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Keep the War on Planned Parenthood Alive! Opportunity to Deny Them Tax Dollars!

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You can weigh in on denying Planned Parenthood from getting federal taxpayer funds via Title X by just four “clicks of your mouse.”

The Title X program is a voluntary grant program that was created to educate and provide family planning services. Even though the law says that abortion is not family planning, abortion giants like Planned Parenthood have used this grant program as their own personal slush fund. But now we have the chance to stop it!

As with any federal regulation, there is an open comment period where the public has the opportunity to express their views. After the 60-day comment period is up, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will review the comments and issue a final rule based on the public’s feedback.  The deadline is July 31, but we want to comment right away and then use the remainder of the time to encourage those we know to comment as well.

Take Action:

  • Submit your comment to the U.S. HHS Secretary Azar regarding Title X Funds for family planning. Simply go to the Concerned Women for America website link, The Protect Life Rule, and follow the instructions.  It’s easy and only takes a few minutes.  We have even put together a suggested comment that you can use as is or edit to your liking.  It is best if you add personal comments.
  • Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Missouri.
  • Please send this e-alert to your like-minded friends, pastor, lawmakers, family and acquaintances.

Please Pray: “Father, please work on our behalf and protect us from paying for abortion with our taxes.  May our efforts be used to drastically hinder the deadly efforts of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers?  Amen.”

It is imperative that Secretary Azar hears from all of us.  Planned Parenthood is angry about this, and they are mobilized with an army contacting Azar.  They will sue and do what they always do, so we must be vigilant, mobilized, passionate, strong and courageous on behalf of babies.

It’s time to stand up, speak up, and let your voice be heard.  This is our moment to stop taxpayer funding for abortion, and we only have June and July to stop Planned Parenthood and others from the misuse of this program.  

Bev Ehlen
State Director
CWA of Missouri
director@missouri.cwfa.org
mo.cwfa.org
314-608-0168

Partner with CWA of Missouri through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Missouri. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects such as lobbying at our state capitol. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Missouri, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of MO” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Missouri P.O. Box 1352 Topeka, MO 63376. Or click here to contribute online.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated. Thank you!

Putting Individuals in Public Office That Support Biblical Values

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On August 7, we will each have the opportunity to vote for those who best represent our views at the county, state and federal levels. As Christians we want individuals holding public office who will make decisions regarding laws and public policy that build the family, not tear it down. The election ballot in August will have both candidates and issues on it that will need careful consideration by we who want to protect the unborn, definition of the family, religious rights and more.

Deuteronomy 1:13 says, “Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads.”  May we make every effort to do the same.

 Have you moved since the last time you voted? Or, have you never registered to vote? No problem! You simply need to do so by July 11 in order to vote on Tuesday, August 7.  Click here to do sMark August 7 on your calendar.

Are you ready to go a step farther?  Are you ready to make an impact beyond yourself?  Please encourage your pastor to allow you to hold a voter registration drive in your church so the members are both encouraged and ready to vote on August 7. The IRS guidelines indicate that a church may sponsor or conduct a nonpartisan voter registration.

Concerned Women for America of Missouri has prepared a free Voter Registration Drive packet for our members and friends. The packet includes instructions and materials on how to conduct a voter registration drive as well as the materials needed. We suggest churches host voter registrations on the weekends of June 30 and July 7.

Everything you need to coordinate a registration drive is below except for voter cards that you need to order in time to have a June 30 and/or July 7 drive.  The link is below, titled “Request for Missouri Absentee Ballot sheet.”

If you have any questions and/or would like to host a voter registration drive, please contact me.  I am happy to assist.

Voter Registration Drive Packet:
Letter to the Pastor – Email or bring a copy of this with you when you ask your pastor/church if you can do a voter registration table at your church.
Church Voter Registration Coordinator Information sheet
General Voter Information
Voter Registration Application Form
Request for Missouri Absentee Ballet sheet
Absentee Voter Instructions
2018 Missouri Election Calendar

Flyers, handouts, and posters:
Political Guidelines for Churches and Pastors
Voters Decide the Future of America flyer
Old Enough to Vote flyer
Are You Registered to Vote flyer
Did You Know flyer
Registration Drive poster
Party Platform Comparison

Bev Ehlen

State Director
CWA of Missouri
director@missouri.cwfa.org
mo.cwfa.org

 

 

 

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 arutledge@cwfa.org 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
director@missouri.cwfa.org
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 Richard@senate.mo.gov and Majority Floor Leader, Sen. Mike Kehoe, at 573-751-2076 or Mike.Kehoe@senate.mo.gov 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 (Koenig@senate.mo.gov), 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
director@missouri.cwfa.org
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 encourage@missouri.cwfa.org.

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 andrew.koenig@mo.senate.gov.  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.