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A Bitter Pill for Women’s Health

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Sadly, the Iowa Senate passed the #PillBill, SF 513, Wednesday, March 27.  Most disappointing! Iowa women need your help. You can read Kathryn Kueter’s op-ed on the Senate vote here. Please see our action item at the bottom of the e-mail.

The bill allows hormonal contraceptives (HC) to be dispensed over the counter at pharmacies with No physician, No examination, No prescription, No consultation, No medical record, No medical care, though studies show that HC/birth control pills lead to deaths in 300-400 women each year. (1) Yet, the Senate voted to make it easier to get HC.

The same Medicaid eligible health clinics that Republicans touted when rightfully defunding Planned Parenthood (PPH) are geographically located across the state offering comprehensive care and likely extended hours, so there is NO hindrance for women 18 and older to acquire birth control. This bill endangers women and is not necessary!

This bill places women at risk as those taking HC under 30 years of age face a thirteen-fold increase of (VTE) venous thromboembolism in the first year of use when clot formation is highest, and that risk can jump to sixty-two fold increase in the first year of use should a woman have thrombophilia, genetic disposition to form blood clots. If SF 513 or its companion bill HF 727 passes the House, women will receive 27 months of contraceptives with no doctor’s oversight or physical exam though many risks greatly increase in the first year of use.  Women may not be fully informed of the risk nor will they be under the care of a physician should symptoms arise that would indicate alarm. (2)

A 2017 Danish study showed breast cancer risk increase varies from 0% to 60%, depending on the specific type of oral combined hormone contraceptive. On cervical cancer, a study found a 10% increased risk for less than five years of use, a 60% increased risk with 5-9 years of use, and a doubling of risk with 10 or more years of use. (3)

Ironic, that as we celebrated Women’s History Month, the Senate passed a bill to relinquish primary care for women in Iowa. Especially as studies are just starting to examine the impact of steroidal hormones on women’s brains, warning the effects are likely to be dramatic and that women need to have all the medical and now, neurobiological, information they can use in informing their personal contraceptive decisions. (4)

Meningitis killed only 45 in 2017, yet many states mandate a meningitis vaccination. HC/birth control pills lead to deaths in 300-400 deaths a year; don’t women deserve the same preventative care?

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TODAY!

Please call your state representative at 515-281-3221 or email [email protected] and tell him/her to VOTE NO on SF 513 or HF 727 (#PillBill) because IOWA WOMEN DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS BILL! 

Click here to find the name of your state legislators.

Pray for the state representatives that they will seek God’s wisdom and guidance before voting on HF 727/SF 513, The #PillBill.

Thank you and blessings,

Tamara Scott
State Director
CWA of Iowa
[email protected]
ia.cwfa.org

  1. https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2019/03/49896/
  2. https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2019/03/49896/
  3. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/hormones/oral-contraceptives-fact-sheet

Urgent Request – Iowa Women Need Your Help TODAY!

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We’ve just learned the Iowa Senate will debate the #PillBill, SF 513, on the Floor TODAY – Wednesday, March 27.   Most disappointing!  Iowa women need your help.   Please see our action item at the bottom of the page.

The bill allows hormonal contraceptives (HC) to be dispensed over the counter at pharmacies with NO physician, No examination, No prescription, No consultation, No medical record, No medical care, though studies show that HC/birth control pills lead to deaths in 300-400 women each year. (1)  Yet, the legislature wants to make HC easier to get?

The same Medicaid eligible health clinics that Republicans touted when rightfully defunding Planned Parenthood (PPH) are geographically located across the state offering comprehensive care and likely extended hours, so there is NO hindrance for women 18 and older to acquire birth control.   This bill endangers women and is not necessary!

This bill places women at risk as those taking HC under 30 years of age face a thirteen-fold increase of (VTE) venous thromboembolism in the first year of use when clot formation is highest, and that risk can jump to sixty-two fold increase in the first year of use should a woman have thrombophilia, genetic disposition to form blood clots.   If SF 513 passes, women will receive 27 months of contraceptives without a doctor’s oversight or physical exam when many risks greatly increase in the first year of use.   Women may not be fully informed of the risk nor will they be under the care of a physician should symptoms arise that would indicate alarm. (2)

A 2017 Danish study showed breast cancer risk increase varies from 0% to 60%, depending on the specific type of oral combined hormone contraceptive.  On cervical cancer, a study found a 10% increased risk for less than five years of use, a 60% increased risk with 5-9 years of use, and a doubling of risk with 10 or more years of use. (3)

Ironic, that as we celebrate Women’s History Month, we would pass a bill to relinquish the primary care for women in Iowa.  Especially as studies are just starting to examine the impact of steroidal hormones on women’s brains, warning the effects are likely to be dramatic and that women need to have all the medical and now, neurobiological, information they can use in informing their personal contraceptive decisions. (4)

Meningitis killed only 45 in 2017, yet many states mandate a meningitis vaccination.  HC/birth control pills lead to deaths in 300-400 deaths a year; don’t women deserve the same preventative care?

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TODAY!
Please call your state senator at 515-281-3371 or email [email protected] and tell him/her to VOTE NO on SF 513 because IOWA WOMEN DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS BILL!  

Click here to find the name of your state senator.

Pray for the state senators that they will seek God’s wisdom and guidance before voting on SF 513.

Thank you and blessings,
Tamara Scott
State Director
CWA of Iowa
[email protected]
ia.cwfa.org

  1. https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2019/03/49896/
  2. https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2019/03/49896/
  3. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/hormones/oral-contraceptives-fact-sheet

Get Out the Vote with CWA of Iowa!

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Dear friend,

As you know, we are at a breaking point in history where the rule of law and civil discourse are being threatened by some politicians and radical activists who insist on getting their way, no matter what. Some are actually inciting that violence to be directed at those with whom they disagree.

Will it be mob rule or the rule of law?!

There are three simple steps that can have a significant impact on our state and nation’s future. Please join us in carrying them out. 

#1 Pray
As a Christian organization, we are first and foremost committed to prayer. As November 6th approaches, will you join us in praying for our state and nation? Please join us by setting a time daily to pray for this next election. Will you do that? Set an alarm on your phone, your computer, put a sticky note on your mirror, whatever works.

# 2 Encourage
As a Christian organization, we are committed to educating and encouraging others to vote. Will you join us in this? Encourage friends and family through Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.

#3 Vote
It is our duty, as citizens and as Christians, to participate in the process by both praying and voting. The institution of government was ordained by God as seen in Romans 13:1-4.

It is up to you and me to stand up to this mob mentality we saw during the Kavanaugh debacle by praying against malicious tactics and voting November 6.

Did you know . . . in Iowa, early voting starts 30 days before and ends 1 day prior to Election Day? Any registered voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Deadline 1 day before Election Day in person and 10 days by mail.

Voter Guides:

Two push cards to freely print and distribute:

Party Platform Comparison (print double-sided 14” X 8 ½” and fold)

Together we will impact our state and nation’s future – Pray, Encourage, and Vote!

Tamara Scott
State Director
CWA of Iowa
[email protected]
ia.cwfa.org

Conservative Women Are Angry About Kavanaugh—And They Think Other Voters Are, Too

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State Director Tamara Scott quoted in The Atlantic.

By and large, these women were not swayed by Ford’s testimony. Tamara Scott, the Republican national committeewoman for Iowa and the state director of Concerned Women for America, says she was even more skeptical of Ford’s claims after Thursday’s hearing. “I found her testimony to be inconsistent, from a woman who seemed to be confused at best,” Scott says. To her, Ford “overplayed her hand as the scattered and scared fragile female”: The professor’s “glasses were filthy and oversized, she looked scared and frazzled, [and] she refused to fix her hair caught in her glasses,” says Scott. “It was a purposeful disheveled look.”

Click here to read the article in it’s entirety.

 

Legal Case Against Kavanaugh Incredibly Weak

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Rachel Mitchell, Division Chief of the Special Victims Division for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, Arizona, sent a devastating memo to Republican senators delineating her independent assessment of Dr. Christine Ford’s allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. She concludes:

In the legal context, here is my bottom line: A “he said, she said” case is incredibly difficult to prove. But this case is even weaker than that. Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them. For the reasons discussed below, I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee. Nor do I believe that this evidence is sufficient to satisfy the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard.

Click here to see the report in its entirety.

The Dangers of Decriminalizing Minor Prostitution

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In recent years, the issue of human trafficking has become illuminated in the public eye. As a result, various groups are directing their efforts towards minors and attempting to decriminalize minor prostitution which is deeply concerning. Though we understand the desire not to punish any victim, without an arrest the unintended consequences are harmful to minors.  Possibilities for rescue, and much needed rehabilitation and recovery opportunities are significantly diminished.

CWA has worked to expose and end sexual exploitation and trafficking since the 1990’s.  This vast experience enables us to separate feel good measures from those that are actually detrimental.

Unintended Consequences:

  • Without an arrest and the intervening of the justice system, there is no opportunity to remove a minor from their situation.
  • Law enforcement loses their authority to arrest and hold minors being prostituted; sending them back to their pimps, gangs, and dangers of the streets.
  • Increases the target on minors, who are already a high-priced commodity in the sex trade.
  • Makes it easier for pimps and gangs to entice minors to recruit other minors into prostitution under the guise that they will not be arrested.
  • Courts lose the ability to offer much needed rehab and counseling in lieu of sentencing.

Click here to view and print push card.