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Legislative Update on Physician-Assisted Suicide and Conversion Therapy Prohibition

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HB2739 HD1, Relating to Assisted Suicide, Establishes a regulated process under which an adult resident of the State with a medically confirmed terminal disease and less than six months to live may choose to obtain a prescription for medication to end the patient’s life. Imposes criminal sanctions for tampering with a patient’s request for a prescription or coercing a patient to request a prescription.

 CWA of Hawaii Opposes HB2739. Click here to read and track the bill.

 Update: HB2739l was passed in the House (with 12 representatives voting against it) and then passed Thursday by the Senate Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce. Gov. David Ige has stated that he ready to sign this bill into law if it reaches his desk. It is now on the calendar for a public decision hearing Friday, March 23, at 9:00 a.m. in the Senate Judiciary Committee (JDC).

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9

Take Action by Thursday:

  1. Please contact the members of the JDC and encourage them to vote NO on HB2739 HD1. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. Click here for their names and contact information.
  2. Contact Gov. Ige and tell him of your disappointment in hearing that he plans to sign HB2739.  Ask him to reconsider. Click here to contact him.
  3. If time allows, and you haven’t already, thank the 12 representatives who voted against HB2739: Henry Aquino (D-District 38), Romy Cachola (D-District 30), Isaach Choy (D-District 23), Ty Cullen (D-District 39), Sharon Har (D-District 42), Aaron Johanson (D-District 31), Sam Kong (D-District 33), Bob McDermott (R-District 40), Sean Quinlan (D-District 47), Andria Tupola (R-District 43) and Gene Ward (R-District 17).  To send each one an email simply enter each one like this “rep (last name) @capitol.hawaii.gov. For example: [email protected]. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. It is important that we support those who vote right.

Pray: Please pray that the plans of those pushing this bill will be thwarted.

Here are just some of the many concerns we have about physician-assisted suicide:

  • There is no guarantee in this bill, or anywhere else, that the adult resident as defined, would not give this same medicine to someone else, whether that other person was even aware that they had been given this medicine.  In other words, there is no guarantee that the original adult who obtained the prescription, would not somehow decide to encourage or force someone else, even a child, to consume this medicine.
  • There is also a possibility that the adult resident might have been given the prescription due to a misjudgment or an error in the diagnosis of their disability or illness.  There is much room for error in this situation, since any drug that the adult resident receives a prescription for could also be used for detrimental purposes.
  • Oregon, the first state to legalize assisted suicide, provides the most complete data available on the practice of assisted suicide in the United States. Oregon reports that the dominant reasons motivating patients to choose assisted suicide have nothing to do with pain management. The primary concerns center around having a disability: losing autonomy (92%), being less able to engage in activities making life enjoyable (90%) and losing dignity (79%). Fear of inadequate pain control is one of patients’ least cited reasons.
  • Modern medicine has made significant advances in pain control. Doctors now have a range of options to treat pain in terminally ill patients, including even palliative sedation as a last resort.

Though there are many sound academic reasons to oppose physician-assisted suicide, as believers, the most important reason is because God, and God alone, is the author of life. We cannot take on the role of God and take life based on our inconsistent judgment.

SB270 SD1, Prohibits Conversion Therapy, Prohibits specific state-licensed persons who are licensed to provide professional counseling from engaging in, attempting to engage in, or advertising sexual orientation change efforts on persons under eighteen years of age.

CWA of Hawaii Opposes SB270 SD1. Click here to read and track the bill.

Don’t let our Hawaii legislators take away our religious freedom! It is not only the children that will be affected by this bill if passed, it is the Christian therapists. It will be illegal for a therapist to read what the Word of God has to say about homosexuality.  We still live in a country that “allows” religious freedom.  Don’t we?  Note that I didn’t say “welcomes.”  More and more I see our religious freedoms being taken away from us piece by piece.  If we don’t show strong opposition to these types of bills it lays the groundwork for them to go after other professionals and businesses in Hawaii.  One thing leads to another.  Who do you think they will go after next? Churches? Pastors? Individuals?  No, they wouldn’t dare . . .

Update: Nothing has changed on this since our last e-alert on March 15. This bill was passed in the Consumer Protection & Commerce Committee and is now headed to the Judiciary Committee.

Take Action: If you have not already, please encourage the members of the Judiciary Committee to vote NO on SB270. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. Click here for their names and contact information.  We are unsure when this bill will be voted on, so please contact the committee members as soon as you are able.  Thank you!

Pray: Please pray that the plans of those pushing this bill will be thwarted.

For good health and life!

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
[email protected]
http://hi.cwfa.org
808-965-9834

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]

Legislative Update: Oppose Physician-Assisted Suicide and Prohibition on Conversion Therapy

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HB2739 HD1, Relating to Assisted Suicide, Establishes a regulated process under which an adult resident of the State with a medically confirmed terminal disease and less than six months to live may choose to obtain a prescription for medication to end the patient’s life. Imposes criminal sanctions for tampering with a patient’s request for a prescription or coercing a patient to request a prescription.

CWA of Hawaii Opposes HB2739 HD1.

Update: This bill has been placed on the calendar for a hearing tomorrow, March 16, at 8:30 a.m. by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health (CPH). This bill has already been passed by the full House with 12 representatives voting against it.  Gov. David Ige has said he is ready to sign this bill into law once it reaches his desk. Click here to read and track the bill.

Act TODAY:

  1. Please contact the members of the CPH and encourage them to vote NO on HB2739 HD1. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. Click here for their names and contact information.
  2. Contact Gov. Ige and tell him of your disappointment in hearing that he plans to sign HB2739.  Ask him to reconsider. Click here to contact him.
  3. If time allows, thank the 12 representatives who voted against HB 2739: Henry Aquino (D-District 38), Romy Cachola (D-District 30), Isaach Choy (D-District 23), Ty Cullen (D-District 39), Sharon Har (D-District 42), Aaron Johanson (D-District 31), Sam Kong (D-District 33), Bob McDermott (R-District 40), Sean Quinlan (D-District 47), Andria Tupola (R-District 43) and Gene Ward (R-District 17).  To send each one an email simply enter each one like this “rep (last name)   @capitol.hawaii.gov. For example: [email protected]. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. It is important that we support those who vote right.

Pray: Please pray that the plans of those pushing this bill with be thwarted.

Here are just some of the many concerns we have about physician-assisted suicide:

  • There is no guarantee in this bill, or anywhere else, that the adult resident as defined, would not give this same medicine to someone else, whether that other person was even aware that they had been given this medicine.  In other words, there is no guarantee that the original adult who obtained the prescription, would not somehow decide to encourage or force someone else, even a child, to consume this medicine.
  • There is also a possibility that the adult resident might have been given the prescription due to a misjudgment or an error in the diagnosis of their disability or illness.  There is much room for error in this situation, since any drug that the adult resident receives a prescription for could also be used for detrimental purposes.
  • Oregon, the first state to legalize assisted suicide, provides the most complete data available on the practice of assisted suicide in the United States. Oregon reports that the dominant reasons motivating patients to choose assisted suicide have nothing to do with pain management. The primary concerns center around having a disability: losing autonomy (92%), being less able to engage in activities making life enjoyable (90%) and losing dignity (79%). Fear of inadequate pain control is one of patients’ least cited reasons.
  • Modern medicine has made significant advances in pain control. Doctors now have a range of options to treat pain in terminally ill patients, including even palliative sedation as a last resort.

Though there are many sound academic reasons to oppose physician-assisted suicide, as believers, the most important reason is because God, and God alone, is the author of life. We cannot take on the role of God and take life based on our inconsistent judgment.

Please do all you can to support God’s gift to us: life.

SB270 SD1, Prohibits Conversion Therapy, Prohibits specific state-licensed persons who are licensed to provide professional counseling from engaging in, attempting to engage in, or advertising sexual orientation change efforts on persons under eighteen years of age. CWA of Hawaii Opposes SB270 SD1.

Update: This bill was passed in the Consumer Protection & Commerce Committee and is now headed to the Judiciary Committee. Click here to read and track the bill.

Act: Please encourage the members of the Judiciary Committee to vote NO on SB270 SD1. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. Click here for their names and contact information.  This bill is moving fast so please contact the committee members as soon as you are able.

Pray:  Please pray that the plans of those pushing this bill with be thwarted.

For good health and life!

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
[email protected]
http://hi.cwfa.org
808-965-9834

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]

Protect Hawaii’s Minors and Parental Rights, Oppose SB 270 SD1

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SB270 SD1, known as the “Conversion Therapy” bill, seeks to prohibit sexual orientation change efforts and regulate any state-licensed persons who provide professional counseling to minors under the age of 18. Licensed counselors would be prohibited from engaging in, seeking to engage in, or advertising the offering of sexual change efforts on persons under 18 years of age.

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

 SB270 SD1 undermines parental authority and leaves the fate of Hawaii’s children in the hands of the State. Public schools indoctrinate students from a young age to accept alternative lifestyles and sexual orientations, yet this bill will not permit parents to seek professional help for their own children who could be confused and damaged by the messages and information sanctioned in public schools and by the mainstream media.

There is a battle raging for the hearts, minds, and lives of our children. Here’s what you can do to fight for Hawaii’s keiki:

PRAY that SB270 SD1 will be voted on by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce at a hearing scheduled for tomorrow, March 14 at 2:00 p.m.

CALL and EMAIL the following members of the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, urge them to vote “NO” on SB270 SD1:

Rep. Roy Takumi, Chair: (808) 586-6170, [email protected]
Rep. Linda Ichiyama, Vice Chair: (808) 586-6220, [email protected]
Rep. Henry Aquino, (808) 586-6520, [email protected]
Rep. Ken Ito, (808) 586-586-8470, [email protected]
Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, (808) 586-9470, [email protected]
Rep. Matthew S. LoPresti, (808) 586-6080, [email protected]
Rep. Bob McDermott, (808) 586-9730, [email protected]
Rep. John M. Mizuno, (808) 586-6050, [email protected]
Rep. Calvin Say, (808) 586-6900, [email protected]
Rep. James K. Tokioka, (808) 586-6270, [email protected]
Rep. Ryan I. Yamane, (808) 586-6150, [email protected]

SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY in strong opposition to SB270 SD1 at capitol.hawaii.gov before 2:00 p.m. today, March 13. Your opinion matters. Let your voice be heard!

ATTEND HEARING. If time permits, attend the hearing at the state capitol in House Conference Room 329, tomorrow, March 14 at 2:00 p.m.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

On behalf of CWA of Hawaii, thank you for your help in defending the right to seek professional help for confused youth who are being taught that what is aberrant is normal, what is evil is good.

For Hawaii’s keiki,

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
P.O. Box 10732
Hilo, I 96721
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org
808-965-9834

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]

 

 

 

 

Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill is on the Move and Needs Your Opposition – Today and Tomorrow!

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As we mentioned in last month’s e-alert on HB2739, physician-assisted suicide is alive and well in Hawaii.

 HB2730 passed through two committees last week and is expected to be voted on by the full House tomorrow morning.

 Take Action:

  1. Today: Contact your Representative today and urge him/her to vote NO on HB2739. If you don’t know who he/she is then click here and fill in the blank next to “Find Your Legislator” in the upper right hand corner.  Be sure to let him/her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.
  2. Tomorrow: If at all possible, attend the morning’s rally at the state capitol put on by Hawaii Family Forum.
  3. Now: Please forward this e-alert to friends and family. Encourage them to both pray and act immediately.

 

Please Pray:  Pray for your representative by name.  Pray he/she will have the courage to defend life.

 

“…And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” – Psalm 139:16

 You can call it “death with dignity,” “medical aid in dying” or “informed healthcare decision”, but suicide is still suicide no matter how you spin it!

Statistics from states that have legalized physician-assisted suicide show the terrible unintended consequences Hawaii can expect to experience if it follows suit.  Here are just some of our concerns:

  • The individual could be given the prescription due to a misjudgment or an error in the diagnosis of their disability or illness.
  • Oregon, the first state to legalize assisted suicide, provides the most complete data available on the practice of assisted suicide in the United States. Oregon reports that individuals primarily choose assisted suicide because of reasons related to a disability and very little to do with pain management. The primary concerns center around having a disability: losing autonomy (92%), being less able to engage in activities making life enjoyable (90%), and losing dignity (79%). Fear of inadequate pain control is one of patients’ least cited reasons.
  • Modern medicine has made significant advances in pain control. Doctors now have a range of options to treat pain in terminally ill patients, including even palliative sedation as a last resort.
  • PAS increases overall suicide rates, lethal addictive drugs go unused, and mental health issues are ignored.

For more facts and statistics, go to noalohainsuicide.org.

Though there are many sound academic reasons to oppose physician-assisted suicide, as believers, the most important reason is because God, and God alone, is the author of life. We cannot take on the role of God and take life based on our inconsistent judgment.

We do not understand why God allows pain and suffering, but we know God is good; God is love, and His ways are higher than ours. God has appointed a time for each of us to be born and to die. He is with us in all things and has a purpose for every situation that comes our way. God has a plan for each and every one of us.

For Life!

 

Barbara Ferraro

State Director
CWA of Hawaii
P.O. Box 10732
Hilo, I 96721
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org
808-965-9834

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]

CWA of Hawaii Stands Up to Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill – Join Us!

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“…And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” – Psalm 139:16

 You can call it “death with dignity,” “medical aid in dying” or “informed healthcare decision”, but suicide is still suicide no matter how you spin it!

As expected, physician-assisted suicide (PAS) has raised its ugly head again this legislative session. This emotionally-charged issue continues to draw heated support and opposition in Hawaii. However, statistics from states that have legalized PAS show the terrible unintended consequences Hawaii can expect to experience if it follows suit.  Here are just some of our concerns:

  • The individual could be given the prescription due to a misjudgment or an error in the diagnosis of their disability or illness.
  • Oregon, the first state to legalize assisted suicide, provides the most complete data available on the practice of assisted suicide in the United States. Oregon reports that individuals primarily choose assisted suicide because of reasons related to a disability and very little to do with pain management. The primary concerns center around having a disability: losing autonomy (92%), being less able to engage in activities making life enjoyable (90%), and losing dignity (79%). Fear of inadequate pain control is one of patients’ least cited reasons.
  • Modern medicine has made significant advances in pain control. Doctors now have a range of options to treat pain in terminally ill patients, including even palliative sedation as a last resort.
  • PAS increases overall suicide rates, lethal addictive drugs go unused, and mental health issues are ignored.

For more facts and statistics, go to noalohainsuicide.org.

Status: The senate companion bill SB1129 was deferred last year but re-referred this session as HB2739 to the House Committees on Health & Human Services and on Judiciary. It is now scheduled to be heard in both committees tomorrow, February 27Click here to read the bill and to track its status.

Now more than ever, each committee member needs to hear a message loud and clear from the citizens of Hawaii that we do not support this deadly pro-suicide bill. 

Please Take Action Now:

Contact members of both committees and ask them to vote NO on HB2739. Email each committee member and then give them a call. Feel free to call and leave a message after hours tonight if needed. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.

House Committee on Health & Human Services:
Chair Rep. John Mizuno, (808) 586-6050, [email protected]
Vice Chair Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi, (808)586-6310, [email protected]
Rep. Della Au Belatti, (808) 586-9425, [email protected]
Rep. Lei Learmont, (808) 586-6700, [email protected]
Rep. Andria Tupola, (808) 586-8465, [email protected]

House Committee on Judiciary:
Chair Rep. Scott Nishimoto, (808) 586-8515, [email protected]
Vice Chair Rep. Joy San Buenaventura, (808) 586-6530, [email protected]
Rep. Tom Brower, (808) 586-8520, [email protected]
Rep. Chris Lee, (808) 586-9450, [email protected]
Rep. Dee Morikawa, (808) 586-6280, [email protected]
Rep. Bob McDermott, (808) 586-9730, [email protected]
Rep. Gregg Takayama, (808) 586-6340, [email protected]
Rep. Cynthia Thielen, (808) 586-6480, [email protected]

Please Pray: Pray for each of the committee members as you contact them. Pray that HB 2739 will fail in both of these committees.

Though there are many sound academic reasons to oppose physician-assisted suicide, as believers, the most important reason is because God, and God alone, is the author of life. We cannot take on the role of God and take life based on our inconsistent judgment.

We don’t understand why God allows pain and suffering, but we know God is good; God is love, and His ways are higher than ours. God has appointed a time for each of us to be born and to die. He is with us in all things and has a purpose for every situation that comes our way. God has a plan for each and every one of us.

For Life!

Barbara Ferraro

State Director
CWA of Hawaii
P.O. Box 10732
Hilo, I 96721
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org
808-965-9834

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]

CWA of Hawaii Stands Up to Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill – Join Us!

By | Hawaii | No Comments

“…And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” – Psalm 139:16

 You can call it “death with dignity,” “medical aid in dying” or “informed healthcare decision”, but suicide is still suicide no matter how you spin it!

As expected, physician-assisted suicide (PAS) has raised its ugly head again this legislative session. This emotionally-charged issue continues to draw heated support and opposition in Hawaii. However, statistics from states that have legalized PAS show the terrible unintended consequences Hawaii can expect to experience if it follows suit.  Here are just some of our concerns:

  • The individual could be given the prescription due to a misjudgment or an error in the diagnosis of their disability or illness.
  • Oregon, the first state to legalize assisted suicide, provides the most complete data available on the practice of assisted suicide in the United States. Oregon reports that individuals primarily choose assisted suicide because of reasons related to a disability and very little to do with pain management. The primary concerns center around having a disability: losing autonomy (92%), being less able to engage in activities making life enjoyable (90%), and losing dignity (79%). Fear of inadequate pain control is one of patients’ least cited reasons.
  • Modern medicine has made significant advances in pain control. Doctors now have a range of options to treat pain in terminally ill patients, including even palliative sedation as a last resort.
  • PAS increases overall suicide rates, lethal addictive drugs go unused, and mental health issues are ignored.

For more facts and statistics, go to noalohainsuicide.org.

Status: The senate companion bill SB1129 was deferred last year but re-referred this session as HB2739 to the House Committees on Health & Human Services and on Judiciary. It is now scheduled to be heard in both committees tomorrow, February 27Click here to read the bill and to track its status.

Now more than ever, each committee member needs to hear a message loud and clear from the citizens of Hawaii that we do not support this deadly pro-suicide bill. 

Please Take Action Now:

Contact members of both committees and ask them to vote NO on HB2739. Email each committee member and then give them a call. Feel free to call and leave a message after hours tonight if needed. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.

House Committee on Health & Human Services:
Chair Rep. John Mizuno, (808) 586-6050, [email protected]
Vice Chair Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi, (808)586-6310, [email protected]
Rep. Della Au Belatti, (808) 586-9425, [email protected]
Rep. Lei Learmont, (808) 586-6700, [email protected]
Rep. Andria Tupola, (808) 586-8465, [email protected]

House Committee on Judiciary:
Chair Rep. Scott Nishimoto, (808) 586-8515, [email protected]
Vice Chair Rep. Joy San Buenaventura, (808) 586-6530, [email protected]
Rep. Tom Brower, (808) 586-8520, [email protected]
Rep. Chris Lee, (808) 586-9450, [email protected]
Rep. Dee Morikawa, (808) 586-6280, [email protected]
Rep. Bob McDermott, (808) 586-9730, [email protected]
Rep. Gregg Takayama, (808) 586-6340, [email protected]
Rep. Cynthia Thielen, (808) 586-6480, [email protected]

Please Pray: Pray for each of the committee members as you contact them. Pray that HB 2739 will fail in both of these committees.

Though there are many sound academic reasons to oppose physician-assisted suicide, as believers, the most important reason is because God, and God alone, is the author of life. We cannot take on the role of God and take life based on our inconsistent judgment.

We don’t understand why God allows pain and suffering, but we know God is good; God is love, and His ways are higher than ours. God has appointed a time for each of us to be born and to die. He is with us in all things and has a purpose for every situation that comes our way. God has a plan for each and every one of us.

For Life!

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
P.O. Box 10732
Hilo, I 96721
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org
808-965-9834

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]

Good News! Your Voice Was Heard! Anti-Homeschool Legislation Stopped!

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SB 2323, a bill that would have required background checks on all homeschool families, was deferred by the Senate Committees on Education and on Human Services on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Praise the Lord!

Many in opposition to SB 2323 were in attendance at the committee hearing, including Wilma Youtz, your CWA of Hawaii Legislative Liaison.  CWA of Hawaii submitted 136 signed testimonies in opposition to SB 2323 as well as individual testimonies from both your State Director, Barbara Ferraro, and Wilma Youtz.

This outcome represents a significant turn of events. Yesterday’s hearing began with an announcement from Sen. Michelle Kidani (D-District 18), Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, that SB 2323 would be passed with amendments to the Committee on Judiciary. However, the passionate and reasoned arguments, respectfully voiced by those in attendance, and the written testimonies led to a monumental turn of events. The committees’ members voted to defer SB 2323, meaning that the bill will proceed no further during this legislative session. Moreover, Sen. Josh Green (D-District 3), Chair of the Senate Committee on Human Services, indicated that SB 2274, a similar bill he introduced, will not be scheduled for hearing and will, therefore, die this session.  Thank you, Lord!

Our thanks go out to all of you who called the committee members earlier this week, signed and submitted written testimonies, attended the hearing, and prayed for the defeat of SB 2323. God so graciously heard our prayers and answered them!

“I waited patiently for the LORD,
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.”
— Psalm 40:1

While we celebrate this victory for homeschoolers, we must remain vigilant and be ready to mount the same effort should companion bill HB 2244 be scheduled for a hearing. It has been referred to the House Committees on Education, Health and Human Services, Judiciary, and Finance.  CWA of Hawaii will continue to monitor this legislative session and keep a watchful eye on this bill.

With praise and thanksgiving to God,

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]

OPPOSE SB 2323: The Rights of Hawaii Homeschoolers are at Stake

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Hawaii’s 2018 legislative session is up and running! Concerned Women for America of Hawaii foresees a busy session, and your help will be needed on a number of issues. Together we will stand for Biblical values as we proclaim truth and grace to our legislators.

Within the first few weeks of the legislature, a total of three dangerous bills were introduced concerning the issue of homeschooling.  The bill of immediate concern is SB 2323. This would require all homeschooling families to undergo child abuse and neglect history inquiries and background checks by Child Welfare Services in order to receive approval to homeschool their children. Never before have Hawaii families been put under such scrutiny while trying to educate their own children.

This bill would set a “guilty until proven innocent”  basis for the law. Until parents can prove they are fit to parent their own children, they will not be allowed to educate their children.

Click here to read SB 2323 and track its status.

Without a doubt, these bills have been introduced in response to the California parents who imprisoned and abused their 13 children under the guise of homeschooling. This tragic story incriminates the parents – not homeschooling.  Though this situation, and a few others, occurred under the guise of homeschooling, these cases are extremely rare. Far more children who attend public or private schools are abused by their parents or the school system.

Please act now! Do not wait until it is too late. The committees vote on this bill on Wednesday, February 14, at 2:55 p.m.

Please pray diligently. Pray that those who see this as an opportunity to hinder homeschooling would be thwarted in their efforts to pass SB 2323. 

Please take action immediately. 

  1. Email and call each member of the Senate Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Human Services and respectfully ask him/her to vote NO on SB 2323. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. Feel free to call and leave a message after hours if that is more convenient for you.

Senate Committee on Education:

Chair Sen. Michelle Kidani, (808) 586-7100, [email protected]

Vice-Chair Sen. Kaiali’i Kahele, (808) 586-6760, [email protected]

Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, (808) 586-6090, [email protected]

Sen. Will Espero, (808) 586-6360,

[email protected]

Sen. Donna Mercado Kim, (808) 587-7200, [email protected]

Senate Committee on Human Services:

Chair Sen. Josh Green, (808) 586-9385, [email protected]

Vice-Chair Sen. Stanley Chang, (808) 586-8420, [email protected]

Sen. Breene Harimoto, (808) 586-6230, [email protected]

Sen. Jill Tokuda, (808) 587-7215,

[email protected]

Sen. Glenn Wakai, (808) 586-8585,

[email protected]

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

  1. If time permits, attend the hearing this Wednesday, February 14, at the Capitol Conference, Room 229, at 2:55 p.m.
  1. Please pass this e-alert on to friends and family and encourage them to pray and take action.

Please protect parents’ rights to educate their own children without government intrusion and overreach.  Join CWA of Hawaii in opposing SB 2323. Your voice matters, and your efforts can make a difference!

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org
Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]

Join CWA of Hawaii’s Encourage-A-Legislator Project

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

With the state legislature beginning this week, our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Project will be in full swing by the end of the month.   We need encouragers to pray for our 76 State Legislators, our four U.S. Members of Congress, our Governor and Lt. Governor. Our prayer is that each and every one of them will be covered in pray and encouragement this legislative session.

If you have not participated in our EAL Program in the past, know that this program is focused solely on prayer and encouragement to our state legislators.  Participants simply pray for an assigned legislator every day of the legislative session and send a postcard once a week to their assigned state legislator with encouraging words letting them know that they are being prayed for each day.  We will do monthly Prayer post cards for our U.S. Members of Congress, Governor and Lt. Governor the rest of the year.  The state legislative session goes until May 3.  This is not a lobbying effort but a ministry to the legislators.  Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, democrat, republican, independent or other, they are in desperate need of prayer.  This legislative session, CWA of Hawaii plans to deliver those prayers.  If you have participated before, please join us once again.

Once signed up, participants receive a packet with the name and biography of their assigned legislator, and a sufficient number of Hawaii EAL postcards, suggestions to write on the postcard (optional) and the dates on which to send the postcards.

Seen or unseen, prayer always has a significant impact. Year after year, we receive letters of appreciation from the legislators expressing their gratitude for the many postcards of prayer and encouragement.  They often communicate how they need and want to be upheld in prayer as they serve the people of Hawaii.

Sign up today by e-mailing me at [email protected],  or call  808-965-9834.   I will need your name, address, phone number and how many legislators you would like to encourage.

Please forward this on to friends and family who you think may be interested in participating.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Praying along with you,

Barbara J. Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org