Thank you! Missourians spoke up and the
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services responded.
As you recall, earlier this week, I sent an alert asking you to speak out on the attempted power grab by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). We just got word, the Department of Community DHSS has withdrawn the emergency amendment that was put in place, and will withdraw the 19 CSR 20-20.050 at the end of the public comment period! Thanks be to God!
“For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.” Psalm 92:4
A special thanks to those who prayed and took action by sending a letter to Adam Crumbliss, Director, Division of Community and Public Health of the DHSS.
Please contact Gov. Mike Parson and ask him to veto SB631, which allows mail-in voting for the 2020 August and November elections. The conference report on SB631 was passed on the last day of the session with the ballot integrity protections stripped from the bill. SB631 disenfranchises Missouri voters by providing new opportunities for vote fraud.
Office of Governor Michael L. Parson
P.O. Box 720 / Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3222
Online email form
Here is the statement issued Friday by Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft opposing the final version of SB631, which allows mail-in voting without ballot integrity protections.
Jefferson City, Mo. — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft issued the following statement in regard to Senate Bill 631:
“Over the past few months, I have been working with county clerks and legislators to create bi-partisan legislation that would enable Missourians to vote safely and securely in view of Covid-19 concerns. I supported HCS for SB 552, because it allowed marginal expansion of absentee voting with safeguards of notarized ballots and a sunset clause. The bill also provided for a photo ID requirement, which Missourians overwhelmingly approved in 2016.
“The legislators in conference stripped the safeguards and voter ID from SB 631. Without the agreed upon safeguards, I have grave concerns that this bill will make voting less secure and jeopardize the integrity of our elections.”
Please pray before you call Gov. Parson. Please pray for the integrity of our elections in Missouri, that each person who is eligible to vote and wants to vote will vote.
“But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens” Exodus 18:21.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has proposed amendment 19 CSR 20-20.050 to obtain the authority to enact emergency rules and therefore, control the activities of Missourians even when no state of emergency is declared. The DHSS director, or someone authorized to do so, would have the power to declare another “pandemic” and suspend our constitutional rights as they see fit.
Contact the director of the Missouri DHSS if you do not support this proposed power grab. Comments must be submitted in writing to the address below and must be received by May 30, 2020.
Adam Crumbliss, Director
Division of Community and Public Health
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
PO Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
Dear Mr. Crumbliss,
I am writing to oppose the proposed amendment to 19 CSR 20-20.050.
Sections (3) and (4) would give an unelected person the power to declare a statewide pandemic, close public and private places indefinitely (including schools and churches), and limit the size of public and private gatherings.
This violates the First Amendment rights of the people to peaceably assemble and a person’s right to exercise one’s religion.
Please withdraw the proposed amendment.
I look forward to your reply.
Your name and address
Please pray as you write your note to Mr. Crumbliss. Pray that our first amendment rights will be honored by the Missouri DHSS.
“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper …” (Isaiah 54:17)
If you have any questions, please contact me.
In Truth and Righteousness,
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan.
While many of us are staying home and/or homeschooling, Concerned Women for America (CWA) is providing a great learning opportunity for teens, pre-teens, and adults. CWA’s General Counsel, Mario Diaz, Esq., has created an educational and entertaining series on the U.S. Constitution.
Mario takes us on a journey to understand America’s founding documents and the principles which guard our liberty. Part I focuses on the Declaration of Independence by way of an introduction to the concepts that undergird the U.S. Constitution.
View Part 1 of this free 30-minute class here. Part II of the series is scheduled for release on April 22 at 3:00 p.m. EST via Facebook Live. So be sure to follow us on CWA’s Facebook page for notifications to join us live!
If you cannot join the Facebook Live, the archive will be posted on the CWA website.
We are called to be pro-life, to protect life, and to proclaim truth. Abortion takes the lives of millions of unborn children every year in the United States. Join Concerned Women for America of Missouri as we March for Life in Jefferson City. Gov. Mike Parson will be joining the March as the first governor to participate in the Midwest March for Life!
Here are the details:
Midwest March for Life in Jefferson City, Missouri
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Click here for all event details.
7:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – St. Peter Selinger Expo Hall (216 Broadway Street.) Life-affirming booths and vendors inside the Expo Hall. Coffee, hot chocolate, and pastries available for a nominal fee.
8:00 a.m. – Capitol Prayer Walk – Meet Bonnie Lee in the 1st floor Capitol rotunda: prayer cards will be distributed, and prayer teams assigned offices. Pray for the Legislators, Executive officers, families, and staff; leave a card of encouragement.
8:00 a.m. – Rosary / Divine Mercy – Meet on the steps of St. Peter Church; look for Gregory Thompson with life-size cross. Fr. Anthony Viviano will lead the Rosary.
9:30 a.m. – Pre-Rally with speakers in front of St. Peter Expo Hall.
10:00 a.m. – March begins at St. Peter Selinger Expo Hall; March North towards the river, past Governor’s Mansion, proceed one block to Madison Street, turn right on High St to the Capitol, Approximately 3/4 mile.
10:45 a.m. – Rally inside State Capitol 1st floor Rotunda
12:00 p.m. – Chili & Hot Dog Fundraising Lunch Expo Hall, K of C Precious Blood Council 4454
1:00 p.m. – Youth Rally Jacinta Florence of Students for Life (Call 573-340-8444 to reserve seats)
1:00 p.m. – Adult Apologetics David Bereit /Fr. Ahrens Room (Call 573-340-8444 to reserve seats)
2:00 p.m. – Mass for Life St. Peter Church
See you this Saturday!
A new report shows a huge drop in abortions in Missouri. Concerned Women for America if Kansas State Director, Bev Ehlen, “This is very encouraging news!”
Read the details here.
Time-sensitive – Comments Deadline is Wednesday, January 15
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released the revised proposed rule, 5 CSR 20-100.295 Missouri School Improvement Program 6 (MSIP 6), for public comment on December 16, 2019. If enacted, the proposed rules changes will diminish local control and centralize the management of our public school districts.
DESE’s MSIP 6 webpage describes the difference between its current standards (MSIP 5) and the proposed standards: “The most recent generation of MSIP (MSIP 5) focuses on student performance [emphasis added] metrics – output measures. The next generation will continue to emphasize standards for student performance but will also emphasize leading indicators – inputs in economic terms – that will ensure healthy school systems and the continuous improvement process.”
In other words, DESE is effectively proposing standards that will diminish local control and centralize school district management at the department.
Make your voice heard by providing your comments concerning the proposed rule change. Click here to enter your comments. The public comment period deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15. You may use the sample language below or respond in your own words. You can read the entire proposed rule available on the website to consider other standards for comment.
The number of responses DESE receives is VERY important. As a reminder, the first proposed rule requiring schools to teach gender diversity was withdrawn because DESE received almost 1500 responses opposing the proposed change.
DESE’s proposed MSIP standards change Missouri’s school district accreditation standards to effectively centralize authority over districts at the state level in violation of Missouri law. That is, several proposed standards limit the discretion of local school boards to manage districts and determine personnel needs by requiring boards to structure their purpose and personnel organization in specific ways in order to be accredited.
The proposed MSIP 6 standards create a double standard in which local districts are held accountable for compliance with state statutes, but DESE evaluators are not accountable for standards that are themselves incompliant with Missouri statutes. Furthermore, word choice used in several standards, for example, stakeholders (which is not defined in Missouri statute and may include non-resident representatives of advocacy organizations) rather than taxpayer (which would require representation of residents), allows DESE evaluators to determine the definition of terms; thereby increasing its power to control the influences affecting policies districts will be compelled to implement to score well on MSIP 6 evaluations.
The proposed MSIP standards should be reviewed for alignment with Missouri law and ensure the protection of local school board authority.
Time-sensitive – calls needed by Friday, December 6.
The City of St. Louis is considering passing a ban on therapy for a minor who is not comfortable with same-sex attraction or has gender identity issues.
Here are the facts:
- BB152 has been filed by St. Louis Alderwoman, Christine Ingrassia.
- BB152 prohibits medical and mental healthcare providers from providing “conversion therapy,” also known as reparative therapy, ex-gay therapy, or sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts to a minor.
- BB152 was heard in the Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday, November 13, where several spoke in support and opposition of the bill. The committee unanimously voted that same morning to pass it out of committee and onto the full Board of Aldermen.
- BB152 could be brought up for perfection and final vote in the regular Friday meeting of the full Board of Aldermen on Friday, December 6.
Immediate Action Needed
Please contact the members of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen (see list below) regarding the proposed ban on “conversion reparative” therapy for minors in the city of St. Louis. Ask them to vote no on BB152. Please be kind and respectful in your correspondence.
Please pass this information on to others you know who would be interested in this issue.
Concerned Women for America of Missouri
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Sharon Tyus, Ward 1
Lisa Middlebrook, Ward 2
Brandon Bosley, Ward 3
Samuel L Moore, Ward 4
Tammika Hubbard, Ward 5
Christine Ingrassia (Sponsor of BB152), Ward 6
Jack Coatar, Ward 7
Annie Rice (Co-sponsor of BB152), Ward 8
Dan Guenther, Ward 9
Joseph Vollmer, Ward 10
Sarah Martin, Ward 11
Larry Arnowitz, Chairman, Ward 12
Beth Murphy, Ward 13
Carol Howard, Ward 14
Megan E. Green (Co-sponsor of BB152), Ward 15
Tom Oldenburg, Ward 16
Joseph D. Roddy, Ward 17
Jesse Todd (Co-sponsor of BB152), Ward 18
Marlene E Davis
Cara Spencer, Ward 20
John Collins-Muhammad, Ward 21
Jeffrey L Boyd, Ward 22
Joseph Vaccaro, Ward 23
Bret Narayan, Ward 24
Shane Cohn, Ward 25
Shameem Clark Hubbard, Ward 26
Pam Boyd, Ward 27
Heather Navarro, Ward 28
CWA of Missouri is disappointed that Health and Human Services advances the therapy ban. Read more here:
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Concerned Women for America of Missouri is grateful that Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft takes his oath of office seriously and follows all of the election procedures provided in the Missouri Constitution.
Are you ready to take your knowledge and put it into action? If so, a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter is the perfect place to do so.
“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?” James 2:14
Second: Click here to find a Prayer/Action Chapter in your area and learn more.
State Panel issues order-abortions can continue at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.
CWA of Missouri recommends this article: Abortions can continue at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis under order from state panel
Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi granted the stay Planned Parenthood requested to be able to continue to do abortions. The Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission will meet on August 1 to make a final decision on licensing of Planned Parenthood-STL to do abortions.
Recommended article by CWA of Missouri: License dispute over Missouri’s last abortion clinic heads to state commission
CWA of Missouri is happy to see that Judge Stelzer will end his injunction that allows Planned Parenthood in St. Louis to continue to do abortions even without a current license by the state on Friday, June 28. The Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission, which handles bureaucratic disputes, will review the case. However, that hearing is set for Aug. 1.
Recommended article by CWA of Missouri: Fate of Missouri’s only abortion clinic in hands of judge after state denies license
CWA of Missouri supports the decision of the Department of Health and Senior Services to deny license to do abortions at the Planned Parenthood facility on Forest Park Blvd. The facility failed to fulfill what the department required. Judge Stelzer however, is keeping his injunction in place which will allow the Planned Parenthood facility to continue to do abortions.
Recommended article by CWA of Missouri: Missouri denies Planned Parenthood new license to administer abortions
CWA of Missouri has always supported the principle that an abortion clinic should have the same health and safety standards of other ambulatory health/surgery facilities.
Missouri’s 100th General Assembly, First Regular Session, ended on Friday, May 17.
It was a very busy legislative session, and Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri was active at the State Capitol representing your voice every week during the session. I want to thank CWA of Missouri’s legislative team, Alissa Johnson and Vicki Leuther, for accompanying me every week of the session advocating for public policy that will benefit the family and instill Biblical values in our culture.
As Christians, we have the Truth – the Bible – to tell us what is right and wrong. The Bible sets the standard – it is our guide. CWA of Missouri is active at the Capitol to interject God’s Biblical truths into public policy.
The biggest news of the session was the passage of HB126, the Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act sponsored by Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O’Fallon). HB 126 passed the Senate on May 16, the House on May 17, and was signed into law by Gov. Mike Parson (Republican) on May 24! HB126 prohibits abortions after eight weeks and contains a prohibition of discriminatory abortions. It also requires both parents to be notified when a minor is seeking an abortion, expands the tax credits for crisis pregnancy centers, puts in state statute the “Late-Term Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” and establishes Missouri as a sanctuary of life – banning abortions except for medical emergency when Roe v Wade is overturned.
We are proud to be the eighth state this year to pass stringent abortion bans. Thanks be to God!
Here are other bills CWA of Missouri either actively worked on or watched during this session.
HB138, “Simon’s Law,” sponsored by Rep. Bill Kidd (R-Independence), requires one parent’s or guardian’s permission before a Do Not Resuscitate order is issued for a minor. HB138 was Truly Agreed and Finally Passed on May 13, having passed both the House and the Senate. CWA of Missouri supported the bill.
SCR3, sponsored by Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar), declares pornography a public health crisis. SCR3 passed the Senate in March. After a three-week delay of being assigned to a committee by the Speaker, SCR3 was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. It passed the Judiciary Committee and then the Rules Committee and was placed on the House calendar but was not brought up for debate and vote before the end of the session. CWA of Missouri supported the bill.
HCR20, sponsored by Rep. Ken Wilson (R-Smithville), declares pornography a public health crisis. HCR20 passed two House committees but wasn’t put on the House Calendar for debate and vote. CWA of Missouri supported the bill.
SB382, sponsored by Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar), establishes the Safer Internet for Children Act. SB382 was heard and passed in Senate Committee. This is the first year for the bill. It will be filed next session again, and hopefully, make it through both the Senate and the House and to the Governor’s desk! CWA of Missouri supported the bill.
HB188, sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), would create a statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. HB188 passed the House and was voted “do pass out” of Senate Committee. A threatened filibuster by the Conservative Caucus in the Senate kept it on the Senate Calendar without coming to a vote in the Senate. CWA of Missouri opposed the bill.
HB350, sponsored by Rep. Tom Hannegan (R-St. Charles), adds Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act. HB350 was heard in the House Committee on May 8. Thankfully it was too late in the session for the bill to move forward. CWA of Missouri opposed the bill.
HB728, sponsored by Rep. Hardy Billington (R-Poplar Bluff), requires the name of the real party in interest to be named in civil actions involving the First Amendment. “Real party in interest” means no more anonymous lawsuits when it comes to religious liberty. HB728 passed the House and was heard in the Senate committee but was never brought up for a vote by the chairman. CWA of Missouri supported the bill.
HB577, sponsored by Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-Sedalia), requires public schools to display the national motto prominently in each school building. HB577 was heard in House committee on April 30, but the chairman never brought it up for a vote. Hopefully, it will be in the next session! CWA of Missouri supported the bill.
SCR15, sponsored by Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield), creates procedures for the appointment of commissioners to a convention called under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. SCR15 was heard and passed out of Senate committee and placed on the Senate Calendar but was never brought up for a debate and vote in the full Senate. CWA of Missouri is opposed to the calling of an Article V convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution. We were watching this and speaking with members of the Missouri General Assembly (MOGA) regarding the concerns in calling for such a convention. The MOGA did pass its call (SCR4) in 2017, but it has a five-year sunset clause, so we are working the issue hoping to kill any renewal of the call as the sunset provision approaches (2022.)
HB1006, sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), the bill prohibits public bodies from entering into certain contracts with companies/corporations who are active in the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel. HB1006 passed the House on May 13 and then was referred to the Senate, but the session ended before any action was taken in the Senate. CWA of Missouri supported the bill.
HB592, sponsored by Rep. Curtis Trent (R-Springfield), creates new provisions related to student data privacy. HB592 passed the first House committee but got stuck in the Rules Committee and never went anywhere. CWA of Missouri supported the bill.
HB267, sponsored by Rep. Ben Baker (R-Joplin), allows school districts to offer elective social studies courses on the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. HB267 passed the House and made it through the Senate committee but was not placed on the Senate calendar. CWA of Missouri supported the bill.
For a complete list of all the bills for the 2019 session, go to house.mo.gov and select the Legislation tab. You can search by subject or sponsor name. Click here for the bill list for the House and here for the Senate bill list.
Moving forward: We will now concentrate on holding meetings across Missouri educating Missourians on our core issues. If you would like us to come to speak at a meeting or host a meeting in your area, do not hesitate to contact me at 314-608-0168.
CWA of Missouri
CWA of Missouri has traditionally presented gifts to the members of the Missouri General Assembly to celebrate Easter and Constitution Day.
This Easter we will be presenting Lee Strobel’s book, The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Resurrection. Lee Strobel writes the “investigation” into Christ’s death answers three crucial questions seekers ask: Was Jesus’ death a sham? Was his tomb really empty? Was he seen alive after his death on the cross? Strobel’s award-winning skills as a legal journalist will persuade even the most hard-boiled skeptics to reconsider Jesus’ death and resurrection.
The gifts will be delivered to each member of the Missouri General Assembly at the State Capitol on Wednesday, April 17. A Resurrection Day card bearing the sponsor’s name and address will accompany the book along with chocolates.
We are asking for $10 to sponsor your state representative or state senator. Please send a check to the address below by Friday, April 12, written out to “CWA” with “MO Easter Project” in the memo line. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ginger Yoak at 636-561-3145 or [email protected]
Click here to view and print flyer.
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.
CWA of Missouri
Pro Life Coordinator
CWA of Missouri