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Urgent Update on North Dakota’s Anti-Marriage Bill, SB 2043 — Senate Votes TODAY! (1/10/2017) 

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Great news! Thank you, CWA friends, for responding to the e-alerts sent out last week!   The senators on the Judiciary Committee heard you and, as a result, the bill to amend North Dakota Century Code relating to the definition of marriage and the recognition of marital relationships came out of committee yesterday with the majority voting with us 4-2. We were heard!  

This bill now will be voted on by the Senate tomorrow, January 10.  

Take Action: It is very important that you contact lawmakers in the Senate this morning and voice your disapproval of Senate Bill 2043.  Every email and phone call is counted!   Call and/or email these state senators.  Tell them you uphold traditional marriage, and ask them to vote down, SB 2043.

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Example of the email message you may consider leaving:
Dear Honorable Anderson,
I support marriage between one man and one woman.  Please vote down SB 2043.
Thank you,
Jane Doe, Fortuna, ND

Pray that our state leaders do not change the laws in our state Century Code to redefine God’s plan for marriage. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them,” (Genesis 1:27).

Thank you for partnership in this issue.  Together we are making a difference!

CWA of North Dakota State Director Visits Senator Heitkamp’s Office

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As the state’s largest public policy women’s organization, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota brought a message to U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s (D-North Dakota) Grand Forks office on Friday.  I met with one of her staff members and asked him to relay to her that the members of CWA of North Dakota request that Sen. Heitkamp confirm her colleague Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) on his nomination for U.S. Attorney General.  Her staffer guaranteed me that Sen. Heitkamp would receive the message.

It is clear Sen. Heitkamp believes Sen. Sessions is an honorable man; she has co-sponsored legislation with him like the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act, aimed at helping small businesses, and the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, meant to hold the Executive Branch accountable on its infamous Iran deal negotiations.

CWA of North Dakota supports Sen. Sessions based on his outstanding and honorable record of protecting civil rights throughout his career.  In fact, Sen. Sessions has made equal justice under the law the cornerstone of his career.  Sen. Sessions’ record shows he is more than qualified to take on this important position. Click here to read more about our position on Sessions which includes my letter to the editor on InForum.com.

The hearing is tomorrow and Wednesday, January 10 and 11. Your prayer and action are needed!

Please pray: Pray for Sen. Heitkamp and her staff.  Pray that they would see the wisdom in supporting Sen. Sessions and then confirm his nomination.

Please take action: Call Sen. Heitkamp’s office at (701) 775-9601 and/or e-mail her.  Let her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota, that you are grateful the staff in Sen. Heitkamp’s Grand Forks office met with your State Director, and that you would like for her to strongly consider all that was communicated during that meeting.  Ask her to support the confirmation of Sen. Sessions as U.S. Attorney General. If time allows, please write her at 33 South Third Street, Suite B, Grand Forks, ND 58201.

 

 

Urgent Update on the Anti Biblical Marriage Bill

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“And He answered and said to them, ‘Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning “made them male and female,” (Matthew 19:4)

Thank you for contacting the State Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee in regards to SB 2043, a bill to amend North Dakota Century Code relating to the definition of marriage and the recognition of marital relationships.  The proposed changes effectively negate state laws safeguarding marriage between one man and one woman.

The North Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee met on Wednesday but did not vote.  They plan to vote on January 9.

 Our voices were heard; however there is a renewed effort by the supporters of the bill!  I have heard from several state capitol contacts and the opposition is coming out in large numbers. We need you!  This is not the time to be quiet.

Please contact, or contact again, lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee and voice your disapproval of Senate Bill 2043 relating to the definition of marriage in North Dakota.

Take Action!   Email and/or call the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Tell them you uphold traditional marriage and ask them to vote down SB 2043.  Then, aggressively contact friends and family via e-mail, Facebook, text, tweet, etc., and ask them to do the same.

Sen. Kelly Armstrong (R- District 36at 701-227-0811 or e-mail [email protected]

Sen. Diane Larson (R-District 30) at 701-400-7218 or e-mail [email protected]

Sen. Larry Luick (R-District 25) at 701-474-5959 or e-mail [email protected]

Sen. Janne Myrdal (R-District 10) at 701-331-0946 or e-mail [email protected]

Sen. Carolyn Nelson (R-District 21) at 701-235-5161 or e-mail [email protected]

Sen. Arne Osland (R-District 20) at 701-436-6155 or e-mail [email protected]

Pray that our state leaders will support Biblical marriage and prevent the erosion of religious liberty and the legal and cultural imposition of anti-Judeo-Christian philosophies upon our society will stop.

Thank you in advance for your diligent prayers and actions.

 

 

 

 

 

A Law to Change North Dakota Century Code Relating to Marriage

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As a result of a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage (United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S., 2015), a bill will be introduced during the North Dakota Legislative Session on Wednesday, January 4 to amend North Dakota Century Code relating to the definition of marriage and the recognition of marital relationships.  The proposed changes would negate North Dakota laws safeguarding marriage between one man and one woman.

These changes are unnecessary and only advocated to appease those that support same-sex marriage. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota stands on God’s Word and believes it is a mistake to redefine marriage in our state Century Code in response to a divisive Supreme Court decision.

We need you!  Please contact lawmakers TODAY on the Senate Judiciary Committee and voice your disapproval of Senate Bill 2043 relating to the definition of marriage in North Dakota.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota holds high respect for the distinctiveness of men and women.   The consequences to same-sex marriage laws are profound.  It is extremely important that our state not bow down to federal government interference. Our freedoms of speech, press, religion and association are all affected by the issue of same-sex marriage.  It is not “homophobic” to disapprove of same-sex marriage.

CWA of North Dakota understands the family is to be esteemed as the bedrock institution of society consisting of individuals related by blood, marriage (the legal union of one man and one woman), birth, or adoption. We hold high respect for the distinctiveness of men and women. It is our desire that society value and respect marriage, encourage sexual abstinence before marriage and educate on the dangers of promiscuous sexuality.

Senate Bill 2043, a bill to amend and reenact North Dakota Century Code relating to the definition of marriage and the recognition of marital relationships, is an attempt to eliminate natural distinctions between men and women and shows disrespect for family and for the unique contribution of fathers and mothers.  Once the definition of marriage of one man and one woman has been changed, the number of individuals in a marital relationship becomes arbitrary as well!
Senate Bill 2043 will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, January 4.

Take Action:
1. Call and/or e-mail these State Senators on the Judiciary Committee.  Tell them you uphold traditional marriage and ask them to vote down SB2043.

2. Forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to contact the Judiciary Committee concerning SB 2043.

Pray:

  1. Our leaders will support Biblical marriage and protect each individual’s exercise of faith with an understanding that religious liberty is provided in the U.S. Constitution.
  2. Our state leaders will prevent the erosion of religious liberty and the legal and the cultural imposition of anti-Judeo-Christian philosophies upon our society will stop.

“And He answered and said to them, ‘Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning “made them male and female,” and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate’” (Matthew 19:4-6).

Thanks in advance for your prayer and action!

Casting Upon the Waters

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As we enter into 2017, my prayer for every believer involved with CWA of North Dakota is that we enter the year with hope and trust in God and diligently work to protect, defend and promote traditional Biblical values, especially the life of the unborn.

Hope in His Timing

As the Israelites waited for the promised Messiah, there were times of discouragement and unfaithfulness. Simeon and Anna, however, did not give up hope!  Daily, they were in the temple praying and waiting.  And so it was that they praised God when Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to be dedicated. “Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel’” (Luke 2:28-32).

Trust in His Timing

Although He often does not act according to our timetable, God is always on time.  We remember, “When the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman … that we might receive the full rights of sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).

Diligence in Casting

What part do we play as we stay in hope and trust God’s timing?  What are we believers to do?  “Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again.  Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.  If clouds are full of water, they pour rain upon the earth.  Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there will it lie.  Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.  As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.  Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well” (Ecclesiastes 11:1-6).

Our part to play is diligence and action. The Most High God’s design often isn’t for automatic success.  He challenges us to be diligent as we wait for the results.  We will win some and lose some.  We are asked to start and not make excuses or give up, but to be diligent in our refusal to quit.

Keep casting. Though our success may not be immediate, keep casting.  Because He desires it in both our hearts and deeds, keep casting.

May 2017 be a year of casting, for His glory.

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]
nd.cwfa.org

PRESS RELEASE: CWA of North Dakota Responds to Ohio Governor John Kasich’s Veto

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Park River, North Dakota – Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota is deeply saddened by Gov. John Kasich’s veto of the Ohio “Heartbeat Bill” yesterday.  His decision is extremely disappointing for those across our nation who have worked hard to pass legislation that recognizes life in the womb and his reasoning for the veto are preposterous.  Gov. Kasich tries to justify his decision by suggesting the legislation would not pass judicial scrutiny.  It is not his role to act as a member of the judicial branch.  He should have signed this bill and let the judicial process play out.

Honestly, Ohio’s laws may be able to survive in the courts with President-Elect Donald Trump in the White House and the fact that he will be able to appoint at least one conservative justice.  President-Elect Donald Trump has promised to place a pro-life justice in the seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February.

In North Dakota the fetal “Heartbeat Bill” was signed into law by Gov. Jack Dalrymple in March 2013. In July 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit blocked the bill and the case was appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). SCOTUS denied hearing the case and let the decision of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals stand.

In January 2016, after an injunction of the North Dakota Heartbeat Bill, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 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.  It is unfortunate Gov. Kasich didn’t heed the advice of these justices and allow the judicial process to play out.

Instead, Gov. Kasich abandoned his 2015 pro-life platform statement, “The governor is a strong, consistent and committed believer in the sanctity of human life,” and supported science-deniers by his refusal 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.

Science has leaped forward since the Roe v. Wade decision over 40 years ago.  It is time for us to recognize medical science and put an end to abortion on demand.  At the least, for now, we must protect the life of a child with a heartbeat.  CWA of North Dakota will not be silenced until the greatest civil rights battle of our generation is won for those in the womb. The heartbeat bill is one step closer to that goal.

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

Thank You and Merry Christmas from CWA of North Dakota

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rejoiceDear Faithful Friend,

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year from Concerned Women for America of North Dakota!  Although the humanistic world strives to silence the message of God’s love and redemption, the light of truth and hope cannot be extinguished!  The light of Christ shines for eternity because of the amazing gift we have been given!  “For unto us a child is born; unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Thank you for joining with CWA of North Dakota in our efforts. Throughout the year I have been regularly reminded of your faithfulness to defend America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and Biblical values in public policy. Thank you for your commitment to pray, your voice for the truth, your generosity in resources, and your votes!  You have impacted our great state and nation by your service to God, family and country. Be encouraged as we are!   Because of you, we have been able to take a stand for the unborn and against Planned Parenthood, for the privacy of women and children in restrooms, against Common Core, and much more.

We rejoice that state-wide North Dakota citizens went to the polls in support of prolife legislators.  You may have heard former CWA State Director, Janne Myrdal was elected State Senator!  We thank God for His favor of leaders that support the sanctity of life.

In a recent news release from Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, CEO and President Penny Young Nance congratulated President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, calling the election historic for reasons other than those predicted by the polls and media:

“As women of faith, mostly Evangelical, we voted based not on gender or personality but in defense of the Supreme Court, the sanctity of life, religious freedom, national security, and economic freedom.

“We believe in the power of prayer, and I believe we saw the fruit of those prayers last night. But now our work is just beginning, and you can trust we will continue to be on our knees before our Creator for the future of our nation. We must work hard to champion the issues that brought us out to the polls.”

We are grateful to have received notes of encouragement from members, like:

“Thank you for speaking out for the precious unborn babies – so needed in our community and the world.”

“Just a note to thank you for your involvement with Concerned Women for America and for your recent article in the Grand Forks Herald. God bless you in all you do!”

Please continue to pray for and partner with us.

  • We are in need of more Prayer/Action Chapters.  Want information on what it would be like to lead a Chapter?  Please contact us.
  • Are you an encourager? We are looking for volunteers who are willing to pray for a state legislator on a regular basis and send him/her a postcard once a week during the 2017 legislative session (January through April). Our legislators need our prayers and encouragement. We provide the postcards. Contact us if you would like to be a part of this group!
  • Are you on our e-alert list? If not, please contact us today and ask to be put on our e-alert list to stay updated on projects, events and legislative matters in need of your prayers and action.
  • Partner with CWA of North Dakota through your financial support. Because CWA of ND is run by volunteers, all donations go straight to the work at hand.  You can donate online or send a check to CWA of North Dakota to the address below. When you give to the state, all funds are used in the state. When you give to CWA National, all funds are used on a national level.

It is our prayer in the New Year that God’s wisdom will rule and that the name of the Lord will be praised by the Church body and all who serve the people of this state and our nation.  We remain committed to prayer as we move forward.  For we know we can do nothing apart from God, and it is only through Him that we will be able to triumph over the challenges that lie ahead.

Rejoice!  May you and your family have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year!

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
P.O. Box 213
Park River, ND 5827