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CWA of North Dakota Responds to SCOTUS’ Refusal to Hear The North Dakota’s Heartbeat Law

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Concerned Women for America of North Dakota (CWA) is saddened  by the refusal of the Supreme Court of the United States ( SCOTUS ) to hear North Dakota’s Heartbeat law, a law that would ban abortion in our state after a detectable fetal heartbeat.

The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeal in its opinion encouraged SCOTUS to revisit this issue by stating;  “Good reasons exist for the (Supreme Court) to reevaluate its jurisprudence,” and argued that both medical and scientific advances show the concept of viability is subject to change.  The fact that the higher court denied hearing the case should concern the people of North Dakota and the nation.  Are we going to continue to be science-deniers and refuse to advance public policy scientifically supported by enormous advances in technology – technology that now allows us to view the miracle of the unborn child in the womb from conception – in order to worship at the altar of convenience?  Apparently so.

CWA of North Dakota will remain strong and vocal in its fight for life at all stages of development, and we will not be silenced.  The Heartbeat law has stirred a renewed awareness of truth in the public square and been part of giving life to many children as well as healing to women.  We must strive to continue our fight for life until abortion becomes unthinkable in our state and beyond.

Last week we joyfully participated in the March for Life in Washington, D.C., where over one hundred thousand people braved blizzard conditions to once again show the nation that we will not be silent in this battle for life.  It gave us great hope to see the coming generation of pro-life people out in mass – hope that we will indeed reach the halls of Congress, the chambers of SCOTUS and ultimately the heart and soul of America with the message of life.   CWA will continue to work to end abortion on demand, a fight that has become the greatest civil rights battle of our generation.


Cover North Dakota’s Heartbeat Bill and the Month’s Pro-Life Events in Prayer! Then, Take Action! And Never Cease Praising God!

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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Let’s welcome in the New Year with prayer, action and praise!   How exciting to know we reach the throne of El Elyon, “God Most High”, when we pray and offer up praise and that He is with us as we seek to protect those created in His image.


  • Pray for the Rally for Life Bismarck event to be held this Sunday on the steps of our State Capitol put on by North Dakota Right to Life.
  • Pray for the March for Life event in Washington, D.C., on January 22 and pro-life events around the country being held throughout the month.
  • Pray for Concerned Women for America and Young Women for America as they put on the Pro-Life is Pro-Woman Brunch and Lobby Day to coincide with the March for Life.  Janne Myrdal, our State Director of Media will be there!  Pray for the lobbying our ladies will be doing in the halls of Congress that day and that government leaders see the light of God’s truth about life!
  • Prayer request from Ron Fisher, Esq.:

As many of you know, I have been representing the State of North Dakota in a lawsuit challenging a law passed by the 2013 legislature which prohibits an abortion after the heartbeat of the unborn child is detected. That usually occurs about 6 weeks after conception. The abortionists in Fargo brought a federal court lawsuit challenging that law. Both the North Dakota federal district court and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals have said that the North Dakota law is unconstitutional based upon current US Supreme Court jurisprudence.

We recently received word that all of the justices of the Supreme Court will be meeting in a private conference on Friday, January 22, 2016, to consider North Dakota’s petition. That happens to be the exact date, 43 years ago, that the Supreme Court instituted legal abortion by deciding Roe v. Wade. So we should know shortly thereafter whether the Court will agree to hear the case and reach a decision by the end of June.

 Take Action:

  • CWA of North Dakota strongly encourages you to attend the Rally for Life Bismarck if at all possible.

Rally for Life Bismarck – Sunday, January 17 – State Capitol steps – 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Click here for more information.

  •  Pass this e-information on to friends, family and your pastor today.

Praise God!  Isn’t it true, we can never praise God enough?  I’ve heard it said there aren’t enough lifetimes we could live to adequately give God the He deserves!  Today, we trust the “God Most High” who will never vacate His high throne.

“Oh Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
You have set Your glory above the heavens!
Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have ordained strength
Because of Your enemies,
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.”
Psalm 8: 1, 2

CWA of North Dakota Responds to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards Visit to Fargo With Message of Life

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On the night President Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood came to Fargo, Linda Thorson, CWA of North Dakota State Director joined more than 100 others to sing Christmas Carols about the Newborn King near an empty manger to bring awareness of all the babies who are not on earth because of abortion.

Several media sources covered their appearance.

View WDAY 6 News at 5 coverage: Protestors Picket Downtown Fargo Planned Parenthood Event
Read Valley News Live’s coverage: Planned Parenthood President visits FM area
Read Peace Garden Passage blog: Glitz, Glamour And An Empty Manger: Cecile Richards Visits Fargo

CWA of North Dakota Commends State Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s Move to Appeal the Heartbeat Bill to the Supreme Court

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Concerned Women for America of North Dakota stands in strong support of providing basic protection to human life from the very first stages of existence. “I believe a heartbeat demonstrates there is life in the womb. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s move to appeal HB 1456 to the U.S. Supreme Court is supported by CWA of North Dakota,” stated CWA of North Dakota State Director, Linda Thorson.

The heartbeat bill, HB 1456 would put limitations on abortion after determination of detectable heartbeat in an unborn child and would provide grounds for disciplinary action for physicians; and to provide a penalty.

The heartbeat bill based on solid scientific evidence demonstrates the humanity of embryonic human life. The advancement of science and technology now give us amazing and convincing clarity as to when life begins. It is no longer a valid debate over when life starts, but rather the debate, as it should have always been, is whether life deserves full protection under our laws. The courts have left the State with a legitimate interest from the outset of pregnancy to protect the life – or potential life, of the baby. What is set before us today as a State is simple: Is the human being an individual member of the species homo sapiens at the very first stages of development? And does, therefore, this unborn child deserve the full protection under North Dakota laws regardless of gestational age? CWA believes it does. We think it is incumbent on the court to secure the rights of all human beings under the law.

Read CWA of North Dakotas Testimony given on January 30, 2013 before the North Dakota House Human Services Committee.

State Leader Spotlight: Linda Thorson

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We recently sat down with CWA of North Dakota Interim State Director Linda Thorson to get to know her better and find out why she chose to work with Concerned Women for America (CWA).

What CWA Core Issue is your policy passion?

Sexual Exploitation

sdWashington09How did you get started with CWA?

I am a CWA leader in our state because of the leadership of Beverly LaHaye and Penny Nance.  These women serve their Savior by bringing the story of redemption into the public square.  Like them, I want to live my life in such a way that others know I follow Jesus.  I don’t have a list of successes nor do I have a long list of worldly accomplishments, but I do have the knowledge that Jesus is honored through the work of CWA and to Him I am thankful.

Tell us about a cool opportunity you’ve had to serve God through CWA.

I had the opportunity to testify before the State Senate Judiciary Committee in support of SB 2107, relating to the Uniform Act on Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking. SB 2107 would help victims by penalizing predators and dangerous individuals who use the threat of force, abduction, serious harm, or physical restraint on an individual. The bill would help identify women and children who are victims of sexual predators or human trafficking and would stop providing perpetrators with opportunities to cover up and continue their crimes.

I also had the opportunity to send a testimony to the North Dakota Senators on the Judiciary Committee in opposition to SB 2279. SB 2279 would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to legal or corporate nondiscrimination codes and in turn, discriminate against people with traditional views. I was pleased to stand up for First Amendment principles and tell North Dakota leadership that sexual preference should not trump the rights of free speech and freedom of religion.

Lin Sex Trafficking testimony Jan 28 2015 c

Why CWA?

Bathgate-20120625-00270When I look in the world of politics or even in the church community, I am often troubled.  However, I praise God for the many ways He is using CWA today to shine a light into the darkness. I am so very grateful to be a part of the ministry of CWA by meeting with others to pray and to be led into action!  Together we stand firm on the promises of God, “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”   To God be the glory!

By the way, I didn’t find myself one day a confident outspoken person ready for leadership!  Instead, I heard God’s call, and I answered, “I will follow where You lead”.  I would still be living my life in my prayer closet and not be active if I had waited for the skills I believe make a successful state leader.  Instead today, I walk in faith preparing for the day when I may be asked, “What did you do?”  It is my desire to answer, “I followed a Risen Savior and Holy God to where broken people live.”

Call to Action

Like Linda, right now you may feel unqualified to lead. But just as Linda’s story shows, if you are obedient to God’s call, He will equip you with the skills that you need when you need them. Do it today! For more information on how to lead or join a CWA State Chapter or Prayer/Action Chapter, attend events and rallies, sign petitions, and much more, visit

CWA of North Dakota State Director Janne Myrdal Speaks Out in Washington, D.C., Concerning Planned Parenthood and the Iran Deal

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Janne had a full schedule earlier this week in Washington, D.C., as she as she attended several meetings, a rally on the lawn of the Capitol, lobbied North Dakota representatives, attended a hearing before the House Judiciary and more concerning the issue of Planned Parenthood selling baby parts and opposition to the Iran Deal.

Watch Janne Myrdal on 6:30 Point Of View show on Valley News Live TONIGHT at 6:30 p.m. as she talks about her time in Washington.

Watch CWA CEO and President Penny Nance’s speech at the Stop the Iran Deal Capitol Rally.

Join CWA of North Dakota as We Do All We Can to Stop Abortion

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Imagine the future for just a minute.  A young child asks you, “What did you do about stopping abortion?”

How will you answer?

We continue to do all we can to STOP the killing of our unborn children.  Please join us!

Tuesday Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s (D-North Dakota) office implied she would oppose S. 1553, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth. “Senator Heitkamp believes reproductive decisions should be left to a woman, her family, and her doctor, and it isn’t up to the government to determine what that timeline should be,” spokeswoman Abigail McDonough wrote in an e-mail.

Just seven years ago, Heitkamp’s views were quite polar to her views today.  She said, “I do not support public funding of abortions, and believe that late term abortions should be illegal except when necessary to save the life of the mother.”

Even in 2012, during her Senate campaign, she still asserted the same views.  “I do not support public funding of abortions, and believe that late term abortions should be illegal except when necessary to save the life of the mother.”

What happened?  Something happened. This is especially sad when you consider the evidence now available that shows the unborn child can feel excruciating pain at five months of age and older.   I have to believe is it the money Sen. Heitkamp has received from Planned Parenthood that made her such an abortion proponent today!

In August Sen. Heitkamp voted to continue sending taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood.  In response CWA of North Dakota members flooded her office with calls asking why she would support America’s largest abortion business in light of the investigative videos revealing the sale of abortive babies’ body parts.  (The ninth video was released Tuesday.  View all videos here.)  Thank you to all of you who contacted the Senator on this issue.

It’s Time to Speak Up Again!

  1. Call Sen. Heidi Heitkamp today at 202-224-2043.  Ask her to change her stand and support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
  2. Please ask like-minded people to do the same!

It’s no time to be silent!  “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”  Proverbs 31:8

Please Join Us in Prayer:  Heavenly Father, We speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all those who are destitute.  Let us not grow weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up! (Galatians 6:9)  We praise You Almighty God that You are the Creator of all living things and that You form children in the womb.  Bring us deliverance from the evil of abortion.  Forgive us our trespasses.  In the Mighty Name of our Redeemer, Jesus.  Amen,

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Information on both North Dakotan’s and American’s view on S 1553 and S 1553 type legislation:

From August 25-27, 2015, Meeting Street Research conducted a statewide survey of North Dakotans concerning S 1553.  The survey had a sample size of 500 registered voters. Highlights from the polling:

  • Support for legislation picks up substantial support across party line with majorities of Republicans (76 percent), Independents (64 percent) and Democrats (63 percent) in support.
  • North Dakota women support this legislation in higher numbers than men. A majority (71 percent) of women support this legislation, including 74 percent of women ages 18-54.
  • Sixty-nine percent of all North Dakota voters support this legislation, compared with 21 percent opposed. Only 12% of voters oppose the limit because they think abortion should be legal after 20 weeks.

Earlier this year, the U.S. House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in a bipartisan vote of 242-184. Additionally, 14 states have passed state-based versions of this legislation. National polling by Quinnipiac, National Journal, Huffington Post, NBC/Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post/ABC News all found that a plurality or majority of Americans support limiting abortion after five months and that women support the measure in higher proportions than men.