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Senate Failed to Pass Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, the Senate failed to pass S. 2311, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, by a vote of 51-46. This bill would have ended elective abortions after 20 weeks.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued the following statement:

“Senators like Doug Jones (D-Alabama), Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), and Claire McCaskell (D-Missouri), who represent states where voters overwhelmingly support life, will have much to answer for in their next election.

“Today, these senators had a chance to stand for life. They chose to vote against life. They had a chance to defend the dignity of both children and their mothers. Instead, they voted without regard for the most vulnerable among us.

“The United States calls itself a champion of human rights but is one of only seven nations to allow abortion after 20 weeks when it has been proven that babies feel extreme pain. Today, we continue to align ourselves with countries such as China, North Korea, and Vietnam.

“A recent Marist poll showed that 60% of Americans support ending abortions after 20 weeks, but that majority had no voice today. It’s time to do better.”

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

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.

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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.