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URGENT: Help to Pass “the Strongest Pro-Life Bill Ever Attempted in the United States”

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On Wednesday, February 26, the Missouri House of Representatives passed HB126, the Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act, by a vote of 117 – 39. Thanks be to God! HB126, also known as the “Heartbeat Bill,” would prohibit abortions once the fetal heartbeat is detected. HB126, sponsored by Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O’Fallon), was perfected on Tuesday, February 26. During the perfection process, several more measures were adopted into the bill, and HB126 became what has been called “the strongest pro-life bill ever attempted in the United States.”

This bill specifies the following:

  • If there is any change in federal law or court decisions that allows abortion, it is the intent of the state of Missouri that abortion shall not be permitted in the state under any circumstances. If a total ban on abortion is not possible, abortions shall be limited to women who are less than eight weeks gestational age, with a required fetal heartbeat or brain function test, except in cases of medical emergency. This has become known as the “trigger law” which would go into effect when Roe v. Wade is overturned.
  • If the state is prohibited from adopting the fetal heartbeat standard, abortions shall be limited to women less than 14 weeks gestational age. And, if that is not possible, Missouri will adopt a pain-capable standard, and abortions will not be permitted past 18 weeks gestational age.
  • Prohibits selective abortions due to sex, race, or a diagnosis or potential diagnosis of Down Syndrome.
  • Requires that for a minor to obtain an abortion, she must have consent of one parent and the physician must make a reasonable effort to notify the other custodial parent prior to performing the procedure.
  • Requires that any referral for an abortion from a provider out-of-state be accompanied by all Missouri informed consent materials, either presented in person or mailed in within a reasonable amount of time.
  • Increases the amount of medical malpractice insurance that an abortion provider must carry.

The bill will now go to the Senate for consideration. We call upon our pro-life Senate to take up HB 126 as passed in the House, pass it and send it to the Governor’s desk. 

Please join us in prayer! We call upon our God to confuse the enemy and defeat any filibuster that the Democrats are planning in the Senate. We ask for wisdom and guidance for the two of us as we interact with many at the capitol today on this issue and others. Thank you.

Go here for the passed version on HB126
Go here for the summary of the passed version of HB126
Go here for the vote of the passed version of HB126.

Thank you.

Bev Ehlen
State Director
CWA of Missouri
[email protected]

Gina Allen
Pro Life Coordinator
CWA of Missouri
[email protected]

Last Week in Review – Some Great Bills and Great Interaction with Members

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It was another busy week at the Capitol. There were some great bills filed, some great pro-life bills heard in committee, and terrific interaction between the members of our legislative team and members of the Missouri General Assembly.

Sex Trafficking/Pornography
We are excited to announce that Sen. Ed Emery (R-District 31) has filed the Safer Internet for Children Act (SB382) in the Senate and Rep. Ken Wilson (R-District 12) has filed the Safer Internet for Children Act (HB885) in the House. This act will mandate that any Internet Provider Service that wants to do business in Missouri must provide a filter that blocks pornography. The subscriber will be able to create a password so any adults in the home will have access to blocked sites but minors in the home will not be able to find it or have porn find them via the internet.

We are looking forward to working with these two members of the Missouri General Assembly on this important issue. The pornification of the culture has so many ramifications – sex trafficking, child on child sex abuse, promiscuity and breakup of marriages. We must curb this horrific plague of pornography starting now!

Pro-life
Hearings on the two Pain Capable bills and the Heartbeat bill were held in the Children and Families Committee on Tuesday morning. The hearing room was packed. The pro-life presence was strong and positive as the sponsors of the bills presented and witnesses testified.

  • You can access the Heartbeat bill, HB 126 sponsored by Rep. Nick Schroer (R-District 107) here.
  • You can access the Pain Capable Bill, HB 339, sponsored by Rep. Adam Schnelting (R-District 104) here.
  • You can access the Pain Capable Bill, HB 680, sponsored by Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-District 97) here.

Education
The Student Data Privacy Bill (HB 592) sponsored by Rep. Curtis Trent (R-District 133) was heard in the Special Committee for Career Readiness on Wednesday, February 13. There were some great testimonies by students and parents alike. The members of the committee were engaged with the witnesses. Please pray we have favor with leadership and that this bill will pass through the House quickly and make it over to the Senate quickly. There will be strong opposition from those companies such as Google which profit so very much off their data mining. You can access HB 592 here.

The Narcotics Control Act (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program)
The Narcotics Control Act, HB188, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder (R-District 148) was passed by the House on Monday afternoon. It now goes to the Senate. One of our main reasons for opposing this bill is that PDMPs do not curtail the opioid epidemic like the proponents would want you to believe. Also, HB188 has obvious problems such as it does not require the doctor or pharmacist to check the database BEFORE prescribing or filling prescription, the bill covers all the drugs in Schedule II, II and IV which covers many more than opioids-stimulants such as Ritalyn, anti-depressants and sleep aids such as Ambian. We think the public doesn’t realize that many of them will be in such a database as they take a Schedule II, III or IV drug even if they don’t take pain killers. And the department may share data with public and private entities. You can access HB188 here.

Wednesday Breakfast Bible Study
While it’s not easy to be in the Capitol at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesdays with hot breakfast for the Wednesday Breakfast Bible study, we are blessed to do that for the fourteen to eighteen members of the MOGA who come at 7:00 a.m. to break open God’s Word.

Please pray for the members of our Legislative Team – Alissa Johnson, Vicki Leuther and Bev Ehlen. Please pray for them to have the energy to keep up with all that is going on at our State Capitol, for them to have favor with the members of the Missouri General Assembly (MOGA) and the leadership of the MOGA and our Governor. They would especially want you to pray for opportunities to share the Gospel one on one with any individual who is open to hearing it. As we stand for Truth on the issues of the day, sometimes it is perceived that we don’t care that we hurt some individuals. Salt hurts open wounds, and bright light hurts the eyes. We hope to be salt and light but in such a way that those who see and hear us see the love and compassion of Jesus.

Thank you.

Bev Ehlen

State Director

CWA of Missouri

[email protected]

mo.cwfa.org

 

Medical Data Privacy At Risk – Call Needed Today!

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Dear Friend,

The Narcotics Control Act (HB188) sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) would implement a statewide Prescription Data Base Program (PDMP).

Concerned Women for America (CWA) has as one of its concerns the prevalence of drug and substance abuse in our country. While The Narcotics Control Act sounds good on the surface, CWA of Missouri have two major concerns with HB 188.

  1. “Doctor shopping” would not be prevented. Supporters of HB 188 say the PDMP is designed to stop the “doctor shopping” that is symptomatic of opioid abuse. However, HB188 does not require physicians to check the database before they prescribe an opioid. HB188 also does not require that a pharmacist check the database before filling a prescription for opioids.
  2. Data privacy could be at risk. The database created by HB188 would contain the information of patients who get prescriptions not only for opioids but also for stimulants like Ritalyn, sleeping aids such as Ambian, and anti-depressants. HB188 captures any prescription for Schedule II, III or IV drugs. The database would be accessible by anyone in the office to whom the physician gave permission, not just licensed medical professionals. Additionally, the database created by HB188 can be made available to other public and private entities who can use the data for statistical, research, or educational purposes. Would “big pharma” take that data to fine-tune their marketing? This type of excessive data gathering is an invasion of privacy.

Take action now!

Knowing the facts about the database that HB188 would create, and why it would not work any better than it has in the other states, while risking the privacy of Missourians who take Schedule II, III or IV prescriptions, we are asking you to contact your state representative and ask him/her to vote no on Third Read (the final vote during this process) on HB188. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Missouri.

This vote could come as early as TODAY, Monday, February 11, at 4:00 p.m.

Click here if you don’t know who your state representative is. Enter your address and you will be linked to the information for your state representative, state senator and other elected officials

You’ll want to check the list of votes for the perfection vote on HB188 held in the House on Wednesday, February 6. There were 43 representatives who did vote no on HB188 at that time. If yours was one of them, you will want to thank your state representative for voting no and encourage them to vote no on Third Read.

Please pray HB 188 would be thwarted.

Thank you,

Bev Ehlen
State Director
CWA of Missouri
[email protected]
mo.cwfa.org

CWA of Missouri is on the Move!

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Things are really moving at the State Capitol! CWA of Missouri sponsored several events last week – some to inform and some to inform and encourage.  On Tuesday, Heidi Olson, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner who works for a large children’s hospital, joined me at the capitol to make personal visits with members of the Missouri General Assembly (MOGA). She shared about the growing epidemic on child on child sexual assault. Her information is grim, but it requires action. We are gaining much support for the resolution declaring pornography as a public health crisis and the legislation that we are drafting regarding new internet protections for minors. We hosted a sandwich supper that evening where Ms. Olson made her formal presentation to a group of about fifteen office holders and staff.

On Wednesday morning, CWA of Missouri provided hot breakfast for the Wednesday morning Bible Study led by State Rep. Dan Stacy (R-District 031). It was encouraging for CWA of Missouri to see 23 individuals, mostly lawmakers, attending Bible Study at 7:00 a.m.

We continue to meet the new members of the MOGA as we can during the day. Jill Noble, CWA of Missouri’s Greater Kansas City Area Director and Education Coordinator, came to the capitol on Wednesday afternoon. We met with three senators who are on the Senate Education Committee to discuss choice in education.

Wednesday was Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the capitol with many ministries and organizations that work on the trafficking issue having displays in the third-floor rotunda and a rally in the afternoon in which we participated.

That evening was our Liberty in Law Dinner with Bill Federer as the featured speaker. We had three state representatives who are fighting religious freedom issues in their districts speak on their experiences before Mr. Federer took the mic. It was a very well attended event – over 75 in attendance and one third of them being members of the MOGA!

On Thursday morning, Bill Federer spoke to the office holders and members of staff at the capitol, and we provided breakfast for the attendees. CWA of Missouri was encouraged as there were between 10-14 (some had to leave for committee meetings) in attendance.

CWA of Missouri Legislative Liaisons Alissa Johnson and Heather Sparks, Jill Noble, and myself attended the Legislative Collaboration Day training that the Attorney General’s Task Force on Human Trafficking sponsored from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. There is much to be done to rein in the scourge of human trafficking. Much has already been done, and we are excited about being involved with this diverse group of individuals and organizations who have been on the front lines with the victims of sex trafficking and are putting together meaningful legislation.

CWA of Missouri leaders – Alissa Johnson, Legislative Liaison Vicki Leuther, Jill Noble, Records Correspondent and Prayer/Action Chapter Leader Diana Kaufman and I attended the Educational Policy Conference (EPC) held in St. Louis, Thursday night through Saturday afternoon. This was the 30th year that the Constitutional Coalition has provided this opportunity for activists across the country to gather in St. Louis and hear from the very best speakers/authors/presenters. The big names on the program this year were Eric Metaxas, Bill Federer, Coach Joe Kennedy, Michele Bachman and Tucker Carlson.  Our CWA of Missouri team is really excited about implementing the ideas and actions we heard about at the EPC.

Please pray for us. We are a small number of volunteers who find many opportunities for CWA of Missouri to make a difference in at our state capitol and across Missouri. Pray that God will grant us favor, defeat the enemies before we show up and that Missouri can set an example of providing public policy that protects the morals of the young people, makes marriage and therefore the family stronger and will be Christlike as we are doing so.

Interested in getting more involved?  Click here to find out how to make a difference in your state! Click here to find out how to make a difference in your community! Click here to donate.

Bev Ehlen
State Director
CWA of Missouri
[email protected]souri.cwfa.org

Missouri State Legislators Need Your Prayers and Encouragement

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Dear Friend,

We are excited to continue our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program into 2019!

I often say that our EAL program is the most important program we have. When it is fully implemented, each member of our Missouri General Assembly will be lifted up in prayer each Monday that they are in session and receive an encouraging post card a day or so later! It is not an expression of political or public policy views. It is a program for encouragement and prayer for our state legislators. The goal is to simply uplift the legislator and to remind him or her that they are being prayed for regularly.

This is how it works: You commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her each Monday during the legislative session (January – May), and then once a month for the remainder of the year (June through December.) After praying for your adopted office holder, you will mail the CWA of Missouri provided postcard, pre-printed with a meaningful quote and a corresponding Scripture verse. Simply write a few encouraging words on the card or just sign it, add a postcard stamp and mail the card.

As CWA of Missouri’s EAL Coordinator, Ginger Yoak is committed to continuing to oversee this wonderful ministry. She desires to not only encourage our legislators but to also encourage YOU!

Ginger’s message to our volunteers: “I am honored to oversee this program. We have received wonderful feedback from legislators. Many have responded to your prayers and encouraging postcards over the years with words of appreciation. Your efforts encourage and build bridges. We hear back from both conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA. As a part of this effort, I know you too will be energized and blessed!”

Are you interested? Now more than ever our leaders need our prayers and encouragement. 

Prayer moves the hand of God in the affairs of this nation!  In fact, we are commanded to pray for those in authority. “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior …” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

We are looking for your commitment today! Please reply by calling Ginger Yoak at (636) 561-3145 or e-mail her at [email protected]. She will explain the program to you and enlist you as an Encourager! You will receive your postcards and instructions just prior to the opening of the 2019 Missouri legislative session in early January.  

Also, visit our webpage to find out how you can become involved in CWA of Missouri. You are needed!

Bev Ehlen
State Director
CWA of Missouri
PO Box 1352
St. Peters, MO 63376
[email protected]
mo.cwfa.org
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Are You Ready to Vote on November 6? Check Out Our Helpful Missouri Resources!

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There are many candidates and ballot issues for the voters in Missouri to consider on the November ballot. CWA of Missouri has assembled some resources for you to use, share with your friends, and/or download and print for your church.

Candidate Voter Guides:

  • Variety of issues for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House and State Auditor candidates – iVoterGuide.org
  • Variety of issues for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House and State Auditor candidates – votesmart.org
  • Variety of issues for the U.S. Senate candidates – FRC
  • Sanctity of Life ratings for Federal, Statewide and State Legislature candidates – MRL 

Area Specific Sample Ballot and Polling Place* (Click on “Candidates and Issues” to get your sample ballot.) 

CWA’s Party Platform Comparison – Comparison of the Republican and Democrat platforms on the issues we care about.

CWA of Missouri’s Statewide Ballot Issues description of all seven issues 

Two push cards to freely print and distribute:

 The Courts:

The first two members, Powell and Russell, of the Missouri Supreme Court, are up for a retention vote on all the ballots statewide. The remainder are each on a Court of Appeal and up for a retention vote. One won’t have all the Court of Appeal judges on one’s ballot since there is Eastern, Western and Southern.

  • Judge Colleen Dolan was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2016.
  • Chief Judge Lisa Page was appointed to Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District by Governor Nixon in 2015. 
  •  Judge Jeffrey Bates was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District by Governor Holden in 2003.
  • Edward Ardini, Jr. was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District by Governor Nixon in 2016.

Judge lookup based on county

In the majority of Missouri counties, judges will be running as either a Republican or Democrat. Hopefully you will already know the belief system of a sitting judge who is running for re-election or a candidate for judge.

If you live in the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Clay County, Jackson County, Platte County and Greene County your county is included in the Missouri “Non-partisan” Court Plan. One can go to yourmissourijudges.org to get the links to judges who are up for retention in those circuits/counties. Using your sample ballot you downloaded from the Secretary of State’s website* enter the last name of the judges up for retention in your county’s circuits in the search bar found in the upper right corner. That should bring up that particular judge so you can read the bio and the Missouri Bar’s recommendation.

Bev Ehlen
State Director
CWA of Missouri
[email protected]
mo.cwfa.org

 

Get Out the Vote with CWA of Missouri!

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Dear Friend, 

As you know, we are at a breaking point in history where the rule of law and civil discourse are being threaten by some politicians and radical activists who insist on getting their way, no matter what. Some are actually inciting that violence be directed at those with whom they disagree.

It is up to you and me to stand up to this mob mentality by praying against these malicious tactics and voting this November.  Will it be mob rule or the rule of law?!

There are three simple steps that can have a significant impact on our state and nation’s future.  Please join us in carrying them out.  

#1 Pray
As a Christian organization, we are first and foremost committed to prayer. As November 6 approaches, will you join us in praying for our state and nation? Please join us by setting a time daily to pray for this next election. Will you do that? Set an alarm on your phone, your computer, put a sticky note on your mirror, whatever works.

#2 Encourage
As a Christian organization, we are committed to educating and encouraging others to vote. Will you join us in this? Encourage friends and family through Facebook, twitter, email, etc.

#3 Vote
It is our duty, as citizens and as Christians, to participate in the process by both praying and voting. The institution of government was ordained by God as seen in Romans 13:1-4.

It’s that simple, vote.  Vote on November 6 or vote absentee ballot. In Missouri, we can vote by absentee ballot in person starting 42 days before and ending one day prior to Election Day with a valid excuse. Absentee ballots by mail are due seven days before Election Day. For more information, visit: sos.mo.gov/elections.

Take a look at the Candidates for U.S. Senate: 

Voted NO on Justice Kavanaugh: Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), “I will vote NO on Judge Kavanaugh.”

Supported Justice Kavanaugh: Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), “These were deliberate maneuvers … to exploit Dr. Ford and ultimately block Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. All of this for political gain and at the price of smearing Judge Kavanaugh.”

Information on additional candidates to come. 

Two push cards to freely print and distribute:

Helpful Missouri Voter Resources – Be watching for my email tomorrow that will include a variety of voter guides, ballot measure descriptions, and more.

Together we will impact our state and nation’s future – Pray, Encourage, and Vote!

Bev Ehlen
State Director
CWA of Missouri
[email protected]
mo.cwfa.org