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Texas Is in a Race to #SaveGirlsSports

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Do you have a female relative who plays sports in Texas, or do you have friends with daughters in school sports? If you answered yes to either of these questions, be aware that the athletic opportunity for female athletes is at risk in Texas. I have written to you recently about the threat to girls’ sports here and here.

What’s the problem?

Several of the girls’ sports bills in the Texas legislature are languishing in committee or have not yet been referred to any committees. Why the stall?  It’s because the Left has the backing of 43 major companies that oppose Texas bills to protect girls’ sports. This type of financial pressure seems to be causing lawmakers to waver on what they know is the right thing to do.

We need your help!

HB 1458 appears to be the only bill left alive in the legislature to protect women’s sports in the state. If passed, the bill would provide a level playing field for female athletes from kindergarten through college by prohibiting males identifying as females from participating in female sports.

Let’s move this bill!

Six governors have signed into law legislation protecting female athletes. It’s time Texas joins these trailblazing states!   

Take Action

Contact the following leaders and urge them to use their influence to move HB 1458 today!

  • Greg Abbott (Republican) – Ask Gov. Abbott to put his support and influence behind HB1458. Email | (512) 463-2000
  • Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (Republican)- Ask LG Patrick to support the movement of HB1458. Email | (512) 463-0001
  • Speaker of the House, Dade Phelan (Republican) – Ask Speaker Phelan to encourage the State Affairs Chairman, Rep. Paddie, to schedule a hearing for the bill. Email | (512) 463-1000
  • Speaker’s Director of Policy, Jay Dyer – Let him know we want the bill to get a hearing and passage. Email | (512) 463-8278
  • Chris Paddie (Republican), Chairman of the State Affairs Committee – Rep. Paddie is a co-author of this bill. Ask him to schedule a hearing in the committee he chairs. Email | (512) 463-0556

Please Pray for the elected officials of Texas:

  1. Pray for clarity regarding what is true and right.
  2. Pray for boldness and courage.
  3. Pray they will fight to defend the birthright of every young girl in Texas, no matter the cost.

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other,
or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and wealth.” Matthew 6:24

Ann Hettinger
State Director

Act Now! Save Women’s Sports in Texas!

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Action is needed today!
Help stop biological males from playing female sports in Texas schools.

The Texas legislature is holding a bill that would require public school students to compete in sports competitions based on biological sex rather than on their perceived gender identity.

The bill simply takes current Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL) Rules and makes them law. (UIL is an organization that exists to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests for public school students.)

Bill Information:

SB 29 passed (5-2) the Senate State Affairs Committee on March 26, 2021. It passed (18-12) from the Senate floor on April 15, 2021. It was then referred to the House Public Education Committee on April 19.  SB 29’s companion bill, HB 4042, has already been heard in the Public Education Committee. In order to protect women’s sports, we need the Public Education Committee to vote HB4042/SB29 out of committee this week in order for it to go to the Texas House floor for a vote. And then, if passed, make its way to Gov. Abbott’s desk. We are so close!

We need you to contact the House Public Education Committee members and ask them to pass the bills.

Take Action:

  1. Contact the House Public Education Committee members and ask them to pass HB 4042 and its companion, SB 29. The members and their contact information are listed below my signature. You can also find the list of the committee members here. It is particularly helpful if you are the constituent of any of the committee members for you to identify yourself as a constituent! Use this link to find out who represents you in the state legislature.
  2. Contact your own state representative and ask him or her to support SB 29. Use this link to find who represents you.

Please pray:

  1. Pray that Texas state representatives will not be overcome with timidity and “political correctness” and will handle this issue with positive and fair wisdom for the girls and women of Texas.
  2. Pray for the young women who are called upon to stand strong against this adversity in the face of the “cancel culture.” Pray they will come forward to give testimony.
  3. Pray for Gov. Greg Abbott (Republican), and Speaker Dade Phelan (R-District 2), Chairman Harold Dutton (D-District 142), and the members of the committee that they may support and defend the birthright of every young girl in Texas.

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 NASB

Ann Hettinger
State Director


House Public Education Committee members
Ask them to pass HB 4042 and its companion, SB 29.

Harold Dutton, Chairman (D-District 142) – (512) 463-0510
J.M. Lozano, Vice Chairman (R-District 43) – (512) 463-0463
Alma Allen, (D-District 131) – (512) 463-0744
Steve Allison (R-District 121) – (512) 463-0686
Keith Bell (R-District 4) – (512) 463-0458
Diego Bernal (D-District 123) – (512) 463-0532
Brad Buckley (R-District 54) – (512) 463-0684
Mary E. Gonzalez (D-District 75) – (512) 463-0613
Dan Huberty (R-District 127) – (512) 463-0520
Ken King (R-District 88) – (512) 463-0736
Terry Meza (D-District 105) – (512) 463-0641
James Talarico (D-District 52) – (512) 463-0670
Gary VanDeaver (R-District 1) – (512) 463-0692)

 

Texans Deserve Integrity in Our Elections

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Election integrity should be the number one legislative priority for the entire country. It is imperative that our state enacts the strongest guidelines and laws for ensuring that we execute honest and fair elections in the Lone Star State. That is why Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Texas supports recently filed HB 6, an election integrity bill that will combat election fraud.

Election fraud is real, and therefore needs careful and intentional legislation to ensure confidence and integrity with the process. The voting system should preserve the integrity of each ballot.

Below are some of CWA of Texas’ election integrity concerns:

  • Voter rolls must be current, void of deceased voters or those who have moved out of the area.
  • Citizenship must be verified before voting. Voter ID should be a non-negotiable requirement.
  • We need stricter rules on mail-in ballots. Mail-in ballots should be limited by those who are unable to go to the election site, not as a personal preference. Mail-in ballots need to be numbered and traceable, as regular ballots are traceable. Ballot harvesting should not be allowed and certainly not conducted by well-paid harvesters.
  • We must close primaries. A person should not be allowed to vote in either primary.
  • We need more transparency at the polls by ensuring that poll watchers in Texas are not obstructed from observing the counting of ballots.

Take Action:

  1. Contact the members of the House Calendars Committee and ask them to schedule HB 6 for debate on the House floor. The committee members are listed below my signature. If you are a constituent (within one of the house member’s district), be sure to let them know.
  2. Contact your state representative and ask him or her to support HB 6.  Use this link to find out who represents you in the state legislature.
  3. Forward this information to family and friends.

Please Pray:

  1. Pray that Texas maintains a level of integrity in our election procedures and processes and that citizens hold them accountable to do so.
  2. Pray that the results of our elections will produce public servants who respect the citizens and protect their dignity and freedoms.
  3. Pray for the leadership of our state, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Speaker Dade Phelan (R-District 21), that God’s wisdom and purpose is their ever-driving goal.

Elections have grave consequences: “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules, people groan.” – Proverbs 29:2 (NAS)

Ann Hettinger
State Director


House Calendars Committee Members: 

Who Gets to Compete in Women’s Sports Competitions?

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Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are being threatened. Individual male born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females – from kindergarten to high school to college (NCAA).

Many biological girls train and work hard to excel in their chosen sport with the goal of a college scholarship. When a biological boy who thinks he’s a girl is allowed to compete with the biological girls because of his natural endurance and strength, he steals the prize.

Texas House Bill 1458, a bill to help ensure fairness in women’s sports, has been introduced by Rep. Valoree Swanson (R-Dist. 150). The bill is assigned to the State Affairs Committee but has not been assigned a hearing. The chairman and members of the committee need to hear from you (particularly if you are a constituent of a committee member) about the importance of ensuring girls have a fair playing field in sports.

Visit Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Standing with Female Athletes page for timely resources on this issue. Download and distribute CWA’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet.

Take Action:

  1. Contact the members of the House State Affairs Committee and ask them to support HB 1458 and give it a hearing. The committee members are listed below my signature. If you are a constituent, be sure to let them know.
  2. Contact your state representative and ask him or her to support HB 1458. Use this link to find out who represents you in the state legislature.
  3. Forward this information to family and friends.

Pray:

  1. Pray that Texas state representatives will not be overcome with timidity and “political correctness” and will handle this issue with positive and fair wisdom for the girls and women of Texas.
  2. Pray for the young women who are called upon to stand strong against this adversity in the face of the “cancel culture.” Pray they will come forward to give testimony.
  3. Pray for Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker Dade Phelan that they may support and defend the birthright of every young girl in Texas.

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 NAS

Ann Hettinger
State Director


House State Affairs Committee Members
Rep. Chris Paddie, Chairman (R-District 9) 512-463-0556 | Email
Rep. Ana Hernandez, Vice Chairman (D- District 143) 512-463-0614| Email
Rep. Joe Deshotel (D- District 22) 512-463-0662 | Email
Rep. Sam Harless (R- District 126) 512-463-0496 | Email
Rep. Donna Howard (D- District 48) 512-463-0631 | Email
Rep. Todd Hunter (R- District 32) 512-463-0672 | Email
Rep. Phil King (R- District 61) 512-463-0738 | Email
Rep. Eddie Lucio III (D- District 38) 512-463-0606 | Email
Rep. Will Metcalf (R- District 16) 512-463-0726 | Email
Rep. Richard Pena Raymond (D- District 42) 512-463-0558 | Email
Rep. Matt Shaheen (R- District 66) 512-463-0594 | Email
Rep. Shelby Slawson (R- District 59) 512-463-0628 | Email
Rep. John T. Smithee (R- District 86) 512-463-0702 | Email

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Texas Legislative Session – Bill Status

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Texas Legislative Session Status

Updated: March 28, 2021

Here is the current status of state bills that Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Texas is supporting or opposing in the state legislature.

HB 525– Rep. Matt Shaheen (R- District 66)
Text:  Texas Legislature Online – 87(R) Text for HB 525
Title of the bill: Relating to the protection of religious organizations.
Co-Authors: Anderson, Ashby, Bell, Keith, Cason, Middleton, Parker, Patterson, Slaton, Stephenson, Swanson, Thompson, E, Tinderholt, Vasut
Companion bill in Senate: None
Committee:  House State Affairs
Committee Hearing: March 25, 2021, Left pending in committee

HB 567 – Rep. James Frank (R- District 69)
Text: Texas Legislature Online – 87(R) Text for HB 567
Title of the bill: Relating to the procedures and grounds for terminating the parent-child relationship involving the Department of Family and Protective Services.
Co-Authors: Swanson
Companion bill in Senate: Identical – SB 190 – Sen. Bryan Hughes (R- District 1)
Committee:  House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues
Committee Hearing date:  Heard in Committee on March 8.  Passed and Referred to Calendars Committee, March 22, 2021

HB 574 – Rep. Greg Bonnen (R- District 24)
Text:  Texas Legislature Online – 87(R) Text for HB 574
Title of the bill: Relating to the prevention of fraud in the conduct of an election.
Co-Authors: Goldman, Anderson, Ashby, Cain, Cook, Dean, Ellzey, Holland, King, Phil, Leman, Metcalf, Middleton, Parker, Paul, Sanford, Slaton, Spiller, Tinderholt
Companion bill in Senate: Identical – SB 1514 – Sen. Larry Taylor (R-11)
Committee:  House Elections Committee
Committee Hearing date:  Heard in Committee on March 18. Committee Substitute voted favorably, March 35, 2021.

HB 1165 – Rep. Shelby Slawson (R- District 59)
Text: Texas Legislature Online – 87(R) History for HB 1165
Title of the bill: Relating to prohibiting abortions after detection of an unborn child’s heartbeat; authorizing an administrative penalty.
Co-Authors: None
Companion bill in Senate: SB 8 – Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-1) is similar but not identical
Committee:  House Public Health
Committee Hearing date:  No date for a committee hearing as of now.

HB 1458 – Rep. Valoree Swanson – (R- District 150)
Text: Texas Legislature Online – 87(R) Text for HB 1458
Title of the bill: Relating to the separation based on biological sex of athletics teams sponsored by a public school or institution of higher education.
Co-Authors: (76-majority of House) Slawson, White, Noble, Allison, Anderson, Ashby, Bailes, Bell, Cecil; Bell, Keith; Biedermann, Bonnen, Buckley, Burns, Burrows, Cain, Capriglione, Cason, Clardy, Cook, Craddick, Cyrier, Darby, Dean, Ellzey, Frank, Frullo, Gates, Geren, Harless, Harris, Hefner, Holland, Hull, Jetton, Kacal, King, Ken; King, Phil; Klick. Krause, Kuempel, Lambert, Landgraf, Larson, Leach, Leman, Lozano, Metcalf, Middleton, Morrison, Murphy, Murr, Oliverson, Paddie, Parker, Patterson, Paul, Price, Raney, Rogers, Sanford, Schaefer, Schofield, Shaheen, Shine, Slaton, Smith, Smithee, Spiller, Stephenson, Stucky, Thompson, Ed; Tinderholt, Toth, VanDeaver, Vasut, Wilson
Companion bill in Senate: SB 373 – Sen. Charles Perry (R-District 28) Similar but not identical
Committee:  House State Affairs
Committee Hearing date:  No date for a committee hearing as of now.

HB 2300– Rep. Tan Parker (R- District 63)
Text:  Texas Legislature Online – 87(R) Text for HB 2300
Title of the bill: Relating to the offense of solicitation of prostitution, civil racketeering related to human trafficking, and common and public nuisances related to certain criminal conduct, including prostitution; increasing a criminal penalty; making conforming changes.
Co-Authors: None
Companion bill in Senate: None
Committee:  House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
Committee Hearing date:  No date for a committee hearing as of now.

HB 4498– Rep. Briscoe Cain (R- District 128)
Text: Texas Legislature Online – 87(R) Text for HB 4498
Title of the bill: Relating to compliance with the National Voter Registration Act.
Co-Authors: None
Companion bill in Senate: None
Committee:  He is chairman of the House Elections Committee to which this will probably be assigned
Committee Hearing date:  No date for a committee hearing as of now.

SB 8 – Senator Bryan Hughes (R- District 1)
Text: Texas Legislature Online – 87(R) Text for SB 8
Title of the bill: Relating to abortion, including abortions after detection of an unborn child’s heartbeat; authorizing a private civil right of action.
Co-Authors: 16 including one Democrat, Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D- District 27)  Sen. Robert Nichols (R- District 3) and Sen. Kel Seliger (R- District 31) have not yet signed on.
Companion bill in House: HB 1165 – Rep. Shelby Slawson (R- District 59) Similar but not identical
Committee:  Senate State Affairs
Committee Hearing date:  Heard on March 16, 2021.  Passed from committee and is on the intent calendar for March 23.

SB 26 – Sen. Angela Paxton (R-District 8)
Text: Texas Legislature Online – 87(R) Text for SB 26
Title of the bill: Relating to the prohibited suspension of laws protecting religious freedom and prohibited closure of places of worship.
Co-Authors: Buckingham, Campbell, Creighton, Hall, Hancock, Hughes, Nelson, Perry, Schwertner, Springer, Bettencourt, Kolkhorst, Lucio, Nichols, Taylor, West.
Companion bill in House:  HB 1239 – Rep. Scott Sanford (R- District 70) is identical
Companion bill in Senate:  SB 251 – Sen. Angela Paxton  (R- District 8) is identical
Committee:  Senate State Affairs
Committee Hearing date:  Heard on March 15.  Committee Substitute voted favorably, March 17
Floor debate:  March 25, 2021, Reported engrossed!

SB 316 – Sen. Joan Huffman (R- District 17)
Text: Texas Legislature Online – 87(R) Text for SB 316
Title of the bill: Relating to requirements for human trafficking awareness and prevention in commercial lodging establishments; authorizing a civil penalty.
Co-Authors: None
Companion bill in House: None
Committee:  Senate Jurisprudence
Committee Hearing date:  No date for a committee hearing as of now.

SB 442 – Senator Bryan Hughes (R- District 1)
Text: Texas Legislature Online – 87(R) Text for SB 442
Title of the bill: Relating to local school health advisory councils and health education provided by school districts, including requirements regarding human sexuality instruction.
Co-Authors: None
Companion bill in House: HB 3872 – Rep. Harold Dutton (D- District 142) is identical.  Dutton is chair of House Education Committee.
Committee: Senate Education Committee
Committee Hearing date:  Heard in Committee on March 25.  Left Pending.

HERE ARE ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE:

  • If a bill has been filed, and assigned to a committee, you can ask your Legislators to sign on as co-authors.
  • If it has been filed in one chamber and not in the other, you can ask your Representative or Senator to file it in the opposite chamber.
  • If it has not yet been heard in committee and your Senator or Representative is on that committee, you can ask them to use their influence to get a hearing date set.
  • If it is scheduled to be heard and you have relevant testimony, please make an effort to go to Austin and be present for that hearing. If you can go but prefer not to testify, please go and sign in supporting the bill.
  • If it has been passed in a House Committee, you can ask members of the House Calendars Committee to schedule it for action on the floor of the House.
  • If it has been passed in a Senate Committee, you can ask your senator to vote to support bringing it to debate on the Senate floor.
  • If it has passed the House Chamber or if it has passed the Senate Chamber, the next action will be in the opposite chamber and all of these actions will be appropriate there.

 

Information on Committee Hearings:


For bills in House Committees:
A live video broadcast of this hearing will be available here. Instructions related to public access to the meeting location and health and safety protocols for attending this meeting are available here. Texas residents who wish to electronically submit comments related to agenda items on this notice without testifying in person can do so until the hearing is adjourned by visiting here. 

For bills in Senate Committees:
Those wishing to give public testimony, please limit prepared remarks to 2 minutes. If submitting written testimony, please submit 30 copies, with your name on each copy, to the Committee during the hearing. To protect the health and safety of members, staff and the public, the Senate Education Committee will strictly follow all Senate rules relating to the pandemic, including the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to enter the hearing room.

The Texas State Senate – Senate Live Broadcasts  To watch one of today’s live streaming broadcasts, find your desired program to the left and click the “play” button. Today’s programs are listed by their scheduled start time.

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Dinner Cruise and Lobby Day – March 16 & 17

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The days are passing quickly. The Texas legislature has been in session for almost six weeks now. In the State House of Representatives, 2,219 bills and 93 proposed constitutional amendments have been filed. In the State Senate, 769 bills and 30 proposed constitutional amendments have been filed. Each one of these bills and amendments could make a significant impact on you and your family, your community, and our state.

March 16 Event: CWA of Texas Dinner Cruise
Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Texas is hosting a dinner cruise on Tuesday evening, March 16. In addition to fun, you will enjoy good food and be informed on current issues by outstanding speakers on one of two riverboats. Speakers include CWA’s policy experts from Washington D.C.: Legal Counsel Mario Diaz, Esq. and Vice President of Government Relations Doreen Denny. You will also hear from state leaders and more.

Here are the details:
Date: Tuesday, March 16
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Austin

Click here for all the details on the dinner cruise, including how to register for the event and information on our block of hotel rooms.

March 17: Texas Faith and Family Day at the Capitol

Join Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Texas, like-minded organizations, and conservatives at the “Texas Faith and Family Day at the Capitol” in Austin on Wednesday, March 17. There will be a legislative briefing on a variety of topics followed by lunch. Topics include the lives of both born and unborn babies, sex education in our schools, protection for females in sports, religious freedom, election integrity, and more.

Here are the details:
Date: Wednesday, March 17
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 1:15 +
Location: Near Texas Capitol in Austin
For more information and tickets for the session and lunch can be reserved here.

You are also invited to make an appointment to visit with your representative and senator that afternoon. See the information below my signature line on how to set up your appointment.

Do you really want to make a difference?!  Make plans now to attend both events!  And be sure to invite some friends!

“When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice …” Proverbs 29:2

Ann Hettinger
State Director

PS: Here is how to make an appointment to see your state representative and/or senator:

  1. Contact your state representative and state senator and request an appointment.
  2. If you do not know who your legislators are, click here. Enter your address and press search.
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Join Us for a Policy Update Aboard a Dinner Boat Cruise!

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Texas is actively engaged in the Texas legislature’s 87th legislative session. We are monitoring bills that affect the things we hold dear: our deeply held faith and precious Texas families.

But we also want to have some FUN!

We invite you to join us on a riverboard cruise in Austin for a fun and informative evening. We will hear from two of CWA’s national policy experts: General Counsel, Mario Diaz, Esq., Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations, and CWA of Texas State Director, Ann Hettinger.

As a special treat while on the cruise boats, we will watch a unique Austin spectacle as the Mexican free-tail bats leave their bat colonies at the Congress Avenue Bridge!

Event Details
Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: The cruise boats depart from the Hyatt Regency Boat Dock, 208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas
Cost: $70/person. Purchase tickets here.
Flyer: Click here to view and print the flyer. Feel free to print and distribute freely.

Additional Event: We also invite you to spend the night and attend the Texas Faith & Family Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 17. Click for more information and to register for the Wednesday event.

Hotel Information: We have secured a group rate for the Hyatt House Downtown University Hotel, 901 Neches St. Austin, TX 78701

  • Book your room at 888-479-0125 (let them know you with the Legislative Day block) or online (use the group code G-LEGD)
  • Overnight parking is $20 (extends to the conclusion of Wednesday’s Faith & Family Day activities.)
  • A complimentary breakfast is available for guests.
  • The hotel registration deadline for the group rate is March 2, 2021.

“Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you also are doing.”
~1 Thessalonians 5:11

Please forward this on to friends and family and encourage them to attend along with you.

We are excited to spend time with you!

In gladness and sincerity of heart,

Ann Hettinger
State Director

 

What Can You Do? Check This Out!

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Kathaleen Wall
She Prays, She Votes Texas Director

Valoree Swanson
Texas State Representative (Republican – District 150)

Angela Paxton
TexasState Senator
(Republican – District 8)

Candy Noble
Texas State Representative – District 89

Kathy Hall
Wife of Texas Senate  Senator Bob Hall (District 2)

CWA of Texas Leaders Gather for She Prays, She Votes

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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.

CWA of Texas Facebook Live Event: September 15

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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.

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Time: Noon CST
Where: Facebook Live event at Concerned Women for America of Texas.

Please Pray:
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.”
Thomas Jefferson

 Join us on September 15. No matter who you are or where you live, you can make a difference in the upcoming election!

Ann Hettinger
State Director

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Health Education in Texas Public Schools Depends on You

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Background
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

  1. Please review the proposed standards.
  2. Write a letter to your member of the State Board of Education, addressing any of your concerns on the proposed standards. Click here to find your State Board of Education member. Be sure to let him/her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.
  3. Enlist parents and grandparents to review the standards and voice their concerns.

Please Pray
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.

Ann Hettinger
State Director

*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.

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Updated Guidelines for Texas Church Services During COVID-19

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Dear Friend,

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:

  • The First Amendment, Texas Constitution, Art. 1, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protect Americans’ free exercise of religion and must not be violated by state or local governments.
  • Church is an “essential service.”
  • If possible, churches should conduct services through audio and video services that can be accessed remotely from members’ homes.
  • If churches do not have the capability to provide remote services, then these guidelines should be practiced per the White House and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines:

*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.

  • Be mindful of your community and county status of COVID-19 infection and spread rates, and honor local governance in regard to specific local recommendations.

Again, for more details on these guidelines, please peruse the original document which can be accessed here.


Take Action:
#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.

Please Pray
#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.

  • Try Drive-In church services if your church size, parking lot, and technological capacity can accommodate such a function.
  • Host church fellowship time on Zoom (make sure you enable a password for security purposes).

#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.”

Ann Hettinger
State Director

Let’s Say Thank You to Gov. Abbott and Attorney General Paxton

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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.

Take Action
#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.

Please Pray

  1. Please continue to pray for our elected and appointed officials who are making very challenging decisions during this pandemic.
  2. Pray for your neighbors, friends, fellow Americans, and our global neighbors who are struggling with quarantine guidelines and especially those who are sick and who have lost loved ones to COVID-19.
  3. And pray for every woman currently in a crisis pregnancy — that this pause in abortion services will enable her to embrace the precious little person in her womb and that she will find deep, satisfying hope and be empowered to choose life for her baby and herself. 

“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

Ann Hettinger
State Director

Game On! It’s Time to Start Getting Out the Vote!

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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,
Ann Hettinger
State Director

CWALAC Endorses Kathaleen Wall for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 22nd District of Texas

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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.”

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Will You Step Up to Protect Your Children?

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“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.

Action Items: 

  1. Volunteer to serve on the SHAC as a parent or community representative. It is critical that Christian conservatives be appointed to local school district SHACs. These Councils will be filled by parents and community members, so why not you? To begin the process of applying, call your local school district and ask to speak to the person who oversees health education for the district. Then inquire about their process of selecting parents and community representatives to serve on the Council. Make every effort to get yourself on the Council.
  2. Recruit parents or others to serve on the Council.
  3. At the very least, call your local school district to find out who is serving on the SHAC, when the meetings are held, and then be sure to attend the meetings. These are public meetings, so you have every right to be there. Your presence will make a difference.
  4. Review the proposed health education curriculum for your child’s (grandchild’s) grade level and provide substantive feedback and concerns.
  5. Know who represents you on the State Board of Education.  Your SBOE district number is on your voter registration card. Several members have chosen not to seek reelection in 2020; therefore, it is important that you participate in choosing someone to represent you who represents your standards.

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.

Ann Hettinger
State Director
CWA of Texas

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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