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Thank You and Two Important Updates

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I wanted to share with you two updates:

#1. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Carolina’s 2020 Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Project has had the largest response we have ever had in the many years we have sponsored this project. Surely there has never been a more critical time to encourage our elected officials! We yearn to strengthen them as we pray for them to take a more courageous stand for the cause of liberty and righteousness, and hopefully this includes those who do not agree with us in ideology. May each official fully realize we are covering them in prayer – not challenging them by any political perspective – and affirming them in such a way that they are edified and encouraged. What bridge-builders we all may be!

Thank you to the 70 people who volunteered this year! 219 elected officials are covered, and because numerous people requested multiple officials, almost 30% of them will be prayed for and receive encouragement cards from more than one person! You can read more about the EAL Project here.

#2. Our 20th Annual Day at the Capitol, which was scheduled for June 3, has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions at the General Assembly. We are hoping we can re-schedule for some time in July. Stay tune for further updates.

Let us keep our President and Vice President and their families in our prayers. And as we celebrate the Memorial Day holiday, let us remember this quote from General Douglas MacArthur, United States Five Star General who served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and commanded Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II, “No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”

So, we pray this Scripture from Galatians 5:1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director

Action Item: Tell Gov. Cooper to Shut the Abortion Clinics!

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Why are abortion businesses still operating when Gov. Roy Cooper (Democrat) is shutting churches, schools, and mass gatherings?

Currently, across the United States, including North Carolina, services that constitute essential health care for women, such as routine Pap smears, mammograms, and pelvic exams, are being postponed in order to reduce everyone’s risk of exposure to COVID-19 and to conserve scarce medical resources. Yet, the abortion industry is open for business as usual.

On March 18, 2020, Vice President Mike Pence issued a mass gathering ban exceeding 10 people according to this directive. While many healthcare agencies have ceased their non-essential medical, surgical, and dental procedures, Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers across North Carolina insist on business as usual – seeing between 25 and 40 patients per day while consuming Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other equipment that COVID-19 patients need. According to LoveLife, the abortion clinics are, “packing patients in close proximity against CDC guidelines, placing them at further risk for COVID-19.”

On March 24, 2020, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Carolina joined other like-minded organizations and signed onto a letter to Gov. Cooper urging that he and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Secretary Mandy Cohen, safeguard women and our healthcare providers by:

  • Ensuring that emergency response funds are not diverted to the abortion industry,
  • Ceasing operations and joining other healthcare providers who have ceased elective procedures,
  • Urging abortion providers to donate their PPE and other equipment to coronavirus response,
  • Safeguarding women who frequently require additional emergency response from complications.

Immediate Action Needed

#1. Please contact Gov. Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen.  Urge them to join other states by closing abortion clinics and redirecting PPE and other medical equipment to our state’s much needed coronavirus response. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina.

#2. Forward this email to family and friends.

Please pray:  Dear Father, we ask that you move on the hearts of Gov. Cooper and Sec. Cohen to seek You in all things, especially with regard to this issue of life.

“Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy.”
Proverbs 31:8-9

Thank you for taking action at this critical time.

For Truth and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director

Update! Looking for Volunteers: Encourage-A-Legislator Prayer Project

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Update! EAL delayed slightly and more volunteers still needed!

Because of the many closings due to the virus, and because the North Carolina General Assembly does not anticipate convening until late April, we will delay the EAL project until late April /early May. We plan to mail the EAL postcards at the end of April to those who have signed up to volunteer. If you haven’t signed up to participate, it’s not too late to do so! We are still are in need of more volunteers. See the project details below and how to sign up to participate.


We invite you to join us in our upcoming annual Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Prayer Project.

According to 1 Timothy 2:1-2, we are instructed to pray for our leaders: “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.”

We believe prayer is critical in our nation for revival and restoration, and it is especially needed for those serving us in public office – that is why we are committed to doing the EAL Prayer Project every year. Our prayers and encouraging postcards make a difference for all who receive them. Both conservative and liberal-leaning officials are heartened when they receive our cards.

So we are delighted to offer again this year the opportunity to pray for and encourage members of our State House and Senate, Council of State, North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, our state’s national delegation in Washington, D.C., as well as President Donald Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence.


We have received some wonderful responses from our previous e-alert request for volunteers! In fact, several people responded as they sent in their commitments that I would like to share with you:

“It is easy and prayer works!”

“May God change hearts and minds in every legislature across America to bring each representative to a life, soul-saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (then vote their faith every time a vote comes up).”

“Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of an important project for our country.” (from 94 and 85-year old sisters)

“We are willing to pray for every man or woman mentioned & sign and send postcards to them. Thank you for the opportunities to be a part of an important project for our country.” (from a daughter and her mother)

Yes, this is an important way to impact those elected officials who are serving us. Knowing that constituents are lifting them in prayer, no matter what side of the aisle they are on, is very affirming.

So, I hope that you will choose to participate! Perhaps you might consider asking those in your small group, or just inquire with friends or family. When asked, many will express interest positively.


Project details:

Our project runs May, June, and July. Volunteers will be mailed detailed instructions along with three postcards per official. Your responsibility will be to pray for your assigned legislator, write a brief encouraging note (suggestions are listed in our instructions), sign the card, and mail it. The EAL Prayer Project is never used to lobby and, therefore, is never confrontational.

Please sign up by emailing me at [email protected]. Include your name, physical address, phone number (optional), and the number of officials you would like to encourage. We will mail your packet, complete with instructions and postcards by the end of March.

Will you commit to joining us in prayer and encouragement this Spring? You are needed! Please share with your family, friend, or church members. This is also a great project for students.

I look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, please contact me.

For Truth and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director

Join CWA of North Carolina at the Prayer Walk in Charlotte – February 29

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Carolina invites you to join with us Saturday, February 29, as we partner with Love Life for a pro-life prayer walk in Charlotte. (We also encourage you to join us in Greensboro and Raleigh.)

Wouldn’t you like to be counted as we stand in the gap for these precious little ones? Here are the details for February 29.

Date: Saturday, February 29
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Meeting Location: “A Preferred Women’s Health” Abortion Clinic, 3236 Latrobe Drive • Charlotte, NC 28211

** Please wear your Love Life T-shirt. First-timers will receive a free t-shirt.
** Prepare yourself to worship on Saturday. These are the songs we will be singing at the prayer walk.

Please bring a friend and join us! This is a child-friendly event!

While RSVPing is not necessary, I would love to know you will be joining me in Charlotte, so please contact me by Friday, February 28, if you can. And if you have any questions about any of these pro-life opportunities, please contact me. We pray God will place this issue of LIFE on the hearts and minds of the citizens of North Carolina.

“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” (Psalm 82:3)

For Truth and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director

Game On! It’s Time to Start Getting Out the Vote!

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It’s election season! Early voting kicks off Thursday, February 13, across North Carolina and will continue through Saturday, February 29. The primary election is Tuesday, March 3.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Carolina says it’s “game on” to get conservative women and men registered to vote and to the polls in the primary and general elections!

We have put together a list of helpful sites to guide you through the election season, including a voter score guide link.

Who is on my ballot?
Click here to locate and view your ballot from the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.

Where do I vote?
Click on the North Carolina Board of Elections link for one-stop early voting information and same-day registration. Click here to access your county Board of Elections and scroll down to find local voting location sites and dates with hours of operation. If you are voting on the March 3 election date, click here to see your precinct voting location.

Is there a guide for voting?
For statewide and federal primary candidates, CWA has partnered with iVoterGuide to offer an excellent resource where you can find the candidates who will appear on your ballot and where the candidates stand on the issues. Click here and type in your zip code and view how the evaluation panelists scored the candidates based on their survey answers, their campaign websites, etc.

No local races have been evaluated. You might consider checking with friends and elected officials to offer wisdom on the candidates in the local races.

Unfortunately, voters will not be required to show a photo ID for the March 2020 primary election. The North Carolina State Board of Elections states, “… a federal district court blocked North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement from taking effect. The injunction will remain in place until further order of the court.” We hope that photo IDs will be required in the General Elections this November.

We urge you to do your homework and vote your values.

Please pray diligently for the upcoming elections.

Please forward this to friends, family, and acquaintances.

May our God speak of us, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”

For Truth and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director

Prayer

New Raleigh Prayer/Action Chapter Sets Date for First Meeting – January 30!

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I hope you all enjoyed a blessed Christmas and New Year!

It is my joy to announce that we have a new Prayer/Action Chapter in the north Raleigh area. The chapter will hold its first meeting on Thursday, January 30, at 4:00 p.m. Our wonderful new leader, Olivia Bass, welcomes all who share hearts of both prayer and action for preserving our religious freedoms, strengthening our families, protecting the unborn, and upholding our Judeo-Christian values we hold so dear.

Concerned Women for America (CWA)’s nondenominational chapter meetings serve to encourage informed prayer and action on behalf of our city, state, and nation. We do this by educating Christians on issues that affect our Biblically-based values. We believe that joining in prayer and action with other believers will bring about the change in our culture we long to see. More importantly, we will be obeying the instruction given in God’s Word. Ephesians 6:18 directs us to, “Pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”

Join us!
What: Kickoff Meet & Greet with a brief CWA of North Carolina presentation by State Director Jill Coward followed with prayer, fellowship, and refreshments.
Date: Thursday, January 30
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 7600 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27615
Room #1124 ** Enter the door on the north entrance side of the church. **
RSVP: Please contact Olivia Bass to let her know you are coming.  She can be reached at [email protected]
And please bring a friend!

If you do not live in the Raleigh area but have friends or family you believe might be interested, please forward this email to them.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

For Truth and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director

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Reminder: Join CWA on Saturday, November 16, at the Love Life Celebrations in North Carolina!

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I hope you will join me in Charlotte on Saturday, November 16, to celebrate Love Life’s 40th-week Celebration Prayer Walk. There will also be Celebration Prayer Walks in Greensboro and Raleigh, as well as in New York City. Our recent e-alert gave some information, but please click here for more details.

As we have prayer walked with Love Life numerous times since partnering with them in 2017, it is always a joy and an honor to join the thousands on the final celebration day to complete the year. Please consider joining the celebration of life walk this Saturday.

Prayer Walks in Three Cities:

  1. Charlotte – 1004 Palmer Plaza Lane, Charlotte, NC 28211
  2. Triad (Greensboro) – 2401 Randleman Road, Greensboro, NC 27406
  3. Triangle (Raleigh) – 3249 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27606

* Important Parking Information for Charlotte Only * (Free shuttles are available.)
Eastern Hills Baptist Church, 4855 Albemarle Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205 (Larger lot)
Oakhurst Baptist Church, 5037 Monroe Rd., Charlotte, NC 28205 (Smaller lot)
Parking is not permitted on Latrobe Drive.

Click here to RSVP for this free event and to review event information and parking information. Be sure to email me to let me know you will be attending.

Other details:

  • Bring your friends and family!
  • Wear your blue Love Life shirt if you have one.
  • Carpool as much as possible.
  • Arrive early. Parking begins at 7:30 a.m.
  • Praise & Worship begins at 8:15 a.m.

I hope to see you in Charlotte on the16th!

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:3-4).

For Life and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director

CWA of North Carolina Recommends Three Pro-life Events

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We invite you to continue to stand with our state chapter as we battle cultural and legislative issues, and we invite you to join us in our upcoming fall activities.

#1 – 40-Days for Life

CWA of North Carolina recommends participating in 40 Days for Life.

Join CWA of North Carolina at the events listed below. Click here and put in your address to see if there are any additional events in your community.

For more information contact me at [email protected] 

Date: Wednesday, October 23 – Charlotte
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Planned Parenthood
700 S. Torrence St.
Charlotte, NC 28204

Date: Monday, October 28 – Raleigh
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: A Woman’s Choice
3305 Drake Circle
Raleigh, NC

Wednesdays (ongoing), Wilmington
Time: 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Location: Planned Parenthood
1925 Tradd Court
Wilmington, NC

#2 – Note-writing ministry – And Then There Were None


CWA of North Carolina recommends And Then There Were None” note-writing ministry for the
months of October and November.

Many workers are leaving the abortion industry and finding the healing and help they need through And Then There Were None. Consider participating in praying for abortion clinic workers through a special note-writing ministry sponsored by And Then There Were NoneThis ministry was started and is run by Abby Johnson to help abortion clinic workers have the support they need to leave the abortion industry. We know prayers and handwritten notes are being used by God to reach these dear ones trapped in the abortion industry.

If you are interested in participating, please email our ministry contact, Kelly, at [email protected]. Please copy me at [email protected]. Detailed instructions and note-writing packets will be mailed to you.

#3 – Final 2019 Love Life Prayer Walk

Final 2019 Love Life Prayer Walk at three different North Carolina locations:
Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh (Also, this New York location.)

Saturday, November 16 Final Love Life Prayer Walk & Celebration (Three North Carolina locations.)
Date:  Saturday, November 16
Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Parking begins at 7:30 a.m.
Praise and worship begins at 8:15 a.m.

Charlotte Location
1004 Palmer Plaza Lane
Charlotte, NC 28211

Greensboro Location
2401 Randleman Road
Greensboro, NC 27406

Raleigh location
1522 Jones Franklin Road
Raleigh, NC 27606

** Please RSVP to Love Life (and please let me know if you will be joining us at one of the locations)
** Wear your blue LOVE LIFE shirt if you have one.
** Carpool as much as possible.

PURPOSE: To pray that the abortion clinics will close their doors, for the saving of lives of the unborn, and the families of the unborn. We also look forward once again to demonstrate our support for LIFE, for the most innocent among us, and to celebrate what God has been doing this year!

Click here to view the video from last year’s Final Celebration Prayer Walk.

I will be at the Charlotte Love Life event and hope you will join me!

May the Lord bless you in all that you are doing in your service to God. Please contact me if you have any questions.

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina

CWA of North Carolina Attend Gala and Leadership Training

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I wanted to share with you about our recent Concerned Women for America 40th Anniversary Gala and Leadership Training in Washington, D.C. We gathered from all over the nation to:

  • Lobby our senators on two federal issues: The Equality Act (encouraging them to vote against it) and the Equal Campus Access Act that we favor.
  • Attend the elegant evening gala at the Trump International Hotel. There were over 500 in attendance to hear Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Founder and Chairman Dr. Beverly LaHaye, and President and CEO Penny Nance. President Donald Trump sent complimentary greetings by video.
  • Attend the Friday luncheon featuring Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
  • Attend CWA leadership training.
  • Visit the beautiful new CWA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, and enjoy a time of worship and fellowship.

(Click on the links above to listen to speakers’ remarks.)

Concerned Women for America is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation with hundreds of thousands of members across the country and hundreds of Prayer/Action Chapters nationwide. Maintaining a strong organization and adhering to our mission for 40 years is a remarkable accomplishment. CWA’s longevity in the public policy arena is not the results based on human strength and ingenuity – it’s the result of CWA’s persistent prayer coordinated with taking action on issues that has resulted in the Lord blessing our efforts.

A summary of our history is available hereWatch One American News’ (OAN) interview with Dr. Beverly LaHaye and Penny Nance regarding the origin of our organization and the issues we face today.

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina

Girls Sports Now in Jeopardy in North Carolina

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High school students are heading back to school in a couple of weeks, and those participating in high school sports, especially girls’ sports, are facing a new rule change by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA). In their May 2019 board meeting, the NCHSAS voted in favor of allowing high school students to participate in athletics based upon their preferred gender identity.

Stated on the NCHSAA website, “It is the intent that all students are able to compete on a level playing field in a safe, competitive and friendly environment, free of discrimination.  The following rules and regulations are intended to provide every student-athlete with equal opportunities to participate in athletics.” The NCHSAA office claims that they receive “a couple” phone calls or emails a month regarding transgender and gender identity issues. This is Commissioner Marilyn Que Tucker and the Board’s justification for voting unanimously for this disruptive policy change.

An athlete in North Carolina desiring to participate as a transgender is required to submit a “Gender Identity Request” form as well as the individual’s written statement, documentation from others, list of medications and/or treatment, and necessary health care professional’s written verification. The form is referred to the NCHSAA Gender Identity Committee for consideration; the Committee approves the request if the student is found to be genuinely identified as the gender indicated in the request. Nothing in the policy requires testing for levels of testosterone.

Without question, boys competing against girls results in an unfair, unsafe, and aggressive advantage for women now competing in sports and for athletic scholarships. How can there possibly be any equal playing field? Indeed, almost 50 years ago, Title IX closed that gap when it became a federal law in 1972 when passed by Congress to establish that women and girls have equal opportunities in education and athletics.

Concerned Women for America has written about this threat to girls’ sports here and here.

Action Item:
Your voice is needed today to speak out against the NCHSAA policy. If allowed to continue, it will set back all the advances and opportunities of female athletes.

Please take the following actions:

  1. Contact Marilyn Que Tucker, Commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, and urge her to reverse the policy. Phone: 919-240-7375 | E-mail: [email protected]
  2. Contact your child’s school district superintendent and athletic director, along with your child’s school principal. Let them know you support Title IX as it was intended in 1972 and not to insert gender identity into women’s sports. Urge them to contact Commissioner Marilyn Tucker and request she reverse course on this discriminatory policy.

Please pray that Christians will be emboldened with a great outcry to stand up for our children, especially our girls. “Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:9)

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director

CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Opportunities

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Are you ready to take your knowledge and put it into action? If so, a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter is the perfect place to do so.

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?” James 2:14

First: Find out what a Prayer/Action Chapter is as well as what a typical one looks like.

Second: Click here to find a Prayer/Action Chapter in your area and learn more.

Rally to Support the Born Alive Veto Override

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Join us in Raleigh on Tuesday, May 7, for a prolife rally and prayer vigil for the veto override of SB359, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Read about the efforts to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto here.

The event is sponsored by Concerned Women for America of North Carolina, North Carolina’s Values Coalition, North Carolina Right to Life, Inc., and National Right to Life.
Speakers include bill sponsors, abortion survivors, and more! 

When: Tuesday, May 7, at 7:00 p.m.

Location: North Carolina General Assembly
16 W. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

View the event flyer here.

RSVP here.

Protect Babies Born Alive in NC: Help Us Override the Veto!

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Last month, our state legislators passed SB359, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, only to have it vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper (Democrat) on April 18. In response to the veto, pro-life leaders from around the state, including myself, spoke at a press conference in Raleigh this week urging legislators to set aside politics and have compassion on babies surviving a horrific abortion – allowing these babies to be cared for instead of being set aside to die on a tray.

Thankfully, on Wednesday, April 30, the State Senate voted in favor of a veto override by a vote of 30 – 20, right along party lines, except for one courageous Democrat, Sen. Don Davis (D-Greene) who voted to support the override. The State House will vote to override the veto next, but at this time there is no date for the vote scheduled. Like the Senate, the House needs to reach a 3/5ths majority vote to override the Governor’s veto.

Please PRAY!
Pray for the hearts and minds of those who have been opposing the protection of innocent little babies. 

Take Action! Please make a few quick calls!

  • Call Sen. Don Davis (D-Greene) at 919-715-8363 and thank him for his courageous conviction to vote against his Party in favor of the override.
  • Call your state representative and respectfully urge him/her to vote in favor of life by voting “Yes” to override Gov. Cooper’s veto of SB359. Click here to find out who your representative is and how to contact him/her.

On the national front: CWA of North Carolina joined other pro-life organizations in signing onto a promise letter urging the candidates running for Congress in North Carolina’s third and ninth districts, to pledge public support to sign the discharge petition for the federal Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962) upon being elected to Congress.

Thank you for being a voice in North Carolina for those who have no voice.

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

‘Born alive’ abortion bill override vote planned Tuesday

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WRAL.com reports on yesterday’s press conference in support of an override of Gov. Cooper ‘sveto of SB 359. View State Director Jill Coward’s statement as well as others.

URGENT Action Needed: Today/April 30: Before 5:00 p.m. this afternoon please contact both of your North Carolina House and Senate members and ask them to override the governor’s veto of SB 359, Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act.  Click here to find out who your legislators are and how to contact them.

Please PRAY that both our House and Senate take a stand for life today.

Calls Needed Today to Stop the Con-Con Bill

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Dear Friend,
Proponents of a Convention of States, also called a Constitutional Convention, Article 5 Convention, or Con-Con, have been working overtime to gain legislative support for HB 390, the Application for Convention of Statesbill. You can read why this is a very bad idea in my previous alert.

HB 390 passed out of the House Regulatory Reform Committee and must be approved by the Rules Committee before it can go to the House floor for a vote. The vote could come up at any time.

ACTION NEEDED!
Please contact the following people and urge them not to bring forward HB 390.

  1. Speaker of the House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland):                                           704-733-3451 [email protected]
  2. Chairman of Rules, Calendar and Operations Committee David Lewis (R-Harnett):                                                                                                           919-715-3015 [email protected]

Please contact the following members of the Rules Committee asking them to vote NO on HB390 should it come before them for a vote.

Please pray that this bill will be stopped, as our God-given freedoms and liberties are at stake.
“These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other and render true and sound judgment in your courts.” (Zechariah 8:16)

For Truth and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

Get more involved with CWA of North Carolina!

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter in your area. Contact me today to find out where the closest one is located to you.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert and you would like to be on our e-alert list, please contact me.
  • Please donateto CWA of North Carolina.  Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations. The lighthouse is pictured on our websitesymbolizing that we are to be a light in the darkness. In these dark days, please consider being a light by donatingto the prayer and action ministry of CWA of North Carolina. Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity!

The U.S. Constitution is Not the Problem

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HB 390, an application for Convention of States, is a very dangerous bill making its way through the North Carolina legislature. HB390 would put our U.S. Constitution in jeopardy by opening it up for amendments (changes) such as the repeal of the Second Amendment and/or abolishing the Electoral College.

Convention of States also called a Constitutional Convention, Article 5 Convention, Con Con, etc. is considered by some as the way to solve any government issue. They believe amending or rewriting our Constitution is the way to fix our government.

Please read Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) brochure The U.S. Constitution is Not the Problem! to understand this topic.

Talking points:

  • It is too risky to open our Constitution.  Too much national division, radical interest groups.
  • Limit power of the Federal government, fiscal restraint — all the goals the Con Con is trying to achieve are already listed in our Constitution.  It just needs to be obeyed.
  • Too much uncertainty as to how a Con Con would be conducted.
  • Delegates to a Con Con could set their own rules with a new ratification mode.
  • Who selects the delegates?  Would California get more than North Carolina?  Unknown.
  • Ideas already suggested for Con-Con consideration: abolish Electoral College, Repeal of Second Amendment, weakening of First Amendment, Equal Rights Amendment, a new constitution.

Bill Status: This week, the North Carolina House passed HB 390 out of committee. It is now in the Rules Committee.

Please take action!

  1. Contact Rules Committee Chair, David Lewis, and ask him to hold H390 in committee. E-mail: [email protected] Phone: (919) 715-3015
  2. Contact the members of the House Rules Committee and ask them to oppose HB 390. Consider using some of the talking points above. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina. When e-mailing, provide your name and address. Put a brief message in the subject line.
  3. Forward this email on to friends and encourage them to both pray and take action on this important topic.

Please pray that this bill will be stopped, as our God-given freedoms and liberties are at stake.

“These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other and render true and sound judgment in your courts.” (Zechariah 8:16)

Gov. Cooper Needs to Hear a Clear Strong Message on Behalf of the Unborn

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The past two weeks have been very intense for both our State House and Senate as pro-life citizens flooded the legislative building in Raleigh lobbying for strong pro-life legislative bills and attending hearings on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act SB359 and HB602.

GREAT NEWS!
Both the North Carolina House and Senate have passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act along partisan lines this week with four Democrats voting with Republicans.

WE’RE NOT FINISHED!
Now it goes before Gov. Roy Cooper for approval or veto. He has ten days to either veto or sign this bill into law with an April 26 deadline. If he does nothing, it will automatically become law. According to a Charlotte Observer article, “If Cooper does veto the bill, Republicans will need some Democratic lawmakers to side with them to override the veto, since the Republican-led legislature lost its veto-proof supermajority in the 2018 elections.” Gov. Cooper needs to hear from you!

Many pro-life citizens across the state attended both the senate and house hearings in Raleigh along with a few pro-abortion people. Numerous citizens spoke in favor of compassionate care for babies who are born alive by abortion. While you and I cannot imagine anything justifiable for intentionally allowing a helpless baby to die only by a fate worse than surviving a cruel abortion, please note the despicable liberal rhetoric spewed by several Democrats, particularly Sen. Floyd McKissick (D-Durham) and Sen. Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe) who is also a candidate for North Carolina Lt. Governor. Sen. McKissick argued that laws against murder and infanticide already exist; yes, there are existing laws against murder, but there are no federal laws against infanticide.” And Sen. Van Duyn stated, “I want all of us to have safe and affordable healthcare rooted in science … and not based on lies concocted by extremist Republicans which is nothing but a political stunt without scientific merit.”

Sen. Dan Bishop (R-Mecklenburg) countered these statements by stating “Current law doesn’t address this because no one has ever contemplated the need to address it before. Because it seemed, under our shared ideals, obvious to all, that if someone were alive, there would be no thought of denying medical care to save their life.”

Sen. Joyce Krawiec (R-Forsyth), a primary sponsor of SB359, passionately responded, “A ‘right to an abortion’ should not translate to a right to a dead child no matter what. These infants are born, and they are live human beings. They are separate from their mother’s body, and they should not be treated as anything other than a live child. They should not be cast aside in a sterile tray or left to die on a metal table.”

Rep. Dr. Greg Murphy (R-Pitt), the only medical doctor serving in the state House, stated, “This bill just speaks to the mere fact that if a child is born alive, they’re alive. Their life is not to be taken, regardless of what was the anticipated desire at the beginning of the delivery. The child is alive.”

Immediate Action Needed
Please call Gov. Cooper at (919) 814-2000 and respectfully ask him to sign SB359, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. If time allows, please follow up your phone call with an email at https://governor.nc.gov/contact/contact-governor-cooper. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina.

Please pray that the Lord humbles Gov. Cooper, opens his eyes and draws him to Himself and that he would delight in doing the will of God.

“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29).

In Truth and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina

Are You an Encourager?

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Carolina has just launched our annual Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) project. This is one of our favorite projects as we look forward to sharing our prayers and words of encouragement with our state legislators, our North Carolina Council of State, our federal North Carolina Senators and Congressmen, as well as President and Mrs. Trump and Vice President and Mrs. Pence.

The EAL project truly embodies who and what CWA is. Prayer is, and always will be, CWA’s foundation as we petition our most holy God to enable us to be effective in thwarting the schemes of the enemy.

The EAL project impacts our officials in two ways. First and foremost, it ensures consistent prayer for each official. Second, it encourages and builds bridges with conservative officials as well as those who do not normally agree with us. As our humble and gracious prayers are offered on behalf of our officials, and they receive multiple encouragement cards, hearts are changed and encouraged.

Volunteers across North Carolina, representing CWA, will be mailing postcards to the elected officials named above during April, May, and June. Our goal is to plant a seed for God’s Kingdom and to reach the hearts of men and women serving the citizens of North Carolina.

We have been heartened by encouraging feedback we have received. One official shared that he kept one of the encouragement cards in his inside coat pocket and would pull it out when he needed an encouragement that someone was praying for him. We also noticed during a visit to the Capitol that an official had one of our CWA EAL postcards on the wall in his office.

Even if you do not want to send postcards, will you please pray? We know that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

If you would be interested in participating in the EAL project, please contact me by email or by phone at 704-516-0820 letting me know of your interest. I will respond with additional details. We would be delighted to have you join us in praying over and writing to our elected officials.

In Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina

The U.S. Constitution is Not the Problem

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HB 390, an application for Convention of States, is a very dangerous bill making its way through the North Carolina legislature. HB390 would put our U.S. Constitution in jeopardy by opening it up for amendments (changes) such as the repeal of the Second Amendment and/or abolishing the Electoral College.

Convention of States also called a Constitutional Convention, Article 5 Convention, Con Con, etc. is considered by some as the way to solve any government issue. They believe amending or rewriting our Constitution is the way to fix our government.

Please read Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) brochure The U.S. Constitution is Not the Problem! to understand this topic.

Talking points:

  • It is too risky to open our Constitution.  Too much national division, radical interest groups.
  • Limit power of the Federal government, fiscal restraint — all the goals the Con Con is trying to achieve are already listed in our Constitution.  It just needs to be obeyed.
  • Too much uncertainty as to how a Con Con would be conducted.
  • Delegates to a Con Con could set their own rules with a new ratification mode.
  • Who selects the delegates?  Would California get more than North Carolina?  Unknown.
  • Ideas already suggested for Con-Con consideration: abolish Electoral College, Repeal of Second Amendment, weakening of First Amendment, Equal Rights Amendment, a new constitution.

Bill Status: This week, the North Carolina House passed HB 390 out of committee. It is now in the Rules Committee.

Please take action!

  1. Contact Rules Committee Chair, David Lewis, and ask him to hold H390 in committee. E-mail: [email protected] Phone: (919) 715-3015
  2. Contact the members of the House Rules Committee and ask them to oppose HB 390. Consider using some of the talking points above. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina. When e-mailing, provide your name and address. Put a brief message in the subject line.
  3. Forward this email on to friends and encourage them to both pray and take action on this important topic.

Please pray that this bill will be stopped, as our God-given freedoms and liberties are at stake.

“These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other and render true and sound judgment in your courts.” (Zechariah 8:16)

In Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director