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Meet Our Summer Intern: Paige Nelson

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Hi all! My name is Paige Nelson, and I have the pleasure of being Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Media and Communications intern this summer!

 

I am so blessed to be in the presence of women who embody Biblical values first and talk policy second. I am from the small town of Arlington, Washington, and am the youngest of three kids. My parents are my whole world, and it is during adventures like these that I am so thankful for Facetime. Moving across the country has been an adjustment, but the women of CWA have made my transition so smooth!

 

I am wrapping up college at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where I am obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism, as well as a minor in political science. Throughout my college experience, I have been at the forefront of public policy both on and off campus. I am a Young Women for America Ambassador and the current president of the university’s Turning Point USA chapter, where I have had the honor of equipping like-minded students with the necessary tools to win over the other side. Beyond that, I have had the privilege of attending multiple Operation Underground Railroad events that focus on ending human trafficking, as well as networking through conferences like Turning Point USA’s Young Women Leadership Summit and advocating for life in front of my peers.

 

As much as I love getting into debates on the political battlefield, my true love lies elsewhere. Back in Salt Lake, I work for an amazing company that supports older women with disabilities. There I act as a direct support professional, which essentially means I take the ladies out to dinner, teach them how to maintain clean living environments, and assist them in creating healthy behavioral habits and clear boundaries. It has been an absolute joy growing with them and seeing how much progress towards normalcy they can achieve with the right support. That is part of the reason I am so passionately pro-life. Some 67% of babies in the U.S. diagnosed with Downs Syndrome in the womb are aborted. And as heartbreaking as that is, I am so thankful God has called me for such a time as this to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

 

Looking forward, I am interested in working in public policy in some sort of capacity where I can continue to advocate for and work with both children and adults with disabilities. I strongly feel as though the Lord has given me the heart to love on that specific community, and I hope someday to help create a country where we are loved as we are despite our differences. Whether that be through a nonprofit or by taking legislative action, I know I will be guided on the right path. That is why I am so excited to be here this summer because it is giving me a great visual of what it takes to run a successful organization.

 

Working at CWA feels so surreal, and I am beyond blessed to be able to work towards my career goals in an environment that lifts God’s Word. Although I know these seven weeks are going to fly by, I am excited to reflect on all that I have learned when this chapter closes. I am so thankful for this opportunity to represent Concerned Women for America as one of their interns this summer!

4th of July Praise

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On behalf of Concerned Women for America of Maine, I wish you a happy 4th of July! I love the quote of Dwight D. Eisenhower, “Independence Day: freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”

 

So, take time to celebrate our freedom this holiday with family, friends, neighbors, and community. Enjoy the parades, barbeques, and other activities that are uniquely American. And most importantly, praise God for the victories at the Supreme Court this session. Praise Him for the overturn of Roe v Wade, religious expression protections, and other important Constitutional issues.

 

Please Pray: Heavenly Father, freedom is a precious gift from You. We recognize that just as no government can give us freedom, no government can take it away because Your word in John 8:36 says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” We do thank you that we live in the land of the free because of the brave and because You have bestowed Your grace on America for over 200 years. We love You because You first loved us and have made known Yourself to us through Your Word. We praise You for Your many blessings on our country. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

 

Happy Independence Day!

 

Penny Morrell
State Director

 

PS: Quotable quote, “I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom, I see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth all the means. This is our day of deliverance.” Written by John Adams, second president of the United States, on July 3, 1776.

California March for Life and Lobby Day

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California participated in the California March for Life. We also hosted a pre-March prayer vigil and lobbied on pro-life issues. Read my write on the March and prayer vigil here. Below are more pictures from the day.

 

Marlo Tucker
State Director

CWA of Virginia Hosts Chapter Leader Gathering

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia hosted Prayer/Action Chapter Leaders from around the Commonwealth for a time of fellowship and encouragement, to discuss our She Prays She Votes – Get Out The Vote efforts for the 2022 election and to learn about the legislative process here in Virginia.

 

We are so grateful for the leadership that God has given and for the ways that our Chapter leaders are serving Him through the ministry of CWA of Virginia. We have openings all around our great state and are looking for women who are passionate and committed to education, prayer, and advocacy. Does this describe you? Contact me, Teresa Pregnall, State Director CWA of Virginia at [email protected] for more information.

Here’s Why Fathers Matter on this Father’s Day

By | Defense of Family, News and Events, YWA | No Comments

By Mattie Harris, University of Arkansas PhD student in Education Policy
Young Women for America Ambassador

 

“What did the plumber say to the singer? … He said, ‘You have nice pipes, ma’am.’” This joke falls into the classification of dad jokes, and I’m sure that we’ve all heard our fair share of them. As one father, Joshua Seaman, put it to me, “There’s a certain kind of humor that develops when a man becomes a father.” That is, entering fatherhood may shift one’s perspective in life, and with that, bring an appreciation for a distinct type of humor. As Jason Jacques added, “We call them dad jokes, because dads usually find the joke funny when no one else does.”

 

Fathers contribute much more to society than corny jokes. In fact, when fathers don’t participate in the lives of their children, their absence is sorely felt. Societal shifts in America have created a pandemic of fatherlessness, and research suggests that for children to wholly thrive academically, physically, and emotionally, involved fathers are paramount.

 

Let’s not forget that traditional family values of having a mother and father in the home dovetail with faith values, specifically Judeo-Christian values, which are the values on which our nation was founded. The US historically ranked high in religiosity among other western nations until recent years. Now, the number of faith-based individuals is steadily declining. As religious movements become less important to the public, secular movements gain ground. For instance, Black Lives Matter (BLM), arguably one of the most popular social movements of our time, is recorded as using its platform (prior to 2020) to advocate for the breakdown of the nuclear family. The BLM website stated:

 

“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially [our] children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”

 

There are numerous negative outcomes associated with children growing up without a father in the home. Father absence (more than poverty, race, and social class) positively correlates to a slew of negative outcomes for children—behavioral problems, truancy, poor academic performance[1], teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, exploitation and abuse, physical health problems, mental health disorders, health of future relationships, and mortality among others.

 

Research indicates two important facts regarding fathers. First, absentee fathers are harmful to the academic, economic, and socio-emotional outcomes of their children. Second, an involved father positively impacts his children in numerous ways. Wherefore children with involved fathers are more likely to have higher high school and college graduation rates, lower incarceration rates, fewer occurrences of teenage pregnancies[2], better academic outcomes, and healthier self-confidence as compared to children who grow up without a father in their home.

 

We must view and treat father absence in America as a public health crisis, because on average, one in four children grow up without a father in America. This percentage is far greater for the African American community. That is, nearly one in two black children are fatherless. Why do we have such a shortage of fathers in our country? Tragedies relating to incarceration and death contribute some to this phenomenon, although cultural changes and secularism may provide the strongest explanation surrounding father absenteeism. When culture says that fathers aren’t necessary for children to thrive, then it should be no surprise when children in the mass grow up without fathers.

 

As secular ideologies crowd out religious and traditional faith values, children suffer the consequences. We may not be able to cure father absence overnight, but we can improve this plague by celebrating the successes of good fathering and promoting fatherhood as an honorable status in society. Until secular society is willing to acknowledge and promote the traditional faith values in America, which include the necessity of fatherhood, then we will always suffer from an epidemic of fatherlessness.

 

So, let’s begin today, and never stop, celebrating our fathers!!!

 

Happy Father’s Day, American fathers.

 


[1] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336288140_Fathers’_contributions_to_children’s_social_development

[2] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336288140_Fathers’_contributions_to_children’s_social_development

Gender and Sexuality Issues and Critical Race Theory Conference

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri invites you to the Gender and Sexuality Issues and Critical Race Theory Conference Saturday, July 16, in Nevada, Missouri. These are two issues hitting the Christian community hard. This event will provide a Biblical worldview approach to these issues. Men, women, and teens are invited to attend.

 

The goal of this conference is to equip parents and concerned citizens with the necessary information to make informed choices. Parents are alarmed at the organized plan sweeping across Missouri and the nation to indoctrinate children on these issues. Please attend to be equipped with the facts and to find out what you can do to protect the children in your district.

 

Gender and Sexuality Issues
Alan Branch, Ph.D., Professor of Christian Ethics at Midwestern Seminary, will speak on Gender and Sexuality Issues. As Christians, we celebrate the beauty of God’s creative design for manhood and womanhood. However, we are witnessing moral anarchy as Western nations abandon all semblance of Biblical authority by embracing the transgender identity. An untold number of boys and girls are being harmed. Most significantly, God is not honored or obeyed. Dr. Branch will discuss how to train our children to thrive in a sexually confused society; and how to respond biblically to the sexual chaos in our culture. Dr. Branch is the author of Born This Way? and Affirming God’s Image: Addressing the Transgender Question with Science and Scripture.

 

Critical Race Theory
Mary Bryne, Ed.D. will make her presentation, “Critical Race Theory Exposed.” Dr. Byrne’s presentation explains how current events, most notably the recent violence ignited by claims of systemic racism, are grounded in critical race theory; and how critical race theory is grounded in Karl Marx’s writing instructing followers how to start a revolution in a nation. Her presentation will reveal how almost two centuries of Marxism have infiltrated the U.S. government, the law, churches, the military, and education. She will explain how there is a current concerted effort to indoctrinate Missouri school children by instilling the Critical Race Theory curriculum into the public school system.

 

Dr. Byrne is a national speaker and co-founding member of Missouri Coalition Against Common Core. She has an M.A. in special education and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instructional design, as well as a doctorate in special education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

 

The Work and Ministry of CWA of Missouri
Bev Ehlen, Missouri State Director for Concerned Women for America, will speak on the work and ministry of CWA of Missouri and update attendees on the 2022  Missouri Legislative session, that concluded in May.

Details:
Date: Saturday, July 16
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Enchanted Prairie Farm, 17557 East Stockade Road, Nevada, Missouri.
RSVP: The event is free, but registration is required. To register, please call Edith McReynolds at 918.527.7604.
Contact: For additional information, call Bev Ehlen at 314.608.0168.

 

Conference Schedule
1:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Prayer
1:10 p.m. Dr. Alan Branch: Gender and Sexuality Issues
2:00 p.m. Questions and Answers with Dr. Branch
2:30 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Dr. Mary Byrne: Critical Race Theory 
4:00 p.m. Questions and Answers with Dr. Byrne
4:30 p.m. CWA of Missouri State Director Bev Ehlen: An Introduction to CWA of Missouri

 


 

Action Needed-We Must Stop Infanticide in California

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) continues to strongly oppose AB 2223. You can read my previous alert concerning AB 2223 here.
 
Our collective opposition to AB 2223 sent a powerful message to bill author Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-District 15), causing her to adjust the “infanticide” language. The bill text, “perinatal death due to pregnancy related causes” was recently amended to say, “due to causes that occurred in utero.”  While this may be a partial victory, since the specific text allowing the potential killing of newborns unrelated to abortion has been removed, this new language still could allow for a baby born alive following a late-term abortion attempt to be left to die with no protection or investigation by law enforcement.
 
Should we still oppose this bill? Yes! 

Attorney Susan S. Arnall summarizes the amendment, “AB 2223 operates to cover up the cause of a baby’s death. It provides abortionists and abusers legal cover to finish the job of killing an unwanted or inconvenient newborn by asserting the Cause In Utero Excuse up to 28 days after birth. The baby can be killed, and any evidence explaining her death will die with her. And that seems to be the point of AB 2223’s newest perinatal death clause – to excuse and make investigation of a newborn’s death wholly unnecessary and even actionable.”
 
Abortion, the violent killing of babies in the womb at any stage, must be stopped. The fact remains that abortion is legal until viability in California – and even afterward if a physician deems the mother’s life or “health” to be at risk. Viability is not at a subjective, arbitrary line. Life begins at conception. And the lives of the youngest Californians among us deserve to be defended and protected.
 
That AB 2223 prohibits the death of newborns from being investigated or reported by police is unconscionable and is not in the best interest of babies or women. AB 2223 must be stopped.
 
Please contact your State Assembly Member through our Action Center HERE and urge them to defend life and oppose AB 2223. Now is the time to act and make a difference!
 
Prayer: Dear Lord, we call upon you to take care of women and these issues they face with unplanned pregnancies and making decisions for the best interest of their baby. Please, Lord, bring wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. May women in California know that there are pregnancy medical clinics and centers that give support even after delivering their babies with food, clothes, and a community of support for child-rearing and adoption services. We pray that You will stop laws that do not support life. You are sovereign, Lord. We praise You for the partial victory on the amendment of this bill. Please continue to go before us and bless our efforts to oppose efforts that are not in the best interest of women and children. Thank you, Lord. Amen.
 
God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action! \

Marlo Tucker
State Director

Pennsylvania: Help Us Ensure Election Integrity in 2022

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The 2022 elections are upon us, and we need your help to ensure that every eligible vote counts in Pennsylvania! Here are ways to engage:

  1. Serve as challengers and watchers during early voting and on Election Day. Click here for information on qualifications and how to apply.
  2. Serve as poll workers. Learn how to become a poll worker here. Register for the online poll worker training here. Use can also use the poll worker lookup tool to find information on being a poll worker in your community, including requirements, hours, pay, training, and more.
  3. Ensure Pennsylvanians are registered to vote. We have made it easy for you. Download our Conducting a Voter Registration Drive: Instructions and helpful tips.
  4. e an informed voter by checking out CWALAC Congressional Scorecard for the 114th Congress-First Session and iVoterGuide.

Other helpful links:

Election Dates

Primary Election
May 2, 2022 – Voter registration deadline
May 10, 2022 – Last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot
May 17, 2022 – Election date
Polls are open on election day from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

General Election
October 24, 2022 – Voter registration deadline
November 1, 2022 – Last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot
November 8, 2022 – Election Date
Polls are open on election day from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Additional information on election dates.

Thank you for making a difference in Pennsylvania!

Dilonna Coran
State Director

Abortion on Demand Act Defeated! Thank you!

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In an email sent yesterday, we asked you to contact your Senators and urge them to oppose S. 4132, the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). Your engagement was successful! 

 

On Wednesday afternoon, the WHPA failed to receive the 60 votes necessary to end debate on the Senate floor and advance to final passage. Thanks to your powerful messages, a bipartisan majority of the Senate—51 Senators including one Democrat–stood strong and rejected this radical ploy for abortion on demand up until birth. View the roll call HERE.

 

We cannot yield in our efforts to end this blatant denigration of the sanctity of all human life. The Left and Congressional Democrats have pledged to continue this futile charge to enshrine and expand Roe v. Wade into federal law and overrule all commonsense state measures to protect innocent life and the health and well-being of vulnerable women. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee will fight back every step of the way to champion a culture of life. We hope you will walk alongside us!

Breach at the Supreme Court / Primary Election

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Breach at the Supreme Court
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never failing stream. –Amos 5:24

For the latest on the Dobbs breach at the Supreme Court and to read CWA’s press release, go to concernedwomen.org. You may read Penny Nance’s statement on the breach and what might be ahead, A Law Clerk’s Perspective, as well as a brief rundown on the leak from CWA’s legal counsel, Mario Diaz, and what it means for Roe, and more. I also invite you to watch CWA’s powerful prayer call on the case.

 

If you would like to subscribe for weekly updates from CWA and the latest on the Dobbs case, click here.

 

Prayer: Father, we thank You that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” and we were “made in the secret place.” We ask Your forgiveness for our national killing of over 60 million precious babies in the womb. Please bring an end to this egregious stain on our nation by the overturning of Roe v. Wade and restore the integrity of the Court. Bring all states and all people to the realization that life is precious. Turn the hearts of all to honor life so every baby will be welcomed and loved. Amen


 

Primaries are Important – Be Sure to Vote!!
But select capable men from all the people–men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain –Exodus 18:21

 

The New Mexico Primary Election is Tuesday, June 7. There are important city, county, and school board races that will be decided. In addition, candidates for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are on the ballot, as well as a Constitutional Amendment.

 

Many of the winners of these races will be determined in the Primary rather than in the General Election held in November. This will be the case for many state legislative races and the U.S. House race.

 

If you are undecided about how to vote, feel free to call the candidates and question them about issues that are of concern to you. Many cities are scheduling candidate forums where you can hear from the candidates and ask them questions.

 

Here is a useful resource when researching candidates: CWALAC Congressional Scorecard.

 

Because of redistricting, you might be in a different district than previously, so call your county clerk to find out your correct district. You can also find your voting location online here.

 

If you are not registered to vote or know someone who is not registered, the last day to register to vote is Tuesday, June 7. Early voting has already begun.

 

So be sure to exercise your right and duty to vote!!!

 

Prayer: Father, we thank You that we in America have the right to vote for the candidate of our choice. We ask that You guide and direct us to choose the right person to represent us in all these important levels of government. Please ensure that our elections will be fair and honest and that You would rebuke any fraud or cheating. Let Your righteousness reign. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Blessings,

Nickie McCarty
State Director

Urge Gov. McMaster to Sign the Save Women’s Sports Bill

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Today is a day to celebrate in South Carolina! H4608, the Save Women’s Sports Act, passed the State Legislature yesterday. The bill now heads to Gov. Henry McMaster (Republican) for his signature.

 

The Save Women’s Sports Act will prohibit biological men from competing on women’s scholastic sports teams if signed into law. It would ensure that female athletes will continue to be afforded the opportunity to compete on a level playing field.

 

It is your voice that is making the difference! Thank you for sending messages to the House and Senate members encouraging them to pass this important piece of legislation that will protect sports for women and girls.

 

However, the work is not over yet. I need for you to make one last call to Gov. McMaster and urge him to sign the bill. He must hear from us – that we stand with him to protect girls’ sports.

 

ACT TODAY! Please email, call, or tweet Gov. McMaster through our Action Center HERE and urge him to stand on the side of female athletes and sign H4608 and protect women’s sports. Girls should not be forced to compete against men playing on women’s sports teams.  

 

Be sure to share this information with like-minded family and friends.

 

Visit Concerned Women for America’s Standing With Female Athletes page for timely resources on this issue. Read CWA’s Fact Sheet – Protect Women’s Sports. 

 

Keep this issue in prayer. Please pray for Gov. McMaster. We pray that God will give him the wisdom and discernment he needs and that those who stand in opposition to this bill will not distract him. 

 

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

 

Madison Rainey

State Director

Action: Senate Soon to Consider Abortion on Demand Act!

By | Legislative Updates, News and Events, Sanctity of Life | No Comments

ACTION: Tell Your Senators to Reject the So-Called Women’s Health Protection Act!

 

The U.S. Senate will consider S. 4132, the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). This extreme bill—more aptly named the “Abortion on Demand Act”—aims to codify and expand Roe v. Wade, superseding any conflicting state or federal law and creating a sweeping right to provide or obtain an abortion without limitation or safeguards up until a child’s birth. In doing so, the bill jeopardizes common sense measures like ultrasound and fetal heartbeat tests, mandatory reflection periods, and parental notice requirements

 

In a transparent attempt to disguise their extremism, Senate Democrats have simply copied and pasted failed legislation from late February, the only change being an omission of the “findings” section. The result is the same abominable policy proposal that denigrates the sanctity of life.

 

Please email, call, or tweet your senators through our Action Center HERE and urge them to oppose this radical ploy for abortion on demand. Women deserve better.

 

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) vehemently opposes this inhumane legislation. We are not alone. An overwhelming majority of Americans support limits on abortion after the first trimester at least.

 

The deceptive WHPA does nothing less than advance a culture of death by abortion in America. Sadly, as the Left processes the potential overturning of Roe, sending abortion policy decisions back to the people through their elected representatives, this tone-deaf bill has become their final, desperate rallying cry.

 

Contact your senators TODAY and demand policy that truly protects women’s health and well-being and defends our most vulnerable, the precious unborn.

Primary Election and Breach at the Supreme Court

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Breach at the Supreme Court
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never failing stream. –Amos 5:24

For the latest on the Dobbs breach at the Supreme Court and to read CWA’s press release, go to concernedwomen.org. You may read Penny Nance’s statement on the breach and what might be ahead, A Law Clerk’s Perspective, as well as a brief rundown on the leak from CWA’s legal counsel, Mario Diaz, and what it means for Roe, and more. I also invite you to watch CWA’s powerful prayer call on the case.

 

If you would like to subscribe for weekly updates from CWA and the latest on the Dobbs case, click here.

 

Prayer: Father, we thank You that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” and we were “made in the secret place.” We ask Your forgiveness for our national killing of over 60 million precious babies in the womb. Please bring an end to this egregious stain on our nation by the overturning of Roe v. Wade and restore the integrity of the Court. Bring all states and all people to the realization that life is precious. Turn the hearts of all to honor life so every baby will be welcomed and loved. Amen

 


Primaries are Important – Be Sure to Vote!!
But select capable men from all the people–men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain –Exodus 18:21

 

The South Dakota Primary Election is Tuesday, June 7. There are important city, county, and school board races that will be decided. In addition, candidates for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are on the ballot, as well as a Constitutional Amendment.

 

Many of the winners of these races will be determined in the Primary rather than in the General Election held in November. This will be the case for many state legislative races and the U.S. House race.

 

If you are undecided about how to vote, feel free to call the candidates and question them about issues that are of concern to you. Many cities are scheduling candidate forums where you can hear from the candidates and ask them questions.

 

Here is a useful resource when researching candidates: CWALAC Congressional Scorecard.

 

Because of redistricting, you might be in a different district than previously, so call your county auditor to find out your correct district. You can also find your voting location online here.

 

If you are not registered to vote or know someone who is not registered, the last day to register to vote is Monday, May 23. Early voting has already begun.

 

So be sure to exercise your right and duty to vote!!!

 

Prayer: Father, we thank You that we in America have the right to vote for the candidate of our choice. We ask that You guide and direct us to choose the right person to represent us in all these important levels of government. Please ensure that our elections will be fair and honest and that You would rebuke any fraud or cheating. Let Your righteousness reign. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Blessings,

Linda Schauer
State Director

Supreme Leak— A Law Clerk’s Perspective

By | Dobbs, Legal, News and Events, SCOTUS | No Comments

By Alexandra McPhee, CWA’s Director of Government Relations

 

Working as a judicial law clerk for the Supreme Court of Virginia remains one of the greatest experiences of my personal and professional life. I had the privilege to work under the tutelage of Justice D. Arthur Kelsey and learned immensely from his wealth of experience. I especially enjoyed the fellowship and the opportunity to learn with my co-clerks, who were women deeply committed to their faith and to their clerkship duties.

 

I thought of them as I processed the news of the unethical leak of the Dobbs decision at the United States Supreme Court this week. I remember the great weight I felt as a clerk for the responsibility that I and all judicial employees had to protect confidentiality within the court. Throughout my clerkship and for a period after it, the court set the high expectation to refrain from behaving in any manner that undermined public perception of the court’s impartiality. That included disclosure of any nonpublic information or internal deliberations. This is crucial to the proper administration of justice.

 

It saddens me that the recent events brought U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to a point of referring to a “betrayal” within the Court. He is right, of course. It is inexcusable. The leaker accomplished absolutely nothing. He or she hurts their cause and the institution of the Court.

 

Maybe this person thought that the benefit of fleeting press coverage outweighed the cost of long-term broken trust. Worse yet, perhaps they sought to intimidate the very justices and institution they serve. As result, the American people are being thrust into unfair speculation and innuendo that have the potential to undermine justice for years to come.

 

That is not to take anything away from this important decision that looks like it will go the right way, that is, according to proper constitutional standards. Abortion is a tragedy every time. The judicial stranglehold on pro-life legislation has enabled the destruction of more than 62 million unborn lives since the Court decision in Roe v. Wade that erroneously created a constitutional right to abortion.

 

That is why it is time for Roe to go. Its reversal will once again give proper meaning to the words engraved above the Court’s front entrance: “Equal Justice Under Law.”

 

One of the unofficial slogans at Concerned Women for America (CWA) is the Book of Esther’s use of “for such a time as this.” It was a call for Queen Esther to consider whether she had been placed in that specific place and time to bring about the change that could save her people. She received the prompt in circumstances where her obedience meant risking her life, much less her livelihood.

 

We believe the Lord has given us the same prompt today regarding deliverance for the unborn. Women like CWA founder Beverly LaHaye—who took on the challenge to answer God’s call and speak for the unborn—know that there is a price to pay. The hundreds of thousands of conservative women across this country who support us today understand the risk of speaking truth in today’s day and age. They understand that this week’s breach of trust is disheartening, but they are resolute. They have worked for such a time as this.

 

Nothing can interrupt the divine plan for justice for the unborn or the women that the Lord is willing to use to see that end.

Urgent: Dangerous Abortion Bill Moving in California

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Last week, I was proud to join with many of our Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California Prayer Action Chapter Leaders and members to oppose the egregious pro-abortion bill, AB 2223. We prayed for the California Legislature, lobbied the Assembly Health Committee, and met with our own district assembly members. The heartfelt civic engagement at the California State Capitol was powerful. 

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) strongly opposes AB 2223. Under the guise of “reproductive health,” this bill decriminalizes killing babies in or out of the womb based on the “perinatal” language. The bill harms children in the womb, threatens those born alive, and will have a chilling effect on the investigation of infant deaths.

AB 2223 passed out of the Assembly Health Committee and now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for a vote. AB 2223 will go to the Assembly floor for the full Assembly vote if it passes out of the Appropriations Committee.  

ACT TODAY!
Please contact your State Assembly Member through our Action Center HERE and urge them to defend life and oppose AB 2223. Now is the time to act and make a difference!

Would you make three phone calls and say thank you?

Just three out of 15 assembly members on the Assembly Health Committee voted against AB 2223. Would you call their offices and thank them for representing our values and defending the sanctity of life?

  1. Frank Bigelow (R-District 5), 916-319-2005
  2. Heath Flora (R-District 12) 916-319-2012
  3. Marie Waldron (R-District 75), 916-319-2075

Prayer: Psalm 145:18 says, “The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.” Dear Lord, we pray for the California Legislature to seek truth. Convict their hearts and transform their minds with your wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action!

Marlo Tucker
State Director

TODAY! Ask your Representative to sign the Discharge Petition for H.R. 426

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ACTION: Ask your Representative to sign the Discharge Petition for H.R. 426, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act!

Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are under threat. Decades of progress following the 1972 passage of Title IX will soon be reversed as the NCAA and Biden Administration move to undermine the fair playing field for females—all to accommodate and prioritize males identifying as females in athletics.
 
H.R. 426 would prohibit federally funded athletic programs from permitting males to participate in female sports and specify that sex is based on biology. Courageous members in the U.S. House of Representatives have filed a discharge petition to force the bill out of committee and on to the House floor for a vote. A successful petition requires the signatures of 218 members, which is a majority of the House. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Title IX. Congress must show young women and girls that its protections still hold true in 2022. H.R. 426 would bring much-needed hope and ensure that girls’ sports are for girls only.

Please email, call, or tweet your representative through our Action Center HERE and urge him or her to stand strong alongside our girls. This issue is nonpartisan. Our daughters and granddaughters deserve better.

To see if your representative has signed the petition, click HERE.

Christian Women: United in Identity as Daughters of the King

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By Andrea Silvera, YWA Ambassador, North Carolina

Given that April is both Autism Awareness Month and Faith Month, here are some reflections on the moral issues of our day from the perspective of an autistic, Christian woman. I will be focusing on gender identity as it is a pressing issue for women and the autistic community especially.

Among autistic females, one of the main challenges they consistently experience is the societal pressure to conform to traditional gender roles or stereotypes, whether that be in their wardrobe, hobbies, interests, or behavior. There is a growing body of evidence that being autistic increases the likelihood of not identifying with one’s biological sex and therefore buying into the radical left’s push to reject the two biological gender classifications. One explanation for this is that autistics tend not to place as much importance on categorizing people according to certain characteristics, and this includes gender. A study published in 2016 by the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders suggests that the conflict between an autistic and feminine identity could be one potential influence on the elevated rates of gender dysphoria and “non-binary gender identities” among autistic females.

I have personally experienced this, but I have found that God’s design for the sexes (male and female He created them (Genesis 5:2, Matthew 19:4)) is good and true because of the coherence and variety ordained in all His creation.

There is an ancient philosophical problem called “the one and the many,” which considers the relationship between unity (one) and diversity (many).[1] Using cats to illustrate, there is both unity and diversity present because while they all belong to the class of cats, each cat is different from one another. This raised the questions of why there is anything in common between the many cats and why differences among cats exist even though they all fall under the category of cats.

The nature of God can provide insights into this dilemma. As Christians, we believe in a Triune God. He is one God (unity), but also three persons (diversity) in that one God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each one with unique functions. Thus, God gives us that beautiful picture of unity in diversity.

That picture is reflected in His blueprint for human biology. There are only two sexes, equal in value and dignity, as precious creatures made in His image, yet innumerable diversity, and a glorious beauty in our many differences as individuals.

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12, NIV).

It is unfortunate that our society has adopted an unbiblical and unscientific view of sex and “gender.” On the one hand, when a distorted focus is placed on unity among women, it can lead to unnecessarily rigid (extra Biblical) gender stereotypes, which in turn erases the wonderful diversity of God’s creation even among women. On the other hand, redefining womanhood (to the extent that a biological male could belong to the class of women) to foster “diversity” obliterates our unity and what makes us unique as women, distinct from men.

God has already established true unity among women by creating them all as biological females, and yet each different from one another, including, but not limited to, ethnicity, personality, vocation in life, and the gifts that God has bestowed on each of us.

As Christian women, we are also united in our identity in Christ as daughters of the King, and I praise the Lord for such His awesome and perfect design.


[1] Vern S. Poythress, Redeeming Mathematics: A God-Centered Approach. (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2015), 29.

Texas: Help Us Ensure Election Integrity in 2022

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The 2022 elections are upon us, and we need your help to ensure that every eligible vote counts in Texas! Here are ways to engage:

  1. Serve as challengers and watchers during early voting and on Election Day. Download the Poll Watcher’s Guide to read about the basic rights and responsibilities of poll watchers.  (Poll watchers can be acting on behalf of a candidate, political party, or opponent or proponent of a ballot measure; must be a qualified elector from the jurisdiction; can’t be a felon, candidate, public official or related within the second degree of consanguinity to an election judge/clerk at the site; maximum of seven per early voting site and two per Election Day voting site. (V.T.C.A., Election Code §33.031))
  1. Serve as poll workers. Learn how to become a poll worker here. Register for the online poll worker training here. Use can also use the poll worker lookup tool to find information on being a poll worker in your community, including requirements, hours, pay, training, and more.
  1. Ensure Texans are registered to vote. We have made it easy for you. Download our Conducting a Voter Registration Drive: Instructions and helpful tips.
  1. Be an informed voter by checking out CWALAC Congressional Scorecard for the 114th Congress – First Session and iVoterGuide. 

Other helpful links:

Election Dates
Primary Election
March 1, 2022 – Election date

Primary Runoff Election
April 25, 2022 – Last Day to Register to Vote
May 13, 2022 – Last Day to Apply by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)
May 16, 2022 – First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance  
May 20, 2022 – Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance   
May 24, 2022 – Primary Runoff Election

General Election
October 11, 2022 – Last Day to Register to Vote
October 24, 2022 – First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance
October 28, 2022 – Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)
November 4, 2022 – Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance
November 8, 2022 – Election Date

Additional information on election dates.

Thank you for making a difference in Texas!

Ann Hettinger
State Director

Join Us at the Virginia March for Life 2022

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Join Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia and thousands of pro-life individuals from around the state at the Fourth Annual Virginia March for Life in Richmond on Wednesday, April 27.

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday, April 27
Time:
11:00 a.m.—Virginia March for Life Rally begins
Noon—Virginia March for Life begins
Where: The rally will be held on the Virginia Capitol Building steps, 1000 Bank St, Richmond, VA 23219-3673.
Signs: We encourage you to bring life-affirming homemade signs.

I hope you will make plans to attend. It is crucial that we come together and visually represent God’s unconditional love for life!

Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Wrapping Up the South Dakota Legislative Session

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CWA of South Dakota Spring Newsletter Now Online

January 11, 2022, was the opening day of the South Dakota legislative session. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Dakota State Director Linda Schauer and Legislative Liaison Lisa Gennaro represented your interests as volunteer lobbyists at the Capitol in Pierre.
 
On-the-ground lobbying efforts combined with grassroots prayer and action are the key to upholding God-ordained family values. Contained in the Spring newsletter are highlights of some of the bills with which CWA Legislative Action Committee was involved. 

Links are provided to the bills, including the votes, so you may check how your legislators voted.
 
If you have questions, please feel free to call Linda at (605) 380-6914 or email her at [email protected].
 
Click here to read our 2022 Spring Newsletter. This edition’s articles include:

  • Pro-Life Voices Heard at the Supreme Court
  • CWA of South Dakota in Action! Legislative Session 2022
  • The Case AGAINST Term Limits

Thank you, Encouragers!

A huge thank you to those of you who participated in our Encourage-A-Legislator project. Many of you have received thank you notes from your legislator. One day during the session, I heard a legislator reading his postcard on the House floor, indicating the wisdom needed as he casts his vote. You are appreciated!

Governor Issues Executive Order

With the defeat of HB1337 in the legislature, Gov. Kristi Noem (Republican) signed Executive Order 2022-02, which restricts the teaching of Critical Race Theory in K-12 education in South Dakota.

“Political indoctrination has no place in our classrooms,” said Gov.Noem. “Our children will not be taught that they are racists or that they are victims, and they will not be compelled to feel responsible for the mistakes of their ancestors. We will guarantee that our students learn America’s true and honest history – that includes both our triumphs and our mistakes.”

Read the entire Executive Order here.