Here it is! While the Legislative session has already convened in the virtual world, Next week starts the beginning of the in-person session for 2021. We have been waiting for this moment.
With the opening of legislative deliberation and lawmaking upon us, I thought I would share with you Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming’s priorities for the next month. We will advocate for bills that will:
- Champion the sanctity of human life through pro-life legislation;
- Defend the rights of parents to make medical decisions for their children, especially in instances where a medical doctor attempts to discontinue life-sustaining treatment for a child without the consent of the parents;
- Protect the privacy and rights of girls in the face of the transgender movement, especially in school sports;
- Uphold the integrity of government identification documents by requiring that only a person’s biological sex, and not their subjective gender identity, be printed on driver’s licenses and birth certificates;
- Preserve religious freedom by opposing “Add the Words” and other SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) compromises.
Of course, Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will help you stay updated as specific bills are introduced during the next couple months. And we will ask for your help, too! Biblical citizenship involves you and your friends contacting your representatives and making your voice heard on the legislation being considered.
These are exciting times. Please be praying.
Standing for Truth at the State Capitol,
P.S. With legislative session now underway, please commit yourselves to pray for your state legislators (every state legislative district has two representatives and one senator; you can enter your zip code and/or address to find yours in our Action Center).
Scripture instructs faithful believers that it is their biblical duty to “pray for those in authority” (1 Timothy 2:1-2), knowing that God can guide the hearts of civil rulers (Proverbs 21:1). Ask that He give them an understanding of biblical justice, wisdom to make the appropriate decisions, and courage to stay committed to first principles (Exodus 18:21). And don’t forget to pray for their personal and spiritual wellbeing and for their families, too!
Use our Action Center to send a message to your legislators that you are praying for them. It is an easy way to bless them, and it only takes a minute!
Last year, we supported Senator Cheri Steinmetz’s bill that would have provided more legal protection for babies born alive after a failed abortion attempt. We were blessed to win supermajorities for the bill in both houses of the legislature.
Our hearts were broken when the bill was vetoed well after the Legislative session had adjourned. Had the legislators still been in session, they could have easily overridden the veto.
This year, Senator Steinmetz is reintroducing the bill as Senate File 34. The desire for the bill to advance can be seen in the fact that it will be up for consideration next week! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 24 at 1:30 PM. This date and time will be the first time the bill will be up for consideration this session.
The Born Alive legislation addressed a simple truth that born alive babies have the same right to medical care as any other infant born alive. 76% of Americans agree that a born alive baby should be protected in this way.
Sadly, the last 47 years since Roe vs. Wade have marked the deadliest era in human history for healthy infants in the womb. When the debate over abortion was first starting out, the American public was told horrific stories about the lengths to which some would go to have an abortion and that it was necessary to make abortions “safe, legal, and rare”. While many pro-abortion activists claimed they wanted abortions to be “safe, legal, and rare” they worked behind the scenes to fight for the right to abort children all the way up to birth and even, infamously, to partial-birth of the child.
Today, the abortion industry has gone to great lengths to hide potentially hundreds of babies who have been left to die after failed abortion attempts, with no regard to that child’s comfort and certainly without medical care. This is called infanticide.
Senate File 34 will ensure that a born alive infant would be given medically appropriate care and not be abandoned at the moment of birth by adults in the room.
In the past, opponents of the bill have tried to paint the picture that this bill would create a scenario where a physician would have to endlessly resuscitate the life of a desperately sick child, who is wanted by the parents, in an inhumane manner. Nothing can be further from the truth.
Senate File 34 is not about forcing the survival of a child in excruciating pain endlessly. It was about preventing the “do nothing” approach reported by physicians, nurses and/or healthcare facilities across the nation when an unwanted child is “accidentally” born alive after a failed abortion. It is the unwanted child, completely defenseless, who has not a single advocate in the room to protect their life. Senate File 34 will stand as a silent but strong guardian over this infant requiring that medical professionals carry out their ethical and medical duty to provide medical care (if appropriate) or genuine comfort care for this newborn. The physician would still have the ability to choose “what appropriate and reasonable steps” should be taken – but the bill ensures that the next step can’t be to do nothing.
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming’s mission is and will always be to defend the lives of the most vulnerable among us. We will continue to advance citizenship for a nation and state where Life is honored, Religious Freedom Flourishes, Families thrive, and God is honored.
Pray for every State Legislator and the numerous people from across Wyoming who are working tirelessly on this legislation. We stand together with elected officials that also choose to defend the lives of the most vulnerable. Thank you for standing with us!
Long before we reached adulthood, we learned this simple truth: God made everyone different. We are all unique, and our circumstances, our strengths, and our weaknesses often require individualized approaches.
While we can all see this self-evident truth, our education system still often fails to recognize this reality. Students may find themselves in a public school that isn’t meeting their needs – perhaps because of online vs. in-person difficulties from COVID, concerning content, the quality of teaching, or a lack of certain curricular approaches or extracurricular opportunities. One-size-fits-all doesn’t work!
Whatever the cause of the poor fit, a student’s ability to choose a different path may be dependent on their financial means to access an educational alternative such as private school or homeschooling.
Over the last year, a variety of events – and especially COVID – have driven more families to consider the individualized needs of their children’s education than ever before. Because of this, Wyoming families have started looking at education alternatives to ensure their children get the best education possible.
Wyoming has waited a long time to open educational opportunity, so we are far behind many other states in providing educational choice for families. Over 30 states, regardless of their political leanings, provide more educational options for families than the state of Wyoming.
That is why as an organization that fights for families, we’re proud to fight for school choice – parent-driven and student-centered education – and it’s why we’re so grateful for the leadership of Representative Sue Wilson who has introduced HB106-Wyoming Education Options Act.
HB106-Wyoming Educations Options Act is not a partisan bill in it political leanings. It leans directly toward empowering parents in their children’s education by having school districts reimburse parents for educational expenses outside of the public school system. This will allow parents to choose whether they would rather have their children attend a private school in their area or have more curricula options for their children if they are educating them at home.
House Bill 106 is considered by Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming® as one of the most important bills of the 2021 Legislative session because it can provide remarkably positive impact for families for generations to come.
Pray for passage of this bill and contact your legislator and ask them to vote “Yes” for HB 106!
Wyoming has launched the 2021 General Session of the Wyoming Legislature, but the launch was different than any other Legislative beginning in our state’s history. On January 12, the session was officially gaveled in remotely with our Governor addressing the state through the internet. The session then adjourned until January 27 for a 3-day session where they discussed the Committee bills they worked through this past year.
Each committee is meeting remotely to work on various committee bills. This provides a great opportunity for many people who are interested in participating in a committee hearing but have never been able to travel to Cheyenne. Now, you can attend hearings online through this link.
At this stage in the process, there are several committees we follow closely because legislation dealing with Life, Religious Freedom, and Family issues are usually assigned to them.
- The Judiciary Committee.
Bills relating to all three core issues can be found in the Judiciary Committee. That is because Judiciary deals with the specifics of how those issues interact with the law and the courts.
- The Labor, Health, and Social Services Committee.
Almost all bills relating to life and abortion will go through the House and Senate “Labor” committees. The committee addresses broad issues relating to end-of-life care and the care of the pre-born.
- The Education Committee
This committee is where the many of the vital issues regarding the future of our state are discussed. Issues such as school choice and parental rights in education are usually referred to this committee.
As you watch these committees at work, pray for them in their deliberations. Pray that timeless truths would be spoken in such a way that even those who do not believe in the Bible would see the wisdom found in the believers advocating for its truth.
Many of the bills we are interested in the most will be introduced after the Legislature begins to meet in person in March. Know that we will be paying attention and keeping you up-to-date as the session continues.
Please let your friends and family know how they can subscribe to our updates. Follow this link.
May God bless you as we serve Him together.
For Immediate Release
February 6, 2020
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming Launches
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, a pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious freedom organization, announced its official launch today. The Christian ministry is part of a larger movement of state-based organizations working with national ally, Family Policy Alliance, which is located in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will have an active presence in the capitol and across the state as it advocates for a Wyoming where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.
The organization will be led by Executive Director Nathan Winters–a pastor and former state representative–who said:
“Wyoming has worked hard over the years to stand up for the rights of the preborn, and Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will be here to help our state persist against efforts to change that. Similarly, extraordinary amounts of money from out-of-state lobbying firms have been spent targeting our state and advocating that belief in First Amendment religious freedoms should end in the name of the advancing sexualization of our culture. Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will be a voice that will stand for religious freedom.”
Working with voters, legislators, churches, pastors, business leaders and activists, Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will engage on public policy at the state, local, and federal levels on a number of important social issues as well as in elections to advance pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious freedom values.
Paul Weber, president & CEO of Family Policy Alliance, expressed enthusiasm for the work in Wyoming:
“We are proud to see Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming launch today—the first such pro-family organization in the state—after much hard work on the ground. Nathan Winters is uniquely equipped to address the cultural, legislative and electoral challenges facing Wyoming. We look forward to supporting his work in advancing a Wyoming where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.”
Mr. Winters added, “Over the years serving both as a Pastor and in the State Capitol in Cheyenne, I have seen the tremendous need to articulate the historic Christian view of ‘speaking the truth in love.’ Wyoming has historically stood strong for pro-life, pro-family policy; but we know that outside forces in our national culture are seeking to change that.”
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming is part of an alliance of state and national organizations dedicated to protecting life from conception to natural death, God’s design for family and religious freedom. Family Policy Alliance is a public policy partner of Focus on the Family. More information is available at FamilyPolicyAlliance.com/Wyoming.
For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Nathan Winters, contact Robert Noland at: 719-308-2822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week, I wanted to share with you some thoughts inspired by a message from our friends at the California Family Council.
Last week marked the tragic anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Again, for the 48th time, we were reminded of the vast cost in human lives as we were shocked to see that 63,000,000 lives have been extinguished due to these court rulings.
America was founded upon the idea that each member of the human race is “created equal,” that they each are “endowed by their Creator” with certain rights, not given by any government or court, but rather so fundamental as to be called “unalienable.” Wisely, our founders recognized the very first among these as being the right to “life,” for without life, how can any of us have liberty or pursue happiness?
Tragically, more than 63 million unborn Americans have been legally denied this most basic right. They were denied it not by their Creator, but by seven judges in a courtroom in Washington, D.C.
This month, in his inaugural speech to the nation, President Biden stressed the need for national unity in the face of deep moral divisions and distrust.
“To overcome [America’s] challenges — to restore the soul and to secure the future of America — requires more than words… We can see each other not as adversaries but as neighbors.”
In part, the President is right – unity is necessary and desirable. But, unfortunately, it will only be achieved when the gospel returns to its rightful place as the foundation of America’s moral beliefs. So long as abortion is declared legal, America’s moral compass will remain irreparably broken. True unity is only possible when all parties can agree on basic tenets, rules, and rights. Horrifically, some Americans are unwilling to acknowledge the right to life as a right at all.
The president later referenced Saint Augustine in his pitch for unity – an attempt to broker a middle ground.
“Many centuries ago, Saint Augustine, a saint of my church, wrote that a people was a multitude defined by the common objects of their love. What are the common objects we love that define us as Americans? I think I know. Opportunity. Security. Liberty. Dignity. Respect. Honor. And, yes, the truth.”
I agree with the President and with Saint Augustine. Liberty, dignity, respect, opportunity – those are all wonderful values that tie us together as Americans – but they’re values that 63 million people never had a chance to enjoy.
Perhaps the greatest line of President Biden’s speech spoke a very bold truth:
“There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders — leaders who have pledged to honor our Constitution and protect our nation — to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.”
The truth is, we fight an abortion industry which profits off the lie that abortion is not only a necessary evil, but actually a moral good! The truth is, we do have a responsibility to defeat deception. The truth is, life is the only good option.
You and I have the power, and the obligation, to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Now is the time to lift our voice. Now is the time to remind our nation that, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Now is the time to stand up and “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.” (Pro 24:11)
As we mourn 48 years of legalized abortion, I hope you’ll join Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming in our mission to defend those most vulnerable among us. We cannot – we must not – allow justice to be denied for another year, month, or day. We remain optimistic that the current composition of the U.S. Supreme Court will be able and willing to revisit the status quo and finally provide some relief to those in the womb.
Now is the time to lean into our values and commit to protecting them no matter what. We may be persecuted, we may be censored, and we may be “canceled.” But if that’s the cost of speaking truth to power and saving lives, it’s a price we must be willing to pay.
Join us in prayer for radical changes to national abortion policy this year – ones that move in the right direction and frustrate efforts by the radical left to enshrine abortion as a moral good.
We’ll continue to push back on unreasonable and unsafe abortion policies in Wyoming and across the nation, and we appreciate your loyal and generous support of that mission. If you feel so led, you can click here to make a tax-deductible donation towards that effort.
Standing For Life With You,
Over the interim between the 2020 Budget Session and the 2021 General Session, Legislators have been neck-deep in the chaos of lawmaking as well as elections and pandemic protocols. It’s intense, with long hours and pressures that can challenge legislators’ principles and the stability of their families.
Adding to that pressure, Wyoming has launched the 2021 General Session of the Wyoming Legislature. It will be different this year. On January 12, the session was officially gaveled in (started) remotely for the first time in history. They conducted opening ceremonies and received the Governor’s address and then adjourned until January 27 for a 3-day session in which they will discuss the Committee bills that have been worked through this past year.
Then, if everything goes according to plan, we may be able to start our regular legislative session on March 1.
With all of these things going on, your legislators will still carry the task of setting policies that will impact real people for good or for bad. The laws they pass will protect lives or end lives, will mislead children with twisted ideology or will protect them and help them flourish – and so much more.
It’s no wonder that one of the clearest directives we have in Scripture regarding our role in government is to pray for our leaders.
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1Timothy 2:1-4)
Before the chaos starts, will you take a moment to let your legislators know you’re praying for them?
In all of this, Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming® will be involved – working with our state allies and letting you know at key times when you can make your voice heard on important legislation.
But before most of that happens, will you send a quick note to your legislators– thanking them for their service, acknowledging the burden of leadership, and letting them know that you are praying for them?
Thanks for praying for your legislators – and for Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming as we engage on pivotal legislation in 2021.
“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
The Christmas story is full of mystery because the human mind is unequipped to fathom the depths of the incarnation. The Anointed One promised by Yahweh to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and the Hebrew prophets of old slipped into earth without earthly fanfare in the courts of the kings but rather to the fanfare of angles to shepherds out in fields. His grand arrival was highly secretive. This innocent child, born without sin, would soon conquer the worst of evil and decimate the schemes of the evil one. Fallen humanity would experience great joy. Peace between God and man was now made possible by the Savior.
The realities of the shepherds in the field are often overlooked by Hallmark cards and traditional carols. These Jewish men were living in an oppressive and heartless Roman world. Violence was celebrated through the gods and gladiators and unbridled sensuality was public throughout the empire. The regions of Judea and Samaria had a different vibe, the people dwelling there were desperate for hope! They longed for political salvation, of which there would be none. Pax Romana would reign for centuries more.
Yet, amid darkness and bad news, came a bright light proclaiming good news. A messenger announcing that God was working behind the scenes. His sovereignty was never absent, and His will was never obstructed.
Today, I firmly believe God is working in unseen ways to give us hope in Wyoming and making known His salvation to those who remain blind to His truth. Hope is the steadfast confidence that the best is yet to come. I believe it!
Let us rejoice this Christmas season in the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord. A Savior has come not to condemn us, but to save us from our sins. I pray your Christmas holiday is full of joy, memorable moments and peaceful family relationships.
“So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” (Luk 2:15-18)
Years ago, Christian philosopher Richard John Neuhas described the calling of believers as a duty to “tell the world its own story.” That calling becomes very clear during the Christmas season. After listening to “Jingle Bell Rock” and “All I want for Christmas is You” for the 40th time in a check-out line, my heart saddens at the fact that the majority of people seem completely unaware of the real reason for the season.
2020 has revealed the desperate need for Christians to “tell the world its own story.” That story is one of God radiating hope in the midst of humanity’s failures. Contrast for a moment the banality of “Santa Baby” with “O Holy Night.” One appeals to the silly at best and the other calls the listener to the glorious night when Heaven touched Earth.
Compare “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” with its “sentimental feelings” against the deep and genuine awe of “Angels we have Heard on High.” We see one with the promise of shallow sentimentalism and the other with the joy and reverence that can sustain a soul through difficulty.
Our world and our nation desperately need to hear the message of its own true story. The challenge for us as believers in Christ is to be well versed in the truth of our story so we can share it with the world.
That is why Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming® works so hard to help you stand for Life, Religious Freedom and Family Values. We are here to equip you to stand for a state that will uphold those timeless principles.
Merry Christmas and God bless!
The Advent season is all about hope and anticipation. But quite honestly, many of us feel quite tentative about anticipating anything in a year like 2020. So many plans have been rearranged or outright cancelled.
Yet if a season ever fit the moment, it is the Advent season in the year 2020. A people hoping for God’s personal presence while they lived in the midst of chaos is the very situation into which Christ was born.
From a big picture perspective, the Israelites had been waiting for thousands of years for the Messiah. The prophets constantly reminded them that He was coming, but then God appeared to go silent. Silence for 400 years — that would make anyone a little cynical!
In the Christmas story, we see individuals facing disappointed hopes as well – particularly reflected in the stories of Elizabeth, Zechariah, and Anna. Elizabeth & Zechariah who waited for a child year after year. Anna who waited alone in the Temple for the Messiah for decades.
And after all this waiting, they each got to be a part of preparing our world for the Lord to walk among us.
The promise the angel gave to Zechariah about their long-awaited child has beautiful meaning to me this year:
“And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS TO THE CHILDREN,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”” (Luke 1:16-17)
In their waiting, in their disappointment, the Lord was working. He was preparing them for their Messiah – the Redeemer of the World.
God has used COVID-19 to remind us of the important things in life: family, life, religious freedom. These can be taken for granted at times – but think about each of those words and what they represent. We have come to know their value now far more than ever before.
My prayer as we begin this Advent season is that we will continue to anticipate God’s coming goodness even when it doesn’t feel like it will ever happen. And that as a result we will see His goodness all around us. It has been a year unlike any other and our hearts are weary. May we hang on to the hand that is holding us and press into what the Lord has for us in the coming days.
May your heart be filled with expectation for our coming King,