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Urgent Help Needed to Protect Texas Values

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Concerned Women for America Needs Your Help!

The 86th Legislative Session, proclaimed by Texas state officials to be the “Super Bowl” of sessions, was anything but that when considering very important conservative concerns/issues that were ignored or not addressed during the 2019 session. As a result, CWA of Texas has joined forces with a group of conservative leaders from over 200 organizations in Texas to urge Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session of the state legislature BEFORE the March 3, 2020, primary election to address the groups’ “Lone Star Agenda.”

Click here to review The Lone Star Agenda. The red text following each agenda item is CWA of Texas’s efforts to pass or oppose the legislation during the 2019 session.

Time-Sensitive Action Item

  1. Please email or write your state senator and your state representative and ask them to request Gov. Abbott to call a special session BEFORE the March 3 primary. Find your state and representative here. Emphasize the issues from the list below that are important to you and your family. Keep your letter short and to the point.
  2. If you mail your legislator, please send me a copy of your letter either by mail (P.O. Box 541, Rockwall, Texas 75087) or to my email address: [email protected]. If you email your legislators, will you please forward me a copy of the emails to [email protected].

I will compile the letters and emails and present them to Gov. Abbott or Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.  I need your correspondence by November 1, to make it reasonable for the session call to be made for January or February. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at  972-658-4204.

Pray that the Lord will move on the heart of Gov. Abbott on our behalf and call a special session before the March 3 primary. Pray Psalm 40:8 on behalf of Gov. Abbott. “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

Ann Hettinger
State Director

Urge Governor Abbott to Veto Mental Health Bill – HB 18

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HB 18 attempts to solve the problem of school violence by creating a state bureaucracy – a coalition of psychiatric and psychological experts in medical schools – to STUDY the problem.  This involves multiple assessments of all school children with invasive questions about children and their homes and families. We believe that mental health care must remain in the control of parents and that if tax dollars are appropriated for this purpose, they must be distributed at the request of families.

Take action:

  • Call Gov. Abbott at (512) 463-2000 or contact him here and say this:
  • Please veto HB18.
  • While we recognize the mental stability of each child contributes to their learning capacity; and
  • Recognize that the disruptive antics of disturbed children affect, and in cases endanger, entire classrooms,
  • We, however, object to turning our schools into mental health clinics using assessments by mental health researchers to label ALL children on some researcher’s “mental health scale.”
  • We object to using vital funds for this experimental study when those funds can actually remedy some of the frustrations in classrooms and schools by making low cost/no-cost mental health centers immediately accessible in local communities.
  • This is a huge misdirection of tax-payer funds to solve a problem that it is incapable of solving.

Pray that the voice of reason from citizens of Texas will be heard by the Texas governor. Remember that a portion of Proverbs 24:6 says, “In a multitude of counselors there is safety.”

Thank you,
Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas

Urgent! Calls Needed – Mental Health Mandates Must be Stopped!

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We need you to act immediately to save our children and families from the invasion of the overreaching arm of our state government.

Last night, SB11 was subversively reconsidered for a 2nd reading in the Texas House of Representatives. The reason for this was so that they could add language via the Zerwas amendment, which is the whole of SB10.  SB10 was defeated on a Point of Order earlier in the evening.  (You can read about SB 11 and SB 10 in a previous alert here.)

Assuming SB11 passes third reading in the Texas House of Representatives today, it will then return to the Senate to concur on the amendments.  The Senate is not expected to concur.   Therefore, it will be assigned to a conference committee (five members from each chamber to work out a compromise bill).  It then goes back to both chambers for an up or down vote.

It is imperative for Concerned Women for America of Texas to stop this encroachment into the homes and families by the provisions of these two allegedly mental health mandates.

Act:

  1. Call your state senator and state representative immediately and firmly, but respectfully, ask them to:
  • Please oppose SB11.
  • SB11 is a huge expansion of a dangerous and expensive new bureaucracy complicit with the pharmaceutical companies and progressive groups.
  • All children, including home and private schoolers, will be screened by physicians and caregivers in the name of “safety.”
  • This bill establishes mental health telemedicine screening programs for “at risk” children.  There is no definition for “at risk.” In this day, any child can be considered “at risk” and in need of assessment.

2. Click here to find your legislators. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.

Pray for legislators to listen to their constituency and ignore the intimidating threats of the establishment no matter who is making the threats.

Thank you for your diligence and faithfulness,

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas

Final Week to Pass Religious Freedom Bill

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Calls needed for SB 1978, the “Save Chick-fil-A” Religious Freedom Bill

Sine Die, the last day of the 2019 Texas legislative session is Monday, May 27. This means that SB 1978, the Religious Freedom bill, must pass the Texas House this week! Religious freedoms of Americans are being attacked more than ever.  It is time to protect Texas from this onslaught.

Take Action:  
  • Call your state representative and respectfully and prayerfully urge him or her to vote “Yes” on SB 1978. Find your Representative here. Be sure to tell them you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.
  • Share this alert with like-minded friends and family.

Pray that the members of our state legislature will recognize our religious heritage and restrain government entities from prohibiting the exercise of our faith. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”  Psalm 33:12

Talking Points

  • SB 1978 tells local governments, like the San Antonio City Council, that they cannot punish businesses, like Chick-fil-A, simply for donating to or associating with religious organizations.
  • SB 1978 prevents state and local governments from discriminating against entities that associate or donate to religious groups.
  • SB 1978 ensures businesses and organizations are able to operate consistent with their beliefs without fear of government punishment.
  • SB 1978 prohibits government authorities from denying government grants, contracts, licenses, tax benefits, and access to other programs because of being associated with or donating to a religious organization.
  • Government should never punish Texans for operating according to their religious beliefs.
Examples of Protections under SB 1978
Faith-based Businesses and Charities
SB 1978 protects Chick-fil-A, The Salvation Army, local faith-based substance-abuse recovery programs, Catholic charities, and many other faith-based social service agencies serving the poor and disabled. The bill ensures that those groups do not lose government funding and contracts because of their association or donations to these religious groups.Educational Institutions
SB 1978 protects religiously affiliated preschools, elementary schools, and high schools in the state. It also protects those schools’ tax-exempt status under state law and ensures that they can continue to serve their students without being penalized.

Texans
SB 1978 ensures that Texans who serve their communities, contract with the state, take out a loan, or apply for benefits will not be denied simply because of their association or donations to a religious organization.

SB 1978 is Supported by:
Concerned Women of America of Texas | Texas Values Action | Republican Party of Texas | First Liberty Institute |Texas Young Republicans | Family Policy Alliance| Texas Pastor Council | Southern Baptists of Texas Convention | Texas Eagle Forum| Grassroots for America We the People| American Family Association | Celebration Church| Coming Out, Inc. | Fredericksburg Tea Party | NE Tarrant Tea Party| Texas Leadership Institute for Public Advocacy | San Antonio Family Association| Texas Republican Party of Bexar County |Faith Outreach Center, International| Iglesia Cristiana Aposento Alto| Laredo Prayer Task Force | Texas Right To Know | Texas Leadership Institute for Public Advocacy | First Baptist Church Pflugerville | Stand for Fort Worth

Urgent: Calls Needed on Mental Health Bills

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Senate Bill 10 and Senate Bill 11 are up for a floor vote in the Texas House tomorrow, Tuesday, May 21. Tuesday is the deadline for bills to be debated on the House Floor so calls on the two bills are needed immediately!

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Texas opposes both bills for the following reasons:

Senate Bill 10:

  • Establishes mental health “telemedicine” screening programs for “at risk” children.
  • Does not inform parents who consent to mental health screening for their children that these screenings have high rates of false positives. Unreliable mental health screenings for depression in children can lead to overdiagnosis or wrong diagnosis and medication.
  • As a result of SB10’s attempt to assess all school children, it is not unlikely that more psychotropic drugs will be administered/prescribed to kids. These drugs have led many perpetrators to increased violence including – Devin Patrick Kelley (Sutherland Springs), Stephen Paddock (Las Vegas), Kendrex White (University of Texas stabber), James Holmes (Aurora Colorado), Erick Harris (Columbine), and many others.
  • Medical school psychiatry departments have been enlisted (at the cost of millions) to access your children and use their experimental therapies to reduce “school violence.”

Senate Bill 11:

  • Creates Threat Assessment Teams to question/assess your school-aged children. Although children will be questioned by Threat Assessment Teams, SB11 has no Miranda warning.
  • Investigates children they think may be potentially violent and gives them psychological evaluations. Will parents be warned that their child could be labeled and institutionalized as a result of such evaluations?
  • Adds this language to the education code: “Appropriate grade levels and methods of instruction for human sexuality instruction and healthy relationships education”. This language is being defined contemporaneously. Do we really want today’s culture defining sexuality and healthy relationships for our children?

Act quickly. Time is ticking!

  1. Call your State Representative and respectfully and prayerfully tell him or her to vote on Senate Bill 10 and Senate Bill 11. Find your Representative here. Be sure to tell them you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.
  2. Share this alert with likeminded friends and family.

Please Pray!

  • Pray for the protection of Texas school children from the overreaching arm of the state.
  • Pray that our elected public servants will pause, think, and stop expanding government to the harm of our children. Pray that they will recognize the stewardship they hold, and the accountability required of them by God for the decisions they make that affect innocent children.
  • Pray that families will remain intact and parents will be intimately engaged with the hearts of their children.

With such gratefulness for you,

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas

Calls Needed on Texas End-of-Life Directive Bill

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SB-2089, a bill relating to advance directives, has been placed on the intent calendar and is expected to be debated in the Texas Senate in the next few days. This pro-life bill respects the wishes of the patient and patient’s family when advanced directives for end of life care have been made.  Currently, if a dispute arises between the hospital, the doctors, and the family about life-sustaining measures, the hospital and doctors convene an ethics committee. If the committee decides in opposition to the family, the family has ten days to seek medical care for the patient in another facility before the hospital and doctors can remove life-sustaining care.  This bill expands the transfer time until another facility can be arranged.  Here is a portion of the bill:

SECTION 2.The purpose of this Act is to protect the right of patients and their families to decide whether and under what circumstances to choose or reject life-sustaining treatment. This Act amends the applicable provisions of the Advance Directives Act

(Chapter 166, Health and Safety Code) to ensure that, when an attending physician is unwilling to respect a patient’s advance directive or a patient’s or family’s decision to choose the treatment necessary to prevent the patient’s death, life-sustaining medical treatment will be provided until the patient can be transferred to a health care provider willing to honor the directive or treatment decision.

Take Action!

  1. Please call your state Senator and ask him or her to vote FOR SB 2089.  Your Senator’s telephone number is 512-463-01xx. The two x’s are your Texas Senate District’s number.  For example:  Sen. Hughes number is:  512-463-0101. Click here to locate your state senator. Type in your address, press Find, and then look for Texas Senate District in the left panel. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.
  2. Please send this alert to family and friends.

Pray that those who care for our citizens in end-of-life situations will recognize the sanctity of life and honor the plans and wishes of the patient as they face their eternal home.  Psalm 116:15 says, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Godly ones.”

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas
[email protected]
tx.cwfa.org

Urgent Alert: Schools Need to Protect Students From Porn

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On Wednesday morning, May 1, the Texas House Culture, Recreation, & Tourism Committee took testimony from witnesses on HB 3730.  The bill requires vendors to filter pornography from materials made available to school districts for web access by students.  In failing to do this, students, working on homework assignments using computers at home with parental guards, have still accessed pornographic materials through the school district portals.  A portion of the bill is copied here:

Sec. 441.231.  ONLINE LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS.  (a)  The commission shall use funds appropriated to the commission or consortium services fees under Section 441.224(b) collected from school districts to purchase online library resources for primary and secondary schools that have adopted Internet safety policies and technology protection measures meeting the requirements for certification under 47 U.S.C. Sections 254(h)(5)(B) and (C).

(b)  The commission may purchase online library resources under Subsection (a) only if the vendor providing the resources certifies that the resources comply with 47 U.S.C. Section 254(h)(5).

Immediate Action Needed TODAY:

Please contact members of Texas House Culture, Recreation, & Tourism Committee and ask them to pass this bill out of committee:

  • John Cyrier, Chairman, (R-District 17) Phone: (512) 463-0682
  • Mando Martinez (D-District 39) Phone: (512) 463-0530
  • John Bucy (D-District 136) Phone: (512) 463-0696
  • Barbara Gervin-Hawkins (D-District 120) Phone: (512) 463-0708
  • Justin Holland (R-District 33) Phone: (512) 463-0484
  • Jarvis Johnson (D-District 139) Phone: (512) 463-0554
  • Kyle Kacal (R-District 12) Phone: (512) 463-0412
  • Geanie Morrison (R-District 30) Phone: (512) 463-0456
  • Steve Toth (R-District 15) Phone: (512) 463-0797

Please pray that legislators will understand the threat to the innocent minds of our children and prioritize this need. In Psalm101:3 David says: “I will set no worthless thing before my eyes…”

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas
[email protected]
tx.cwfa.org

Statement on Mental Health Bills

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Currently, there are multiple bills filed for consideration by the legislature this session which address mental health issues as they relate to school violence. Concerned Women for America of Texas has deep concerns about the approach that has been taken.

  • Creation of a new bureaucracy (identified by several different names in the various bills) that will dramatically expand the Texas budget (see footnote on budget requirements).
  • Provisions provide for research data retrieval through invasive student assessments for ALL students, and by insinuation, all families. That data is supposedly restricted to the use of the new bureaucracy (made up of university research teams), and there is no provision for its eventual destruction.
  • The prime source of the mental evaluation of a student is the classroom teacher who is to receive approximately sixteen hours of continuing education. This is in addition to their primary assignment of meeting Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards for all twenty-plus students. So now they must be para-psychologists.
  • The most egregious, however, is the absence of parental involvement. Texas families provide young citizens with remarkable capabilities. In a minority of cases, there are families who are dysfunctional to the degree that they produce children with extraordinary needs. Evaluating ALL students is a waste of resources and serves only to dilute attention to those with urgent needs.
  • The evaluation standards being proposed are, at best, in a development stage with no universal agreement on definitions, yet they are being institutionalized in legislation. What is “trauma-informed care?” What are “adverse childhood experiences?” What is the definition of “social-emotional learning?”
  • The religious beliefs taught in homes must be respected by public schools and are not subject to “culturally defined norms” established by public education. Questioning the mental health or viability of those families is not the prerogative of a teacher, mental health advocate, or psychiatric evaluator.

Concerned Women for America of Texas recognizes that school safety is a necessary issue for this session. We feel, however, that these measures violate conservative standards and fail to place optimum resources in critical venues at expeditious times. Measures that afford free access to mental health professionals by families in crisis would cost a fraction of this expense to the State, be more alert to actual, active circumstances, and provide more relevant services in a crisis. We are ready to work together with any legislator willing to address our concerns.

Footnote on budget requirements:

Quoting from the Budget analysis for SB 10: “The cost, timing, and institutional recipients of the funding authorized by the bill are not known. Costs of the funding may vary depending on the size, infrastructure, and existing resources of the member institutions.

For illustrative purposes, the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth estimated they would need approximately $1.8 million per fiscal year to implement the provisions of the bill related to access centers and workforce expansion. Their estimate includes costs related to hiring providers (including behavioral health specialists and a pharmacist) and staff members, two psychiatry residents, telemedicine units for each provider and resident, and other ongoing annual costs related to running a residency program.”

From the Budget analysis for SB 11: “The bill would direct each local mental health authority (LMHA) to employ a non-physician mental health professional to serve as a mental health and substance use resource for school districts, in conjunction with each education service center (ESC) served by an LMHA”…This analysis assumes that each of the 37 LMHAs and the two Local Behavioral Health Authorities would hire one additional non-physician mental health professional at an average salary of approximately $74,000. This analysis assumes that the cost of these additional employees would be appropriated to HHSC and then distributed to the local entities. The cost of these employees including benefit costs would be approximately $2.9 million per fiscal year. Additional costs would likely result from employee benefits, as well as rent, supplies, and technology costs… School districts are likely to see increased costs resulting from several of the bill’s provisions, including the bill’s requirements that districts comply with TSSC noncompliance findings. These include the following requirements: – Adoption of trauma-informed care policies and training …”

From HB 10 the bill fiscal analysis says: “The cost, timing, and institutional recipients of the grants authorized by the bill are not known. Costs of the grants may vary depending on the size, infrastructure, and existing resources of the member institutions.”

 

 

Deep in the Heart of Texas

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For the ninth time during a session of the Texas Legislature, Concerned Women for America of Texas hosted “Dinner with Texas Legislators.”  This year, seventeen Texas legislators participated in the program on Tuesday evening, March 12, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Austin.

Each legislator had a moment at the mic to speak to the gathering about issues important in the current session.  Several spoke of CWA’s current prayer campaign to encourage legislators during the session.

Rep. Bill Zedler, long-time advocate for life and family values in the Texas Legislature, was awarded the 2019 CWA Family Advocate Award.  Mrs. Pat Hanson, who was the South Texas Area Director was commended for many years of service before her retirement. Lastly, Dr. Shea Garrison, Vice President of International Affairs for CWA, was the dinner’s keynote speaker and addressed gender identity issues confronting women and their families in the current culture.

Several young women who are part of Young Women for America’s leadership on Texas college campuses were present. The dinner preceded the subsequent day’s rally at the capitol, where several hundred participated in visiting with legislators about Faith-and-Family issues.

Texas Born-Alive Infant Protection Act Needs Your Support

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Concerned Women for America of Texas applauds state Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Plano) for filing HB 16 protecting infants born-alive after an attempted abortion. The bill says: “A physician who performed or attempted the abortion must exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious physician would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”  Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Benham) is set to file the companion bill, SB 23, in the Senate.

Act:  Make your voice heard!  Ask your Texas representative to co-author this bill. You can find your Representative here. Be sure to let him/her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.

Pray: Ask God to open the eyes and ears of legislators to the reality of infanticide taking place in Texas and to give them the courage to oppose it.

Help make Texas safe for babies.

Blessings,

Ann Hettinger

State Director

CWA of Texas

[email protected]

tx.cwfa.org

 

Fifth Circuit: Planned Parenthood Undercover Videos Authentic and Not Deceptively Edited

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CWA President & CEO Penny Nance talks with CMP Founder David Daleiden at the 2019 March for Life

After being exposed for their unscrupulous attempts to sell baby body parts for profit, Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the nation, tried to discredit the evidence in a massive PR campaign. They claim the videos which clearly showed they sought to benefit from the sale of aborted baby hearts, brains, lungs, etc. were “deceptively edited.”

This blatant lie was so flagrantly promoted by the liberal mainstream media that many Americans, including some judges, took it as fact.

Thankfully, we still have independent-minded judges who refuse to adjudicate based on popular beliefs, choosing instead to follow the law as written, even in difficult cases. Such was the case with a panel from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals who took a look at the evidence in Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas v. Smith.

The panel found a district court who had fully sided with Planned Parenthood’s characterization of the video evidence based on their word alone had abused its discretion. The Fifth Circuit panel composed of Judges Edith Jones, E. Grady Jolly, and Catharina Haynes, said, “The district court stated, inaccurately, that the CMP video had not been authenticated and suggested that it may have been edited” (Emphasis mine). The appellate panel was not just acting on emotion or personal preference by writing this, there was no evidence, aside from Planned Parenthood’s word, to sustain the district court’s characterization of the videos. The court notes:

In fact, the record reflects that [the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of Inspector General (OIG)] had submitted a report from a forensic firm concluding that the video was authentic and not deceptively edited. And the plaintiffs did not identify any particular omission or addition in the video footage. (Emphasis mine)

This simple statement of truth has sent shockwaves around the country. And we shouldn’t be surprised. Just as darkness cannot withstand the light, lies crumble at the sight of truth. The court’s acknowledgment is also great vindication for David Daleiden, the founder of The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), who produced the groundbreaking undercover videos exposing the dubious, unethical, immoral, and potentially criminal enterprise.

Daleiden said in a statement: “CMP’s undercover video series caught Planned Parenthood’s top leaders openly admitting to selling baby body parts for profit in violation of federal law. Tonight, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vindicated our citizen journalism work by debunking Planned Parenthood’s smear that the videos were ‘heavily edited’ or ‘doctored.’”

The Texas case dealt with the state’s efforts to terminate its Medicaid provider agreement with Planned Parenthood after their unethical behavior was revealed by the CMP videos. Federal law allows states to terminate a Medical provider agreement when, as in this case, there is evidence of a program violation. The Court explained that, “A ‘program violation’ includes any violation of federal law, state law, or the Texas Medicaid program policies.”

Federal law makes it a crime “to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce” (42 U.S.C. 289g-2). Not only that, it also requires “no alteration of the timing, method, or procedures used to terminate the pregnancy [be] made solely for the purposes of obtaining the tissue” (42 U.S.C. 289g-1(b)(2)). This is exactly what we see in the forensically-authenticated CMP videos.

The court noted several statements where the videos clearly show Planned Parenthood was willing and able to change the abortion procedure to obtain “intact specimens.” Quoting their representative:

Yeah. So she knows what’s involved in modifying what we need to do to get you the specimens that are intact because she’s done it. … And she was doing those here.

Note Planned Parenthood not only admits it is willing to alter its abortion procedures for this purpose in the future, but it alleges they have done it in the past, also. There are numerous statements of this nature. The lower court dismissed all those statements because it wholeheartedly took Planned Parenthood’s word that they didn’t mean any of it. The appellate panel said, “The district court credited [Planned Parenthood’s] self-justifying explanations.”

It would be like a court believing an abuser because he shows up in court and says he didn’t do anything, while dismissing outright all the bruises and testimony from the victim. The district court’s decision was not based on facts but preference. One can see that when the appellate court notes the lower court actually concluded there was no “evidence, or even a scintilla of evidence,” for Texas’ conclusions about Planned Parenthood. Whatever you think of their decision, any reasonable observer can see that the videos are something – gosh, are the millions of people troubled by them just uneducated troglodytes?

It is that type of extreme, unmeasured action by a judge which shows they are not approaching a case and the evidence in good faith. The appellate court, on the other hand, approached the case with the evenhandedness that is at the heart of ensuring a just outcome. It identifies the case as a case of “judicial review of an agency action.” And accordingly, it gives proper deference to the state agency on its determinations. It noted, “despite being litigated with the trappings of the abortion debate, this is fundamentally a statutory construction case, not an abortion case.”

This is the model of judicial restraint that should be paramount in our judicial system. The court gives deference to the state agency in making its determination based on legitimate evidence of misconduct.

Planned Parenthood argued that Texas could not even make a determination on them because “OIG has insufficient expertise to determine the qualifications of abortion providers.” Unbelievably, the lower court had gone along with Planned Parenthood in that argument too.

Fortunately, the appellate panel gave a proper smackdown to that inane notion:

We reject this argument. OIG is the agency that the state of Texas has empowered to investigate and penalize Medicaid program violations. The agency is in the business of saying when providers are qualified and when they are not. That the Chief Medical Officer is a surgeon—and not himself an abortion provider— does not mean that he deserves no deference when deciding whether a provider has failed to meet the medical and ethical standards the state requires. It is even odder to claim that federal judges, who have no experience in the regulations and ethics applicable to Medicaid or medical practice, much less in regard to harvesting fetal organs for research, should claim superior expertise. (Emphasis mine)

The appellate court ultimately vacated the preliminary injunction imposed by the district court. It remanded the case back to limit the review to the agency record, taking a serious look at the evidence in the videos and not merely at Planned Parenthood’s self-serving explanations after the fact. It also asked the lower court to review the case under the proper arbitrary-and-capricious standard. Here’s hoping they follow through on their application of the law this time, regardless of the political pressures that come with any case even remotely associated with Planned Parenthood.

Mario Diaz, Esq. is CWA’s general counsel. Follow him on Twitter @mariodiazesq.

What You Can Do to Secure the Texas Electric Grid!

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Did you know that there are only three power grids in the United States?  And did you know that one of those grids is entirely within the state boundaries of Texas?

CWA is serious about National Sovereignty and in Texas we are working to secure our electric grid.  In the event of a man-made or natural catastrophic attack on our grid, we need to be able to be up and running as soon as possible.  A long-term failure of our electric grid is a life-threatening situation for millions.  One of CWA’s legislative priorities for the 2019 Texas Legislative Session is securing our Texas electric grid.

We need your help!  Sen. Bob Hall (Senate District 2) and Rep. Tony Tinderholt (House District 94) are hosting the Texas Energy Security Summit this Monday, January 14, at the Capitol in Austin.  It is important that as many legislators as possible attend.  The purpose of this summit is to educate our legislators and the public about the importance of securing our grid and the potential economic benefits to Texas that accompany such an achievement.

Here is the step-by-step of how you can help with this important issue:

  1. Please pray that our legislators will understand the gravity of the situation in the event that our electric grid should fail.
  2. Call and/or email your state senator and your state representative now and ask them to please attend the Texas Energy Security Summit on Monday, January 14. Be sure to provide the link to the event and let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.  Click here to find and contact your legislators.
  3. Head to Austin so you can attend the Summit as well.

◦   Texas Capitol Auditorium

◦   Monday, January 14.  Two opportunities to attend: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

To learn more about the importance of securing the electric grid, please click here.  You can watch Sen. Bob Hall discuss this issue here.

We hope to see you and your legislators at the Texas Energy Security Summit!  Let’s secure the Texas electric grid!

Blessings,

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas
[email protected]
tx.cwfa.org

Other sources:

Population of Texas is over 28 million.

Get Out the Vote with CWA of Texas!

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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 threatened by some politicians and radical activists who insist on getting their way, no matter what. Some are actually inciting that violence to 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 6th 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.

Take a look at the candidates:

Opposed Justice Kavanaugh: Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), “If I were in the Senate, I would have voted no. The events of the past two weeks — including Dr. Ford’s courageous, powerful, and credible testimony and Judge Kavanaugh’s temperament in his response — have only added to my concern that he does not meet the bar to serve on the Supreme Court.” 

Voted YES on Justice Kavanaugh: Ted Cruz (R-Texas), “I read through the entire supplemental FBI report. Ten witnesses interviewed by the FBI, meticulously detailed, and not a single piece of corroborating evidence. In a fair process, that should be compelling.”

Voter Guides:

Two push cards to freely print and distribute:

Party Platform Comparison (print double-sided 14” X 8 ½”)

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

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas
[email protected]
tx.cwfa.org

New CWA Chapter to Have Its First Meeting on September 17

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Do you, or someone you know, live in or near Post, Texas?  If so, read on.  If not, read on, there is something here for you, too.

I am excited to announce that a new CWA of Texas Prayer/Action Chapter is having its first meeting next week on Monday, September 17, in Post.

Local chapters are the back bone of CWA of Texas.  They are the prayers and action that make it happen.  If you live in or near Post, please make plans now to attend.  And be sure to bring a friend.

Click here for more information on the Post Chapter and to view and print their flyer.

Whether you are able to attend or not, please say a prayer for this new chapter that many will be able to attend and that they will have an impact.

You don’t live in or near Post?  No problem!  Go to our website and click on the Area Director that oversees your zip code area.  She will let you know if there is a chapter in your area and/or answer any questions you may have about starting one.

In short, a Prayer/Action Chapter meets monthly to review current issues on the local, state and national level. Meetings include time to educate the group on an issue, pray about the issue and for our state and nation, and then take action such as writing a letter or committing to make phone calls. At times they may hold a baby shower for a local crisis pregnancy center, or put on an event with a special speaker, or hold a candidate forum, to name a few.  Meetings typically run from one to one and one-half hours.

In His service,

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas
[email protected]
tx.cwfa.org

San Antonio City Council Set to Appoint Abortion Advocate Medical Director – TOMORROW

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Do you, or someone you know, live in San Antonio?  If so, your assistance is desperately needed TODAY for the unborn of San Antonio. 

The San Antonio City Council has placed on their agenda for TOMORROW, Thursday, August 16, at 9:00 a.m., the appointment of Chichi Junda Woo as Medical Director for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.  

Woo is bad health care for San Antonio!

  • Woo was previously the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Trust of South Texas
  • Woo is currently Chief Medical Officer over STDs, infectious disease, and immunization clinics.  As such she oversees Project Worth.  Project Worth currently has a goal to “Reduce Teen Birth Rates among females age 15 – 19 in Bexar County by 25%” by 2020. Note that they did not state that they wanted to reduce the “pregnancy rates.”  No, they want to reduce the “birth rates”. So if they do not see teen pregnancy as a problem, yet do see teens giving birth as a problem, what might their solution be? One guess.

Woo was first appointed to the position of Medical Director for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District in 2015.  Due to a strong pro-life backlash, then Mayor Ivy Taylor, reassigned her to the position of Chief Medical Officer over STDS, infectious disease, and immunization clinics. 

Don’t delay!  If you live in San Antonio please take action on behalf of the unborn of your city now!

  1. Contact Mayor Ron Nirenberg at [email protected]
  2. Contact your city councilman.  If you are unsure what district you are in simply click here to find out.

District 1: CM Roberto Trevino at [email protected] 
District 2: William Cruz Shaw at [email protected] 
District 3: Rebecca Viagran at [email protected] 
District 4: Rey M Saldana at [email protected]   
District 5: Shirley Gonzales at [email protected]  
District 6: CM Greg Brockhouse at [email protected]   
District 7: Ana Sandoval at [email protected]    
District 8: Manny Pelaez at [email protected]
District 9: John Courage at [email protected]    
District 10: Clayton Perry at [email protected]  

3.      Consider attending the City Council meeting tomorrow to observe and pray. It will be held in the City Council Chambers on the first floor of the Municipal Plaza Building, located at 114 W. Commerce St.

4.      Consider submitting testimony. Click here to submit written testimony.

Please pray.  Ask the Lord to thwart the plans to make Chichi Junda Woo Medical Director for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.

For Life!

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas
[email protected]
tx.cwfa.org
 

Can a Conservative Survive in a College Classroom? Event – A Great Success

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Dear Friend,

Our monthly Action Breakfast was a resounding success with over 40 people attending. Ben Larrabee, Senior Field Representative of Turning Point USA, was an exhilarating speaker with a sound understanding of what is happening on our college campuses and how to approach the students with a message that resonates with what is important to them.

As our action item we wrote out and signed 25 cards that will be sent to some of CWA’s Young Women for American (YWA) presidents around the country as an encouragement.

We are so grateful to Kathaleen Wall and husband Holly Frost for opening their beautiful home to us and providing help in preparing refreshments and doing cleanup, making it easier for our steering committee members to focus on connecting with all who attended.

Contact me today if you would like to be notified of future Action Breakfasts in the Houston area.

If you would like to get involved on a local level through a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter, go to our state webpage and see which area director covers your zip code, and contact her.

Note: YWA is a student-oriented initiative that is geared toward high school and college campuses to bring active groups of young like-minded women together to promote conservative values to their schools and the nation. The mission of YWA is to train the next generation to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens — first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society. For more information about YWA, click here.

Beverly Roberts
Area Director
CWA of South Texas

Voter Guide for Primary Election

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A voter guide is available for the March 6, primary election in Texas.  Go to:  www.ivoterguide.com  and put in your home address.  You will get information on all the candidates on your ballot, federal, state, and local along with an assessment:  Very Conservative to Very Liberal.  You will also have access to their answers to survey questions, their endorsements, and their financial contributions.