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

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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

Use Your Voice – Episode 12, Abortion and Eugenics

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In this episode, Mario Diaz, Esq., Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) General Counsel, discusses a recent Supreme Court decision where Justice Clarence Thomas exposes the clear connection between abortion and eugenics. He said, “abortion is an act rife with the potential for eugenic manipulation.” The case is Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and you won’t want to miss our discussion of its potential impact and what it means for the protection of the unborn.

For more on this case, read Mario’s op-ed “Clarence Thomas Speaks the Truth for SCOTUS on Abortion” as featured on American Thinker.

DHSS Gets it Right About Planned Parenthood

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Recommended article by CWA of Missouri: Fate of Missouri’s only abortion clinic in hands of judge after state denies license

CWA of Missouri supports the decision of the Department of Health and Senior Services to deny license to do abortions at the Planned Parenthood facility on Forest Park Blvd. The facility failed to fulfill what the department required. Judge Stelzer however, is keeping his injunction in place which will allow the Planned Parenthood facility to continue to do abortions.

2019 Maine Legislative Wrap-Up: The Wins and the Losses

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To begin, I want to thank every one of you who answered the call to action during this legislative session. We had so many issues in which to take a stand. There were sweet victories and major losses – and we are grateful that you walked alongside Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine through prayer and action throughout the entire session. I can’t tell you how many legislators have commented that they have never seen so much public participation as they witnessed this year.  I pray we have awakened the sleeping giant!

Samuel Adams said, “It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

Below is the status of the bills CWA of Maine actively worked on in 2019, the first half of the 129th legislative session.

  • D. 37 “An Act to Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines.” CWA of Maine opposed.  The bill passed.
  • D. 94 “An Act to Prohibit the Dissemination of Obscene Material by Public Schools.” CWA of Maine supported.  The bill died in committee.
  • D. 141 “An Act to Promote Highway Safety by Restricting the Use of Marijuana and Possession of an Open Marijuana Container in a Vehicle.” CWA of Maine supported. The bill did not move but could be brought up again next year.
  • D. 185 “An Act to Provide a Method for a Student to be Excused from Standardized Testing.” CWA of Maine supported.  The bill died in committee.
  • D. 326 “An Act to Decriminalize Engaging in Prostitution.” CWA of Maine opposed. The bill died in committee.
  • D. 396 “An Act to Support Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault by Increasing the Time Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Kits Must be Stored.” CWA of Maine supported. The bill passed and was signed by the governor.
  • D. 433 “Resolution Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual.” This is a state-level Equal Rights Amendment. CWA of Maine opposed. The bill passed.
  • D. 820 “An Act to Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine.”  CWA of Maine opposed.  The bill passed and was signed by the governor.
  • D. 1025 “An Act to Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals.” CWA of Maine opposed.  The bill passed and was signed by the governor.
  • D. 1261 “An Act to Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals to Perform Abortions.” CWA of Maine opposed.  The bill passed and was signed by the governor.
  • D. 1313 “An Act to Enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act.” CWA of Maine opposed.  The bill passed and was signed by the governor. 

Please take note and then take action! 

Elections have consequences for life, family, and religious freedom.
Take time to review the voting record of your state legislators (see #2 on how to) on the bills listed above and then contact your legislators thanking them for votes that supported life, family and religious freedom or expressing concern on votes that expanded abortion rights, attacked the family and took aim on religious freedom. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.

  1. The contact information for your legislators is available alphabetically by the town in which you live. Click here for your representative member and here for your senator.
  2. Information on each bill may be found on the Maine Legislature’s website here.  Simply type the bill number in the white box and click Search. You will then be able to read the bill, how the legislators voted, testimonies given on the bills, and more.
  3. Please forward this e-alert to friends and family.

Please join me in pray: Father God, thank You for encouraging Your people to take an active role in protecting family, faith, and freedom. Many of the bills proposed and enacted are egregious in your sight.  With your help, we will remain diligent in making a difference in our state. In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

Again, thank you for making your voices heard on these important topics.

God bless,
Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine

With Your Help, We Can Overturn Two Very Bad Bills!

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Praise God we live in a free country!  If our lawmakers don’t represent us, we the people have opportunities and procedures to pass or stop legislation as needed. 

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. 

Overturning L.D. 820 and L.D. 1313 is an enormous task, and that is why I am reaching out to you today. 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.

We need your help to help us get the job done.

Take Action:
Right now, all I am asking for is volunteers to gather signatures for both bills. Once the approved petitions are released by the Secretary of State’s office, we will begin collecting signatures.

Please respond to this email letting me know if you would be willing to do either or both of the following:

  • I am willing to circulate petitions gathering signatures for L.D. 820.
  • I am willing to circulate petitions gathering signatures for L.D. 1313.

Every generation is called upon to protect our freedoms. This is our time as pro-life Mainers to take a stand for the sanctity of life – from conception until natural death. For this task, we only need a pen and paper.  Can I count on you today?

The Lord says in Micah 6:8, “He has told you, men, what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: Only to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.” (HCSB) 

Please Pray: Dear Father, please guide and direct us as we work with our pro-life allies to get this important peoples’ veto done in the allotted timeframe. Help us organize and recruit volunteers and staff.  Stir the hearts of Your people to stand up for life. We do all this for Your honor and glory alone.  May Your righteousness reign in our great state of Maine as we, Your people, educate Your truths in this project.  We ask it in Jesus’ Name.  Amen

Maranatha!
Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine

Concerned Women Celebrate Major Win for Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court

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Washington, D.C. – Today, the United State Supreme Court upheld (7-2) the constitutionality of a memorial cross on public land (The American Legion v. American Humanist Association). Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America (CWA) had this to say:

“Today’s decision is an affirmation of the principles and freedoms our veterans have fought and died to protect. CWA members around the nation are celebrating the Court’s acknowledgment of a most common-sense reality, that this cross honoring our veterans is in no way religiously coercive.

“We are encouraged to see some justices reject the notion that a person’s distaste for a faith symbol merits the tying of government, and the American people through their tax dollars, via years of litigation.  We are grateful the Court is sending a clear message that it will no longer tolerate the sort of hostility towards religion the American Humanist Association and its sympathizers try to promote.”

Why doesn’t every persecuted group get a flag at US embassies?

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June is designated LGBT Pride Month, and rainbows are displayed on everywhere from T-shirts to restaurant chains to the Uber app. Even with all the gay pride flags, parades, and recognition the LGBT community receives in the U.S. during June, the Left is still not satisfied. They demand that the rainbow flag be flown over U.S. embassies abroad.

Look at this practice that’s been in place since the Obama administration — President Barack Obama actively promoted the LGBT community not just domestically but also internationally through the U.N., State Department, and U.S. Agency for International Development.

First, we should recognize that the LGBT community does have reasons for fear. Their human rights are violated around the world through harassment, killings, beatings, and imprisonment, and homosexuality is criminalized in at least 73 countries. In Tanzania, laws against homosexuality carry a sentence of up to 30 years, and authorities have been accused by human rights groups of subjecting suspected homosexuals to “forced anal exams.” And who could forget the horrific 2015 images of ISIS pushing gay men off buildings to their death? There are other incidents equally as evil, and the U.S. must stand firmly against these insidious abuses.

We should all agree that addressing human rights abuses around the world must be a central tenet of U.S. foreign policy. But why is one group singled out and others ignored?

Click here to read the rest of this op-ed as featured in the Washington Examiner.

California Bill is a Threat to Women

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“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

In yet another attempt to erase the protected class of sex as male and female in the Golden State, Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has proposed that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation segregate prisoners not based on their biological sex, but their perceived gender identity.

SB 132 states, “At any time, a person under the jurisdiction of the department may inform facility staff of their gender identity, and facility staff shall promptly repeat the process of offering the individual an opportunity to specify the gender pronoun and honorific most appropriate for staff to use in reference to that individual.” Did you notice the reference to “at any time?” Yes. Inmates could be moved from men’s to women’s detention facilities based on their desired “identity” and “with or without a diagnosis of gender dysphoria or any other physical or mental health diagnosis, and regardless of anatomy.”

The inmate will also determine whether “he,” “she” or “they” would be housed in a single or double cell, dorm, in protective custody or the general population based on that individual’s perception of health and safety. It is the safety issue – to protect transgender individuals from violence – that the author declares is the purpose of the bill. To be clear, we wish no one to be harmed in the course of his or her incarceration, but one must also consider the health and safety of the primary population, in particular women being forced to share facilities with a biological male who perceives himself to be a woman – and without diagnosis or surgery.

SB 132 will be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on June 25. Women in prison are already a vulnerable population, and we request your assistance in helping ensure their safety by asking the members of the committee and your assembly member to oppose SB 132.

Please Take Action:

Call your assembly member and ask for a “no” vote on SB 132. If you have time, please also share your concerns about SB 132 with the members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee before June 25. Be sure to let him/her know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California. Find your state senator here.

Please pray with me!  We know prayer is a powerful force!

Dear Heavenly Father,

You are the Creator of all things seen and unseen.  You created man male and female. We stand today and ask for protection for women in the California prison system. Provide wisdom to every one of our California state senators, today.  May they vote to protect women from being harm and against SB 132.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons for our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Thank you for making a difference with your prayers and action!

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California
[email protected]
www.facebook.com/CWAofCalifornia/
ca.cwfa.org

 

Top Faith Leaders Predict Evangelicals Will Show Up in Force for Trump in 2020

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CEO and President Penny Nance is featured in The Western Journal along with other top faith leaders such as Franklin Graham, Tony Perkins and Gary Bauer.

“Some of the nation’s top Christian leaders believe President Donald Trump will once again enjoy the strong backing of evangelicals in 2020, noting he now has a record, and not just promises, to run on.

The Western Journal spoke with Rev. Franklin Graham, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, Concerned Women for America president Penny Nance, American Values president Gary Bauer and Christian Broadcasting Network chief political analyst David Brody to gauge their views on why Trump enjoyed such strong evangelical support in 2016, and how he looks with these voters going into the 2020 election.”

Read the entire article here:

Thank You for a Successful 19th Annual Day at The Capitol

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Last Wednesday, we had an amazing turnout for our 19th Annual Day at the Capitol in Raleigh. We had over 100 attendees participate in our lobbying efforts to override the veto of SB 359, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  NC Values Coalition joined with us again this year for our legislative briefing, lobbying efforts, chapel time, and observance of a session of the State House of Representatives.

We were grateful to have abortion survivors, Gianna Jessen and Claire Culwell, join us when we lobbied legislators on SB 359.  You can watch North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore’s (R- Cleveland) press conference with Gianna and Claire here.

We also had the joy of presenting former North Carolina State Rep. Bill Brawley (R-Mecklenburg) with an engraved tray recognizing him as an honorary member of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Carolina. CWA of North Carolina worked with former Rep. Brawley for several years on human trafficking legislation he sponsored. We greatly appreciate his work on the issue and his friendship with CWA of North Carolina.

Sadly, despite the heart-wrenching appeals and prayers, the efforts to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of SB 359 in the House came up short.  Though the North Carolina lawmakers voted 67 to 53 in favor of overriding the veto, it failed to reach the three-fifths approval required to do so. The North Carolina Senate approved the override several weeks ago.

CWA of North Carolina would like to thank the following legislators:

  1. Speaker Moore for his resolute effort to garner the three-fifths vote necessary for the veto override.
  2. House members who voted in favor of the veto override, including House Democrats Charles Graham (Robeson) and Garland E. Pierce (Hoke, Scotland), who bravely voted against their caucus in favor of the override.
  3. Senate members who voted in favor of the veto override early in the session, including Democrat Senator Don Davis (Greene, Pitt) who also bravely voted against his caucus in late April in favor of the override.

Lastly, we want to thank each of you who joined us in Raleigh, as well as those who were praying with us from home. We continue to ask for your prayers and ask that you take the following action.

Take Action:
(When talking to legislators’ offices, be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina.)

  1. Contact House Speaker Tim Moore and thank him for his efforts to override the veto. Also, urge the Speaker to call for another override vote before the session adjourns for the year on June 30.  704-739-1221/[email protected].
  2. Contact your state representative to thank him/her for voting in favor of the veto override, or to express disappointment if he/she voted against the veto override. Click here to locate your representative. Click here to see how your representative voted.
  3. Contact the three Democrats below who voted for the veto override and thank them for their brave vote.

Continue to pray fervently, “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, ‘With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.’” Matthew 19:26

In Truth and Righteousness,
Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina

June 14 – CWA of California Halfway Point Legislative Update

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The 2019 California legislative session has reached its halfway point. The deadline for bills to pass out of their house of origin was May 31. Those measures that did not make it to the floor of their first house have another chance at passage beginning in January 2020, the second year of the 2019-20 session.

Several bills, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of California is actively opposing, passed the house-of-origin hurdle and are now in their second house. We highlight three of these bills below and ask that you pray and act as noted. (Information who your legislators are and how to contact them are within the Take Action section at the bottom.)

SB 24 – Medical Abortions on Public University Campuses

This bill by Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) will require campus clinics to provide chemical abortions up to 10 weeks of pregnancy to college students on the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) campuses. Aside from killing an unborn child, this abortion technique is emotionally and physically dangerous to the woman and has even caused fatalities. SB 24 passed the State Senate on May 20. Because this bill will likely pass its assigned committees (Assembly Health and Higher Education), we ask you to begin letting your assembly member know now that UC and CSU campus health centers should not be turned into abortion clinics. This is not the scope of education.

AB 493 – LGBTQ Teacher In-Service Training

While California schools have previously instituted anti-bullying efforts and many are already addressing issues regarding “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning” (LBGTQ) students with teachers, a new bill sets specific requirements and tracking. AB 493, sponsored by Sen. Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), requires all California public schools, including charter schools, to provide online in-service training at least every two years to all teachers and certificated staff and adopt strategies to increase support for LGBTQ students. If funds are appropriated, schools may utilize grants to offer in-person training. For now, the training requirement is limited to grades 7-12, but there is no prohibition against involving teachers in earlier grades, and many schools are already implementing such training K-12.

With this bill, the California Department of Education will develop the training materials and track the attendance of staff. As the bill states, “The training program is interactive, requiring the sustained input and participation of the trainee.” Given the materials already being offered by the department are anti-bullying and sex education resources, this causes great concern. Further, teacher testimonies of their experiences in training already occurring include shaming by the instructors of traditional beliefs regarding sexuality and gender.

CWA of California does not support the bullying of any student for any reason; there are sufficient laws/regulations already in place for this. In addition, we do not support requirements that teachers participate in training that conflicts with their closely held religious beliefs or conscience nor requires them to affirm such behavior. AB 493 has already passed the State Assembly and will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on July 10. Given the make-up of the committee and the likelihood it will pass this bill, we suggest that you begin alerting your state senator now to your concerns about AB 493.

AB 175 – Children’s Rights in Foster Care

California’s foster care system currently allows broad rights to foster children, including the ability to review their own case plan at age 12 and have access to care, treatments, and benefits in accordance to their “actual or perceived” sexual orientation or gender identity. Recent amendments to AB 175 cause us great concern about the effect further expansion of rights will have on an already vulnerable population.

AB 175, authored by Asm. Mike Gipson (D-Compton), lowers that age of foster plan review to 10 and includes prompt access to “reproductive and sexual health care” including “gender-affirming health care and gender-affirming mental health care.” Most alarmingly, the bill gives these at-risk children the right “[a]t any age, to consent to or decline services regarding contraception, pregnancy, and perinatal care, including, but not limited to, abortion services and health care services for sexual assault without the knowledge or consent of any adult.” Current California law already allows children 12 and above the right to access reproductive health services, including abortion, without parental knowledge or consent. AB 175 makes an already terrible situation even worse.

AB 175 also imposes requirements on foster parents. They must not only abide by all the “rights” offered to their foster children as noted above but must also participate in training for cultural competency and sensitivity involving LGBTQ issues and use names and pronouns preferred by the child – regardless of how it may conflict with their closely held religious beliefs or conscience.

These and other concerns place CWA of California in an opposing position with regard to AB 175. The bill will be before the Senate Human Services Committee on June 24. We ask you to begin now contacting your state senator with your concerns. 

Please Take Action: Call your assembly member and ask a “no” vote on SB 24 and call your state senator and ask for a “no” vote on AB 175 and AB 493. Be sure to let him/her know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California. Find your assembly member and state senator here.

Please Pray that our California lawmakers who know the Lord would seek His wisdom and stand firmly for His tenets as they consider and vote on these and other bills. Pray for those who don’t know Him to come to a saving knowledge of the Lord and follow Him.

Thank you for making a difference with your prayers and action!

Marlo Tucker
State Director
CWA of California
[email protected]
www.facebook.com/CWAofCalifornia/
ca.cwfa.org

Nutty attacks on pro-lifers by Sen. Gillbrand and CEOs may help make abortion a winning issue for Trump and GOP in 2020

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There is a new level of hostility by the ruling class toward people in this nation, even women and minorities, who dare to believe in the intrinsic value of human life and thus identify as pro-life.

The left is losing the 46-year argument on the federalization of abortion laws, and it has made them angry and reckless.

They are now publicly equating our support for life to racism. It’s insidious and bigoted, but it’s also self-destructive.

On the political front, during an interview with the Des Moines Register “Gillibrand Compares Pro-Life Viewpoint to Racism, ‘Not Acceptable’, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., was clear in her racist allegations against pro-lifers on Tuesday.

Gillibrand said, “I think there’s some issues that have such moral clarity that we have as a society decided that the other side is not acceptable. Imagine saying that it’s okay to appoint a judge who’s racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic. Asking someone to appoint someone who takes away basic human rights of any group of people in America—I don’t think that those are political issues anymore.”

Click here to read the rest of this story as featured on FoxNews.com.