CWA of Kansas is part of Concerned Women for America (CWA). CWA is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation. As an organization they are committed to conservative issues such as the sanctity of life, religious liberty, sexual exploitation, and education, to name a few.
The year of 2017 has been a bit difficult in Kansas because the elections of 2016 brought different people to the legislature than we have had in recent years,” said Barbara Saldivar, Kansas State Director. “Many of the newcomers were recruited by the teachers’ union. They simply have a different way of looking at the issues than CWA of Kansas. Their main concern seems to be that we do not spend enough money on education in Kansas, even though over half of the budget goes to education. Their answer is to raise taxes and spend more.”
Despite opposition, CWA, along with legislators who survived the 2016 elections, were able to get bills passed on parental rights, the disclosure act concerning abortion, a resolution concerning pornography, and promoting awareness of sex-trafficking.
There are many challenges in the upcoming year and CWA covets prayers and participation, Saldivar said, for challenges like the privacy act, sexual orientation, trafficking, and pornography. As always there will be some pro-life issues. The upcoming Supreme Court decision about the right to an abortion being in our state constitution is a big concern for CWA.
The organization has announced a state conference to be held on March 15, 2018 in Topeka. Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America in Washington, D.C., will be the keynote speaker. In addition, there will be legislators and others speaking, and the event will end with a prayer walk at the state capitol. For more information go to www.concernedwomen.org/state/kansas.