Capitol Hill Brief — Join the Effort!

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The situation for the Christian Church in the Middle East is not an easy problem with a simple solution.  For us, it requires a change of heart that gets us closer to the compassion and mercy exhibited by our Lord.

If we are to accomplish the mission He has given us, we must gain a proper perspective when it comes to the persecuted church.

We must be intentional in prayer and seeking opportunities to inform ourselves and those around us.

The situation is truly dire as they are targeted because of their faith. Though some may think there’s nothing we can do, Concerned Women for America believes in the power of prayer and action.  So, come to our website, learn more, and join the effort to support the persecuted church!

As Christians, we have a responsibility to protect our persecuted brothers and sisters and defend religious liberty worldwide. Visit to sign our petition to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today! If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.


State Director Testifies in Support of Increased Control Over Local Education

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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.

Capitol Hill Brief — Gut-Check Moment

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This is a gut-check moment for American Evangelicals.  Our brothers and sisters in Egypt are being exterminated, and we cannot continue to be silent.

For too long, we’ve been content to swill our lattes on Sunday morning while passively “experiencing” worship.  Meanwhile, our Coptic Christian brothers and sisters risk being blown to bits to join their hearts in worship and respond to pure evil by joining hands to recite the Nicene Creed. I am personally convicted and determined to do my part to help us grasp the situation.

As we continue in constant prayer, let us contact the White House and ask President Trump to do everything he can to offer assistance to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

As Christians, we have a responsibility to protect our persecuted brothers and sisters and defend religious liberty worldwide. Visit to sign our petition to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today! If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.


Capitol Hill Brief — Big Problem, Bigger God

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The targeting of Coptic Christians in Egypt is not a new problem.  I wrote about it for Fox News in 2011 after the bombing of several churches in Alexandria. But since then, the attacks have continued to escalate.

In 2014, the Islamic State took the town of Qaraqosh, in Iraq, forcing Christians to flee by the thousands.  In 2015, we saw the grueling images of 21 Coptic Christians being beheaded, and then another 30 Ethiopian Christians killed in Libya.  In 2016, 25 were targeted with a bomb at a Coptic church in Cairo. The latest attacks on Christian churches took the lives of 47 in Egypt.

This is a big problem, but we serve a bigger God.  Let us pray.

As Christians, we have a responsibility to protect our persecuted brothers and sisters and defend religious liberty worldwide. Visit to sign our petition to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today! If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.


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.


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 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]

Penny Nance Stops by Dr. James Dobson’s “Family Talk”

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Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), was recently featured on Dr. James Dobson’s popular radio talk show, “Family Talk.” Dr. Dobson has been a close friend of CWA and a champion of the Biblical principles we stand for. Penny was featured in a two-part broadcast discussing her new book “Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women.”

Click below to listen to the broadcasts:
Part 1

Part 2

And be sure to click here to get your copy of Feisty and Feminine today!

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.”