She Prays, She Votes Texas Director
Texas State Representative (Republican – District 150)
(Republican – District 8)
She Prays, She Votes Texas Director
Texas State Representative (Republican – District 150)
(Republican – District 8)
On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Texas leaders gathered on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall for a Facebook Live event to share the work of their She Prays, She Votes campaign and to encourage the Facebook Live viewers to also get involved with the campaign.
CWA of Texas leaders (from L-R) Kori Peterson, East Texas Area Director, Avinger, Texas; Mary Liechty, Hostess, Heath, Texas; Danielle Buck, CWA Director of Donor Relations, Washington, D.C.; Mary Smith, North Texas Area Director, Arlington, Texas; Kathaleen Wall, Texas State Director for She Prays, She Votes, Sugarland, Texas; Carolyn Brooks, Home Team Captain, Euless, Texas; Lindsey McCaffety, Prayer Action/Chapter Leader, Huntsville, Texas; Betty Ann Reynolds, Prayer Action/Chapter Leader, Midway, Texas; Ann Hettinger, CWA of Texas State Director, Rockwall, Texas; Catherine Shaver, Prayer/Action Leader, Austin, Texas; Vicki Slaton, Prayer/Action Leader, Sunnyvale, Texas; Paula Moore, Texas Issues Coordinator, San Antonio, Texas; Ilan Huang, Prayer/Action Leader, Round Rock, Texas.
On November 3, our nation will arrive at a crossroads, and the people will decide which direction we go. Now is not the time to sit back and let others decide on the issues of life, religious freedom, judges, and more.
Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Texas is mobilizing our grassroots here in Texas to register people to vote and to ensure voters get to the polls to vote! We invite you to join us on Tuesday, September 15, for our Facebook Live event where we will discuss ideas on how to engage in the upcoming November 3 election and provide ideas about encouraging our like-minded friends, relatives, and neighbors to register to vote – and then vote.
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Time: Noon CST
Where: Facebook Live event at Concerned Women for America of Texas.
Pray for your like-minded neighbors, friends, and fellow Americans to be engaged in this election season. Pray that they will understand the urgency of the time and will put feet to their convictions — that they would register to vote, be informed, and then wisely do their part on election day.
“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers
of the society but the people themselves;
And if we think them not enlightened enough
to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion,
the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.”
Join us on September 15. No matter who you are or where you live, you can make a difference in the upcoming election!
CWA of Texas was honored to participate in the June 11 , 2020, White House Roundtable on Transition to Greatness: Restoring, Rebuilding, and Renewing in Dallas, Texas. Read more here.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are the standards adopted by the State Board of Education (SBOE) to guide what our children need to accomplish in a given discipline at each grade level. Textbooks are then written to conform to these standards. Every ten years, the TEKS are revised for a given discipline. You the public have the opportunity to shape the standards by providing feedback on the standards to your elected State Board of Education member. This year, the Health Education TEKS are being revised. Textbooks will also be revised in the coming months.
Health Education TEKS – Drafts Available for Review
The Health Education TEKS Work Groups proposals are posted online here. Work Group E is currently working on merging the six proposals from the four workgroups. Once that is completed, the final draft will be posted in May. As soon as the Work Group E drafts are posted and the May SBOE Meeting details are announced, we will provide those links and details.
Several of Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) core issues are impacted by the current revisions (these are noted and addressed below the signature line.*) This is why CWA of Texas is encouraging you to review the draft proposals of the standards and then write a letter to your elected State Board of Education member with any concerns you have on the standards.
Immediate Action Needed
Our Heavenly Father, You have gifted parents in Texas with 5,431,910 precious children who are now enrolled in Texas public schools. The future of our nation and, more importantly, Your Kingdom depends on their training. Your word says in Psalm 172:3-5:
“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they shall not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.”
We understand that You have entrusted this gift to us, and You have instructed us how to care for them:
“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Deuteronomy 6:6.
Please guide us and help us be energetic and unwavering in protecting these children from a secular world that aims to remove their innocence. Help us raise them up to be clean vessels for your kingdom.
*Suggestions related to CWA’s core issues:
SE – Student Expectations
Students should learn to respect the Sanctity of Life by recognizing that the baby in the womb is a life and that the baby is created through the natural and beautiful act of the marital embrace between a man and woman. Therefore, SEs that address fetal development should include information similar to the Women’s Right to Know booklet published by Texas Health and Human Services. SEs on life stages of a human being should include more than just birth, dying, and death. Pregnancy should not be listed as a “consequence” of sexual activity as if that is the worst thing that can happen while sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are presented as normal and treatable at such young ages. Skin to skin, oral sex, and vaginal sex are listed as modes of STD/STI transmission for 7-8 graders as if the three sexual activities are equal. We support sexual risk avoidance (SRA) as an optimal primary health prevention strategy. This teaches that students should reserve intimate sexual activity until they are married. The secondary intervention strategy, sexual risk reduction (SRR) moderates that by teaching about the use of contraceptives.
In Defense of the Family, we are encouraged that the workgroup in charge of revising that section, includes a SE stating that the “process of fertilization occurs between a man and a woman through sexual intercourse.” Texas TEKS should reflect the expectations of abstinence outside of marriage promoting lifelong fidelity and healthy family formation. When students learn about the different body systems, the reproductive system is the only system in which each human being has only half of the system. The other half of the system is required to complete the reproductive system, a natural truth of the complementarity of the male and female bodies.
Protecting children’s natural innocence is an important part of fighting Sexual Exploitation. When a young child is introduced to mature subjects on abuse, trafficking, human sexuality, and sexting, they are being groomed for early sexual initiation, risky sexual activity, and sexual exploitation. SEs should instill their personal value and worth as human beings to protect them against all destructive future risky behaviors.
CWA believes that authority should be returned to parents for all areas of their child’s Education, including Health education. In the workgroup drafts, “parent” is mentioned 59 times while “trusted adult” is included 53 times. SEs should always be written to refer children to their parents and legal guardians rather than the public school recognized trusted adult, nurse, or physician. Fundamentally, human sexuality instruction should be a subject taught by parents so that the parent can customize the message to the individual child’s cognitive ability and maturity level.
Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Texas is so grateful for Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton’s solid understanding of religious liberty according to our state and national constitutions and the law. Their reasonable approach and guidance is appreciated. As we see mini-tyrants rear their despotic heads all over the country, it’s a relief to know that Texas is, so far, in rational, capable, wise, and temperate hands.
As always, it is important to get the story straight from the horse’s mouth and so here is Attorney General Paxton’s Guidance for Houses of Worship During the COVID-19 Crisis.
Please note these items in regard to the current church service guidance recommendations for Texas churches:
*Anyone sick should stay home.
*Social distancing should be exercised.
*Good hygiene (handwashing, not touching your face, covering coughs) should be personally implemented.
*Common areas and surfaces should be cleaned and sanitized frequently.
Again, for more details on these guidelines, please peruse the original document which can be accessed here.
#1. Contact Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton. Thank them for their commonsense leadership during this time. And make sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas and that you are praying for them.
Gov. Abbott — Phone: 512-463-2000 |Online form
Attorney General Paxton — 512-463-2100 |Online form
#2. Be sure your pastor is aware of the latest guidance for churches and be an encouragement to him.
#3. Forward this information to friends and family.
#1. Pray that the church will continue to put on its creative hat as we seek to find ways to not “forsake the assembling of ourselves together” during this unique and historic time.
#2. Pray that remote online services will continue to reach around the globe and draw many to the saving, redemptive work of Christ and an eternal residence in Heaven with God.
#3. Please continue to pray for our elected and appointed officials who are making very challenging decisions during this pandemic.
With you all, we look forward soon to …
“Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple,
and breaking bread from house to house,
… taking [our] meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,
praising God and having favor with all the people.”
Acts 2:46-47, NASB
For now, we pray this last sentence of the above passage:
“And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
Did you know that Texas is just one of a few states that have declared abortion a non-essential service during this global pandemic? Concerned Women for America of Texas is grateful for Gov. Greg Abbott’s directive to ban the opening of abortion clinics in Texas during this crisis. If Americans are being told to keep their elective surgeries on hold (some of which have the prospect of being lifesaving), then certainly “elective” abortions fall into the non-essential category.
True to form, abortion providers acted quickly and filed a lawsuit against the ban. A lower court judge provided a temporary restraining order blocking the state from enforcing the ban. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the lower court judge’s order, and at this time, abortion facilities remain closed. CWA of Texas is grateful for the work of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as he represents our state in this ongoing lawsuit.
It is a blessing to know that in such a trying and difficult time, at least unborn babies have a chance at life in the state of Texas.
#1. Contact Gov. Greg Abbott and thank him for his commonsense mandate shutting down non-essential medical procedures, including abortion during this time. Let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.
Phone: 512-463-2000 |Online form
#2. Contact Attorney General Ken Paxton and thank him for his strong posture in reinforcing Gov. Abbott’s order. Let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.
Call 512-463-2100 |Online form
#3. Forward this information to family and friends.
“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you … and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11-13
It’s election season! Early voting has already begun across Texas as we head toward the March 3 primary election.
Concerned Women for America of Texas says it’s “game on” to get conservative women and men to the polls in the primary and general elections! We have put together a list of helpful sites to guide you through the election season, including a voter score guide link.
Who is on my ballot and where do I vote?
You can preview your ballot by typing in your county election office in your browser (example: Dallas County Elections Office.) Then put in your information and to pull up a sample ballot for your precinct. You may print it out and take it with you to vote. Polling sites are also posted there.
Is there a guide for voting?
For statewide and federal primary candidates, CWA has partnered with ivoterguide.com to offer an excellent resource where you can find the candidates who will appear on your ballot and where the candidates stand on the issues. Click here and type in your zip code and view how the evaluation panelists scored the candidates based on their survey answers, their campaign websites, etc.
No local races have been evaluated at ivoterguide.com, but for state legislator information, you may consider checking with your trusted friends or elected officials to offer wisdom on the candidates in the local races.
We urge you to do your homework and vote wisely. Please pray diligently for the upcoming elections. Please forward this to friends, family, and acquaintances.
Psalm 33:11-12: “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Through our efforts may our children and grandchildren enjoy the blessings God has granted us in the United States of America.
For Truth and Righteousness,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 3, 2020
Contact: Toni DeLancey, Ph.D. | Direct Line: (202) 266-4816 | Mobile: (202) 527-3434
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, has endorsed Kathaleen Wall for U.S. House of Representatives for the 22nd District of Texas.
Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC, said:
“The 2020 election will be a defining moment in American history at the pinnacle of intense political division. The choice before voters is clear: support the bedrock freedoms of our Constitution and conservative values that make America great or threaten our future with a bankrupt leftist agenda that undermines religious freedom, denies life, erases female dignity, and embraces government socialism that will lead to economic and social collapse.
“Conservative women will not concede the fundamental values that strengthen families and promote individual flourishing to the left’s destructive agenda. That is why Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is proud today to endorse Kathaleen Wall for U.S. House of Representatives for the 22nd District of Texas.
“Kathaleen is a champion of the pro-family conservative values that make Texas and America great. Kathaleen will bring her passion for religious freedom, the dignity of women, and the sanctity of human life to Congress and fight to preserve American sovereignty at our borders and abroad.
“Our members are honored to stand with Kathaleen Wall in this election, confident that she will stand up for conservative values and American families with courage and integrity.”
“Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, rebuke and expose them.” Ephesians 5:11 (NLT)
We watched social media in horror as the Austin Independent School District defied parents in the district by adopting K-12 sex-ed materials that offend the dignities of conservative families. I have been asked repeatedly what can be done. It will require all of us to be diligent in watching our own local school district meetings. The local advisory board charged with the responsibility of determining community standards is referred to as the “SHAC.” The official name for the body is School Health Advisory Council. It is mandated in Sec. 28.004 of the Texas Education Code as amended by the last session of the Texas Legislature and effective on December 1, 2019. Click here to read the text of the state code that establishes the advisory councils.
Whether you are currently a parent of a public-school student or not, it’s time for us, as CWA leaders, to step up and hold our ground in defense of our children. If not us, then who? See action items 1-4 below.
On a different, but similar note, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) health standards, which includes sex education standards, are currently being reviewed and edited by a committee appointed by the State Board of Education (SBOE). CWA of Texas is very concerned that there will be an aggressive push to move Texas away from abstinence-based standards to comprehensive sex ed standards.
Once the draft of the standards is completed, there will be an open comment period where the public can provide feedback on the standards, which should be sometime in 2020. Once the standards are approved, textbook companies will write the textbooks and develop the health education curriculum and present to the SBOE for final approval.
Pray: Psalm 127:3 says, “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” It is a reprehensible desecration of that gift to submit them to a morally corrupt curriculum, to undermine their innocence, and pervert their future. Pray that God will lead you to impact this issue in the way He has designed you and given you access.
CWA of Texas
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
CWA of Texas
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.
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,
CWA of Texas
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.
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
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.
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:
Senate Bill 11:
Act quickly. Time is ticking!
With such gratefulness for you,
CWA of Texas
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.
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.”