attempts to strike PLGHA from the SFOPS Appropriations bill.  This year she offered a backdoor approach to undermine the policy.  The amendment circumvents PLGHA by directly increasing funding to the family planning/reproductive healthcare account that funds domestic groups that fund abortion overseas. Furthermore, it directly increases funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) which is a well-known advocate of abortion.

And there’s more. The Shaheen Amendment sets up a mechanism that could be used to advance sexual orientation and gender identity ideology and discriminate against pro-life and/or faith-based groups preventing them from receiving contracts.

This week, CWA joined with other prolife organizations in sending a letter to President Trump thanking him for his commitment to protect life and urging him to make clear to Congress that he opposes the Shaheen Amendment.  We believe the President stands with us and will uphold his veto promise to oppose any spending bill that compromises pro-life policy or uses taxpayer funds to prop up the abortion industry.

But we need your help to back up opposition to the Shaheen Amendment in Congress.

Please take a moment to send a note to your elected officials asking them to reject the Shaheen Amendment in the FY 2020 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. We have a message ready for you to send directly to your senators and member of Congress, with the option to personalize it, if you so choose.  Go to our Action Center today and let them know you don’t want your tax-dollars funding abortion at home or overseas. Say no to the Shaheen Amendment.

Take Action Here:

For America (Day 109)

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O Lord, our God, You are great!
All Your works are done in wisdom,
They are perfect and beyond reproach.
Who can pass judgment over you?

There is none like You;
You have no equal.
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
You dwell in light, and in You there is no darkness.

The foundations of the Earth are held
By the works of Your hands;
You speak, and it is so,
What a wonderful, marvelous God!

We are but dust, the morning dew
Here now, gone in a few;
Sinners, fearful and ashamed,
But for Your unbelievable grace.

Therefore, give us clean hands, O Lord,
By the power of the blood of Your Son,
Our Lord, our Savior, Jesus the Christ
That we may praise you in Spirit and truth.

In times of great distress, as we are living now,
We turn, seeking direction, to You.
We confess human wisdom is not enough,
We are blind to much; we can’t see what’s to come.

Only You know the heart of man.
The heart of the king You are able to turn
As You will, here and there
As You do the wind, which obeys Your word.

That is why to You we pray to protect
Our families, cities, and land;
To You we lift our President and Congress
And the rest of those who lead our way of life.

The impossible, we ask:
Wisdom and unity, goodwill and forgiveness;
That all may seek not only after their own,
But to lift each other as countrymen— neighbors, brothers.

Guide us out of this moral rut, O Lord.
Lift up our blindness, that we may enjoy
All that is good and beautiful and true.
Let evil fall in the very traps they set.

In Jesus’ name, we pray,
Amen.


Click here for more prayers from our For America Prayer Journal.

Democrats Playing Election-Year Politics with the Violence Against Women Act

By | Feminist / Women's Issues, Legislative Updates, News and Events | No Comments

CWA’s Vice President of Government Relation, Doreen Denny wrote the following Op-Ed about the Violence Against Women Act.

Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California) spent months collaborating on a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Their attempts to bring bipartisanship back to the process after the House majority rejected such collaboration were noble.  But their effort came to a “screeching halt” when Senate Democrats called a press conference to announce they were sponsoring the House bill instead.

“Once again, the Democrats are putting politics ahead of people and have decided to move forward on the House-passed VAWA bill,” Sen. Ernst announced.  This is a bill which Senate Democrats know full well is a non-starter for Senate approval.  Rejecting any history of bipartisanship or restraint, House Democrats loaded their reauthorization bill, H.R. 1585, with gun control, unemployment entitlements, and expansive ideological mandates.

Sen Ernst went on to explain how her good faith efforts with the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee were derailed as a political calculation. “Election-year politics are in full swing, and the grim reality is Democrats cannot afford to be seen giving Republicans a win. The far-left agenda of the House has hijacked the process.”

The politicization of something as significant as the Violence Against Women Act should have no place in the development of policy. Women victims of violence should be the last thing used as a pawn for political gain.  And yet that is exactly what the Democrats have done again this year.

This is not the first time VAWA has been held hostage in high-stakes partisan politics. It happened last year as VAWA was set to expire during the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) is a coalition of activist groups who guard the programs and funds for VAWA grantees. For years, they have worked in lock step with the Democrats to promote a progressively leftist agenda on VAWA and to demand that the same money go to the same providers. They are not fools in playing political games.

At the height of the Supreme Court battle, NTF sent a letter to Senate Republican leadership “to apprise you of our intention to disengage from negotiations over VAWA” to protest the handling of Christine Blasey Ford.

NTF laid out ground rules for how the Judiciary Committee should proceed with  Ford, concluding that, “Justice demands a fair process that treats Professor Ford far better than with the derision, scorn, and humiliation to which Professor Hill was subjected 27 years ago.”

Following their Kavanaugh defeat, the left cried foul at the “expiration of VAWA” and used it as a weapon against congressional Republicans in the 2018 election. Their prize: a House takeover, Speaker Pelosi, and a VAWA reauthorization bill showcasing their leftist policy agenda.

Considering how VAWA has been politicized over the last decade, it should come as no surprise that Sen. Ernst’s noble effort to work with the Democrats on an improved and modernized Violence Against Women Act broke down.  It didn’t surprise us. NTF is back on message demanding that the Senate pass the left’s wish list: unbounded unemployment benefits that could bankrupt states, gun confiscation orders that could disarm vulnerable women, and expansion of transgender rights giving biological men who claim to be women access to female domestic violence shelters and prisons, compromising the safety of women who have no other place of refuge or escape.

Meanwhile H.R. 1585’s partisan overreach falls short of important improvements that the Senate should correct. It overlooks meaningful protections for emerging threats to women in our country including female genital mutilation, honor killings, and forced marriages.  It deletes sex trafficking as a form of sexual assault against women and girls. It lets pimps off the hook and ignores the acceleration of threats from online predators.  It rejects full transparency and accountability in VAWA grant programs, including the hundreds of thousands of taxpayer funds that have gone every year to Planned Parenthood.

So long as Democrats choose to put election-year politics above safety, protection, and justice for women survivors, the effort to put a stronger VAWA on solid ground for the coming years will be futile. It’s time for Democrats to stop using VAWA to score political points and embrace a truly bipartisan reauthorization bill that can reach the President’s desk this year.

See Additional Pieces Written by Doreen Denny.

Update on Palatine School District Transgender Policy

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Palatine School District Votes in Favor of Unrestricted  Transgender Access in Public School Locker Rooms

 

Last month, I wrote you about a special meeting of the Palatine School District to consider opening restrooms, locker rooms, showers, etc. to those of the opposite sex.  I wanted to provide you a quick update as to the outcome of the meeting.

Approximately 500 parents and students attended the Palatine District 211 board meeting to discuss the pros and cons of the controversial policy which states:

“Students shall be treated and supported in a manner consistent with their gender identity, which shall include students having access to restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.”

Though some parents called for a district-wide referendum, the board approved the policy by a vote of 5-2, with two board members dissenting. This ends a four-year battle to lift a requirement that transgender students use privacy stalls in District 211’s five high schools.

The new rule will take effect when second semester classes begin in January 2020.

Please pray for the protection of the children of the Palatine School District. Pray for their safety and for their minds and souls as they are taught the indoctrination of the LGBTQ lifestyle.

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois

The UN Is Pushing Abortion On Developing Countries, But The Trump Administration Is Fighting Back

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CWA’s Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Shea Garrison, wrote the following Op-Ed published in the Daily Caller.

Once again, the United Nations is pushing abortion into developing countries under the guise of “accelerating” progress for women. And once again, the Trump administration is fighting back.

Backed by Western organizations and money, the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), Norway and Kenya staged a summit last week in Nairobi to reflect the narrow interests of abortion proponents. Among supporters are the abortion-promoting organizations Plan International, the Gates Foundation, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Women Deliver, the U.N. Foundation, and She Decides.

Coming on the heels of the September U.S. Joint Statement on Universal Health Coverage, the summit seems a direct contradiction against 21 U.N. member states committed to “not support … ambiguous terms and expressions, such as sexual and reproductive health and rights in U.N. documents.” In response to the summit, the U.S. issued another statement on behalf of eleven countries reaffirming a commitment to protecting life and protesting that the priorities of the event do not enjoy international consensus.

The  Nairobi Summit claims to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) which negotiated reproductive health and population issues with representatives from 179 countries. But U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter wrote pro-abortion groups actually used this year’s summit as “a vehicle to try and further their agenda” saying they “are attempting to rewrite ICPD’s … language … with an alternative set of commitments that go beyond what was agreed to by member states in the original ICPD.”

Read Dr. Garrison’s entire Piece Here:

CWA Supports the Trump Administration’s stance on Israeli Settlements

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CWA Supports the Trump Administration’s

stance on Israeli Settlements

 

Today Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that the U.S. agrees with President Reagan’s administration that Israeli settlements are not inconsistent with international law.

Penny Nance, CEO and President, and Dr. Shea Garrison, Vice President of International Affairs for Concerned Women for America released this statement:

“We applaud Sec. Pompeo and the Trump administration for their right stance in declaring Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Golan Heights, and East Jerusalem consistent with international law. The U.S. will no longer view Israeli settlements as illegal, cancelling a legal position adopted by the U.S. State Department in 1978 by the Carter administration. We stand with Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East, who most closely shares our democratic values.”

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CWA of Kansas Commemorates National Day of Fasting, Repentance, and Prayer

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Before we get caught up in the upcoming season of busyness, let us cultivate a humble heart with fasting, repentance, and prayer on Thursday, November 21.

We invite you to join us in a National Day of Fasting, Repentance, and Prayer in honor of the 156th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation 97 – Appointing a Day of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer. Together let us observe and reaffirm our 16th President’s heartfelt plea to the supreme authority and just governance of Almighty God.

“Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do by this my proclamation designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th day of April 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer. And I do hereby request all the people to abstain on that day from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite at their several places of public worship and their respective homes in keeping the day holy to the Lord and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.”

Fasting before we feast is a reminder that God provides everything that we need. It reminds us of who we are and who God is. It also reminds us that as we hunger physically, we also hunger spiritually. And when we repent, we are promised forgiveness. Not any ordinary forgiveness, but a complete pardon from our sins and the payment they require. Now that draws us to our knees in Thanksgiving. God has fully provided for us in Christ!

This is why our hope is not in government or elected officials or even in a grateful attitude. But, instead, our hope is firmly in Christ alone.

Mark your calendar on Thursday, November 21, the week before Thanksgiving. Whether in your car, home, classroom, or office, let us repent and seek God on behalf of ourselves and our nation

Click here to view the double-sided informational flyer.  Feel free to print and distribute liberally.

Blessings to you and yours during this Thanksgiving season!

In His Service,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas

Sign Up Today: 2020 Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign

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“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made
for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life
in all godliness and reverence.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who
desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”- I Timothy 2:1-4

Because Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington believes prayer is crucial to revival and restoration of a nation, we are asking you to participate in our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Campaign for the 2020 Washington legislative session. We are so excited to see what God is going to do in the hearts and minds of our state legislators as we pray for them each day and encourage them through our weekly postcards.

Washington has 147 state legislators (49 senators and 98 representatives). Our elected officials need to know that people like you and me – who understand the power of prayer and what a refreshing word does for the soul – will be praying for them.

Would you commit to adopt one of our state legislators and pray for him or her daily during the sixty-day session (January-March)? In addition to praying for your assigned legislator, you will send him/her a weekly pre-printed postcard that contains a Scripture verse or quote and space for you to write a prayer or personal note of encouragement. The EAL program is never used to lobby and, therefore, is never confrontational. It is simply a great way to lift up those in authority and encourage them in their responsibilities.

CWA of Washington has implemented this program for many years with great success.  Legislators have responded with humble appreciation.  Faithful prayer warriors are necessary and needed. Sign up today and we will assign you a legislator and supply you with the postcards and instructions.

Any questions? Contact me at 425-869-1923 or e-mail me at [email protected].

Time to take action: 1.) Fill out this form and mail to CWA of Washington, P. O. Box 143, Woodinville, WA  98072.  Or, e-mail the information requested in the form to [email protected]. 2.) Consider giving by writing a check to “CWA” with “CWA of WA” in the memo line. Or, give online. 3.) Then, encourage others to do the same!

In His Service,
Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington

CWA Impeachment Run-Down and Prayer Guide

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In case you’ve missed it, this week, the U.S. House of Representatives started public hearings in their impeachment inquiry into President Trump. If you have watched any of the impeachment proceedings, you have seen hostile partisan politics. The Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee carefully curated a list of people and conducted a closed-door selection process of witnesses. They passed a partisan impeachment resolution and have denied Republican witness requests, namely the whistleblower and Hunter Biden. The Committee televised the first public hearing on Wednesday, November 13, on the Democrat’s claim that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate the 2016 election by withholding aid. These impeachment proceedings are nothing like we have seen before, so we wanted to give you a who, what, when, and how to pray guide:

THIS WEEK: Focusing on U.S. officials who handled policy in Ukraine and back the whistleblower complaint.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
WHO: William (Bill) Taylor, Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine
George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Watch video of the first hearing here.

Today, Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. ET
WHO: Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

NEXT WEEK:
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
WHO: Jennifer Williams, aide to Vice President Mike Pence
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, National Security Council director for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, the Caucuses, and Belarus
Kurt Volker, former Special Envoy to Ukraine
Tim Morrison, former National Security Council adviser

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
WHO: Gordon Sondland, US Ambassador to the European Union
Laura Cooper, Defense Department official
David Hale, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Thursday, November 21, 2019
WHO: Fiona Hill, Former National Security Council Russia Adviser

How to Pray: Pray for truth and justice to prevail and for unity in our nation.
Pray for wisdom and conviction for all leaders.
Pray for President Trump and his advisors.
Pray for House Intelligence Committee Leaders, Members, and staff – Republican and Democrat
Pray for the witnesses who will be testifying
Pray for the media to be accurate and truthful in their reporting, to not perpetuate a false narrative.

How to Watch: https://www.c-span.org/

CWA resources:
Our General Counsel, Mario Diaz, Esq – The Impeachment’s Partisan Stench
CWA’s “Use Your Voice” Podcast launching next week will focus on Impeachment.
Join us Live Tweeting during each hearing over the next week on our Twitter.
Check our Social Media platforms for daily updates- Facebook and Instagram.
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