Penny Nance: Down syndrome children live full, beautiful lives — They don’t deserve to be aborted

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Concerned Women for America CEO and President, Penny Nance wrote the following opinion piece featured on FoxNews.com in response to a recent story out of the United Kingdom. The story is about a mother who is suing the hospital four years after the birth of her son, saying she would have aborted him if she had been informed of his disability.

“At just 23-years of age, John Cronin recently won the “EY Entrepreneur of the Year” award for his co-founding of the company, “John’s Crazy Socks.” After his award, he appeared on numerous television shows and was featured in online news stories telling the world he is an “entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and a businessman.”

Sujeet Desai is a musician who plays seven instruments including the violin, piano, trumpet, and saxophone. He has been featured in several national publications and has received numerous awards for his work.

John and Sujeet both have Down syndrome. They are successful, happy, and productive, and they bring incredible joy to their family and friends. They are shining examples of the value a person living with this disability can bring to the world.

In a story out of the United Kingdom last week, we learned that the mother of a 4-year-old little boy with Down syndrome is suing her doctors telling the world she would certainly have aborted her child had her doctors informed her he had Down syndrome.”

Click here to read the entire article.

Click here to read Penny Nance’s previous opinion article.

Protecting Innocence in a Digital World

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On Tuesday, July 9, 2019, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) monitored a hearing titled “Protecting Innocence in a Digital World.” The Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), heard from Mr. Duffie Stone (Solicitor Of the Fourteenth Judicial District, South Carolina), Professor Angela J. Campbell (Professor of Law), Mr. Christopher McKenna (Founder and CEO of Protect Young Eyes), Mr. John F. Clark (President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children), and Mr. Stephen Balkam (Founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute). They shared their views on the problem of protecting children in a digital age, along with suggestions for a solution. They focused primarily on the targeting and grooming for sex trafficking and pornographic images through the use of social media for children along with the sensitive content that is exposed on media due to the lack of accountability in self-rated applications.

The first witness, Mr. Stone, explained how everyone equips their home and teaches their children safety precautions from outside dangers, and yet, through smartphone use, these dangers from predators we have so diligently taught our children to stay away from are infiltrating our children’s minds. Stone shared a study from the Pew Institute in 2018 stating that “95% of teens report having a smartphone that gives them access to the internet.” However hard we try, innocent children will be exposed to sensitive content. This is why parents must have the opportunity to protect their children, and the app stores must have the accountability to accurately rate their apps that contain a filtering system to minimize sensitive content from being leaked. Mr. Balkam stated it best saying that in this digital world, we must move our society from, “protection to empowerment, from blocking to monitoring and from restrictions to responsibility.” We will never have the ability to shut down social media or permanently protect children from being exposed to mature content; however, as Mr. Balkam shared, we do have the power to create a culture of responsibility. It is our responsibility to protect our children and ensure accountability from the media providers.

During the hearing, the witnesses shared multiple approaches for a solution yet came to the unanimous agreement on one common ground, unity. We must work together to expose sexual exploitation on the internet and together urge the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to “undertake more enforcement actions.”

Mr. McKenna, founder and CEO of Protect Young Eyes spoke about another important issue that must be addressed. The current app ratings system by which social media companies like Google accept and promote content for minors is virtually open to exploitation. Mr. McKenna stated that the current “app ratings process is broken, and that parental controls are overly complex.. Although Google has released a new app approval process, “kids will continue to be exploited in apps rated 12+,” he said.  Despite Google’s new requirements, we will still face “dishonest app ratings, over-generic app descriptions, and the lack of parental control on smart devices.”

CWALAC has been engaged in the battle to reform the app ratings system alongside other organizations like Protect Young Eyes. As part of the Fix App Ratings movement, we suggest an “independent, third party organization that establishes a unified app ratings framework along with the idea to enact better defaults based on the age provided during device and app setup.”  Through these solutions we can move towards accountability in the digital world and help protect our children better.

CWALAC would like to thank Sen. Graham for his leadership on this issue and for calling this hearing to contribute to the fight against child exploitation in order to protect the innocence of children. As this concern continues, we invite you to stay engaged with CWALAC for the latest updates on this issue and to make your voice heard to your elected representatives on the problems and challenges you face in your efforts to protect your children.

Peoples’ Veto – Prayers and Financial Support Needed

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Several weeks ago, I wrote to you about the grassroots efforts to overturn two very bad bills signed into law: L.D. 820, the taxpayer-funded abortion bill, and L.D. 1313, the physician-assisted suicide bill. CWA of Maine is joining forces with several pro-life organizations and groups to overturn the bills through a People’s Veto. You can read my interview with Breitbart News concerning the People’s Veto here.

Overturning L.D. 820 and L.D. 1313 is an enormous task. We need 80,000 signatures of registered voters in Maine on a petition for each bill. The petitions must be submitted to the Secretary of State’s office within three months from the adjournment date of the Maine legislature. The legislature adjourned June 20, 2019, so the clock is ticking.

This week, I received the Peoples’ Veto petition for L.D. 820 from the Secretary of State and am now ready to gather the needed signatures to overturn the legislation (as seen to the left). Our coalition also received the petition for L.D. 1313 from the Secretary of State.  The task at hand is worthy of our time, effort, and financial sacrifice which is why I am writing to you today.

 

We estimate the cost of printing the L.D. 820 petition and my travel around the state to distribute the petitions and train activists on how to properly collect signatures for the petitions to be approximately $2000.  Would you consider making a special contribution to offsetting these costs? Your investment is cultivating a culture for life in the state of Maine.

Take Action:

Please pray and ask God what He would have you give to help us overturn these horrible anti-life bills passed by the Maine legislature this year. You can contribute two ways: donate online or send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of Maine” on the memo line to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME 04917. If you contribute online, please email me and let me know that you have done so and how much.  This will ensure your donation will be put towards this project immediately.

Please Pray: Dear Father, we ask that You supply the necessary funds to accomplish the task at hand.  We also ask that You stir the hearts of the people of Maine to sign the petitions. Thank You for Your promise in Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.” In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

To God be the glory, great things He has done.  I look forward to hearing from you and working with you in this very important overturning of L.D. 820, the taxpayer-funded abortion bill and L.D. 1313, the physician-assisted suicide bill. 

“The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous, but is terror to the workers of iniquity.” Proverbs 21:15

Maranatha!
Penny Morrell
State Director

Denny: The Epstein Case Is Back – Will Justice Be Done?

By | Legal, News and Events, Sex Trafficking / Pornography | No Comments

In a recent opinion piece featured in the Townhall.comDoreen Denny – CWA’s Senior Director of Government Relations discusses the Jeffrey Epstein case and asks, ” … if justice will be done in sex cases involving wealthy, sex-obsessed men?”

“Jeffrey Epstein is back in the news.  The case against multi-millionaire, serial pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein is sickening, outrageous, and a total annihilation of due process and the rule of law. The absolute tragedy of the case cannot be overstated.

Pedophile sex trafficking charges against Epstein underscore the travesty of how wealthy, sex-obsessed men can get away with years of predatory behavior and leverage special treatment from prosecutors.   In Epstein’s case, vulnerable girls as young as 13 were groomed and enticed with cash for massages and sexual favors.  They were victims of sexual abuse.

In November, the confirmation hearing of William Barr for Attorney General served as a catalyst for resurrecting the decade-old case.    Senator Ben Sasse called for an investigation of the Department of Justice’s handling of the plea deal after The Miami Herald published a bombshell  investigative report. That report mustered scant attention. Outrage was relegated to random op-ed pages and an occasional columnist.”

Click here to read the entire article.

 

See Doreen’s previous article explaining why it’s now up to the Federal Government to keep our precious children safe in places like restrooms and locker rooms.

For America (Day 106)

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Lord of Heaven and Earth,
With our most fervent plea
We approach Your throne of grace
On behalf of the faithful in this land.

We recognized it is for freedom that You have set us free;
And we seek to honor You in that freedom
By showing much restraint and deference
To You and Your Holy Word.

Forgive us our trespasses and help us
Not to lean on our own understanding.
We desperately need Your wisdom;
We long for revival in our land.

Father, as evil increases—
That foolish boldness to live loudly against Your statutes
And Your people—we pray for mercy.
We know not what we do, oh Lord!

As a new “political season” slowly approaches,
How we need Your eternal perspective!
Do not let our short-sighted emotions govern
The state of our hearts or the words of our mouths.

Help us to love; to love enough
To speak truth and give grace,
To stand firm and turn the other cheek,
To have courage, fearing only You.

Do not let the enemy’s lies stand unchallenged.
Help us to be light in the darkness,
To never lose our saltiness.
Help us through much struggle to persevere.

And help us to rest—
Rest in Your unsearchable ways,
Which are always right and good; perfect!
In Jesus’ Name we pray,

Amen.


Click here for more prayers from our For America Prayer Journal.

Only Trump Has The Power To Keep Men Out of Girls’ Restrooms

By | Family Issues, Feminist / Women's Issues, News and Events | No Comments

In a recent opinion piece featured in the Daily Caller, Doreen Denny – CWA’s Senior Director of Government Relations explains why it’s now up to the Federal Government to keep our precious children safe in places like restrooms and locker rooms.

“It’s up to the Trump administration to keep students in the right restrooms and locker rooms, because the courts are taking a pass. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case Joel Doe, et. al v. Boyertown Area School District challenging students’ rights to sex-specific facilities. Even so, the Trump administration has a job to do: enforce federal law.

The federal government is obligated under Title IX to prohibit discrimination “on the basis of sex.” No federal law has defined sex to mean anything but it’s biological fact: male and female — period.

Boyertown students sued their school district for mandating use of restrooms and locker rooms based on “gender identity” not biological sex. Alexis Lightcap, one of the plaintiffs, described the fallout: “Why is it so hard for school officials to understand that young girls care about the privacy of their bodies? It’s natural for us and our parents to worry about who might walk in on us in a vulnerable moment. The school bureaucracy has no right to say my privacy is irrelevant.”

Click here to read the entire piece here.

Read one of Doreen’s previous opinion pieces.

CWA of Maine Attends Citizen Veto Campaign Training

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine is working alongside our pro-life Maine allies to overturn two very bad bills:  L.D. 820, the mandate for taxpayers to pay for abortions and health insurance providers to include abortion in their healthcare plans, and  L.D. 1313, the bill that allows for physician-assisted suicide. You can read about their efforts here and here.

Last Tuesday, CWA of Maine State Penny Morrell and CWA members attended a training session for the Citizen Veto Campaign.

“People’s Veto” Campaign – State Director Interviewed by Breitbart News

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“People’s Veto” Campaign – State Director Interviewed by Breitbart News

State Director Penny Morrell interviewed by Breitbart News about the “People’s Veto” Campaign against abortion funding and physician-assisted suicide. 

Morrell said the recent passage into law of bills such as those that legalize both taxpayer funding of elective abortion and assisted suicide has also “awakened the ire” of those who tend to sit back when it comes to political activism. 

“We have never seen such an outpouring of opposition to what is happening,” she said. “We had people coming out of the woodwork and standing with us against these bills,” she continued, noting that many Democrats are opposed to taxpayer funding of elective abortions as well.

Senate Actions on Education Bills

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is targeting support on education legislation towards the Student Empowerment Act, S. 157 and the Equal Campus Access Act, S. 1168. CWALAC is ensuring that your voice is heard so that families have the flexibility to spend money they’ve saved for their children’s education to best fit their children’s individual needs and to make sure religious groups don’t have to worry about losing First Amendment rights when they step onto a college campus. Currently, we are working on getting more cosponsors in the Senate for both bills.

The Student Empowerment Act, H.R. 621, enables parents to spend the money they have set aside for their children’s education in a way that best meets the individual needs of each child. It allows the money to be spent on K-12 educational expenses like educational therapies for children with disabilities, tutoring, testing fees, book, tuition, and more, to be paid from a 529 savings account, regardless of if that child is in public, private, religious, or homeschool institutions.

The Student Empowerment Act was initially included in the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement, or the Secure Act, and unanimously approved by the House Ways and Means Committee. But the Student Empowerment Act was taken out of the base bill by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the request of the teachers’ unions. Despite Pelosi’s action on the bill, members on both sides of the aisle, as demonstrated by the Ways and Means Committee, understand parents know their child best and deserve the flexibility to tailor services to their child’s unique specifications. The bill, introduced by Senator Cruz (R-Texas), is currently with the Senate Finance Committee. We have sent a letter of support to the Senate Finance Committee, as well as a request for cosponsors to the entire Senate. Currently, our efforts are focused on getting more cosponsors.

The Equal Campus Access Act, introduced by Senator Blunt (R-Missouri), ensures that faith-based student groups have the same rights and protections as other student organizations at public colleges and universities. This bill protects First Amendment liberties for the students who have lost access to rights, benefits, and privileges for their clubs. Thirty-one states have known incidences where religious student organizations lost those rights”. Public universities do not have the power to repress the First Amendment rights of its students. This bill also affirms the right of faith-based organizations to require a leader to adhere to their club’s beliefs. This allows those organizations to have a faith-based leader without repercussions.

The Supreme Court affirmed the Equal Access Act as constitutional in 1984 in the 8-1 decision Mergens v. Board of Education. The decision stated public schools cannot discriminate against religious extracurricular clubs. The Equal Campus Access Act is merely an expansion from public high schools to college campuses. This is not the promotion of religion by public universities; it is the First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. Public universities must only treat religious students and clubs equally to other students and clubs—no more, no less. The latest action regarding this bill is that it has been referred to the committee on Health, Labor and Pensions, otherwise known as the HELP Committee. We are lobbying Senators to cosponsor this bill and partnering with coalition organizations to demonstrate a multi-faith front of support to the Senate.

These actions taken by Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee aim to protect the children of every parent and help ensure First Amendment rights. We need you and your voice to be heard to make sure these bills pass. Please encourage your senators to cosponsor both the Student Empowerment Act (S. 157) and the Campus Equal Access Act (S. 1168).

 

Road to Majority Conference 2019

By | News and Events, Religious Liberty, YWA | No Comments

Concerned Women for America attended the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road To Majority Policy Conference last week. CEO and President Penny Nance addressed the attendees and introduced one of our fellow women conservative leaders, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa).

Our Young Women for America coordinator Kelsey Good participated in the conference along with our summer interns manning our CWA/YWA booth. They answered questions, handed out our materials, and presented our Christian Conservative values to those visiting our booth.

For Liberal CEOs, Abortion is Good For Business

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CWA’s Senior Director of Government Relations, Doreen Denny, penned the following opinion piece featured on The Daily Signal:

“As more states pass restrictions on abortion, companies are coming out of the woodwork to oppose them.

Recently, some 180 companies “employing more than 108,000 workers” purchased a full-page ad in The New York Times under the banner “Don’t Ban Equality: It’s time for companies to stand up for reproductive health care.”

Translation: It’s time for businesses to defend abortion.

Many of these companies aren’t typically considered far-left organizations. Exactly what message are they sending to women by spending ad dollars to promote abortion? Are they saying babies are bad for business?

A closer look at these companies may help to unmask what’s driving this ad.

It turns out that only two of them are listed among the top 180 companies offering the most paid maternity leave to women, according to Fairygodboss, a women’s career advancement network. And those two companies are nowhere near the top of the list.

In other words, these companies are stingy. They aren’t supporting women; they’re protecting their bottom line.”

Read the entire opinion piece.

Join the Veto Movement to Overturn Some of Maine’s Horrific Legislation

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A signature gathering training event will be held this Tuesday, July 2, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 415 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough.  I highly recommend you attend the training if at all possible.

Sen. Garrett Mason (R- Androscoggin County) is leading the peoples’ veto training to overturn L.D. 798, the vaccine-mandated bill. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine opposed L.D. 820, the taxpayer-funded abortion bill and L.D. 1313, the physician-assisted suicide bill and is doing peoples’ veto on those two bills.  The veto training for L.D. 1313 and L.D. 820 will be the same as L.D. 798 though CWA of Maine did not take a position on L.D. 798.

Please contact Cara Sacks at [email protected] if you plan to attend. I will attend and be leaving Belgrade at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday.  I have room for two riders.  Please contact me if you would like to ride with me.

The task of gathering 80,000 signatures in three months is daunting but can be done if we work together.  Every generation must fight for our freedom, and this one only involves pen and paper.  Will you enlist? 

Take Action:

  • Attend the peoples’ veto training Tuesday, July 2 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Contact Cara Sacks at [email protected] and let her know you will attend.
  • Email me if you would like to ride with me from Belgrade.
  • Send this e-alert to friends and family and invite them to participate as well.

Please Pray: Dear Father, ss You know, gathering 80,000+ signatures to overturn L.D. 820 and L.D. 1313 is an arduous task.  We cry out to You, who has called us to do this, for victory in the short period of time of three months from June 19.  Without You, it will be impossible, but with You, all things are possible. So we ask for Your wisdom, direction, and protection over the entire procedure and that You will call Your people once more to the task.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

As some women of Brazil said: “This nation which God has given us, immense and marvelous as it is, is in extreme danger.  We have allowed men of limitless ambition, without Christian faith or scruples, to bring our people misery. Destroying our economy, disturbing our social peace, to creating hate and despair.  They have infiltrated our nation, our government administration, our armed forces, and even our churches with servants of totalitarianism.”

May this never be said of us in our great State of Maine and our nation! 

Maranatha!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine

Thank You from CWA of California!

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Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!
Philippians 4:4

To all who have joined in the work of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California to protect and promote Biblical values in all levels of public policy, we send a heartfelt THANK YOU!  Your membership and donations are so appreciated as we use these funds for Christian advocacy at the state legislature, in our correspondence with local leaders, and supporting our Prayer/Action Chapters across the state with training, educational materials, and encouragement. May the Lord bless you and your family as we join our efforts to influence California for Christ!

In her book, Feisty and Feminine, CEO and President of CWA Penny Nance, calls women “to step forward as this generation’s Esthers, speaking the truth in love to a troubled nation.”

CWA of California’s goal is to establish Prayer/Action Chapters in every city across the state. Our chapters educate members on how to discuss the tough issues we are facing in today’s society; they equip our members to be influential in Christian advocacy, bringing Biblical principles to all levels of public policy. Most importantly, they pray and intercede for our national, state, and local officials to make wise decisions that reflect Godly principles, and to speak courageously in support of the sanctity of life, religious freedom, Biblical design of marriage, the gift of children, and more.

Please contact me if you would like to join or lead a Prayer/Action Chapter in your area. Don’t miss out on the joy of meeting with like-minded women and making a difference through prayer and action.

If you have friends you would like to introduce to CWA of California, consider hosting a Coffee Talk in your area. Our Coffee Talk events are a great way to learn more about CWA of California and the work we do here in the state. We talk about:

  • Current state and national legislation that relates to CWA’s seven core issues
  • Praise reports at the state and national level
  • Issues to pray about at the local, state and national level
  • Upcoming events
  • Public policy focused initiatives
  • Steps to join or lead a Prayer/Action Chapter

We have had multiple Coffee Talks this year, and the events been met with great enthusiasm. Last Thursday’s Coffee Talk event in Orange County was no exception. The event had an incredible impact on newcomers. All thanks go to CWA’s Southern Area Director Ruth Smith, host Sheri Miller, and other Orange County Prayer/Action Leaders, and to Amy West and CJ Moon for the important information and rich discussion about the current issues.  The Coffee Talk event brought a refreshing and encouraging understanding of hope in the midst of chaotic news headlines – equipping attendees with proactive ways to influence public policy.

Contact me if you would like more information about hosting a Coffee Talk in your area.

United with you in prayer and thanksgiving,

Marlo Tucker
California State Director
Concerned Women for America

Current News Out of North Dakota

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#1 – Linda Thorson’s, interview on Real Presence Radio Station (Podcast):

Linda and Fr. James Cheney talk about the Planned Parenthood and North Dakota State University provision of a Sex Education Professional Development credit to ND teachers.

Interview on this topic begins at the 6: 10-minute mark.


#2 – Columnist from the Fargo Forum recognizes a discouraging and disappointing friendship between Planned Parenthood and NDSU.

“Linda Thorson, state director for Concerned Women for America, offered a fitting analogy in her letter, asking how taxpayers would feel if North Dakota, which leads the nation in binge and underage drinking, were to partner with Anheuser-Busch to provide training on safe alcohol consumption, then funnel grant money back to its instructors.”

Link to Thorson’s letter.


#3 – Questions Answered:  State Senator and past State Director of CWA of ND discusses AMA lawsuit against ND abortion laws.

CWA of North Dakota is mentioned by Host Joel Heitkamp at the 11:31 mark of the interview.


#4 – Read CWA of North Dakota’s Press Release.

CWA of Missouri laments the decision to allow Planned Parenthood-STL to continue to do abortions, for now.

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State Panel issues order-abortions can continue at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.

CWA of Missouri recommends this article: Abortions can continue at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis under order from state panel

Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi granted the stay Planned Parenthood requested to be able to continue to do abortions. The Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission will meet on August 1 to make a final decision on licensing of Planned Parenthood-STL to do abortions.

 

 

Dispute over Planned Parenthood goes to Missouri Commission

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Recommended article by CWA of Missouri: License dispute over Missouri’s last abortion clinic heads to state commission

CWA of Missouri is happy to see that Judge Stelzer will end his injunction that allows Planned Parenthood in St. Louis to continue to do abortions even without a current license by the state on Friday, June 28. The Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission, which handles bureaucratic disputes, will review the case. However, that hearing is set for Aug. 1.

Penny Nance: Democratic candidates are really pro-abortion, not pro-choice

By | Feminist / Women's Issues, News and Events, Planned Parenthood, Sanctity of Life | No Comments

Penny Nance penned the following opinion piece for FoxNews.com:

Remember these statements by Democrats seeking to become their party’s presidential nominee?

“I believe that reproductive rights are human rights, they are civil rights, and they are non-negotiable,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said in an interview with The Atlantic earlier this month.

“We must be vigilant in protecting a woman’s right to choose,” Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey said on Twitter in January.

“… now more than ever, we must remain steadfast in our defense of a woman’s right to choose,” Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii said in a statement on the 40th anniversary of the landmark 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision the legalized abortion nationwide.

The Democratic presidential candidates want everyone to know they support abortion. They call this “choice” – which indicates a decision a woman makes about whether to have an abortion or have a baby. Many are now calling this choice a reproductive, human and civil right.

But not really.

Where were the Democratic presidential hopefuls when a British judge recently ruled that a mentally disabled woman in her 20s with the mental age of a child between ages 6 and 9 must undergo a forced abortion against her will and against her mother’s will? The judge cited the pregnant woman’s “best interests” and determined the pregnancy termination was “the best option.”

Click here to read the entire opinion piece.

Global Rise of Anti-Semitism

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Europe is facing a resurgence of anti-Semitism less than 75 years after the Holocaust. Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry cites a 13 percent increase in anti-Semitic attacks worldwide in 2018, with the U.S., United Kingdom, France, and Germany having the highest number of occurrences.[1]

According to a CNN survey, forty-four percent of Europeans believe anti-Semitism is a growing problem in their countries with about 20 percent saying it is the result of the everyday behavior of Jewish people. This means they believe that in some way the Jews are responsible for the increase in anti-Semitism.[2] Furthermore, more than one-third of the Europeans polled had no or very little knowledge of the Holocaust, with 20% of ages 18 to 34 saying they’ve never even heard of it. Unfortunately, the same statistic is true of American millennials.

When history is forgotten, the sins of the past are repeated.

The UK, Anti-Semitism, and Labour

The United Kingdom experienced a record number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2018, the third calendar year in a row that the Community Safety Trust (CST), similar to the Anti-Defamation League, has reported a record-breaking year in anti-Semitic acts.[3]

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and the party itself have come under fire for inappropriate handling of anti-Semitism within the party and have been accused of participating, whether inadvertent or not, in anti-Semitism on and offline. The concern about Jeremy Corbyn is so significant that three rival Jewish British newspapers took unprecedented action in July of 2018 and published a joint editorial on the front page of their respective papers titled, “United We Stand”. This editorial declared, “The stain and shame of anti-Semitism has coursed through Her Majesty’s Opposition since Jeremy Corbyn became leader in 2015.”[4]

Much of their argument centered on the fact that the Labour Party, under Corbyn, has refused to fully accept the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism. Labour accepted the definition with very significant exceptions such as “accusing Jewish people of being more loyal to the state of Israel than their home country and requiring higher standards of behavior from Israel than other nations.”[5] Both exceptions are central to the definition of anti-Semitism. Excluding them is to undermine the very definition of anti-Semitism recognized internationally.

Nine Labour MPs (Members of Parliament) left the party in February due to Labour’s weak handling of anti-Semitism and partly due to its stance on Brexit. One of these MP’s, Luciana Berger, a British Jew, has received death threats and been the target of anti-Semitism online.[6]

Last September, while still a Labour MP, Berger needed a police escort to attend the Labour Party’s Annual conference. The Atlantic reports it was discovered six weeks later that Labour had known about a specific threat made against her by a fellow party member for six months and covered it up—keeping it from both Berger and the police. It was only revealed by a leak to the press.[7] Five months later when Berger announced her exit from the Labour Party in February 2019 at a press conference, she stated, “I cannot remain in a party that I today have come to the sickening conclusion is institutionally anti-Semitic.”[8]

France and Violent Anti-Semitism

Just across the English Channel, France is also seeing a rise in anti-Semitism, though in a different manifestation. Joshua Safran, an American Jew and board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council in Portland, shared his experiences writing:

The last time I was in France, in the fall of 2001, I was routinely confronted by strangers yelling, “Juif, Juif!” (Jew, Jew!). On Yom Kippur, a man hurled a piece of rebar through the stained glass window of the little stone synagogue in Bastia, Corsica. The hunk of metal just missed my wife’s head. And when the services were over, we were forced to walk a gauntlet of shoving, spitting men shouting racist anti-Jewish slurs.

The anti-Semitism Safran experienced in the early 2000’s has only worsened. In 2018, France saw a staggering 89 percent increase in violent anti-Semitism and 74 percent increase in anti-Semitism overall, according to the Kantor Center report.[9]

CNN’s survey showed half of the people in France did not think they had ever socialized with a Jew. It also revealed 20 percent of people in France and Germany believe Jews have too much influence in the media, and twenty-five percent of people from those countries think Jews have too much influence on wars and conflicts.

This is not new anti-Semitism; these are the same lies and tropes resurrected.

Germany, Anti-Semitism, and BDS

The Kantor Center report also shows Germany has had a 70 percent increase in violent anti-Semitism since 2017. [10] Germany’s increase in anti-Semitism is so significant, the German anti-Semitism commissioner Felix Klein warned Jews that it may not be safe to wear a kippa (skullcap) everywhere in Germany. He has also called for additional training for police and other officials on how to specifically deal with anti-Semitic crime.[11]

During a CNN interview, Klein spoke of the history of anti-Semitism in Germany and how it is resurfacing. He said, “The word ‘Jew’ as an insult was not common in my time when I went to school. Now it is…”[12]

The German parliament stepped in a few weeks ago and passed “Decisively Oppose the BDS Movement and Fight Anti-Semitism” resolution. BDS stands for Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions. The BDS Movement is international economic warfare against Israel veiled in an argument of equal rights for Palestinians. The movement’s goal is the economic isolation of Israel by encouraging institutions, individuals, colleges, private companies, and even countries to stop investing in, trading or doing business with Israel and Israeli corporations or products.

The resolution by the German parliament strongly condemned the BDS Movement as anti-Semitic and accused the movement of using methods similar to Nazi propaganda and economic disenfranchisement of Jewish businesses.[13]One of the tactics of the BDS Movement in Germany is activists placing “Don’t Buy” stickers on Israeli products. German legislators argue this is reminiscent of the Nazi slogan “Don’t Buy From Jews!”[14]

The BDS movement is gaining traction as anti-Semitism, supported by both those on the far left and far right, seeps more and more into the mainstream both in Europe and in the United States.[15]

Closer to Home: The Threat in the U.S.

The BDS Movement that forced the German parliament to take action is spreading in the United States, especially on college campuses. And anti-Semitism is also emerging in the media both domestically and internationally.

Assaults on American Jews more than doubled in 2018 according to a recent report by the Anti-Defamation League.[16] The number of anti-Semitic incidents are 48 percent higher than they were in 2015, and 99 percent higher than in 2015.[17] And all but four states had anti-Semitic incidents.[18]

When Joshua Safran wrote of his experiences of anti-Semitism while traveling in Europe as a practicing Jew, he was painting a picture of what he fears could be America’s future. He described how America has been a haven for Jews to worship freely and without fear.

Yet in light of the Tree of Life and Chobad of Poway synagogue shootings, Safran laments the potential loss of this exceptional and historic freedom of worship for Jews in the United States.  He fears the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States puts America on the path of Europe writing:

I was used to being harassed, abused and put in danger when I prayed in synagogues abroad. Never did I think America would become just as dangerous.[19]

The editorial board of The New York Times recently called itself to account for the anti-Semitic cartoon published in its international edition. In a piece titled, “A Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism” the board addressed their concern that The New York Times had not learned lessons from its own history, confessing “In the 1930’s and 1940’s, The Times was largely silent as anti-Semitism rose up and bathed the world in blood”. They went on to warn the cartoon “is evidence of profound danger—not only of anti-Semitism but of numbness to its creep, to the insidious way this ancient, enduring prejudice is once again working itself into public view and common conversation.”[20]

There is nothing new under the sun– Europe is traversing down the dangerous road of anti-Semitism with America not far behind. Holocaust survivors still living, now bear witness to the reincarnation of the rhetoric and hate that precipitated historic bloodshed and plunged the world into war less than a century ago.

Some may argue the data presented represents a minority, albeit a large one, rather than majority opinion. But without education and action, that minority will grow. One in five millennials in both Europe and the United States have little to no knowledge of the Holocaust. Two generations from World War II and memories are fading.

Therein lies the point– we forget our history. It is the hateful few, unchallenged and unchecked by society, who infect the heart of a nation.  We must not stand idly by.

[1] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-antisemitism/anti-semitic-attacks-rise-worldwide-in-2018-led-by-us-west-europe-study-idUSKCN1S73M1

[2] https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2018/11/europe/antisemitism-poll-2018-intl/

[3] https://cst.org.uk/news/blog/2019/02/07/antisemitic-incidents-report-2018

[4] https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/voice-of-the-jewish-news-united-we-stand/

[5] https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-45030552

[6] https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-45030552

[7] https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/04/corbyn-and-anti-semitism-files/586990/

[8] https://www.vox.com/world/2019/3/8/18249953/uk-labour-party-anti-semitism-jeremy-corbyn-juliana-berger

[9] http://www.kantorcenter.tau.ac.il/sites/default/files/Antisemitism%20Worldwide%202018.pdf

[10] http://www.kantorcenter.tau.ac.il/sites/default/files/Antisemitism%20Worldwide%202018.pdf

[11] https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/26/europe/germany-antisemitism-kippah-intl-scli-ger/index.html

[12] Ibid.

[13] https://www.wsj.com/articles/growing-international-movement-to-boycott-israel-is-condemned-by-germany-11558108099?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=1

[14] Ibid.

[15] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-antisemitism/anti-semitic-attacks-rise-worldwide-in-2018-led-by-us-west-europe-study-idUSKCN1S73M1

[16] https://www.adl.org/news/press-releases/anti-semitic-incidents-remained-at-near-historic-levels-in-2018-assaults

[17] Ibid.

[18] Ibid.

[19] https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2019/05/03/poway-synagogue-anti-semitic-jewish-shooting-column/3649866002/

[20] https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/30/opinion/cartoon-nytimes.html

June 25 Prayer Action Alert: Be a Light in the Darkness

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“And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”  John 1:5
“Therefore, having such a hope, we use great boldness.” 2 Corinthians 3:12

We are called to be light in the darkness and to speak boldly because of our hope in Christ Jesus. Now more than ever, you are needed to be a light in the darkness!

Here are ways you can be light bearers in our state:

Attend or Start a Prayer/Action Chapter
Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Washington Prayer/Action Chapters around the state gather monthly to pray, educate, and take appropriate action on issues related to CWA’s seven core issues: defense of family, sanctity of human life, education, sexual exploitation, religious liberty, national sovereignty, and support for Israel.  Please consider joining or leading a chapter in your community!  It is easy, and it encourages so many of us to regularly pray for our nation and our families as we witness the increasing cultural darkness. Contact our state office for more information on CWA’s Prayer/Action Chapters or to find out how to start a chapter.

Pray and Take Action
Comprehensive sex education reminder. If you are concerned about the sex education class offered in your school district, you may opt your child out. Contact your local school for the opt-out protocol. Earlier this year, CWA of Washington recommended considering viable alternatives to the state’s sex ed curriculum. One such alternative for parents who prefer a different approach is Teen-Aid. Teen-Aid Spokane has developed a curriculum that is worth considering. Their program promotes Biblical values that lead to a healthy lifestyle, including teaching abstinence and the skills to live out a Christian lifestyle amid a world attacking those values. Please visit their website to consider enrolling your student.

Drag Queen Story Hour: Drag queens are showing up in public libraries around the state to read books to young children from which parents might not approve. This is an outright assault on our children and parents are beginning to show up at library board meetings to protest this egregious attack on our culture values. Much prayer and action are needed on this very spiritually dark issue.

Update on Barronelle Stutzman. Over the past few years, we have prayed diligently for the case of Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman. Barronelle is the florist who was sued by our Attorney General because she declined to provide flowers to celebrate a same-sex wedding due to her religious beliefs. You can read about the update on her case here. Please continue to pray for Barronelle and the protection of our religious liberty.

Remember to check the CWA national website for updates on ongoing issues: Together, let us shed God’s light boldly into the cultural darkness!

Maureen Richardson
State Director
CWA of Washington
wa.cwfa.org

Hear CWA of North Dakota this Thursday, June 27

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Despite the concerns of many lawmakers and citizens like YOU, the president of North Dakota State University (NDSU), Dean Bresciani, did not cancel the Safe Spaces teacher professional development courses offered this month by Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota (Planned Parenthood). Sadly, President Bresciani has allowed this partnership with Planned Parenthood and NDSU to remain.

Read Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota’s concerns about the partnership here.

This discussion is not over!  Join me this coming Thursday, June 27, at 9:05 a.m. on Real Presence Radio, 1370AM, 1280AM, and 101.9 FM, where I will be speaking on how Planned Parenthood’s tactics usurp the authority given to school districts to choose curriculum. Also speaking is Fr. Jim Cheney from the NDSU Newman Center who will discuss the issue from the NDSU perspective.

CWA of North Dakota would like to thank the eighty-nine legislators who signed a letter expressing their displeasure with NDSU’s continued public partnership with Planned Parenthood (names are listed at the bottom of this email.) Pray for each legislator by name. Thank God for their willingness to stand up against the attempts of Planned Parenthood to infiltrate our schools. Pray fervently 2 Thessalonians 3:3, “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.”

To our CWA of North Dakota members who contacted President Bresciani’s office in April and May about this partnership, thank you! 

Please Take Action
Once again, we need everyone to take the opportunity to protect North Dakota’s children from Planned Parenthood’s harmful propaganda.

  1. Contact NDSU President Dean Bresciani with a message you are disappointed the teacher training workshops scheduled in Dickinson, Fargo and Grand Forks were not canceled. Contact information for the president: Chris Wilson, Chief of Staff, (701) 231-6409 and [email protected]. When talking to President Dean Bresciani’s office, be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.
  2. Donate to CWA of North Dakota to help us continue educating on the lies of Planned Parenthood and their targeted education propaganda.
  3. Please forward this email to family and friends.

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

Get more involved with CWA of North Dakota!

  • Inquire about joining or starting a Prayer/Action Chapter in your area.
  • Contact me if someone forwarded you this e-alert, and you would like to be on our e-alert list.

Thank you in advance for considering these opportunities!


The eighty-nine legislators who signed a letter expressing their displeasure with NDSU’s continued public partnership with Planned Parenthood.

  1. State Sen. Curtiss ‘Curt’ Kreun
  2. State Sen. Donald ‘Don’ G. Schaible
  3. State Sen. Jerry J. Klein
  4. State Sen. Dick Dever
  5. State Sen. Scott Meyer
  6. State Sen. Larry Luick
  7. State Sen. Jessica K. Unruh
  8. State Sen. Kristin Roers
  9. State Sen. Ronald ‘Ron’ Sorvaag
  10. State Sen. Michael ‘Mike’ A. Dwyer
  11. State Sen. Jim P. Roers
  12. State Sen. David A. Clemens
  13. State Sen. Dale Patten
  14. State Sen. Terry M. Wanzek
  15. State Sen. Jordan L. Kannianen
  16. State Sen. Diane K. Larson
  17. State Sen. David S. Rust
  18. State Sen. Kyle R. Davison
  19. State Sen. Oley Larsen
  20. State Sen. Gary A. Lee
  21. State Sen. Randy D. Lemm
  22. State Sen. Shawn A. Vedaa
  23. State Sen. Robert ‘Bob’ S. Erbele
  24. State Sen. Rich Wardner
  25. State Sen. Randall ‘Randy’ A. Burckhard
  26. State Sen. Dwight C. Cook
  27. State Sen. Janne Myrdal
  28. State Sen. Jay Elkin
  29. State Sen. David Hogue
  30. State Sen. Brad Bekkedahl
  31. State Sen. Nicole K. Poolman
  32. State Sen. Robert O. Fors
  33. State Rep. Jim Schmidt
  34. State Rep. Dwight H. Kiefert
  35. State Rep. Lisa M. Meier
  36. State Rep. Clayton Fegley
  37. State Rep. Kim A. Koppelman
  38. State Rep. Karen M. Rohr
  39. State Rep. Rick ‘Ricky’ C. Becker
  40. State Rep. Bill R. Devlin
  41. State Rep. Randy A. Schobinger
  42. State Rep. Luke Simons
  43. State Rep. Robin L. Weisz
  44. State Rep. Aaron McWilliams
  45. State Rep. Jason D. Dockter
  46. State Rep. Tom Kading
  47. State Rep. Michael ‘Mike’ Don Brandenburg
  48. State Rep. Ben Koppelman
  49. State Rep. Gary J. Kreidt
  50. State Rep. Bert Anderson
  51. State Rep. Bob Paulson
  52. State Rep. Vicky Steiner
  53. State Rep. Karen Karls
  54. State Rep. Mike I. Schatz
  55. State Rep. Jeff A. Hoverson
  56. State Rep. Jim M. Kasper
  57. State Rep. Austen Schauer
  58. State Rep. Chet Pollert
  59. State Rep. Bill Tveit
  60. State Rep. Jeff W. Delzer
  61. State Rep. Bernie L. Satrom
  62. State Rep. Vernon R. Laning
  63. State Rep. Mike Lefor
  64. State Rep. Don Vigesaa
  65. State Rep. Jay Fisher
  66. State Rep. Dan J. Ruby
  67. State Rep. Keith A. Kempenich
  68. State Rep. Greg Westlind
  69. State Rep. Daniel ‘Dan’ L. Johnston
  70. State Rep. Wayne A. Trottier
  71. State Rep. Nathan P. Toman
  72. State Rep. Terry B. Jones
  73. State Rep. Chuck D. Damschen
  74. State Rep. Kathy Skroch
  75. State Rep. Michelle Strinden
  76. State Rep. David C. Monson
  77. State Rep. Jim Grueneich
  78. State Rep. Matthew Ruby
  79. State Rep. Larry Bellew
  80. State Rep. Scott C. Louser
  81. State Rep. Patrick ‘Pat’ D. Heinert
  82. State Rep. Jeffery J. Magrum
  83. State Rep. Shannon M. Roers Jones
  84. State Rep. Gary A. Paur
  85. State Rep. Craig Johnson
  86. State Rep. Lawrence ‘Larry’ R. Klemin
  87. State Rep. Andrew Marschall
  88. State Rep. Sebastian ‘Seabass’ Ertelt
  89. State Rep. Glenn Bosch