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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.
In His service,
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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:
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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,
CWA of Kansas
P.O. Box 8331
Topeka, KS 66608
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,
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.
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.
- 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.
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,
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.
Click for the District 1 Voter Guide and Survey Questions, District 3 Voter Guide (and here for Survey Questions), ( District 2 Voter Guide (and here for Survey Questions) and District 4 Voter Guide and Survey Questions. If you do not know what District you live in, find instructions below.
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee of Kansas sent a nine question survey to every Kansas Senate and House of Representative candidate running in 2016.
- Should life be protected from conception until natural death?
- Should students, teachers, business owners, state employees, or any American be restricted from exercising their First Amendment rights in the public sector?
- Kansas passed a constitutional amendment in 2005 defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. Will you vote to uphold this amendment to the Kansas Constitution?
- Will you vote for legislation to combat violence, abuse and sex trafficking of women and children?*
- Will you support legislation for tax credits or other programs to be used by parents to educate their children in the school of their choosing?
- Would you support legislation to take fewer federal education dollars for Kansas schools?*
- Would you support a Constitutional Amendment for direct election of the judges to return to Kansas?*
- Do you support the judicial branch’s decision to legislate school finance by mandating the state dollars?
- Do you support the power delegated by the U. S. Constitution to the states and to the people in the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
- Question 4, 6 and 7 were eliminated from the final voter guide. Question 4 was eliminated because every candidate that answered the questions answered “Yes”. Question 6 and 7 were eliminated because the candidates generally found the question unclear.
- If a candidate is an incumbent, his/her name is italicized.
- If the candidate made a comment on the survey, it is on the bottom of the page.
- If the candidate didn’t return the survey their positions were determined, if possible, by votes or positions stated elsewhere, see comment section for details.
- Bills used for votes:
Q1. SB95 – AN ACT concerning abortion; creating the Kansas unborn child protection from dismemberment abortion act; HB2218 (2011) – Bans abortions to Pain-capable Unborn child at 22 weeks gestation
Q2. SB175 (2015) – AN ACT concerning postsecondary education; relating to allowing the exercise of religious beliefs by student associations; HB2453 – An act concerning religious freedoms with respect to marriage; HB2523/H Sub for SB62 – Protection of Healthcare Conscience Rights
Q3. SCR 1601(2005) – to protect and reserve the special status of the institution of marriage in Kansas – Kansas Marriage Amendment; HB2453 – An act concerning religious freedoms with respect to marriage
How to use the voter guides:
- Find out the following districts for where you live:
U.S. Representative ______
Kansas Senate ______
Kansas Representative ______
To do so click HERE, select your county in the “UPCOMING ELECTIONS” box, click “POLLING PLACE” and fill in your address, click the “Search” button and scroll down to “Districts”.
- Based on the U.S. Representative district, click one of the following voter guides: District 1 Voter Guide, District 2 Voter Guide or District 4 Voter Guide.
- View those running for senate by using your Kansas Senate district number and Representative by using your Kansas Representative district number.
- Now, as you see, only some of the candidates filled out and returned the survey. If you would like to know where any of the candidates stand on these issues who did not answer, then go to his/her campaign website and/or call their campaign headquarters to find out.
- Once you have educated yourself on the candidates, pray. Pray for the candidates in your districts by name. “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2)
- Share this survey with friends and family.
- Vote before or on Nov 8.
Please feel free to print and distribute voter guides liberally.