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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

North Dakota Now Officially Opposes the Federal Transgender Bathroom Mandate

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Great news!  Last week North Dakota joined Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming in seeking an injunction preventing federal agencies from implementing a mandate that transgender students be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity (as opposed to their birth certificate) or the school districts will lose Federal funds under Title IX.

We have North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to thank for this courageous action as he joined the nine other state Attorneys Generals.  Please take a moment to thank him!

As you know we sent out an e-alert last May on this subject and asked you to contact Attorney General Stenehjem and other state officials concerning this issue of a federal mandate.  Thank you for responding!  You made a difference!

Now there are twenty-one states in total standing up in different ways to this federal overreach!

In a news release on Friday, July 8, Stenehjem firmly stated:

“The federal government does not have the authority to mandate that North Dakota schools require students to share locker rooms and bathrooms with children of the opposite sex.”

“North Dakota districts, not Washington bureaucrats, are in the best position to make decisions that affect our students.  And in North Dakota, the local schools already review these isolated cases as they occur to establish, on a case by case basis, the appropriate measures to protect student privacy.”

The news release sent on to say, “States are threatened with a loss of federal funds if they do not comply with the federal Title IX mandate. When a federal agency takes such unilateral action in an attempt to change the meaning of established law, it leaves state and local authorities with no other option than to pursue legal clarity in federal court in order to enforce the rule of law.”

CWA of North Dakota is grateful for your response to our May E-Alert! Your calls to the offices of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, State Superintendent of Schools Kirsten Baesler and Gov. Jack Dalrymple were heard.  We know our state leaders listened to your voice.

Take Action!

      1. Contact Mr. Stenehjem and thank him for joining the injunction to prevent federal agencies from implementing a mandate allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity (as opposed to their birth certificate). Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem:
        701 328-2210
        600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 125
        Bismarck, ND 58505
      2. Please forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to contact Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
      3. Pray!  Thank God for our leaders who have the courage to do what is right in the eyes of God and on behalf of our children.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” I Corinthians 13:4-7

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota


CWA of North Dakota Will Not Be Silent As Obama Invades Our Children’s Privacy

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The state of North Dakota needs to fight the Obama administration’s executive letter on bathroom/locker room access.

On Friday May 13, the Obama administration announced that every public school system in the country will receive a letter (The U.S. Department of Justice and Education Release a Joint   Guidance to Help Schools Ensure the Civil Rights of Transgender Students), mandating that transgender students be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their    gender identity (as opposed to their birth certificate) or the school districts will lose Federal funds under Title IX.

In a press release Friday, Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, stated, “The Obama Administration once again overstepped legal boundaries by redefining the scope and reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and slapping the heavy hand of government on local schools.  Whether or not people who identify as transgender are indeed a protected class will get worked out in the courts.  Meanwhile, schools all over this nation, which have rightly worked on a case-by-case basis to accommodate kids struggling with gender dysphoria, may be forced to violate the privacy of other students and perhaps even create trauma for the very kids Obama pretends to protect.

“Local school districts with the input of parents and health professionals should be setting school policy on such a sensitive and controversial issue, not Washington.

“Finally, the left always uses children to accomplish its goals of social reengineering. The adults closest to these children should decide what’s best for all the children in the school.  Safety and kindness should be the guiding principles, not threats from the bullies in Washington.”

As Matt Barber points out, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg acknowledges, writing in the Washington Post, “Separate places to disrobe, sleep, perform personal bodily functions are permitted, in some situations required, by regard for individual privacy.” Moreover, Congress has, without fail, rejected efforts to include “gender identity” or “sexual orientation” in federal law. It is abundantly clear that the lawmakers who drafted and passed Titles VII and IX never dreamed that “sex” might include a man laboring under the delusion that he’s a woman.

“School districts that dare defy the administration’s directive could face lawsuits and lose        millions of dollars in federal funding.  There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.”

Guess what?  At the time of this writing, Gov. Jack Dalrymple, and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem have been silent about this outrageous and incredibly dangerous order!  Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kirsten Baesler has said her department is in the process of discussing the guidance with the North Dakota Assistant Attorney General.   North Dakota officials need to be active and join officials from eight other states – West Virginia, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Maine and North Carolina – to begin to push back and sign on the brief asking a federal appeals court to re-hear a case in which it sided with a Virginia transgender student seeking to use the boys’ bathroom.

North Dakotans needs to send a clear message to our state leaders that President Obama’s “guidance letter” is an overreach from the executive branch.  The state of North Dakota has the right to set guidelines themselves without Federal overreach.  North Dakota schools should refuse the mandate that endangers our children.

Take Action!

1. Contact the following state leaders and tell them to stand up for the children of North Dakota and not to follow this outrageous directive that puts our children in danger.  Ask them to join officials from eight other states – West Virginia, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Main and North Carolina – to begin to push back and sign on the brief asking a federal appeals court to re-hear a case in which it sided with a Virginia transgender student seeking to use the boys’ bathroom. Write, call and/or e-mail today.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem
701 328-2210
600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept.125
Bismarck, ND 58505

State Superintendent of Schools Kirsten Baesler
Department of Public Instruction
701 328-2260
600 E. Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505

Gov. Jack Dalrymple
701- 328-2200
600 E. Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0100

2. Contact both your local school superintendent and school board members.  Show up at the next regularly scheduled school board meeting and speak in opposition to the Obama directive.

3. Please forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to contact Gov. Dalrymple and State Superintendent of Schools, Kirsten Baesler, concerning this issue.

Please Pray: 

  • “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24)
  •  As one of CWA’s recent articles, Christ Restoring a Male/Female Identity in a Sexually Confused World, concluded with, “Aligning ourselves with God’s plan for man and   woman is the solution side of the problem.  Let us pray deeply for the ability to live into our male and female identity with more fullness, that we might offer a restorative picture for all of the world.“
  • Pray for the leaders listed above by name.  May they have the courage to do what’s right before God and on behalf of our children.

As a former public school teacher, I can say for sure that there are not enough adults in a school building to supervise the bathrooms and locker rooms.  No one will be able to fully protect children.  We must ACT and PRAY.

To be silent is to be complicit.

Common Core Must Be Stopped in North Dakota

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As you may know, North Dakota adopted Common Core in 2010 when it signed onto the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium.  CWA of North Dakota has been fighting ever since to get North Dakota out.  Recently State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler had a press conference in which she seemed to indicate that North Dakota was going to start to move away from Common Core.  Consecutive interviews with her indicate a conflict with her statements made during the press conference. It appears Baesler is playing both sides of the issue.

North Dakotans needs to send a clear message to State Superintendent Baesler – “We do not want Common Core in North Dakota!”

Click here to watch Chris Berg on 630pov interview state Rep. Jim Kasper (R- District 46) on this important issue.

It is time to act! North Dakota needs to withdraw from Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium now and make sure that no part of Common Core continues to be used in our schools.

Take Action:

  • Contact State Superintendent Baesler.  Let her know that you want Common Core stopped by pulling North Dakota out of Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium. Write, call and/or e-mail her today.

Kirsten BaeslerState Superintendent
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
600 E. Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck ND 58505

  • Forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to contact Baesler concerning this issue.

Please Pray: 

  • Pray for wisdom and guidance as CWA of North Dakota works to protect children and families from government overreach.
  • Pray for Kirsten Baesler.  Pray she sees Common Core for what it is and has the courage to stand against it.

Go to these links for more information about Common Core in North Dakota: