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New Anti-Science State Procedures Dismiss Fact and Demand the Promotion of Falsehood

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CWA of Illinois condemns the latest procedures by the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) that forces the acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) lifestyle upon ALL social workers and foster families. Failure to adhere to these new policies will result in dismissal from one’s role.

On May 6, 2017, Illinois DCFS Director George Sheldon signed enhanced department procedures to be followed when providing services to LGBTQ children and youth in the department’s care.  The policy states, “… will not tolerate exposing LGBTQ children and youth to staff/providers who are not supportive of children and youths’ right to self-determination of sexual/gender identity.” Click here to read the DCFS press release concerning these new procedures.

For more information about this issue, please read an excellent op-ed, Illinois Purges Social Workers And Foster Families Who Don’t ‘Facilitate’ Transgenderism, by Mary Rice Hasson. She is an attorney and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington D.C.!

Take Action: Please contact the following individuals and tell them you do not approve of the latest Illinois Department of Child and Family “enhanced” LGBTQ policies and demand that these policies be rescinded.  Be sure to let them know that you are member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.

  • Write George Sheldon at Director’s Office, DCFS, 406 East Monroe Street, Springfield, IL 62701 and/or call (217) 785-2509.
  • Email Bruce Rauner
  • Contact your state senator and state representative.  If you do not know who your legislators are, click here to find out their name and contact information based on your address.
  • Pass this alert on to everyone you know, especially your pastors!
  • If you haven’t already, be sure to take action on last Thursday’s e-alert concerning the transgender birth certificate bill.

 Pray:

  • Pray for the churches in Illinois. Pray they will stand up like never before for what is right and oppose what is wrong.  Pray for those who have been complacent, and that they might repent for their apathy.
  • Pray the fear of the Lord falls upon the Illinois’ legislator and departments. Let them see that they are responsible to the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY for their laws, policies, and actions.

 “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke.

Debbie Leininger
CWA of Illinois
director@illinois.cwfa.org
815-297-2918

Ready to take the next step?  Get more involved with CWA of Illinois.

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter. Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.
  • Please donate to CWA of Illinois. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported completely through donations.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert, and you would like to be on our e-mail list, contact me and I will be happy to add you.

 

Transgender Birth Certificate Bill Passed in Senate – Governor Needs to Hear From You!

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Gov. Bruce Rauner will now decide the fate of HB 1785.

Yesterday afternoon, the Illinois Senate approved HB 1785 with a vote of 32-22. The bill was passed along party lines with no republican “yes” votes.  Last week, the bill passed through the Illinois House with a vote of 63-32.

HB 1785 amends the Vital Records Act to allow gender-dysphoric persons to change their gender on their birth certificate with a declaration from a health care worker or mental health professional that states the person has undergone “gender transition treatment.”

The bill now goes to Gov. Rauner who has sixty days to sign or veto it.  If he chooses to do nothing, then the falsifying of Illinois birth certificates will become law. Gov. Rauner needs to hear from YOU! 

A special thank you to those who contacted their state senator in response to our last e-alerts on this bill. 

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

Take Action:

  1. Contact Gov. Rauner now and ask him to veto HB1785. Please email him and call his office at 217-782-0244. Feel free to leave a message after hours.  Let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.
  2. As previously requested, please contact the governor concerning him vetoing HB 40. Remind him that he pledged to “veto” HB 40.
  3. Please forward this alert now to everyone you know, especially your pastor and members of your congregation. We, too, are held accountable for our action or inaction in making our voices heard for righteousness in government in Illinois.

Please Take a Moment to Pray”

  • Pray that the schemes of the enemy would be thwarted and that Gov. Rauner will “veto” both of these bills.
  • Pray that Gov. Rauner will be convicted of the spiritual ramification of allowing unrighteous bills to become law: He will ultimately be held accountable to Almighty God for his decisions.
  • Pray that pastors and Christians would be vocal advocates for Christ in public discourse and defending sound legislation.

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

Debbie Leininger
CWA of Illinois
director@illinois.cwfa.org
815-297-2918
il.cwfa.org

Ready to take the next step?  Get more involved with CWA of Illinois.

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter. Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.
  • Please donate to CWA of Illinois. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert, and you would like to be on our e-mail list, contact me and I will be happy to do so.

 

 

With Less Than a Week to Go, Find Out What Legislation Needs Your Prayers and Action

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With less than a week to go in the state legislative session, it is important to contact your Illinois lawmakers on pending legislation NOW!  These bills could be voted on any day.  Your legislator needs to know where you stand on these issues.  Surprisingly, several conservative lawmakers are on the fence about what would seem to be a ‘no brainer’ to their constituents.  Unfortunately, this may be because they are only hearing from constituents who critically oppose where they stand on legislation.  They need your support. They need to hear YOUR VOICE.

First, let’s celebrate the good news!

GOOD NEWS! The Equal Rights Amendment Will Not Be Voted On This Session!

After 16 attempts, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is dead for this session.  Pray it has breathed its last in Illinois.  Click here for more information about the ERA and why we adamantly oppose it.

 GOOD NEWS! Recreational Marijuana Will Not Be Voted On This Session!

SB 316 (Amendment 1) and HB 2353 (Amendment 1) to legalize recreational marijuana are dead this session.

Pending legislation that needs your attention immediately:

Falsifying Birth Certificate Legislation

Update: HB 1785 passed out of the House yesterday and is now awaiting a vote in the Senate. Six republican House members crossed the aisle and voted with fifty-seven democrats to amend the Vital Records Act. These six republicans are Steve Anderson (Geneva), “Leader” Jim Durkin (Burr Ridge), Sara Jimenez (Springfield), David Olsen (Downers Grove), Bob Pritchard (Sycamore), and Grant Wehrli (Naperville). This bill allows gender-dysphoric persons to change their gender on their birth certificate with a declaration from a health care worker or mental health professional that states the person has undergone “gender transition treatment.” (“Treatments” for gender dysphoria includes cross-sex hormones and gender-change surgery.  Fact: social/legal/physical transition cannot change a person’s biological sex. Click here for a great CWA resource on this issue, Since When are Feelings > Fact.)

Take Action: Please contact your state senator today! Ask him/her to uphold birth certificates as legal documents by opposing alteration.  Ask him/her to vote “NO” on HB 1785 and be sure to let him/her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.  If you know who your senator is, click here to find their contact information. If you don’t know who your representative is, click here to find out their name and contact information.

Taxpayer Funded Abortion Bill is Still on Gov. Rauner’s Desk

As we have previously reported, HB 40 passed both the House and Senate and is on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk.  He has 60 days (until July 9) to keep his pledge to veto the bill. If he does nothing, it automatically becomes law, and we as taxpayers will be funding abortions.

Take Action: Please contact Gov. Rauner and remind him that he promised to veto HB 40 and let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.

Praise and Prayer: Please take a moment to praise the Lord for the two victories and then pray that our lawmakers will make the right decision regarding HB 1785 and HB 40.

One More Action Item: Forward this alert now to everyone you know, especially your pastor and members of your congregation.

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

Debbie Leininger
State Director

CWA of Illinois
director@illinois.cwfa.org
815-297-2918
il.cwfa.org

 

Ready to take the next step?  Get more involved with CWA of Illinois.

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter. Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.
  • Please donate to CWA of Illinois. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported completely through donations.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert, and you would like to be on our e-mail list, contact me and I will be happy to add you.

 

 

Gambling Expansion Passes Illinois Senate! House Members Need to Hear From Us!

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Legislators Plan to Balance the Budget on the Backs of the Impoverished Working Poor and Gambling Addicts!

State gambling expansion bill, Senate Bill 7, passed the Illinois Senate last Wednesday with a 33-24 vote.

SB 7 is now in the Illinois House Executive Committee and  is expected to move through the committee quickly and then to the House floor for a vote.

 This massive gambling expansion bill is sponsored by Illinois Senators Terry Link (D-Gurnee), Dave Syverson (R-Rockford), Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) and Donne Trotter (D-Chicago).

Gambling is harmful to our citizens and does not pay off. Illinois Business Journal had an excellent article on this recently titled, “COUNTERPOINT: Should gambling be expanded in Illinois?” They made several excellent points, such as:

  • The costs associated with one pathological gambler are more than $13,000 per year. There are more than 12,000 people on the self-exclusion list at Illinois casinos.  These are gamblers who have admitted that their gambling is so out of control that they are willing to be arrested and lose all of their winnings if they are caught gambling in an Illinois casino.  The cost for these known gamblers is $156 million a year.
  • The National Academies of Science found that “Pathological gamblers engage in destructive behaviors; they commit crimes, they run up large debts, they damage relationships with family and friends, and they kill themselves.”
  • Gambling interests overestimate the amount of revenue from gambling and do not calculate the costs.  For every dollar gambling interests indicate is being contributed in taxes, it costs taxpayers $3 in social welfare, criminal justice, and regulatory costs, according to independent studies.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, eager to pass a budget deal at any cost, had this to say about gambling expansion in the state, “There is a grand bargain being negotiated. I believe new revenues through the casino are part of that grand bargain, and I’ve said I’m open to whatever package can move the needle to a balanced budget, and I’ve said I’m open to local control. So, the answer is, if that came as part of a package, I could be supportive of that.”

As reported in an earlier CWA of Illinois alert,  SB 7 would include a massive casino for Chicago, slot machines at Chicago Airports,  additional land-based casinos for Rockford, Danville, Lake County, South Suburbs of Chicago, Williamson County Winery, and at four racetracks and would allow progressive jackpots at casinos and video gambling establishments, would expand video gambling by doubling the maximum bet and more than doubling the jackpot and lower taxes on slot machines and table games and give tax breaks to racetracks and casino.

In addition, the Senate amended and approved legislation allowing the Illinois Racing Board to direct $500,000 from its budget to purses at the state’s racetracks.

There are only two weeks left before state lawmakers adjourn for the summer; therefore, we expect this gambling bill to move quickly.

Take Action:

  1. Contact your state representative today. Respectfully, but firmly, tell him/her “NO MORE casinos!  NO MORE slots!  NO MORE tax breaks for the gaming industry! Vote NO on SB 7!   If you know who your representative is, click here to find their contact information. If you don’t know who your representative is, click here to find out their name and contact information based on your address.
  2. If you have not already contacted Gov. Rauner concerning this issue, please do so.
  3. If time allows, contact each member of the House Executive Committee.

Note:  When contacting your legislators be sure to tell them that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.

Pray that:

  • The 100th General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner will see that this legislation will only hurt Illinois citizens.
  • Pastors and Christians would become actively involved in public policy.
  • The Lord would convict the legislators of past wrong doings concerning over spending and find honorable ways to fix it.
  • That SB 7 – Gambling Expansion Bill would not pass in the Illinois House and become law.
  • Forward this alert to everyone you know – especially your pastor and members of your congregation.

 “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”  (Matthew 6:33)

 “Gambling is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.” – George Washington

“Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:9-10)

Debbie Leininger
CWA of Illinois
director@illinois.cwfa.org
815-297-2918

Take the next step. Get involved with CWA of Illinois.

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter. Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.
  • Please donate to CWA of Illinois. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported completely through donations.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert, and you would like to be on our e-mail list, contact me and I will be happy to add you.

 

State Legislative Update – Bad Bills Need Your Opposition Now

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Last week, CWA of Illinois volunteer lobbyists were among multiple organizations participating in the Illinois Family Institute Lobby Day at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield.  Our mission was to persuade legislators to oppose bad bills that are making their way through the legislative process.

This week it’s time for the Governor and Illinois legislators to hear from you!  It is important to contact your Illinois lawmakers on pending legislation, even when you know he/she agrees with your position.  More than one lawmaker mentioned they only hear from constituents who oppose where they stand on legislation or are critical of the job they are doing.  They need your support.  Also, when calling be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.

TAXPAYER FUNDED ABORTION BILL IS NOW ON GOV. RAUNER’S DESK

On April 25, HB 40 passed in the Illinois House by a vote of 62-55 and then on May 10 it passed in the Illinois State Senate by a vote of 33-22.

HB 40 is on Gov. Rauner’s desk. He will have 60 days to keep his pledge to veto it. If he does nothing, it automatically becomes law, and we as taxpayers will be funding abortions.

 A special thanks to those who have already contacted the Governor in response to our e-alert on this subject.  If you have not yet contacted him, it’s not too late!

 Take Action: Contact Gov. Bruce Rauner and remind him that he pledged to veto HB 40!

THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT MUST BE STOPPED

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) has passed out of Illinois Senate committees for the 16th time and could be voted on by the full Senate any time.  It is possible to stop ERA once and for all in the full Senate because it requires a 3/5 majority vote to pass a constitutional amendment.

A special thanks to those who have already contacted their senator in response to our last e-alert on this subject.  If you have not yet contacted your senator, it’s not too late!

 Click here for more information about the ERA and why we adamantly oppose it.

 Take Action: Contact your Senator today!  If you know who he/she is, click here  to find their contact information. If you don’t know who your senator is, click here to find out their name and contact information based on your address. Respectfully, yet firmly, ask him/her to vote “NO” on the ERA, #SJRCA4.  Leave a message after hours if you need to do that.

GENDER IS A FACT NOT A FEELING

HB 1785 is still in the House Rules Committee.  HB 1785 would amend the Vital Records Act to allow gender-dysphoric persons to change their gender on their birth certificate with a declaration from a health care worker or mental health professional that states the person has undergone “gender transition treatment.”

The majority of babies in the womb each have hormones and chromosomes that distinguish them as either male or female at as early at 16 weeks’ gestation.  Only 0.018 do not.  “Treatments” for gender dysphoria such as cross-sex hormones, gender-change surgery, and social/legal transition cannot change a person’s biological sex.

A special thanks to those who have already contacted the committee members in response to our last e-alert on this subject.  If you have not yet contacted the committee members, it’s not too late!

Take Action: Although no hearing date has been set, this is still an active bill.  Contact the House Rules Committee members, as well as your representative, in case it moves quickly out of committee and to the house floor for a vote. Click here to contact the committee members. If you know who your representative is, click here  to find their contact information. If you don’t know who your representative is, click here to find out their name and contact information based on your address. Tell them you are opposed to the altering of Illinois Birth Certificates and ask them to vote “NO” on HB 1785. 

WE OPPOSE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA

 SB 316 (Amendment 1) and HB 2353 (Amendment 1) legalize recreational marijuana.

They are essentially the same bill entered into both the House and Senate.

These amendments propose that Illinoisans age 21 and older could legally possess, manufacture, and sell marijuana.  It would be treated like alcohol.

Both amendments justify legalized marijuana “[i]n the interest of allowing law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes, generating revenue for education and other purposes, and individual freedom.”

As the most widely used illicit drug, chronic marijuana usage has been associated with mental illness, and marijuana contains 50-70 percent more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke; marijuana users are likely to use heroin or other more potent substances.

Though this legislation does not allow the use of marijuana by minors, it will inevitably make it more accessible to minors.  This is what they have seen in Colorado as hospital and ER admissions have skyrocketed for underage users.  Marijuana can affect brain development in minors, and one of six children who use marijuana will become addicted.

We are unsure if these amendments will come up for a vote this session.  It is vital though that we send a clear message to both the House and Senate as to how we see the issue of recreational marijuana.  Whether they vote on these amendments this year or next, CWA of Illinois members need to make their position clear now.

Take Action:

  1. Contact your senator and urge him/her to vote NO on SB 316 if it comes up for a vote. If you know who he/she is, click here  to find their contact information. If you don’t know who your senator is, click here to find out their name and contact information based on your address.
  2. Contact your representative and urge him/her to vote NO on HB 2353 if it comes up for a vote. If you know who your representative is, click here  to find their contact information. If you don’t know who your representative is, click here to find out their name and contact information based on your address.

 Please Take a Moment to Pray

  • Pray for each of these bills. Pray that the schemes of the enemy would be thwarted and that each one would fail.
  • Pray for the 100th General Assembly to be convicted of the spiritual ramification of voting for unrighteous laws: They will ultimately be held accountable to Almighty God for their votes.
  • Pray pastors and Christians would be vocal advocates for Christ in public discourse and defending sound legislation.

One More Action Item: Forward this alert now to everyone you know, especially your pastor and members of your congregation.

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

Debbie Leininger
CWA of Illinois
director@illinois.cwfa.org
815-297-2918
il.cwfa.org

Ready to take the next step?  Get more involved with CWA of Illinois.

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter. Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.
  • Please donate to CWA of Illinois. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert, and you would like to be on our e-mail list, contact me and I will be happy to do so.

 

CWA of Illinois Thanks Gov. Rauner for Reaffirming Illinois’ Support of Israel

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We could not be more pleased with Gov. Bruce Rauner for reaffirming Illinois’ support of Israel.

Earlier this week Gov. Rauner released the following statement to the press:

Governor Reaffirms Illinois’ Support of Israel
Governor and First Lady Celebrate 69th Israeli Independence Day
Monday, May 8, 2017 – Governor, Office of the

CHICAGO Governor Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner todaycelebrated Israeli Independence at a reception hosted by Consul General of Israel Aviv Ezra.

“Israel is an important democratic ally to the United States and an important friend to Illinois,” Governor Rauner said. “Israel remains a beacon of democratic values in an uncertain world. With so many deep connections between Illinois and Israel, there’s never been a more important time for Illinois to stand by Israel.”

The State of Illinois and Israel have enjoyed a strong economic partnership. The administration continues to strengthen ties between Israel and Illinois, from emphasizing bilateral trade and investment to enacting landmark anti-BDS legislation that divests state pension funds from companies that boycott Israel. Governor Rauner also reaffirmed his support for El Al direct flights between Chicago and Tel Aviv.

Yom Ha’atzmaut, or Day of Independence, is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. This year, Israel is celebrating 69 years of independence.

Please join me in thanking our governor for his support of Israel.  Click here and take just a minute to express your gratitude.   Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.

 

Blessings,

 

Debbie Leininger

CWA of Illinois

director@illinois.cwfa.org

815-297-2918

 

Get involved with CWA of Illinois.

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter. Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.
  • Please donate to CWA of Illinois. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert, and you would like to be on our e-mail list, contact me and I will be happy to do so.

 

Update on ERA and Taxpayer Abortion Bill – Your Prayers and Actions are Needed!

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The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) passed out of Illinois Senate committees for the 16th time this week and could be voted on by the full Senate as early as next week.  It is possible to stop ERA once and for all in the full Senate because it requires a 3/5 majority vote to pass a constitutional amendment.

The Taxpayer Abortion Bill, HB 40 reinstates taxpayer-funded abortions.  Although Gov. Rauner pledged to veto the bill, it is imperative to prevent HB 40 from getting to his desk!

Make your voice heard now against this legislation to protect the rights of the unbornUrge your state senator to vote “NO” on both the ERA (#SJRCA4) and HB 40.

 A special thank you to those who contacted Gov. Bruce Rauner upon our April 26 request.

 TAKE ACTION

  • Contact your state senators today! If you know who he/she is, then click here  to find their contact information. If you don’t know who your senator is, then click here to find out their name and contact information based on your address. Respectfully, yet firmly, insist that he/she oppose the use of tax dollars going to kill pre-born babies and Vote “NO” on HB 40. And, vote “NO” on the ERA, #SJRCA4.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.  Leave a message after hours if you need to do that.
  • Forward this alert to everyone you know – especially your pastor and members of your congregation.

 Pray that:

  • The 100th General Assembly be convicted of the reality that abortion is murder and that they will be held accountable for their votes.
  • Pastors and Christians would rally for the life of the unborn.
  • HB40 and the ERA would be defeated.

“LORD, rescue the unborn from abortion. Forgive us for our complacency.  We say, ‘We knew nothing about this,’ but You who weighs the heart knows everything.” (Proverbs 24:11-12)

Debbie Leininger
CWA of Illinois
director@illinois.cwfa.org
815-297-2918

Get involved with CWA of Illinois.  There is a place for you.  You are needed!

Tax-Payer Funded Abortion Bill Passes Illinois House! Gov. Rauner Needs to Hear From You!

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Remind Gov. Bruce Rauner of His Pledge To Veto Tax-Payer Funded Abortions.

Coinciding with yesterday’s Illinois Women’s March on Springfield for a “progressive agenda”, the Democratic-controlled Illinois House passed HB 40, approving public funding of all abortions.

The Illinois House voted 62-55 to allow state-employee health insurance or Medicaid to cover abortions. Medicaid currently covers abortions in limited cases.

HB 40 has passed. It is now on Gov. Rauner’s desk.  If not vetoed, the law will do the following:

  • Provide free Medicaid abortions with no restrictions. Abortions would be covered for any reason through the nine months of pregnancy, even if an unborn baby feels pain and can survive outside the womb.
  • Remove the ban on state employees’ insurance policies paying for abortions.
  • Provide no monetary cap to the number of abortions that could be covered by Medicaid.
  • Remove language concerning the General Assembly’s declaration that the unborn child is a human being from the time of conception and is, therefore, a legal person for purposes of the unborn child’s right to life.

Please contact the Governor today!

Pray that:

  • Rauner will honor his pledge and veto HB 40.
  • Pastors and Christians will get more involved in the defense of the unborn.

Take action:

  • Contact Rauner! REMIND HIM OF HIS PLEDGE TO VETO HB 40 that allows the use of tax dollars going to kill pre-born babies. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.
  • Forward this alert to everyone you know – especially your pastor and members of your congregation.

 “LORD, rescue the unborn from abortion. Forgive us for our complacency.  We say, ‘We knew nothing about this,’ but You who weighs the heart knows everything.” (Proverbs 24:11-12)

For life,

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
director@illinois.cwfa.org
815-297-2918

Get involved with CWA of Illinois.

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter. Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.
  • Please donate to CWA of Illinois. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert, and you would like to be on our e-mail list, contact me and I will be happy to do so.

GIVE THE ERA A KNOCKOUT PUNCH IN ILLINOIS IN 2017

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 ERA – the Constitutional Amendment that is technically dead has been resuscitated for the 16th time in Illinois.  A committee hearing is scheduled tomorrow Tuesday, April 26, 2017 at 3:30 p.m., in the Illinois Senate.  If this issue was not so serious, it would be laughable. When is enough ENOUGH?

History of ERA:

For those who are too young to remember ERA:

  • Passage of the ERA would add these words to the U.S. Constitution: “Equality of rights under law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex.”
  • The ERA would wipe 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 also integrate same-sex and bi-sexual attraction into the U.S. Constitution.
  • The ERA could very well affect almost every area of life including Social Security, Medicare, Health, insurance benefits, Medicare benefits, and pro-life issues
  • The time limit for ratification of the ERA ended in 1979, but Congress granted an extension to 1982. In 1981, a U.S. District Court ruled the extension was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court dismissed the extension as moot.
  • From 1972 – 2015 the Illinois General Assembly voted NO on ERA 14 times.

Prayer requests:

  • Ask forgiveness for the complacency of Illinois Christians for not standing for their faith and allowing evil laws to rule our state.
  • Thank the Lord for the many times He has held back the ERA in Illinois. Ask Him to intervene on our behalf.
  • Ask for the fear of the Lord to fall upon the Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments and let them see the folly of this Constitutional Amendment.

Take action:

Pro-ERA proponents have never stopped working behind the scenes to ratify the ERA in Illinois. Feminist Gloria Steinem wants to see the ratification of the ERA in her lifetime.

CWA MEMBERS! The ERA is the issue that started CWA in 1978!  We stand strong and will not back down! Let’s stop the ERA once and for all!

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
director@illinois.cwfa.org
il.cwfa.org
(815) 297-2918

Become a part of CWA of Illinois! Together we can make a difference in our communities, state and country. Contact me today!