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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.

CWA of Iowa State Director Responds to Protesters in Sen. Grassley’s (R-Iowa) Office

By | Blog, Iowa, Legal, News and Events, Press Releases, SCOTUS | No Comments

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, CWA of Iowa State Director, Tamara Scott, was inside her Senator’s office when a swarm of protesters came to hold a sit-in protesting Sen. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Judge Kavanaugh.

Tamara Scott, CWA of Iowa State Director, issued the following statement: 

“Thursday I was in Sen. Grassley’s office before heading to the Kavanaugh Hearing when a large group of defiant protestors stormed in with cameras, rehearsed rhetoric and a proud defiance.  They pounded on inner office doors, made demands of staff, and staged a display the media was all too eager to capture.   It does not matter that Kavanaugh has support from colleagues across ideological spectrums because they trust him to be Constitutional not political. The antics of the New Left are sadly not about civil discourse, but disruption and destruction of the sacred traditions of diplomacy America has known. They simply have no respect for our Constitutional process.

“Sadly, the protestors that stormed Sen. Grassley’s office Thursday morning were not interested in dialogue or informed on Kavanaugh, who has received support from colleagues across the ideological spectrum because they trust him to be constitutional not political. This group did not care.  Their goal was not discussion or even civil discourse – they were there to disrupt the process, distract from facts, and destroy the foundations of our Republic and the media present seemed all too delighted to help.”

 

For an interview with Tamara Scott contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Field Update: CWA State Leaders at Kavanaugh Hearing

By | Blog, Iowa, Legal, Missouri, News and Events, North Dakota, SCOTUS | No Comments

This week some of our state leaders who helped with our Women for Kavanaugh bus tour were able to fly to D.C. to be present at Judge Kavanaugh’s hearings. These women were able to sit in for portions of the hearings and prayed over all of the proceedings. While in town, they all made use of their time here and made visits to some of their members of Congress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CWA’s Missouri State Director, Bev Ehlen and CWA of MO supporter Sophie Shore met with staff and left notes for Sen. Blunt (R-Missouri), Representatives Ann Wagner (R-Missouri), Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri), Jason Smith (R-Missouri), Billy Long (R-Missouri), Sam Graves (R-Missouri), and Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri). The duo also stopped by Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-Missouri) office and were not able to meet with staff, but left a message asking Sen. McCaskill to commit to voting “yes” for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CWA’s Iowa State Director Tamara Scott and CWA of Iowa supporter Barb Hovland were also able to meet with Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and personally thanked, encouraged, and prayed with him. Scott and Hovland were sure to spend some time in Sen. Joni Ernst’s office thanking her as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former CWA of North Dakota State Director and current North Dakota State Senator, Janne Mrydal, also made the trek to D.C. and when not in the hearings, she was able to visit in Sen. John Hoeven’s (R-North Dakota) office. She also put in multiple requests to meet with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), but was told they did not have time. Unfortunately, this is not a new response from Heitkamp’s office.

Kavanaugh is the Right Pick

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CWA of Iowa has brought together a #SCOTUSsquad to support the Senate Judiciary Chair, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in protecting the Constitutional confirmation process and nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Our #LeadTeam is a group of geographically strategic leaders in Iowa to help organize this effort. CWA leader and #leadteam member Carol Evers recently had this letter published in the Mason City Global Gazette, Kavanaugh is the Right Pick.

A Week of Prayer for Brett Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS Nomination

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“[D]o not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6

Prayer and action lay at the foundation of Concerned Women for America (CWA). In many ways, they are intermingled. Prayer is action — the most powerful kind of action we take here at CWA. So, as we continue our work to support the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, we want to take a week just before his Senate Judiciary Committee hearings commence on Sept. 4 and pray for his nomination.

What follows is a seven-day prayer guide starting Tuesday, August 28, and ending on Tuesday, Sept. 4, the first day of hearings. We pray this is helpful to you and gets us in the proper mindset for the spiritual battle ahead.

I want to urge you to make this part of your daily devotion during next week (Aug. 28-Sept.4). Justice is a spiritual matter. Jesus actually called it one of the “weightier matters of the law” (see Matthew 23:23). A quick word search on my Bible software rendered 125 verses using the Hebrew word for “justice.” There are forces working tirelessly to pervert justice who see Judge Kavanaugh as a real threat to their schemes. Let us stand united in prayer asking God, above all, that His will be done.

Taking the approach laid out in Philippians 4:6-7, we are laying out “prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let[ting] [our] requests be made known to God.”

7-Day Prayer Guide
(Click here for a printable version and to add your name to those who are praying.)

Thank you for praying with us.

 

Grassley Town Hall Meetings – Support Trump SCOTUS Nominee

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Please come and join CWA members at Sen. Grassley’s townhall meeting TOMORROW and be part of this historic moment!   The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy presents us an opportunity to restore a proper balance to the United States Supreme Court. We can finally put an end to the Court’s unbridled promotion of progressive ideals under the guise of law.

But it won’t happen automatically. You and I must fight for it. 

The left has already committed to stopping President Donald Trump’s candidate, even before a nominee is announced. They have pledged to spend millions of dollars on a campaign to pressure your Sen. Chuck Grassley, as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, to go along with their unfair obstruction of a nominee.

Sen. Grassley needs to hear from you! He needs to hear that the people of Iowa stand with him as he continues his excellent work, transcending politics and the false media outrage, to give the nominee a fair confirmation process.

Here is the information on the town meeting to be held Tuesday:

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Fayette County Town Meeting
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Fayette County Courthouse
114 North Vine St.
West Union

*Grassley will be available for 15 minutes after the meeting to answer questions from local reporters.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that can change the course of our nation’s history. Please, prayerfully consider mobilizing like never before and share this information with family or friends that you might have in Fayette county.

CWA’s National Field Director, Janae Strake, and our Field Coordinator, Amelia Koehn, will be there at the meetings to meet you and greet you. Please come and bring as many friends as you can!

If you cannot join us, Senator Grassley still needs your support!  Call his state office at 515-288-1145 and let him know you are behind him 100 percent!

Sincerely,
Penny Nance
President and CEO
Concerned Women for America

One Phone Call Could Save Thousands!

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Dear CWA members and friends of life,

THANK YOU for your calls this weekend urging State Representatives to vote YES on the Heartbeat Bill.   I also heard from several that their pastors mentioned it as well.

That’s you and the power of your voice at work.  Please, let’s continue to use our power TODAY.

House members are to caucus early this week to decide the fate of thousands of Iowans in the womb.

Please call the House switchboard at 515-281-3221 and ask for your Representative.  Whether you speak directly to them or leave a message, be bright, be brief, and above all, be a blessing!

The Heartbeat Bill is a heavy vote.  Compassionately explain this is exactly why they must vote YES.

No human should have the power to take innocent life for the sake of convenience, the excuse of choice, or even the manner of conception.

Kindly remind them, as Representatives, they are to protect Iowans, including those waiting to be born.

This bill does not prohibit abortion, but it does protect Iowans with a detectable heartbeat, usually 6-8 weeks.   We can no longer tolerate discrimination against Iowans due to their origin of conception, size, or age (including gestational).

Follow up with an email.  Feel free to get ideas from my letter to all the representatives that I emailed to them earlier today.

Action easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Click here to find your State Representative, if you are unsure who it is.
  2. Call 515-281-3221 and ask for your Representative, pleasantly urge to them protect Iowans and let leadership know they will vote YES on the Heartbeat bill.
  3. Follow up with an email to your Representative.

Pray for their clarity and courage.  This can seem a complicated issue.  The difficult emotional and physical trauma of sexual violence can cloud the issue of a child that’s been conceived in such an act.  Thankfully, those cases are rare, and even then, if an all-knowing God who can turn what others meant for harm into good, (Genesis 50:20) decides to bring life through the travesty of incest or the violence of rape, who are we to override our Creator as if He misunderstood?

Those babies are worth no less value and are called to a plan and purpose here on earth just like us (Jeremiah 29:11).

Thank you for speaking up for those others would deem disposable.  You are making a difference!

Together, we will protect a few until we can protect them all!

Tamara Scott
State Director
CWA of Iowa
[email protected]