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Coffee & Conversation With Our Local Legislators

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The Forest Chapter of Concerned Women for America (CWA) sponsored a Coffee and Conversation with Delegates Kathy Byron, Terry Austin, and T. Scott Garrett on April 17.  Each delegate gave an overview of the General Assembly session.

“We are truly blessed in this area to have this powerhouse of conservative individuals that advocate for CWA’s core issues,” said Barb, CWA member.

Kathy Byron discussed a long list of legislation that was passed by both the House and Senate but vetoed by the governor. Gov. Terry McAuliffe set a record for vetoing bills during his tenure which included 40 bills this year.

“CWA members received a unique opportunity to hear and then see the servant attitudes that these legislators have,” said Jan Robey, CWA Chapter leader. “We look forward to working together to promote and protect Biblical values here in Virginia.”

Liberty Students Travel to D.C. for Supreme Court Nominee Hearing

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Liberty News reports:

“More than 90 Liberty University students traveled to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to show their support for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on the second day of his Senate hearings.

“Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization that strives to bring biblical principles into all levels of public policy, sponsored the trip and sent two buses filled with students.”

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MARCH MADNESS: Two Bathroom Usage Cases Before The Courts in Virginia

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Last Thursday, the Virginia Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a lawsuit that challenges the lawless act committed by the Fairfax County School Board. The Board illegally added “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “gender expression” to its policy and student handbook.

Virginia is a “Dillon Rule” state, which means local governments cannot enact policies that are not expressly given to them by state government — in this case, by the General Assembly. Because of the “Dillon Rule,” local nondiscrimination laws cannot be more stringent than the state law. Virginia state law does not include “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression.”

Liberty Counsel represented Traditional Values Coalition President Andrea Lafferty and an unnamed minor and his parents in a lawsuit against the Fairfax County School.

The results of the hearing will come in 45 to 60 days.

Last month, President Trump rescinded the illegal directive from the Obama Administration that sought to impose on all public schools the transgender agenda under Title IX.  As a result of that action, this week the U.S. Supreme Court has sent the Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. bathroom case back to the lower courts.

CWA President Penny Nance applauded the decision by the justices and said,

Concerned Women for America (CWA) has always insisted that the consideration and privacy of young women should not be ignored because of the internal feelings of a few individuals.  Accommodating for those who struggle with issues of transgenderism should not be predicated on the violation of everyone else’s rights.

A confused female student is suing Gloucester County School Board, because they will not allow her to use the boy’s restroom.

The Gloucester School Board voted “no” to students using bathrooms that do not match birth gender but has provided three unisex restrooms that anyone may use. The student, however, alleges that Gloucester County School District’s policy prohibits her from using the boys’ bathroom or locker room and, therefore, violates Title IX.

Title IX was created in a time when women’s sports were not treated equally to men’s sports. Men were given academic opportunities such as scholarships and funding, while women were not. Title IX has nothing to do with gender-confused individuals but with having equal teams and equal opportunities for female athletics.  It is about sex — male and female — and nothing more.

A spiritual battle is raging against God’s Word and God’s design. CWA asks you to pray for Divine Intervention in these two cases, that God’s truth will prevail.

Linda Wall, CWA of Virginia member and the one who provided the research and testimony for CWA’s booklet, Lies vs. Truth at the Rainbow’s End: The Top Nine Lies the Homosexual Revelation is Built Upon and the Truth About God’s Grace. 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Members: Call/Email Speaker Howell and Urge Him to Assign a Committee to HB 1473, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act!

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Dear CWA of Virginia friend,

As you all know, our 2017 Legislative Session kicked off last week, and Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia commends Delegate Dave LaRock (R-House District 33) for introducing HB 1473, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. HB 1473 is a crucial step to ensuring protection for innocent life in the womb as it protects babies at 20 weeks’ gestation, or when a baby feels excruciating pain.

The bill has not yet been assigned to a committee and we need YOU to call and/or email the Speaker of the House, Bill Howell (R-House District 28), and urge him to assign the bill to a committee for a vote.

Why should you get involved? Take a look this crucial research which supports the need for Pain-Capable legislation:

  • Unborn children have pain receptors (nociceptors) present throughout their entire body and nerves link these receptors to the brain’s thalamus and subcortical plate by no later than 20 weeks.
  • The unborn child reacts to touch by 8 weeks after fertilization.
  • After 20 weeks, the unborn child reacts to stimuli that would be recognized as painful if applied to an adult, for example, by recoiling.
  • In the unborn child, application of such painful stimuli is associated with significant increases in stress hormones known as the stress response.
  • For the purposes of surgery on unborn children, fetal anesthesia is routinely administered and is associated with a decrease in stress hormones compared to their level when painful stimuli are applied without such anesthesia.
  • Consequently, there is substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain by 20 weeks after fertilization.
  • Therefore, Virginia has a compelling interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates that they are capable of feeling pain.
  • Polls by Quinnipiac, National Journal, Huffington Post, NBC News/Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post/ABC News have all revealed: A majority of Americans support limiting abortion after 20 weeks.
  • A study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute has shown the United States is one of just seven countries worldwide that permits abortion beyond 20 weeks. Other countries include: China, North Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada, and the Netherlands.

And most importantly, life in the womb matters to our God. Therefore, please pray and act TODAY and make your voice heard!

PRAY: Please pray that HB 1473 is assigned a committee and passes and that Virginia would be a state that protects life from conception to natural death.

ACT:

  • Please call and/or email the Speaker of the House, Delegate Bill Howell today and tell him you are a member of Concerned Women for America, and then ask him to assign the bill to a committee for a vote.

House Speaker Bill Howell (R-House District 28), phone: 804-698-1028; email: [email protected]

  • Then, call Delegate LaRock and thank him for introducing this excellent legislation.

Del. David LaRock (R-House District 33), phone: (804) 698-1033; email: [email protected]

Thank you in advance – you are impacting Virginia with Biblical principles!

Hannah Ellis
National Field Director
Concerned Women for America

CWA of Virginia Forest Chapter Goes to Capitol in Richmond

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On January 11, five members of the Concerned Women for America Forest Prayer/Action Chapter, led by Chapter Leader and former State Director Jan Robey, enjoyed a very informative and exciting day at the Capitol in Richmond.  The first major event was the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast; the group was graciously hosted by Delegate Kathy Byron (R-District 22).  Governor Terry McAuliffe and many other state officers, elected officials and dignitaries were in attendance as they were prayed over at the start of this legislative session. In addition, former Governor Bob McDonnell was also present and recognized.

Other highlights of the trip included participating in the powerful Family Advocacy Day activities sponsored by The Family Foundation; the main speaker for the legislative briefing there was Joseph Backholm, President of the Family Policy Institute of Washington (state); his presentation was very informative and insightful.  Visits with various Central Virginia Senators and Delegates rounded out the day as we were able to expressly state our desire for their support of pro-life and pro-traditional marriage legislation and that the Commonwealth would shift taxpayer dollars from Planned Parenthood to the more comprehensive Federally Qualified Health Centers.  What a joy it was to see so many of our elected officials enthusiastically embracing the values also espoused by CWA!

Join CWA of Virginia’s Encourage-A-Legislator Program Today!

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“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”  I Timothy 2:1-2

We are setting up our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Program for this coming state legislative session once again. Our prayer is that those who took part last year will be willing and eager to do it again this year and that we will have many new encouragers as well.

If you have not participated in our EAL Program in the past, know that this program is focused solely on prayer and encouragement to our state legislators.  Participants simply pray for an assigned legislator every day of the legislative session and send a postcard once a week to their assigned legislator with encouraging words letting them know that they are being prayed for each day. This is not a lobbying effort but a ministry to the legislators.  Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, democrat, republican, independent or other, they are in desperate need of prayer.  This 2017 legislative session, CWA of Virginia plans to deliver those prayers. The 2017 legislative session goes from January 11 to February 13 (6 weeks).

Once signed up, participants receive a packet with the name and biography of their assigned legislator, six CWA of Virginia EAL postcards and suggestions to write on the postcard (optional).

Seen or unseen, prayer always has a significant impact. Year after year we receive letters of appreciation from the legislators expressing their gratitude for the many postcards of prayer and encouragement.  They often communicate how they need and want to be upheld in prayer as they serve the people of Virginia.

Sign up today by e-mailing me at [email protected] or call me at 434-525-6705.  I will need your name, address, phone number and how many legislators you would like to encourage.

Click here for brochure.  Print and distribute freely.

Please forward this on to friends and family who you think may be interested in participating.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Praying along with you,

Janet Stasulli
Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator
CWA of Virginia
434-525-6705
[email protected]

Parents: Important Information Regarding Fairfax County Public Schools’ “Gender Identity” Policies

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Dear Friend,

Do you or someone you know live in Fairfax County? If so, please read the following important information and pass it along to any parents of students in the Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) District.

We reached out to you in July regarding the new transgender “guidelines” that were to be implemented into the curriculum by the Fairfax County Public School Board. You made your voice heard then, and now we want to inform you about the latest regarding the newly revised Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum as well as the added “gender identity” section of the FCPS nondiscrimination clause and Policy 1450 – neither of which has been well-explained by the School Board.

It has become evident that your elected representatives on the School Board are making decisions with little parental input and involvement, and they have not clearly defined what the actual policies will mean for teachers, students and parents.

In response, the Concerned Parents and Educators of Fairfax County have put together a Parent Information Package which contains valuable information and important opt out forms.

Click here to view the Parent Information Package.
They have also written a letter to FCPS parents, you can view it here. In summary, the letter asks for a few action items:

  1. Decline to sign the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Handbook. How can we sign when we don’t know what it means?
  2. Opt out of Guidance, Health, and other lessons that include “gender identity.”
  3. Opt out of the newly revised Family Life Education (FLE) program, which is needlessly explicit and age inappropriate.
  4. Opt out of the Youth (Sex) Survey that educational bureaucrats use to justify including progressive and anti-family material in curricula.
  5. Voice your opposition to the controversial, nontransparent transgender Policy 1450 by writing to the School Board and Superintendent Garza (at [email protected] and [email protected]), and attending the next FCSB Meeting, September 8, at 7:00 p.m., at Luther Jackson Middle School to ask for answers.

Pray that God would guide the members of the FCSB and school boards across America as they make policy decisions this year. Ultimately, pray that God would show students across the nation their true identity is found in Christ alone.

This policy is not just about bathrooms. It would involve locker rooms, overnight sports, academic trips, and more. It even has the potential to have female and male sports team implications as well.

Parents, we must respectfully make our voices heard to the School Board in order to protect the safety of our children.
Thanks in advance for your action!

Supreme Court Stays Ruling Forcing Schools to Allow Transgender Students to Use the Bathroom of Their Choice

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – The Supreme Court has put on hold a Fourth Circuit Court ruling requiring a Virginia school district to accommodate a transgender high school student’s request to use the boys’ bathroom. The justices split 5-3 on the issue to temporarily lift the obligation of the Gloucester County school system to allow one of their students to use the bathroom of her choice in accordance with Obama Administration guidance. CWA CEO and President Penny Nance has this to say:

“We commend the Supreme Court for voting to stay this case and encourage them to do the right thing when the time comes to rule on the merits.

“This case is a result of yet another Obama Administration overreach. To require schools to allow students into any bathroom of their choice is an overstep on legal boundaries by redefining the scope and reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and slapping the heavy hand of government on local schools.

“This would also impact the use of showers, locker rooms, school travel and more. This unwise and rash policy would favor the desires of a small group over young women with religious, cultural, and modesty concerns. The Court should not shove this unwise policy on the states.

“Schools all over this nation have rightly worked on a case-by-case basis to accommodate kids struggling with gender dysphoria. They should not be forced by big government to violate the privacy of other students and perhaps even create trauma for the very kids Obama pretends to protect. Local school districts, with the input of parents and health professionals, should be setting school policy on such a sensitive and controversial issue, not Washington.

“Finally, the left always uses children to accomplish its goals of social reengineering. The adults closest to these children should decide what’s best for all the children in the school. Safety and kindness should be the guiding principles, not threats from the bullies in Washington. We hope the Supreme Court agrees.”