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Calls Needed to Stop Therapy Ban

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Time-sensitive – calls needed by Friday, December 6.

The City of St. Louis is considering passing a ban on therapy for a minor who is not comfortable with same-sex attraction or has gender identity issues.

Here are the facts:

  • BB152 has been filed by St. Louis Alderwoman, Christine Ingrassia.
  • BB152 prohibits medical and mental healthcare providers from providing “conversion therapy,” also known as reparative therapy, ex-gay therapy, or sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts to a minor.
  • BB152 was heard in the Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday, November 13, where several spoke in support and opposition of the bill. The committee unanimously voted that same morning to pass it out of committee and onto the full Board of Aldermen.
  • BB152 could be brought up for perfection and final vote in the regular Friday meeting of the full Board of Aldermen on Friday, December 6.

Immediate Action Needed
Please contact the members of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen (see list below) regarding the proposed ban on “conversion reparative” therapy for minors in the city of St. Louis. Ask them to vote no on BB152. Please be kind and respectful in your correspondence.

Please pass this information on to others you know who would be interested in this issue.

Thank you.

Bev Ehlen
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Missouri


St. Louis Board of Aldermen

Sharon Tyus, Ward 1
(314) 622-3287

Lisa Middlebrook, Ward 2
(314) 622-3287

Brandon Bosley, Ward 3
(314) 622-3287

Samuel L Moore, Ward 4
(314) 622-3287

Tammika Hubbard, Ward 5
(314) 622-3287

Christine Ingrassia (Sponsor of BB152), Ward 6
(314) 622-3287

Jack Coatar, Ward 7
(314) 622-3287

Annie Rice (Co-sponsor of BB152), Ward 8
(314) 622-3287

Dan Guenther, Ward 9
(314) 622-3287

Joseph Vollmer, Ward 10
(314) 622-3287

Sarah Martin, Ward 11
(314) 622-3287

Larry Arnowitz, Chairman, Ward 12
(314) 622-3287

Beth Murphy, Ward 13
(314) 622-32874

Carol Howard, Ward 14
(314) 622-3287

Megan E. Green (Co-sponsor of BB152), Ward 15
(314) 622-3287

Tom Oldenburg, Ward 16
(314) 622-3287

Joseph D. Roddy, Ward 17
(314) 622-3287

Jesse Todd (Co-sponsor of BB152), Ward 18
(314) 622-3287

Marlene E Davis
(314) 622-3287

Cara Spencer, Ward 20
(314) 622-3287

John Collins-Muhammad, Ward 21
(314) 622-3287

Jeffrey L Boyd, Ward 22
(314) 622-3287

Joseph Vaccaro, Ward 23
(314) 622-3287

Bret Narayan, Ward 24
(314) 622-3287

Shane Cohn, Ward 25
(314) 622-3287

Shameem Clark Hubbard, Ward 26
(314) 622-3287

Pam Boyd, Ward 27
(314) 622-3287

Heather Navarro, Ward 28
(314) 622-3287

Legislative Update from Augusta

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Right now, in the Maine legislature we are facing:

• Taxpayer-funded abortion and mandated abortion coverage in health insurance policies – L.D. 820.
• A ban on conversion therapy that helps individuals who are struggling with sexual confusion – L.D. 1025.
• Physician-assisted suicide – L.D. 1313.
• An Equal Rights Amendment that would expand abortion and LGBTQ special rights – L.D. 433.

(Additional information on each bill is at the bottom of this e-alert.)

Every one of these bills has grave consequences and are making their way through the Maine State Legislature. They have either had public hearings, work sessions and/or been voted out of committee. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine has attended and given testimony on every bill in unison with a handful of other outstanding pro-family organizations.
Lives are at stake as well as our rights and freedoms. We must act now! It’s imperative that you contact your legislators today and urge them to oppose all four bills. If we know and do nothing to stop it, we are guilty as well. (Proverbs 24:11 – 12)

Take Action:
1. Please e-mail your legislators, so you have a written record of your communication AND then call them to talk to them personally. These pieces of legislation are so important that your lawmakers need to hear from you in more than one way and more than one time. Find your Senator and your  Representative both listed alphabetically by town. Let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
2. Please call or e-mail me and let me know the responses you receive from your legislators, so I know better who to thank and who to lobby further. This will be very helpful.
3. Please forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to do the same.
Please pray with me: Dear Father, call Your church to arise and to take a stand for the freedoms and rights our great state has enjoyed. Give us the strength to oppose our government that now attempting to take them away. We are each here for such a time as this. We are in a culture war, and if we don’t fight, we will lose! In Jesus’ Name. Amen

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
(207) 465-6015

Please consider contributing online to the work of CWA of Maine. Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated. Thank you!
Additional Information
Click on the links below to read the bills, stay up-to-date on their status, read testimonies for and against each bill, and more. I recommend you read some of the testimonies by clicking on “Committee Info” within the left column and then click on “Public Hearing Testimony.”

L.D. 820  mandates taxpayer-funded abortion for MaineCare patients of low income, and also mandates insurance companies include abortion coverage in their healthcare plans. Abortion is not health care; it’s murder.
L.D. 1025 would ban conversion therapy to minors with sexual confusion. The bill mandates the encouragement of the homosexual lifestyle. The proposed legislation is an assault on a patient’s right to obtain the professional help they are seeking for unwanted attractions. The state would be inappropriately intruding in private counseling situations – counseling that has helped thousands achieve the goals the patient is seeking. Denying this therapy, which has had well-documented success, is not the role of government.
L.D. 1313, the physician-assisted suicide bill, purports to end life with dignity. Taking large dosages of pills over a period of time, without doctor participation or care, and possibly forcing heirs to carry out this regiment, is not dignity. Though end-of-life care is available, the death culture is pushing this horrible practice on us for the ninth time in the Maine Legislature. We have said “no” the past eight times and must do so again!
L.D. 433, the state-level “Equal Rights” Amendment, promotes abortion, LGBTQ rights, and more. We have lobbied legislators on the truth of this bill, and there is much more work to be done. It came out of committee as a divided report which means it will go before the House and Senate for a vote, and if passed it will go to the governor who will sign it. This bill must be stopped. Click here for talking points.

You are needed! Conversion therapy bill is moving in Maine.

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You Are Needed to Help Stop A Very Dangerous Bill
L.D. 1025, a bill that would prohibit certain licensed professionals from providing conversion therapy to minors, will be heard in committee Wednesday, April 10. “Conversion therapy” is defined in L.D. 1025 as “means any practice or treatment that seeks or purports to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including, but not limited to, any effort to change gender expression or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions, feelings or behavior toward individuals of the same gender.”

L.D. 1025 is a very dangerous bill that mandates the encouragement of the homosexual lifestyle.  The proposed legislation is an assault on a patient’s right to obtain the professional help they are seeking for unwanted attractions. The state would be inappropriately intruding in private counseling situations – counseling that has helped thousands achieve the goals the patient is seeking. Denying this therapy, which has had well-documented success, is not the role of government.

It is an assault on parental rights, children’s rights, and the rights of professionals to do their job without the fear of losing their license.

You can find the text of the bill, committee information, sponsors and keep updated on the status here.

Lawmakers take notice when you are willing to take time off from work and come to Augusta to take a stand on a bill.  If they hear from just four people, they take notice and study the issue. That is why we are asking you again to come to Augusta, if possible, on Wednesday, April 10.

Action Item:

  1. We need as many of you to come to the hearing in Augusta this Wednesday, April 10. The hearing will be in the Cross Office Building, at 10:00 a.m. in room 220 before the Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Service Committee in the Cross Office Building.
  2. We need all of you to contact your legislators and politely ask them to oppose L.D. 1025.  To find your lawmakers by the town you live in, click Representative and Senator. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  3. Please send this alert to family and friends.

It’s unbelievable the legislation that has been introduced this year in Maine’s legislature:   mandated vaccines, RU486 in vending machines, physician-assisted suicide (again), an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) that is a back door to taxpayer-funded abortion, mandating insurance companies to provide abortion coverage in their health insurance plans, banning conversion therapy for sex-confused youth, and on and on it goes. We need you to stand with us against this prevailing evil. When you do, lawmakers take notice. Together, in prayer and action, we can have an impact on our culture in Maine.

Please Pray: Dear Father, please move on the hearts of Your people to come to Augusta on Wednesday. Help them understand that our rights are under assault and how important it is for them to show up, to stand up and to speak up.  To You be all the glory, honor, and praise.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen


Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine