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State Director Testifies in Support of Increased Control Over Local Education

By | Maine | No Comments

Statement by
Penelope A. Morrell, State Director
Concerned Women for America of Maine

To Members of the Education and Cultural Services Committee
Regarding L.D. #1416, “An Act to Amend High School Diploma Standards”

April 27, 2017

Chairmen Senator Langley, Representative Kornfield and distinguished members of the Education and Cultural Services Committee, I’m Penny Morrell, State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine.

CWA of Maine supports L.D. #1416, An Act to Amend High School Diploma Standards.

Concerned Women for America is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation and supports parents battling insidious federal overreach in education.

Because this bill allows local districts to determine the courses needed for a diploma and what is expected to earn a credit, we believe it takes a giant step forward in our education priority.  Local control is needed in public education to meet the needs of individual localities and students, and a “one size fits all” approach to education isn’t workable as we have observed since Common Core and Proficiency Based Education standards have been introduced.

We urge this committee to unanimously support L.D. #1416.

Tax-Payer Funded Abortion Bill Passes Illinois House! Gov. Rauner Needs to Hear From You!

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Remind Gov. Bruce Rauner of His Pledge To Veto Tax-Payer Funded Abortions.

Coinciding with yesterday’s Illinois Women’s March on Springfield for a “progressive agenda”, the Democratic-controlled Illinois House passed HB 40, approving public funding of all abortions.

The Illinois House voted 62-55 to allow state-employee health insurance or Medicaid to cover abortions. Medicaid currently covers abortions in limited cases.

HB 40 has passed. It is now on Gov. Rauner’s desk.  If not vetoed, the law will do the following:

  • Provide free Medicaid abortions with no restrictions. Abortions would be covered for any reason through the nine months of pregnancy, even if an unborn baby feels pain and can survive outside the womb.
  • Remove the ban on state employees’ insurance policies paying for abortions.
  • Provide no monetary cap to the number of abortions that could be covered by Medicaid.
  • Remove language concerning the General Assembly’s declaration that the unborn child is a human being from the time of conception and is, therefore, a legal person for purposes of the unborn child’s right to life.

Please contact the Governor today!

Pray that:

  • Rauner will honor his pledge and veto HB 40.
  • Pastors and Christians will get more involved in the defense of the unborn.

Take action:

  • Contact Rauner! REMIND HIM OF HIS PLEDGE TO VETO HB 40 that allows the use of tax dollars going to kill pre-born babies. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.
  • Forward this alert to everyone you know – especially your pastor and members of your congregation.

 “LORD, rescue the unborn from abortion. Forgive us for our complacency.  We say, ‘We knew nothing about this,’ but You who weighs the heart knows everything.” (Proverbs 24:11-12)

For life,

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
[email protected]

Get involved with CWA of Illinois.

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter. Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.
  • Please donate to CWA of Illinois. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert, and you would like to be on our e-mail list, contact me and I will be happy to do so.


By | Illinois | No Comments

 ERA – the Constitutional Amendment that is technically dead has been resuscitated for the 16th time in Illinois.  A committee hearing is scheduled tomorrow Tuesday, April 26, 2017 at 3:30 p.m., in the Illinois Senate.  If this issue was not so serious, it would be laughable. When is enough ENOUGH?

History of ERA:

For those who are too young to remember ERA:

  • Passage of the ERA would add these words to the U.S. Constitution: “Equality of rights under law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex.”
  • The ERA would wipe out all ability to use any laws using gender as a defining characteristic.  This would overturn workplace and family laws that protect women; privacy laws that define who may use gender oriented bathrooms and locker rooms; and religious freedom laws. The ERA would also integrate same-sex and bi-sexual attraction into the U.S. Constitution.
  • The ERA could very well affect almost every area of life including Social Security, Medicare, Health, insurance benefits, Medicare benefits, and pro-life issues
  • The time limit for ratification of the ERA ended in 1979, but Congress granted an extension to 1982. In 1981, a U.S. District Court ruled the extension was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court dismissed the extension as moot.
  • From 1972 – 2015 the Illinois General Assembly voted NO on ERA 14 times.

Prayer requests:

  • Ask forgiveness for the complacency of Illinois Christians for not standing for their faith and allowing evil laws to rule our state.
  • Thank the Lord for the many times He has held back the ERA in Illinois. Ask Him to intervene on our behalf.
  • Ask for the fear of the Lord to fall upon the Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments and let them see the folly of this Constitutional Amendment.

Take action:

Pro-ERA proponents have never stopped working behind the scenes to ratify the ERA in Illinois. Feminist Gloria Steinem wants to see the ratification of the ERA in her lifetime.

CWA MEMBERS! The ERA is the issue that started CWA in 1978!  We stand strong and will not back down! Let’s stop the ERA once and for all!

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
[email protected]
(815) 297-2918

Become a part of CWA of Illinois! Together we can make a difference in our communities, state and country. Contact me today!


Urgent Alert: Shorter Waiting Periods for Divorce Are Not Good for Louisiana Families

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On Tuesday, April 18, HB136, allowing no fault divorce, passed out of the House Civil Law and

Procedure Committee and will make its debut on the House floor Tuesday, April 25.

Your voice needs to be heard tonight or tomorrow morning at the latest!  Leave a message for your Representative TONIGHT or call their office first thing tomorrow morning.

HB136 reduces the one-year waiting period to 180-days when seeking a divorce when children are involved. Proponents testified that “Louisiana’s waiting period was a failed experiment in reconciling marriages.” But we at Concerned Women for America of Louisiana believe, along with others, that this year-long period for those who seek counsel (from someone other than a divorce attorney) gives couples a better chance at reconciliation.

In addition, there is evidence that longer waiting periods lead to less divorce and benefit people who are ambivalent about getting divorced. Studies have shown that up to 1/3 of divorcing parents believe their marriage could be saved and would be open to help with reconciliation. This argues for longer waiting periods to allow time for this to occur.

Finally, since studies show that children of divorce are more likely to be in poverty and to live with their mothers, we believe that this additional time gives mothers more opportunity to establish themselves and their children prior to the potential cessation of spousal support.

“So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” Matthew 19:6

Prayer: Pray that our legislators will look more closely at strengthening our families as well as focusing on the needs of the children as they vote on this issue.

Action: Please contact your representative tonight by leaving a message or call first thing in the morning.  Ask him/her to VOTE NO on HB136. Click here to find out who your representative is and how to contact him/her.  Be sure to identify yourself as a member of Concerned Women for America of Louisiana.

Stay informed!  Go to or regularly to find out what we are doing on the state and nation levels.

Motivated by Love,

Sancha Noel Smith
State Director
CWA of Louisiana
[email protected]

Coffee & Conversation With Our Local Legislators

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The Forest Chapter of Concerned Women for America (CWA) sponsored a Coffee and Conversation with Delegates Kathy Byron, Terry Austin, and T. Scott Garrett on April 17.  Each delegate gave an overview of the General Assembly session.

“We are truly blessed in this area to have this powerhouse of conservative individuals that advocate for CWA’s core issues,” said Barb, CWA member.

Kathy Byron discussed a long list of legislation that was passed by both the House and Senate but vetoed by the governor. Gov. Terry McAuliffe set a record for vetoing bills during his tenure which included 40 bills this year.

“CWA members received a unique opportunity to hear and then see the servant attitudes that these legislators have,” said Jan Robey, CWA Chapter leader. “We look forward to working together to promote and protect Biblical values here in Virginia.”

Take a Stand Today to Protect the Citizens of Maine From Cities that do not Uphold the Law!

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Last Thursday CWA of Maine testified in favor of L.D. #366 before the Judiciary Committee.  L.D. #366 is an excellent bill introduced by Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst), “An Act to Ensure Compliance with Federal Immigration Law and Local Government Entities.”  Rep. Lockman thanked CWA of Maine publicly for testifying in favor of the bill and said we were the “only Maine-based conservative force” besides his, New England Opportunity Project (NEOP), fighting to end Harboring Havens.

This Wednesday the Judiciary Committee will vote on L.D. #366.

Many open-borders organizations and the ACLU of Maine, along with unruly protestors, opponents of the bill, didn’t play by the rules given by Chairman Matt Moonen (D-Portland) at the beginning of the hearing.  Everyone was instructed to be respectful of the views of others and not make gestures or noises during testimonies.  We who testified in favor of L.D. #366 provided reasonable and precise testimony for why we need this law.  Opponents slandered and used name-calling in their testimony because they had no logical reasons for their position.

Take Action: That said, I am asking all CWA of Maine members to contact members of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee and let them know you are in favor of L.D. #366.  (That is if you did not have a change to do so last week in response to our e-alert on this matter.)  The committee will vote on this bill this Wednesday 1:00 p.m. so it’s extremely urgent you do this right away.  Please use the following links to contact each committee member:

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Please Pray With Me: “Father, I ask that every member of our organization answer the call and contact members of the Judiciary Committee in favor of L.D. #366 and that You will get all the glory for our efforts You have inspired.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

In a recent e-mail to subscribers Rep. Lockman stated:

“Harboring Havens — like Portland — handcuff our local law enforcement agencies and act as a magnet attracting more illegal immigrants to the Pine Tree State.

“The fact is Harboring Havens put the safety of Maine families and our economic well-being in jeopardy! LD 366 would protect Maine people from violent criminal illegals who have settled in Maine over the past decade.

“Any Maine municipality harboring illegals will lose all state funding!”

Our legislature needs to hear from YOU right away.  Please stand with Rep. Lawrence Lockman, NEOP and CWA of Maine to stop this crime in our state by supporting L.D. #366.

Thank you and God bless.

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]

CWA of Maine Supports Victims Bill of Rights

By | Maine | No Comments

CWA of Maine supports LD 1168, “RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Victims’ Bill of Rights”.  This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to enact a Victims’ Bill of Rights, designed to ensure specific rights for victims of crime. The purpose of this resolution is to place into the Constitution of Maine various rights regarding notification of public proceedings at which the victim has a right to be heard, the right to confer with the prosecution and the right to prompt and full restitution. This resolution requires a court to grant a request by the victim to enforce the rights of the victim and to provide a remedy for violations of the victim’s rights, including the appeal of a sentence.

The following information was provided to CWA by Marsy’s Law for Maine.  CWA of Maine supports LD 1168 and supports the efforts of Marsy’s Law for Maine.

Maine is one of a handful of states without constitutional protections for victims of crime. Marsy’s Law for Maine seeks to change that by amending Maine’s Constitution to provide crime victims with strong and enforceable rights that are equal to those of the accused and convicted.

All of us at Marsy’s Law for Maine are excited to be working together with the members of Concerned Women for America of Maine to put into place common-sense, constitutional protections that crime victims and families deserve. We write today to ask for your help and support in passing this critical constitutional amendment.

In order for Marsy’s Law to become a reality in Maine, our bill must be approved with a two-thirds (2/3) majority in the Maine House of Representatives and in the Maine Senate. Once approved by the super majority in the Legislature, the question will then appear on the ballot.

There’s a lot of work to be done. That’s why we are asking you, your family and your friends to join us in this effort. If you want to help make a difference go to our website and sign up to volunteer today.

We are looking for individuals who would be willing to testify in support of our bill, LD 1168, at the upcoming public hearing in front of the Criminal Justice Public Safety committee in early May. If you have a personal story to tell, or if you simply want to show your support for LD 1168, please contact Lauren LePage by email at [email protected], or by phone at 207-509-5698.

If you are unable to join us at the public hearing, but would still like to get involved with this effort, contact me at [email protected] or 207-619-3188, or visit our website and fill out our volunteer form. In the coming weeks and months, we will be contacting legislators and voters, writing letters to the editor and so much more.

According to FBI statistics, more than 1,700 violent crimes were committed in Maine in 2013, the most recent year for which those statistics are available. For a state like ours, with a relatively small population and a make-up of mostly small and close-knit communities, the impact of violent crime is felt far and wide. As someone who has been affected by a violent crime, I am sure this has meaning to you. I know it does for me, as a 5th generation Mainer, and I believe it is time for Maine to become a state where crime victims’ rights are elevated so they are equal to those who are accused or convicted of crimes like rape, murder and assault.

I am honored to lead this statewide, bipartisan coalition, and look forward to working with you to help Maine crime victims gain the equal legal standing they deserve.


Christopher Quint, State Director
Marsy’s Law for Maine
207-619-3188 (Office)
207-232-6470 (Cell)
[email protected]

Thank you in advance for your diligence in this matter.

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]

Anti-Crisis Pregnancy Center Legislation Continues Through the Hawaii Legislature

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SB501 passed out of the House Committee on Judiciary earlier this month and passed out of the House last week. The efforts to promote abortion clinics through Crisis Pregnancy Centers is abominable! Go to our state webpage for background information about this horrendous bill.

The Conference Committee has now scheduled a meeting for tomorrow, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. in conference room 016.  No written or verbal testimony is allowed.  We can though call the committee member offices and e-mail them our disapproval.

This is one more opportunity for us to pray and speak our piece.  It is not the time for the people of God to be silent on behalf of the least of these.  Regardless of the outcome, before God, we must not be silent.

If this bill passes, rumor has it that an immediate lawsuit will be filed against it as being unconstitutional because it is forcing these Pregnancy Centers to promote or offer info regarding positions they do not believe in, such as abortion.

Prayer is our most important weapon, so we must pray before we act.

Please Pray that SB501 will miraculously be stopped in Conference Committee tomorrow.  Pray for each committee member by name.

Action must not be overlooked.  For a faith is dead without it.

Take Action: Please contact each member of the committee.  Email and then follow-up with a phone call.  Respectfully communicate to them the disgust you have for SB501. Assure them that it is unconstitutional to force someone to do something like this against their religious beliefs.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.

Rep. Della Au Belatti, Chair: [email protected] / 586-9425
Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair: [email protected] / 586-6070
Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto, Co-Chair: [email protected] / 586-8515
Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Co-Chair: [email protected]/  586-7344
Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura – Co-Chair: [email protected] / 586-6530
Sen. Jill N. Tokuda, Co-Chair: [email protected] / 587-7215
Rep. Roy M. Takumi, Co-Chair: [email protected] / 586-06170
Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro, Co-Chair: [email protected] /586-7793
Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi – Co-Chair: [email protected] / 586-6310

Thank you for speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.

For His service,

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]

State Director Testifies in Support of Good Immigration Law that Protects Our Citizens

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Statement by
Penelope A. Morrell, State Director
Concerned Women for America of Maine
To Members of the Judiciary Committee

Regarding L.D. #366, “An Act To Ensure Compliance with Federal Immigration Law by State and Local Government Entities”

April 20, 2017

Chairmen Sen. Keim, Rep. Moonen and members of the Judiciary Committee, I’m Penny Morrell, State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine.  CWA is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation.

CWA of Maine supports L.D.  #366.

We have many government agencies to protect us; however, they aren’t talking with each other, and that has created a lack of information needed by each agency to carry out their duties adequately.  We have some states and cities who are declaring themselves to be “sanctuary,” completely disregarding the rule of law.  Portland, Maine, is one of those cities. We must protect Americans first.

We must not forget that the terrorists who hijacked planes on 9/11 came into Maine across our border with Canada illegally.

A growing popular concept these days is to think globally.  This is fine, as long as it doesn’t compromise our sovereignty as both a state and nation. Concerned Women for America has chosen not to get down in “the weeds” of the immigration issue.  But our stand for years has been that we should enforce the law and we should secure our borders.  This legislation helps to move us forward on at least one of those points.

Maine should join with other states who have already implemented this law and the many who are in the process of doing so.

We urge this committee to vote “Ought To Pass” on L.D. #366.