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Senators Roberts and Moran Need to Hear From You Concerning Lower-Court Nominations

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Earlier this month, at the Concerned Women for America (CWA) Leadership Training Conference in Washington, D.C., I had the opportunity to lobby our senators on Capitol Hill concerning the issue of lower-court vacancies.

There are currently over 140 vacancies in the federal district and appellate courts.  This is a unique opportunity to secure the judicial branch of government by ensuring the judges appointed to these seats are constitutionalists, not activists legislating from the bench.  Thanks to our hardworking grassroots volunteers, Concerned Women for America was instrumental in the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch. CWA can multiply that impact across the federal lower courts.  However, gridlock in the Senate is slowing the confirmation process of judicial and executive nominees.

Solution: Reasonable gridlock reform should be enacted to allow a simple majority vote to open debate on legislation, while keeping the filibuster rule of a 60-vote requirement to end debate.

We have a golden opportunity to secure the federal judicial system’s foundation of constitutional jurisprudence and to fight back against judicial activism. There are over 140 judicial vacancies, 59 of which are considered judicial emergencies.

One problem is that there is gridlock in the Senate, and it is holding up the confirmation process.  A total of 206 judicial and executive branch nominees were confirmed during the first six months of Obama’s presidency. Meanwhile, President Trump has only secured 55 judicial and executive confirmations in his first six months.  At this rate, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) says it would take 11 years to confirm President Trump’s nominees.

The solution to the gridlock is reform.  We must maintain the integrity of the Founders’ intent for the Senate to be a slower-moving body, but update certain Senate rules and procedures to limit the gridlock.  Currently, the process is to have a 60-vote threshold to begin debate and 60-vote threshold to end debate.

CWA wants to keep the filibuster: The 60-vote threshold to end debate is a key tenet of Senate procedure to protect the voice of the minority party.  We want to end the 60-vote requirement to start debate.  This would allow the majority party to open discussion on legislation while protecting the minority party with the filibuster still in place.

Sens. Roberts (R-KS) and Moran (R-KS) both claim to be institutionalists.  This means they do not like to change what has been traditionally done.  Obviously, their approach has not worked well, because the opposing party has taken full advantage of this.

 

Please Pray for Sens. Roberts and Moran. Pray that they will see beyond tradition and realize what is necessary to allow constitutionalists, not activists, into our lower courts.

 Take Action: Please contact Sen. Roberts here and Sen. Moran here.  First, let them know that as a member of Concerned Women for America, you are grateful that the CWA of Kansas State Director, Barbara Saldivar, and her team met with the senators’ staffers on September 8 in Washington, D.C., to discuss the lower-court vacancies. Please reiterate the message that we want gridlock in the Senate to end. Also ask for consideration in ending the 60-vote requirement to start debate and changing it to a simple majority vote.

Thank you for your faithful prayers, action, and support of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

Blessings,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
P.O. Box 8331
Topeka, KS  66608
(765) 260-5659

[email protected]
ks.cwfa.org

Protect the Privacy of Children – Immediate Action Needed!

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Our Kansas legislators are working hard to wrap up this Veto Session.  One thing they need to be aware of before the end of the session is the need for a privacy act to protect children especially in the most vulnerable place, public restrooms. It is important that our legislators hear us loud and clear on this point before the end of this session.

Rep. Trevor Jacobs (R-District 4) is adamant, and we agree, that we should have legislation to protect our children’s privacy. He has a petition calling on the governor and the legislature to protect children from the unwarranted access and intrusion of those who desire to enter into restrooms, showers, and all other gender-specific facilities that are not based solely on the user’s biological birth gender for the whole state.

Please Pray: especially for the conservative members on the House and Senate side of the legislature.  This is a very difficult session, and they need your prayers.

Take Action:  Please read, sign, and send Rep. Jacobs’ petition to Honorable Trevor Jacobs, P.O. Box 581, Fort Scott, KS  66701 before May 16.  If possible, please also have others sign the petition before sending it to Rep. Jacobs.

Thank you.

In His service,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
P.O. Box 8331
Topeka, KS  66608
(765) 260-5659
[email protected]
ks.cwfa.org

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Good News! Simon’s Law Just Passed Out of Committee! Needs Your Support to Make it to the House Floor for a Vote

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Simon’s Law, Sub SB 85 passed out of committee this morning!

 Thank you for your prayers and action.  Prayer was and is the key!

Sub SB 85, known as “Simon’s Law,” would enact new statutes regarding life-sustaining treatment for patients younger than eighteen years of age.  Parental consent under this bill is required before a do-not-resuscitate order is issued by medical professionals.

This law is needed. There have been incidents in the past where doctors have put a do-not-resuscitate order on the records of a child without the parent’s knowledge. Medical professionals should not be allowed to make such a decision.

Status: Sub SB 85 is now in the Speaker’s office.  He will decide when it will go to the House floor for a vote.  The word is that he is agreeable to do it!  If the vote is favorable, Gov. Brownback will have the opportunity to sign another pro-life bill into law!

On February 16, I testified in support of the bill.  Click here for background information and to read my testimony.

 Please Pray:  For Speaker of the House Ron Rykman (R-District 78), that he will bring Sub SB 85 to the floor for a vote.  That the members of the House will stand up for the rights of parents to protect their own children by passing this legislation.

 Take Action: You can take action at this point by doing these three things:

  1. E-mail the Chairperson of the House Federal and State Committee, Rep. John Barker (R-District 70) here, and then give him a call at 785-296-7674.  Thank him for his support of Sub SB 85.
  2. Please e-mail Speaker of the House Ron Rykman here and then call him at 785-296-2302.  Ask him to “allow Substitute SB 85 to be debated on the House floor.”
  3. Finally, call your representative and ask him/her to support it with no amendments.  Click here for list.  If you don’t know who your representative is or how to contact him/her, click here.  Then click on “Find Your Legislator” and then “Search by Your Address.”

Note:  Feel free to make your calls after hours and leave a message if that is more convenient for you.  And, always be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

Thank you for your prayers, action, and donations to Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

In His service,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas

P.O. Box 8331

Topeka, KS  66608
(765) 260-5659

[email protected]
ks.cwfa.org

Update on Simon’s Law – Parental Rights – Your Prays and Action Needed

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Simon’s Law, SB 85 is now Substitute SB 85.  There was an approved amendment added. We are tracking several bills, but this one is needed desperately. We need your assistance now on this bill by praying and taking action.

Prayer is key!

Substitute SB 85, known as “Simon’s Law,” would enact new statutes regarding life-sustaining treatment for patients younger than eighteen years of age.  Parental consent under this bill is required before a do-not-resuscitate order is issued by medical professionals. This bill is needed. There have been incidents in the past where doctors have put a do-not-resuscitate order on the records of a child without the parents’ consent.

Status: Substitute SB 85 is in the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs and has not yet been voted on.  On February 16, I testified in support of the bill.  Click here to read the testimony.

Please Pray:  Pray the members of the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs will stand up for the rights of parents to protect their children.

A vote is expected any day on Substitute SB 85.  If the committee passes it, it will then go to the House floor, more than likely by next week.  When it passes the House, Gov. Brownback will have the opportunity to sign it into law.

 Take Action: Based on the comments and questions asked throughout the February 16 hearing, the committee appears to be in favor of passing the bill.  Therefore, please contact the Chairperson of the House Federal and State Committee, Rep. John Barker (R-District 70) here.  He has the power to bring it up for a vote.  Urge him to bring the Substitute Simon’s Law up for a vote in committee.  Then, please call Speaker of the House, Ron Rykman (R-District 78) here.  Ask him to allow Substitute SB 85 to be debated on the House Floor once it arrives after passing out of committee.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

Thank you for your faithfulness in supporting Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

In His service,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
P.O. Box 8331
Topeka, KS  66608
(765) 260-5659
[email protected]
ks.cwfa.org

Written Testimony Submitted in Support of Disclosure Act – Provides Information About Doctor to Perform Abortion

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To the House Federal and State Affairs Committee
In Support of HB 2319 Disclose Act
Barbara Saldivar, State Director of Concerned Women for America of Kansas
March 14, 2017

 

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee,

My name is Barbara Saldivar. I am the State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Kansas. CWA is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation.

As an organization committed to the health and wellbeing of women, we support this bill requiring baseline data needed for a women to make an informed decision concerning the doctor who is to perform her abortion.

Because the current law requires that only the doctor’s name be given to the patient 30 minutes prior to the procedure, it is unrealistic for her to obtain adequate information about the doctor within that time period to make a decision as to whether that is the doctor she prefers.  Therefore HB 2319 simply makes it mandatory that she be given information on paper about her potential doctor, within that same time block, so that she doesn’t have to go searching for it. Especially since, in most cases, she waits out that 30 minutes within the doctor’s office.

The patient is given basic information about the doctor, such as the year their medical degree was attained, date employment began, any disciplinary action that may have been taken by the Board of Healing Arts, carries malpractice, insurance, has hospital privileges and is a Kansas residence.

HB 2319 is common sense legislation.  Legislation on which both sides of the abortion issue should have no problem agreeing. It acknowledges a woman’s right to have basic transparent information about her doctor at her fingertips so that she can make an informed decision that is best for her.

We ask you to vote “yes” on HB 2319.  Thank you.

A Special Thanks to Gov. Sam Brownback For His Consistent Pro-Life Stance

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Recently Gov. Brownback wrote a letter to President Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) asking them to take action now on pro-life laws.  In it he stated that “[w]ith the new administration in Washington and both houses of Congress controlled by pro-life majorities, we must grasp the opportunity to proclaim and protect the dignity of life.”

Way to go, Gov. Brownback!  What better time than now to move forward with pro-life legislation?  How sad it would be if this opportunity was indeed lost.

Prayer:

  • Pray Gov. Brownback’s letter has an impact.
  • Pray for Gov. Brownback and his family. There are a few (maybe more) good men in politics and Gov. Brownback certainly is one of them.
  • Please continue praying for the unborn and their families. May the Lord heal their hearts.

Action: Thank Gov. Brownback for his February 17, 2017 letter to the President, Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader to encourage Congress to move on pro-life legislation.  Click here for the governor’s contact information (scroll to the bottom of the page).

 Thank you, everyone, for your generosity of time and money. Most of all, thank you for your prayers.

Blessings,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
[email protected]
ks.cwfa.org
785-260-5659

We Need Your Support on Two Kansas Bills – Parental Rights and School Bathroom Privacy

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There are several bills we are now tracking within the Kansas Legislature.  There are two that we need your assistance on now that we would like you to take action on and be praying about.  Prayer is key!

SB 85, known as “Simon’s Law,” would enact new statutes regarding life-sustaining treatment for patients younger than eighteen years of age.  Parental consent under this bill is required before a do-not-resuscitate order is issued by medical professionals. This bill is needed. There have been incidents in the past where doctors have put a do-not-resuscitate order on the records of a child without the parents’ consent.

Statues: SB 85 is in the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs.  I testified yesterday before the committee on this bill.

Please Pray:  Pray the members of this committee will stand up for the rights of parents to protect their children.

Based on the comments and questions asked throughout the hearing, the committee appears to be in favor of passing the bill.

A vote is expected any day on SB 85. 

 Take Action: Contact the members today on the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs.  Ask them to vote YES on SB 85.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

HB 2171, student privacy and protection act.  Every public school student restroom, locker room, and shower room accessible by multiple students at the same time shall be designated for use by male students only or female students only.

Statues: HB 2171 is currently in the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs.

Take Action: Contact the members of the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs. Urge them to vote YES on HB 2171.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Kansas.

Please Pray:  Pray the members of this committee will see the wisdom of this legislation and vote to protect our children’s privacy.

Rep. Trevor Jacobs (R-District 4) believes we should have legislation that goes further than schools. He has started a petition to protect children from the unwarranted access and intrusion of those who desire to enter into restrooms, showers, and all other gender-specific facilities that are not based solely on the user’s biological birth gender for the whole state.

Take Action:  Please read, sign, and send Rep. Jacobs’ petition to Honorable Trevor Jacobs, 1927 Locus Road, Fort Scott, KS  66701.  If at all possible, please have others sign it, too, before sending it in.

We have many other bills that we are tracking and will alert you to as soon as there is an opportunity to take action.  For now, please pray against plans behind the scenes concerning legislation on physician-assisted suicide and “sexual orientation.”  Thank you.

In His service,

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
P.O. Box 8331
Topeka, KS  66608
(765) 260-5659
[email protected]
ks.cwfa.org

CWA of Kansas Testifies Before the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee Concerning Parents Rights When if Comes to a Do-Not-Resuscitate Order on Their Child

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To the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee
In Support of SB 85
February 16, 2017

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee,

My name is Barbara Saldivar. I am the State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Kansas. CWA is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation. I would like to thank you for allowing this opportunity to share our support of SB 85, Simon’s Law.

As an organization committed to protecting both the sanctity of life and families, we support the language within this bill requiring parental consent before a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order is issued by medical professionals.

It was encouraging to CWA members last year when the Senate vote 37–3 in favor of this bill.

The bill guarantees that it will be the parents who make the final decision for a DNR order.  It defends children with special needs from negative “quality of life” assessments and protects life-sustaining care for critically injured children when a parent is not yet in the hospital.

Simon’s Law adopts long-held Kansas guardianship law for recourse to court process to secure life-sustaining treatment. Please vote in favor of families who face decisions that only they can make.  Vote “yes” on Simon’s Law.