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How You Can Promote Christian Heritage Week in Missouri during the Week of Thanksgiving

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About 25 years ago, Bruce Barilla from West Virginia took the initiative of promoting the week of Thanksgiving as “Christian Heritage Week”. Every year, governors, mayors, and boards of county commissioners across the country are approached to sign proclamations that recognize our country’s Christian roots.

Christian Heritage Week is set aside annually to acknowledge the vital role that Christianity has played in our nation’s history. Each year, the celebration occurs during the week of Thanksgiving. Citizens are encouraged to seek proclamations from their governors, county commissions, and mayors, which acknowledge our Christian heritage.

Concerned Women for America of Missouri is in contact with the office of Gov. Greitens seeking his participation. We are asking our members to take on this project with their local government entities. We have created proclamations for the board of county commissioners or the mayor of one’s city to sign.

We hope that this becomes an annual event and continually grows here in Missouri and nationwide. It is so important to know our Christian heritage. Sadly, public schools are not teaching the Christian foundation of our country and the importance it played in forming our republic.

Take Action: Please contact us to get a proclamation that you can have your mayor and/or board of county commissioners sign. We can send the document to you via email for you to print, or we can print one on 8.5 x 14 parchment paper and mail it to you. A gift of $5 to cover the cost of shipping would be appreciated.

Please Pray:  Pray that this ministry will grow in our great state of Missouri.

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

Victory for the Unborn in Missouri!

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On Tuesday, July 25, HCS SB5 was taken up on the Senate floor. We are pleased to report that all went well; the motion to go to conference was defeated, and HCS SB5 was finally passed by a vote of 22-9. It was signed by Gov. Greitens yesterday afternoon. Click here for the Senate Journal for Tuesday, July 25.

CWA of Missouri Legislative Team member Vicki Leuther stands behind Governor at signing.

Thank you for responding to our last e-alert on this matter with your prayers and your action!

Take Action: “Thank you” calls and/or emails are now in order.

  • Please contact your state senator and thank him/her for voting for HCS SB5. Those who voted ”yea” are listed below. If your senator voted “nay” or was absent, no contact needs to be made.
  • Then if you would contact President Pro Tem Ron Richard at (573)-751-2173 or [email protected] and Majority Floor Leader, Sen. Mike Kehoe, at 573-751-2076 or [email protected] and tell them how pleased you are that HCS SB5 went to a vote on Tuesday and passed. They were instrumental in making that happen.
  • If so moved, please contact the sponsor of the bill, Sen. Andrew Koenig at 573-751-5568 ([email protected]), and thank him for standing strong. He had to withstand a lot of pressure to compromise and allow HCS SB5 to be weakened by the Senate. He stood strong!

There were a couple of other Senators who should be noted – Sen. Bob Onder and Sen. Bill Eigel. Both of these individuals joined in much of the afternoon’s debate with Sen. Andrew Koenig excellently articulating the reasons to adopt the stronger pro-life bill the House sent back to the Senate.

Praise: Join us in thanking the Lord for this great victory!

Thank you again for praying and taking action on one of the strongest pro-life bills to pass our Missouri General Assembly in years!

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

Read on to get a little more detail on Tuesday’s activity on the floor. You’ll want to see how your State Senator voted on each point.

Bev Ehlen, State Director, Gina Allen, CWA of Missouri’s Pro-Life Coordinator, and Vicki Leuther, member of our Legislative Team were in the Senate Gallery watching and praying and posting to Facebook.

There was some drama with a motion to go to conference. That motion failed.

Sen. Koenig offered a privileged motion – Motion for the Previous Question. A senator has to have eighteen senators to sign a petition in order to close the debate (stop a filibuster). Here are the names of the twenty the Senators who signed that petition. A special thank you to them!

Andrew Koenig , Daniel Hegeman, Bob Onder , Jay Wasson, Ed Emery, Brian Munzlinger, Dave Schatz, Denny Hoskins, Bill Eigel, David Sater, Paul Wieland, Mike Cunningham, Will Kraus , Dan Brown, Wayne Wallingford, Caleb Rowden, Ron Richard, Jeanie Riddle, Mike Kehoe

The vote to pass the privileged motion which would stop the Democrats’ filibuster of the bill and make it possible to go to a final vote on HCS SB5 was passed. Here are the votes on that motion.

YEAS-19: Brown, Cunningham, Eigel, Emery, Hegeman, Hoskins, Kehoe, Koenig, Kraus, Munzlinger, Onder, Richard, Riddle, Rowden, Sater, Schatz, Wallingford, Wasson, Wieland,

NAYS-12: Curls, Dixon, Holsman, Hummel, Libla, Nasheed, Rizzo, Romine, Schupp, Sifton, Silvey, Walsh

Absent-1: Schaaf

Absent with leave-1: Chappelle-Nadal

Then the final vote on HCS SB5 was taken and passed by the following vote:

YEAS-22: Brown, Cunningham, Dixon, Eigel, Emery, Hegeman, Hoskins, Kehoe, Koenig, Kraus, Libla, Munzlinger, Onder, Richard, Riddle, Romine, Rowden, Sater, Schatz, Wallingford, Wasson, Wieland

NAYS-9: Curls, Holsman, Hummel, Nasheed, Rizzo, Schupp, Sifton, Silvey, Walsh

Absent-1: Schaaf

Absent with leave-1: Chappelle-Nadal

Vacancies-1

The President declared the bill passed.

 

Become Involved with the 2018 Encourage-A-Legislator Program

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The goal of the Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program is to inspire each member of Missouri’s House and Senate, as well as state-wide office holders, by continually praying for them and sending them a postcard every week throughout January to May, the current legislative session.

Click here for more information and to view our EAL brochure.

If you would like to participate in our 2018 EAL program, please contact Ginger Yoak, CWA of Missouri’s Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator at (636) 561-3145 or e-mail her at [email protected].

Please pray for many new sponsors and positive influence within the Missouri General Assembly in 2018. As always, please pray for the work we do in Jefferson City at our State Capitol.

Celebrate Constitution Day with us by Participating in Our Constitution Day Project 2017!

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CWA of Missouri has made it an annual tradition to celebrate Constitution Day. We express thankfulness for the republic and for the freedom that was established by this significant founding document. Every year, we present a gift to the members of the Missouri General Assembly,  our statewide office holders and the Missouri members of Congress.  The gift will help them understand and remember the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the freedom that it protects.

Click here to view flyer for more information.

 

Urgent: Pray for and Take Action on Pro-Life Bill! 

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Gov. Eric Greitens has expanded the special session call to include all pro-life protections being considered in HCS SB 5 (House Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 5) by the General Assembly. When the Missouri Senate reconvenes for special session later this month, it will have the opportunity to pass the strongest pro-life legislation in years.

Earlier this summer, Gov. Greitens called the Missouri General Assembly (MOGA) into a special session. They addressed what St. Louis had accomplished regarding the life issue through an ordinance it adopted in April. This session also restored protections for women through regulations on abortion facilities.

Please call your state senator and tell them to support HCS SB 5 with no changes. To find out who your state senator is, click here. Please call Senate Leadership, Sen. Ron Richard at (573)-751-2173 and Sen. Mike Kehoe at (573)-751-2076, and ask them to pass HCS SB 5 and to promote pro-life laws.

Finally, please pray for the Senate sponsor of HCS SB 5, Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-St. Louis County). If you would like to offer encouragement, his phone number is (573) 751-5568 and his email address is [email protected].  Please pray that the pro-life senators will stand strong for the sanctity of life and for the protection of women. Lastly, pray that those who support abortion will understand that life is sacred.

Additional details:

The Senate met in June.  It should have only been a two-day event. The Missouri Senate has the ability to end a filibuster and vote on a bill if 18 of the senators will sign a discharge petition. Why the Republican leadership allowed the pro-choice Democratic senators to weaken the bill is still a mystery.

Thankfully, under the leadership of Speaker Todd Richardson, the House restored measures to protect women who have had abortions procedures. When the Senate reconvenes later this month, they will decide whether or not to pass HCS SB 5. The Missouri Senate is made up of a super majority of Republicans who were elected on the pro-life platform, so we are hopeful they support this pro-life legislation.

Please review this list from Catholic Conference, which explains HCS SB 5:

  • The Missouri Senate is made up of a super majority of Republicans elected on the pro-life platform of the GOP party. Overturns a St. Louis “abortion sanctuary” ordinance and prohibits other municipalities from passing similar ordinances;
  • Prohibits forcing religious schools to hire pro-abortion teachers and staff;
  • Prohibits forcing landlords to rent to abortion clinics;
  • Prohibits requiring abortion coverage in health insurance plans;
  • Prohibits seeking to harass and disrupt the work of pregnancy resource centers.
  • Only physicians licensed to practice in the state of Missouri may perform or induce abortions in an abortion facility located in Missouri;
  • Retains current 72 hour reflection period prior to an abortion, but adds requirement that abortion physician meet in person with the woman considering an abortion 72 hours prior to performing or inducing an abortion to discuss medical risks;
  • Requires an abortion doctor seeking to administer medical abortions to obtain approval of a “complication plan” from the Missouri Department of Health for steps that will be taken when problems arise from administering such an abortion;
  • Requires abortion facilities to maintain written protocols for managing a medical emergency and transferring patients to a hospital with a reasonable distance from the facility for further emergency care;
  • Creates a Class A misdemeanor if abortion staff knowingly orders or requests medical emergency responders to deviate from their standard procedures for responding to emergencies; (For example, telling responders they must pick up patients at back of abortion facility when front entrance is more accessible.)
  • Strengthens current law requirements regarding how fetal tissue from abortion is to be submitted by an abortion facility to a board eligible pathologist for examination. Also strengthens requirements for pathologists to make fetal tissue reports to the Missouri Department of Health and the abortion facility; (The intent is to verify that no fetal tissue from an abortion is being illegally sold or donated for experimentation.)
  • Requires abortion facilities to develop written policies protecting employees who disclose information about possible health and safety violations of state or federal law;
  • Requires Missouri Department of Health to make annual, on-site and unannounced inspections of abortion facilities;
  • ​​​​​​​​​​Grants the Missouri Attorney General the authority to bring suit against an abortion facility for violation of abortion laws even when local prosecutor fails to act.

Click here to access the current version of HCS SB 5.

Thank you for your support!

Bev Ehlen
Missouri State Director
Concerned Women for America

SCOTUS Issues Decisive Win for Religious Liberty

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Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court just issued their opinion on Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, the most important religious liberty case of the term. In a 7 to 2 decision, the Court declared unconstitutional the state of Missouri’s discrimination of a learning center because of their religious beliefs.

Click here to read the entire press release.

SCOTUS Issues Decisive Win for Religious Liberty

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Media StatementWashington, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court just issued their opinion on Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, the most important religious liberty case of the term. In a 7 to 2 decision, the Court declared unconstitutional the state of Missouri’s discrimination of a learning center because of their religious beliefs.

Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), had this to say:

“Today is a great day for religious liberty.  Everyone wins. As we said at Concerned Women for America’s rally in the front of the Supreme Court on the day of oral arguments, every mom knows that a scraped knee hurts the same at whatever school your child attends – religious or not.

“The Supreme Court has always made clear that the First Amendment in no way requires the state’s hostility towards religion, and, in this case, Missouri’s own attorney admitted they were being overly cautious by discriminating against this school.  They admitted they would not violate the constitution by giving the money to them.

“Religious institutions, like schools, hospitals, and shelters, should be encouraged in their benevolent work.  Our society has benefited from their selfless commitment to help communities since our country’s founding, and the insistence of some in our society that we push them out of the public square because their love of neighbor comes from their love of God is ridiculous.

“The hundreds of thousands of members of Concerned Women for America applaud the justices, and we hope and pray this opinion signifies the beginning of a trend towards a loosening of the constraints on liberty they’ve unwisely (and unconstitutionally) imposed on us for decades.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Supporting Gorsuch is a No-brainer

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Sen. Claire McCaskill is in a tough position; I understand that.  The left’s vitriol against President Trump is irrational, and so there is no argument that can persuade them to admit that he might do something good.

In the case of the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, their fake outrage is laughable.  Even before President Trump had made his pick, they were protesting at the Supreme Court with signs printed with “Stop” on the top and a blank space where they could write the name of whomever the president nominated – never mind the qualifications of a nominee.

With the same intellectual dishonesty, they are threatening Sen. McCaskill and other senators up for re-election, demanding they, too, act irrationally and oppose Gorsuch, no matter the evidence before them.

I sincerely hope Sen. McCaskill understands that this is exactly what Missourians hate most: the irrational partisanship that is the cause of the never-ending gridlock in Washington.  Try as you may, there is simply no rational reason to oppose Judge Gorsuch.

Longtime Democratic lawyer who served in the Clinton Justice Department David Frederick wrote just that for theWashington Post recently.  He said there is “no principled reason” to vote against Gorsuch.  Frederick admits he will disagree with some of Gorsuch’s opinions, but he knows he has an impeccable record, and he cannot be opposed as a nominee just based on that. He concluded saying, “[M]y hope is to have justices on the bench such as Gorsuch and Garland who approach cases with fairness and intellectual rigor, and who care about precedent and the limits of their roles as judges.”

Those who are bent on opposing Gorsuch were bent on opposing him before they knew who he was.  His record is not what they are challenging.  It’s not that they haven’t tried.  Some have actually tried to paint him as outside the mainstream.  It’s just that they have failed miserably.

Just last week, the left-leaning American Bar Association gave Gorsuch its highest rating: unanimous well qualified.

In a recent letter of support, more than 50 of his classmates at Harvard Law School, spanning the political spectrum, expressed their unwavering support for Judge Gorsuch.  They wrote:

We are Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and independents; progressives, conservatives and moderates; religious and non-observant; married, single and divorced; men and women; straight and gay. … What unites us is that we attended law school with Judge Neil Gorsuch … and we unanimously believe Neil possesses the exemplary character, outstanding intellect, steady temperament, humility and open-mindedness to be an excellent addition to the United States Supreme Court.

In another letter supporting his nomination, more than 150 of his Columbia classmates sung his praises.  This was also an incredibly diverse group ideologically, but they stood “united in [their] belief that [Gorsuch] would serve our country with honor and distinction on the Supreme Court.”

Those are the facts.  And we know they are true, because we can see that same bi-partisan support in the U.S. Senate records.  In 2006, Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals (the second highest court in the land) was approved by a unanimous voice vote.  That means that not a single Democratic senator objected to any aspect of the life and record of Judge Gorsuch.

Among those present at the time supporting Judge Gorsuch: then-senators Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton, and current senators Chuck Schumer, Ron Wyden, Dianne Feinstein, Patrick Leahy, Patty Murray, and Dick Durbin.

So, there is just no credibility to the left’s arguments against Gorsuch today.  Supporting this nominee is as noncontroversial as any other vote in the Senate.  And Sen. McCaskill should not give in to the faux pressure from those intent on opposing anything even remotely related to President Trump, just because, you know, Trump.

 

Help Support Judge Neil Gorsuch

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Dear Friend,

Missouri has a key role to play in the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. We need Sen. McCaskill’s vote to ensure Judge Gorsuch gets the 60 votes needed in the Senate to confirm him as a Supreme Court Justice.
Click here to read state director Bev Ehlen’s article on why Sen. McCaskill should vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch.

He was confirmed by voice vote, without opposition, to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeal back in 2006 when President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and current Minority Leader Chuck Schumer were in the Senate.

Bev summarized the issue at hand perfectly, writing:

“President Donald Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, is the perfect example of a simple, nonpartisan issue that has become a battle simply because of politics.”

Call Sen. McCaskill, and tell her to put the interests of Missourians ahead of politics, and ask her to vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court Justice of the United States.

Act: Use this link to our call script and phone number to call Sen. McCaskill, and ask her to vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Also call and thank Sen. Blunt for his support of Judge Gorsuch. For more resources on why Judge Gorsuch should be confirmed, check out our Legal Studies page.

Pray: For a smooth and swift confirmation process, as well as for wisdom for the Senate Leadership.

Thank you for your hard work! This is a team effort that will affect generations to come.
Yours truly,

Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America