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Louisiana House Throws Female Athletes Under the Bus

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The Louisiana House of Representatives failed to override Gov. John Bel Edwards (Democrat) veto of SB 156, Fairness in Womens’ Sports Act. The Louisiana Senate voted to override the veto the previous day.

Concerned Women for America of Louisiana State Director, Laura Huber, had this to say of the failed veto override, “It is devastating that a minority of lawmakers have prevailed today to throw our daughters under the bus and deny them equal rights to safety and opportunity in sports that women fought so hard to achieve. We thank the legislators of both parties who have stood with courage and conviction to fight for fair play for Louisiana’s female athletes. We will continue to stand with you!”

Join Us! The Voice of Champions Event

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana invites you to their Voice of Champions event on Saturday, July 31, in Covington.

Please join us as we celebrate several champions for life and the influence that women of all ages can have in the culture around them through prayer and action. 

Outstanding Speakers!

  • State Rep. Beryl Amedee will share the successful journey of her legislation, the Abortion Reversal Pill Information Act, through the 2021 General Session and to the desk of Gov. Edwards. The bill will become law the day after this event on August 1.
  • Lillian Knight, former Young Women for America (YWA) LSU Campus Director, will share her testimony as an abortion survivor and the impact YWA and CWA have had on her spiritually, personally, and educationally.
  • Amy Centanni, a mother of three-month old twin boys whose lives were saved by the abortion reversal pill.
  • Anne Fontcuberta, CWA of Louisiana Covington Prayer/Action Chapter Leader, will inform you on how you can have an impact in the great state of Louisiana.

Practical Breakout Session!
Whether you are a high school student, college student, young mom, businesswoman, grandparent, or retired, we will show you how to have an impact.

Here are the details:
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for light refreshments and fellowship and the program begins at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Lakeshore Church, 15261 Brewster Road, Covington LA 70433
Register online here by Wednesday, July 28. The event is free, but registration is required.

Download the event flyer for more information.

Contact Anne Fontcuberta at 985-502-1343 or Laura Huber at [email protected] with any questions.

This event is for high school, college, post-college, and above! We hope you will join us for a morning of inspiration and information!

Laura Huber
State Director

Gov. Bel Edwards: Sign the Bill!

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We have reason to celebrate in Louisiana! Last Thursday, May 27, SB 156, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 77/17. The bill passed both chambers with bipartisan support (13 Democrats voted for the bill). I previously wrote to you about the bill here and here.

Thank you for sending messages to the House and Senate members about this important bill that protects girls’ sports! Your voice made the difference.

But the work is not over. I need you to make one more call to Gov. John Bel Edwards (Democrat)! It is very important that he hears from those who stand with him on protecting girls’ sports.

Take Action!

  1. Contact Gov. Bel Edwards and ask him to stand with female athletes and sign SB 156. Let him know that you stand with him in support of the bill. Phone: (225)342-7015 | Email. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Louisiana, be sure to let him know.
  2. Forward this information to family and friend

Please pray for Gov. Bel Edwards that he will sign the bill. Pray that God would give him the wisdom and understanding to accomplish His purposes.

 “Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” 1 Timothy 2:2

Anchored in Christ,

Laura Huber
State Director

Girls’ Sports Bill Moving – Calls Needed!

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SB156, a bill that would promote fairness in women’s sports, passed out of the Louisiana State Senate and has now been assigned to the Louisiana House Education Committee. The bill is scheduled to be heard in committee tomorrow, Wednesday, May 12.

I wrote to you about the bill here. Please visit Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Standing with Female Athletespage for other timely resources on this issue.

Take Action:

  1. Contact the members of the House Education Committee and ask them to support SB156. The committee members are listed below my signature. If you are a constituent, be sure to let them know.
  2. Contact your state representative and ask him or her to support SB 156. Use this link to find out who represents you in the state legislature.
  3. Forward this information to family and friends.

Please Pray:

  1. Pray that Louisiana state representatives will not be overcome with timidity and “political correctness” and will handle this issue with positive and fair wisdom for the girls and women of Louisiana.
  2. Pray for the young women who are called upon to stand strong against this adversity in the face of the “cancel culture.” Pray they will come forward to give testimony.
  3. Pray for Gov. John Bel Edwards, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, and Speaker Patrick Page Cortez that they may support and defend the birthright of every young girl in Louisiana.

Anchored in Christ,

Laura Huber
State Director


2021 House Education Committee
Rep. Raymond Garofalo, Chair – (504) 277-4729 | [email protected] 
Rep. Mark Wright, Vice Chair – (985) 893-6262 | [email protected] 
Rep. Beryl Amedee – (985) 858-2967 | [email protected] 
Rep. Ken Brass – (225) 265-9005 | [email protected] 
Rep. Gary Carter – (504) 361-6600 | [email protected] 
Rep. Rick Edmonds – (225) 295-9240 | [email protected] 
Rep. Aimee Adatto Freeman – (504) 861-1614 | [email protected] 
Rep. Barbara Reich Freiberg – (225) 763-3500 | [email protected] 
Rep. Stephanie Hilferty – (504) 885-4154 | [email protected] 
Rep. Patrick O. Jefferson – (318) 927-2519 | [email protected] 
Rep. Charles Owen – (337) 460-8726 | [email protected] 
Rep. Tammy T. Phelps – (318) 862-3080 | [email protected] 
Rep. Vincent St. Blanc III – (337) 828-7778 | [email protected] 
Rep. Phillip Eric Tarver – (337) 475-8186 | [email protected] 
Rep. Tanner Magee – (985) 858-2970 | [email protected] 
Rep. Clay Schexnayder – (225) 473-6016 | [email protected] 

Who Gets to Compete in Women’s Sports Competitions?

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“So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:2

Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are being threatened. Individual male born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females – from kindergarten to high school to college (NCAA).

Many biological girls train and work hard to excel in their chosen sport with the goal of a college scholarship. When a biological boy, who thinks he is a girl, is allowed to compete with the biological girls because of his natural endurance and strength, he steals the prize.

SB156, a bill that would promote fairness in women’s sports, has been introduced by Sen. Beth Mizell (R-District 12). The bill has been assigned to the Louisiana Senate Education Committee. The chairman and members of the committee need to hear from you (particularly if you are a constituent of a committee member) about the importance of ensuring girls have a fair playing field in sports.

Visit Concerned Women for America’s Standing with Female Athletes page for timely resources on this issue. Download and distribute CWA’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet.

Take Action:

  1. Contact the members of the Senate Education Committee and ask them to support SB156 and give it a hearing. The committee members are listed below my sign If you are a constituent, be sure to let them know. Not sure if you are a constituent, then click here. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Louisiana, be sure to let them know.
  2. Contact your state representative and ask him or her to support SB.156. Use this link to find out who represents you in the state legislature. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Louisiana, be sure to let him/her know.
  3. Forward this information to family and friends.

Please Pray:

  1. Pray that Louisiana state senators will not be overcome with timidity and “political correctness” and will handle this issue with positive and fair wisdom for the girls and women of Louisiana.
  2. Pray for the young women who are called upon to stand strong against this adversity in the face of the “cancel culture.” Pray they will come forward to give testimony.
  3. Pray for Gov. John Bel Edwards, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, and Speaker Patrick Page Cortez. Pray they support and defend the birthright of every young girl in Louisiana.

Anchored in Christ,
Laura Huber
State Director


Louisiana Senate Education Committee Members:

Sen. Cleo Fields – Chairman
Democrat-District 14
225.342.9514
[email protected]

Sen. Katrina Jackson – Vice Chair
Democrat-District 34
318.343.2877
[email protected]

Sen. Mark Abraham
Republican-District 25
337.475.3016
[email protected]

Sen. Robert Mills
Republican-District 36
318.371.5200
[email protected]

Sen. Beth Mizell – SB 156, Author
Republican-District 12
985.839.3936
[email protected]

Sen. Kirk Talbot
Republican-District 10
504.736.7299
[email protected]

Sen. Mack “Bodi” White
Republican-District 6
225.272.1324
[email protected]

CWA of Louisiana Pray and Encouragement Opportunity

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Are You an Encourager of Encouragers?
Impact the State Legislature with Prayer and Encouragement

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana is currently seeking a coordinator to oversee our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program. The EAL Coordinator prepares the EAL packet of postcards and instructions and mails to the EAL participants. She also communicates with participants throughout the legislative session. The Louisiana 2021 session is scheduled to convene on Monday, April 12, and adjourn on Thursday, June 10.

About the EAL Program
EAL is a program of encouragement and prayer for our Louisiana state legislators while the Louisiana legislature is in session. It involves sending postcards of encouragement and praying for an assigned legislator throughout the session. EAL is designed to pray for and encourage the legislators with no mention of legislation or policy. Whether conservative or liberal, the goal is to uplift the legislator and to remind him or her that they are prayed for regularly.

Are you interested in learning more about the position of EAL Coordinator? I am happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have. Please contact me by e-mail or phone (504) 236-8546 if you have an interest in more information on joining our CWA of Louisiana team.

“May He equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him” Hebrews 13:21

Anchored in Christ,
Laura Huber
State Director

Supreme Court Rules Against Louisiana Women and Life

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Last week, the Supreme Court failed the women of Louisiana by invalidating a law meant to protect women by raising the standard of care to an acceptable level in cases of abortion. The state of Louisiana sought to close the inadequacy in the law that permitted abortionists to operate at a lower care level than any other medical provider.

You can read CWA’s coverage of the court’s decision in the following articles:

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana express our heartfelt gratitude to Louisiana Attorney General, Jeff Landry; Solicitor General, Liz Murril, and Sen. Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe) for their all their work on the case.

While this was a very disappointing decision, we press forward. CWA of Louisiana will not relent in our efforts to protect women and to protect life.

Take Action
Contact me today to learn more about the work of CWA of Louisiana. You are needed, and I would love to talk with you on how you can influence and impact our culture here in Louisiana through prayer, education, and action.

Please pray for mothers who are facing “unplanned pregnancies” and feel their only choice is to end the life of their child. Please pray women who find themselves in crisis pregnancies will find help at a Christian-based Crisis Pregnancy Center where they will not only receive the emotional and financial help that they need but have the Good News of the Gospel shared with them.

Anchored in Christ,
Laura Huber
State Director

CWA of Louisiana – We Pray!

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Concerned Women for America of Louisiana State Director Laura Huber and several CWA members met at the State Capitol this week to pray for the state legislators and their state.

Concerned Women for America of Louisiana State Director Laura Huber and several CWA members met at the State Capitol this week to pray for the state legislators and their state.

Thank You to All Who Encouraged!

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana’s 2020 Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Project had one of the largest groups of EAL volunteers we have ever had in the many years we have sponsored this project. Surely there has never been a more critical time to encourage our elected officials! We yearned to strengthen them as we prayed for them to take a more courageous stand for the cause of liberty and righteousness, and hopefully this included those who did not agree with us in ideology. May each official fully realize we covered them in prayer – not challenging them by any political perspective – but affirming them in such a way that they were edified and encouraged.

Thank you, Debbie Hoehl, our EAL Coordinator and the 82 people who volunteered this year! 144 elected officials were covered in all. Through this unusual session, several legislators responded and expressed their appreciation for the spiritual support and prayer of CWA of Louisiana EAL volunteers.

Legislative Update

  • Louisiana’s state legislature wrapped up its 2020 legislative session on Monday, June 1, at 6:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19, the regular session was abruptly cut short. The state legislature began a First Extraordinary Session on Monday, June 1, at 6:01 p.m. and will adjourn on June 30, at 6:00 p.m.
  •  Pray: Please continue to keep the Louisiana state legislature in your prayers as they move forward and work on our behalf to finish the necessary legislation for 2020.

“… being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)

Volunteer Opportunities
We have several ways to volunteer with CWA of Louisiana. Do any of these sound like you?

  • Do you desire to see our country radically affected through the energized efforts of prayer warriors? Consider starting a Prayer/Action Chapter in your community or forming a social media and email team to communicate CWA of Louisiana alerts by volunteering as a Home Team Captain.
  • Do you enjoy the legislative process and have a desire to work on family-related and pro-life issues here in Louisiana? Consider becoming a Legislative Liaison to coordinate our response to legislation through our state alerts, thus encouraging members to write, e-mail, and call to testify on bills related to our seven core issues. Training is provided.

Please contact me by e-mail or phone (504) 236-8546 if you have an interest in more information on joining our CWA of Louisiana team.

Anchored in Christ,

Laura Huber
State Director

Meet CWA of Louisiana’s New State Director!

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I am very excited to introduce to you Laura Huber, CWA’s new Louisiana State Director. Sancha Smith stepped down officially as CWA’s Louisiana State Director in March after 12 outstanding years of leadership. Laura joined CWA of Louisiana’s leadership team in 2019 serving as the state chapter’s Records Correspondence and co-leader of a Prayer/Action Chapter. We are extremely grateful that Laura is willing to step into the director role.

Laura was born and raised in North Canton, Ohio. She moved with her family to the suburbs of New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1978. Laura works alongside her husband of 31 years, Karl Huber, in their privately owned business, Graphics Advantage, LLC, a printing and promotional consulting business.

Laura is actively involved with Unashamed Love, an outreach ministry to women in the sex industry, dancers in strip clubs on Bourbon Street, and prostituted women in New Orleans. Laura is very passionate about the life issue and volunteers with Louisiana Right to Life. She and her husband, Karl, both serve on the Board of Directors at St. Tammany Right to Life.

Karl and Laura have three amazing and Godly adult children, one son and two daughters. They are blessed with four adorable and equally unique grandchildren. Their whole family is blessed to worship and serve together at Lakeshore Church in Covington, Louisiana.

Laura could not be more excited about representing CWA in the great state of Louisiana. Recently, in a conversation with Laura she said, “The confirmation from the Lord to step into the state director role couldn’t have been any clearer. There was such a peace with this step of obedience.” We at CWA national could not be more grateful for this woman who has a heart for the Lord, first and foremost.

Tanya Ditty
Vice President of Field Operations

Action Item: Tell Gov. John Bel Edwards to Shut the Abortion Clinics!

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Why are abortion businesses still operating when Gov. John Bel Edwards (Democrat) is shutting churches, schools, and mass gatherings, as Louisiana sees a rapid increase in the number of coronavirus cases?

Currently, across the United States, including Louisiana, services that constitute essential health care for women, such as routine Pap smears, mammograms, and pelvic exams, are being postponed to reduce everyone’s risk of exposure to COVID-19 and to conserve scarce medical resources. Yet, the abortion industry is open for business as usual.

On March 18, Vice President Mike Pence issued a mass gathering ban exceeding ten people. On March 22, Gov. Edwards issued a “Stay At Home Order” and reissued it again to be effective until April 30 which included abortion clinics. While all three abortion clinics initially closed after the national and state directives were issued, several are now reopening. Many healthcare agencies have ceased their non-essential medical, surgical, and dental procedures, yet some abortion clinics in Louisiana insist on business as usual while consuming Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other equipment that COVID-19 patients need.

Abortion providers in Louisiana are putting profits over the safety and health of women as they prey on vulnerable women during a time of great uncertainty and fear.

Immediate Action Needed

#1. Please contact Gov. Edwards and Interim Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health Stephen Russo. Urge them to join other states by closing abortion clinics and redirecting PPE and other medical equipment to our state’s much-needed coronavirus response. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Louisiana.

Gov. Edwards: (225)342-7015 | Online form
Sec. Russo: (225) 342-9500

#2. Forward this email to family and friends.

Please pray:
Heavenly Father, Your name is above all names. We are asking that You move on the hearts of Gov. Edwards and Sec. Russo to seek You in all things, especially with regard to this issue of life.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.”  Proverbs 31:8-9

Thank you for taking action at this critical time.

Anchored in Christ.

Together in 2020,
Laura Huber
Interim State Director

YWA leader Lillian Knight speaking at Protect Women Protect Life rally at the Supreme Court

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Demonstrators Meet outside the Supreme Court

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One of our amazing Young Women for America college chapter presidents, Lillian Knight, LSU, participated in the Protect Women, Protect Life rally on the steps of the Supreme Court fighting to uphold a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have hospital admitting procedures. She is quoted in the article in National Review.

“On the steps of the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning, hundreds of demonstrators gathered as the justices heard oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo, the first abortion-related case on the docket since Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the Court.

The case was brought by abortion providers against the state of Louisiana, challenging a law that requires them to maintain admitting privileges at a local hospital so women can get emergency care if necessary after a failed abortion procedure. Louisiana law currently requires the same of all other ambulatory surgical centers in the state; the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act aims to hold abortionists to the same standard.

Sources who attended oral arguments told National Review that seven of the nine justices asked questions. Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch were the two who did not.

Outside the Court, meanwhile, both the abortion-rights movement and pro-life advocates hosted rallies all morning, standing right beside each other underneath a perfectly blue and sunny sky, the abortion-rights crowd swathed in teal and the pro-lifers in a lighter shade of blue.

“My right, my decision,” read most of the signs on the pro-choice side. The signs were printed, and the rally coordinated, by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the abortion-advocacy group that argued against the Louisiana law this morning, representing June Medical Services and two unnamed abortionists.

One of the most prominent speakers for the abortion-rights rally was Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), who directed part of his remarks at Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch. “They’re taking away fundamental rights,” he said. “I want to tell you Gorsuch, I want to tell you Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

Representative Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) also addressed the pro-choice crowd, opening her remarks by suggesting that “they are obsessed with our bodies,” as well as that abortion is an issue of “economic justice” and “racial justice.”

“We have every frickin’ right to fight for our lives and our bodies,” Tlaib said. Most of the remarks from speakers at the pro-choice rally didn’t touch on the substance of the Louisiana law at all, or they falsely claimed that it was intended to restrict access to abortion. But in fact, in a decision upholding the statute last fall, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that “the only permissible finding, under this record, is that no clinics will likely be forced to close on account of the Act.”

Much of the abortion-rights rally centered around common slogans such as permitting or trusting women to control their own bodies.

A poster that one of the abortion-rights demonstrators held read, “Hey Kavanaugh, keep your religion out of my health care. And yea, we still believe Dr. Blasey Ford.” Another, much larger sign said, “Thank God for abortion.”

On the pro-life side of the divide, meanwhile, most signs read, “Protect women, protect life.” The remarks from the slate of speakers in defense of Louisiana’s law focused almost entirely on the law itself, as well as the goal of ensuring that women are able to get emergency care.

Katrina Jackson, the Louisiana Democrat who sponsored the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, addressed the pro-life crowd after exiting the Court following the hearing. “For so long, this nation has put the abortion industry before the health and safety of the women,” she said.

“We will no longer be quiet, because we love the child, and we love the woman. And Louisiana is all about love, even when someone doesn’t agree with us,” Jackson added. “We seek to protect them in their decisions. We seek to hold others accountable, and especially when a billion-dollar industry makes money off of that woman’s decision, they should be held accountable just as other doctors who treat us for other things.”

One young woman from Louisiana, who serves as a campus leader for Concerned Women for America, spoke to the group close to the end of the rally. “Twenty-two years ago, my mom went to a Louisiana Planned Parenthood seeking to know what her options were because she was in a crisis pregnancy,” she said. “She had no support from anybody in my family or from my biological father. They told her that my life was not worth anything and that her only option was to abort me, that she would not be successful in life, that she could not get an education, and that I would essentially ruin her life. Twenty-two years later, I think she begs to differ.””

Read the Entire Article in National Review Here:

Join Us in New Orleans on March 4: Protect Women Protect Life Press Conference

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This coming Wednesday, March 4, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in June Medical Services vs. Gee, an important case where pro-abortion advocates are challenging a Louisiana law (Unsafe Abortion Protection Act) that requires abortionists to possess admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their abortion facilities. Louisiana enacted the law to protect women in the event they experience complications related to an abortion.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana invites you to join us, along with other like-minded pro-life organizations and groups, in New Orleans on March 4, to show support for the sanctity of human life and for women’s safety. We will be standing in solidarity with the hundreds of CWA members and supporters from like-minded groups who will be rallying on the steps of the Supreme Court to show support for the sanctity of human life and for women’s safety. CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance, our own Sancha Smith, and LSU’s Young Women for America president Lillie Knight will be speaking at the Supreme Court rally.

I have the privilege of speaking at the press conference – representing your voice for life! I hope you will join me in New Orleans next week!

Our message: Abortionists do not speak for women!

Here are the details:
Event: New Orleans Protect Women Protect Life Press Conference
Date: Wednesday, March 4
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Hale Boggs Federal Building and Courthouse
500 Poydras Street, New Orleans

Action:

  • Please mark your calendar and make plans to attend the rally.
  • Invite others to attend.

Prayer: Pray for this case up to and including March 4. Please pray that truth and justice will reign.

I have the privilege of speaking at the press conference – representing your voice for life! I hope you will join me in New Orleans next week!

“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:10

Laura Huber
Interim State Director*
CWA of Louisiana
504-236-8546

*Sancha Smith is on a leave of absence from her state director responsibilities for CWA of Louisiana until February 2021. We will miss Sancha while she is away, but we are so grateful Laura Huber has graciously agreed to serve as interim director while Sancha is on leave.

Tanya Ditty
Vice President of Field Operation
Concerned Women for America

Lafayette Chapter Hosts Memorable Christmas Event

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CWA of Louisiana

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana’s Lafayette Prayer/Action Chapter wrapped up a remarkable year with a special Christmas luncheon on Friday, December 6, attended by local and state officials, CWA of Louisiana leaders from across the state, and enthusiastic members and guests. Leaders recapped CWA of Louisiana activities in 2019, highlighted a CWA core issue – fighting sexual exploitation – and armed attendees with biblical perspectives on current issues. There were also a few surprises.

Janet Jackson, state Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator, set the tone by opening in worship, accompanied by Prayer/Action Chapter Leader Tara Baudoin’s 13-year-old daughter on piano. The luncheon was punctuated with prayer throughout, and with giveaways of Penny Nance’s book, Feisty and Feminine, and Baudoin’s original art.

Cindy Doré, long-time friend of CWA, shared how one group is fighting sexual exploitation in Acadiana by reaching out to strip club workers. She encouraged attendees to obey when God prompts them to step out of their comfort zones. Attorney General Jeff Landry’s representative distributed resource information to equip warriors in the fight against human trafficking.

The event culminated in a surprise tribute to State Director Sancha Smith for her integrity and faithful, prayerful work in Louisiana. A personal tribute from Tara Baudoin was followed by video accolades from CWA CEO and President Penny Nance, Louisiana Family Forum President Gene Mills, State Senator Beth Mizell, U.S. Congressman Clay Higgins, State Senator-Elect Heather Cloud, and Smith’s husband and youngest son.

“We think the event was a huge success, not only because the seats were filled, or because we gained several new members, but the men and women left energized and equipped to make a difference. All glory to God,” Baudoin reflected.

CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Opportunities

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Are you ready to take your knowledge and put it into action? If so, a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter is the perfect place to do so. “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?” James 2:14

First: Find out what a Prayer/Action Chapter is as well as what a typical one looks like.

Second: Click here to find a Prayer/Action Chapter in your area and learn more.

CWA of Louisiana Hosts Encourager Awards Breakfast and Lobby Efforts

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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.