Capitol Hill Brief — Inauguration Day

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It’s Inauguration Day!  The streets are closed, and the stage is set here in the nation’s capital in preparation for the festivities.

We are excited to hear President-elect Trump take the solemn oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…”

It is both a great honor and an incredible duty.

I will be there to witness this historic event, representing you.  That is a great honor for me!  Concerned Women for America is an organization that represents the often-ignored voice of passionate, Christian, conservative women from around the country and when I shake the hand of the incoming Administration’s leadership team today, they’ll know that. And they will listen.


Our nation enters a new era with the inauguration of President Trump. Join CWA to speak up for family, faith, and freedom — especially during his first days in office. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to sign our “First 100 Days” petition now. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — Nothing for Granted

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Tomorrow is Inauguration Day, and while the festivities are happening in our nation’s capital, CWA is behind the scenes, tirelessly working to advocate for the issues and values you care about.

There is definitely reason for optimism, but CWA will take nothing for granted.  From religious liberty to the sanctity of life to the ObamaCare repeal to nominations and appointments, we are making your voice known to the upcoming Administration.

And most crucial of all, we are committing this transition and the new personnel to much prayer.

We know the problems we face are humanly insurmountable; we need the intervention of Almighty God to help us along.


Our nation enters a new era with the inauguration of President Trump. Join CWA to speak up for family, faith, and freedom — especially during his first days in office. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to sign our “First 100 Days” petition now. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station

 

Virginia Members: Call/Email Speaker Howell and Urge Him to Assign a Committee to HB 1473, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act!

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Dear CWA of Virginia friend,

As you all know, our 2017 Legislative Session kicked off last week, and Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia commends Delegate Dave LaRock (R-House District 33) for introducing HB 1473, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. HB 1473 is a crucial step to ensuring protection for innocent life in the womb as it protects babies at 20 weeks’ gestation, or when a baby feels excruciating pain.

The bill has not yet been assigned to a committee and we need YOU to call and/or email the Speaker of the House, Bill Howell (R-House District 28), and urge him to assign the bill to a committee for a vote.

Why should you get involved? Take a look this crucial research which supports the need for Pain-Capable legislation:

  • Unborn children have pain receptors (nociceptors) present throughout their entire body and nerves link these receptors to the brain’s thalamus and subcortical plate by no later than 20 weeks.
  • The unborn child reacts to touch by 8 weeks after fertilization.
  • After 20 weeks, the unborn child reacts to stimuli that would be recognized as painful if applied to an adult, for example, by recoiling.
  • In the unborn child, application of such painful stimuli is associated with significant increases in stress hormones known as the stress response.
  • For the purposes of surgery on unborn children, fetal anesthesia is routinely administered and is associated with a decrease in stress hormones compared to their level when painful stimuli are applied without such anesthesia.
  • Consequently, there is substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain by 20 weeks after fertilization.
  • Therefore, Virginia has a compelling interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates that they are capable of feeling pain.
  • Polls by Quinnipiac, National Journal, Huffington Post, NBC News/Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post/ABC News have all revealed: A majority of Americans support limiting abortion after 20 weeks.
  • A study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute has shown the United States is one of just seven countries worldwide that permits abortion beyond 20 weeks. Other countries include: China, North Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada, and the Netherlands.

And most importantly, life in the womb matters to our God. Therefore, please pray and act TODAY and make your voice heard!

PRAY: Please pray that HB 1473 is assigned a committee and passes and that Virginia would be a state that protects life from conception to natural death.

ACT:

  • Please call and/or email the Speaker of the House, Delegate Bill Howell today and tell him you are a member of Concerned Women for America, and then ask him to assign the bill to a committee for a vote.

House Speaker Bill Howell (R-House District 28), phone: 804-698-1028; email: DelWHowell@house.virginia.gov

  • Then, call Delegate LaRock and thank him for introducing this excellent legislation.

Del. David LaRock (R-House District 33), phone: (804) 698-1033; email: DelDLaRock@house.virginia.gov

Thank you in advance – you are impacting Virginia with Biblical principles!

Hannah Ellis
National Field Director
Concerned Women for America

Capitol Hill Brief — Sessions on Civil Rights

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Listen to Sen. Jeff Sessions on his background in civil rights:

[Audio Clip] Sen. Jeff Sessions: As a southerner who actually saw discrimination, and have no doubt it exists in a systematic and powerful and negative way, to the people — great millions of people — in the south, particularly, of our country, I know that was wrong. I know we need to do better. We can never go back. I am totally committed to maintaining the freedom and equality that this country has to provide to every citizen. And I will assure you that that’s how I will approach it.

That’s Jeff Sessions.  That’s our next Attorney General.


Bring strong leadership to President-elect Trump’s cabinet by supporting conservatives like Sen. Jeff Sessions who will promote Biblical, constitutional values. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to sign our petition to Congress supporting Sen. Sessions. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station

 

“Women’s March” excludes Pro-life Women

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Washington, D.C. — A recent Guttmacher study shows abortion rates have reached a historic low. This comes at a time when pro-abortion women are planning a “women’s march” in Washington, D.C., specifically excluding pro-life women. Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“I am so proud of the work the pro-life movement has done to reduce the number of abortions in America, which are now at a historic low since Roe v. Wade in 1973. We will continue to work tirelessly through public policy, cultural education, and compassionate ministries to help pregnant women and make abortion unnecessary and unwanted in America. The pro-life movement’s next task is taking down Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. Although the national abortion rate has decreased since the peak rate in 1990, Planned Parenthood’s abortion rate continues to increase.

“This weekend, Planned Parenthood will join other pro-abortion groups at ‘The Women’s March.’ I want to make it clear, these groups do not speak for me, do not speak for all women, and do not represent the 5 out of 10 women who identify as pro-life.  In fact, the organizers are not even allowing pro-life women to participate in the march.  A march will never be a ‘women’s march’ when it tells half of American’s women ‘need not apply.’  This march had the potential to be a bipartisan and inclusive conversation on women in America — but is instead furthering an abortion-centric worldview that does nothing but harm women, children, and authentic women’s health.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at jstracke@cwfa.org or 712-269-1724.

Ask Governor Burgum to Issue Sanctity of Human Life Proclamation

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On January 3, Governor Doug Burgum highlighted government reinvention in his State of the State address, “Anything being done simply because ‘that’s the way we have always done it’ should be and must be rigorously and respectfully questioned,” Burgum said, “and no matter what, we must have the courage to admit that we can always do better.”

For the first time in decades,  North Dakota does not have a Sanctity of Human Life proclamation up on the Governor’s website.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota, in this case, believes this is not the “better” way! Our newly-elected Governor has often commented, “We can and should continue to try to advance our abilities to listen to each other.” Let’s be sure he hears from us!

On January 12, 2017, The Rural Leadership North Dakota Day Proclamation was made by Gov. Burgum.  Are not our unborn children worthy to be recognized as well?

Take action: Contact Gov. Burgum today. Ask that, with January 22 being the National Sanctity of Human Life Day, he issue a Sanctity of Human Life Proclamation.  Let him know that you are disappointed that for the first time in decades there is no such proclamation on the Governor’s website.  Contact his office at (701) 328-2200 and/or e-mail him at https://www.governor.nd.gov/contact-us. Be sure to let his office know that you are a Concerned Women for America of North Dakota member.

Please pray: Pray our governor will see the wisdom of issuing a Sanctity of Human Life proclamation and have the courage to do so.  Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.”  (Psalm 127:3)

On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued the first proclamation designating January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day (January 22, 1973, was the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states). Churches around the United States use the day to celebrate God’s gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion and commit themselves to protecting human life at every stage.

To President Ronald Reagan, all life was sacred. He once said, “We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life – the unborn – without diminishing the value of all human life.”

Update on the Delay of the Maine Marijuana Law – Committee Members Need to Hear From You

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I plan to address the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee today, January 17, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Regarding L.D. #88, “An Act to Delay the Implementation of Certain Portions of the Marijuana Legalization Act.”

The Committee members need to hear from you throughout the next few days.

Take Action: Please contact every member of the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee and ask them to support L.D. #88.

Senator Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin), Chair, phone: 207-577-1521, e-mail: Garrett.Mason@legislature.maine.gov
Senator Michael Carpenter (D-Aroostook), – – Chaire-mail: Michael.Carpenter@Legislature.Maine.gov
Senator Ronald Collins (R-York),- – Chair e-mail: Ronald.Collins@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Louis Luchini (D-Ellsworth),  Chair e-mail: Louis.Luchini@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Owen Casás (I-Rockport),- – Chair e-mail: Owen.Casas@Legislature.Maine.gov
Representative Kathleen Dillingham(R-Oxford), – – Chaire-mail: Kathleen.Dillingham@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Bradlee Farrin (R-Norridgewock), e-mail: Bradlee.Farrin@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Sheldon Hanington (R-Lincoln),- – Chair e-mail: Sheldon.Hanington@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Craig Hickman (D-Winthrop), – – Chaire-mail: Craig.Hickman@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Thomas Longstaff (D-Waterville),- – Chair e-mail: Thomas.Longstaff@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Kimberly Monaghan (D-Cape Elizabeth),- – Chair e-mail: Kimberly.Monaghan@legislature.maine.gov
Representative John Schneck (D-Bangor), – – Chaire-mail: John.Schneck@legislature.maine.gov
Representative Dustin White (R-Washburn), e-mail: Dustin.White@legislature.maine.gov

Talking points:

  • This referendum was passed by a razor-thin margin of just a few thousand votes last November.
  • This bill would delay retail sales until February 2018.
  • Although this bill does not close two problematic loopholes by ensuring marijuana is not legal for youth and prohibiting edibles, which have led to a skyrocketing increase in hospital and ER admissions in states like Colorado, we believe it to be a step in the right direction to delay the implementation of the citizen-initiated and passed law.

Please pray:

Pray for each Committee member by name.  Pray they will exercise wisdom by voting for L.D. #88.

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
director@maine.cwfa.org
me.cwfa.org

State Director Penny Morrell Testifies Before the Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs on the “Act to Delay the Implementation of Certain Portions of the Marijuana Legalization Act”

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Statement by
Penelope A. Morrell, State Director
Concerned Women for America of Maine

To Members of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs

Regarding L.D. #88, “An Act to Delay the Implementation of Certain Portions of the Marijuana Legalization Act”

January 17, 2017

Hello, and thank you, Chairmen Mason and Luchini, and distinguished members of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, for the opportunity to appear before you today.  I’m Penny Morrell, State Director for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine.

Because this referendum was passed by a razor thin margin of just a few thousand votes last November, CWA of Maine supports this bill that would delay retail sales until a later date.   We want to ensure we protect every Maine citizen and make sound public health decisions.

Although this bill does not close two problematic loopholes by ensuring marijuana is not legal for youth and prohibiting edibles, which have led to a skyrocketing increase in hospital and ER admissions in states like Colorado, we believe this may be corrected in other legislation before you this session or in an amendment to this bill.

We also believe a select committee made up of members from every committee in the Maine Legislature except Marine Fisheries, would be helpful moving forward to implement the marijuana law, and ask that it would ensue.  This law effects every branch of government barring one, so in order to ensure outcomes from all the proposals currently in the legislature are good for everyone, a select committee should and must be established.

We are thankful for the leadership of President Thibodeau and Speaker Gideon in drafting this legislation and to Rep. Luchini for sponsoring it.

CWA of Maine urges this committee to amend as suggested and then support L.D. 88.