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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.

Important Evening Ahead – March 6

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Following the Primary Election Day, next Tuesday, March 6, the political parties will host meetings in each precinct.  The date and time for those meetings is available through your County Election Department.  Normally they are held at the voting location for your precinct when the polls close on Election Day, again, normally at 7:00 p.m.

One of the three functions of this meeting is the introduction of resolutions that when given an affirmative vote are advanced to the Senate/County convention in preparation of the State Party platform.  Any voter in that precinct has the right to introduce a resolution.

Concerned Women for America of Texas has eight proposed resolutions that you may introduce at your meeting.  Click here to access them.  Take a minimum of three copies of each resolution to your meeting—each resolution must be on a separate page.  Instructions on completing the form are available by clicking here.

“The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics or the Lord will curse them. … Christians have been exceedingly guilty in this matter. But the time has come when they must act differently. … Christians seem to act as if they thought God did not see what they do in politics. But I tell you He does see it – and He will bless or curse this nation according to the course they Christians take in politics.” – Charles Grandison Finney, American Presbyterian minister and leader in the Second Great Awakening in the United States. He has been called The Father of Modern Revivalism.

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