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State Director Submits Testimony in Support of the Abortion Pill Information Consent Legislation

By | North Dakota | No Comments

January 21, 2019

House Human Services Committee

Testimony in Support of HB 1336

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, my name is Linda Thorson, and I am the State Director for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota.  We are the state’s largest public policy women’s organization and part of the country’s largest public policy women’s organization with over 500,000 members.  We are here today on behalf of our North Dakota members in support of HB 1336, the Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent Legislation.

Because you will be hearing from, or have already heard from, those in the medical field in support of this bill, I will confine my comments to the issue of a woman’s right to be informed of this legal procedure.

Women are strong, capable, and should have the right to know, if they change their mind after taking the first abortion pill, that they may be able to reverse the chemical abortion procedure. Women should have the right to complete information regarding their health decisions, especially one as important as this one.

The concept of “choice” and “rights” must go both ways. Those who support a woman’s right to an abortion, should have no problem supporting a woman’s right to change her mind about an abortion.

Women not only have the right to be informed; they want to know their options. The APR Hotline Medical Director, who has overseen thousands of calls, stated that when women are given the opportunity to reverse the effect of the abortion pill, they are extremely grateful.

Women are being told that there is no possibility of reversal. A number of women have told the APR Hotline nurses, that when they changed their minds and called the abortion clinic personnel asking about reversal, they were falsely told that “there is no possibility of reversal.” We need an APR informed consent law to ensure that the patient receives accurate and complete information about the reversal protocol by abortion clinic personnel.

In closing, there are three things I respectfully ask this committee to consider.  1. A positive pregnancy test is one of the most life-changing moments for a woman, 2. We all sometimes make decisions that we wish we could take back, and 3. This is a historic opportunity for you to give hope to women desiring choices.

Concerned Women for America of North Dakota urges you support this pro-information, pro-woman bill that will change lives. We urge a “Do Pass” on HB 1336.

January 18 Prayer Action Alert: Rock or Sand?

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Dear CWA of Washington Member,

Rock or sand?  On which foundation are you building your life?  On the Rock (God’s Word) or the sand (ideas of men)?  CWA has chosen for nearly 40 years to build on the rock of truth – God’s Holy Word.

In Matthew 7:24-27, we read this parable, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. Now everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

New Year’s greetings from the state office of CWA of Washington!  We hope your year is off to a good start. As CWA of Washington prepares to encourage you to pray, get informed, and take action, we are focused on two statements from the national website (concernedwomen.org):

Our Mission: Concerned Women for America protects and promotes Biblical values and Constitutional principles through prayer, education, and advocacy.

Our Vision: Concerned Women for America is leading a movement dedicated to impacting the culture for Christ through education and public policy. 

Join us in 2019!  Click here to partner with us! 

PRAYER: Encourage-A-Legislator! Our campaign to pray for all 147 state legislators in 2019 is up and running!  We are looking for more prayer volunteers to pray daily for a legislator and mail a weekly pre-printed postcard that includes encouraging quotes and Scripture. Please sign up here and encourage your friends to join this campaign. 

EDUCATION: Watch for state legislative e-alerts! As you may know, our state legislature started January 14. Once again, CWA alerts will be sent out to educate you on legislative bills related to our seven core issues: Defense of Family, Sanctity of Life, Education, Religious Liberty, Sexual Exploitation, National Sovereignty, and Support for Israel. Please watch for the alerts and share them with others who are concerned about the moral direction of our culture. 

ACTION: Join thousands of pro-life citizens in Olympia this coming Tuesday, January 22 to MARCH FOR LIFE! People will begin to gather around 11:15 a.m. on the sidewalk leading to the capitol, and then at noon they will march to the capitol building steps. Pro-life leaders and legislators will speak about the sanctity of human life and our need to protect life from conception through natural death. Please join your fellow pro-life supporters for the March for Life, and then plan to spend some time inside the capitol visiting your own legislators to let them know you are in Olympia specifically for the March.  You can use your visit to encourage your legislators to represent your views on this and other issues of importance. Click here for more details.

Rock or sand? Please stand alongside CWA of Washington as we apply Biblical principles to all levels of public policy. Your membership and support are appreciated and needed: This is YOUR CWA! 

In His Service, 

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
425-869-1923
P.O. Box 143
Woodinville, WA 98072
wa.cwfa.org
[email protected]

Voice Your Support for LIFE!

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“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in My name welcomes Me…”  – Mark 9:37

There is an important pro-life bill that Concern­­­ed Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota is in full support of, House Bill 1285.  This is “a BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 50-25.1-15 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to abandoned infants at certain locations.”

Safe Haven Laws are dedicated to eliminating harm and death to infants by offering protection to infants and immunity to parents should they choose to leave a child under one year of age at a safe haven, unharmed.   HB 1285 increases the number of harbors in our state and provides a public awareness campaigned regarding the North Dakota safe haven law.

On Tuesday, January 15, I testified before the House Human Services Committee on behalf of CWA of North Dakota members in support of this bill.  Read my testimony here. HB 1285 may come up for a vote in committee as early as Monday, January 21, 2019. 

Please Act: Ask those on the Human Services Committee to vote a “Do Pass” on HB 1285.   

Please email and/or call these committee members TODAY. Leave a voice message if needed. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.

Chairwoman Karen Rohr (R-14)  [email protected] or cell phone: 701-202-1956
Representative Dick Anderson (R- 31) [email protected]  or cell phone: 701-228-4782
Representative Chuck Damschen (R-10) [email protected] or cell phone: 701-370-1758
Representative Bill Devlin (R-23) [email protected] or home phone: 701-524-2303
Representative Gretchen Dobervich (D-11) [email protected] or cell phone: 701-361-5627
Representative Clayton Fegley (R-4) [email protected] or cell phone: 701-263-1442
Representative Dwight Kiefert (R-24) [email protected] or cell phone: 701-490-0443
Representative Todd Porter (R-34) [email protected] or cell phone: 701-667-2922
Representative Matthew Ruby (R-40) [email protected]   No phone number available
Representative Mary Schneider (D-21) [email protected] or cell phone: 701-306-0860
Representative Kathy Skroch (R-26) [email protected] or home phone: 701-538-7396 Bill Sponsor
Representative Bill Tveit (R-33) [email protected] or cell phone: 701-870-4014
Representative Greg Westlind (R-15) [email protected] or cell phone: 701-739-8275

Pray for the legislators on the Human Services Committee by name that God would give them the wisdom and strength to accomplish His purposes.

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.”  – Psalms 90:17 

Linda Thorson,
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
nd.cwfa.org
[email protected]
Facebook: Concerned Women for America, North Dakota

We Need Your Help TODAY to Stop The Equal Rights Amendment!

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The battle continues to rage in Virginia to pass a state-level Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The ERA passed the full Senate and is now being considered by the House Committee on Privilege and Elections. Virginians must step up NOW to stop this very dangerous amendment.

CWA of Virginia is co-sponsoring a rally/lobby day along with several like-minded groups to oppose the ERA.  I will be attending as one of the speakers as well as CWA’s Young Women for America National Coordinator, Kelsey Good.  Help us show “strength in numbers” by attending the rally and lobbying our state legislators!

Date/Time/Location: January 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 in Richmond (State Capitol).

Schedule:
8:00 a.m. – Registration opens
8:30 a.m. – Welcome, instructions on how to talk to legislators, talking points distributed, and list of delegates to visit after you visit your own.
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Talk to your delegate! Click here to find out who your delegate is.
11:00 a.m. – Line up to sit in the House and Senate gallery. We have “reserved” seating and our group will be recognizing from the floor. Arrive early, if possible, to insure a seat.
12:00 p.m./after verbal recognition on the floor – Purchase a lunch at the 3rd floor cafeteria in the SunTrust building.
1:00 p.m. – Rally (address location will be provided upon registration) 

RSVP TODAY by clicking here. For security purposes, we need to be able to provide a list of names of those who will be attending the event. We will send you the specific location and additional details once you have registered. 

Please take action! Whether you are able to attend or not, there are several things that you can do to stop this horrendous amendment. (Special thanks to those that have already taking these actions as instructed in past e-alerts.)

  1. The ERA is currently in the House Privilege and Elections committee. Please ask each member to vote NO on the ERA, SJR 284.  Click here to contact them and click here for talking points. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia.
  2. We have joined with other pro-family groups in a video project. This week only. The goal is to inundate lawmakers with heartfelt, informal, brief videos from women expressing their opposition to ERA. It’s easy! Using your mobile phone, laptop or tablet – simply record a 30 second to two-minutevideo expressing your opposition in your own words. Use our talking points to assist you. Time is of the essence. We need these by the end of tomorrow. When recording, after you introduce yourself, state you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia and then complete your brief recording. Once complete, email your video to me at [email protected] If your video is too large to email, I will provide an option for you to upload the video.
  3. Pass this e-alert on to others. Encourage them to both pray and act immediately. 

Please keep this important issue in prayer. Prayer for each member of the committee as you contact them. Pray they will have the wisdom and courage to oppose the ERA.

Thank you in advance for your diligence through both your prayers and actions.

Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia
[email protected]
va.cwfa.org

CWA of Illinois Encourage-A-Legislator Project in Need of Volunteers

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Dear friend,

We are excited to announce that we now have enough encouragers within our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) project to cover all the elected officials and members of the General Assembly! Volunteers are still though needed to encourage and pray for the 102 County Board/Commission Chairmen. Might you consider being an encourager to one or more of them?

EAL is a project of encouragement and prayer for our Illinois elected officials, members of the Illinois General Assembly, and all Illinois county board and commission chairpersons. It is not an expression of political or public policy views.

  • CWA provides 12 pre-addressed postcards that contain a Scripture verse, Founding Father quote, and prayer per legislator.
  • Encouragers are asked to send a postcard once a month and pray earnestly for their assigned legislator. The EAL program will begin once the legislators’ contact information and committee assignments are completed.

Participants are welcome to pray for and encourage more than one legislator.

If you would like to participate in the CWA of Illinois EAL Project, please call me at 815-297-2918 or email [email protected].  Be sure to specify the number of County Board/Commission Chairmen you would like to pray and encourage.  Please provide your name and address to send your EAL packet to.

Please Take Action:

  • Prayerfully consider volunteering for this important ministry.
  • Recruit your friends and family to Encourage-A-Legislator.

Prayer moves the hand of God in the affairs of this nation!  In fact, we are commanded to pray for those in authority. 

“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.  This is good and pleases God our Savior…” – 1 Timothy 2:1 

Blessings,

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
[email protected]
il.cwfa.org

State Director Testifies in Support of Improving Safe Haven Law

By | North Dakota | No Comments

January 15, 2019
House Human Services Committee
Testimony in Support of HB 1285

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, my name is Linda Thorson. I am the State Director for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota. I am here today on behalf of our North Dakota members in support of HB 1285.

There are several reasons we support this legislation. The changes to the Safe Haven law will help to further prevent tragic scenarios like those which occurred before parents were given immunity from being charged with child neglect.

As you may know, there are two cases in late 1990s that inspired North Dakota’s Save Haven Law. In 1998 a North Dakota State University student gave birth in a sorority house bathroom; she wrapped her child in a towel and left the baby under her bed where her baby died. When she returned from class, she put her dead baby in a campus trash bin.

The student entered an Alford plea to negligent homicide, though her baby’s body was never found. She was sentenced to three years of supervised probation under a plea agreement between her attorney and the Cass County State’s Attorney’s office.

In 1999 an infant, “Baby Moses” was found dead in a suitcase on the Fort Berthold Reservation.

Data from the North Dakota Health Department identifies 17 babies were given Safe Haven in 2017. This law, dedicated to eliminating harm and death to infants, also includes a public awareness campaign to provide information, public service announcements and educational materials to the public including medical providers, law enforcement and social service agencies.

When government and medical personnel are given the opportunity to offer a haven to a child in need of help, tragedies, as described from the late 1990s, are reduced, as is made clear from statistics that show these harbors are being used in our state. Increasing the number of harbors and providing awareness to the public is a law that protects human life.

As the state director for CWA of North Dakota I urge a “do pass” on HB1285.

Time for Women to Oppose the ERA !

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A heartfelt thank you to all of those who responded to our last e-alert on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) by contacting your individual senator and the members of the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee. We must continue to maintain the pressure. If you have not yet taken action – please consider reviewing that e-alert and helping in the ways it requests. In addition, there’s also something else you can do that will make a difference.

Please take action now!  

Women opposed to the ERA across the state are uniting together in a video effort this week (January 14 – 19). The goal is to inundate lawmakers with heartfelt, informal, brief videos from women expressing their opposition to ERA. It’s easy! Using your mobile phone, laptop or tablet – simply record a 30 second to two-minute video expressing your opposition in your own words. You can use these talking points to assist you.

We are already receiving videos and will also cut statements from last week’s press conference. Please don’t hesitate to take this action, and, ask others to do the same. Time is of the essence.

IMPORTANT FOR YOUR RECORDING: After you introduce yourself, state you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia and then complete your brief recording.

Once complete, email your video to me at [email protected]  If your video is too large to email, I will provide an option for you to upload the video.

Please pass this e-alert on to others. Encourage them to both pray and act immediately.

Please continue to pray against this horrendous amendment. Pray for your senator and the committee members by name as you contact them.

Thank you in advance for your diligence through both your prayers and actions.

Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia
[email protected]

Meet the New State Director of CWA of Virginia, Toni DeLancey!

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Hello! My name is Toni DeLancey, and I am so excited to be your new CWA of Virginia State Director.

I probably got started with CWA like many of you! In March of 2017, during my daily prayer time, I felt God lead me to find a pro-life women’s group in which to become involved. Sanctity of life has always been my hot-button issue, and through my journey with the Lord, I have learned to listen and be obedient. I did what I felt He asked me to do and searched online that very day, learning all I could about CWA. I didn’t hesitate to reach out to National about getting involved.

In September of 2017, after several months of praying and chatting with leaders at CWA National, I applied to become a Prayer and Action Chapter leader. In October of that same year, Northern Virginia Prayer and Action Chapter held its first meeting in my home. The NOVA prayer and action chapter has women members from Falls Church, Fairfax, McLean, Arlington and Alexandria and is growing in numbers with women who love God and want to see our nation and state adhere to Biblical principles.

I’m so honored to be your State Director during this pivotal time. CWA’s founder, Beverly LaHaye, started CWA in opposition to ERA in 1979; now, 40 years later, ERA is back and my very first issue. Proponents are well-organized in Virginia and have momentum. In fact, as Tanya Ditty told you, last Wednesday I testified at the State Capitol in Richmond in opposition to the ERA before the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee and also participated in a press conference on Thursday alongside other like-minded pro-life pro-family groups. (Click here to view video of my statement posted on the Concerned Women for America Facebook page.) Please do all you can to stand with me in opposition to the horrendous legislation that hurts women.

I want to thank Janet Robey, who was CWA of Virginia’s State Director for many years, for agreeing to be the Associate Director. I feel so blessed to be able to learn from her valuable counsel from years of incredible experience leading this state so well. I am also grateful to Janet Stasulli for her amazing work running such an organized and effective Encourage-A-Legislator program. To all the other leaders and members of CWA Virginia, I’m excited to meet each one of you and work together to further God’s kingdom here in Virginia!

I know together we will do great things, and I want you to be a part of this momentum.

Please pray about how God might use you for His glory here in Virginia. I will be reaching out soon to fill steering committee roles as well as asking you to consider being a local Prayer/Action Chapter leader. More about that later, but in the meantime, I ask for your prayers for our effectiveness through our efforts in Virginia and that the Lord will be glorified in all that we do.

In Christ,

Toni DeLancey
State Director
CWA of Virginia
[email protected]
va.cwfa.org

Voice Your Support for Home School Education!

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There is a very important pro-homeschool education bill that CWA of North Dakota is in full support of, HB 1052.

  • The bill meets CWA’s goal of providing quality of education to a level of excellence in academic achievement, without governmental mandates that are detrimental to parental rights.
  • It provides needed clarification relating to home education to allow not only a child’s parent but also a child’s legal guardian to provide homeschool supervision.
  • It clarifies the ways parents and legal guardians acting as supervisors have the option to use multiple outside resources to effectively enhance the student’s learning environment. It makes clear parents’ rights to incorporate resources such as tutors or online curriculum programs to enhance their child’s curriculum.

On Monday, January 8, I testified on behalf of homeschool parents and their children. Read testimony here.

HB 1052 is expected to be voted on within the Education Committee any day now.

Please Act:   Ask those on the Education Committee to vote a “Do Pass” on HB 1052. Let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.

Please email or call these Representatives on the Education Committee (do not hesitate to leave a message on their voicemail this weekend if you prefer):

Chairman Rep. Mark Owens at [email protected] or call 701-792-1819

Vice Chairman Rep. Cynthia Schreiber-Beck at [email protected] or call 701-642-5777

Rep. Ron Guggisberg at [email protected] or call 701-367-2478

Rep. LaurieBeth Hager at [email protected] or call 701-280-2535

Rep. Pat Heinert at [email protected] or call 701-222-1354

Rep. Jeff Hoverson at [email protected] or call 701-340-8237 (Bill Sponsor)

Rep. Dennis Johnson at [email protected] or call 701-739-9328 (Bill Sponsor)

Rep. Mary Johnson at [email protected] or call 701-235-5912

Rep. Donald Longmuir at [email protected] or call 701-628-2617

Rep. Andrew Marschall at [email protected]

Rep. Brandy Pyle at [email protected] or call 701-388-2622

Rep. Michelle Strinden at [email protected] or call 701-566-9768

Rep. Denton Zubke at [email protected] or call 701-842-3081 

Please Pray:  Pray for our legislators by name.  May God give them wisdom and confidence to vote in support of families involved in home-based education.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” — Galatians 6:9

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]
nd.cwfa.org
Facebook: Concerned Women for America of North Dakota

ERA Heads to the Senate Floor for a Vote – It Needs Your Opposition Now!

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A special thanks to all of you who responded to our last e-alert by contacting the members of the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee in opposition to the ERA, SJR 284. Though it passed 8 to 6, it is always important that our legislators know where we stand.

Only five individuals for, and five individuals against, were permitted to testify.  Your new State Director, Toni Delancey, did a phenomenal job of representing you before the committee as one of the five in opposition.  Read her testimony here.

SJR 284 now goes to the Senate floor for a vote.  A vote that could happen any moment. If passed it will go to the House Privileges and Elections Committee. Click here to view its current status, history, text and more. Click here for ERA talking points.

Please take action now! 

  1. Contact your senator and ask him/her to vote against the ERA, SJR 284. Feel free to use some of these talking points. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia. Click here to find out who your senator is as well as how to contact him/her.
  2. Contact the members of the House Privileges and Elections Committee. This is extremely important.  We expect the Senate to not only move fast on this but to vote for it.  This will therefore immediately place SJR 284 in committee for a vote.  With a Republican majority, the House is where we expect to have the most advantage.  They need a clear message, that as a woman, you vehemently oppose the ERA! Feel free to use some of these talking points. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Virginia.
  3. Pass this e-alert on to others. Encourage them to both pray and act immediately.

Please continue to pray against this horrendous amendment.  Pray for your senator and the committee members by name as you contact them. 

The Attempt to Repeal Virginia’s Marriage Amendment – Failed!

Thanks be to God!  With a tie vote of 7 to 7 the efforts of the left to eliminate the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, failed.

Thank you in advance for your diligence through both your prayers and actions.

Tanya Ditty
National Field Director
Concerned Women for America