CWA Stands for Free Speech at the U.S. Supreme Court

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NIFLA v. Becerra Oral Arguments Recap

It was a cold, rainy day in the nation’s capital today, but that didn’t stop your representatives from Concerned Women for America (CWA) from being present inside and outside the United States Supreme Court to stand for freedom of speech and for life. We were there as the Court heard oral arguments in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra.

CWA National Field Director Janae Stracke spoke at the rally on the steps of the Supreme Court where numerous groups stood together to send a message to the Court that the American people are paying attention to this case.  Janae praised the work of our CWA of California members who have fought against this law since it was first proposed and energized the valiant crowd, which stood there, despite the challenging weather.

Check out some of the highlights:

I was inside the courtroom to hear the arguments and was able to commend the petitioners, the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA). NIFLA has been in our prayers throughout the entire process, and we commend them for how they have stood so strong as the case moved through the lower courts.  I was reminded that CWA actually helped start the organization back in 1993, under the leadership of our friend Thomas Glessner, who still serves as the organization’s president. We thank God for their work.

As an allied attorney, I was also proud to see our friends at the Alliance Defending Freedom give another stellar performance before the Court.  Michael Farris, ADF’s president, argued the case before the justices, and he was calm under intense questioning.

The justice’s interest was evident. Farris started by highlighting the gerrymandering aspects of the case, which are troubling. So troubling they piqued the interest of one of the most liberal members of the court, Justice Elena Kagan. It is evident the State of California wrote this law in such a way as to target pro-life clinics specifically.  The state, represented by Mr. Joshua Klein, tried to argue it was a generally applicable law, not intended to target anyone, but in this, he failed in my estimation.

Justice Samuel Alito honed in on it, asking the state, “If you have a law that’s neutral on its face, but then it has a lot of crazy exemptions, and when you apply all the exemptions, what you’re left with is a very strange pattern and, gee, it turns out that just about the only clinics that are covered by this are pro-life clinics. Do you think it’s possible to infer intentional discrimination in that situation?”

The state had to admit that, yes, it would be a fair inference, even as they denied that was the case here.

The burdensome requirements of this law were also front and center. Justice Sonia Sotomayor tried to get the state to answer a simple question about if a clinic that merely wanted to put up a billboard that said, “Pro-Life” with their logo, would be required to put up the disclaimer at issue in the same size font and in multiple languages.  Mr. Klein danced around on the question until Justice Alito pinned him down and he admitted that, yes, they would be required to put up the disclaimer on the billboard.

Justice Anthony Kenned was visibly disturbed and had this exchange:

JUSTICE KENNEDY: Do you agree that mandating speech that the speaker would not otherwise give — indeed, does not agree with — alters the content of the message?

KLEIN: Yes, it does, Your Honor.

JUSTICE KENNEDY: All right. So then you are saying on this billboard, the state can require that the message be — the content of the message be altered, even though they are not providing medical services?

Even Justice Sotomayor returned once more to her hypothetical expressed concerns with the state’s position:

JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: Would it be fair to say — and I still don’t have a full answer to my question — all right, pro-life, nothing else, an unlicensed facility, it meets all of the criteria, has an ad that says just “pro-life” and puts its name. Does it have to give the notice; yes or no?

KLEIN: Yes, if it meets the other criteria. And it’s possible in an as-applied challenge –­

JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: That seems to me more burdensome and wrong because it’s not tied to an advertisement that is promoting medical services.

It is indeed wrong, and it is one of the reasons why the Court should invalidate the statute here and rule for the pro-life clinics.

Continue to pray for this case. A desicion is expected next summer.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case Brought by CPCs Challenging California Law — Tomorrow

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Please pray for this important case on free speech!  Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. EST, the Supreme Court will review the California Reproductive FACT Act, which compels pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to post notices in their physical clinics, printed material, and online regarding the availability of abortions.  Concerned Women for America submitted an amicus brief to the Court in support of the crisis pregnancy centers, and we will also have a presence inside and outside the courtroom in Washington, D.C., tomorrow. Be sure to check out for the latest.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot stated, “Forcing anyone to provide free advertising for the abortion industry is unthinkable — especially when it’s the government doing the forcing. This is even more true when it comes to pregnancy care centers, which exist specifically to care for women who want to have their babies. The state should protect freedom of speech and freedom from coerced speech. Information about abortion is just about everywhere, so the government doesn’t need to punish pro-life centers for declining to advertise for the very act they can’t promote.”

This is not a religious liberty case, but the implications for religious liberty are daunting. The government in this case is not only forcing clinics and their workers to say something they don’t want to say, it is forcing people of faith to be involved in something that infringes upon their conscience.  And it is completely unnecessary.

Please pray for this important case.  Pray specifically for Michael Farris and his team, who will be arguing the case, and pray for the justices.  Argument inside the Court will begin at 10:00 a.m. EST tomorrow and last for one hour.

“Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.” — Psalm 60:12

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California

Ask Your U.S. Senators to Help Fight Sex Trafficking!

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On February 27, the House passed a sex trafficking bill (H.R. 1865) by a vote of 388-25. The bill would allow state attorneys general and victims to sue websites that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking. This bill was created to target sites like, which is currently under Senate investigation because of the hosting of ads that promoted the trafficking of minors. The legislation passed changes Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which the first circuit ruled shields websites from lawsuits over user-generated content.

Action: The Senate may take up the House-passed bill the week of March 12. Please call our U.S. Senators and urge them to do what they can to bring H.R. 1865 to the floor quickly and support the bill.

Sen. Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841

Whether liberal or conservative, all legislators should have no problem supporting this bill, right?

Unfortunately, this bill has been a fight from the very beginning. Fortunately, human trafficking is a big issue nationally, and generally, everyone agrees it is a horrid practice that must be stopped. However, this issue has a lot of money surrounding it, and that means there are a lot of anti-sex trafficking groups with a lot of opinions about how this type of legislation should be handled. This issue also touched the bipartisan golden child of Congress: the tech industry. Democrat and Republican leadership are both heavily funded by the tech industry, and, unfortunately, they hated this bill when it was originally introduced, so we had our work cut out for us.

CWA worked with Rep. Ann Wagner’s (R-Missouri) office almost weekly for a year, meeting and strategizing how to get people in D.C. on board with something for which states were asking. The original bill was altered several times to appease not only the trafficking groups, but also was altered per DOJ’s request. When it passed, it was supported by all 50 state attorneys general. The final bill is a reflection of what should happen in Washington. Everyone: groups, congressional Democrats and Republicans, and the administration, worked together (eventually, not everyone was on board initially) to make a stronger and better piece of legislation.

We were not happy with the Senate counterpart for the House bill. It is what I would refer to as a “pat ourselves on the back” bill; it seems like it is accomplishing something, and it sounds really good, but ultimately it was not as strong as the House bill, and we had major concerns. Unfortunately, we were one of the few who did have major concerns with only the Senate language, and many sex trafficking groups loved the Senate language, but we vocalized those concerns and worked with Rep. Wagner’s office to educate members and leadership on why the House bill is better.

Congratulations to Rep. Wagner who led the charge on the passage of this bill in the House.  CWA worked long and hard on this legislation.  We look forward to seeing it through to passage in the Senate, also.  Please pray to that end. Thank you.

Marlo Tucker

State Director
CWA of California

It is Not Too Late to Protect Our Children from the LGBT Curriculum – Act Now!

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We only have a small window of time before school boards adopt or refute an aggressive LGBT curriculum model presented to them by the California Board of Education.  This curriculum is bold and would affect students in kindergarten through high school statewide.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) has joined an effort of like-minded, pro-family organizations to educate parents, teachers, administrators, and school board members about the current implementation of SB 48, a California bill passed in 2011. We hope to equip you with insight to make a difference in your area and protect our children from an unnecessary overreach by the state.

You can help end this liberal agenda that is attempting to influence children and young adults through our school system.  We have provided talking points to give you a deeper understanding of the issues.  Please take a bold stand in prayer and action and approach your local school board and parents of students with the information provided. There is power in the combination of both prayer and action.

“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions?” – James 2:14a

How You Can Pray

  • Please pray for the Lord to soften the hearts of the school board members and for parents to receive knowledge to protect their kids from exposure to a harmful curriculum.
  • Please pray that the Lord would open doors to mightily influence parents and school board members.
  • Please pray for boldness as we speak about SB 48 in love and as we encourage others to do the same.

Ÿ Please pray the plans of the enemy will be thwarted by the prayers of the saints. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:12

What You Can Do

  1. Become informed: Read the talking points and review the legal memorandum.
  2. Inform others: Share information from the legal memorandum and talking points with those in your sphere of influence. If you have school-age children, share this information with other parents. Additionally, provide information to appropriate leadership at your church. If you know a like-minded teacher, administrator, or school board member, offer the information to those directly involved in decision-making at your school.
  3. Stand for righteousness: Our children and grandchildren need us to stand in the gap! Please don’t just read this and move on. We have an opportunity to protect the children of California – the next generation. Share this information with your family, friends, and church.
  4. Stay informed and engaged: Be sure you read, act, and pray on all of CWA’s e-alerts. If this e-alert has been forwarded to you and you would like to be on our e-alert list, please go to and fill in your information below the “Stay Informed” section.  You will then receive both national and state e-alerts.  If you would only like to receive state e-alerts, contact us and we will be sure to add you to that list. We will keep you updated on SB 48 and other important bills. Also, be sure to LIKE our Facebook page, Concerned Women for America of California.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask. Please include your contact information and the area where you reside so we can direct you to any local resources.

In His service,

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California

CWA State Organizations are hard at work

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January has brought a new year, and state legislatures across the country have started to convene. The 2018 sessions have already presented new challenges to the Biblical principles we value, but our state directors are already working diligently and strategically. Specifically, CWA of Georgia, California, and Maine have taken strong positions on several important bills which would positively or negatively impact their states.

The Georgia General Assembly convened on January 8, and CWA of Georgia’s State Director Tanya Ditty has made it a priority to monitor religious freedom, marijuana cultivation, gambling, and LGBT issues. She is supporting HR 447, which, if passed, would declare pornography a public health crisis. Additionally, CWA of Georgia is supporting SB 233, which is a state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  They are also taking on the issue of so-called “hate crimes”.

Our state directors Marlo Tucker, from CWA of California, and Penny Morrell, from CWA of Maine, have already presented opposition to their state legislatures concerning abortion bills. CWA of California has strongly opposed SB 320. If passed, this bill will allow access to chemical abortions on all state-college campuses. CWA of Maine has opposed LD 1763, which would allow non-physician healthcare personnel to perform abortions. This would not only add to the number of abortions performed, but it could subject the women undergoing these procedures to additional risks.

Please pray for all of our state leaders and the many other pieces of legislation they will be working on throughout the year. Pray for them as they continue to stand for truth and fight for Biblical values.

If you would like to get involved with CWA in your state, please contact the National Field office at 202-488-7000.

Ask Your State Senator to Oppose Campus Abortions

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Hello Prayer Warriors!

We last asked you to pray and act before the Senate Education Committee hearing on SB 320. This terrible bill passed out of committee on a party-line vote and could be voted on by the full California Senate as early as Monday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m.! It’s time to pray and act again!

Each California senator will make a decision to support or oppose the dispensing of the RU-486 abortion pill at our University of California and California State University campus clinics in just days. The bill ONLY provides for abortion counseling and dispensing of the drug. There is no requirement for counseling young women with alternatives to aborting their children.

The two-stage process of these early abortions (under 10 weeks) first kills the baby and then creates what is essentially a self-induced miscarriage. Young women will go back to their dorms or apartments and experience the physical and emotional trauma of the death of their tiny babies and the sometimes very dangerous aftermath. The psychological effects can last a lifetime.

This does not need to happen.

Please pray for the hearts and minds of those currently supporting this bill to be changed. Then …

Please take action by calling your state senator today and politely ask him or her to oppose SB 320 when it is presented on the Senate floor. Find your senator hereJust say “Please oppose SB 320 when you are given the opportunity to vote on the Senate floor. This is outside the mission of our universities.”

It is that simple – and be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California!

For more information on this destructive bill, click here to read the letter I sent to the Senate Education Committee prior to the last hearing.

Thank you for making a difference with your prayers and action.

With you for women and the unborn,

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California

Pro-Life Call to Prayer and Action Set for Tuesday, January 9. Mark Your Calendar!

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Hello Prayer Warriors!

Let us unite in prayer and voice our concerns on Tuesday, January 9, on behalf of both the unborn and the young women of our great state.

 The Senate Education Committee is expected to vote on SB 320 on Wednesday, January 9.  If passed, this bill will offer chemical abortions statewide on all UC/CSU college campuses.

Whether or not they are your senators, the Senate Education Committee will heed your voice and take your call into consideration when voting on this bill. Pro-life groups are mobilizing the grassroots to call the seven committee members on Tuesday to communicate a clear, concise pro-life, pro-women message.

For more information on this destructive bill, click here to read the letter I am sending out today to all the senators listed below.

Take Action:  

  1. Now: Please set a reminder on your phone to make your calls/emails on Tuesday, January 9.
  2. Now: Please forward this email to friends and family and ask them to pray and act on this.
  3. Tuesday: Please call the seven senators below. E-mail them as well by clicking on their name and the “contact” tab. Respectfully call/email and say:

“Please oppose SB 320. Abortions are not the mission of our state universities, and there are many alternative options for young women. Our concern is for their physical and emotional safety, and medication abortions carry risk for the young women and potential liability for the state.”

Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California!

Senate Education Committee

Senator Benjamin Allen (Chair) (D): Hollywood, Beverly Hills
Senator Scott Wilk (Vice Chair) (R): Antelope, Santa Clarita
Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D): Stockton
Senator Andy Vidak (R): Fresno, Bakersfield
Senator Tony Mendoza (D): Whittier, Downey, Buena Park
Senator Connie M. Leyva (D): Author of SB 320, Pomona, Ontario, San Bernardino
Senator Richard Pan (D): Sacramento

Pray:  Please pray against SB 320 through Tuesday.

With you for women and the unborn,

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California