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CWA of North Dakota Asks for Your Help In Supporting Israel as We Oppose the Iran Deal

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It’s your voice, so let it be heard!  A bad deal is worse than no deal!

The deal made with Iran regarding its nuclear program lifts sanctions and unlocks hundreds of billions of dollars to a regime in Iran which supports the terror groups that target American lives here and abroad.  A regime that screams “death to America” means it!   Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) must be challenged to not follow politics here but the lessons of history and the deeply held values of North Dakota citizens.   Our state legislature passed a resolution in support of Israel, HR 3029, with overwhelming support.  It commended the nation of Israel for its cordial and mutually beneficial relationship with the United States and with the state of North Dakota.  North Dakota understands the friendship we have with this small yet powerful ally in the Middle East.

Penny Young Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee stated, “The content of this deal with Iran is greatly troubling. It is a bad deal for the U.S., our ally Israel, and the four American hostages who were left behind.

“The inclusion that the United Nations embargo on arms and ballistic missiles sales to Iran will be lifted makes the U.S. vulnerable and places Israel in formidable danger. No deal is better than a bad deal that locks in the negative consequences currently incorporated.

“Concerned Women for America members reject the administration’s talking point for not including the American hostages in this deal, that their freedom is a separate issue. What could be more central to normalizing relations with any country than their treatment of our fellow countrymen? The president’s willingness to leave American hostages behind is unacceptable.

“The American people have not forgotten Pastor Saeed Abendini, former Marine Amir Hekati, Washington Post Iran Bureau Chief Jason Rezaian, and ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson. That is why Concerned Women for America LAC will be working to oppose the deal with Iran and specifically the fact that it leaves American hostages behind. Our hope is that political figures and fellow citizens will gather to show support for those forgotten by this administration.”

Take Action:

  1. Contact U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp at 202-224-2043 and/or e-mail her. Respectfully ask Sen. Heitkamp to show her support for Israel and to join her colleagues Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) and Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota At-large District) in rejecting the Iran Deal.
  2. Please pass this on to like-minded friends and family.  Ask them to pray and take action.

Pray:

  • Pray for our hostages and their families that God will move in miraculous ways and bring the four men home safely to their families.
  • Pray that Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has the wisdom to see the need to stand with Israel and keep strong sanctions in place!
  • Pray for the leaders of CWA as they work on Capitol Hill to stop this bad deal with Iran.
  • Pray for the CWA of North Dakota volunteers who are set to travel to Washington to assist in the work on Capitol Hill.

We are indeed here “for such a time as this”, and we must be willing to be the Esthers of our time!

“I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)

Click here form more information on this important issue.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Supports on a National Level What is Illegal in North Dakota – The Selling of Baby Parts

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Last week Sen. Heidi Heitkamp had an opportunity to vote YES on a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. She chose to vote NO despite the overwhelming evidence that Planned Parenthood is in the business of selling baby parts across the country. View all five incriminating videos here that were put out by The Center for Medical Progress. (The Center for Medical Progress has stated that they have more videos that will be released.)

Read more about it, Janne Myrdal: Heidi Heitkamp Should Vote Down Funding For Planned Parenthood.

It is hard to face the atrocities occurring in Planned Parenthood facilities and in research institutions throughout our nation. How 53 federal lawmakers ignored facts when they voted not to Defund Planned Parenthood is beyond me! Did they even take the time to view the videos? The vote was 53-46. They could not have possibly viewed the videos and then voted not to defund. A very sad day for our U.S. Senate either way.

A special thank you to those of you who have been responding in both prayer and action after receiving our e-alerts on this subject. Keep up the great work!

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: ‘Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.’ See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:1-15

What you can do:

  1. As women committed to the sanctity of life, stand with CEO of Concerned Women for America, Penny Young Nance, and pray for the day clinics will be closed and every clinic worker and post-abortive mother will hear the message of healing and love!
  2. Call (202 224-2043) or e-mail Sen.Heidi Heitkamp. Tell her you are disappointed she did not vote to defund Planned Parenthood.  We need to let her know the fight for the life of the unborn child continues!
  3. Send a donation to CWA of North Dakota.  In just a few weeks, a volunteer member of our CWA state leadership team will be traveling out of state to meet with national pro-life leaders to strategize.  Can you help cover her travel expenses?  Donate online or send to the address below.
  4. Consider starting a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter.   Let’s not stand by and let the opportunity pass to STOP ABORTIONS.  A Prayer/Action Chapter is a group of people who meet, usually once a month to pray, learn and take action regarding legislation that falls under CWA’s seven core issues. Click here to find out more.

Read Summary of the Center for Medical Progress Videos.

Enough is enough! CWA of North Dakota Calls for Planned Parenthood to Be Investigated on Both a National and State Level

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Planned Parenthood betrays women and should not be receiving federal funds.  They must be investigated on both a national and state level immediately.

View what Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America CEO and President, had to say at a press conference in Washington, D.C., yesterday.

Please take action:

  1. Click here and view all disturbing videos.
    After viewing do your part by signing our petition.  We need as many signatures as possible to present to the Senate as they take up the defunding of Planned Parenthood before they break for the August recess.  We will continue to collect signatures and want to have thousands of signatures to take to the Congress when they return in September.
  2. IMMEDIATELY – Contact Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) at 202-224-2551 and Sen. Heidi Heitcamp (D-North Dakota) at 202-224-2043 and ask them to defund Planned Parenthood.  In addition ask Sen. Heitcamp to return the money Planned Parenthood contributed to her campaign.  Planned Parenthood was the second largest contributor to her campaign and she continues to defend them at this point.The Senate is scheduled to address the defunding of Planned Parenthood before they leave for the summer break. Possibly as early as Monday.
  3. Contact Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-at-large District) at 202-225-2611. Ask for a congressional investigation into the practices of Planned Parenthood and an immediate defunding of Planned Parenthood.
  4. Your Members of Congress may be holding town hall meetings while they are in the state during the August recess.  Attend those meetings and respectfully ask them for a congressional investigation and an immediate defunding of Planned Parenthood.  Ask them where they stand on this issue.
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Please pray:  Ask the Lord to give those who end up investigating on a national level the wisdom to discover the truth and the courage to speak it. Pray the pressure on all those supporting Planned Parenthood intensifies and they withdraw their support.

CWA of North Dakota Asks You to Help!

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A hearty thank you to those who responded to our July 15 e-alert about the undercover video of a Planned Parenthood representative casually describing the harvesting of baby body parts.  As many of you know, a second undercover video has been provided showing another senior executive of Planned Parenthood haggling over baby organ prices.

Political pressure brought on by your phone calls and e-mails have been effective! The pressure needs to continue until an investigation is official. Encourage friends and family to do the same.

Though we only have one abortion clinic in our state, and it is not a Planned Parenthood facility, two of our legislators are extremely pro-Planned Parenthood and need to be held accountable for their support of Planned Parenthood. They are State Sen. Kathy Hawkin (R–District 46, Fargo) and U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota). Both have very strong ties to Planned Parenthood and are, therefore, tied to the recent atrocities unless they publicly distance themselves.

Take Action:

  1. Contact State Sen. Kathy Hawkin at 701-293-5483 or e-mail her.  In 2015 Ms. Hawkin received a Prochoice Award in Washington D.C. from Planned Parenthood Action. Respectfully ask Sen. Hawkin to demonstrate true leadership in the area of women’s health and return her award to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood’s medical practices are inhumane, and no state leader should accept approval from such an inhumane organization!
  2. Contact U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp at 202-224-2043 or e-mail her. Respectfully ask Sen. Heitkamp to demonstrate her support for women’s health care and return campaign funds she received from Planned Parenthood. In addition ask her to join her colleagues Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) and Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota At-large District) in demanding Planned Parenthood be investigated.
  3. Contact U.S. Sen. John Hoeven at 202-224-2551 or e-mail him. Enthusiastically thank him for calling for an investigation.
  4. Contact U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer at 202-225-2611 or e-mail him and, if you haven’t already as referenced in our last e-alert, enthusiastically thank him for calling for an investigation.
  5. Listen to Janne Myrdal’s radio interview on “What’s on Your Mind?” with radio host Scott Hennen (Begins at 44:53) on a variety of pro-life issues including her recommendation to contact Sen. Hawkins and Sen. Heitkamp.

North Dakota Concerned Women for America is asking YOU to speak up and show your support for the health and life of mothers and their children. Your calls and e-mails make a difference!

Pray: Pray that State Sen. Kathy Hawkin and U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp will do the right thing and remove themselves from the clutches of Planned Parenthood. Pray for the staff working in the abortion industry like Dr. Deborah Nucatola and Dr. Mary Gatter who are seen on the videos. As you can be sure, the stress in their lives has risen to a level they may not have ever experienced. Pray they hear the Lord’s call to the saving knowledge of His Son Jesus Christ. Lastly, pray for our Christian leaders and pastors that by God’s strength they show true love and speak the truth from God’s Word.

“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse. Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25: 1-5

Added note: Some of you may have seen attempts by some liberals to deflect the claims made by those who produced the video. Read our response, The Left has Left out Details (Again).

The Battle for Life Continues in North Dakota as the Courts Strike Down Heartbeat Legislation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2015

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
JANNE MYRDAL
701-331-0946
ndcwfa@gmail.com

 

The Battle for Life Continues in North Dakota

as the Courts Strike Down Heartbeat Legislation

 

Bismark, N.D. — Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling striking down North Dakota’s heartbeat legislation.  Penny Nance CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA) said:

Though we are obviously disappointed by the ultimate outcome of the case, the Eighth Circuit gave us a thoughtful decision that outlines the many impervious, unwise and plainly unscientific aspects of the Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence.  We are encouraged by the court’s careful approach at this difficult issue.

CWA members are committed to the protection of every human child in North Dakota and around the country to restore the Founders’ vision of the intrinsic value and dignity of every human life as given by our Creator.  This small setback will not deter us one bit.

Janne Myrdal, State Director for CWA of North Dakota, had this to say:

You know we have a problem in our country on this issue when courts are required to follow the Supreme Court’s definition of “viability” ignoring many medical professionals and clear scientific advances.  The Eighth Circuit itself recognizes that “the [Supreme] Court’s viability standard has proven unsatisfactory.”

Most important of all is the court’s recognition that such matters are “better left to the states, which might find their interest in protecting unborn children better served by a more consistent and certain marker than viability.” It’s time for the court’s to stop imposing its view of the “meaning of life” on the country.  The time has come for this sort of judicial tyranny to end.

 

Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.

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20 Important Quotes from MKB Management Corp. v. Stenehjem

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The 8th Circuit affirms the striking down of ND’s Heartbeat Legislation.
Here are 20 important quotes from the case:

  1. Because there is no genuine dispute that H.B. 1456 generally prohibits abortions before viability—as the Supreme Court has defined that concept—and because we are bound by Supreme Court precedent holding that states may not prohibit pre-viability abortions, we must affirm the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the plaintiffs.

  2. The evolution in the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence reflects its increasing recognition of states’ profound interest in protecting unborn children.

  3. [A]lso bound by the Court’s statement that viability is the time “when, in the judgment of the attending physician on the particular facts of the case before him, there is a reasonable likelihood of the fetus’ sustained survival outside the womb, with or without artificial support.”

  4. Dr. Obrtisch’s definition of viability differs from the Supreme Court’s…

  5. Although controlling Supreme Court precedent dictates the outcome in this case, good reasons exist for the Court to reevaluate its jurisprudence.

  6. [T]he Court’s viability standard has proven unsatisfactory because it gives too little consideration to the “substantial state interest in potential life throughout pregnancy.”

  7. By deeming viability “the point at which the balance of interests tips,” the Court has tied a state’s interest in unborn children to developments in obstetrics, not to developments in the unborn. This leads to troubling consequences for states seeking to protect unborn children. (Internal citation omitted.)

  8. How it is consistent with a state’s interest in protecting unborn children that the same fetus would be deserving of state protection in one year but undeserving of state protection in another is not clear. The Supreme Court has posited there are “logical and biological justifications” for choosing viability as the critical point. But this choice is better left to the states, which might find their interest in protecting unborn children better served by a more consistent and certain marker than viability. (Emphasis added, internal citation omitted.)

  9. Here, the North Dakota legislature has determined that the critical point for asserting its interest in potential life is the point at which an unborn child possesses a detectable heartbeat. “To substitute its own preference to that of the legislature in this area is not the proper role of a court.” (Internal citation omitted.)

  10. By taking this decision away from the states, the Court has also removed the states’ ability to account for “advances in medical and scientific technology [that] have greatly expanded our knowledge of prenatal life,”

  11. “[B]ecause the Court’s rulings have rendered basic abortion policy beyond the power of our legislative bodies, the arms of representative government may not meaningfully debate” medical and scientific advances. (Internal citation omitted.)

  12. Thus the Court’s viability standard fails to fulfill Roe’s “promise that the State has an interest in protecting fetal life or potential life.” Casey,

  13. Medical and scientific advances further show that the concept of viability is itself subject to change. The Court has already acknowledged that viability continues to occur earlier in pregnancy.

  14. When the Court decided Roe in 1973, viability generally occurred at 28 weeks. In 1992, viability “sometimes” occurred at 23 to 24 weeks. Today, viability generally occurs at 24 weeks, but it may occur weeks earlier. (Internal citations omitted.)

  15. “Roe’s assumption that the decision to abort a baby will be made in close consultation with a woman’s private physician is called into question by” declarations from women who have had abortions.

  16. The declaration by Dr. John Thorp, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, further states that “coercion or pressure prior to the termination of pregnancy occurs with frequency.”

  17. The declarations from women who have had abortions also show abortions may cause adverse consequences for the woman’s health and well-being.

  18. Dr. Obritsch also explained some studies support a connection between abortion and breast cancer.

  19. We further observe that the pseudonymously named plaintiffs in two of the Supreme Court’s foundational abortion cases later advocated against those very decisions.

  20. In short, the continued application of the Supreme Court’s viability standard discounts the legislative branch’s recognized interest in protecting unborn children.


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CWA of North Dakota SPEAKS OUT Against the Selling of Baby Body Parts

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It is a federal felony to traffic human body parts! This week a shocking video from an undercover investigation shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola describing how selling body parts of aborted children is part of the Planned Parenthood business plan! View disturbing video.

Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America CEO and President,

“Thirty to one hundred dollars; that’s the price Planned Parenthood appears to be profiting per dead baby. The recent video of Planned Parenthood’s senior director of Medical Services is just the latest in a laundry list of scandals, including aiding and abetting sex traffickers, giving sexual bondage instructions to children, cheating the government, sex-selection abortions, blatant racism, and the failure to report the molestation and rape of minors.

“There appears to be no depths to which this organization won’t stoop for money. When will the federal government wake up and follow the lead of the ten courageous governors who have cut funding to Planned Parenthood?

It’s time for Congress to say ‘Enough!’ If Planned Parenthood provides any worthy services, then they should have no problem raising funds like the thousands of other charities around this nation. Wake up America!”

Silence is not an option! Take action and pray on behalf of unborn babies!

Take Action: Contact Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) (202-224-2551/e-mail), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) (202-224-2043/e-mail) and Rep. Kevin Cramer (202-225-2611/e-mail) Ask for a congressional investigation and an immediate defunding of Planned Parenthood.

Pray: 2 Timothy says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” We are reminded that it isn’t easy. 2 Corinthians 4:6-9 “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” We should not fear man. Man cannot take our soul. We need to take heart during these times. Have courage. Put on the full armor of God and speak boldly as we speak. And having done all stand.

Dear Heavenly Father, the God of all creation, forgive us our trespasses. We will no longer be silent. Boldly we speak the truth in love, knowing that Jesus is the victory. Break the hearts of our leaders for what breaks Yours. Destroy the walls of deception and shine the light on the evilness of abortion. As we serve You our Risen Savior, we call on the surpassing power that is from You, not us.

Silence is not an option.

Protect North Dakota Citizens and Businesses that Support Biblical Marriage

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PLEASE take action and pray on behalf of Biblical marriage now and ask others to do the same!

In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling on marriage, CWA of North Dakota is making moves to protect marriage in North Dakota:

First, we are asking Gov. Jack Dalrymple to protect our First Amendment rights by issuing an executive order to prevent state agencies from discriminating against or penalizing citizens and organizations that believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Take Action: Please join us by calling Gov. Jack Dalrymple at (701) 328-2200, or contact him through the web, and ask him to “protect our First Amendment rights by issuing an executive order to prevent state agencies from discriminating against or penalizing citizens and organizations that believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”

Pray: Pray for our state and our country. May we allow faith leaders and citizens to honor God’s design for marriage which is intended to reflect the unity shared by Adam and Eve for a life time. Pray for our leaders to understand God’s design for marriage, for Genesis 2:24 says when a man and a woman commit to marry they “become one flesh”. It is the very reason we say, “Till death do us part.”

Second, CWA of North Dakota is asking our two North Dakota Senators to support and sponsor the First Amendment Defense Act, S1598. This federal piece of legislation prohibits the federal government from discriminating against any citizen, business, charity or school, based on their belief that marriage is the union of a man and woman.

Take Action: Please join us and ask Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) (202-224-2551/e-mail) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) (202-224-2043/e-mail) to support and sponsor the First Amendment Defense Act, S1598.

Pray: Pray that as believers we speak the truth in love. Pray for understanding that marriage is not a human convention based on a tradition or self-interest but instead, Scripture teaches that marriage is divine, not merely a human institution. It is God who joins marriage partners together. Ecclesiastes 4:12 “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three stands is not quickly broken.”

Lastly, CWA of North Dakota has thanked Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota-at-large District) for sponsoring the First Amendment Defense Act, HB 2802 in the House of Representatives. CWA of North Dakota is proud to know Rep. Cramer is one of the original sponsors of HB 2802!

Take Action: Please join us in thanking Rep. Kevin Cramer (202-225-2611/e-mail) for sponsoring the First Amendment Defense Act, HB 2802.

Pray: Let us stand together as Paul instructs in Ephesians 3:10-11, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” It is through prayer God can heal and build up our families and our leaders.

It is time to support North Dakota business owners and state agency employees who believe in Biblical marriage between one man and one woman who will need protection from discrimination or penalty for their beliefs. Make phone calls, write e-mails and pray, today!

Please forward this on to friends and family and encourage them to pray and take action.