“A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both.” James Madison wisely warned us that we need to be informed. Given the ease of learning about what is happening in government, we have no excuse for not acting upon our concerns. Thank you for praying, being educated, and taking action on bills currently in the Washington State Legislature. Your responses are helping turn the tide on some very bad bills that would seriously infringe on our First Amendment rights and our family authority.
We are in the final weeks of the 2019 Washington State legislative session. Keep praying, sharing information with others, and contacting your three state legislators. Click here to find out who your legislators are and how to contact them. You can call the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. or Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., to easily leave a message for any of your three state legislators. Please identify yourself as a member of Concerned Women for America of Washington and politely express your opinion.
For the bills listed below, click on the bill number to check the most current status and for additional bill information.
CWA of Washington is actively engaged in opposing two very dangerous bills: SB 5395, Comprehensive Sex Education and SB 5082, Social Emotional Learning. Your calls and emails have been noticed, but we must keep up the pressure!
Substitute SB 5395 mandates state-defined comprehensive sexual health education for all public schools.This bill is an invasion of our families’ right to teach their values to their children at the appropriate ages. It also interferes with the people’s right to elect school board members who will represent their community’s values. CWA opposes this bill.
SB5082 promotes and expands social-emotional learning. As with SB 5395, this bill imposes state-defined standards for behavior and healthy relationships and ignores cultural and religious diversity. While we promote respectful treatment of all others despite differences, this bill would criminalize certain beliefs regarding sexuality. CWA opposes this bill.
Immediate Action Needed!
The Executive Session for the Education Committee meets this Thursday, March 28, so we have until Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. to influence the committee. The chairman decides which bills the committee will vote on, so our input RIGHT NOW is especially important.
Please call the following four people and urge them to oppose both SB 5395 and SB 5082.
- House Education Committee Chair Sharon Tomiko-Santos (D-District 37) Phone: (360) 786-7944.
- Minority Leader Mike Steele (R-District 12) Phone: (360) 786-7832.
- Your state representatives. If you have already called, please call again.
Additional Action Item for SB 5395
From Research Mom, a frequent speaker at our CWA meetings:“Send a message to your school and our legislators by opting out of mandated sexual health education for your children TODAY!”
Fill out the “Washington State Parent and Student Opt-Out Notice” and submit a copy to your school AND email a copy to your two representatives and one senator. Email a copy to everyone on the House Education Committee
You may be told you must view the curriculum first (not necessary) or you may be told that the timing is wrong. By submitting this letter, you are putting themon notice that you are serious about taking your child out of sexual health education classes this year and in the future.
SB 5356 relates to theestablishment of the Washington State LGBTQ Commission. There is no mention of religious liberty in the text of this bill nor any mention of people of faith on the commission. There is a very real danger to our First Amendment rights being outlawed if this commission is established. CWA opposes this bill.
Current Status: March 27 – Scheduled for Executive Session in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 1:30 p.m. (Subject to change).
Take Action: Contact your two representatives and ask for a NO vote on SB 5356.
HB 1016-relating to hospital notification of availability of sexual assault evidence kit collection. CWA supports this bill.
Current Status: Passed in the House 96:0.
In the Senate: March 29 – Scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care at 8:00 a.m. (Subject to change).
Take Action: Call your senator and ask for a YES vote on this bill.
We must be watchmen on the wall for God’s principles, so please pray for our families and our state and our nation, that we remain One Nation Under God.
In His Service,
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Neomi Rao is President Trump’s nominee for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, a federal court that is generally recognized as the second-most important court in the nation. Four sitting Supreme Court justices previously sat on the D.C. Circuit.
There is no question that Rao is well qualified for this position. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School, she clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas, served in the Office of the White House Counsel for President George W. Bush, founded the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at the Antonin Scalia Law School of George Mason University and currently heads the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for the Trump administration.
As these last two positions, in particular, indicate, she is an expert in administrative law, with which the D.C. Circuit is deeply involved.
Washington, D.C. – Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D), runner-up to the Virginia governorship should current governor Ralph Northam resign, has had a sexual assault allegation leveled against him. Vanessa Tyson claims that Fairfax sexually assaulted her at the DNC convention more than a decade ago.
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued the following statement in response:
“Every woman deserves the chance to be heard. Simultaneously, every allegation must be investigated. Concerned Women for America has taken the position that every person has the constitutional right to due process under the law. America hasn’t forgotten the left’s mantra of ‘Believe Women’ during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. As the leader of the nation’s largest public policy organization for women and the project Women for Kavanaugh, I find their hypocrisy shocking but not surprising.
“Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s accuser deserves the same consideration as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Justice Kavanaugh underwent SEVEN FBI investigations in total. The silence of the left speaks volumes. Where is the public outrage? Where are the calls for an FBI investigation? If Democrats don’t take this seriously and begin an investigation, their credibility is lost.”
CEO & President of Concerned Women for America Penny Nance speaks up for the vast majority of Americans on this issue, 81 percent of them believe third-trimester abortions should be illegal.
This past Thursday, Toni DeLancey, Virginia State Director, Kelsey Good, YWA Coordinator, and Amelia Koehn, Field Services Coordinator traveled to Richmond, Virginia to lobby key legislators to vote against the Equal Rights Amendment in the state capitol. We had a large group of men and women alike going into several offices voicing their concerns about how the ERA will not help women but rather, hurt women.
There were several groups who were fighting alongside us with grace and a God-given purpose in the state capitol including, Students for Life and the Family Foundation. Our mission was to thank legislators who voted against the ERA and to encourage others who had not yet voted to vote against it. While meeting with the legislators, we of course prayed with them. This is much appreciated by the lawmakers due to the intense backlash they and their staff have received from proponents of the ERA.
Concerned Women for America and the other like-minded organizations were able to go into the House Gallery and be introduced as faith-based organizations who oppose the Equal Rights Amendment. This was an incredible moment because proponents of the ERA and those who are indifferent were able to see the large group of men and women stand up against those who claim they are “for women” when in reality the amendment does not even mention women in the text.
After a successful morning of lobbying, Toni DeLancey was able to speak on behalf of CWA and go into further detail as to what our organization does as well as Kelsey Good who explained the importance of young women getting involved in politics and influencing policy especially on college campuses.
President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear President Trump,
December 20, 2018
During your first two years in office your administration has been dedicated to, and widely successful in, making policy to protect vulnerable unborn children and women. No doubt these policies have already saved babies and their mothers in the U.S. and abroad from the pain of abortion. We applaud your commitment, and the millions of pro-life Americans that we represent continue to stand with you in your determination to defend life at all stages.
We write to you today with great concern about National Institutes of Health (NIH) spending over $100 million taxpayer dollars in FY18 for research that involves the body parts of children derived from induced abortions. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) responded appropriately to this disturbing discovery by ending one contract with a fetal tissue procurer and conducting an ongoing audit of this research. We commend Secretary Azar for initiating the audit and for announcing new grants to pursue ethical alternatives to aborted fetal tissue research. Pro-life voters across America reject the use of their tax dollars to purchase the body parts of children and expect a comprehensive pro-life policy change at the end of this process.
The hearts, eyes, livers, and brains being purchased on the taxpayer’s dime to be used in laboratory experiments belong to fellow members of the human family. These organs are “harvested” after abortions that deprive these children of their right to life. There is absolutely no moral or ethical justification for treating children and their organs like commodities. Further, according to expert witnesses testifying at a recent Congressional hearing, there are viable alternatives to research using aborted fetal tissue. As documented at StemCellResearchFacts.org, life changing treatments and even cures have been generated for a growing list of diseases and conditions thanks to ethical stem cell research.
Unfortunately, amidst HHS’ audit and following the Congressional hearings last week, the NIH Director Francis Collins claimed in Science Magazine that fetal tissue will “continue to be the mainstay” of NIH research efforts. His comments put him at odds with Secretary Azar’s audit process. HHS has said that Director Collins’ statements “should not be seen as pre-judging the outcome of the review,” but they are greatly concerning to the millions of pro-life Americans awaiting a pro-life policy shift on this issue.
The millions of Americans we represent wholly reject Collins’ assertions and urge you to immediately end the unethical practice of using taxpayer dollars to experiment on the bodies of aborted children. This terrible atrocity is incongruous with your leadership in defense of human life. We look forward to working with you and with Secretary Azar to implement a new policy that affirms the dignity of all Americans, born and unborn.
Susan B. Anthony List
Penny Young Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America LAC
March for Life
National Right to Life
Catherine Glenn Foster
President and CEO
Americans United for Life
Students for Life of America
Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
VP for Government Affairs
Family Research Council
The Center for Medical Progress
President and Founder
Fr. Frank Pavone
Priests for Life
Priests for Life
Did you know that in Virginia alone, there are about 5000 children in the foster care system and about 1000 children who are available for adoption AT THIS MOMENT. And that is just one state.
DJ Jordan joins Penny Nance to celebrate November as National Adoption Awareness Month. After a career in journalism, DJ spent almost a decade on Capitol Hill including as a spokesperson for Rep. Aderholt (R-Alabama) and as Communications Director for Sen. Lankford (R-Oklahoma). At this time, DJ is running for the state legislature in Virginia and he joined Use Your Voice this month to share his family’s heart for adoption and the story of their daughter, Tori.
This month’s episode is our favorite to date. Adoption is a beautiful expression of the heart of God and DJ’s incredible personal insight is worth hearing.
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South Dakota 10/22
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Wisconsin 11/6 (election Day)
Wyoming 11/6 (election Day)