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South Carolina Makes it “Sweet 16” States With Laws that Protect Female Athletes

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For Immediate Release
May 17, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
(571) 420-2488

 

CWA state leaders and activists continue work to pass these laws

 

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed the Save Women’s Sports Act (H4608) into law that bans biological boys identifying as girls from participating in girls’ sports at the K-12 and college levels. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Carolina has been working closely with the governor and the state legislature to move forward with legislation that protects female athletes and champions their accomplishments.

 

“Concerned Women for America of South Carolina applauds the House and Senate members who worked so diligently to get this important piece of legislation passed,” said CWA of South Carolina State Director Madison Rainey. “We also thank Gov. McMaster for signing the bill into law. Now girls and women in South Carolina will have an equal playing field in their sport of choice.”

 

CWA’s Young Women for America leader, Emily Cope, a Chapter President at Clemson University said, “Thank you, South Carolina Legislature, for fighting for female athletes and Gov. McMaster signing ‘The Save Women’s Sports Act’ into law. This bill will protect athletic integrity for women and girls across South Carolina and protect opportunities for college scholarships for years to come.”

 

In March, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV against the University of Pennsylvania for its discrimination against women by allowing Lia Thomas, a male swimmer, to compete on its swimming team.  This follows two other complaints filed by CWA.

 

For interviews or additional information, please contact Katie Everett, Press Secretary, at 571-420-2488 or [email protected].

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org

 

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

Time Sensitive: Calls Needed to Save Women’s Sports

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Your voice made a difference! Because of your calls, the Save Women’s Sports Act (H.4608) will be heard in the House Education and Public Works Subcommittee tomorrow, Thursday, March 10, at 9 a.m.
 
Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are being threatened in South Carolina. Individual male born athletes should not be allowed to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females. This legislation would prohibit biological men from competing on women’s scholastic sports teams and would ensure that female athletes will continue to be afforded the opportunity to compete on a level playing field.
 
Please take action! Calls are needed today!
Contact the members of the House Education and Public Works Subcommittee listed below and ask them to vote YES on H.4608. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Carolina, be sure to let them know. 

  • Rep. Raye Felder (R-District 26) 803-212-6892 | Email
  • Rep. Terry Alexander (D-District 59) 803-734-3004  | Email
  • Rep. Thomas “Case” Brittain, Jr. (R-District 107) 803-212-6727 | Email
  • Rep. Gil Gatch (R-District 94) 803-212-6871 |  Email
  • Rep. Linda “Lin” Bennett (R-District 114) 803-212-6948 |  Email
  • Rep. Michael F. Rivers, Sr. (D-District 121) 803-212-6952 |  Email

Please forward this e-mail to like-minded friends and family. Encourage them to pray and take action on this important legislation. 
 
Keep this issue in prayer. We pray that the House Education and Public Works Subcommittee will see the importance of this legislation and that God will give them wisdom and discernment.
 
For more information on this issue, read Concerned Women for America’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet.
 
God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Madison Rainey
State Director

Urgent! Call Needed to Protect Girls’ Athletics

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Back in February, I wrote to you about HB 3477, a good bill that would not allow women and girls to be forced to compete against men identifying as women on women’s sports teams. The bill has been languishing in the State House of Representatives. Fortunately, the State Senate is bringing forward S531, and the bill will be heard in committee this Thursday, May 6, at 9:00 a.m.

This legislation would prohibit biological men from competing on women’s scholastic sports teams and would ensure that female athletes will continue to be afforded the opportunity to compete on a level playing field. When boys compete in girls’ sports, equal opportunity is destroyed. Title IX closed the gap when it became federal law in 1972 and established that women and girls have equal opportunities. This includes education and athletics.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Carolina strongly supports S531, and we urge you to act today in support of the bill.

Please Take Action!

#1. Contact the members of the Senate Education Subcommittee listed below and ask them to vote YES on S531. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Carolina, be sure to let them know.

  1. Chairman Sen. Richard Cash (R-District 3): E-mail | 803-212-6124
  2. Darrell Jackson (D- District 21): E-mail | 803-212-6048
  3. Rex Rice (R-District 2): E-mail | 803-212-6116
  4. Scott Talley (R-District 12): E-mail | 803-212-6048
  5. John L. Scott, Jr. (D-District 19): E-mail | 803-786-2373

#2. Please forward this e-mail to like-minded friends and family. Encourage them to pray and take action on this important legislation.

Keep this issue in prayer. Pray that the Senate Education Subcommittee sees the importance of this legislation and that God would give them wisdom and discernment. Pray for them by name as you contact them.

For more information on this issue, read CWA’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Madison Rainey
State Director

Bluffton Prayer/Action Chapter Kick-Off Meeting – Thursday, March 25

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(Do you, or someone you know, live in or near the Bluffton area?  Either way, please read on.)

Hello, I am Madison Rainey, the State Director for Concerned Women for America of South Carolina. I am very excited to announce the kick-off meeting for the newest Prayer/Action Chapter in Bluffton to be held Thursday, March 25.

No doubt you are as concerned as I am 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 Heidi Fingar became involved as a Prayer/Action Chapter Leader, and why we invite you to join her at the kick-off meeting. The Bluffton Prayer/Action Chapter will meet once a month to educate each other on one of CWA’s seven core issues, and then pray and take action on the issue(s). Join her and enjoy fellowship with like-minded individuals.  If you are unable to attend the first meeting, be sure to contact her and ask to be put on her email list for future meetings.

When: Thursday, March 25 at 5:30p.m.
Where: Bluffton, South Carolina in the downtown area. Contact Heidi Fingar to RSVP and for the meeting location.
What: Kickoff Meet & Greet. There will be a brief CWA presentation, prayer, and fellowship
RSVP: Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 23. Contact Heidi at [email protected] Do not hesitate to contact her with any questions.

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

If you do not live in the Bluffton area, but would like information on how to start a chapter in your area, please reach out to me today. I will be happy to assist you.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Madison Rainey
State Director

Heartbeat Bill Moving! Act Today!

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We are in the final stretch of the Heartbeat Bill.  S.1, The SC Fetal Heartbeat Protection from Abortion Act passed the South Carolina Senate, and the life of the unborn now rests with the South Carolina House. If passed, S.1 would prohibit abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected (6-8 weeks) and would be the strongest pro-life bill passed in our state legislature.

The House is set to start debate this week, and we need your help to get it over the finish line. 

Please take action!

  1. Call and/or email your state representative and urge him or her to support S1 and pass this legislation with no amendment. If you are unsure who your representative is, please click here. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Carolina, be sure to let them know.
  2. Please forward this information to like-minded friends and family. Encourage them to pray and take action on this life-saving legislation.

Please continue to pray. Pray for strength for our legislature to stand up for those who are unable to speak for themselves. Please pray for your representative specifically by name as you contact them.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Madison Rainey
State Director

Stand with Female Athletes in South Carolina

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Women and girls should not be forced to compete against men playing on women’s sports teams. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Carolina is proud to support H3477, The Save Women’s Sports Act. Read our letter of support for the bill here.

This legislation would prohibit biological men from competing on women’s scholastic sports teams and would ensure that female athletes will continue to be afforded the opportunity to compete on a level playing field. When boys compete in girls’ sports, equal opportunity is destroyed. Title IX closed the gap when it became a federal law in 1972 and established that women and girls have equal opportunities. This includes education and athletics.

H3477 legislation has been introduced in the House and referred to the Judiciary Committee, where it has stalled. We are urging the committee to take up this bill, and we need your help.

Please take action!

#1. Contact Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Chris Murphy, and the Speaker of the House, Rep. Jay Lucas, and let them know you want H3477 to be heard and voted on. Also, if you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Carolina, be sure to let them know.

Chairman Murphy: 803-734-3120 or Contact Page
Speaker Lucas: 803-734-3125 or Contact Page

#2. Contact the bill sponsor, Ashley Trantham, and thank her for standing strong to protect women and girls.
Rep. Trantham: 803-212-6966 or Contact Page

#3. Please forward this e-mail to like-minded friends and family. Encourage them to pray and take action on behalf of this important legislation.

Keep this issue in prayer. We pray that the House leadership will see the importance of this legislation and that God would give them wisdom and discernment. We also pray for Rep. Ashley Trantham as she leads the fight on this issue. We pray that she continues to stay strong as the attacks continue.

For more information on this issue, read CWA’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Madison Rainey
State Director

 

South Carolina State Senate Takes Up Heartbeat Bill

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“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” – Psalm 139:13

The South Carolina legislative session has begun, and Concerned Women for America of South Carolina has assessed and set its sights on the bills that we will support, as well as those we will oppose. The first bill we are supporting and very excited about is S1, The SC Fetal Heartbeat Protection from Abortion Act, the “Heartbeat Bill.” S1 would prohibit abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected (6-8 weeks).

We have all experienced the significance of a beating heart. Whether it is at the bedside of a loved one passing from this life into the next or in the doctor’s office hearing the heartbeat of a new life just beginning, with the passage of S1, that same indicator of life will finally be acknowledged and protected in the womb. The legislation would also be the strongest pro-life bill passed in our state legislature.

S1 is scheduled to be debated on the Senate floor this week!

Please take action!

  1. Call and/or e-mail your state senator and encourage him or her to support S1. Let them know that you want this bill passed with no amendments. If you are a member of CWA of South Carolina, be sure to let them know. If you are unsure who your senator is, please click here.
  2. Follow up with an e-mail to your senator.
  3. Please forward this information to like-minded friends and family. Encourage them to pray and take action on this important legislation. 

Keep this issue in prayer. We pray that God will confuse the enemy and thwart their plans to potentially block this bill. Pray for your senator by name as you contact them. May he or she be wise and courageous.

For a summary of the proposed legislation, please click here.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Madison Rainey
State Director

CWA of South Carolina Prayer Project Opportunity

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Do you want to make a powerful and effective investment in the state of South Carolina? Consider participating in Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Carolina‘s first annual Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Prayer Project. The project is designed to be simple yet effective as we pray for the hearts and minds of our legislators during the five-month 2021 legislative session.

The EAL Prayer Project impacts state legislators. It does this in two ways. First and foremost, it ensures daily prayer for each legislator. Second, through monthly postcards, it encourages and builds bridges with the conservative legislators and those who do not usually agree with CWA. As prayers are offered on behalf of the legislators, and they receive your postcards, hearts are changed and encouraged. The EAL Prayer Project is not used for lobbying purposes.

We are prayerfully seeking enough faithful volunteers so that each of the 170 South Carolina state legislators will be prayed for during the 2021 legislative session (January 12 – end of May). CWA will provide the postcards; all you have to do is provide the stamps and a commitment to pray and encourage.

If you would like to participate, please e-mail CWA of South Carolina’s state office by December 20. Please specify whether you would like to pray for one or more legislators. Please provide the following information: Name, address, phone, and e-mail address. You will receive your postcards and instructions in early January.

I hope you will join us! I cannot think of anything more powerful than to pray for those in authority, those who make public policy decisions that impact our daily lives.

For Truth and Righteousness,

Madison Rainey
State Director

Election 2020 Voter Registration – A Question for You

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Does your church conduct voter registration efforts?

As Christian believers, it is our privilege and duty to carefully and prayerfully choose our spiritual shepherds to guide, lead, and reveal Biblical Truth to us for our protection and well-being. Likewise, as Christian citizens, it is our privilege and duty to carefully and prayerfully choose our leaders in civil government for our protection and well-being.

The first step in choosing leaders in civil government is a small one – registering to vote! Sadly, about half of U.S. churchgoers are not registered to vote. Millions of believers are forfeiting their privilege to have their voice, the Christian’s position, heard on a variety of issues that directly impact our society both morally and spiritually. In South Carolina alone, it is estimated that there are over 90,000 Christians who are not registered to vote.

Conducting voter registration in your church is one of the most significant ways to encourage your fellow members to be good Christian citizens. According to the IRS, church voter-registration drives are well within the 501c3 guidelines, and even encouraged, as long as they are non-partisan.

Doing a voter registration drive is not only a service to your members who are not registered to vote but also for those who have moved since the last election and need to update their address for voting. You can also help parents help their children who are away at college to vote absentee. Every time you hold a non-partisan voter registration drive, it is a reminder to the members of your church that voting is part of their Christian life.

Action Needed
Consider conducting a non-partisan voter registration drive at your church. We have everything that you need to host a voter registration drive at your church, including a letter to your pastor!  Click here and scroll down the page for voter registration drive resources.

We suggest hosting voter registration efforts at your church these weekends before the November election: September 19-20 and September 26-27. These are the weekends before the last day (October 4) that a person can register to vote or change one’s address. If your church is not comfortable with you having a voter registration table because of COVID-19, consider offering to put information together that can be posted on the church website.

Pray: Pray that your pastor will be receptive to your request for holding a non-partisan voter registration at your church. Consider contacting our office so that we can be praying as well.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 1:9)

If you have any questions, please contact me.

In Truth and Righteousness,

Madison Rainey
State Director

Meet CWA of South Carolina’s New State Director!

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I am very excited to introduce to you Madison Rainey, Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) new South Carolina’s State Director. Madison first learned about CWA and what we stand for when she attended Student Leadership University in Washington, D.C., the summer before her senior year of high school. While there, Madison learned of the strong Biblical and Constitutional principles that CWA holds and became passionate about all in which CWA is involved.

Madison is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Political Science. She currently works at the Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg, where she works on media relations, event coordination, and pro-life legislation. Madison and her husband Rusty live in Inman, SC with their two dogs Sarge and Maggie.

A note from Madison:
“My desire for CWA of South Carolina is to promote CWA’s seven core values throughout our state and to create a strong state organization by building a dedicated steering committee and local chapters, lobbying and testifying at the state capitol, hosting education events, and more–All for the glory of God. I want others in our state to look to CWA for education on pro-life and pro-family issues, and to join with us in advocating for Biblical and constitutional principles in South Carolina.”

Tanya Ditty
Vice President of Field Operations
Concerned Women for America

South Carolina Bill to Ensure Level Playing Field for Female Athletes

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Doors of opportunity open for female athletes through sports. But in today’s age of gender identity, this could all radically change. The unfair playing field is happening already. Selina Soule, a high school track athlete in Connecticut, lost her chance to compete in the New England championship last year after two biological males took first and second place in the 55 meter. The International Olympic Committee, the NCAA, most U.S. sports federations and state High School Athletic Associations have created one-sided policies favoring transathlete inclusion and are fueling this assault on female athletes.

Title IX of the Federal Education Amendments of 1972 was crafted to ensure that female athletes could compete in additional sports, and to encourage excellence in competition. Congress, in funding Title IX, understood that boys and girls are physiologically different, and that boys competing against boys and girls competing against girls was fair, because of basic biological and hormonal differences.

That is why I am writing to you today. South Carolina State Rep. Ashley Trantham (R-District 8) is introducing a bill this week that protects opportunities for women and girls in athletics by ensuring them a level playing field. Rep. Trantham’s bill will prohibit biological men from playing on women’s scholastic sports teams in South Carolina.

Historically, women have fought to defend and protect their role in society and their contribution to culture. That’s why I am inviting you to take a stand with me this Wednesday, March 4, to help protect women’s sports in South Carolina.

Take Action:

  • Join other like-minded individuals at a press conference this week at the South Carolina State House. Stand strong in support of Rep. Trantham’s bill to protect female athletes in South Carolina.

Date: Wednesday, March 4
Time: 9:15 a.m.
Location: South Carolina State House, 1100 Gervais St 1100 Gervais St, Columbia, South Carolina

  • Contact Rep. Trantham and thank her for standing strong to protect women and girls. Email and/or call her at 803-212-6966.
  • Please forward this e-mail to like-minded friends and family. Encourage them to pray and take action on this important legislation.

Please Pray: Please pray for Rep. Trantham as she moves forward with this legislation. Pray she stays strong when she comes under attack from the enemy.

For more information on this topic, read some of our recent articles here.

Tanya Ditty
VP of Field Operation
Concerned Women for America

Spartanburg County Prayer/Action Chapter Kick-Off Meeting – Thursday, January 16

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Do you, or someone you know, live in or near Spartanburg County?  Either way, please read on. 

Hello, I am Madison Rainey, the new CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Leader of Spartanburg County. I am very excited to announce our kick-off meeting to be held next Thursday, January 16. 

No doubt you are as concerned as I am 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 I am involved today, and why I invite you to join me at our kick-off meeting. Our Prayer/Action Chapter will meet once a month to educate ourselves 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 me and ask to be put on my email list for future meetings.

When: Thursday, January 16, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Spartanburg, SC in the Duncan Park area. Contact me to RSVP and for the meeting location.
What: Kickoff Meet & Greet. There will be a brief CWA presentation, prayer, fellowship, and refreshments.
RSVP: Please RSVP by Monday, January 13. Contact me at [email protected].

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

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

If you do not live in the Spartanburg area, but would like information on how to start a chapter in your area, please reach out to CWA’s national office today. They will be happy to assist and train you as they did me.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Madison Rainey
Spartanburg County Prayer/Action Chapter Leader
Concerned Women for America
[email protected]