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Virginia: Encourage A Legislator Prayer Project Opportunity

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Wow! What a year this has been. Many bills harmful to families and unborn babies were passed by the Virginia General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam (Democrat). And on a national level, it has also been a year like we have never experienced in our lifetime – the coronavirus and its lockdowns, lawlessness in our streets, and questions of election integrity.

Now is not the time to grow weary. Isaiah 54:17 promises us that no weapon forged against us will prevail. Prayer opens the keys to Kingdom power and is one of the most powerful weapons God has given us.

So, are you ready to pray?! I am looking for volunteers for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia’s Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program for Virginia’s 2021 legislative session, which begins January 13, 2021.

If you are new to CWA, EAL is a program of encouragement and prayer for our Virginia legislators while the General Assembly is in session. It involves sending a postcard every week for six weeks and praying daily for a legislator. Click here to review the EAL brochure, which further explains the program.

We have received several notes of gratitude and appreciation from our legislators over the years. Here are a few:

“Thanks for your many prayers and words of encouragement.”
“Thank you for your cards of support . . . they mean a great deal to me.”

If you would like to participate in the 2021 EAL program, please click here to sign up online, and I will be in contact with you.

This is also a great project for your whole family, students, a Sunday School class, or a Bible study group.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve the Lord and your fellow citizens.

Janet Stasulli
EAL Coordinator
[email protected]

NECESSARY – A Change in Virginia’s Emergency Powers Act

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It has been over 100 days and 18 executive orders (and numerous amendments) since Gov. Ralph Northam (Democrat) declared a state of emergency on March 12, 2020. The governor has now called a special session of the General Assembly for August 18, 2020.

If Virginia is to continue as a Commonwealth with a constitutional government and not by executive orders of a governor, it is imperative that we limit the timeframe a future governor (regardless of party) can dictate how Virginians live their lives, without input from our General Assembly. When a prolonged crisis occurs, our Commonwealth needs to be governed by the laws our elected officials debate and vote on, and not one individual or party that is in power. For these reasons, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia is supporting SB5001, which could be voted on during the August 18 special session.

SB5001, sponsored by Sen. Steven Newman (R-District 23), limits the governor’s emergency powers to 60 days total on any rule, regulation, or order. The language would amend the Emergency Services and Disaster Law to include, “No rule, regulation, or order issued under this section shall have any effect beyond 30 days after the date of issuance. If, however, the General Assembly does not take any action on the rule, regulation, or order within the 30 days during which the rule, regulation, or order is effective, the Governor may once again issue the same rule, regulation, or order but shall thereafter be prohibited from issuing the same or a similar rule, regulation, or order relating to the same emergency.”

Please take action! 

  1. Call your state senator and ask that he/she co-sponsor the bill and then vote YES on SB5001. Click here to locate your senator. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia.
  2. Forward this email to family and friends.

Please join me in prayer that

  • Self-interest will be laid aside for the common good.
  • Discernment between truth and falsehood will be clear.
  • Legislators will take brave stands for righteousness.

“For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisors make victory sure.” Proverbs 11:14

Toni DeLancey
State Director

CWALAC Endorses Tina Ramirez for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 7th District of Virginia

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Washington, D.C.Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, has endorsed Tina Ramirez for U.S. House of Representatives for the 7th District of Virginia.

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 Tina Ramirez for U.S. House of Representatives for the 7th District of Virginia.

“Tina is a champion of the pro-family conservative values that make Virginia and America great.  Tina 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 home and abroad.

“Our members are honored to stand with Tina Ramirez in this election, confident that she will stand up for conservative values and American families with courage and integrity.”

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Print Press Release Here. 

Why I Am a Prayer/Action Chapter Leader

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Cathy Tankersley is a Prayer/Action Chapter Leader for CWA of Virginia. Cathy wrote an inspiring piece on why she wanted to be a leader with CWA. Please contact State Director Toni DeLancey to learn how you can get involved with CWA of Virginia. Phone: 571-317-1735 or e-mail.


Serving with Concerned Women for America of Virginia
By Cathy Tankersley

 If you are a watchman on the wall and not an ostrich with your head in the sand, you might find yourself discouraged as you see evil seemingly winning and good people suffering calamity. This age-old dilemma has caused some to complain to God and some to walk away from God, such as Charles Templeton, who once evangelized with Billy Graham.

As a watchman, I am very aware of the injustices and evil prevailing in the land. Recently, as I was lamenting the depravity of this world, God took me to Habakkuk, an Old Testament prophet who wrestled with God questioning why God would let evil go unpunished and then why He would bring calamity on His own people (Habakkuk 3:18).  God reminds Habakkuk that He is working in his day. And so, He is working likewise in our day whether we understand or not. Habakkuk learned to trust God, understanding that God is not accountable to any man and not obligated to handle situations the way we would, and yet He is completely wise and sovereign in all His dealings. We likewise need to trust that God is moving as a result of our prayers even when we don’t see it. We should not get discouraged in continuing to intercede when we don’t see results. But, oh the joy to answered prayers.

The Lord also took me to Isaiah 33:7-9 recently, reminding me that I need to not only pray but to act. Isaiah 33 speaks to the fact that we need to warn those doing evil and try to dissuade them from their evil ways, and if we don’t, we will be held accountable for their blood. What a sobering thought.

I was that ostrich with my head in the sand, too busy to know the issues before I was introduced to Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich history of over four decades of helping its members bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy. CWA’s policy experts focus on seven core worldview issues where they can have the greatest impact. CWA protects and promotes Biblical values and Constitutional principles through prayer, education, and advocacy utilizing an activist network.

I discovered my destiny as a watchman on the wall when I joined CWA and received education on legislative issues needing prayer along with great prayer points and actions to increase my influence with God and man. When lobbying, CWA provides great talking points on the issues and other prayer warrior lobbyists with whom to lobby, and we represent hundreds of thousands of women nationally and several thousand statewide giving us greater influence. I take a stand for righteousness regarding legislation even when I know the legislator will likely not be persuaded. I am only responsible for my actions and not theirs. I was lobbying on an issue at the state level with a conservative legislator who bemoaned, “Where is the silent majority?” which made me realize that even those who are like-minded in righteousness need to hear from us to help them stand strong and be encouraged.

Serving along women united in purpose allows us to celebrate the victories, commiserate over the setbacks, and help each other to have the right perspective during the losses and stay informed in order to do battle. I have formed lasting, trustworthy friendships through CWA that have enriched my life. We laugh together, cry together, and share life together. Our lives are richer as we serve together with a common purpose. Together we are better. Satan trembles when we meet in faith. Together we are a formidable force.

 

Action Item: Tell Gov. Northam to Shut the Abortion Clinics!

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Why are abortion businesses still operating when Gov. Ralph Northam (Democrat) is shutting churches, schools, and mass gatherings?

Currently, across the United States, including Virginia, services that constitute essential health care for women, such as routine Pap smears, mammograms, and pelvic exams, are being postponed in order to reduce everyone’s risk of exposure to COVID-19 and to conserve scarce medical resources. Yet, the abortion industry is open for business as usual.

On March 25, 2020, Gov. Northam signed a Public Health Emergency Order, which directed all hospitals to stop performing elective surgeries or procedures.  The press release states that this directive does not apply to family planning services, i.e. abortion facilities. While many healthcare agencies have ceased their non-essential medical, surgical, and dental procedures, Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers across Virginia insist on business as usual – performing around 42 abortions per day while consuming Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other equipment that COVID-19 patients need.

We need to urge the Governor and the Secretary of Health and Human Resources (HHR) Daniel Carey, M.D. to safeguard women and our healthcare providers by:

  • Ensuring that emergency response funds are not diverted to the abortion industry,
  • Ceasing operations and joining other healthcare providers who have ceased elective procedures,
  • Urging abortion providers to donate their PPE and other equipment to coronavirus response,
  • Safeguarding women who frequently require additional emergency response from complications.

Immediate Action Needed
#1. Please contact Gov. Northam and HHR Sec. Daniel Carey.  Urge them to join other states by closing abortion clinics and redirecting PPE and other medical equipment to our state’s much-needed coronavirus response. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia.

  • Gov. Northam: (804)786-2211 or by email.
  • Secretary Carey: (804)786-7765 or by email

#2. Forward this email to family and friends.

Please pray: Dear Father, we ask that you move on the hearts of Gov. Northam and Sec. Carey to seek You in all things, especially with regard to this issue of life.

 “Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy.”
Proverbs 31:8-9

Thank you for taking action at this critical time.

Dr. Toni DeLancey
State Director

Gov. Northam’s Radical Overreach Must be Stopped. Calls Needed!

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Dear Fellow Virginians,

Gov. Ralph Northam needs to hear from you!

Contact him by clicking here and calling 804-786-2211.

Virginia’s radical, liberal governor has shown, once again, how little regard he has for our rights and values. His latest overreach came as he signed his Coronavirus Executive Order (Fifty-Three), where he has the audacity to make it a crime for more than 10 people to attend a church service, anywhere in the state. Even at a private home!

This is a severe violation of our First Amendment rights!

If the language of the order did not make it clear enough, the Governor’s Office put out a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document that makes it clear; he is threatening Virginians with a criminal offense, a misdemeanor, if more than 10 people gather for a church service.

The document states:


What about religious services? Can I still go to my church, synagogue, or mosque?
Virginians are strongly encouraged to seek alternative means of attending religious services, such as virtually or via “drive-through” worship. Places of worship that do conduct in-person services must limit gatherings to 10 people, to comply with the statewide 10-person ban. (Emphasis ours)


This move is misguided and unnecessary. Most churches have voluntarily complied with the government’s directives. But Gov. Northam’s executive order sets a dangerous precedent that Virginians should reject outright.

Contact Gov. Northam today and tell him to stop bullying churches and respect religious freedoms.

Phone number: 804-786-2211 | web form here.

Tell him to respect Virginians’ First Amendment rights!

Thank you for being the difference in Virginia!
Toni DeLancey
State Director

Postponed: Alexandria Prayer/Action Chapter Kick-Off Meeting

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Concerned Women for America of Virginia is following the federal and state guidance concerning COVID-19. Therefore, we are postponing our inaugural Alexandria Prayer/Action Chapter. We will post our new event date over the next several weeks.  

(Do you, or someone you know, live in or near Alexandria, Virginia?  Either way, please read on.)

I am very excited to announce the inaugural meeting of the Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia Alexandria Prayer/Action Chapter! The Chapter will be led by Prayer/Action Chapter Leader and CWA national’s Vice President of Field Operations, Tanya Ditty.

 No doubt you are as concerned as we are about the many moral issues threatening our community, state, and nation today. Most people want to work to create a better nation for our children and grandchildren but are unsure of the steps to take.

That’s why we are involved today, and why we invite you to join us at Tanya’s kick-off meeting. Her Prayer/Action Chapter will meet once a month to educate on one of CWA’s seven core issues and then pray and take action on the issue(s). Join us and enjoy fellowship with like-minded individuals.  If you are unable to attend our first meeting, be sure to contact her and ask to be put on her email list for future meetings.

When: Thursday, April 2, from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: CWA offices: 1000 N. Payne Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. You can metro or drive to our location. We are located next to the Braddock metro station or we have free parking at our building.
What: Kickoff Meet & Greet. There will be a brief CWA presentation, prayer, fellowship, and refreshments.
RSVP: RSVP by April 1. RSVPs are required and can be done by emailing Tanya Ditty at [email protected]. Do not hesitate to contact Tanya with any questions.

Please plan to attend and be sure to bring a friend!

If you do not live in the Alexandria area, but would like information on how to start a chapter in your area, please reach out to me today.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Toni DeLancey
State Director

 

CWA Stands for Women at the Supreme Court. Will You Join Us?

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If you live in or around the D.C. area,
we need and want you with us on March 4!

Last October, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia joined CWA’s national office as we rallied in front of the Supreme Court. Read more here. I want to thank those of you who were able to join us!

And I want to invite you to join us again as we head back to the Supreme Court to tell the justices that abortionists do not speak for women.

Here are the details:
On Wednesday, March 4, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in June Medical, an important case where pro-abortion advocates are challenging a Louisiana law that requires abortionists to possess admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their abortion facilities. Louisiana enacted the law to protect women in the event they experience complications related to an abortion.

CWA invites you to join our CEO and President Penny Nance, our CWA of Louisiana member Sancha Smith, LSU’s Young Women for America president Lillie Knight and hundreds of CWA members and supporters from like-minded groups on the steps of the Supreme Court to show support for the sanctity of human life and for women safety. Pro-life is pro-woman!

If you live in or around the D.C. area,
we need and want you with us on March 4!

Ride with us or meet us there …
Driving in D.C. can be a challenge. You are welcome to drive or metro to our headquarters in Alexandria and ride over with us from our office to the Supreme Court. We are only one block from the Braddock Metro stop. Parking is free but limited so be sure to let me know you are coming to secure your parking spot.

If you prefer to meet us at the Supreme Court, be sure to look for our signs!

Make plans to attend! Be sure to invite friends and family.  This is a great homeschool activity.

RSVPs are required if you plan on traveling with us to the Supreme Court. The deadline to RSVP is noon on Monday, March 2.

Click here to RSVP.

Got questions or need more information? Contact Tanya Ditty at [email protected] or (202) 488-7000.

CWA of Virginia Marches for Life in Virginia

CWA of Virginia Marches for Life in Virginia

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Concerned Women for America of Virginia participated in the February 13, March for Life in Richmond. Forty-two busses and an untold number of cars drove in for the event. Turnout estimates ran from 1,000 to 2,500.

Prior to the rally and march, we visited legislators. This session has been difficult for our like-minded legislators, and our purpose for the day was to be an encouragement. We prayed with Delegates Byron, Walker, and Austin, and Sen. Suetterlein. We spoke briefly with Delegate Gilbert but missed seeing Sen. Newman. At each office, we prayed Colossians 1:9-12 over our legislators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.”

Janet Robey
Associate Director

PS. Here are a few articles about the Richmond March for Life (Some are subscription-based, but you can usually access one time.)

The Virginia Pilot

Roanoke Times

Richmond Times

Associated Press

Arlington Diocese

LifeNews

 

CWALAC Endorses Daniel Gade for U.S. Senate for Virginia

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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 Daniel Gade for U.S. Senate for Virginia.

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 Daniel Gade for U.S. Senate for Virginia.

“Daniel Gade is an American war hero who understands first-hand the life-changing cost of protecting America’s freedom.  Daniel will bring a passionate commitment to preserving our constitutional rights to life and liberty to the U.S. Senate. He will reject the socialist agenda and abortion extremism promoted by Virginia politicians, support constitutionalist judges, and fight for conservative values that promote human flourishing.

“Our members are honored to stand with Daniel Gade in this election, confident that he will stand up for conservative values and American families with courage and integrity.”

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Print Press Release Here

CWA of Virginia response to DOJ Ruling on ERA

Breaking! CWA of Virginia Responds to DOJ Ruling on the ERA

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Today, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia represented you in Richmond by participating in the Celebrate Womanhood, Do Not ERAse It! rally/lobby day to oppose the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). I spoke at the morning press conference, and our CWA of Virginia team lobbied state legislators to discuss our opposition to the ERA.

While we were working to oppose the ERA efforts, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel ruled that the Equal Rights Amendment ratification from 40 years ago is dead! Read my press release here.

Thank you for your support in prayer and action!

Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia

CWA's Chief Operating Officer Toni DeLancey speaking at press conference on VA No ERA

CWA of Virginia Interviewed on ERA Efforts in Virginia

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CWA’s Chief Operating Officer and State Director, Toni DeLancey, spoke to ABC 13 concerning the efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in Virginia. Read the article and watch the video here.

If Virginia passes the ERA, it will become the 38th state to pass the amendment, the threshold number of states needed to ratify the amendment to the U.S. Constitution. However, the deadline to ratify the amendment ended decades ago, and three states (AL, LA, SD) have filed a lawsuit to prevent the ERA from illegally being added to the U.S. Constitution as stated in this CWA press release.

Help us stop the ERA in Virginia by joining us on Wednesday, January 8, for the Celebrate Womanhood, Do Not ERAse it rally/lobby day in Richmond.

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Join Us at the Celebrate Womanhood, Do Not ERAse It! Rally/Lobby Day

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With the strike of the gavel next Wednesday, January 8, the Virginia General Assembly will open its 2020 legislative session. You can count on Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia to represent your interests in Richmond and to keep you informed on the legislation that directly impacts you and your family.

To kick off the session, CWA of Virginia is co-sponsoring the Celebrate Womanhood, Do Not ERAse It! rally/lobby day to oppose the efforts to pass the Equal Right Amendment (ERA) that was defeated last year. I will be joining several of CWA’s national staff, including CWA’s Young Women for America National Director, Kelsey Good.

Click here for CWA’s ERA talking points.

Help us show “strength in numbers” by attending the rally and lobbying our state legislators! If you live in the Northern Virginia area, we are providing bus transportation to Richmond for the rally and lobby day. Please email me today to reserve your spot on the bus! The bus leaves CWA Headquarters in Alexandria promptly at 6:00 a.m. and returns following the speaker forum that ends at 4:00 p.m. Estimated arrival time back at CWA Headquarters is 6:00 p.m. Additional pick-ups and drop-offs are dependent upon attendance. More details on that to follow in the coming days. We would love to have you join us!

Here are the details:
Date/Time/Location: Wednesday, January 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Richmond (State Capitol). 

Schedule:
The day begins at the Family Foundation Headquarters
707 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219

8:15 a.m. – Registration opens
9:00 a.m. – Welcome, instructions on how to talk to legislators and talking points distributed.
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. -Talk to your delegate at the State Capitol. Click here to find your senator and delegate.
11:00 a.m. – ERA Press Conference
11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch on your own
2:00 p.m. – Speaker Forum

Registration is required. Please RSVP TODAY by clicking here

Please take action! Whether you are able to come to Richmond or not, we need everyone to do the following to stop this horrendous amendment.

  1. Virginians must step up NOW to stop this very dangerous amendment. Please contact your senator and delegate and urge them not to support any effort to resurrect the Equal Rights Amendment. Click here to find your state legislators and their contact information. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia.
  2. Forward this alert on to others. Encourage them to both pray and act immediately.

Pray!  Concerned Women for America, Founder, and former Chairman of the Board of Directors, Beverly LaHaye, one of the most important pioneers of the conservative feminist movement, founded CWA in 1979 because she believed that women needed voices in the public sphere that represented their beliefs and values.  It was the 1975 Equal Rights Amendment that gave Mrs. LaHaye motivation to begin the mission of CWA, as it remains today, to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens – first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society – thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our nation.

Thank God for the ways He chooses to use our lives and our voices for His glory, to protect and promote His ways.  Thank God for Mrs. LaHaye and her obedience to lead others to promote Biblical values in our culture.

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  Esther 4:14

Thank you in advance for your diligence through both your prayers and actions.

Toni DeLancey
State Director

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Don’t ERAse Women With an Equal Rights Amendment

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Don’t ERAse Women With an Equal Rights Amendment 

 “… legal classifications and distinctions based upon sex are not only discriminatory in themselves,  but also lend governmental support to entrenched customs which ignore women as persons …” Pauli Murray, co-founder of the National Organization of Women

The ERA proposes that “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” and that “Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”

The idea of equal rights sounds great, so why is the ERA so wrong for women?

#1 The ERA could erase women’s progress

Adding an equality amendment based on “sex” can have a reverse effect on women’s progress—the legal gains, programs, and policy reforms aimed specifically at benefiting women could be challenged and taken away such as: provisions in the Violence Against Women Act; programs such as Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); special protections in marriage, divorce, alimony and child custody; accommodations for pregnant women in the workforce; spousal social security benefits; female protections on college campuses relating to safety, Title IX, scholarships and admissions.

#2 The ERA could erase legal distinctions based on sex and leave women unprotected

Adding an equality amendment based on “sex” allows federal courts and legislatures new powers to reinterpret every law making a distinction based on gender.

  • Any limits on abortion or denying taxpayer-funds for abortion could be seen as a form of sex discrimination and a violation of this amendment.
  • Women-only safe spaces like sex-segregated bathrooms, locker rooms, or domestic violence shelters could be seen as a form of sex discrimination and violation of this amendment.
  • Women could be forced into military service, instead of this being a woman’s choice.
  • Current legislative trends to neutralize the unique differences of males and females in policy and law (and redefine “sex” as “gender identity”) could be supported by this amendment.

#3 We don’t need the ERA: Women are already equal under U.S. law

Women’s “equality of rights under the law” is already recognized in our Constitution. Amendment 14 states “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor … deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor … the equal protection of the laws.

#4 We don’t need the ERA: Women will continue to use established law to make progress

Through established law such as Amendment 14, Title IX, Equal Opportunity Act of 1963, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and Equal Pay Act, women have made huge strides against institutional discrimination against women in education, employment, sports, politics, and many other aspects of society. Where other inequalities may exist, women will continue to use established law.

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Encourage and Pray – Now more than ever!

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Just this week, my Bible study has been in the book Esther. How appropriate.  Esther 4:14 says, “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”  We are royalty, and our father is the KING! He has positioned us at this time to do incredible things for His kingdom’s purposes, and I cannot think of anything more powerful and more honoring to our Lord than to pray for our elected officials.

We are calling on all past, present, and new Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) volunteers to gear up for the upcoming 2020 General Assembly session that begins January 8 and volunteer to prayer for a legislator.   You are necessary, and you are needed. Our elected officials need to know that people like you and me – who understand the power of prayer and what a refreshing word does for the soul – will be praying for them.

The goal of the EAL program is to encourage each member of the State House and Senate, by praying for them regularly and sending them a postcard each week throughout the legislative session.  Our goal is to cover all those “in authority” in Virginia – 100 House members and 40 Senate members. The EAL program is never used to lobby and, therefore, is never confrontational. It is simply a great way to lift up those in authority and encourage them in their responsibilities.

Click here for more details about the EAL program.

Sign up today to be an encourager—it couldn’t be easier! Sign up by simply giving Janet Stasulli, CWA of Virginia’s Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator, a call at (434) 525-6705 or email her at [email protected] and provide her with your name and physical mailing address.  Be sure to specify how many legislators you would like to encourage. She will be happy to enlist you as an encourager and send you a packet of postcards and instructions, which you will receive late December.

The late Reverend Arthur Hopkins said this about prayer, “Our prayer and God’s mercy are like two buckets in a well; while one ascends, the other descends.” So, let’s storm the gates of heaven on behalf of our state leaders. Let’s let our “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. This is good, and pleases God our Savior …” 1 Timothy 2:1-3.

Please tell me YES – that you are willing to pray for eight weeks for a legislator!  We need all hands on deck.

Janet Robey
Associate Director

It’s Election Day: Pray and Vote!

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Dear Fellow Virginians,

Today is a critical day in Virginia. Voters go the polls to elect their Delegate and Senator and other important down-ballot races. Throughout the day, would you please pray for the following:

Pray for God’s hedge of protection over our nation, even during the election.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
Psalm 91:9-12

Pray that the election process—personnel and voting equipment—will perform with honesty and integrity.
Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. Use honest scales and honest weights … Leviticus 19:35-36

Pray that God’s will be done, our state be blessed with Godly and principled leaders, and His name be glorified.
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Romans 13:1

Our votes and prayers do matter. Please do both today!

Thank you,
Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

Vote TODAY, Tuesday, November 5!

 

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Tomorrow’s Election Prayer Point

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Dear Fellow Virginians,

Tomorrow Virginians will cast a very important vote in our commonwealth’s history. The candidates couldn’t be more different in their positions on crucial moral issues. As the battle escalates over infanticide, liberal indoctrination on Virginia college campuses, transgender policies, the shredding of religious freedoms, and the expansion of government-sanctioned gambling, we need strong officials in our House of Delegates and State Senate to defend us. We need courageous leaders to stand up to the war against our Constitution. We need God’s divine intervention. Our help must come from God.

Please commit to pray now and until all ballots have been counted. Please add anything else the Lord may lay on your heart.Prayer and Scripture focus for Monday, November 4:
Dear Heavenly Father, please shine Your favor on Your candidates. Help voters to see the truth. Give all Christ-honoring candidates Your victory. Amen.

For great is Your love, higher than the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, let Your glory be over all the earth. With God we will gain the victory… Psalm 108:4,5,13

The Lord foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance. Psalm 33:10-12

Thank you,
Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

Vote on Tuesday, November 5!

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Virginia Elections: Friday Prayer Point and Pray at Your Polling Place

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Dear Fellow Virginians,
When the ancient Israelites entered the Promised Land, their first obstacle was the great walled city of Jericho. As Joshua and the men prepared to conquer the city, God gave them a clear battle strategy. They were to walk around the great city once a day for six days without speaking one word. On the final day, they silently circled the city seven times. What went through the minds of these untrained warriors as they only heard the tramping feet of their fellow countrymen? Did they hear taunts from above as Jericho citizens jeered? They saw the great wall up close. Did they tremble in fear at the overwhelming size of this fortress city? Did they feel outnumbered and unprepared? How many realized that their only hope for victory would be from God? During the silent trek, how many called out to God in prayer? How many asked Him to do the impossible?Today, we need God to do the impossible for us. We too have the opportunity to call out to Him and ask Him to give us a fair election. May He crumble our opponents like He crumbled the walls of Jericho!

Strategy, prayer and Scripture focus for Friday, November 1:
Here’s a simple strategy: On or before the evening of November 4 (preferably before dark), go to your local polling precinct (fill in the information on the form to locate your polling location). Take a few like-minded friends and march around the building or grounds. Pray out loud or silently asking God to make sure no fraud will succeed in the precinct the next day. Pray for only a fair vote to come from the precinct. Below are a few requests. Please feel free to add whatever God lays on your heart. (If you can’t make it to your polling place on or before November 5, please pray at a convenient time as often as you can.)

Prayer while at your polling place:
Dear Heavenly Father, we lift up this polling place. We pray there will be no tampering with machines, ballots, or any confusion causing voters to mis-vote. We pray any attempts at fraud would fail and/or be caught. We ask that all ballots cast would be fair ballots. Help voters not to be deceived but to see the whole truth. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. Proverbs 21:15

Thank you,
Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

Vote on Tuesday, November 5!

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Virginia Elections: Thursday Prayer Point

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Dear Fellow Virginians,
Election Day is getting close.  As we prepare ourselves to vote and elect the members of our Commonwealth legislature, we should never lose track of the number one objective as we pray for our leaders.  Our role as citizens is very simply stated for us in II Timothy 2:24-26,

“The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to each, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil having been held captive by him to do his will.”
As we pray for the election results, let us also pray for the hearts and souls of all of those who govern us, and let us pray that we will put in right standing with our God.

Create in me a clean heart O Lord and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

Daniel 9 records Daniel’s powerful prayer for the nation of Israel. Pray this prayer substituting the United States for Israel. Confess our national sins of abortion, sexual sins, drugs, alcohol, gambling, apathy, and rebellion against God, etc.

  • “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned, and committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from your commandments and ordinances.”  Daniel 9:4-5
  • “Open shame belongs to us, O Lord, to our kings, our princes and our fathers, because we have sinned against You.” Daniel 9:8
  • “So now, O God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary.”  Daniel 9: 17

Thank you,

Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

Vote on Tuesday, November 5!