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Time to Pray and Act on Behalf of Judge Kavanaugh

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Dear friend,

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,” (James 2:24). Let us keep this in mind as we consider the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Time to Pray and Act on Behalf of Judge Kavanaugh
The circus continues with regards to the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U. S. Supreme Court.  As you know, his opponents continue to promote confusion and hysteria about Judge Kavanaugh’s character day after day.

CWA CEO and President Penny Nance wrote about Christine Blasey Ford’s recent accusation against Kavanaugh in USA Today: Kavanaugh, too? Christine Blasey Ford’s Account is Missing Key Details of Assault.

Our own U.S. Senator and Judicial Committee member Mazie Hirono (D) has been outrageous in this process, demanding, “men of this country and the men in this committee” need to “just shut up and step up.” This is unacceptable! CWA’s Doreen Denny, Director of Government Relations, had a great comeback to Hirono’s comments, Sen. Hirono Should Step Up for Justice.  (Note that since the writing of this article a date of this Thursday has been set for the accuser to testify.)

Please continue to contact Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) about this nomination, despite their public statements of opposition to Kavanaugh.  Just as with nominations to lower courts, the opposition is attempting to obstruct this nomination by using delay tactics.  If our senators don’t hear from us and only hear from the other side of the debate, they’ll be able to say that we don’t appear to care or have given up on this nomination. Please do not give them reason to oppose President Trump’s second nominee to our highest court in the land.

If you don’t do it, who will?

Take Action:

  • Call and email both of our Hawaii Senators Brian Schatz (D) and Mazie Hirono (D), and politely ask them to confirm the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.

Sen Schatz: email and call 202-224-3934 (D.C.) or 808-523-2061 (Hawaii)

Sen. Hirono: email and call 202-224-6361 (D.C.) or 808-522-8970 (Hawaii) As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, please ask Sen. Hirono to both vote for the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh as committee member as well as when it goes to the Senator floor for a vote.

  • Please send this e-alert to friends and family and also encourage them to both pray and act.

Please Pray: “Dear Father, thank You for Your mercy on our nation. We pray right now that You will lead the senators to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to continue that mercy. Help us thirst for justice and remember its true meaning. Forgive us for perverting it and seeking our own prideful ways, instead of what is truly good and true. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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

Barbara J. Ferraro, State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
808-965-9834

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

Sen. Hirono Needs to Do the Responsible Thing – Meet the Nominee

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Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) is on the Judiciary Committee and has the responsibility of advise and consent on nominations. She cancelled her meeting last week with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a political statement against President Trump. This is rude and irresponsible. Sen. Hirono should give Brett Kavanaugh the courtesy of a meeting and perform her duties for the people of Hawaii.

This confirmation is too important for political games, Hawaiians expect more.

Act:
•Please contact Sen. Hirono and express your disappointment in her for cancelling her meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Encourage her to reschedule the meeting. Be sure to let her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.
• If you would like more information on the credentials of Judge Kavanaugh, review these talking points.
• Please pass this e-alert onto friends and family.

Pray:
• Pray for Sen. Hirono. May she see the wisdom in meeting with Kavanaugh.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

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

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.

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

New Brochure Now Available: The Constitution is NOT the Problem

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More and more on a state level we are seeing both conservative and liberal groups wanting to change the constitution with a Con Con (Constitutional Convention, Article V Convention, Convention of States, Amendments Convention or a Con Con: Different names, but same concept. All done under Article V of U. S. Constitution.) Though on the surface it may sound like a good idea, it is a dangerous one.
Be informed, check out our new brochure, The Constitution is NOT the Problem.

Prayer Alert: Supreme Court of the United States Decision Soon to Affect Hawaii

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We at CWA of Hawaii anxiously anticipate a decision from the Supreme Court of the United States on NIFLA v. Becerra regarding a current California law in which pro-life clinics must post printed notices in several languages urging women to contact state facilities where they can get a free or low-cost abortion.  In addition it asks unlicensed pregnancy centers to put up large signs saying: “This facility is not licensed as a medical facility by the State of California and has no licensed medical provider who provides or directly supervises the provision of services.”

CWA of Hawaii fought diligently against an almost identical law, S.B. 501, and lost.  Therefore, the outcome of this case will affect the free speech of the crisis pregnancy centers of Hawaii and ultimately the unborn of Hawaii.

A decision is expected sometime between now and the end of June.

We are grateful for CWA national going all out in its defense of free speech in this case.  CWA national presented an amicus brief, staff rallied outside the court on the day of the hearing, articles were written, etc.  Click here to read about it.

Please join with us in prayer, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:12-13). May we stand firm together.

Pray for each Supreme Court justice by name:

  • Chief Justice John Roberts, appointed to the high court by President George W. Bush
  • Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, appointed by President Ronald Reagan
  • Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, appointed by President George H.W. Bush
  • Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, appointed by President Bill Clinton
  • Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, appointed by President Bill Clinton
  • Associate Justice Samuel Alito, appointed by President George W. Bush
  • Associate Justice Sonya Sotomayor, appointed by President Barrack Obama
  • Associate Justice Elena Kagan, appointed by President Barrack Obama
  • Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, appointed by President Donald Trump

Pray that each Justice will see clearly the serious issues in this matter and will rule in favor of the prolife pregnancy resource and medical clinics in California, and subsequently those in Hawaii.

Pray for the continuing battle against abortion nationwide.

Thank you for your diligence in this matter.

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

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]