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Pain-Capable Bill Passes in the House – Pray it Will Pass in the Senate!

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Dear Friend,

We are pleased that H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, passed in the U.S. House of Representatives last week on October 3, by a vote of 237-189.  It is now in the Senate.

We praise God that President Trump has stated that he will sign this bill into law if it makes it through the Senate!

CWA of Louisiana commends our U.S. Representatives Ralph Abraham (R-District 5), Steve Scalise (R-District 1), Mike Johnson (R-District 4), and Clay Higgins (R-District 3) for co-sponsoring H.R. 36.

We are proud that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed in our state legislature on June 6, 2016, and was signed by then-governor, Bobby Jindal. It’s now time for our nation to do the same!

We have spoken to the offices of both U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, and they both confirmed that they plan to vote for H.R. 36 if it comes up for a vote in the Senate.

 Please take action:

  1. Contact both of our U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy’s offices. Ask them to both advocate and vote for H.R. 36. Click here for their contact information.  Be sure to tell them that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Louisiana.
  2. Contact the offices of U.S. Reps. Ralph Abraham (R-District 5), Steve Scalise (R-District 1), Mike Johnson (R-District 4), and Clay Higgins (R-District 3). Thank them for supporting life by co-sponsoring H.R. 36.  Click here to find their contact information.  Be sure to tell them that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Louisiana.

 Please pray: This bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate.  Please pray that those in opposition will be thwarted.

About H.R. 36:

  • The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act protects unborn children after 20-weeks’ gestation (five months) based on the scientific fact that they feel pain.
  • H.R. 36 protects unborn children from abortion and protects women from the risks of a late-term abortion.
    • The risk of abortion complications during weeks 12-13 is between 3-6%, and spikes to 50% + once a woman reaches her second trimester.
    • At 20-weeks’ gestation, a human’s neural pain system is fully developed. However, the higher-level pain-modifying system has not yet fully developed, and the unborn child does not have the coping systems needed to deal with pain. Therefore, babies at 20 weeks will not only feel pain from an abortion but will feel pain more intensely than most adults would likely experience.
    • Additionally, corrective surgery performed on an unborn child at 20 weeks causes the child to flinch and recoil from pain.  Children who receive in-utero surgery benefit from the anesthesia given to the mother.
    • The most common abortion for a child at this gestation is a D&E (dismemberment and evacuation) abortion, which literally tears the child apart.  Abortionists have testified before Congress that D&E requires a doctor to count limbs to ensure the entire body has been evacuated from the mother’s uterus.
  • Twenty states have already enacted this legislation; H.R. 36 would make this policy nationwide.
  • The United States is one of just seven countries that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks (the top 4% most permissive on abortion policy). The other six countries are Canada, China, the Netherlands, North Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam.
  • A nationwide consensus on when an elective abortion should no longer be legal is not a radical policy.  The issue of pain is popular among Americans, including pro-choice Americans, and is popular with women. A January 2017 Marist poll showed 60% of Americans, including 62% of Americans who identify as pro-choice, support a 20-week limit.  This poll found that 60% of women and 63% of men are supportive of this policy.
  • Detailed Summary of H.R. 36 from Congress.gov
  • “This bill amends the federal criminal code to make it a crime for any person to perform or attempt to perform an abortion if the probable post-fertilization age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more.
  • “A violator is subject to criminal penalties — a fine, up to five years in prison, or both.
  • “The bill provides exceptions for an abortion: (1) that [it] is necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman, or (2) when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.  A physician who performs or attempts to perform an abortion under an exception must comply with specified requirements.
  • “A woman who undergoes a prohibited abortion may not be prosecuted for violating or conspiring to violate the provisions of this bill.”

Blessings,

Sancha Noel Smith
State Director
CWA of Louisiana
[email protected]
la.cwfa.org

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

  • 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 Louisiana. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported completely through donations.
  • If someone forwarded this e-alert to you and you would like to be on our e-mail list, contact me, and I will be happy to add you.

 

 

Steve Scalise is Back in the House!

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, U.S. Representative for Louisiana, returned to the Capitol on September 28, after being shot last June during practice for the Congressional Baseball game. He endured a very long recovery period, and we are thankful that he is back.

He delivered a speech in the U.S. House of Representatives in which he shared his appreciation for the outpouring of prayers and support for him and his family as they went through this very difficult time. He said that this outpouring gave his family the strength to get through everything that happened, but it all starts with God. Rep. Scalise shared the power of prayer which was his immediate response as he lay on the ground after being shot. He stated that since the shooting God has answered almost every prayer he prayed that day and reinforced his belief in miracles.

He thanked the United States Capitol police who he called “true angels,” specifically two officers who engaged the shooter after being shot themselves, not only saving their lives, but the lives of others. He called them his heroes. Rep. Scalise also honored a fellow representative and doctor who ran to his aid after the shooting had ceased, a man who he believes was placed on the field that day to make sure he made it to the hospital. He also honored the hospital staff who helped save his life and assisted him in learning how to walk again. He acknowledged the thousands of acts of love and kindness that came not only from people all over the country and the world, but from his colleagues — both Republican and Democrat.

Pleas pray for Rep. Scalise’s full recovery and full return to office. Pray that the prayer, love and support that he experienced throughout his ordeal will continue to be expressed among our citizens and legislators. Pray Rep. Scalise will continue to be used by God to inspire leaders throughout the world to come to know and trust the God of miracles.

Take Action! Contact Rep. Scalise’s office and express your well wishes for his return and your continued commitment to pray for him and his family.

Click here to view video.

“O Lord God of hosts, Who is mighty like You, O Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You.” (Psalm 89:8)

Sancha N. Smith
State Director
CWA of Louisiana
[email protected]
la.cwfa.org
337-308-8696

It’s time to take the next step! Click here to find out more about CWA in our great state. Your involvement, prayers and financial support are greatly needed, as together we continue the fight for the establishment of Godly rule in the state of Louisiana.

It’s Time to Take the Next Step – Join or Start a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter in Your Area!

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Hello to all our fellow women of prayer!  As you may know, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana holds monthly Prayer/Action Chapter meetings to address the issues that affect our government on the state and national level. You are invited to attend one of our meetings and bring a friend. These meetings are only less than two hours, free, and open to the public. I pray that you turn out in great numbers to help us pray God’s will for government.

CWA of Louisiana Prayer/Action Chapters:
June 8 (The first Thursday of every month) – Alexandria – 6:00 p.m. – Leader: Kemberly Jones
June 9 (The first Friday of every month) – Lafayette – 10:00 a.m. – Leader: Debbie Hoehl
June 12 (The second Monday of every month) – Lafayette – 10:00 a.m. – Leader: Janet Jackson
June 15 (The second Thursday of every month) – Ragley – 3:00 p.m. – Leader: Nancy Tower

If none of these are in your area- no problem!  Consider starting a CWA chapter of your own. A chapter’s purpose is to educate, to pray, and to take action and we provide everything you need.  Every chapter leader receives a manual, a monthly Prayer/Action Newsletter from the national office and regular communication from our state office.

If you would like to educate and empower other women in your area or if you would like the contact information of one of the chapters listed above, please contact Janet Jackson, CWA of Louisiana Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator. Her number is 337-852-2497 and her email address is [email protected].

Contact us today!  We would love to get you plugged in.  You are needed!

Blessings,

Sancha Smith
State Director
CWA of Louisiana
[email protected]
la.cwfa.org

Urgent Alert: Shorter Waiting Periods for Divorce Are Not Good for Louisiana Families

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On Tuesday, April 18, HB136, allowing no fault divorce, passed out of the House Civil Law and

Procedure Committee and will make its debut on the House floor Tuesday, April 25.

Your voice needs to be heard tonight or tomorrow morning at the latest!  Leave a message for your Representative TONIGHT or call their office first thing tomorrow morning.

HB136 reduces the one-year waiting period to 180-days when seeking a divorce when children are involved. Proponents testified that “Louisiana’s waiting period was a failed experiment in reconciling marriages.” But we at Concerned Women for America of Louisiana believe, along with others, that this year-long period for those who seek counsel (from someone other than a divorce attorney) gives couples a better chance at reconciliation.

In addition, there is evidence that longer waiting periods lead to less divorce and benefit people who are ambivalent about getting divorced. Studies have shown that up to 1/3 of divorcing parents believe their marriage could be saved and would be open to help with reconciliation. This argues for longer waiting periods to allow time for this to occur.

Finally, since studies show that children of divorce are more likely to be in poverty and to live with their mothers, we believe that this additional time gives mothers more opportunity to establish themselves and their children prior to the potential cessation of spousal support.

“So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” Matthew 19:6

Prayer: Pray that our legislators will look more closely at strengthening our families as well as focusing on the needs of the children as they vote on this issue.

Action: Please contact your representative tonight by leaving a message or call first thing in the morning.  Ask him/her to VOTE NO on HB136. Click here to find out who your representative is and how to contact him/her.  Be sure to identify yourself as a member of Concerned Women for America of Louisiana.

Stay informed!  Go to la.cwfa.org or cwfa.org regularly to find out what we are doing on the state and nation levels.

Motivated by Love,

Sancha Noel Smith
State Director
CWA of Louisiana
[email protected]
la.cwfa.org

CWA of Louisiana To Participate in Alexandria-Pineville Louisiana Life March – Join Us!

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CWA of Louisiana will be participating in Louisiana Right to Life Federation’s annual Louisiana Life March, which will take place tomorrow, Saturday, February 4, 2017.

The Louisiana Right to Life Federation sponsors several marches throughout the state and CWA of Louisiana is proud to partner with them for the success of these endeavors. Last year, we participated in this event in Baton Rouge which concluded on the steps of the Capitol.

This year, our focus is the center of our great state — Alexandria — where we hope to make new friends and develop new relationships.

The walk will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at noon.

It will commence on the grounds of Louisiana College in Pineville. The 1.6 mile March will go down Main Street toward the Jackson Street Bridge, cross the bridge and conclude at the Amphitheater on the Alexandria side of Red River after a rally consisting of a host of guest speakers.

I am excited to be one of the speakers.

Come join us at the March and stop by our CWA of Louisiana table after to find out more about this wonderful organization.  Hope to see you there!

For more information on the Pineville-Alexandria event, as well as the Baton Rouge and Shreveport-Bossier events, click here.

Blessing to you,

Sancha Smith
State Director
CWA of Louisiana
[email protected]
la.cwfa.org

 

CWA of Louisiana Adds to Our Ranks! Could You Be Our Next Leader?

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Dear Friend,

I am proud to say it has been a great honor serving as Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana while working under the excellent guidance of State Director Sancha Smith and Associate Director Nedra Epps. In doing so, there have been endless meetings to develop strategies for growth.

With careful consideration of applicants to join CWA of Louisiana, we are extremely proud to launch our newest Prayer/Action Chapter in Ragley under the leadership of Mrs. Nancy Tower. We have no doubt that she was a missing link, especially considering the plethora of ideas with which she has already strengthened our team.

Npac2ancy has already proved herself faithful. Her commitment and outspoken voice is a strength that will serve as a catalyst for not only what she is doing in her congressional district but throughout our great state of Louisiana. We graciously welcome Nancy Tower aboard. Nancy responded by stating,

“I’ve felt a calling on my life to serve in the political process since I was a little girl. I’ve engaged with political party activities, participated in good government organizations and served on a city council, but something has always been missing. Concerned Women for America brings it all together for me. Participating in this non-denominational, non-partisan effort to pray for our elected officials and contact them with Biblically-based positions is one of the most rewarding activities I’ve ever undertaken. I’ve often heard people say, ‘All we can do is pray,’ but I firmly believe that the most important thing we can do is pray. Sancha and Janet have been a joy to work with. They are prayer warriors and I am blessed to serve with them in the battle.”

CWA of Louisiana is on assignment to launch and build more Prayer/Action Chapters just like the Ragley Chapter throughout the state. You can impact America by getting connected and being a righteous voice from wherever you are in Louisiana. To learn more about CWA Prayer/Action Chapters, check out the links below:

What is a Prayer/Action Chapter?

What does a typical CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Meeting Look Like?

CWA of Louisiana would love to have you join our team! For more information on how you can get involved, please contact me using the information below. It will be my joy and privilege to help you every step of the way, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Motivated by Love,

Janet Jackson, MA
Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator
CWA of Louisiana
la.cwfa.org
337-852-2497
[email protected]

 

The CWA of Louisiana Mandate

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THE MANDATE …

As the state director for Concerned Women for America of Louisiana, I am humbled and count it a privilege to serve the people of the Pelican State.

My mandate to serve the people of Louisiana has a dual/twin purpose, that is, to teach Kingdom to government and teach government to Kingdom.  One “twin” reminds the Kingdom that the purpose of government is to protect its citizens and punish evil – Romans 13:3-4; while the other “twin” commands us to pray for those in authority – 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Teaching Kingdom to government involves educating believers about our core values and how to effectively communicate these values to our elected officials, thereby dismantling (first through prayer, then action) the lies and deception masquerading as truth through some of our city ordinances and/or state and national legislation.

Likewise, teaching government to Kingdom educates and equips the believer on public policy, key “hot-button” issues and the protocols needed to effectually influence all levels of government and public policy.  This equipping helps us to understand the rules of engagement, i.e. the political process by which we see the changes we support or those we oppose.

THE METHOD …

Speak the truth in love (motivated by love).  Remember to act on the truth you know … for faith without works is DEAD! – James 2:14-17

“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”  I Corinthians 2:4

To effectively help lead Louisiana to higher moral ground, we must be willing to first pray then act.  Sitting on the sidelines and cursing the darkness is futile.  Light a candle.  Better yet, be that candle!  It’s time for the REAL believers to suit up and show up.

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS …

As believers in Jesus Christ we have authority to SPEAK life and SPEAK the TRUTH in love.  Our goal is to love one another in TRUTH and in DEED.  When we do this, lives are changed and righteousness is further established in the nation.

As citizens we have a responsibility to hold our elected officials accountable, and if they do not represent us well, we elect others who will.

Micah 6:8 says, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” This is God’s requirement for all those who serve Him, both those who are called to help fulfill this mandate through CWA of Louisiana and those who serve in government office. CWA of Louisiana has been assigned to remind men and women of this truth.

 

Remain motivated by love,

 

Sancha N. Smith

State Director

CWA of Louisiana

[email protected]

la.cwfa.org

URGENT: Our Pro-Life Efforts in Louisiana Will Not Be Undone!

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Attorney General Jeff Landry is fighting to ensure that the pro-life bills passed in the 2016 legislative session will stand. We MUST stand with him!

Urgent!  We need for you to make some phone calls TODAY concerning this matter before Friday’s meeting!

The Situation:

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has submitted a budget request to the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget which will meet on Friday, September 16, 2016, to discuss important issues, one of which includes mid-year adjustments to the state’s budget.  He is asking for sufficient funds to defend the lawsuit that has been filed by pro-abortion groups challenging the seven pro-life bills that were signed into law during the last legislative session.  Louisiana is a strong, pro-life state, and we have been blessed with tremendous support and approval for our pro-life legislation from our legislators and by Gov. Edwards.

Pro-abortion legal groups have gotten bolder because of recent court decision striking down laws dealing with hospital admitting privilege requirements for abortionists. They are relentless and are taking every opportunity to defy the will of Louisiana’s citizens.  Concerned Women for America of Louisiana stands firm against these legal antics to undo our effort to protect the lives of the unborn and regulate the abortion industry.

Working to safeguard our pro-life laws, the Attorney General’s office will need additional resources, research, additional staff, attorneys, and expert witness testimony.

Sadly, the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget has yet to add the Attorney General’s request for these additional funds to the meeting agenda. But we intend for that to change!

We are asking the members of the Committee to add the Attorney General’s request for additional funding to their agenda. We are asking them to honor the will of the people of Louisiana and to help protect and defend our pro-life bills!

 Please Pray:

  • Pray that Attorney General Landry’s budget adjustment request to the September 16 meeting agenda will be approved. Approval of this funding is necessary to protect the lives of women and unborn children of Louisiana.
  • That Attorney General Landry and our legislators will be strengthened in their call to fight for the lives of Louisiana’s unborn babies and the health and life of women.
  • That God will uphold Louisiana’s efforts to remove the evil of abortion from our great state.
  • That Louisiana’s win in this fight will embolden many other states to stand and fight and win.

Please Act:

  • Contact Attorney General Jeff Landry and thank him for his work to safeguard our pro-life, pro-women bills. Let his office know that you have been kept up to date by Concerned Women for America of Louisiana and that you are now going to call each member of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget to express your support of his budget adjustment request to the September 16 meeting concerning for funds to help protect the current pro-life pro-women bills.
  • Contact each member of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget and ask them to approve Attorney General Landry’s budget adjustment requests to the September 16 meeting agenda. Let them know that you have been kept up to date on this issue by Concerned Women for America of Louisiana.

Call the House (H) switchboard at 225-342-6945 and the Senate (S) switchboard at 225-342-2040 and ask for each Committee member by name.

Eric LaFleur S-D, Chairman
Cameron Henry H-R, Vice Chairman
Mark Abraham H-D
Neil C. Abramson S-R
John Alario S-R
L. Bret Allain S-R
Beryl Amedee H-R
Norbert N. “Norby Chabert S-R
Conrad Appel S-R
James K. Armes H-D
Tony Bacala H-R
Larry Bagley H-R
Taylor F. Barras H-R
Regina Barrow S-D
John A Berthelot H-R
Robert E. Billiot H-D
Wesley T. Bishop S-D
Gary Carter H-D
Charles R. Chaney H-R
Jack Donahue S-R
Rick Edmonds H-R
James R. Fannin S-R
Franklin J. Foil H-R
Lance Harris H-R
Bob Hensgens H-R
Sharon Hewitt S-R
Valarie Hodges H-R
Ronnie Johns S-R
Walt Leger III H-D
Gerald Long S-R
Daniel R. Martiny S-R
Jack McFarland H-R
Blake Miquez H-R
Dustin Miller H-D
Jean-Paul J. Morrell S-D
Dan W. “Blade” Morrish S-R
Steve E. Pylant H-R
Jerome Richard H-I
John M. Schroder H-R
Scott M. Simon H-R
Patricia Haynes-Smith H-D
Gregory Tarver S-D
Francis C. Thompson S-D
Michael A. Walsworth S-R
Mack “Bodi” White S-R
Jerome Zerinque H-R

  • Lastly, please forward this to like-minded friends and family and ask them to pray and act today.

Go to our webpage regularly at la.cwfa.org to find out what’s happening in our state and to support us in our fight for justice in our nation and our state.

We thank you in advance for your prayers, action and financial support!  You are appreciated!

For Him!

Sancha N. Smith
State Director
CWA of Louisiana
[email protected]