Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana recently recognized state and federal legislators with Ambassador Awards for their work to advance CWA core issues. Additionally, each of the Ambassador Award recipients was asked to recognize their greatest encourager as part of the event. The award ceremony was held in Baton Rouge on May 8.
Sancha Smith, CWA of Louisiana State Director, stated, “As an organization, we really appreciate our lawmakers who align with our faith-based policies. We realize that it is often difficult to stand for Biblical principles in this culture, and the most successful legislators usually have solid encouragers who stand with them through thick and thin. These ‘Encourager Awards’ allow us to recognize both the legislators and those people who have supported them in so many ways. It was truly an honor to host this event.”
Ambassadors were each recognized by listing some of their major accomplishments in support of the core issue for which they were awarded. Beautiful bronze statues of a woman in prayer were given to each of the recipients as a token of appreciation and to remind the legislators that CWA members are praying for them. The recognized “Encouragers” received Louisiana state flags, which had been recently flown over the state capitol.
The Ambassador recipients and their recognized encouragers:
Defense of Family – State Sen. Beth Mizell
Encourager – Julie Stewart
Fight Sexual Exploitation – State Sen. Ronnie Johns
Encourager – Father Jeff Bayhi
Religious Liberty – Congressman Mike Johnson
Encourager – Patrick Johnson (deceased)
Sanctity of Life – State Rep. Katrina Jackson
Encourager – Dorinda Bordlee
Education – State Rep. Beryl Amadee
Encourager – John Amadee
National Sovereignty – Congressman Clay Higgins
Encourager – Becca Higgins
Support for Israel – State Rep. Valarie Hodges
Encourager – Carla Roberts
Leadership Award – State Sen. John Milkovich
Encourager – Carola Milkovich
Keynote speaker at the event was Dr. Shea Garrison, Vice President for International Affairs for Concerned Women for America in Washington, D.C. Dr. Garrison spoke of her work on U.S. foreign policy and aid, women’s economic and social empowerment, religious freedom, and human rights. She cited numerous studies and experiences to highlight the importance of bringing the Biblical perspective into what is typically an overtly humanist worldview.
Two Legislative Victories!
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was up for a vote on the floor of the Louisiana senate the afternoon of the awards breakfast. Dr. Shea Garrison joined other Louisiana conservative leaders in speaking to Louisiana senators at the state capitol on the dangers of passing the ERA. CWA’s presence was felt there, as was the groundwork laid earlier by State Director Sancha Smith and her team. The ERA failed to pass by an unexpected vote of 26 “Against” and only 9 “For” the amendment!! State Sen. Beth Mizell was the only senator (brave enough) to stand and speak out against the ERA during the debates on the floor. Earlier in the day, Sen. Mizell received CWA Louisiana’s recipient of the Defense of Family Award.
Rep. Valarie Hodges, who won CWA of Louisiana’s award for Support for Israel, was the sponsor of HB 245, a Louisiana anti-Boycott Divestment and Sanctions bill which “authorizes a public entity to reject the lowest bid on a procurement contract when a vendor engages in a boycott of Israel.” The bill was heard in the afternoon of the awards and it passed unanimously in the State House of Representatives! CWA of Louisiana lobbied for the passage of the bill.
Don’t miss out. Join us for the Concerned Women for America of Louisiana Encourager Awards Breakfast!
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Capitol Park Event Center
702 River Road
Baton Rouge, LA
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shea Garrison, VP International Affairs, Concerned Women for America, Washington, D.C.
This is an event you don’t want to miss! Be informed by Dr. Garrison as she gives us insight into the international affairs that CWA is working on as well as how we in Louisiana can have an impact. Join us in honoring several individuals who have been outstanding encouragers to several of our stellar state legislators – legislators who have been a leader in promoting CWA’s core issues. Meet several state legislators, their families, and staff.
“Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.” (Romans 13:7)
Limited seating is available for a donation $15.00 per person. Breakfast included.
Your Prayers are Necessary!
- Please pray for the work being done through CWA of Louisiana!
- Pray for the success and fruitfulness of this event!
- Please RSVP by Monday, May 6. Contact Nancy Tower at [email protected] or at 337-842-7849. Payment will be collected at the door.
- Prayerfully consider if it is your portion and your season to join with us as members of CWA of Louisiana!
- Contact me for further information.
For His glory!
Sancha Noel Smith
CWA of Louisiana
Encourage-A-Legislator Appreciation Day 2019
Thursday, April 25
State Capitol in Baton Rouge
This year, we are combining our Prayer Walk with the Encourage-A-Legislator Appreciation Day. All Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana members and EAL prayer volunteers are invited to join us.
We will meet at 10:30 a.m. and should conclude the day by 3:30 p.m. Click here to view the agenda. Come and meet other prayer volunteers as we pray, eat lunch together, and visit with our legislators.
For more information and to RSVP contact us at [email protected]
The U.S. Senate is poised to vote Monday, February 25, on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S.311). This crucial legislation would shield a newborn who survives an attempted abortion from being denied the right to live. Doctors would be required to provide the same medical care to a newborn survivor of abortion that would be offered to any other baby at the same gestational age. Read Concerned Women for America’s full alert on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act here.
Sadly, too many senators are in the pocket of the big abortion lobby. They are doing everything they can to avoid the issue and obstruct a vote. However, we are very grateful that Louisiana’s two U.S. Senators, Bill Cassidy (Republican) and John Kennedy (Republican) are cosponsors of the legislation. But more needs to be done. We need to encourage Sen. Cassidy and Sen. Kennedy to support publicly the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in the days leading up to next week’s vote.
Will you stand in the gap for life and make a visit for the life of the unborn?
If you live in the vicinity of one of the local offices of either or both Senators, would you drop in and #1, let their staff know that you appreciate their support of the bill and #2, you respectfully ask that the Senator support the bill publicly by speaking about the bill to the media, at local events, and to other senators?
When you make your visit take at least these two pictures: a picture of the office sign and with the staffer (be sure to get the staffer’s name). Send the pictures to me immediately following the meeting. CWA will then post the pictures on social media. You can post the pictures on your Facebook page as well.
Thank you for being foot soldiers for the unborn and making two quick visits to the Senators’ offices.
What You Can Do to Reject infanticide and the reckless crusade to expand late-term abortion!
The U.S. Senate is poised to vote Monday, February 25, on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This crucial legislation would shield a newborn who survives an attempted abortion from being denied the right to live. Doctors would be required to provide the same medical care to a newborn survivor of abortion that would be offered to any other baby at the same gestational age.
Unfortunately — unbelievably! — infants born alive are not guaranteed these protections under federal law, giving abortion doctors the green light to turn their backs on a helpless baby after a botched abortion. Such negligence is nothing less than enabling infanticide.
We need you to act today. Too many senators are in the pocket of the big abortion lobby. They are doing everything they can to avoid the issue and obstruct a vote. Even if your senators are strong on the life issue, they need to hear from you and know you are standing with them.
U.S. senators are home next week (February 19-22), and a vote is expected when they return. We are asking you to visit the district offices nearest you NEXT WEEK and tell your two U.S. senators to reject infanticide and vote for the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
If you are unable to visit in person, please call the district office of both of your senators. Time is short, so please make this a priority!
It is unbelievable that saving a newborn baby fighting for life should be a partisan issue. But the left has completely rejected common sense. They are not willing to call infanticide for what it is and are spreading lies about the need for the legislation. Here’s the truth: federal law does not protect a survivor of abortion. At least one-third of states, including New York, have extreme abortion laws that make infanticide LEGAL. Virginia Gov Ralph Northam publicly endorsed infanticide when he defended a radical abortion proposal that would make abortion legal at any time in pregnancy, including while giving birth! This is insanity.
Thank you for taking action on this issue. Please pray that the U.S. Senate will vote to save these little ones.
CEO & President
Prayer volunteers are needed to pray for our state legislators during the 2019 Louisiana regular legislative session that runs April 8 – June 6.
Through the Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Program, CWA of Louisiana friends and partners commit to pray daily for their assigned legislators and to send CWA-provided postcards with preprinted Scripture verses. It is so easy! Simply add a note of appreciation to the postcard for the legislator’s service and let them know you are praying for them. Add a postcard stamp and mail the postcard on a specified date.
We live in challenging times, and much prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture. Will you commit to being an EAL prayer volunteer this year? You are needed!
Sign up today by emailing [email protected]. Provide your name, physical mailing address and how many legislators you would like assigned to you.
Please print and distribute EAL promotional materials freely.
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (I Timothy 2:1,2).
Encourage-A-Legislator Program Coordinator
CWA of Louisiana
Dear Friend of CWA of Louisiana,
Two Congressmen from the great State of Louisiana have been successful in dealing another blow to those who traffic in human fetal tissue.
Last week, Congressman Ralph Abraham, MD, announced that the FDA canceled a contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR), which was one of the tissue procurement labs that, due to 2015’s undercover videos, is currently under investigation by the U.S Department of Justice. In 2015 the Center for Medical Progress videos revealed that ABR had set up a model that broke federal law by allowing clinics to profit from the sale of fetal tissue. Although fetal tissue research is legal, the profiting from said tissue is not. Federal law allows for costs like transportation and storage to be covered, but no one may profit from the sale of fetal tissue.
The contract was cancelled in part because Congressman Abraham (R-District 5-Louisiana) and Congressman Mike Johnson (R-District 4-Louisiana), along with 83 other members of Congress, wrote to FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb earlier this month urging him to cancel the contract with ABR.
Additionally, groups like CWA worked with HHS to voice concerns over this contract and fetal tissue research in general. In a release, HHS said they cannot be sure the contract with ABR meets current federal requirements for fetal tissue procurement and, therefore, terminated it.
In addition, HHS has initiated a comprehensive review of all research involving fetal tissue to ensure consistency with statutes and regulations governing such research, and to ensure the adequacy of procedures and oversight of this research in light of the serious regulatory, moral, and ethical considerations involved. Finally, HHS is continuing to review whether adequate alternatives exist to the use of human fetal tissue in HHS funded research and will ensure that efforts to develop such alternatives are funded and accelerated. This administration is vocally and unabashedly pro-life, and it is unacceptable that ANY research is being funded by tax dollars that utilize fetal tissue.
Federal law prohibits profiting from the sale of human fetal tissue, yet we know that it happens all too often. When the tissue of aborted children becomes a lucrative enterprise, the possibility of human pregnancy mills growing babies only to abort them and sell their tissue, becomes a horrific possibility. Medical research should be focused on ethical alternatives that are producing results; fetal tissue research has yet to successfully produce any therapies to this day. Thank goodness for pro-life elected officials like Congressman Abraham and Johnson who work to restrain such evil prospects.
However, Congress had the ability, through the appropriations process, to end the federal funding of this practice. There was an amendment offered and adopted into the House version of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill that would have made such practices illegal. It is disappointing that after getting this rider in the bill last year and again with significant support this year, that House and Senate leadership yet again failed to push for such a basic pro-life provision and instead rolled over to give democrats everything that they wanted.
Let Us Both PRAY and ACT:
Please Pray: Pray for Congressman Abraham and Congressman Johnson that they would continue to be bold in their fight for pro-life values and that God would give them the knowledge, wisdom, and courage to continue to engage the enemy in an effective way. “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13).
Please Take Action:
1. Contact both Congressman Abraham (R) and Congressman Johnson (R) to thank them for being aware of this atrocity and for taking decisive action to stop it.
2. Contact members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee and ask them to support a federal ban on fetal tissue research.
House Appropriations Committee (Contact the entire committee in one email)
Senate Appropriations Committee (Each individual must be contacted)
Let our voices resound in the heavens through the power of our prayers, and, on earth, as we take action.
For Truth and Righteousness,
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One group of black women are peddling the belief that abortion is “self-care,” that it benefits women and their families. This snake oil is being sold by The Afiya Center (TAC), which put these slogans on a giant billboard in Texas.
As a free-thinking, informed and intuitive black woman, I don’t buy it. My child did not survive my abortion over 30 years ago, but I did. Since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by over 25 percent, terminating 19 million black lives. [Read More …]
Abortion benefits black women and families? Abortion is SELF-CARE for black women? This is the snake oil that The Afiya Center (TAC) is selling us through their most recent billboard campaign in Texas.
I am a free thinking, informed and intuitive black woman, and I don’t buy it! Over 30 years ago I survived the abortion, but my baby didn’t! Since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by over 25 percent. That means that one out of four of us has been exterminated through abortion. According to the Center for Disease Control, twice as many African Americans have died from abortion than have died from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined. 84 percent of Planned Parenthood clinics are located in minority communities. We make up less than thirteen percent of the female population, yet we have around 35 percent of the abortions in America. (1)
By targeting the African American community, TAC is promoting genocide. The definition of genocide is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. As such, TAC women sell out their own.
TAC is run by black women! Shame on them! They are complicit and are puppets in the hands of abortion providers. It’s the same as Africans assisting in the kidnapping of other Africans and selling them into bondage as part of the transatlantic slave trade! TAC women are no different! Margaret Sanger’s Negro Project is still alive and well!
African Americans being a target of genocide is not new. We’ve been traditionally targeted in the abortion industry by those who believe that African Americans are inferior and a drain on society’s resources. With insidious intent, manipulation and lies, Planned Parenthood and others like it have continued their scourge on the Black community, even utilizing the black church to indoctrinate its members to this horror (Margaret Sanger’s letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 1939).
TAC is lying to black women! Abortion as self-care and its benefits is a flagrant pack of lies! The butchery of our babies doesn’t benefit us, our families, our communities, or the human race. The truth is, it eliminates us, one by one.
What if the mothers of these individuals had believed the lies – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Shirley Chisholm, Ida B. Wells, Madame C. J. Walker, Harriet Tubman, Dr. Charles Drew, Dr. Ben Carson, Garrett A. Morgan, you and me? Imagine the greatness that would have been lost! Moreover, believing that abortion is self-care is counter-intuitive. It defies sound reasoning. Their narrative says that abortion is self-care and is beneficial to black women, yet death and destruction are the results.
Is it self-care when having an abortion leaves your body with free radicals that cause cancer or that scar tissue from abortion has left some women infertile? That’s just two conditions. Over one hundred complications have been associated with induced abortions. A few major complications include infection, ripping or perforation of the uterus, and cervical injury which may lead to sterility, and hemorrhaging which may cause death. (2)
A 1993 Howard University study showed that African American women over age 50 were 4.7 times more likely to get breast cancer if they had had any abortions compared to women who had not had any abortions.
Is it self-care when women suppress the guilt of having an abortion, resulting in symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Deep down inside we ALL know that we are mothers killing our babies! Statistics show that women who have undergone post-abortion counseling report over 100 major reactions to abortion. Among the most frequently reported are: depression, loss of self-esteem, self-destructive behavior, sexual dysfunction, dramatic personality changes, guilt and remorse, difficulty grieving, and difficulty bonding with later children. (2)
Wake up! This is genocide by design. The abortion industry’s version of self-care is a grave injustice to that baby and her mother. Let’s be clear. I’ve learned the value of life from the womb to the tomb, and I’ve concluded that ALL LIVES MATTER.
Concerned Women for America of Louisiana
1. Crutcher, Novielli, and Hobbs, “Racial Targeting and Population Control”, Life Dynamics, October 2015
2. Reardon,”Criteria for the Identification of High Risk Abortion Patients: Analysis of An In-Depth Survey of 100 Aborted Women”, Presented at the 1987 Paper Session of the Association for Interdisciplinary Research, Denver.
Washington Examiner runs YWA leader’s article.
YWA is a student-led initiative for girls on college and high school campuses. The mission of YWA is to train the next generation to protect and promote Biblical values and Constitutional principles through prayer, education, and advocacy. Click here for more information.
CWA of Louisiana stands with President Donald J. Trump’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s vacancy at the United States Supreme Court!
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued the following statement:
“This is an historic moment for the United States. This is why conservative women voted overwhelmingly for Donald J. Trump – to ensure that a proper constitutional balance is restored to our nation’s highest court. President Trump made a promise to the American people and, just as with the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch, he is delivering on that promise. Judge Brett Kavanaugh is abundantly qualified to sit on the bench of the United States Supreme Court. He is among the best and brightest jurists on the appellate courts with a reputation of being fair and impartial in his decisions. Judge Kavanaugh is known as a judge who respects the Constitution as written, refusing to legislate from the bench. This is what we need at this time on the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Concerned Women for America of Louisiana stands with our CEO in support of our president and Judge Kavanaugh. Through prayer and action we will fight the good fight of faith against any and all attacks designed to stop the will of God from being fulfilled in this historic time. As Penny also stated, “This is not just about us; this is about our children and their children. This is about the future of this nation for generations to come, and we plan on giving everything we have in order to leave them a Supreme Court that will protect their liberties and uphold our Constitution.” Our leadership in Washington, DC has done their homework and has deemed Judge Kavanaugh an outstanding choice.
Please Pray: 1) for God to give CWA and the many who stand with them wisdom to effectively address the opposition; 2) that the U.S. Senate will confirm him expeditiously; 3) that Judge Kavanaugh will fulfill his role as another great justice, defending families and protecting the lives of our children.
Please Take Action:
- Email your U.S. Senators and let them know that you support Judge Kavanaugh as your choice for Supreme Court Justice. Ask them how they plan to vote. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Louisiana. Click here to easily email your Senators. Fill in the column on the right.
- If time allows please call and write them as well.
- Senator Bill Cassidy (R): (202) 224-5824, 520 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510
- John Kennedy (R): (202) 224-4623, SR 383, Russell Senate Building, Washington, DC 20510
- Forward this onto others and encourage them to not miss out on this opportunity to both pray and act during this time in American history.
“The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord, like rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.”
Click here for more information on the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh.
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Please join CWA of Louisiana’s Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Prayer Support Team
Volunteers are needed to pray for our state legislators during the 2018 Louisiana Legislative Session, which takes place from March 12 to June 4. Through the EAL Program, CWA members and friends commit to pray daily for their assigned legislator(s) and send CWA-provided postcards to encourage them. All that is required is several minutes of prayer and one stamp per month.
We live in challenging times, and much prayer is needed to restrain evil and establish righteousness. Will you commit to being an EAL prayer volunteer this legislative session?
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” — 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Please Pray: Pray the necessary number of individuals will sign up to join our team and that our legislators will be encouraged and uplifted by our efforts.
- Sign up by Monday, February 26. Email us at [email protected] with your name, address, and how many legislators you would like to have assigned to you.
- If at all possible, please contribute $5, $10, or more to this program. It is greatly needed. Because we are run by a team of volunteers, all of your contributions go directly to the work at hand. Click here to donate online now, or send a check to CWA of Louisiana, O. Box 2446, Opelousas, LA 70571. Be sure to write the check out to “Concerned Women for America” and put “CWA of LA” on the memo line. Thank you in advance for your tax-deductible donation.
Remain Motivated by Love,
Dear CWA of Louisiana Friends,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! We have had such a rewarding year of working together to further the Biblical values we hold so dear.
We have just published our 2017 CWA of Louisiana Newsletter! It is full of encouraging news about the many events, projects, and speaking engagements that CWA of Louisiana has been blessed to be part of this year.
Please view our 2017 newsletter now and rejoice with us in all the Lord has done through the ministry of CWA of Louisiana with your support.
Blessings to you,
Thank you! We sent an alert on Wednesday notifying you that Sen. Kennedy (R- Louisiana) was opposing judicial nominee Kyle Duncan. We asked you to call Sen. Kennedy to tell him you support Kyle Duncan and ask him to support Duncan also—and guess what? He listened to you! Sen. Kennedy has since said, “I plan to vote in favor” of 5th Circuit nominee Kyle Duncan. There’s no doubt this is because of your involvement. We are so grateful to have you on the Concerned Women for America team!
CWA of Louisiana