Washington, D.C. — The world woke to the news that Reverend Billy Graham had passed to his eternal reward. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), had this to say:
“Concerned Women for America joins the Graham family today as they mourn the loss of the great Reverend Billy Graham. We are now a nation without a pastor, and we pray for the man whom God will raise up in his stead. Rev. Graham lived an extraordinary life marked by his passion for reaching those who did not know the name of Jesus. His reverence, integrity, service, and dedication to the ministry of Christ touched millions of lives around the world, including many CWA members. It is not uncommon to hear stories of God’s mighty transformation in the life of many that turn on the phrase, ‘then I went to a Billy Graham crusade.’
“While we mourn the loss of a man who left an indelible print of love and service in our world, we also know there is a beautiful homecoming taking place in Heaven. When asked once if he feared death, Rev. Graham simply answered, ‘No! I look forward to death with great anticipation. I’m looking forward to seeing God face to face.’
“Billy Graham was a true man of God, and his legacy and ministry will continue to impact future generations. We praise God for his life!”
Dear Concerned Women for America of Washington Member,
“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” – Luke 6:27, 28
In this intense culture war we now find ourselves in, we must not lose sight of Christ’s call to love others. Keep this in mind not only when you are praying for the legislators that you disagree with, but also as you interact with them. As you respectfully disagree with them, be sure to not leave out simple pleasantries such as “Good morning!” and “Thank you for your consideration of this matter.” Consider sending an email periodically letting them know that you are praying for them. Don’t mention any public policy issues; simply let them know that you are praying for God’s blessing on them. Consider including Scripture like Numbers 6:24-26 or Jeremiah 29:11. Our state legislative session ends on March 9, so act now before the session concludes.
I continue to get feedback from our Prayer/Action Alerts, letting me know that you are praying and acting on the issues on which we are taking a stand. Outstanding! Please know that you, your prayers, and your actions are immensely appreciated. Keep it up!
Not too much has changed since our last Prayer/Action Alert on February 9. The only change is that in addition to contacting your representatives, we are asking that you contact the committees to which SB 6037, SB 5722, and SB 6219 are currently assigned. Therefore, if you have contacted your representatives already on the issues below, then just focus on the first bullet point under SB 6037, SB 5722, and SB 6219. And, of course, continue to lift up all of these issues in prayer and be sure to forward this alert to friends and family. Urge them to take a stand!
Note: When taking action on bills, you simply need to call the Legislative Information Center Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 (Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) with your comments, give them your address, and they will be sure your message goes to the correct legislators. If you prefer to email your legislators, click here to find out who they are and how to contact them.
BILLS TO OPPOSE:
1. SB 6037: Uniform Parentage Act (a.k.a contract surrogacy)
This Senate bill would promote paid contract human surrogacy. To put it simply, human beings would be bought and sold! Wouldn’t it be better for the state to promote adoption of the many children in foster care and state care rather than promote a baby-making business? How can we take legislators seriously when they promote abortion at any point of a pregnancy, claiming the pre-born child is not a human being with the right to life, then turn around and claim its okay to rent a woman’s body to produce a child and set a price on that life? Where is the logic in that perspective?
Status: SB 6037 passed the Senate and is now in the House Judiciary Committee. It has a hearing scheduled both today and tomorrow. Click here to read and track it.
- Please contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee Ask them to oppose SB 6037 and express your opinion. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.
- If you haven’t already, as encouraged in the February 2 and 9 Prayer/Action Alerts, please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and ask your representatives to oppose SB 6037 and express your opinion. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.
Prayer: Pray the committee members and your representatives have more respect for women and motherhood than our senators have shown.
2. SB 5722: Restricting the Practice of Conversion Therapy on Patients under Age Eighteen
This bill makes it “unprofessional” conduct for a licensed health care provider to perform conversion therapy on a patient under the age of 18. This bill would shut down any options other than affirming therapy and take us down the slippery slope of restricting parental rights and religious liberty. Why is it okay for a minor to choose to get an abortion, yet not choose to have conversion therapy? If choice is discriminatory, it is not choice.
Status Update: This bill passed the Senate and passed in the House Health Care & Wellness Committee on February 16. It is now in the House Rules Committee. A hearing has not yet been scheduled. Click here to read and track the bill.
- Please contact the members of the House Rules Committee and ask them to oppose SB 5722 and express your opinion. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.
- If you haven’t already, as encouraged in the February 2 and 9 Prayer/Action Alerts, please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to ask your representatives to oppose SB 5722 and express your opinion. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.
Prayer: Ask the Lord to enlighten the committee members and your representatives to the dangerous effects of this legislation on children, parental rights, and religious liberty.
3. SB 6219: Abortion Insurance Mandate
SB 6219 requires every insurance policy bought and sold in the state of Washington to pay for abortions and drugs that cause abortions (abortifacients). It would enhance existing contraception coverage requirements and promote abortions while violating constitutionally-protected conscience rights of individuals, churches, businesses, and others. It would forcibly compel many of our state’s citizens to act against their consciences.
Status: This bill passed the Senate and passed in the House Health Care & Wellness Committee on February 16. It is now in the House Rules Committee. A hearing has not yet been scheduled. Click here to read and track this bill.
- Please contact the members of the House Rules Committee and ask them to oppose SB 6219 and express your opinion. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.
- If you didn’t already contact your representatives in response to the February 2 and 9 Prayer/Action Alerts, please do so now. Call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to ask your representatives to oppose SB 6219 and express your opinion. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.
Prayer: Please pray that SB 6219 would be thwarted.
BILLS TO SUPPORT: We have noted the following three bills in our last two Prayer/Action Alerts. Therefore, only take action if you have not yet done so. Please diligently keep these bills in your prayers. They have been buried in committee for quite a while.
1. Sanctity of Life/Family: If passed, HB 1003 and SB 5320 would require parental notification for abortions except in medical emergencies. Parental rights with regard to their minor children must be respected and upheld in order for God’s family structure to survive and flourish. When our children must have our permission to take any medications at school, isn’t it logical to respect the same level of parental responsibility and accountability for all medical decisions?
Status: HB 1003 was first introduced in the House in January of 2015 and has been stalled in the House Health Care & Wellness Committee since January 2017. Click here to read and track HB 1003. SB 5320 was first introduced in the Senate in January of 2015 and has been stalled in the House Rules Committee since January 2017. Click here to read and track SB 5320.
Action: Please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to ask your representatives to support HB 1003 and for your senators to support SB 5320. Ask them to use their influence to move these bills forward. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.
Prayer: Please pray that our legislators will re-consider their position on the sanctity of life, or at the least, parental rights.
2. Religious Liberty: HB 1178: Protecting the rights of religious freedom and conscience of individuals in their beliefs and practices from government discrimination. This bill restates the First Amendment, thus ensuring the protection of the rights of religious exercise and conscience from government discrimination, particularly in regards to the definition of marriage.
Status: HB 1178 was introduced in January of 2015 and has been stalled in the House Rules Committee since April 2015. Click here to read and track this bill.
Action: Please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to ask your representatives to support HB 1178 and ask them to use their influence to move this bill to a vote. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.
Prayer: Pray our legislators realize our vulnerability without this legislation.
3. Support for Israel: HJM 4009: Condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. Support for Israel is one of CWA’s core issues. This bill would stop the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East and “the greatest friend and ally of the United States in the Middle East (p. 1, line 21-22 of the bill).”
Status: HJM 4009 was introduced February 2015 and has been stalled in the House Judiciary Committee since January 2017. Click here to read and track HJM 4009.
Action: Please call the hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to ask your representatives to support HJM 4009 and ask them to use their influence to move this bill to a vote. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington.
Prayer: Pray the plans of the BDS movement would be thwarted by the passing of this bill.
Let us pray together that the Lord will soften the hearts of your senators and representatives. Pray for them by name. May the Holy Spirit draw them closer to the One who loved them enough to die for them.
God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action. Remember to love all those who oppose you – even friends and family.
Praying with you,
Please join CWA of Louisiana’s Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Prayer Support Team
Volunteers are needed to pray for our state legislators during the 2018 Louisiana Legislative Session, which takes place from March 12 to June 4. Through the EAL Program, CWA members and friends commit to pray daily for their assigned legislator(s) and send CWA-provided postcards to encourage them. All that is required is several minutes of prayer and one stamp per month.
We live in challenging times, and much prayer is needed to restrain evil and establish righteousness. Will you commit to being an EAL prayer volunteer this legislative session?
“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.” — 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Please Pray: Pray the necessary number of individuals will sign up to join our team and that our legislators will be encouraged and uplifted by our efforts.
- Sign up by Monday, February 26. Email us at [email protected] with your name, address, and how many legislators you would like to have assigned to you.
- If at all possible, please contribute $5, $10, or more to this program. It is greatly needed. Because we are run by a team of volunteers, all of your contributions go directly to the work at hand. Click here to donate online now, or send a check to CWA of Louisiana, O. Box 2446, Opelousas, LA 70571. Be sure to write the check out to “Concerned Women for America” and put “CWA of LA” on the memo line. Thank you in advance for your tax-deductible donation.
Remain Motivated by Love,
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil: Who put darkness for light and light for darkness;Who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” – Isaiah 5:20
Gambling is not good for South Dakota!
SJR9 is a Joint Resolution submitting to the voters in the next general election permission to give the city of Yankton authority to erect a casino for games of chance (roulette, keno, craps, limited card games, and slot machines). SJR9 will be heard in the Senate Local Government Committee tomorrow, February 21.
ACTION: Contact the members of the committee and your state senator and ask them to vote NO on SJR9. Stress that we do not need any further expansion of gambling in our state. Let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota.
- Click here to contact the members of the Senate Local Government Committee.
- If you know who you senator is, use this example to email him/her: [email protected], or phone the Senate lobby and leave a message at (605) 773-3821. Click here to find out who your senator is and how to contact him/her individually.
PRAYER: Please pray that the efforts of those pushing gambling in our state would be thwarted.
I am excited about our CWA of Georgia Day at the Capitol this Wednesday, February 21! We will have the unique opportunity to pray together and lobby on issues critical to Georgia. We will start at 10:00 a.m. and conclude by 1:30 p.m.
You will enter the State Capitol on the first-floor level. You will need to show your government ID as you go through security. Once inside the Capitol, proceed to Room 122 (same floor as security). Click here for driving and parking instructions.
It’s not too late to RSVP. Please email me at [email protected] to RSVP or if you have any questions. You can also reach me at 770-617-1987.
2017-2018 – Targeted Legislation List (updated 2-18-18)
The Georgia General Assembly convenes on Monday, January 8, and will run 40 days. Religious freedom, predatory gambling, marijuana cultivation, and LGBT special rights are among the issues we will be monitoring in the 2018 session. This is the second year of the 2017-2018 legislative cycle, so any bill introduced during the last session is still active until the end of this year.
You can depend on CWA of Georgia to actively represent you at the State Capitol in Atlanta. We have made it easy for you to track the progress of bills involving our 2018 legislative priorities that are aligned to CWA’s seven core issues. The targeted bill list and legislative scorecard will be updated regularly to include action items, links to committee and floor votes, and talking points to help you lobby from your kitchen table or laptop! In addition, we will provide specific ways to pray for pending legislation.
- 2017-18 Legislative Priorities
- 2017 State Legislative Scorecard – HB 118 – Daily Fantasy Sports – House Votes
- 2017 State Legislative Scorecard – HB 118 – Daily Fantasy Sports – Senate Votes
- CWA of Georgia 2017 Legislative Update
- Find your state legislators
- Communicating with your elected officials (tips and links)
- Sign up today for state e-alerts that include information on legislative action alerts, events, projects, and more.
The 2018 legislative session is at its halfway mark, and CWA of Georgia is actively representing you at the State Capitol on issues that are important to you. I wanted to update you on three issues that we have been working on very closely.
Adoption and Foster Care Legislation
The House and Senate passed HB 159, the massive rewrite of Georgia’s adoption code which hadn’t been updated since 1990. Because faith-based adoption agency protections were removed from HB 159, Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) has introduced SB 375, the “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act.” SB 375 will ensure that the State of Georgia will continue to respect the special missions of faith-based child-placing agencies as this State has always done. This State has the constitutional duty to proactively protect the first freedom of the First Amendment for religious persons and their institutions.
Status: HB 375 is working its way through the Senate. I testified in support of SB 375 at the subcommittee hearing. It should be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.
Action: Call or e-mail your state senator and urge him/her to support SB 375 when it comes to the Senate floor for a vote. Click here to locate your state senator. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.
Please pray that SB 375 will pass both the House and Senate and that Gov. Deal will sign the bill. The spiritual warfare is great on this bill. There are many who want faith-based adoption agencies and faith-based foster care organizations eliminated in Georgia.
Hate Crimes Legislation
Three state-level “hate crimes” bills have been filed in the Georgia legislature. HB 660 has been introduced by Rep. Megan Hanson (R-Brookhaven). HB 663 and SB 316 have been introduced by Rep. Karen Bennett (D-Stone Mountain) and Sen. Lester Jackson (D-Savannah), respectively. All three bills would add additional punishments for crimes committed against protected classes of people based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, mental disability, and physical disability.
Please read our talking points concerning the dangers of “hate crime” laws.
Status: HB 660, HB 663, and SB 316 were heard in subcommittee this week, but no votes were taken. I testified at all three hearings in opposition to the bills. Read my testimony here.
Action: No action is needed at this time.
Religious Freedom Legislation
The fight to pass modest religious freedom legislation still continues! SB 233, a state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that provides religious liberty protections for people of all faiths living in Georgia, is languishing in committee.
Watch this video that explains why Georgia must pass SB 233, a state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Action: No action is needed at this time.
Pray that SB 233 moves and that the Senate will have an opportunity to vote for the bill.
We are monitoring several other bills on issues such as casinos, marijuana, sex trafficking, and pornography. Click here for the latest updates on CWA of Georgia’s targeted list of bills.
“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
Once again, thank you for both your prayers and action.
SB 2323, a bill that would have required background checks on all homeschool families, was deferred by the Senate Committees on Education and on Human Services on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Praise the Lord!
Many in opposition to SB 2323 were in attendance at the committee hearing, including Wilma Youtz, your CWA of Hawaii Legislative Liaison. CWA of Hawaii submitted 136 signed testimonies in opposition to SB 2323 as well as individual testimonies from both your State Director, Barbara Ferraro, and Wilma Youtz.
This outcome represents a significant turn of events. Yesterday’s hearing began with an announcement from Sen. Michelle Kidani (D-District 18), Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, that SB 2323 would be passed with amendments to the Committee on Judiciary. However, the passionate and reasoned arguments, respectfully voiced by those in attendance, and the written testimonies led to a monumental turn of events. The committees’ members voted to defer SB 2323, meaning that the bill will proceed no further during this legislative session. Moreover, Sen. Josh Green (D-District 3), Chair of the Senate Committee on Human Services, indicated that SB 2274, a similar bill he introduced, will not be scheduled for hearing and will, therefore, die this session. Thank you, Lord!
Our thanks go out to all of you who called the committee members earlier this week, signed and submitted written testimonies, attended the hearing, and prayed for the defeat of SB 2323. God so graciously heard our prayers and answered them!
“I waited patiently for the LORD,
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.”
— Psalm 40:1
While we celebrate this victory for homeschoolers, we must remain vigilant and be ready to mount the same effort should companion bill HB 2244 be scheduled for a hearing. It has been referred to the House Committees on Education, Health and Human Services, Judiciary, and Finance. CWA of Hawaii will continue to monitor this legislative session and keep a watchful eye on this bill.
With praise and thanksgiving to God,
CWA of Hawaii