September 2021


Welcome to BPW 2021-2022

 "Never Stop Dreaming"

Greetings Sisters. I hope you all are staying healthy and enjoying your summer. It's almost fall and I'm sure you're all are looking forward to some cooler weather.

I'm going to try to keep my comments short here as I have a rather lengthy section under legislation regarding the Texas law that's been in the news this week and it's affect on Roe v. Wade. As I was preparing materials for the Equal Pay Day Rally, it was really difficult to accept the implications of what's happening right now in our country as far as women's rights. It's exhausting knowing that we are closer than ever to gaining equal rights in the Constitution, and at the same time have the possibility of losing what rights we do have. It really makes me mad too, because I can guarantee that if men had to be pregnant and give birth to babies, abortion rights would never have been an issue. But just like our sisters who came before us, we can never give up the fight! 

I look forward to seeing you at the August meeting. We will be able to have our meeting at the Elks. Unfortunately, they will not be able to feed us this month. We are hoping they will be able to next month. I'm asking for volunteers to bring some snacks so we can still have something to nibble on. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but I'd appreciate anything you'd like to bring. Especially something sweet! (hint, hint Sally & Stephanie LOL) Since the Elks are giving the the room for free as usual, I'm asking you to purchase soft drinks or bar drinks from the Elks please. 

As per CDC guidelines, we will have to wear a mask to attend. So I'd also appreciate your cooperation in this. We've already lost too many members in the last year, and we definitely don't want to lose anyone to COVID. If you have underlying conditions or feel uncomfortable attending, please stay home. There is nothing we are doing at the meeting that is worth risking your life for. I feel very strongly about this as my Sister-in-Law just passed away from COVID pneumonia she contracted in the hospital after being hospitalized for a surgery. And, she was vaccinated. I only hope this new resurgence won't last too long and will start going down again. Stay safe my friends, and be well.

Until we meet again, 

Carrie Perkins-Schnicker, President

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September General Meeting
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Centralia Elks

Host Committee:  Bylaws Committee

We need a few volunteers to bring some snacks please.   

The Education Committee will be providing an Ice breaker game. In addition there will be a memorial program for Judy Carpenter. 


The "sign-in" sheet will be available. Please sign it no matter what time you arrive - it still counts!

September Birthdays
Darlene Pettygrove 09/05
Patty Brough 09/12
Tena Hoyt 09/23
Pam Logullo 09/26

September Anniversaries
Melodie Ainslie 09/80     
Lisa Breeze 09/18
Mary Ann Dulumback 09/85
Carol McCrary 09/12
Barb Norstrom 09/90
Chris Paskavich 09/93 
Bev Virobik 09/80
Alishia Winkler 09/13
Membership Dues

Yearly dues are $50.
Checks are to be made payable to Centralia BPW and mailed to:

Nancy James
544 Oakdale
Centralia, IL 62801

Upcoming Events
09/08 General Meeting - Elks   
10/04 Board Meeting-Host Finance Committee
10/13 October General Meeting-Elks 
10/21 Chicago Equal Pay Day & Salary Workshop  
10/23  Equal Pay Day Rally & March For Equality
10/23-10/30 BPW Week
10/30  Halloween Parade
11/13  Interim Board, Rend Lake Resort
Get Well, Thinking of You, & Congratulations

Thinking of You 
Kathy Smith

We Miss You
Pam McKay

Happy 95th Birthday Darlene Pettygrove 
Legislation News Update
I'm sure you have heard about the landmark abortion law in Texas this week. So here's the rundown of what happened and the implications on Roe v. Wade.

A new Texas abortion law that went to effect Wednesday is only the latest effort to suppress abortion rights, but what the Supreme Court decided could have sweeping implications nationwide.

The law, known as SB 8, bans abortion once cardiac activity is detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before most women know they are pregnant. In a 5 to 4 decision the Supreme Court refused to block the law. The fight over access to abortion in Texas comes as the Supreme Court agreed to take up a Mississippi law that prohibits most abortions after 15 weeks (Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization). The case is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.

The Texas bill was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott, on May 19. Texas is the first state to successfully outlaw abortion at this point in pregnancies since Roe v. Wade in 1973. Incredibly the law has no exceptions for cases involving rape, incest, or to protect the life or health of the pregnant woman. In essence, they are saying all life is precious and must be preserved, except the life of the woman. This law disregards 50 years of Supreme Court precedent and is as Justice Sotomayor said, "a breathtaking act of defiance-of the Constitution."

The ban bars state officials from enforcing it and instead deputizes private citizens to sue anyone who performs the procedure or "aids and abets" it. The patient may not be sued but doctors, nurses, staff, counselors, people who pay for the procedure, and even cab/Uber drivers taking the patient to the facility can be sued for up to $10,000 per defendant plus legal fees. A plaintiff, does not even need to live in Texas, have any connection to the abortion or show any injury from it, is entitled to sue. So, it's sanctioning vigilantly justice and declaring a war on women. 

A group of providers and abortion rights advocates filed an emergency request Monday asking the Supreme Court to block the law. Both the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court refused to block enforcement of the law.

The impact of this law would mean that about 85-90% of women who obtain abortions in Texas are at least six weeks into pregnancy, meaning the law would prohibit nearly all abortions in the state, according to Planned Parenthood and Whole Woman’s Health. The lasting implications of the Texas abortion decision could be the 'blueprint' for gutting the Roe v. Wade decision.

The key question is, what does the law say about the future of abortion rights. Years ago, the Supreme Court decided that states couldn't force their citizens to seek their constitutional rights in another state. That was decided in the context of desegregating education. Texas is basically saying, if you want an abortion you have to leave the state. But as it stands, abortion is legal, and it's a constitutionally protected medical procedure, because the right to privacy is still the law of the land. And, Texas is basically testing the law of the land on the backs of low income, underprivileged women. What often gets lost is the real-world implications, especially for already vulnerable populations. It's the poor women who will suffer the most from these kinds of decisions. Women of means have always been able to get the medical care that they need. It is the poor women who will suffer the most from this decision.

Don't let the fact that we live in Illinois make you think that we won't be affected by this decision. There will be even more states trying to push through laws like this as well as a nationwide push to ban all abortions and overturn Roe v. Wade. Women are at risk of losing what few rights we do have in the Constitution. The precedence set by the Texas law could be applied to anything and opens the door for women to be sued for anything that people deem unacceptable for whatever reason.  And if the law is allowed to stand, it just goes to prove how little women are valued in our culture, including life itself, and any prayer we have for getting The Equal Rights Amendment in the Constitution is gone for another hundred years. 

Carrie Perkins-Schnicker,
Legislation Chair


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Order of Events

5:30pm Sign-in and Eating
5:50pm Brags
6:00pm Business Meeting

August Minutes-Here's the link for the minutes of the August Minutes. If you have trouble opening it please let Carrie P-S know and it will be emailed directly to you. 
BPW August General Meeting Minutes 21.docx
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