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Kelly Loeffler Wrong Choice for Georgia

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

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

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Georgia’s Heartbeat Passes!

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We are thrilled to report that this afternoon, March 29, the Georgia House of Representatives voted 92-78 to send HB 481, the “heartbeat bill,” to Gov. Brian Kemp for his signature. The Governor worked to help pass this bill and is expected to sign it.

HB 481 will protect unborn children from abortion as soon as they have a detectable heartbeat (about six weeks). While not perfect, this is by far the most significant piece of pro-life legislation passed in Georgia since Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973.

Republican senators and representatives by and large held firm to their pro-life principles and withstood strident demands from pro-abortion forces (including Hollywood) to vote in favor of the culture of death. You can see the various votes here once the final vote is posted on the website. Please take a moment to contact the members of the legislature who voted YES and thank them for their faithfulness.

We encourage you to send a special word of thanks to the bill’s chief sponsor, Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth), and Governor Kemp for all their work.

  • Kemp’s contact information: No contact form or phone number available. Please write to The Office of the Governor, 206 Washington Street, Suite 203, State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334
  • Setzler’s contact information: Phone 404-656-7857 | E-mail [email protected]

And thank YOU all for your calls, your emails, your Capitol visits, and especially your prayers to get this bill over the finish line. You made the difference!

Tanya Ditty
State Director

Jane Robbins
Legislative Liaison

New Prayer/Action Chapter to Launch in Ball Ground, GA

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Georgia is excited to announce the launch of a new Prayer/Action Chapter in Ball Ground, Georgia, and we invite all interested women and like-minded men to our inaugural meeting.  The chapter will be led by our new Prayer/Action Chapter leader, Kimberly Hoechstetter.

Here are the details:
Date: Saturday, March 30
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Gospel Outreach Church, 835 Mineral Springs Road, Ball Ground, Georgia 30107

We will discuss the necessity of Christians being prayerfully engaged in cultural and governmental affairs, and then pray and take action on timely and relevant issues impacting our culture.

If you live in the Ball Ground area, we invite you to join us.  Please e-mail the CWA of Georgia state office if you have any questions.

Tanya Ditty
State Director

Light Up the Switchboard in Opposition to “Hate Crimes”

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HB 426, the “hate crimes” bill, could be voted on by the full House on Thursday, March 7. This very dangerous bill, sponsored by Republican State House member Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula), needs to be stopped in its tracks.

Talking Points on HB 426:

  • Violates equal protection by treating some victims as more worthy of protection than others.
  • Punishes thoughts, not actions. Hate crimes bills ignore that the act is already a crime; instead, they ramp up punishment because the perpetrator was thinking something which the government disapproves. Empowering the government to assess and approve/disapprove thoughts is a very totalitarian concept.
  • Injects identity politics into Georgia criminal law.
  • Will inevitably be used against Christians, as has happened in Canada and the United Kingdom.
  • For the first time in Georgia Code, enshrines “sexual orientation” as worthy of special protection.
  • Does not define “sexual orientation,” leaving that term open to expansion. The American Psychological Association and other LGBT activists are already pushing to have pedophilia reclassified as a sexual orientation.

Immediate Action Needed!
Just two calls are needed on the bill.

  1. Contact Rep. Chuck Efstration, the bill sponsor, and urge him to pull the bill. Phone: 404-656-5105 | E-mail ([email protected])
  2. Contact your House member and urge him/her to vote NO on the so-called “hate crimes” bill should it come to the floor for a vote. Click here to find your House member. Type in your address in the box on the right side of the page.

Please pray against the Enemy as David did in Psalm 55:9, “Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words … ”

Thank you for taking the time to make the two calls.

Tanya Ditty
State Director

Jane Robbins
Legislative Liaison

Urgent!  Five Bills Need Your Voice!

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This Thursday, March 7, is Crossover Day in the Georgia state legislature. Crossover Day is the last day a bill can be considered for the session unless it has passed at least the House or Senate. Both the House and Senate are making it their priority to move really bad bills, such as horse racing, “hate crimes,” and the cultivation of marijuana bills, while allowing religious freedom and pro-life legislation to languish in committee.

Your voice is needed on the following bills.
Religious Freedom Restoration Act
SB 221 is a state-level religious freedom bill that mirrors the 1993 Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act that was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.  Sponsored by Sen. Marty Harbin (R-Tyrone), SB 221 provides religious liberty protections for people of all faiths living in Georgia.

Immediate Action Needed!
SB 221 must get a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee this Monday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m. or it will not get a vote in the Senate before Crossover Day. Please contact the Lt. Governor and the chairman of the committee and urge them to stand on the side of religious freedom and allow the bill to be heard.

Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan (Republican) – Online contact form | Phone: (404) 656-5030
Chairman: Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro) – E-mail: [email protected] | Phone: (404) 463-1314

Living Infants Fairness & Equality Act (LIFE Act)
HB 481, sponsored by Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth), and its companion bill SB 218, sponsored by Sen. Bruce Thompson (R-White). This legislation recognizes the humanity of children beginning at conception and prohibits abortion from the point of a child’s having a detectable heartbeat.

Immediate Action Needed!
Contact your Georgia state senator and/or House member and ask that a vote on these bills take place before Crossover Day. Click here to find your legislators. Type in your address in the box on the right side of the page.

“Hate Crimes”
Republican State House member, Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula), is the sponsor of HB 426, a “hate crimes” bill. Should this bill pass, the government would go beyond punishing crimes and instead punish thoughts that it disapproves of. In many places, “hate crime” laws are already being used to intimidate and punish people who honor natural sexuality and value marriage as the union of one man and one woman. If a person speaks out against various sexual behaviors, they may be accused of “hate speech” and promoting “hate crimes.”

Immediate Action Needed!
HB 426 could be voted on the House any day. Contact your House member and urge him/her to vote NO on the so-called “hate crimes” bill. Click here to find your House member. Type in your address in the box on the right side of the page.

Horse Racing
The expansion of gambling is a real threat in 2019. Republican State Senator, Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta), is the sponsor of SR 84. The resolution is poised to be voted on by the full Senate this week.

Immediate Action Needed!
Make two very important contacts regarding SR 84.
Contact Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan (Republican) and tell him not to allow SR 84 to be voted on by the full Senate. The Lt. Governor campaigned on the promise not to expand predatory gambling in Georgia, and he has the power to stop this very dangerous bill.
Online contact form | Phone: (404) 656-5030
Contact your state senator and urge him/her to oppose SR 84 should it come to the floor for a vote.Click here to find your senator. Type in your address in the box on the right side of the page.

Cultivation of Marijuana
Republican State House member Micah Gravely (R- Douglasville) is the sponsor of
HB 324, a bill that will allow the cultivation of marijuana in Georgia. This is another very dangerous bill that must be stopped.

Immediate Action Needed!
HB 324 could be voted on the House any day. Contact your House member and urge him/her to vote NO on the marijuana cultivation bill. Click here to find your House member. Type in your address in the box on the right side of the page.

Please pray that the Enemy’s plans would be thwarted at every turn on horse racing, “hate crimes,” and the expansion of marijuana.

Please pray that religious freedom and life will be advanced in the state.

Pray for each legislator as you contact him or her on any issue.

Thank you for taking the time to make calls and send e-mails on five important bills.

Tanya Ditty
State Director

Jane Robbins
Legislative Liaison

Georgia: We Need Your Help TODAY to Stop the Equal Rights Amendment!

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40 years ago, Concerned Women for America (CWA) formed as an organization and became the leading conservative voice for women across America. The battle at that time is the same battle raging in Georgia today: a fight to ratify an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).  CWA opposed the ERA then; we do so today, and we need your help to stop it from moving forward in the Georgia legislature.

In America women enjoy equal rights and protection under the law. So, what is the driving motivation behind the ERA? It is not about equal rights; it is about the promotion of a gender-neutral agenda through the suppression of natural differences between men and women. This very dangerous amendment removes all differences — social, biological and sexual — between males and females while granting enormous flexibility to increasingly activist judges to interpret the amendment as they deem appropriate.

Consider these ERA basics:

  • Misleads publicized purpose – the ERA is not about equal rights for women. If it were, it would duplicate the 14th Amendment.
  • Contradicts years of social science — men and women are different.  The ERA would remove all legal distinctions between sexes. It does not mention “women.”
  • Wipes out all ability to use any laws using gender as a defining characteristic.  This would overturn workplace and family laws that protect women, privacy laws that define who may use gender-oriented bathrooms and locker rooms, and religious freedom laws. The ERA would integrate same-sex and bi-sexual attraction into the U.S. Constitution.
  • Read CWA’s ERA talking points.

Please take action!
There are two identical ERA resolutions in the Georgia senate: SR 55, sponsored by Sen. Nan Orrock (Democrat-District 36) and SR 66, sponsored by Sen. Renee Unterman (Republican-District 45).  Our voices must be clear and unrelenting in our opposition. Please do the following:

  1. Contact Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan and respectfully ask him to oppose both ERA resolutions and not to allow committee hearings on either resolution. Be sure to tell him you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.  Phone: 404-656-5030/ Online contact form
  2. Contact your state senator and respectfully ask him/her to oppose the ERA. Click here to locate your senator. Simply type in your address to find his/her contact information. Be sure to tell him/her you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.
  3. SR 55 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Please contact the members of the committee and respectfully ask them to vote “NO” on SR 55 should it have a hearing.
  • Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro), Chairman  Phone: (404) 463-1314/E-mail
  • Sen. Bill Coswert (R-Athens), Vice Chairman  Phone: (404) 463-1366/E-mail
  • Sen. Blake Tillery (R-Vidalia), Secretary  Phone: (404) 656-0089/E-mail
  • Sen. Bill Heath (R-Breman) Phone: (404) 656-3943/E-mail
  • Sen. Harold V. Jones II (D-Augusta) Phone: (404) 463-3942/E-mail
  • Sen. John Kennedy (R-Macon) Phone: (404) 656-0045/E-mail
  • Sen. William T. Ligon, Jr. (R-Brunswick) Phone: (404) 463-1383/E-mail
  • Sen. Elena Parent (R-Atlanta) Phone: (404) 656-5109/E-mail
  • Sen. Michael Rhett (D-Marietta) (404) 656-0054/E-mail
  • Sen. Brian Strickland (R-McDonough) Phone: (404) 656-7454/E-mail

4. Pass this e-alert on to others. Encourage them to both pray and act immediately.

Please keep this important issue in prayer. Pray for the Lt. Governor, your state senator, and each member of the committee as you contact them. Pray they will have the wisdom and courage to oppose the ERA.

Thank you in advance for your diligence through both your prayers and actions.   

Tanya Ditty
State Director
CWA of Georgia

CWA of Georgia Responds to Amazon’s HQ2 Pick

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Dear friends,
For over a year, Georgia courted Amazon to bring its second headquarters (known as HQ2) to the state. And for over a year, as CWA of Georgia fought tirelessly to pass a state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), all we heard was Amazon would never do business with Georgia if a religious freedom bill were to be passed and signed into law.

This week, Amazon announced they would locate their new HQ2 in three states – two of which have RFRA laws!  CWA of Georgia joined in a press release with other faith-based organizations in response to Amazon’s announcement.  You can be assured that CWA of Georgia will continue to be on the front lines in 2019 working aggressively for the passage of a state-level RFRA.

Tanya Ditty
State Director

Good: Atlanta to Pay $1.2 Million for Egregious Religious Liberty Violation

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The story of Kelvin Cochran is one that should never be forgotten. The former Atlanta Fire Chief was fired because of his faith — not in some oppressive country around the world, but here in the old “US of A.”

 

 

The good news is that the city of Atlanta has now settled the case, agreeing to pay Chief Cochran $1.2 million for their egregious violation of his First Amendment rights. The district court in Georgia had found the city’s arbitrary policy to be unconstitutional, saying:

This policy would prevent an employee from writing and selling a book on golf or badminton on his own time and, without prior approval, would subject him to firing. It is unclear to the Court how such an outside employment would ever affect the City’s ability to function, and the City provides no evidence to justify it.

I want to thank those of you who have been praying for Chief Cochran and his family, made calls, and signed our petitions to stand up for religious freedom. There is no question your voice had an impact on the outcome of this case and will continue to help us defend religious liberties for years to come.

Never forget that the ideology that made this unjust firing of an excellent employee and an honest man possible is still very much alive at the highest levels of government. We must continue to be engaged and call these incidents for what they are: anti-Christian bigotry.

Just this week, a judicial nominee was attacked for being associated with the very group (the Alliance Defending Freedom [ADF])who defended Chief Cochran in this case. ADF is a Christian organization and, as you know, in the eyes of the Southern Policy Law Center (SPLC) that makes them a “hate group.”

This is a great victory for religious freedom, no doubt! We must take the time to thank God for His grace and goodness in allowing us such victories.

But we must also remain on guard, shining the light of freedom and faith at every turn. The upcoming election is yet another opportunity and also a challenge for us to engage our brothers and sisters on the importance of these issues, encouraging them to stand up for what they believe.

Here is what Tanya Ditty, state director of Concerned Women for America of Georgia, who stood hand in hand alongside Chief Cochran, had to say on the new development and the next steps that are needed to make sure this injustice does not happen again:

Former Atlanta mayor, Kasim Reed, and his administration created a hostile work environment for people of faith. Kelvin Cochran was targeted by Mr. Reed and ultimately fired for simply writing a book based upon his Judeo-Christian beliefs. Kelvin Cochran never wavered in his faith in the midst of outright religious and workplace discrimination.  Kelvin has always handled himself with dignity and honor. Justice has been served in the form of a $1.2 million settlement.   CWA of Georgia calls on the City of Atlanta to revisit its discriminatory employment policies so to ensure all its employees are able to come to work without the fear of religious discrimination or job loss.

URGENT: 5 Things You Can Do For Kavanaugh Confirmation

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We are at a pivotal moment in the fight to restore a proper balance to the nation’s highest court through the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  Here are five things you can do to help Judge Kavanaugh:

  1. Write a note of encouragement to Judge Kavanaugh: Brett Kavanaugh and his family have been through so very much.  May our words be like cool water and shelter in the midst of a ferocious firestorm.  CWA will ensure your comments get to Judge Kavanaugh.
  2. Sign petition (women only): It is important for women to speak out in support of Judge Kavanaugh. The higher the volume the more our voices, as women, will be heard.
  3. Email a letter of support for Judge Kavanaugh to Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) TODAY even if you’re not from Arizona—he is asking to hear from women across the county.
  4. Contact our U.S. Senators again. Let them know that you support Kavanaugh and want them to vote “yes!” Leave a message if no one answers, and be sure to tell them that you are a member of Concerned Women for America.

Sen. Isakson: Email and then call him at (202) 224-3643 or 770-661-0999
Sen. Perdue: Email and then call him at (202) 224-3521 or 404-865-0087

  1. Attend Women for Kavanaugh event this Friday, October 5 in Washington, D.C.  (Women only.)  If you cannot attend, pray.  Pray for a high volume of attendees. Note that the time on the link refers to the time of the pick-up and drop off of the busses.  The time of the event is yet to be decided.

New! Decatur City School’s Transgender Policy Leads to Sexual Assault

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In July 2016, Superintendent David Dude began to quietly implement radical new guidelines concerning the handling of transgender students in City Schools of Decatur (CSD); these guidelines were never submitted to parents for review or to the school board for a public vote.  CWA of Georgia alerted our members about this “policy by fiat,” and urged phone calls be made to the superintendent and board members.  CWA of Georgia also attended one of the school board meetings to voice our opposition to the transgender policy.

Alarms have been going off across the nation for years as to the unintended consequences of a policy that forces students to share restrooms, locker rooms, and showers with the opposite sex. Tragically, a six-year old Decatur student is paying the price for those who failed to heed the warnings. According to Vernadette Broyles, the attorney representing the young female victim and her parent, a male student entered a female restroom and sexually assaulted the female student. Ms. Broyles says the male student was legally permitted to enter the female restroom because of the school system’s transgender restroom access policy.

The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Atlanta Office has launched an investigation into the 2017 sexual assault. Alliance Defending Freedom released this press release concerning the investigation, along with a video account of the incident by the victim’s mother, Pascha Thomas.

A Call to Prayer

  • Pray for the young victim and her mother, Pascha Thomas. Pray for healing and an understanding of how precious they are in God’s sight (Isaiah 43:4). Pray against the enemy who loves to bring shame, condemnation, and self-loathing.
  • Pray for a reversal of the school district’s transgender policy.

A Call to Action
Except for the City Schools of Decatur, we do not believe there are any other school districts in the state with the same or similar transgender policy.  School systems have been accommodating students who struggle with gender fluidity on a case-by-case basis. So what can you do? 

  • Read CWA of Georgia’s press release here.
  • Show CWA and ADF’s press releases to your local school board member and superintendent. Politely urge them to reject any efforts to force students to share restrooms, locker rooms, and showers with the opposite sex. Accommodating for those who struggle with issues of transgenderism should not be predicated on the violation of everyone else’s rights.
  • Email us what you learned about your local school system’s transgender policy.

This attempt at indoctrination and harm to our children must be stopped in its tracks. It is a battle in which we must all be engaged through prayer and action.

Ephesians 6:12, “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.”

Tanya Ditty
State Director
CWA of Georgia
[email protected]

What Sets Us Apart? Prayer and Action! Learn More.

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What sets CWA apart from other organizations?
Our emphasis on prayer and action at the grassroots.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord …and who labors fervently in prayer. The greatest force for change on behalf of our families and country is indeed prayer and the responsibilities that come with our citizenship in a free country. All the resources of God Almighty are at our disposal, and He rules in all the affairs of men, and nothing is too hard for Him.

The essential balance between the two 

One only needs to read or listen to a daily news report or social media to recognize the destruction that is taking place.  Whether it be the increased violence in America, the rabid assault on the family, or the barrage of attacks on the leaders God has placed over us, we need to execute the power of prayer and then take the necessary action to back up our convictions.
 
Balance between both prayer and action is vital for all believers.  James speaks of this when commending heroes of the faith, “You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone” (2:24).
 
These elements are crucial to restoring our states and nation and to preserving our families. Truly, our 400+ Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams nationwide are the lifeblood of Concerned Women for America.

So how can you make a difference?

CWA’s Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams provide the perfect vehicle for you to stay engaged in local, state and federal policies as part of a united prayer and action network.
 
Ephesians 6: 18 and 20 provide one of the Scriptural foundations for Prayer/Action Chapters: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints … for which I am an ambassador in chains, that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Prayer/Action chapters enable members to:

  • Be alert and informed on the issues (Ephesians 6:18b);
  • Pray about these issues (Ephesians 6:18a);
  • Act on those issues (Ephesians 6:20).

It’s easy to become a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Leader or Home Team Captain. Simply join CWA if you’re not already a member and submit a leadership application. Upon approval of your application, we will send instructional materials to you. I will provide training and help prepare you to become the confident leader of a successful Prayer/Action Chapter.
 
To Learn More:
Contact me today!  I am happy to discuss any questions you may have. Give me a call at (770) 617-1987 or e-mail me at [email protected]. I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Here’s what Prayer/Action Chapter Leaders from around the country have said:
 
“I was just praying about the next thing God wanted me to do, and I know that it is with CWA. He has made that very clear.  I believe the time is narrowing when He will return, and we must do everything within His will to work His plan.”
 
“It is an exciting time to make positive change. … I’m inspired, energized and full of hope by the unequivocal voice of the country.  It’s time for action.”
 
“I believe that this election let us know how important it is for Christians to stay involved. The Lord has been persistent in His message to me. My argument was time, but He has allowed me to see that this is a priority.  We must preserve our Christian nation for future generations.”
 
Remember, your prayers, personal involvement, and action are vital to the future of our children and of our nation.
 
Tanya Ditty
State Director
CWA of Georgia
[email protected]
ga.cwfa.org
(770) 617-1987

Celebrating Independence Day

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For many people today, July 4th is a holiday filled with picnics, friends, and fireworks. But it is also a commemoration of America’s Declaration of Independence. The freedom call was not only against a political and economic system, but it was also a cry for independence from the spiritual tyranny of the Anglican Church.

In 1775, there were 668 congregational churches in America. Seventy-five percent of all Americans, at that time, belonged to churches of Puritan derivation. The religious makeup was 98.4 percent Protestant, 1.4 percent Roman Catholic, and three-twentieths of one percent Jewish. America was a nation deeply concerned with religious freedom.

Religious freedom today is far from what the original founders intended. What Americans wanted was a government that did not favor one Christian sect over another. The idea was never to erode Christianity through the separation of church and state. John Jay, after the war, described the homogeneity of America in Federalist 2 (*see below).

Competition between the various churches, early Americans thought, was healthy; it kept them from becoming complacent, comfortable and arrogant like the nationally endorsed Anglican Church. In 18th century America, men and women adhered to the Protestant conviction that all men and human institutions were fallible. Americans fought hard for seven year during the Revolutionary War to rid themselves of the shackles of imperial England and her state controlled church.

The men who called the people of America to independence were men committed to their country and the freedom of her people. They paid a great price for our independence and religious freedom: five signers were captured by the British army and tortured; 12 men’s homes were destroyed; two had sons who died during the Revolutionary War; one had two sons taken prisoner by the British; and nine signers of the Declaration died in the war.

This July 4th, let us remember those courageous men who helped to establish a free nation. Let us thank God for religious freedom won and exercise that freedom by reaching our generation with the Gospel. Liberty without religious freedom is bondage.

*Federalist 2
I have taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people – a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who … fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established their general liberty and independence. This country and this people seem to have been made for each other … Similar sentiments have hitherto prevailed among all orders and denominations of men among us. To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people. — John Jay

Blessings to you on this Independence Day, 2018.

Tanya Ditty
State Director
CWA of Georgia
[email protected]
ga.cwfa.org

I Did It and So Can You!

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Dear Pro-Life Warriors,

Many of you have fought the fight for years to keep tax-payer dollars from funding abortion.  Now there is a golden opportunity to do just that nationally.  Under the guidance of the Trump Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has a proposed new rule that prohibits tax-payer dollars from being used by agencies that promote abortion.

The proposed new rule, also referred to as the “Protect Life Rule,” will govern Title X funds. The rule draws a bright line between abortion clinics and Title X dollars. By requiring physical and financial separation of Title X dollars, we can be sure that this taxpayer money is being used to help low-income women and not prop up abortion clinics. This new regulation does not cut Title X dollars by a single cent.  Click here for background information on the proposed rule. Click here for Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Title X Rule talking points.

As with any federal regulation, there is an open comment period where the public has the opportunity to express their views. After the 60-day comment period is up, HHS will review the comments and issue a final rule based on the public’s feedback.

CWA has provided an easy way for you to stand up for life and show your support for the proposed rule.  In less than five short minutes, you can add your support for the proposed “Protect Life Rule” by sending a comment to HHS letting them know that funds should not go to agencies that support abortions.

Take Action:

  • Submit your comment to the U.S. HHS Secretary Azar regarding Title X Funds for family planning. Simply go to the Concerned Women for America website link, The Protect Life Rule, and follow the instructions.  It’s easy and only takes a few minutes.  We have even put together a suggested comment that you can use as is or edit to your liking.  It is best if you add personal comments.
  • Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.
  • Please send this e-alert to your like-minded friends, pastor, lawmakers, family and acquaintances.

Please Pray: “Father, Proverbs 31:8 tells us, ‘Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.’ Please work on our behalf and protect us from paying for abortion with our taxes.  May our efforts be used to drastically hinder the deadly efforts of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers?  Amen.”

It is imperative that Secretary Azar hears from all of us.  Planned Parenthood is angry about this, and they are mobilized with an army contacting Azar.  They will sue and do what they always do, so we must be vigilant, mobilized, passionate, strong and courageous on behalf of babies.

It’s time to stand up, speak up, and let your voice be heard.  This is our moment to stop taxpayer funding for abortion, and we only have June and July to stop Planned Parenthood and others from the misuse of this program.  

Tanya Ditty
State Director
CWA of Georgia
[email protected]
ga.cwfa.org
770-617-1987

Partner with CWA of Georgia through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Georgia. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects like the Feisty & Feminine Workshops. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Georgia, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of GA” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Georgia P.O. Box 671374 Marietta, Ga 30066. Or click here to contribute online.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.  Thank you!

Voter guides for Georgia’s May 22 primary election

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Political television ads, radio ads, mail pieces, and yard signs must mean one thing – this is election season!  If you have not voted early, please be sure to vote this coming Tuesday in the May 22 primary election. Voter turnout is typically low in a non-presidential election year, but I cannot think of a more critical year to cast your vote than this year when all of Georgia’s Constitutional officers are up for election, starting with the Governor.

Voters have a significant impact upon the laws and government of this state and nation. It is important that we be informed, educated voters. We should know the candidates and the issues.

  • Who will best represent your values and concerns?
  • What are the candidates’ positions on current issues affecting you and your family?
  • Are the candidates’ campaign speeches in alignment with their voting record?
  • Who is endorsing each candidate?
  • How did each candidate vote on important issues in the past?

Be proactive – an uneducated vote is a wasted vote!

#1 Study voter guides/candidate surveys. Here are candidate surveys for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and State School Superintendent. *

#2 Attend candidate forums or watch them online. The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series is a great resource to learn where the candidates stand on issues. The debate series included the primary election debates for Governor, Lt. Governor, Insurance Commissioner, Secretary of State, State School Superintendent, Public Service Commission districts three and five, and Congressional Districts six, seven and ten. You can view any of the archived debates here.

#3 Visit the website and social media pages of each candidate.

#4 Listen to talk radio and watch state and national news.

While we are citizens of the United States of America, foremost, we are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven and our vote should mirror God’s views.

The institution of government was ordained by God. It is our duty, as Christians and citizens, to be active participants in the governmental process. Therefore, seek the Lord’s wisdom through prayer (and fasting) before you cast your vote. 

View CWA’s brochure What’s Your Vote Worth?

“Select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and ten”(Exodus 18:21).

Thank you for making a difference for the Kingdom of God here in Georgia!

Tanya Ditty
State Director

*Concerned Women for America is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and does not endorse candidates for political office.

Updated 3-17-18: Stay Informed: CWA of Georgia Capitol Watch

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Read our 2017-2018 – Targeted Legislation List (updated 3-17-18)

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.

Helpful resources:

3-12-18 State Legislative Update – Faith-Based Adoptions and Hate Crimes (Again)

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Hate Crimes

Legislation is never considered dead until the legislative session is over. And that cannot be truer concerning the resuscitation of the “hate crimes” bill. Last Thursday, in a crafty maneuver, the “hate crimes” bill found new life by placing the “hate crimes” language into SB 373.  The bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and is now in the Rules Committee. The bill would add additional punishments for crimes committed against protected classes of people based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, and more.

Please read our talking points concerning the dangers of “hate crime” laws. 

Should this bill pass, individuals in Georgia could claim, and courts interpret, that merely expressing one’s sincerely held beliefs is “intimidating” or represents a “threat” of force. “Hate crime” laws are already being used to intimidate and punish people who honor natural sexuality and value marriage as the union of one man and one woman. If a person speaks out against various sexual behaviors, they may be accused of “hate speech” and promoting “hate crimes.”

Action Item: SB 373 (committee substitute) is moving quickly and phone calls are needed immediately. Would you make three phone calls today to stop this very dangerous bill?

  1. Contact the Speaker of the House, David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), and respectfully urge him to stop SB 373 from moving forward. E-mail him and/or call his office at (404) 656-5020.
  2. Contact Rules Chairman John Meadows, and respectfully urge him to stop SB 373 from moving forward. E-mail him and/or call his office at (404) 656-5141.
  3. Contact your state representative and urge him or her to OPPOSE SB 373 should it come to a floor for a vote. If you do not know who your representative is, click here.

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

Please pray for the Lord’s intervention on the hate crimes bill.  Ask the Lord to stop the bill in its tracks and claim Jeremiah 32:27, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?”

Adoption and Foster Care Legislation

Status: SB 375, the “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act”, is languishing in the House Judiciary Committee. 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. Georgia has the constitutional duty to proactively protect the first freedom of the First Amendment for religious persons and their institutions.

Action: Contact Gov. Nathan Deal and urge him to put his support behind SB 375 and help move the bill forward. Use the Online Contact Form or call his office at (404)656-1776. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.  

Please pray that Gov. Deal will recognize the importance of protecting faith-based adoption agencies. James 5:16 promises that, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Once again, thank you for both your prayers and action.

Tanya Ditty
State Director
CWA of Georgia

State Legislative Update: Faith-Based Adoptions and Marijuana

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Last Wednesday was Crossover Day in the state legislature. Crossover Day is the last day for bills to “cross over” from one chamber to the other and still have an opportunity to become law. Many bills we opposed (casinos and “hate crimes”) failed to pass out of either chamber so they are most likely dead. There are only ten days left in the 2018 session, and I wanted to update you on two bills that we will focus on until the end of the session.

Adoption and Foster Care Legislation
The House and Senate passed HB 159, the massive rewrite of Georgia’s adoption code which had not 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. Georgia has the constitutional duty to proactively protect the first freedom of the First Amendment for religious persons and their institutions.

Status: SB 375 passed out of the Senate and is now in the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.

Action: Call or e-mail your state representative and urge him/her to support SB 375 if it comes to the House floor for a vote. Click here if you do not know the name of your state representative.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.

Watch for additional action items on SB 375 later this week.

Please pray that SB 375 will pass the House and that Gov. Deal will sign the bill. It will be an uphill fight to get this bill passed. However, James 5:16 promises that, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Marijuana
HB 764, a bill that would add intractable pain and post-stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of conditions that are permitted to be treated with THC oil (cannabis oil), passed the House and is now being considered by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Let’s Get Clear Georgia, who advocates preventing marijuana abuse, says this about HB 764, “Because so many persons will claim to have intractable pain, whether they do or not, including intractable pain as a condition will mean de facto recreational legalization of marijuana in Georgia.”   Educate yourself by reading 3 Reasons to Oppose Chronic Pain As Yet Another Condition.

Action: Call or e-mail your state senator and urge him/her to oppose HB 764 when it comes to the Senate floor for a vote.  Click here if you do not know the name of your state senator.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.

Pray that HB 764 will not move in the Senate.

Additional Legislation
We are monitoring several other bills on issues such as casinos, sex trafficking, pornography, and more. 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.

Tanya Ditty
State Director
CWA of Georgia

Information: CWA of Georgia Day at the Capitol

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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.

Tanya Ditty
State Director