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Happy Independence Day!

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Independence Day is celebrated across America with BBQs and sparklers in backyards, parades, and fireworks. While these events bring communities together and are a fun way to celebrate, we must never forget to be grateful for the freedom that the Lord has given to America. Praise the Lord that He showered His favor upon America in granting her independence from England over two hundred years ago.

 

Our freedom in America is a gift from the Lord. 

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights.” James 1:17

 

Take the time to say “thank you” to a soldier this Independence Day. They are the ones who selflessly serve and devote themselves to continuing to keep our country free. Make sure they know they are appreciated and valued.

 

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan

 

Continue to fight for this great nation. Our religious liberties are constantly being threatened, and we must not be silent. Praise the Lord that we still have the ability to voice our opinion, lobby, and seek to change the nation for good. Use the voice and talents God has given you for His glory and the preservation of America.

 

Pray for America. Pray for our leaders.

 

Happy Independence Day from Concerned Women for America!

Liberty Without Religious Freedom is Bondage

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For many people today, July 4th is a holiday filled with picnics, friends, and fireworks. But it is also a commemoration of America’s Declaration of Independence. The freedom call was not only against a political and economic system, but it was also a cry for independence from the spiritual tyranny of the Anglican Church.

 

 

In 1775, there were 668 congregational churches in America. Seventy-five percent of all Americans, at that time, belonged to churches of Puritan derivation. The religious makeup was 98.4 percent Protestant, 1.4 percent Roman Catholic, and three-twentieths of one percent Jewish. America was a nation deeply concerned with religious freedom.

 

 

Religious freedom today is far from what the original founders intended. What Americans wanted was a government that did not favor one Christian sect over another. The idea was never to erode Christianity through the separation of church and state. John Jay, after the war, described the homogeneity of America in Federalist 2 (*see below).

 

 

Competition between the various churches, early Americans thought, was healthy; it kept them from becoming complacent, comfortable, and arrogant like the nationally endorsed Anglican Church. In 18th century America, men and women adhered to the Protestant conviction that all men and human institutions were fallible. Americans fought hard for seven years during the Revolutionary War to rid themselves of the shackles of imperial England and her state-controlled church.

 

 

The men who called the people of America to independence were men committed to their country and the freedom of her people. They paid a great price for our independence and religious freedom: five signers were captured by the British army and tortured; 12 men’s homes were destroyed; two had sons who died during the Revolutionary War; one had two sons taken prisoner by the British; nine signers of the Declaration died in the war.

 

 

This July 4th, let us remember those courageous men who helped to establish a free nation. Let us thank God for religious freedom won and exercise that freedom by reaching our generation with the Gospel.

 

Liberty without religious freedom is bondage.


*Federalist 2 I have taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people – a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who … fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established their general liberty and independence. This country and this people seem to have been made for each other … Similar sentiments have hitherto prevailed among all orders and denominations of men among us. To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people. — John Jay

Roe vs. Wade is Overturned! CWA of Colorado Responds

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2022

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Karen Pennington (303)-903-5283

 

 

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

 

Parker, Colorado – Colorado stands ready to welcome women and unborn children. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Colorado calls on our citizens, members of the Colorado Legislature, and the Executive Branch to strongly support a culture of life that protects all. 

 

CWA of Colorado State Director Karen Pennington, speaking for Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, has this to say concerning the Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision:

 

“The Supreme Court has finally overturned Roe. Thank you, Justices, for your tireless work on behalf of women and unborn children. Over 60 million unborn baby deaths later, the Court has finally recognized that states are free to protect life in the womb.

 

“It is up to us, the people of Colorado, to do our part. We must now work tirelessly to elect legislators and a governor who support the culture of life. Colorado now must stand ready to welcome women and unborn children by providing the support necessary for their wellbeing.

 

“The Dobbs decision will allow the citizens of Colorado to debate and discuss this issue with their state legislators. Decisions about abortion going forward will be made by Coloradoans, not by judges. That is something worth celebrating!”

 

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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 New Mexico Responds

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2022

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Nickie McCarty (575)-770-7838  

 

Concerned Women for America of New Mexico
Applauds the SCOTUS Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade 

 

Taos, New Mexico – New Mexico stands ready to welcome women and unborn children. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of New Mexico calls on our citizens, members of the New Mexico Legislature, and the Executive Branch to strongly support a culture of life that protects all. 

 

CWA of New Mexico State Director Nickie McCarty, speaking for Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, has this to say concerning the Supreme Court decision:

 

“Last year, Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law a bill that actively codifies abortion up to birth in New Mexico, forces medical professionals to commit or assist in abortions, and forces New Mexico taxpayers to continue funding abortions on healthy babies and women throughout pregnancy. Now that the Supreme Court has finally overturned Roe in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, it is up to us, the people of New Mexico, to do our part. We must work tirelessly to elect legislators and a governor who support the culture of life.

 

“The Dobbs decision will allow the citizens of New Mexico to debate and discuss this issue with their state legislators. Decisions about abortion going forward will be made by New Mexicans, not by judges. That is ultimately a very good thing.”

 

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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 Kentucky Responds

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2022

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Jennifer Pendleton (859) 699-1225

 

Concerned Women for America of Kentucky

Applauds the SCOTUS Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade

 

Frankfort, Kentucky – The Commonwealth of Kentucky’s majority pro-life legislature and a strong support network of pro-life groups have worked hard for many years to transform hearts and minds of Kentuckians regarding the value of human life in the womb. Through solid resources and good legislation, the Commonwealth is prepared to support a culture of life that protects all.

 

Concerned Women for America of Kentucky State Director Jennifer Pendleton, speaking for Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, has this to say concerning the Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision:

 

“The decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade is a victory for the diverse communities all across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. As a conservative majority who values life, we desire to help women realize the value of their unique design and flourish in all seasons of life, including pregnancy and motherhood. Organizations around Kentucky stand ready to support, encourage, and advocate for pregnant mothers and children.

 

“Thank you, to our courageous Attorney General, Daniel Cameron, for putting the lives of the unborn first, taking Kentucky’s fight all the way to the Supreme Court. Thank you to our conservative majority in our General Assembly who had the foresight to legislate protections for the unborn during the previous Administration, and thank you to the many pro-life groups around our state who, with their blood, sweat, and tears, have paved the way for this moment!

 

“Tomorrow, we get to work, but today we celebrate life!”

 

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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.

Join Us: CWA Celebrates Title IX on June 23

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This month as we mark the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is celebrating the achievements of female athletes and urging action to Save Women’s Sports. 

 

Join us for the Our Bodies Our Sports Rally in Washington, D.C., on June 23 to stand up for women athletes and the future of Title IX.     

 

CWA has been at the center of the fight to stand for the truth about the sexes and to save women’s sports.  We are standing up for the rights of female athletes, and we will not back down.  CWA is THE ONLY ORGANIZATION TO TAKE OFFICIAL ACTION against universities allowing males to compete in women’s sports TO CORRECT INJUSTICE IN WOMEN’S ATHLETICS.

    

  • CWA has filed three complaints against universities with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights – to date one has been resolved (in our favor!)
  • We’ve repeatedly challenged the NCAA.  
  • We’ve successfully lobbied members of Congress to make this a priority through a discharge petition in the U.S. House.
  • We’ve lobbied state legislatures, organized young women athletes to demand protection, participated in press conferences, and testified in states across the country, leading to the passage of bills to protect sports for women and girls in 18 states
  • We’ve met with federal government officials to demand that they stop the Biden Administration’s assault on female athletes.  

Now it is your turn!

 

You have the opportunity to make your voice heard.  Join us in Washington, D.C., on June 23, the 50th anniversary of Title IX.  

 

Check out the website for details. 

 

Hope to see you in Washington, D.C., on June 23

A Proclamation-Prayer for Peace

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Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, May 21, 1987

 

By the President of the United States of America

 

A Proclamation

 

Any American who has ever listened to a bugler sound Taps, the last salute, whether on a green and grassy hillside, a muddy field halfway around the world, or a lonely tarmac stateside or anywhere freedom is cherished and defended, knows exactly why we set aside a special day each year to honor those who have died for our country and to pray for permanent peace.

 

We do so for the sons and daughters of our land who have perished in the cause of liberty, country, and peace, the cause that has called Americans from generation to generation. We do so for the Nation that was home to these heroes and heroines, the Nation that gave them their birthright of freedom. We do so for the sacred trust they have left us, to revere, defend, and preserve all that they have revered, defended, and preserved for us.

 

And we pray for our dead; we ask God to bless them and take them to Himself and reward their patriot’s love. We pray for those who gave their lives in the hope of a future of freedom and peace for their countrymen. We pray for peace and for the devotion and strength of soul to build it and to protect it always. We pray and we resolve to keep holy the memory of those who have died for our country and to make their cause inseparably our own. We pray and we promise, so that one day Taps will sound never again for the young and the brave and the good.

 

In recognition of those brave Americans to whom we pay tribute today, the Congress, by joint resolution approved May 11, 1950 (64 Stat. 158), has requested the President to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer.

 

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 1987, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at eleven o’clock in the morning of that day as a time to unite in prayer. I urge the press, radio, television, and all other information media to cooperate in this observance.

 

I also direct all appropriate Federal officials and request the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff during this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control, and I request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes on this day.

 

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eleventh.

 

Ronald Reagan

 

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:16 a.m., May 22, 1987]

Breach at the Supreme Court / Primary Election

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Breach at the Supreme Court
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never failing stream. –Amos 5:24

For the latest on the Dobbs breach at the Supreme Court and to read CWA’s press release, go to concernedwomen.org. You may read Penny Nance’s statement on the breach and what might be ahead, A Law Clerk’s Perspective, as well as a brief rundown on the leak from CWA’s legal counsel, Mario Diaz, and what it means for Roe, and more. I also invite you to watch CWA’s powerful prayer call on the case.

 

If you would like to subscribe for weekly updates from CWA and the latest on the Dobbs case, click here.

 

Prayer: Father, we thank You that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” and we were “made in the secret place.” We ask Your forgiveness for our national killing of over 60 million precious babies in the womb. Please bring an end to this egregious stain on our nation by the overturning of Roe v. Wade and restore the integrity of the Court. Bring all states and all people to the realization that life is precious. Turn the hearts of all to honor life so every baby will be welcomed and loved. Amen


 

Primaries are Important – Be Sure to Vote!!
But select capable men from all the people–men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain –Exodus 18:21

 

The New Mexico Primary Election is Tuesday, June 7. There are important city, county, and school board races that will be decided. In addition, candidates for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are on the ballot, as well as a Constitutional Amendment.

 

Many of the winners of these races will be determined in the Primary rather than in the General Election held in November. This will be the case for many state legislative races and the U.S. House race.

 

If you are undecided about how to vote, feel free to call the candidates and question them about issues that are of concern to you. Many cities are scheduling candidate forums where you can hear from the candidates and ask them questions.

 

Here is a useful resource when researching candidates: CWALAC Congressional Scorecard.

 

Because of redistricting, you might be in a different district than previously, so call your county clerk to find out your correct district. You can also find your voting location online here.

 

If you are not registered to vote or know someone who is not registered, the last day to register to vote is Tuesday, June 7. Early voting has already begun.

 

So be sure to exercise your right and duty to vote!!!

 

Prayer: Father, we thank You that we in America have the right to vote for the candidate of our choice. We ask that You guide and direct us to choose the right person to represent us in all these important levels of government. Please ensure that our elections will be fair and honest and that You would rebuke any fraud or cheating. Let Your righteousness reign. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Blessings,

Nickie McCarty
State Director

We’re Returning to the Supreme Court-Join Us There!

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On December 1, 2021, thousands of pro-life individuals from around the country gathered in front of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to rally and pray while the Court heard oral arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case challenging the constitutionality of a Mississippi state law that places strict limits on abortions after 15 weeks. It was a historic day!

 

If there was ever a moment to return to the Court and stand in support of life and display support for constitutionalist Justices in the face of extreme external pressure, THIS IS IT!

 

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for Americastated, “Chief Justice John Roberts must take charge of his court and issue this decision as soon as possible, sending a clear message that the Court will never be intimidated.”

 

The next possible date when SCOTUS will announce case decisions is Monday, May 16, and we will be rallying in support of life alongside our coalition friends. PLEASE JOIN US! We do not know if the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision will be handed down that day, but we do know this is a pivotal moment. We have fought for this moment for nearly 50 years.

 

Here are the details:
Date: Monday, May 16
Time: Arrive at the Court by 9:00 a.m. EST
Location: In front of the Supreme Court – Be sure to look for our signs!
Parking: If you are driving, parking at Union Station and walking up to the Court is the easiest unless you want to try to find street parking.
Signs: Consider bringing life-affirming homemade signs.

 

Join us as we rally and prayer together and take a stand for life.

 

“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. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand firm.” Ephesians 6:12-13

 

Please contact Tanya Ditty, CWA’s Vice President of Field Operations, if you have any questions.

Meet Jennifer Pendleton – Kentucky’s New State Director

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I am thrilled to introduce you to Jennifer Pendleton, Concerned Women for America’s new Kentucky State Director. Jennifer is a Kentucky transplant from San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. After a decade navigating the corporate advertising world in Dallas, TX and Lexington, KY, Jennifer and her husband Charles settled on their little patch of heaven in Clark County, Kentucky where they raised two sons, and continue to prepare their daughter for the wide world.

As a homeschooling mom, Jennifer has had many jobs, interests, and involvement. She worked as Communications Director for Southland Christian Church, served as Marketing Co-Chair for St. Agatha Academy, lead mission trips to Haiti, managed a women’s fitness center, and served as pre-school ministry Volunteer Director at her church. Currently, she serves at-risk women at a faith-based first touch ministry, Natalie’s Sisters, in downtown Lexington, KY, and tutors Foundations for Classical Conversations. With a passion for apologetics, she hopes to someday become a Colson Fellow with the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.

A note from Jennifer:

“The last several years have challenged my faith and my core values as an American. The result being that my faith has grown exponentially and my pride in the American experiment has blossomed. The contradiction of emotions evoked by the hysteria of recent cultural events sent me on a prayerful quest to find a way to pair my politics and my faith. In doing so, I found CWA!

“The sound, fundamental principles and common-sense approach of education, advocacy, and prayer is just the guidance I needed to refocus for a mission to inspire people from all faith and political backgrounds with a message that we can be unified under the doctrine of Biblical Truth.

“I believe deeply in the fundamental premise for public education. As CWA State Director, I hope to inspire reform by casting a vision to parents, schools, and legislators of parents’ God-given authority and obligation to participate and guide their children in all areas of their lives, partnering with teachers and school administrators at all times, not giving authority of their children over to the state.

“This disconnect between children and parents, created by our societal dependence on the education system, is leading to a loss of traditional values and an explosive normalization of sexual obscenity, including pornography, prostitution, and sex trafficking. I hope to shed light on these despicable practices and the innocent victims by working with state legislators to reform laws, regulations, and consequences of criminal behavior.

“Prayer is my love language, so building teams of prayer warriors excites and invigorates my mission to establish an active, effective, and enthusiastic CWA of Kentucky!”

Tanya Ditty
Vice President of Field Operations

Meet our Intern!

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Hello! My name is Myah Abraham, and I am CWA’s Spring intern. I grew up in the northern suburbs of Houston, in the great state of Texas. I will graduate with a double major in Sacred Art and Philosophy in December 2022. Since I have been able to do school completely online, I decided to spend this year interning to gain experience in different fields and figure out what I want to do.

In November 2021, I was sitting at a table with a dear friend of mine, telling her what I would want in an internship: something biblically-based, feminine, focused on grassroots, but political. This friend immediately recommended I look into Concerned Women for America. Upon discovering that they were everything I was looking for and more, including that they were biblically based and that their seven core values aligned perfectly with mine, I immediately applied for an internship for the Spring. I am now nearly through with my internship, and I have loved every moment of it. 

The main takeaway from Concerned Women is that relationships are everything. I intern primarily in the Fields Operations Department and a little bit in the Government Affairs Department. Working in Fields Operations, I get to sit in interviews and phone calls, make connections, and sort through data of different CWA leaders across the United States. I also researched and updated several CWA resources, wrote emails and web posts for Women’s History Month, and much more.  

One great experience was spending the day lobbying at the Virginia state capital with CWA of Virginia. This was such a powerful day of building relationships and learning about local government. This has inspired me to want to be involved more in local politics and maybe even work in local politics one day. I also had the opportunity to travel with Young Women for America to Atlanta to participate in a Save Women’s Sports press conference at the NCAA Division 1 swimming championship.

After this internship concludes, I will finish my schooling and possibly get my Master’s at Liberty University. I plan on sticking around the Washington, D.C. area for a bit to make connections and possibly take another internship. I will also continue running my own pro-life organization, which I have gained many skills from in this internship. 

I love my time at CWA, and I am so thankful God has placed me here! It is a wonderful organization!

The Last Week – Easter Week Scripture

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Follow the last week of Jesus’ earthly life with Scripture from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.

The Triumphal Entry, Jerusalem, Sunday

Mark 11: 7-10 NKJV 7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. 8 And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ 10 Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

Jesus Cleanses the Temple, Monday

Mark 11:15-17 15 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. 17 Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”

Jesus Teaches in the Temple, Tuesday

Mark 12:14-17 14 When they had come, they said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and care about no one; for You do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? 15 Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?” But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why do you test Me? Bring Me a denarius that I may see it.” 16 So they brought it. And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” 17 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at Him.

The Plot Against Jesus, Wednesday

Mark 14:10-11 10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them. 11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. So he sought how he might conveniently betray Him.

The Last Supper, Thursday

Mark 14:17-24 17 In the evening He came with the twelve. 18 Now as they sat and ate, Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you who eats with Me will betray Me.” 19 And they began to be sorrowful, and to say to Him one by one, “Is it I?” And another said, “Is it I?” 20 He answered and said to them, “It is one of the twelve, who dips with Me in the dish. 21 The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had never been born.” 22 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 23 Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.

Jesus’ Arrest and Trial, Thursday Night and Friday

Mark 14:43-50 43 And immediately, while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now His betrayer had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him and lead Him away safely.” 45 As soon as he had come, immediately he went up to Him and said to Him, “Rabbi, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 46 Then they laid their hands on Him and took Him. 47 And one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. 48 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? 49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then they all forsook Him and fled. Mark 14:66-72 66 Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came. 67 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth.” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are saying.” And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed. 69 And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, “This is one of them.” 70 But he denied it again. And a little later those who stood by said to Peter again, “Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.” 71 Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this Man of whom you speak!” 72 A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept.

Jesus’ Crucifixion and Death, Golgotha, Friday

Mark 15:16-20 16 Then the soldiers led Him away into the hall called Praetorium, and they called together the whole garrison. 17 And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head, 18 and began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him. 20 And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him. Mark 15:33-37 33 Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” 35 Some of those who stood by, when they heard that, said, “Look, He is calling for Elijah!” 36 Then someone ran and filled a sponge full of sour wine, put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink, saying, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to take Him down.” 37 And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last.

The Burial of Jesus, Joseph’s Tomb, Friday 

Mark 15:43-46 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time. 45 So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. 46 Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.

Low in the Grave He Lay, Saturday 

Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior, Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord! Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus my Savior; Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord! Death cannot keep its Prey, Jesus my Savior;

The Empty Tomb, Jerusalem, Sunday

Mark 16:1-4 1 Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. 2 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” 4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away—for it was very large.

Mary Magdalene Sees Jesus in the Garden, Jerusalem, Sunday

John 20:11-17 11 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” 14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”

New Mexico: Help Us Ensure Election Integrity in 2022

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The 2022 elections are upon us, and we need your help to ensure that every eligible vote counts in New Mexico! Here are ways to engage:

  1. Serve as challengers and watchers during early voting and on Election Day. Click here for information on qualifications and how to apply.
  2. Server as poll workers. If you are interested in serving as a poll worker, contact your local county clerk’s office for job listings and schedule training. Click here and then locate your county’s website. Here is another helpful resource.
  3. Ensure New Mexicans are registered to vote. We have made it easy for you. Download our Conducting a Voter Registration Drive: Instructions and helpful tips document.
  4. Be an informed voter by checking out iVoterGuide.

Other helpful links:

Thank you for making a difference in New Mexico!

Nickie McCarty
State Director
Phone: 575-770-7838
Email
nm.cwfa.org

Protecting Female Athletes in Iowa

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For Immediate Release
March 3, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]
571-420-2488

Protecting Female Athletes in Iowa

Governor Kim Reynolds Signs Protecting Women’s Sports Bill into Law

 Washington, D.C. – Today, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, signed a bill (HF2416) into law banning transgender girls from participating in girls’ sports at the K-12 and college level. The law will take effect immediately, protecting women and girls’ sports. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), who has been working on this legislation, applauds Gov. Reynolds for her courageous action to protect women’s rights to fair play in sporting events.

This law protects girls’ sports by making sure that biological males cannot compete in girls’ sports. Eleven states have passed protections for girls’ sports, while nine other states are debating this issue.

“It is a momentous day in Iowa as HF2416, the Protection of Girls’ Sports bill, is signed into law,” Said Kathryn Kueter, CWA of Iowa Legislative Liason, who attended today’s signing. “Concerned Women for America of Iowa is so pleased with the work of the state legislature and Gov. Reynolds to ensure girls and women in Iowa will have an equal playing field in their sport of choice. Not only is this bill about the protection of athletics, but it stands in truth that men and women are different. Thank you, Iowa, for fighting back against the efforts to erase women and standing with us for all we have accomplished.”

Lia Thomas, a swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania who is a biological male, has drawn national attention to the issue of men competing in women’s sports. Thomas has set records competing against girls and has been cleared to compete in the NCAA women’s tournament. 

“Young women should not be forced to compete against young men,” said Penny Young Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC. “We are thankful to Gov. Reynolds for signing this important piece of legislation that will protect women and girl athletes for years to come.”

CWALAC is leading the charge to save women’s sports. 

For interviews or additional information, please contact Katie Everett, Press Secretary at 571-420-2488 or [email protected].

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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

Legislative Update from Pierre – February 27

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“The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws.”  -Noah Webster

Prohibit Medical Abortion via Telemedicine
HB1318 would prohibit medical (RU-486) abortion by telemedicine. With COVID came telemedicine and chemical abortion prescribed over the phone. Self-administered chemical abortions lack medical oversight and care. This dangerous practice not only kills a human life but also puts the life and health of the mother at risk. 

To end her pregnancy, the mother takes mifepristone blocking progesterone, which cuts off food from the baby and ends its life. A day or two later, she takes the second pill, Misoprostol. This drug triggers blood flow so that she passes the baby. Women experience a series of symptoms, like abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even death. If she suffers complications, there is no guarantee that she has a caregiver and may endure alone the hard and depressing process.

HB1318 will require the medicine to be prescribed by a licensed physician in a licensed abortion facility. Both medications must be taken at the facility instead of at home under the care of the facility’s staff. She must be given all the required informed consent as required by any other abortion and return after two weeks for a follow-up checkup.

HB1318 passed in the House with a vote of 62-8. The bill will be heard in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Monday, February 28. 

Please contact your state senator and ask him/her to support HB1318. If you do not know who your senator is, click here. Send an email message here


Coerced Abortion
HB1113 “An Act to prohibit threats made with the intent to coerce an abortion and to provide a penalty therefor.”  This makes it a Class B felony to threaten an expectant mother to coerce her to have an abortion. HB1113 passed unanimously in the House.

HB1113 was heard in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee but was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee with a “do pass” recommendation for their consideration Tuesday, March 1.


Sports Wagering – Defeated!
SJR502   Proposing and submitting to the voters at the next general election an amendment to the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, providing for wagering on sporting events via mobile or electronic platform.”

In 2020, the voters approved the legalization of sports wagering in Deadwood. SJR602 would have asked the voters to expand this form of gambling to the entire state.

SJR502 passed in the Senate on February 7 with a vote of 18-17. We are pleased that SJR502 was defeated in the House State Affairs Committee on February 25.

This defeat means that the issue will not automatically appear on the November ballot. But rather, the gambling stakeholders will now have to begin the arduous process of collecting signatures on petitions if they want it on the ballot.

What has God called on you to do in 2022?

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2022 is one month young and I have an important question to ask you, “What has God called on you to do in 2022?” Concerned Women for America of Virginia is growing and expanding our reach and influence and I want to personally invite you to prayerfully consider engaging with us through statewide involvement.
 
We are women of prayer and action.

  • We are pro-life
  • We are pro-family
  • We stand for the Constitution
  • We support parental rights
  • We stand for religious freedom
  • We defend our children’s education and work to protect their future
  • We know men and women are EQUAL but not the same
  • We are strong, unified, and courageous

If this describes you, here are ways you can get involved with us.

Prayer/Action Chapters
To give CWA members a voice in their communities, CWA’s Prayer/Action Chapters meet regularly to encourage informed and strategic prayer and action for our nation and its leaders. We do this by educating Christians on issues that affect our Biblically-based standards. Consider starting or joining a Prayer/Action Chapter in your community.
 
CWA Influencer
CWA’s Influencers are Christian conservative women committed to staying informed on CWA’s current issues and activating prayer and action on a widespread scale by distributing CWA’s information to their CWA network via social media, email, and/or text, and also to their personal network and organization and church relationships. Consider becoming an Influencer today!
 
Whether you want to attend or lead a Prayer Action Chapter, be an Influencer in your network, or lobby state legislators, there IS a place for you! CWA of  Virginia is a place where you can impact the culture for Christ through education, prayer, and action. You ARE needed!

Email me directly at [email protected] or call me at 434-238-2770. I am here to answer any questions you may have. I hope to hear from you very soon!

Teresa Pregnall
State Director

What has God called on you to do in 2022?

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2022 is one month young and I have an important question to ask you, “What has God called on you to do in 2022?” Concerned Women for America of New Mexico is growing and expanding our reach and influence and I want to personally invite you to prayerfully consider engaging with us through statewide involvement.
 
We are women of prayer and action.

  • We are pro-life
  • We are pro-family
  • We stand for the Constitution
  • We support parental rights
  • We stand for religious freedom
  • We defend our children’s education and work to protect their future
  • We know men and women are EQUAL but not the same
  • We are strong, unified, and courageous

If this describes you, here are ways you can get involved with us.

Prayer/Action Chapters
To give CWA members a voice in their communities, CWA’s Prayer/Action Chapters meet regularly to encourage informed and strategic prayer and action for our nation and its leaders. We do this by educating Christians on issues that affect our Biblically-based standards. Consider starting or joining a Prayer/Action Chapter in your community.
 
CWA Influencer
CWA’s Influencers are Christian conservative women committed to staying informed on CWA’s current issues and activating prayer and action on a widespread scale by distributing CWA’s information to their CWA network via social media, email, and/or text, and also to their personal network and organization and church relationships. Consider becoming an Influencer today!
 
Whether you want to attend or lead a Prayer Action Chapter, be an Influencer in your network, or lobby state legislators, there IS a place for you! CWA of New Mexico is a place where you can impact the culture for Christ through education, prayer, and action. You ARE needed!

Email me directly at [email protected] or call me at 575-770-7838. I am here to answer any questions you may have. I hope to hear from you very soon!

Nickie McCarty
State Director

Meet Nickie McCarty – New Mexico’s State Director

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I am excited to introduce you to Nickie McCarty, Concerned Women for America’s New Mexico State Director. Nickie is a native New Mexican who grew up in Raton and has lived the last thirty years in Taos. She is married to her loving and supportive husband, Monty, and they have two sons in the military.

Nickie has a degree in accounting and teaching, a master’s in educational leadership, an associate degree in ministry, and is working on her bachelor’s degree in ministry. Nickie recently retired from the Taos Municipal Schools, where she taught math for 16 years and was the Athletic Director for ten years. She is currently the director of the children’s and youth ministries at her church and serves as the leader of the CWA Taos County Prayer/Action Chapter.

Nickie has several goals for CWA of New Mexico, including growing her current base of Prayer/Action Chapters and reversing the devasting New Mexico abortion laws. The state has the least abortion restrictions and is one of seven states that permit abortions at any stage in pregnancy. Nickie says, “It is time to put an end to this great travesty in our state and truly become the ‘Land of Enchantment!’”

Nickie looks forward to building a strong state organization that honors Christ and brings Him glory. Please reach out to Nickie today to learn of the many ways you can get involved in CWA of Mexico! You can reach Nickie by e-mail or by phone at 575-770-7838.

Tanya Ditty
Vice President of Field Operations

Praying for Dobbs

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Concerned Women for America

Six Month Spiritual Engagement for Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health

The December 1 oral arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health were just the beginning of our pro-life efforts for this case. If the Court keeps to its historical track record of rendering decisions on “controversial” cases in the last weeks of its term, the Dobbs decision will likely be announced by the end of June.

Until the Supreme Court renders its decision, our posture must be on our knees before the Lord. CWA is encouraging our leaders, members, and friends across the country to set aside the fourth Monday of the next six months, beginning January 24, for focused prayer on the Dobbs case. Using the 30 Days of Prayer for Life prayer booklet and our monthly prayer points listed below, we encourage you to gather together people to pray in person, over the phone, or via Zoom.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Using the 30 Days of Prayer for Life booklet, read silently or aloud prayers 1, 2, 13, 14, and 15.

Strategic Prayer Points:

  • Pray that the March for Life, held on January 21 in Washington, D.C., had a great spiritual impact on the Justices and their law clerks as they continue to study and prepare their opinions for the Dobbs vs Jackson case.
  • Pray for the media, that they will see the importance of the March for Life in light of the Dobbs case and choose to report on the march and the case both fairly and accurately.
  • Pray that the decision of the Dobbs case will end the federal scourge of abortion on our nation.
February – June prayer points will be listed soon.