Our representative, Bruce Poliquin, (R-Maine) supported the Conscience Protection Act (S-304) legislation that will protect pro-life healthcare providers from forced complicity in an abortion and would also provide a private right of action, enabling victims of governmental discrimination to seek redress in court.
This attack on conscience protection is not merely an empty threat from the Obama Administration; this is happening today in California, where officials have blatantly ignored longstanding bipartisan language known as the Hyde-Weldon Amendment. This language provides conscience protection for individuals, such as doctors and nurses, who choose to not perform abortions; while protecting pro-life pregnancy clinics from being forced to advertise abortion clinics. Additionally, it provides protection for insurance plans that do not cover abortions.
Although the Hyde-Weldon Amendment outlaws such violations, there exists no private right of action for victims to seek relief in court. Administrative enforcement by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is a bureaucratic nightmare and can take years. The Conscience Protection Act provides a way for victims to receive justice through the court system, not through years of Washington bureaucracy.
The right of conscience should be guaranteed as an inalienable right, given by God, and protected by the First Amendment, but the Obama Administration has twisted it to fulfill the left’s political agenda. Discrimination against entities that do not want to provide for abortions must stop. Healthcare providers should not have to sacrifice their conscience rights and convictions under the farce of “healthcare rights.”
Under current California law, churches are forced to subsidize elective abortion through their healthcare plans. Pastor Chris Lewis from Foothill Church in California rightly stated, “Jesus said, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s,’ but neither human conscience nor human life belong to Caesar.”
Churches should not be forced to pay for abortions through their healthcare plans. There must be protection for the religious convictions of institutions and individuals. Healthcare professionals should not be forced to violate their conscience and help facilitate abortions. Instead of protecting religious liberties, the Obama Administration is protecting the abortion industry.
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) pushed for support of this crucial piece of legislation.
We are pleased to report that our representative in the Second District supported it and ask that you take the time to thank him. Click here to contact him.
I was blessed to share some time with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) while in Washington, D.C., in June. CWA joined with Ralph Reed and the Faith and Freedom Coalition to put on the Road to Majority conference. I went in a day early to have time to speak with my Congressional delegation in the afternoon before the conference started that evening.
I had an appointment with Sen. Collins at 4:50 p.m. However, after walking all over Capitol Hill that afternoon, my feet were tired and sore, and I had a bus to catch to get back to the hotel with other CWA directors from across the country. So at 4:00 p.m., I stopped by the senator’s office with the idea that I would just leave with the receptionist the materials about which I wanted to talk to the senator.
The receptionist contacted the senator who requested I stay. Sen. Collins changed her schedule and came to her office so that we could meet. I honestly am amazed at how good she is with her constituents. When the senator arrived, she walked me to a conference room with her assistant and graciously listened to everything on my mind. I left a folder with helpful information on CWA’s stand and our concerns which she promised to read, and I knew she would.
CWA of Maine talked with the senator about the Supreme Court vacancy and the process in place to fill it and others in the future. The other issue I shared with her was a request for her support of Sen. Ben Sasse’s (R-Nebraska) bill, S. 2066 the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
My prayer is that God will give her wisdom and insight on what’s right for all the people of Maine especially the unborn.
National Day of Prayer (NDP) was celebrated on May 5 by Concerned Women for America of Maine (CWA), NDP Maine Coordinators James and Donna Glaser, Co-Chair of the Legislative Prayer Caucus Rep. Dale Crafts (R-District 56), The Christian Civic League of Maine, and many Maine legislators and citizens in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta at 9:00 a.m.
The Glasers divided the state up by our 16 counties and assigned those who wanted to pray for the individual counties. CWA of Maine Director Penny Morrell prayed for God to guide and direct the Lincoln County leaders, town councils, firefighters, police, churches, etc., in the way they should go, to grant them wisdom, knowledge and understanding in the positions He placed them in, to do their work as unto Him; that their honesty and integrity be above reproach; and that they endeavor to restore the sanctity of life, traditional families, divine order and morality.
Because we know that if we will humble ourselves and pray and seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, He will hear from heaven, forgive our sin and heal our land. (II Chronicles 7:14). May it be so. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” I Timothy 2:1-2
We are setting up our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Program for this coming state legislative session once again. Our prayer is that those who took part last year will be willing and eager to do it again this year and that we will have many new encouragers as well.
If you have not participated in our EAL Program in the past, know that this program is focused solely on prayer and encouragement to our state legislators. Participants simply pray for an assigned legislator every day of the legislative session and send a postcard once a month to their assigned legislator with encouraging words letting them know that they are being prayed for each day. The 2016 legislative session goes from January to April. This is not a lobbying effort but a ministry to the legislators. Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, democrat, republican, independent or other, they are in desperate need of prayer. This 2016 legislative session, CWA of Maine plans to deliver those prayers.
Once signed up, participants receive a packet with the name and biography of their assigned legislator, four CWA of Maine EAL postcards, suggestions to write on the postcard (optional) and the dates on which to send the postcards.
Seen or unseen, prayer always has a significant impact. Year after year we receive letters of appreciation from the legislators expressing their gratitude for the many postcards of prayer and encouragement. They often communicate how they need and want to be upheld in prayer as they serve the people of Maine.
Sign up today by e-mailing me at email@example.com or give me a call at 207-345-1200. I will need your name, address, phone number and how many legislators you would like to encourage.
Click here for flyer. Print and distribute freely.
Please forward this on to friends and family who you think may be interested in participating.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Praying along with you,
CWA of Maine
A note of encouragement would be very helpful right now to a culture war patriot in the Maine Legislature. Sen. David Burns (R-Whiting) has reintroduced the religious freedom bill. If you’re aware of what’s happened recently in Indiana and Arkansas, both Republican governors in those states have backtracked on standing firm for Christians. They have capitulated to the onslaught of fire from the left.
Last session when Sen. Burns first introduced the bill, he received so much push back from the left that his wife had to disconnect their home telephone for relief. We believe the senator will receive even more harassment this time because the Republicans have a majority in the Senate, and if it reaches the governor’s desk, we believe he will sign it.
Therefore, I ask, and plead with you to send Sen. and Mrs. David Burns a note of encouragement in the mail. They should hear from more of us then their opponents. The address is: 159 Dodge Road, Whiting, ME 04691. Or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let the Burns know you stand with them, are praying for them, and if you are willing to come to Augusta to stand with him the day of the hearing for his bill, let him know that also. Even if you don’t testify, your presence in support of this legislation is very important. Right now though, your note of encouragement is needed the most. Thank you and God bless.
The 127th Legislature is holding public hearings on legislation, and LD 83 is one of high interest to Concerned Women for America of Maine, and soon to be scheduled for a hearing before the Judiciary Committee.
L.D. #83 “An Act To Strengthen the Consent Laws for Abortions Performed on Minors and Incapacitated Persons” is sponsored by Senator Paul Davis (R-Sangerville). A copy of the bill and all information regarding it at the Maine Legislature may be found here.
Minors can’t get an aspirin at school, but they can get an abortion without parental consent.
Take Action: We are seeking people to testify and advocate especially:
- Those in the legal profession
- Those in the medical profession
- Social workers, especially those who deal with abuse issues
- Civil servants
If you are willing to testify, know someone who is, or you are willing to just come and stand with us at the hearing, please let me know. Please e-mail me or call (207) 465-6015. Christians need to show up, stand up and speak up, and this is your opportunity to right this wrong in Maine. Won’t you join me and be passionate about the things about which God cares.
CWA of Maine Encourages you to attend the Second Annual Respect Life Day at the State Capitol:
February 26, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hall of Flags (2nd Floor), State House, Augusta, Maine
Concerned Women for America of Maine’s (CWA of Maine) good friend, Dennis Keller of State Farm Insurance in Augusta is sponsoring refreshments and coffee for the second year in a row for this wonderful educational day at Maine’s Capitol. Come and enjoy this event along with legislators and their staffs and others visiting the Capitol that day to explore exhibitor organizations from across the state and learn about Maine’s respect life movement. Our CWA of Maine booth will be right next to the refreshments table and we look forward to seeing you.
This is NOT a rally, protest or march. It is an educational and informational event sponsored by Maine Right to Life, providing a wonderful opportunity to speak with pro-life leaders and learn how to be an advocate for the most vulnerable among us at all stages of life.
It is also an excellent time to meet your senator and representative and share your respect for life position, and learn their perspective on the issue. You might want to contact them ahead of time to schedule an appointment on that day. For legislator contact information click here: Legislators This day also provides an excellent time to request support for L.D. #83, An Act to Strengthen the Consent Laws for Abortions Performed on Minors. Sen. Paul Davis (R-Sangerville) is the sponsor of the bill.
Families, students, singles, and seniors are welcome to attend this family-friendly educational respect life day as we meet pro-life colleagues working in respect life organizations from Kittery to Presque Isle. See you then!