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California Recall Election: iVoterGuide Resource

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 

Dear California friends:

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is pleased to be able to partner with iVoterGuide to provide you with an up-to-date voters’ guide for the 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election. We pray that this information is helpful to you as you prepare to vote.

Voting by mail began Monday, August 16, and will continue through Tuesday, September 14
Election Day is Tuesday, September 14.

September 11-14: In-person voting available at some poll locations

September 14: Recall Election Day

All active registered voters in California were sent mail ballots beginning August 16.

Track your ballot here.

We recommend you vote in person or return your mail ballot to an official drop-off location whenever possible, rather than mailing your ballot. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before September 14. (NOTE: If you vote in person, please take your mail ballot with you so that you may surrender it and vote with a poll ballot.)

At least some polling locations will be open for several days prior to September 14. Find polling places and specific information to your area through your county registrar of voters (list here). Find an early voting or official drop-off location near you here.

Be sure to use iVoterGuide to compare the candidates as you do your research before you vote.


This is a very important election. Pray for God’s wisdom, and then take action and vote.  Thank you for your faithfulness!

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee and iVoterGuide

California: Let’s March For Life!

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Please join Concerned Women for America of California at the State Capitol in Sacramento for the California March for Life on Wednesday, August 25! Psalm 127:3 says, “Children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” The March for Life is a wonderful opportunity to show your support for life and to send a message that Californians want strong pro-life legislation passed in the state.

March for Life Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, August 25
Time: 11:00 a.m. Rally; 12:00 p.m. March begins
Location: Rally will be at the California State Capitol – South Steps of the Capitol close to N Street.

Additional Information:

  • Consider making your own signs. If you need ideas, check out the examples on the March for Life 
  • Visit the March for Life website for FAQs and additional details such as vehicle parking options.

Be sure to forward this e-alert to family and friends.

Please join me in prayer:      “Thank you, Lord, for Your love for your children. We pray against the deceptive message to promote abortion. We pray for women in crisis pregnancies that You would give them hope and provision. We pray for funding and influence for crisis pregnancy centers and pregnancy medical clinics. We pray that government funding for Planned Parenthood would cease. And we pray that a new generation of pro-life workers would come forth.  Thank you, Lord.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Thank you, and God bless you!

Marlo Tucker
State Director

High Court Term Closes with Momentous First Amendment Defense, A CWA Win

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This week, on the last day of the Court’s 2020 term, the United States Supreme Court gave us a significant First Amendment victory in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta, and Thomas More Law Center v. Bonta. In a 6-3 decision authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court reversed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and remanded the cases, concluding, “California’s disclosure requirement is facially invalid because it burdens donors’ First Amendment rights and is not narrowly tailored to an important government interest.”

The decision is a major victory for the First Amendment, for us at Concerned Women for America (CWA), since we submitted a brief supporting the Petitioners, but more importantly, it is a victory for freedom.

California’s requirement for charities to file major donor lists was a blatant attempt at political intimidation, which would have been exploited maliciously in today’s cancel culture environment. Thankfully, the Supreme Court recognized it for what it was and declared it unconstitutional.

There was some disagreement among the justices about the standard of review to be applied in this case. The Chief Justice argued for an “exacting” scrutiny standard, which would be lower than the traditional “strict” scrutiny, which is the highest the Court applies. In the case of an exacting scrutiny standard, the law does not have to be the “least restrictive” means for the government to accomplish its purposes, but it does mean that it has to be “narrowly tailored.”

This law was blatantly not “narrowly tailored,” so it was declared unconstitutional.

Though we agree with Justice Thomas, who argued in his concurrence that in review of a law that so blatantly burdens First Amendment rights, the higher strict scrutiny standard should apply; Justices Alito and Gorsuch were right in writing that this law was so egregious it fails either standard.

Justices Sotomayor, Breyer, and Kagan dissented.

The Court recognized that the law “casts a dragnet for sensitive donor information from tens of thousands of charities each year, even though that information will become relevant in only a small number of cases.” Juxtapose that with the risks involved in today’s day and age, and the danger is hard to ignore.

“The petitioners here, for example, introduced evidence that they and their supporters have been subjected to bomb threats, protests, stalking, and physical violence,” the Chief Justice wrote. And continued, “Such risks are heightened in the 21st century and seem to grow with each passing year, as ‘anyone with access to a computer [can] compile a wealth of information about’ anyone else, including such sensitive details as a person’s home address or the school attended by his children.”

This recognition is significant. Cancel culture is a cancer that has overtaken our culture by storm, and the Court needs to recognize it here. California, of course, tried to downplay this issue at oral arguments, boasting of its intent to keep the information private, even when the evidence showed they had violated that privacy in multiple ways.

You are sure to hear this ruling reported as a “conservative Court” acting on behalf of conservatives. A New York Times tweet read, “Breaking News: The Supreme Court rejected California’s requirement that charities report the identities of major donors, siding with conservative groups who said the disclosures could lead to harassment.” This is fake news, as we’ve come to expect. They are manipulating this decision for political gain.

The reality is this was an unusual case where most charitable organizations from both the left and the right were in agreement, standing against California’s radicalism. As the Court noted, “The gravity of the privacy concerns in this context is further underscored by the filings of hundreds of organizations as amici curiae in support of the petitioners. Far from representing uniquely sensitive causes, these organizations span the ideological spectrum, and indeed the full range of human endeavors.”

Yes, this was the rare case where CWA stood alongside the American Civil Liberties Union and many other organizations, conservative and liberal. Good to see the Court take notice and concluding, “the Attorney General’s disclosure requirement imposes a widespread burden on donors’ associational rights. And this burden cannot be justified on the ground that the regime is narrowly tailored to investigating charitable wrongdoing or that the State’s interest in administrative convenience is sufficiently important.”

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California Legislative Update and Action Items

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We are now in the second half of the 2021-22 California legislative session, and bad bills are picking up speed while many good ones are now dead. For example, Sen. Brian Dahle’s (R-District 1) SB 217, a bill that would have simply created transparency in sex education programs at public schools, died in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Please help us stand for Biblical values by praying and taking action with regard to some very concerning bills. Please call your Assembly member and ask him or her to oppose the following bills.

#1. SB 245 by Sen. Lena Gonzalez (D-District 33) would allow all abortions in California to be free, forcing both private and public insurance policies to cover abortions with no copays and/or deductibles. We, at Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California, aim to protect innocent human life — including protecting the unborn from chemical and surgical abortion and infanticide. Jeremiah 1:5a says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you …”

If SB 245 bill passes…

  1. Even more California taxpayer dollars will pay for these abortions, and private insurance companies will also be forced to increase benefits and/or premiums to follow this “free” abortion scheme.
  2. Our state government will be promoting and encouraging abortions by making the process even easier and more accessible to Californians.
  3. This will set a precedent for other states to follow.

#2. SB 380 by Sen. Susan Eggman (D-District 5) would eliminate safety requirements in the current California assisted suicide law. The planned sunset in 2025 was intended to provide lawmakers with ten years of data for review before making the policy permanent. The bill also shortens the time between a patient’s two oral requests for life-ending drugs from 15 days to just 2. This change allows a patient to make a hasty decision against what may be their better judgment if given more time. Genesis 9:6 tells us that the Lord values human life.  We at CWA of California aim to protect society from euthanasia.

Take Action!

  1. Both bills are now in the State Assembly so please contact your Assembly member today and urge him or her to vote NO on SB 245 and to vote NO on SB 380. You can find who represents you here.
  2. Forward this information to family and friends.

Prayer: Lord, we come before you to intercede for our government. Guide our legislators to make wise decisions. Magnify our voices as we speak up to influence our culture for Christ. We love you, Lord. You see us, and You love us. We trust in You. In Jesus’s name.  Amen.  

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action!
Marlo Tucker

CWA Opposes AFT Anti-Semitic Resolutions

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Concerned Women for America signed onto a letter to Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, concerning the recent adoption by two American Federation of Teachers (AFT) affiliates in California of anti-Semitic resolutions that falsely accuse Israel of “apartheid and war crimes” and that formally endorse the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement. The goal of the BDS movement is the destruction of Israel.

Read the entire letter.

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Hooray for Bipartisan Support for Sex Ed Transparency Bill!

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A warm thank you to all of you for your calls and letters showing support for Senate Bill 217! SB 217 that I wrote you about last week, requires school districts to provide online parental access/transparency for sex education curricula. This includes audiovisual material and information on guest speakers covering topics of sex ed and HIV prevention set forth by the California Healthy Youth Act, which must be taught beginning in Grade 7, but may be taught as early as kindergarten.

This transparency bill passed through the Senate Education Committee, with two Republicans and two Democrats voting in support of this bill. This is a huge step in the right direction to ensure parental oversight in their children’s learning in public school education. SB 217 now goes to the Appropriations Committee and then to the Senate floor. If passed there, it will continue to the Assembly to start the same process again.

Action:

#1. Please contact the offices of the four state senators who voted in support of the bill and thank them for ensuring parental oversite for their children’s learning.

  1. Sen. Brian Dahle (bill author) (R-District 1) Phone: (916) 651-4001
  2. Sen. Connie M. Leyva (Chair) (D-District 20) Phone: (916) 651-4020
  3. Sen. Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (Vice-Chair) (R-District 23) Phone: (916) 651-4023
  4. Sen. Steven M. Glazer (D-District 7)  Phone: (916) 651-4007

#2. Please contact your state senator now to ask for their support of SB 217. Use this link to find which senator represents you in the state legislature.

If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California, be sure to let them know.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the members of Concerned Women for America of California for their prayers and their faithfulness to action. What a blessing, Lord, that SB 217 passed through the Senate Education Committee. What an answer to prayer! We pray for continued favor and wisdom to legislators as this bill continues through the legislature. Thank you, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Spread the word, and be sure to thank the members of the committee who voted in favor!

Thank you, and God bless you!

Marlo Tucker
State Director

Calls Needed on a Parental Sex Ed Transparency Bill

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“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Sen. Brian Dahle’s (R-District 01) Senate Bill 217 will be heard this Wednesday, April 28, in the Senate Education Committee. Senate Bill 217 recognizes the vital input of parents in education. The bill simply requires transparency for all sex education curricula, including audiovisual material and information on guest speakers covering topics of sex ed and HIV prevention set forth by the California Healthy Youth Act, which must be taught beginning in Grade 7, but may be taught as early as kindergarten.

Parents in many districts in California have had incredible challenges in accessing all the sex-ed material taught to their children in public schools. Providing materials online offers parents the transparency they are seeking, which encourages parents to be proactive, engage in dialogue and impart Biblical values regarding human sexuality to their children. Knowing what is being taught also helps parents know if they should opt their children out of the often graphic and controversial teaching.

SB 217 will be heard April 28 at 9:00 a.m., so it is important that you take action immediately. This is the bill’s only chance to continue forward.

Take Action!

  1. Call your State Senator and ask him or her to support SB 217! Find your senator here. If your senator is not on the Senate Education Committee, ask him or her to encourage those who are on the committee to support SB 217.
  2. Let your senator know curriculum transparency with SB 217 encourages parental guidance/oversight in their children’s development and instruction, something every government official should advocate.
  3. You can also find instructions on the committee page to submit a letter to the committee and even call in to the hearing to simply offer your name, city, and support for this important bill. Click here to read more.
  4. Forward this on to friends and family.

Let’s pray: Dear Heavenly Father, we pray that you would give to the members of the Senate

Education Committee wisdom and understanding to accomplish Your purpose, and that they would support curriculum transparency and vote YES on SB 217.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action!

Marlo Tucker
State Director

Important Religious Liberty Bill Needs Your Support

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“I have no greater joy than this:  to hear that
My children are living according to the truth.” 3 John 1:4

Concerned Women for America of California encourages prayer and action to protect and promote Biblical values and Constitutional rights. Today I am asking you to do both to protect our religious freedom in California.

Sen. Brian Jones (R-District 38) has introduced a vitally important bill that recognizes churches in California as essential during a public crisis. Senate Bill 397, the “Religion Is Essential Act,” declares that “religion provides extensive benefits to our country, not only in meeting the spiritual needs of our populace, but also supporting social services, health care, and economic activity.”

During a state of emergency or local emergency, the bill’s digest states it would “require the Governor or the local government to deem religious services to be an essential service and to be necessary and vital to the health and welfare of the public. The bill would prohibit the state and local government from taking a discriminatory action against a religious organization…and would require the state and local government to permit a religious organization to continue operating and engaging in religious services during a state of emergency to the same or greater extent that other organizations or businesses that provide essential services that are necessary and vital to the health and welfare of the public are permitted to operate.”

Take Action!

  • Jones deeply appreciates your voice of support! Please take 30 seconds to complete this form and let your voice of support make a difference. Every individual’s letter of support is necessary to get this bill through the Senate committees (assigned to Judiciary, Governmental Organization and Health) so it can continue to the Senate floor, pass the Assembly, and ultimately to the Governor’s desk. Again, please support SB 397 by completing this form.
  • Contact your state senator and assembly member and ask them to co-author Senate Bill 397. Find your California legislator and their contact information here. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California, be sure to let them know.
  • Pray for Sen. Jones and the success of this important measure.
  • Forward this information to family and friends!

Please pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that you hear us, You see us, and that You deeply love us. Lord, we come before You to pray for Sen. Brian Jones, a leader who listens to the voice of the people to protect religious liberty, a leader who will speak up for the rights of churches. Open the eyes, Lord, of the legislators in committee hearings and on the Senate and Assembly floor. May they see the benefit of this bill to the people of California and vote yes on SB 397.  We love You and thank You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Marlo Tucker
State Director

2020 California Legislative Session Summary

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A warm, heartfelt thanks to all our Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California members who supported our prayer and action efforts during the 2020 legislative session. Though the session has come to an end, let us not shrink back from vigilant prayer for California and the issues it faces. Please join your local CWA of California Prayer/Action Chapter if you are not already connected. Contact me for more information.

Legislative Update
Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund (AB 2218): Gov. Gavin Newsom (Democrat) signed AB2218 into law. I reported on the bill here and here. California taxpayers will now provide grants that will distribute an unspecified amount of funds to organizations “serving” transgender and intersex adults and children. Various services include “gender-affirming health care services, such as hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery.” Dr. James Dobson weighed in on this bill in an article here. In a recent poll, more than 64 percent of voters participating somewhat or strongly disapproved of AB 2218.

Jails and Prisons (SB 132): Gov. Newsom also signed SB 132 into law. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will now allow transgender persons to be housed in the facility of their choice “with or without a diagnosis of gender dysphoria or any other physical or mental health diagnosis, and regardless of anatomy …”

What’s the Answer – Elect Better Legislators!
Elections have consequences. If we want a better outcome for our next legislative session, we need to elect better legislators. We do this by taking part in the privilege of voting and encouraging others to do the same. And above all else, we pray.

Please ensure that you, your family, friends, and church congregants are registered to vote. The deadline to do so is Monday, October 19. You may register to vote online at your county elections office website or on the Secretary of State’s website here.

Due to the governor’s COVID-19 orders, all California registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot beginning this week. These may be returned by mail postmarked by November 3, dropped off during business hours at various official ballot drop-off locations, or dropped off at any polling place between October 31 and Election Day November 3. See locations and hours of operation for drop-off and polling places on your county elections office website.

Let us Pray Together for the Election
Please join our national prayer campaign, SHE PRAYS SHE VOTES 2020. The main goal of She Prays, She Votes 2020 is prayer. Now more than ever, Christians need to be on their knees before God praying for our nation, for our leaders, and for this election.

Lord Jesus, we pray with humble hearts for our state and our nation. Deuteronomy 3:22 says, “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” Lord, we pray for fearless leaders who will stand boldly on the Word of God for what is right and true and pure. Please, Lord, pour your blessing upon our land and heal our nation. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

United with you in peace and truth,

Marlo Tucker
State Director

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Calls Needed! Taxpayer Funding for Transgender Treatment Heads to Senate Floor

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Assembly Bill 2218 passed the Senate Health Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee and it could be heard on the Senate floor as early as today, August 25.  And, because of recent minor amendments to the bill it will have to return to the Assembly floor for a concurrence vote.

As you’ve learned from previous alerts here, here, and here, AB 2218 establishes a Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund to encourage, promote, and provide the means for sex-change operations, cross-sex hormones, and puberty-blocking drugs to minors and adults. The taxpayer funds to provide grants were originally set at $15 million, but now there is no limitation – simply “as appropriated by the Legislature.”

Take action today to help us stop this dangerous bill!

  1. Contact both your state senator and assembly member asking for a “no” vote on AB 2218. Find your senator and assembly member here. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California.
  2. Forward this email to friends and family.

The legislative session will end on Monday, August 31, so AB 2218 could be heard any time during the next several days, first in the Senate and then the Assembly. Do not delay in contacting your elected officials.

Please pray: Father, please help our senators and assembly members to understand the enormity of this vote and to understand Your truth about our creation, male and female, in Your image. Give them the wisdom and COURAGE to say “no” to this bill. Protect our vulnerable children and give their parents the wisdom to guide and protect them throughout their lives. Lord may Your will be done in California. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

We thank you for your prayers and action once again. You are our faithful warriors!

Marlo Tucker
State Director

Back from the Dead – Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund Is Still a Threat!

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We had been assured that the dangerous Assembly Bill 2218 was not going to be heard by the Senate Health Committee and thereby dead for this year. However, it seems the transgender lobby exerted enough pressure on Committee Chair Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) to have him place AB 2218 on a new Health Committee hearing Monday, August 10. In the last weeks of this session, policy committees were to limit the number of bills to be heard, due to the lengthy COVID-19 recess, and prioritize bills that had relevance to the present crisis.

AB 2218 would not seem to fit this category. To recap, AB 2218 establishes a Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund to encourage, promote, and provide the means for sex-change operations, cross-sex hormones, and puberty-blocking drugs to minors. This fund “shall be available to a hospital, health care clinic, or other medical provider that currently provides gender-affirming health care services, such as hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery.” Monies of an unknown amount will be appropriated as the legislature deems necessary with taxpayer dollars. Read our previous alert here.

Right now, many girls and boys are becoming part of a dangerous phenomenon in which, unsatisfied with their bodies, they are being pressured into disfiguring and dangerous operations and puberty-blocking drugs. These “treatments” can cause irreversible damage, rendering them infertile and in chronic pain. For females, such medical measures have included mutilation, such as cutting off breasts. For both males and females, they lose child-bearing abilities.

We thank you so much for the calls you have already made to the Senate Health Committee members to ask them to oppose this legislation that undermines a child’s identity, the sanctity of womanhood and manhood, and uses California tax dollars to do so. Now we need your voices and prayers again in advance of Monday’s hearing.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California asks you to help us once again send a strong message that we oppose AB 2218.

Take Action!

  1. Please call the offices of the nine Senate Health Committee members and urge them to oppose AB 2218. Please try to reach as many offices as you can and politely share your concerns about using your tax dollars for this fund. These are minors and adults who need compassionate counseling care, not dangerous “treatments” that cause infertility, ongoing health problems, and disfiguring surgeries that cannot be reversed. The office contact information is directly below my signature line. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California.
  2. Forward this alert to your community of prayer warriors, family, and friends as a call to pray and action.

“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

Please pray: Lord, most urgently, we pray for this bill’s journey to end in the Senate Health Committee and progress no further. We pray especially that You would provide wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to our legislators. May You open their eyes to what is good for our young children. Lord may Your will be done in California. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Marlo Tucker
State Director


Please call these committee members’ offices:

Sen. Richard Pan (Chair)
Democrat – District 6
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4006
District Offices
Sacramento, (916) 651-1529 or (916) 262-2904

Sen. Melissa A. Melendez (Vice Chair) (says she will vote “NO” on AB 2218)
Republican – District 28
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4028
District Offices
Murrieta, (951) 894-3530
Indio, (760) 398-6442

Sen. Lena A. Gonzalez
Democrat – District 33
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4033
District Offices
Long Beach, (562) 256-7921
Huntington Park, (323) 277-4560

Sen. Shannon Grove (says she will vote “NO” on AB 2218)
Republican – District 16
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4016
District offices
Bakersfield, (661) 323-0443
Yucca Valley, (760) 228-3136

Sen. Melissa Hurtado
Democrat – District 14
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4014
District Offices
Bakersfield, (661) 395-2620
Hanford, (559) 585-7161
Fresno, (559) 264-3070

Sen. Connie M. Leyva
Democrat – District 20
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4020
District Offices
San Bernardino, (909) 888-5360
Pomona, (909) 469-1110

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell
Democrat – District 30
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4030
District Office: (213) 745-6656

Sen. Bill Monning
Democrat – District 17
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4017
District Offices
San Luis Obispo, (805) 549-3784
Monterey, (831) 657-6315
Santa Cruz, (831) 425-0401

Sen. Susan Rubio
Democrat – District 22
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4022
District Office: (626) 430-2499

Your Voice Made the Difference in California – Here’s How

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“For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
Deuteronomy 20:4

Our United Voice Defeated Assembly Bill 2218!

Last week, we asked you to activate and raise the alarm on Assembly Bill (AB) 2218 – and boy did you! Your phone calls, your visits to Senate district offices, and your presence on social media stopped AB 2218 dead in its tracks!

AB 2218 would have used millions of taxpayer dollars to establish a Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund, which would have encouraged, promoted, and provided the means for sex-change operations, cross-sex hormones, and puberty-blocking drugs to minors.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California opposed AB 2218.  The Senate Health Committee heard our united voice of opposition and removed AB 2218 from the hearing agenda.

This is a miraculous victory that reveals the Lord’s favor and His power.  California is truly blessed by your commitment to prayer and action.

Thank you, and God bless California!

Sincerely,
Marlo Tucker
State Director

Thursday, July 23: Day of Action to Protect Our Children!

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The California legislature is fast-tracking Assembly Bill 2218 to provide millions of taxpayer dollars (an open-ended amount!) to establish a Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund which would encourage, promote, and provide the means for sex-change operations, cross-sex hormones, and puberty-blocking drugs to minors. This fund “shall be available to a hospital, health care clinic, or other medical provider that currently provides gender-affirming health care services, such as hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery.”

Right now, many girls and boys are becoming part of a dangerous phenomenon in which, unsatisfied with their bodies, they are being pressured into disfiguring and dangerous operations and puberty-blocking drugs. These “treatments” can cause irreversible damage, rendering them infertile and in chronic pain. For females, such medical measures have included mutilation, such as cutting off breasts. For both males and females, they lose child-bearing abilities.

In the midst of all the social issues bombarding our families today, why would our state government choose to pay attention, spend money, and focus their time and energy on passing a law that undermines a child’s identity, the sanctity of womanhood and manhood, and use California tax dollars to fund this measure?

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California is linking arms with organizations, groups, and concerned citizens to send a strong message that we oppose AB 2218. The bill has already passed the Assembly and is now being heard in the Senate Health Committee.

Day of Action: This Thursday, July 23

  1. Call the offices of the nine Senate Health Committee members and urge them to oppose AB 2218. The office contact information is directly below my signature line. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California.
  2. Forward this alert to your community of prayer warriors, family, and friends as a call to pray and action.

We need to act in defense of the family and stop this threat to the futures of our daughters and sons. Be a part of this powerful call to action! Do not let the government harm our children with this proposed law.

“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

Please pray: Lord, most urgently, we pray for the bill to end in the senate committee and progress no further. We pray especially for our leaders that you would provide wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to our legislators. May you open their eyes to what is good for our young children. Lord may Your will be done in California. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

United with you in prayer and action,

Marlo Tucker
State Director

Call the following nine offices on Thursday, July 23.

Sen. Richard Pan (Chair)
Democrat – District 6
District Offices
1020 N. Street, Room 576, Sacramento, CA 95814; (916) 651-1529
2251 Florin Road, Suite 156, Sacramento, CA 95822; (916) 262-2904

Sen. Melissa A. Melendez (Vice Chair)
Republican – District 28
District Offices
25186 Hancock Avenue, Suite 320, Murrieta, CA 92562; (951) 894-3530
45-125 Smurr Street, Suite B, Indio, CA 92201; (760) 398-6442

Sen. Lena A. Gonzalez
Democrat – District 33
District Offices
3939 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 107, Long Beach, CA 90807; (562) 256-7921
6550 Miles Avenue, Room 214, Huntington Park, CA 90255; (323) 277-4560

Sen. Shannon Grove
Republican – District 16
District offices
5701 Truxtun Avenue, Suite 150, Bakersfield, CA 93309; (661) 323-0443
7248 Joshua Lane, Suite B, Yucca Valley, CA 92284; (760) 228-3136

Sen. Melissa Hurtado
Democrat – District 14
District Offices
201 E. California Avenue, Suite A, Bakersfield, CA 93307; (661) 395-2620
611 N. Douty Street, Hanford, CA 93230; (559) 585-7161
2550 Mariposa Mall, Suite 2016, Fresno, CA 93721; (559) 264-3070

Sen. Connie M. Leyva
Democrat – District 20
District Offices
464 W. 4th Street, Suite 454B, San Bernardino, CA 92401; (909) 888-5360
101 W. Mission Blvd., Suite 111, Pomona, CA 91766; (909) 469-1110

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell
Democrat – District 30
District Office
700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037; (213) 745-6656

Sen. Bill Monning
Democrat – District 17
District Offices
1026 Palm Street, Suite 201, San Luis Obispo, CA  93401; (805) 549-3784
99 Pacific Street, Suite 575 F, Monterey, CA 93940; (831) 657-6315
701 Ocean Street, Suite 318A, Santa Cruz, CA  95060; (831) 425-0401

Sen. Susan Rubio
Democrat – District 22
District Office
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Action Item: Tell Gov. Newsom to Shut All Abortion Clinics!

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Why are abortion businesses still operating when Gov. Gavin Newsom (Democrat) is shutting churches, schools, and mass gatherings?

Currently, across the United States, including California, elective procedures and services that constitute essential health care for women, such as routine Pap smears, mammograms, and pelvic exams, are being postponed in order to reduce everyone’s risk of exposure to COVID-19 and to conserve scarce medical resources. Yet, the abortion industry is open for business as usual.

On March 18, 2020, Vice President Mike Pence issued a mass gathering ban exceeding 10 people, and Gov. Newsom has placed many restrictions on Californians’ activities according to this directive. While many healthcare agencies have ceased their non-essential medical, surgical, and dental procedures, Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers across California insist on essential business as usual. A few Planned Parenthood clinics have closed – and we praise God for that – but most remain open. Medication abortions continue unabated. Later term elective surgical abortions are being limited to fewer facilities, but still being performed. These life-taking procedures consume critically needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other equipment that COVID-19 patients need.

Immediate Action Needed
#1. Please contact Gov. Newsom.  Urge him to join other states by closing abortion clinics and redirecting PPE and other medical equipment to our state’s much-needed coronavirus response. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California.

Gov. Newsom: (916) 445-2841 | Online form

#2. Forward this email to family and friends.

Please pray:  Dear Heavenly Father, we ask that you move on the hearts of Gov. Newsom and all our leaders to seek You in all things, especially with regard to this issue of life.

“Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy.”
Proverbs 31:8-9

Thank you for taking action at this critical time.

United with you in peace and truth,
Marlo Tucker
State Director

Game On! It’s Time to Start Getting Out the Vote!

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It’s election season! Early voting has already begun across California as we head toward the March 3 primary election.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California says it’s “game on” to get conservative women and men registered to vote and to the polls in the primary and general elections!

We have put together a list of helpful sites to guide you through the election season, including a voter score guide link.

What if I’m not registered?
If you or someone you know is not yet registered to vote, there is still time! The registration deadline is February 18. You may register online at the Secretary of State’s website here or at your County Registrar of Voter’s website (list here). If you miss the deadline, you may register at the County Registrar’s office up to Election Day or at your polling place on Election Day and cast a provisional ballot.

Who is on my ballot and where do I vote?
Click here to locate and view your ballot, as well as your polling place from the Secretary of State’s website. Or visit your County Registrar of Voter’s website for more information.

Is there a guide for voting?
For statewide and federal primary candidates, CWA has partnered with iVoterGuide to offer an excellent resource where you can find the candidates who will appear on your ballot and where the candidates stand on the issues.  Click here and type in your zip code and view how the evaluation panelists scored the candidates based on their survey answers, their campaign websites, etc.

No local races have been evaluated there, but state legislator information is available through VoteSmart. You can find voting records (if a candidate has one), ratings from organizations, quotes from speeches and more. You might also consider checking with friends and elected officials to offer wisdom on the candidates in the local races.

We urge you to do your homework and vote your values.
Please pray diligently for the upcoming elections.
Please forward this to friends, family, and acquaintances.

May our God speak of us, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”

For Truth and Righteousness,

Marlo Tucker
State Director

CWALAC Endorses Amy Phan West for U.S. House of Representatives for the 47th District of California

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   February 3, 2020
Contact: Toni DeLancey, Ph.D.
| Direct Line: (202) 266-4816 | Mobile: (202) 527-3434

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, has endorsed Amy Phan West for U.S. House of Representatives for the 47th District of California.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC, said:

“The 2020 election will be a defining moment in American history at the pinnacle of intense political division.  The choice before voters is clear: support the bedrock freedoms of our Constitution and conservative values that make America great or threaten our future with a bankrupt leftist agenda that undermines religious freedom, denies life, erases female dignity, and embraces government socialism that will lead to economic and social collapse.

“Conservative women will not concede the fundamental values that strengthen families and promote individual flourishing to the left’s destructive agenda.  That is why Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is proud today to endorse Amy Phan West for U.S. House of Representatives for the 47th District of California.

“Amy Phan West understands first-hand the American dream having escaped communist Vietnam as a young girl to thrive in our country.  As a small business owner and community leader, Amy will bring her passion for life and American freedom to Congress and fight against the socialist liberal agenda that oppresses liberty and individual opportunity.

“Our members are honored to stand with Amy Phan West in this election, confident that she will stand up for conservative values and American families with courage and integrity.”

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Print Press Release Here

Join us for Coffee and Fellowship! January 25 – Blythe, CA

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Join us for a Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California Coffee Talk event on January 25, in Blythe, California. Our Coffee Talk events are a great way to learn more about CWA of California, the work we do here in the state, and how to get involved. We talk about:

  • Legislation on CWA’s seven core issues
  • Praise reports at the state and national level
  • Issues to pray about at the local, state, and national level
  • Upcoming events and projects
  • Public policy-focused initiatives

Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” And that is what our Coffee Talks are all about. We gather together as like-minded believers to praise God for His love and mercy, to fellowship and encourage one another in the Lord, and to learn how to be productive and engaged citizens in Christian advocacy here in California and our nation.

Following a recent Coffee Talk, a new member of CWA of California proclaimed, “For many years, I was a Christian who was asleep about the issues affecting our community. Now, I’m awake, eager, and engaged – going to town hall meetings and being specific in prayer. Even my husband is speaking up in the workplace for Biblical values!  Praise God!”

Event Details:
Date: Saturday, January 25
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Zion Lutheran Church, 721 E. Chanslor Way, Blythe, CA 92225
Click here to download the Coffee Talk flyer.

We invite you, your friends, and your family to join us if you live in or around Blythe. It’s a great time of prayer, education, and fellowship – all over delicious and comforting tea, coffee, and cakes.

If you don’t live in the Blythe area, please contact me if you would like to host a Coffee Talk in your area.

United with you in prayer and thanksgiving,

Marlo Tucker
State Director

Sen. Morrell

Attend the Fight for Parents’ Rights! Rally on January 15

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CWA of California encourages our members and friends to attend the Fight for Parents’ Rights! rally to support SB 673. It is important that the Senate knows that the people see parental rights and authority as an integral part of education. Please join us for this crucial event on Wednesday, January 15, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Sacramento on the South Steps of the State Capitol.

We will be there to greet you, and you’ll get a chance to speak out and tell the Senate Education Committee members “we care about our children’s education and instruction, and they should care too!”

Click here to watch a 90-second video by SB 673 bill sponsor Sen. Mike Morrell. Sen. Morrell explains the bill and discusses the senate committee hearing and the rally.   

Click here for background and action items for SB 673.

Share: Of course, bring friends to the rally and invite them to call committee members too! Find out more at sb673.org!

Marlo Tucker
State Director

education students

California: Let’s Bring It On!

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Happy New Year, Friends!

I want to first and foremost thank you for your generous support to Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California. It is the beginning of the month and we are already on the move mobilizing our members to action!

Let me tell you about Senate Bill 673 (Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga) – a bill that needs our phone calls, our word of mouth to spread the news, and most of all, our prayers to pass the Senate Education Committee hearing on January 15.

Background: The California Healthy Youth Act (AB 329) that was passed in 2015 requires that sexuality education be taught once in middle school and once in high school. The problem with AB 329 is that it allows for the youngest in our schools to be exposed to the dangerous sex education agenda beginning in kindergarten (and even transitional kindergarten (TK)). Further, the bill removed the ability of local school districts to adopt opt-in policies for sex ed – at any age. And, while the law requires that sex ed be age-appropriate in upper grades, it does not stipulate this for the youngest and most impressionable children.

Thankfully, SB 673 makes some important parent and child-friendly corrections to the current law to protect our children and recognize the importance of parental authority in education.

#1) SB 673 allows for increased parental oversight and “supervision” for sexuality education curricula by requiring districts to place content and material online for ease of parent review. This is especially important for parents who may not be able to take time off work to review their curriculum at district offices.
#2) SB 673 provides increased parent oversight by requiring an active opt-in for grades TK-6 with a parent signature prior to student participation. This oversight is important for our youngest, most vulnerable children, so they are not exposed to content and material without a parent’s knowledge and consent.
#3) SB 673 increases protections for children (TK-6) by closing a “loophole” in the current law and ensuring all curricula are medically accurate and age-appropriate for our youngest learners in elementary school who deserve these protections.Please Pray: Ask the Lord to open the eyes of the Senate Education Committee members to vote for the best interest of families, where parental authority in education is recognized as key to a strong foundation for children’s learning.  Take Action:
Call: Please pick up the phone and call the Senate Education Committee members before Wednesday, January 15! The committee members and their contact information are listed below my signature line. Senators who are part of the Senate Education Committee REPRESENT YOU and all Californians, even if they are not your own senator!

Rally: CWA of California encourages our members and friends to attend the Fight for Parent’s Rights! rally to support SB 673. It is important that the Senate knows that the people see parental rights and authority as an integral part of education. Please join us for this crucial event on Wednesday, January 15, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Sacramento on the South Steps of the State Capitol.

We will be there to greet you, and you’ll get a chance to speak out and tell the Senate Education Committee members “we care about our children’s education and instruction, and they should care too!”

Share: Of course, bring friends to the rally and invite them to call committee members too! Find out more at sb673.org!


Senate Education Committee Members:
Sen. Connie Leyva (Democrat, District 20) Chair (909) 888-5360
Sen. Maria Elena Durazo (Democrat, District 24) (213) 483-9300
Sen. Steven Glazer (Democrat, District 7) (925) 258-1176
Sen. Mike McGuire (Democrat, District 2) (415) 479-6612
Sen. Richard Pan (Democrat, District 6) (916) 262-2904
Sen. Ling Ling Chang (Republican, District 29), Co-author for SB 673, (714) 671-9474
Sen. Scott Wilk (Republican, District 21) Co-chair (661) 729-6232

Find out more about the committee members through their website here. You may also submit your personal letter of support through that site.


We thank Sen. Morrell for his work to protect children and provide for parental rights. And we thank you for your prayers and your heart for family. Join me at the State Capitol as we speak up for our children!  

United with you in peace and truth,

Marlo Tucker
CA State Director

CWA of California November Legislative Recap

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First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:1-4

That’s it for this year.  The California legislature has adjourned until January 6, when the 2019-20 session will reconvene in Sacramento. In the meantime, you may wish to seek opportunities to meet your state assembly member and senator at local events or visit their district offices. Whether they share your values or not, it is important to let your representatives in Sacramento know you are praying for them and to share your views on legislation and issues in your area as well.

Last month, we asked you to request vetoes on several bills. Gov. Gavin Newsom (Democrat) signed the bills that Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California opposed with one exception – AB 624. We are so grateful for this victory.

VETOED: AB 624 – Student ID’s to Contain Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Numbers
As mentioned, Gov. Newsom vetoed Asm. Jesse Gabriel’s (D-L.A.) troubling bill, AB 624, requiring all public and charter school identification cards for students in grades 7-12 and post-secondary institutions to include a resource number for “sexual and reproductive health care information” consistent with requirements of the CA Healthy Youth Act. Read the Governor’s veto message here. The Governor was not pleased that the bill left the choice of the hotline number up to the individual school or district, stating, “There are many agencies across this state that refuse to give women information about all of their reproductive health care options.” Presumably, because AB 624 did not specify the agency, schools could choose a pro-life pregnancy clinic rather than, or in addition to Planned Parenthood, or the like. The Governor did not feel the schools had the “appropriate expertise” to make this decision. We may see a similar bill introduced next year and will be watching as new measures are introduced.

SIGNED: SB 24 – Medical Abortions on Public University Campuses
By 2023, all of California’s public university campus health clinics will be required to provide medication abortions. SB 24 (Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino) will be expensive, deadly for unborn babies, and dangerous to the physical and emotional health of young college women. Please pray that the Lord will speak to the hearts of our college students so that they will act responsibly in relationships. Pray for women facing unplanned pregnancies to choose life.

SIGNED: AB 175 – Children’s Rights in Foster Care
AB 175 (Asm. Mike Gipson, D-Compton) gives foster children as young as ten years old prompt access to “reproductive and sexual health care, including gender-affirming health care and gender-affirming mental health care.” These at-risk children will now have the right “[a]t any age, to consent to or decline services regarding contraception, pregnancy, and perinatal care, including, but not limited to, abortion services and health care services for sexual assault without the knowledge or consent of any adult.” New requirements will be placed on foster parents that may conflict with their religious beliefs, such as using the names and pronouns of the child’s choice contrary to their biological sex.

Thank you for making a difference with your prayers, action, and tax-deductible donations to our work in California!

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California