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CWA of North Dakota Supports Bipartisan “Trigger Statute” Soon to Go Into Effect

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2022
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Linda Thorson (701) 331-9792  

Concerned Women for America of North Dakota Supports
Bipartisan “Trigger Statute” Soon to Go Into Effect

 

Bismarck, North Dakota – Attorney General Drew Wrigley announced this morning that he hand-delivered a letter to the North Dakota Legislative Council today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

 

The 2007 bipartisan “trigger bill,” House Bill 1466, banning abortion, was written to take effect should the Roe precedent be overturned. Its primary sponsor was former Rep. James Kerzman, a Democrat.   Many other Democrat House members voted to pass the bill, including the current Minority Leader, Sen. Joan Heckaman (New Rockford), Sen. Richard Marcellais (Belcourt), and Sen. Tim Mathern (Fargo).

 

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota State Director Linda Thorson, speaking for Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, has this to say concerning the certification of the 2007 legislation regulating abortion:

“We are grateful that the North Dakota Legislature passed a strongly supported bipartisan ‘trigger statute’ that goes into effect next month! North Dakota stands ready to welcome women and unborn children. Our citizens, members of the state legislature, and our state administration have strongly supported a culture of life that protects all.”

 

“We are not so naive as to think that no more abortions will occur. After 50 years of a culture of death, we still have hearts and minds to change. We must continue to lovingly support and encourage women in their pregnancies. We must declare respect for life from the moment of conception and understand that all life is precious. We must recognize that we are created in the image of God.”

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org.

Roe vs. Wade is Overturned! CWA of North Dakota Responds

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
June 24, 2022                                                    

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Linda Thorson (701) 331-9792  

  

Concerned Women for America of North Dakota
Applauds the SCOTUS Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade 

 

Bismarck, North Dakota – North Dakota stands ready to welcome women and unborn children. Our citizens, members of the state legislature, and our state administration have strongly supported a culture of life that protects all. 

 

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota State Director Linda Thorson, speaking for Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, has this to say concerning the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court decision:

 

“We appreciate Gov. Doug Burgum’s released statement in May of 2022 about the decision regarding Roe v. Wade, in which he stated, ‘While recognizing that the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to issue an official opinion, our administration has consistently supported pro-life legislation, and we welcome the prospect of this issue being returned to the states where it belongs.’

 

“Well, the Supreme Court has finally overturned Roe, and now it is up to us, the people of North Dakota, to do our part. Thank you, Gov. Burgum and North Dakota legislators, for your tireless work on behalf of women and unborn children. We are grateful for your work to ensure the protection of life is celebrated by all of our citizens!”

 

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org.

Calls Needed for UND Gender Policy Proposal

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The University of North Dakota (UND) has a proposed “gender inclusion” policy that infringes on the free speech rights of students, faculty, staff, and visitors and creates an unhealthy student housing environment.

Although the proposed policy has been removed from the UND website, the North Dakota Catholic Conference saved a copy posted in the fall of 2021. As you can read, the policy goes beyond setting rules for administration procedures for respecting a person’s preferred name and pronoun, and it goes beyond the claim that it only addresses the intentional misuse of pronouns. Read these two excerpts:

“Proposed policy for Programs, Activities, Facilities, and Benefits:  University members may participate in university activities and programs consistent with their gender identities including, but not limited to, housing, recreation services, and activities, and camp programs.”

“Use of Facilities:  Students, employees, and visitors may access restrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities consistent with their gender identity and expression and are not required to use UND facilities inconsistent with their gender identity and expression or to use alternative facilities.”

The details of the proposal can be found here.

This policy is in the proposal stage, but since there is no indication that the University has stopped the procedure from putting it in place, your calls are needed now! 

Take Action! – Contact the following people and ask them to reject UND’s proposed “gender inclusion” policy. Your message does not need to be long. If you send an email, be sure to include your name and mailing address. Please remember to be courteous.

  1. Mayor Brandon Bochenski: (701)746-2607 | [email protected].
  2. UND President Andrew Armacost: (701)222-2121 | [email protected]
  3. Assistant Vice President of Equal Opportunity and Title IX Donna Smith: (701) 777-4172 | [email protected]
  4. Forward this on to family and friends!

Pray! We ask for continued prayer that truth and righteousness prevail. Pray for each individual by name as you contact them. “… to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” (Acts 26:18)

Linda Thorson
State Director

Register for North Dakota’s Pro-Life Conference

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota invites you to attend the 2022 North Dakota Pro-Life Conference sponsored by our ally North Dakota Family Policy Alliance and in conjunction with many other pro-life organizations around the state, including CWA of North Dakota.

We are excited to have CWA’s General Counsel, Mario Diaz, Esq. kick off the conference with his presentation “Beyond Roe – Rekindling Our Love of Life.” Be sure to stop by the CWA of North Dakota table where we will have our powerful prayer booklet on hand, 30 Days of Prayer FOR LIFE, Spiritual Engagement for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health booklet written by Mario Diaz.

We need to be engaged more than ever to support mothers and their unborn children. Will you join us?

There is no cost to attend the event, and lunch will be provided!

Here are the details:
Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Heritage Center in Bismarck, 612 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck, ND 58505
Registration: Register online or call: (701) 355-6425. Space is limited so register today!

Conference speakers include:

  • Concerned Women for America, Mario Diaz, Esq.
  • Concerned Women for America of North Dakota, Linda Thorson, State Director
  • North Dakota Family Alliance, Mark Jorritsma, Executive Director
  • North Dakota Catholic Conference, Christopher Dodson, Executive Director
  • North Dakota Right to Life, McKenzie McCoy, Executive Director
  • Women’s Pregnancy Center in Grand Forks, Jill Chandler, Executive Director
  • North Dakota State Legislature, Pro-life Caucus Leader, Senator Janne Myrdal
  • North Dakota Conservative Advocates, Amber Vibeto, Executive Director
  • North Dakota Post Abortion Ministries, Jodi Clemens, Sidewalk Advocate

Join us for this first-ever comprehensive pro-life conference here in North Dakota. You are sure to be encouraged to hear about the pro-life work being done in North Dakota to protect unborn children and their mothers.

You don’t want to miss this time of fellowship, exchange of ideas, and engagement in the pro-life movement. Space is limited, so please sign up today. See you there!

Linda Thorson
State Director

Tell North Dakota Senators: Don’t Draft Our Daughters!

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In July, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 with an amendment requiring young women to register with Selective Service for a possible future draft. This behind closed doors action faced immediate criticism—as did certain Senators who supported it. Sen. Kevin Cramer (Republican) serves as a member on the US Senate Committee on Armed Services and voted not only on the committee version of the NDAA with the women in the draft language but also voted on the actual amendment that added the women in the draft language to the NDAA itself.  

On September 23, the House passed NDAA legislation with a provision reversing military policy for a male-only draft and forcing young women to register for the first time in history. Rep. Kelly Armstrong (Republican) voted in opposition to the bill. Thank you, Rep. Armstrong!

Debate in the full Senate is expected soon, and we need a loud message to tell our North Dakota Senators to take a stand against drafting our daughters! American women are free to serve and proud to serve, but they should not be forced to serve. Women’s equality does not mean being the same as men.

Click here for more information on women in the draft.

Act Today!
Contact Sens. Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven (Republican) and urge them to hold the line and vote to reject the Draft our Daughters’ amendment and support the Don’t Draft Our Daughters’ Resolution (S.Res.340) on the NDAA.
Click here to send an e-mail to both Senators, or you can contact the senators individually at the information below and provide this message: reject the Draft our Daughters’ amendment and support the Don’t Draft Our Daughters’ Resolution (S.Res. 340).

  • Sen. Kevin Cramer: (202) 224-2043 | E-Mail
  • Sen. John Hoeven: (202) 224-2551 | E-Mail

There is no justification for reversing established military policy that protects young women from gambling with their lives in combat roles on a Biden-Harris-declared national emergency. We should not be willing to sacrifice common sense and tie the hands of our military with costly mandates for social experiments in our armed forces.

Linda Thorson
State Director

(Images above: CWA of North Dakota State Director Linda Thorson and her team delivered letters opposing the drafting of our daughters to the offices of Sens. Cramer and Hoeven).

State Director Talks All Things CWA and Dobbs

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On October 14, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota State Director Linda Thorson told No Apologies with Becker BEK Tv viewers about CWA! Find out the reasons Linda is excited for all that Concerned Women for America is doing, and the reason Linda invited all to join us in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on December 1 for a historic moment in our history!

Watch Linda’s interview below.

Pro-life Protections Signed into Law!

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Last week, Gov. Doug Burgum (Republican) signed into law SB 2030 – a bill concerning higher education challenge matching grant program, which will provide North Dakota Universities and Colleges matching grant funds for student scholarships. GREAT NEWS – The legislation included an amendment preventing state entities from partnering with an abortion provider or promoter.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota urged you to contact Gov. Burgum and ask him to sign the bill into law. Your voice was heard! Thank you for standing on the side of life and making those calls!

CWA of North Dakota is grateful for Gov. Doug Burgum’s continued record of signing into law pro-life legislation. Read our press release here.

Praise and thank God for answering our prayers! Thank Him for providing leaders in our state who pass legislation to prevent taxpayer funds from going to the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

Take Action!
Contact Gov. Burgum’s office at (701) 328-2200 or send an email message and thank him for signing SB 2030 into law! Let’s be sure he knows you are grateful his administration understands that taxpayer funds should never go to any abortion provider or promoter.

“As you, therefore, have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6,7

Linda Thorson
State Director

Urge Gov. Burgum to Sign The Bill!

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April 26, 2021 was a great day for our state!  On that day, SB2030, a pro-life bill, passed the State Senate and is on its way to Gov. Doug Burgum’s (Republican) desk! SB 2030 clarifies that the State of Dakota does not do business with or partner with the abortion industry.

Watch the floor debate and final passage of the bill here.

Abortion advocates and University officials are working tirelessly to stop this pro-life bill from going into law and have put together a coordinated effort asking the Governor to use his veto pen and stop this pro-life legislation from going into law.

Action
Contact Gov. Burgum here (call or email) and urge him to sign SB 2030. A sample message is below my signature line.

Gov. Burgum needs to hear from pro-life North Dakota citizens, now!  The Governor has three days to sign or veto the bill.

Pray
Pray for our Governor that he will sign the bill. Praise be to God that the majority of legislators had the courage, wisdom, and understanding to vote against the wishes of University officials and for life!

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

Please share this alert with your family and friends.

Linda Thorson
State Director


Dear Gov. Burgum,

Please sign SB 2030 into law. I do not support ties to Planned Parenthood by any of our Universities and ask that you affirm the decision made by the majority of our legislators.

Abortion has always disproportionately affected minority communities. Planned Parenthood targets abortion facilities in minority neighborhoods. They continue the eugenics goal of their founder Margaret Sanger and have built 88% of their new mega facilities within walking distance of minority neighborhoods.  North Dakota needs to stop any ties with an organization with racist intentions.

Sincerely,

Your Name, Town

Urgent! It’s Time to Override an Inexcusable Veto

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Yesterday, Gov. Doug Burgum (Republican) threw high school female athletes under the bus by vetoing HB 1298, a common-sense bill that would promote fairness in girls’ sports. The bill passed by a wide majority in the House but only narrowly in the Senate. You can read my press release on the veto here.

We need to fight back! Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are threatened, and we need leaders to stand up against the Governor’s veto and vote to protect female high school athletes. Now is the time to urge five senators who voted no on HB 1298 to reverse course and support HB 1289 to override Gov. Burgum’s veto. 

Take Action!

Call and email the five senators listed below and urge them to vote YES to override the veto of HB 1298. A suggested message is below my signature line.

  1. Howard Anderson (R-District 8) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-861-9749
  2. Jessica Bell (R-District 33) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-891-9708
  3. Brad Bekkedahl (R-District 1) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-570-1879
  4. Curt Kreun (R-District 42) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-741-2612
  5. Ronald Sorvaag (R-District 45) [email protected] or Cellphone701-361-2156

Forward this message to family and friends. Every email message is counted.

Please Pray
Pray God provides wisdom and understanding for all legislators. Pray our leaders have God’s understanding on this issue of protecting female athletes.

“So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27

In His service,
Linda Thorson
State Director


Suggested message:

Dear Senator,
Please vote in favor of HB 1298. Protect equal opportunity and a fair playing field for girls and women’s sports. Individual male-born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females.

Sincerely,
Your name and town

Fairness in Girls’ Sports Bill Passes – One more call to make!

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We have reason to celebrate in North Dakota! HB 1298, a bill relating to participation in athletic events exclusively for females, was passed by the State Senate yesterday, April 15. The bill now heads to the Governor for his signature. Read my press release here.

Thank you for sending messages to the House and Senate members about this important bill that protects girls’ sports! Your voice made the difference.

But the work is not over. I need you to make one more call to Gov. Doug Burgum! It is very important that he hears from those who stand with him on protecting girls’ sports.

First, pray for Gov. Burgum that he will sign the bill. Pray that God would give him the wisdom and understanding to accomplish His purposes.

Second, contact Gov. Burgum here (call or email) and encourage him to stand with female athletes and sign HB 1298. Let him know that you stand with him in support of the bill. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota, be sure to let him know.

Suggested message:
Dear Gov. Burgum,

Please sign HB 1298. Protect equal opportunity for female athletes and provide a fair playing field for girls and women’s sports. Individual male-born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females.

Sincerely,
Your name and town

Thank you for your prayer and action on this very important bill.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

Linda Thorson
State Director

Baby in womb

Voice Your Support for a Pro-Life Bill

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It’s time to STOP North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) relationship with Planned Parenthood! Thank you for responding to the last alert! On April 7, the North Dakota House voted to pass SB 2030! SB 2030 makes it clear that the university system can no longer partner with abortion providers and penalize campuses that violate the law.

For more details about SB 2030, read my letter to the editor and watch the April 7 House floor debate.

SB 2030 now returns to the Senate Appropriations Committee for their vote to concur or not concur with amendments that stop our universities from partnering with Planned Parenthood or any other entity that provides or promotes abortion. The amendments on the bill make the law covering the prohibition clearer by adding a penalty. Those who are opposed to the bill claim “academic freedom” must be protected but nothing justifies partnering with abortion providers! 

SB 2030 could be voted on as early as tomorrow. 

Take Action!
Contact the Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and ask them to “vote to concur with the House on SB2030 with amendments.” Email addresses and a suggested message for members are located below my signature line. If applicable, be sure to mention that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota. 

Pray!
Pray that members of the committee support this life bill and stand against the horrors of abortion! Partnering with an organization committed to death cannot be justified by “academic freedom.”

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”  Psalm 127:3

Linda Thorson
State Director


Suggested email message:

Dear Senator,
Please vote to concur with the House on SB2030 with amendments. I stand against any partnership with an organization that promotes or provides abortions and ask for you do to the same.

Respectfully Yours,
Your Name and Town

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee:

(You can send a message to all members at one time by copy and pasting this – [email protected][email protected][email protected][email protected][email protected][email protected][email protected][email protected][email protected];[email protected][email protected][email protected];[email protected][email protected]

(If you have the time, individual email messages are always best.) 

Chairman Sen. Ray Holmberg (Republican – District 17) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-739-5334

Vice-Chairman Sen. Karen Kresbsbach (Republican – District 40) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-720-1291

Vice-Chairman Sen. Terry Wanzek (Republican – District 29) [email protected] or call 701-251-6113

Sen. Brad Bekkedahl (Republican – District 1) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-570-1879

Sen. Kyle Davidson (Republican – District 41) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-261-8703

Sen. Dick Dever (Republican – District 32)  [email protected] or Cellphone 701-391-6330

Sen. Robert Erbele (Republican – District 28) [email protected] or call 701-378-2272

Sen. Joan Heckaman (Democrat – District 23) [email protected] or call 701-302-0355

Sen. David Hogue (Republican – District 38) [email protected] or call 701-852-0381

Sen. Tim Mathern (Democrat – District 11) [email protected] or call 701-235-9817

Sen. Dave Oehlke (Republican – District 15) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-230-1598

Sen. Nicole Poolman (Republican – District 7) [email protected] or call 701-250-6730

Sen. David Rust (Republican – District 2) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-216-0270

Sen. Ronald Sorvaag (Republican – District 45) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-361-2156

 

Let’s Stop Funding Planned Parenthood Courses!

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The Safe Spaces course, i.e., sex education course. for K-12 teachers, is being offered again through Distance and Continuing Education at North Dakota State University (NDSU). The instructor, Katie Christensen, is the State Director of External Affairs, Planned Parenthood, North Central States. Materials recommended for children in Safe Spaces include, It’s Perfectly Normal by Robbie Harris. The book for elementary-aged children contains graphic drawings of female and male anatomy and covers topics such as sexual intercourse, abortion, and homosexuality.

In February, the North Dakota Senate passed SB 2030, a higher education challenge matching grant program that provides North Dakota universities and colleges matching grant funds for student scholarships. The bill passed with an amendment, taken from the North Dakota Century Code that prohibits state entities from partnering with an abortion provider or promoter. Watch the Senate floor debate here.

The issue of the amendment is simple – either NDSU chooses to continue its partnership with Planned Parenthood or NDSU drops its affiliation with the largest abortion provider in America and receives state funds for their student grant program.

The North Dakota House Appropriations Committee for Education is bringing the bill, which includes the aforementioned amendment, to the House floor for a vote. Advocates for the Safe Space (Sex Education) course claim the amendment is an afront of academic freedom. The North Dakota House members need to hear from YOU!

Take Action
Contact your House member and ask him or her to support SB 2030 as amended. Use this link to find out who represents you in the House or send a message to all House members. A suggested message and email addresses for the House are located below my signature line.

Pray
Pray that our legislators will vote to keep the bill amendment that would prohibit courses to be taught by Planned Parenthood staff at NDSU. Pray they do not cave to pressure from the abortion industry. Pray the light of truth illuminates into the darkness of abortion and that our state leaders will be a voice for life!

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declares to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” 1 John 1:5-7.

Linda Thorson
State Director


Sample emails message:
Dear Representative ____________,
Please vote yes on SB 2030, the higher education challenge matching grant program bill that includes the amendment which forbids state entities from partnering with an abortion provider or promoter.

Sincerely,
Your Name, Town

House Members:
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We Need Your Calls Again on the 10 Commandments and Pledge Bill!

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“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Because of your prayer and action, SB 2308, a bill relating to school board authority regarding the posting of the Ten Commandments and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance (with immunity), passed through the North Dakota Senate last month. The House Judiciary Committee will hear the bill on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. They need to hear from you today!

The Ten Commandments hang in our North Dakota State Capitol and other buildings throughout the state. Students should not be prohibited from the same environment the public, lawgivers, and judges are granted.

Take Action!

  1. Contact the 14 members of the House Judiciary Committee listed below my signature.
    Ask them to support SB 2308. You can simply write in the subject line: “Please vote Do Pass on SB 2308”. There is a suggested email message provided below my signature line, or use your own message. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota, please be sure to let them know.
  2. Forward this information to friends and family.

Pray for our leaders that they will have the courage, wisdom, and understanding to allow schools to post the Ten Commandments and to recite the Pledge of Allegiance with immunity.

Linda Thorson
State Director


Take this opportunity to be a voice for our children. Please contact the members of the committee individually or use the list of email addresses at the bottom and send one message to all. Note: All messages are counted, but individual messages are always best.

Suggested Message:
Dear Representative,
Please vote “Do Pass” on SB 2308 to allow schools to post the 10 Commandments and recitation of the pledge of allegiance with immunity.
Sincerely,
Your name, town

House Judiciary Committee Members

  • Chairman Lawrence Klemin (Republican – District 47) Email [email protected] |Cellphone 701 222-2577
  • Vice-Chairwoman Karen Karls (Republican – District 35) Email [email protected] or call 701-258-6336
  • Representative Rick Becker (Republican – District 7) Email [email protected] |Cellphone 701-527-6902
  • Representative Ruth Buffalo (Democrat – District 27) Email [email protected] |Cellphone 701-491-8175
  • Representative Cole Christensen (Republican – District 24) Email [email protected] |Cellphone
  • 701-659-1776
  • Representative Claire Cory (Republican – District 42) Email [email protected] |Cellphone 701-213-6553
  • Representative Karla Rose Hanson (Democrat – District 44) Email [email protected] |Cellphone 701-793-9181
  • Representative Terry Jones (Republican – District 4) Email [email protected] |Cellphone 701- 627-3397
  • Representative Jeff Magrum (Republican – District 28) Email [email protected] |Cellphone 701-321-2224
  • Representative Bob Paulson (Republican – District 3) Email [email protected]| Cellphone 701-833-4752
  • Representative Gary Paur (Republican – District 19) Email | Cellphone 218-791-0491
  • Representative Shannon Roers Jones (Republican – District 46) Email[email protected]|Cellphone
  • 701-630-6746
  • Representative Bernie Satrom (Republican – District 12) Email [email protected] |Cellphone 701-320-7239
  • Representative Steve Vetter (Republican – District 18) Email [email protected] |Cellphone 612-770-8689

Email address for House Judiciary Members: [email protected]; [email protected];
[email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];
[email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];[email protected]

Help Protect Free Speech Policies on College Campuses

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You can make a difference by praying and acting on an important bill to protect faculty and students’ right to religious liberty and freedom of speech on college and university campuses in North Dakota.

Campuses across the nation have enacted policies that infringe on First Amendment rights. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota supports HB 1503, which clarifies and ensures policies at public colleges and universities in North Dakota are constitutional. The bill also confirms an institution may not discriminate against any student organization and must provide all faith-based clubs with the same benefits afforded to other college organizations. 

On Monday, March 22, I will testify on behalf of our CWA of North Dakota members in support of the bill and urge the Senate Education Committee members to give HB 1503 a “Do Pass” recommendation.

Please Take Action:
#1. Email or call the members of the Senate Education Committee listed below my signature line and ask them to vote a “Do Pass” on HB 1503. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota, please let them know. Do not hesitate to leave a message on their voicemail.

Suggested message:
Please vote “Do Pass” on HB 1503. Protect the First Amendment rights of free speech and religious liberty to all students and faculty on college campuses in ND.

Sincerely,
Your name and town

#2. Forward this email to family and friends! Every email message and every phone call are counted!

Please Pray:
Pray for our legislators on the Senate Education Committee by name that God would give them the wisdom and understanding to accomplish His purposes.

“Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. She cries out in the chief concourses, at the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words.” Proverbs 1:20

Linda Thorson
State Director


Members of the Senate Education Committee:

  • Chairman Sen. Donald Schaible (Republican – District 31) Email[email protected] or call 701-824-3168
  • Vice-Chairman Jay Elkin (R – District 36) Email [email protected] | Cellphone 701-290-6583
  • Cole Conley (Republican – District 12) Email [email protected] | Cellphone 701-320-9460
  • Randy Lemm (Republican – District 20) Email [email protected] | Cellphone 701-430-1536
  • Erin Oban (Democrat – District 35) Email [email protected] | Cellphone 701-527-1642
  • Michael Wobbma (Republican – District 24) Email [email protected] | Cellphone 701-595-1579

 

CWA Applauds the North Dakota Legislature’s Clarification on the Equal Rights Amendment

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2021

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Linda Thorson (701) 331-9792

 Concerned Women for America Applauds the North Dakota Legislature’s Clarification on the Equal Rights Amendment

Bismarck, North Dakota – The final step needed to pass SCR 4010, the Equal Rights Clarification Resolution, is done. The North Dakota House passed the resolution this week, which notifies the U.S. Congress, the Archivist of the United States, and the federal courts that when the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) expired on March 22, 1979, North Dakota’s ratification also lapsed.

The 67th North Dakota legislative body has declared that once the ERA expired, it ceased to exist. SCR 4010 does not rescind the Equal Rights Amendment; it clarifies that the deadline for ratification has long ago expired.

This resolution combats ERA proponents who ignore the facts of a deadline to promote not only a genderless agenda through the suppression of natural differences between men and women but also to encourage public funding of abortion.

Concerned Women for America of North Dakota state director, Linda Thorson, speaking for Concerned Women for America LAC, had this to say on the passage of SCR 4010:

“Abortion proponents (including the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action Leagues and Planned Parenthood) have long argued in court filings that state-level ERAs guarantee a right to abort children with public funding. For them, any attempt to restrict a woman’s access to abortion under the ERA is a form of sex discrimination as women could not be singled out for a characteristic that is unique to them and treated differently based on that physical characteristic, such as pregnancy.

“Women don’t need the ERA to flourish in America. The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and multiple federal and state statutes guarantee women all the rights inherent to American citizens – equal employment, equal pay, education, credit eligibility, and more. Women are thriving and succeeding, and they are doing this without the assistance of the ERA.”

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

Call Your Senator: Save Girls Sports Bill

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We need your voice! HB 1298 passed out of the House last month and the bill is now in the Senate. HB 1298 was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee members on Tuesday, March 16. I had the privilege of testifying on behalf of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota at the hearing. You can watch my testimony here. Click on my name to the right of the video (3:21:04 mark). No vote was taken on the bill.

The Bismark Tribune covered the hearing. Read the story and my comment here.  CBS KXNet.com reported on the story here.

HB 1298, a bill that would provide a level playing field for female athletes. Read Concerned Women for America’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet for important information on this issue.

Please Take Action:
#1. Email or call the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee listed below my signature line and ask them to vote a “Do Pass” on HB 1298. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota, please let them know. Do not hesitate to leave a message on their voicemail.

Suggested message: Please vote “Do Pass” on HB 1298.  Protect equal opportunity and a fair playing field for girls and women’s sports. Individual male-born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females.

Sincerely,
Your name and town

#2. Forward this email to family and friends! Every email message and every phone call are counted!

Please Pray: Pray for our legislators on the Senate Judiciary Committee by name that God would give them the wisdom and understanding to accomplish His purposes.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  Ephesians 6:12

Linda Thorson
State Director


Members of the Senate Education Committee:

  • Madam Chair Sen. Diane Larson (Republican-District 30) Email [email protected]|Cellphone 701-400-7218
  • Vice-Chairman Sen. Michael Dwyer (Republican-District 47) Email [email protected] | Cellphone 701-400-6075
  • Sen. JoNell Bakke (Democrat- District 43) Email [email protected] | Cellphone 218-779-3961
  • Sen. Robert Fors (Republican-District 19) Email [email protected] | Cellphone 218-779-0580
  • Sen. Jason Heitkamp (Republican-District 26) Email [email protected] | Cellphone 701-640-4643
  • Sen. Larry Luick (Republican-District 25) Email [email protected] or call 701-474-5959
  • Sen. Janne Myrdal (Republican – District 10) Email [email protected] |Cellphone 701-331-0946

Calls Needed on Equal Rights Clarification Resolution!

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Concerned Women for America of North Dakota stands in favor of SCR 4010, the Equal Rights Clarification Resolution, which clarifies that the proposed 1972 Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was only valid through March 22, 1979, and should not be counted by lawmakers, or any other person, as a live ratification.

SCR 4010 passed the State Senate and will be heard this Thursday, March 11, in the House Government and Veterans Affairs Committee. We are told there will be a lot of opposition to this good clarification resolution from those who support removing any restrictions on abortion, including parental consent! The House Government and Veterans Affairs Committee members need to hear from you.

Take Action!

  1. Contact the 14 members of the House Government and Veterans Affairs Committee and ask them to support the resolution. The committee members are listed below my signature. You can simply write “Please vote, ‘Do Pass’ on SCR 4010” in the email subject line or use the message provided below my signature line.
  2. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota, please be sure to let them know.
  3. Forward this information to friends and family.

Concerned Women for America, Founder, and former Chairman of the Board of Directors, Beverly LaHaye, one of the most important pioneers of the conservative feminist movement, founded CWA in 1979 because she believed that women needed voices in the public sphere that represented their beliefs and values. It was the 1975 Equal Rights Amendment that gave Mrs. LaHaye motivation to begin the mission of CWA, as it remains today, protects and promotes Biblical values and Constitutional principles through prayer, education, and advocacy.

Thank God for the ways He chooses to use our lives and our voices for His glory, to protect and promote His ways. Thank God for Mrs. LaHaye and her obedience to lead others to promote Biblical values in our culture. Use your voice today and ask the committee to support the resolution.

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:14

Linda Thorson
State Director


Sample email or phone message:
Dear Rep. ______,

Please give the Equal Rights Clarification Resolution, SCR 4010, a “Do Pass” recommendation. The deadline for ratification expired long ago. The ERA is a poorly worded resolution and could be used to mandate Medicaid funding for abortions and end conscience clauses for nurses, doctors, and hospitals who do not want to participate in performing abortions.

Sincerely,
Your Name, Town

Contact the members of the Government and Veteran’s Affairs Committee:
• Chairman, Rep. Jim Kasper (Republican – District 46) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-799-9000
• Vice-Chairman, Rep. Ben Koppelman (Republican – District 16) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-491-0665
• Rep. Pamela Anderson (Democrat – District 41) [email protected] or Cellphone
• 701-306-3362
• Rep. Jeff Hoverson (Republican – District 3) [email protected] or Cellphone: 701-340-8237
• Rep. Karen Karls (Republican – District 35) [email protected] or call 701-258-6836
• Rep. Scott Louser (Republican – District 5) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-833-8489
• Rep. Jeffery Magrum (Republican – District 28) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-321-2224
• Rep. Mitch Ostlie (Republican – District 12) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-320-8822
• Rep. Karen Rohr (Republican – District 31) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-202-1956
• Rep. Austin Schauer (Republican – District 13) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-730-4474
• Rep. Mary Schneider (Democrat – District 21) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-306-0860
• Rep. Vicki Steiner (Republican – District 37) [email protected] or Cellphone 701-290-1376
• Rep. Greg Stemen (Republican – District 27) [email protected] or Cellphone 507-828-7836
• Rep. Steve Vetter (Republican – District 18) [email protected] or Cellphone 612-770-8689