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Needed: Prayer Support for Louisiana Legislators!

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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.

Take Action:

  1. 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.
  2. 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,

 

Sancha Noel Smith
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Louisiana
[email protected]
la.cwfa.org

Merry Christmas! And, 2017 Newsletter Now Available!

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 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,

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

Sen. Kennedy Has Agreed to Support Trump Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan – Because of You!

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Dear friends,

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!

Blessings,
Sancha Smith
State Director
CWA of Louisiana

Sen. Kennedy Opposes Trump Judicial Nominee – He Needs to Hear From You Now!

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A Senate judiciary hearing for nominees is happening right now – we need you to call Sen. Kennedy and tell him to support Kyle Duncan.

Many Louisianans were very pleased to hear President Trump nominated Kyle Duncan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He’s exceptionally well qualified and accomplished and has a distinguished legal career including four years as Solicitor General for the state of Louisiana and arguing over 30 cases before federal and state appellate courts – as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

But U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-Louisiana) is opposing Duncan. The rest of Louisiana supports Kyle Duncan, including U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) and GOP Attorney General Jeff Landry.

Please call Sen. Kennedy’s office TODAY to tell him you support Kyle Duncan and want him to support him too. Take a minute and call (202) 224-4623 now!

Kyle Duncan is a Louisiana success story. He is ready and willing to serve the American people on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. It’s time for all our Senators to do their job, get moving, and confirm nominees like Kyle Duncan as soon as possible.

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

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