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CWA of Maine Commemorates National Day of Fasting, Repentance, and Prayer

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CWA of Maine Commemorates National Day of Fasting, Repentance, and Prayer

Before we get caught up in the upcoming season of busyness, let us cultivate a humble heart with fasting, repentance, and prayer on Thursday, November 21.

We invite you to join us in a National Day of Fasting, Repentance, and Prayer in honor of the 156th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation 97 – Appointing a Day of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer. Together let us observe and reaffirm our 16th President’s heartfelt plea to the supreme authority and just governance of Almighty God.


“Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do by this my proclamation designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th day of April 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer. And I do hereby request all the people to abstain on that day from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite at their several places of public worship and their respective homes in keeping the day holy to the Lord and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.”


Fasting before we feast is a reminder that God provides everything that we need. It reminds us of who we are and who God is. It also reminds us that as we hunger physically, we also hunger spiritually. And when we repent, we are promised forgiveness. Not any ordinary forgiveness, but a complete pardon from our sins and the payment they require. Now that draws us to our knees in Thanksgiving. God has fully provided for us in Christ!

This is why our hope is not in government or elected officials or even in a grateful attitude. But, instead, our hope is firmly in Christ alone.

Mark your calendar on Thursday, November 21, the week before Thanksgiving. Whether in your car, home, classroom, or office, let us repent and seek God on behalf of yourself and our nation

Click here to view the double-sided informational flyer.  Feel free to print and distribute liberally.

Blessings to you and yours during this Thanksgiving season.

Penny Morrell
State Director

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

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

Trying Times in the Maine Legislature – Still Time to Make a Difference!

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L.D. 1313, the Doctor-Prescribed Suicide bill, was scheduled to be voted on in the Maine House Tuesday and again Thursday of this week but no vote was taken. The bill was tabled and will be voted on sometime next week – Tuesday, May 28, at the earliest.

You still have time to contact your representatives to ask them to oppose LD 1313! Please do so immediately. Contact them again even if you have previously done so and let them know that you once again wanted to encourage them to oppose LD 1313.  It’s that important!

We have endured many defeats this session, including taxpayer-funded abortion, the requirement that private insurance companies include abortion in their health coverage plans, other than doctors allowed to perform abortions, loss of parental rights, loss of religious freedom, and the ban on conversion therapy.

My prayer is that you will remain engaged and take a stand against the suicide bill. God is on the throne. He has given us the privilege to advocate for His truth; the results are entirely up to Him.  

Take Action:
Contact your state representative and urge him/her to oppose L.D. 1313. Find your representative alphabetically by the town in which you live or call the Maine House at 287-1400 and leave a message for your representative. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
Please send this message to family and friends and ask them to take action and pray.

Keep updated on LD 1313 here.

Please pray with me: Dear Father, thank you to all those who have fought alongside us in this legislative session.  We aren’t discouraged because You are on Your throne and we trust You to act on our behalf for what’s best.  We ask that You grant us victory for the eighth time as we once again oppose the physician-assisted suicide bill.  May the Maine legislators protect life for those who are sick and need of care and protection.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

Maranatha!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine

Urgent Action Needed! Abortion Bill is Moving!

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L.D. 820 passed the state House on Tuesday, May 7, by a vote of 79 to 63 and is expected to be voted on in the state Senate on Tuesday, May 14. L.D. 820 will force insurance companies to include abortion coverage in their health plans and require the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to pay for abortions for those enrolled in MaineCare. This bill is an affront to any thoughtful person and taxpayer, and it must be stopped.

Take Action!

  1. Take a stand for life by coming to the Capitol next Tuesday, May 14. For those who were at the Capitol last week and picked up a baby-blue t-shirt, please wear it again to show your support for life and opposition to L.D. 820. If you are coming for the first time next week and have a baby-blue color shirt, please wear it. We will meet in the hall of the Senate.
  2. Call and/or e-mail your state senator and ask him or her to oppose L.D. 820. Find your senator alphabetically by the town in which you live. You can also call the Senate at 287-1540 and leave a message for your lawmaker asking him or her to oppose L.D. 820. Be sure to let them know you are a constituent and a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. This bill is destined to pass if your senator does not hear from you. 
  3. Forward this e-alert to friends and family.

Please pray: Dear Father, we ask You to perform a mighty miracle and stop this abortion bill. We claim Luke 1:37 where you say, “For with God nothing will be impossible.” Thank You for using our hands and feet to stand in the gap for righteousness.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

These are very challenging days in Maine. I appreciate these words of encouragement from Dr. David Jeremiah, “God gives the grace we need whenever we’re pressured because of our faith – whether we’re living for Him or dying for Him. Christians are God’s ambassadors in a hostile world. Take courage, be faithful, and stand for Jesus!”

Maranatha!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine

Take a Stand for Life – Lobby Day May 2

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Dear Friend,
Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine is joining other pro-life organizations and churches for a Stand for Life lobby day on Thursday, May 2 at 8:30 a.m. at the State Capitol in Augusta. We invite you to join us for breakfast, training, informational materials and a chance to speak to your lawmakers regarding your stand on abortion bills LD 820 and LD 1261*.

Click here for the details and directions for the lobby day.

May 2 is also the National Day of Prayer (NDP). There will be a NDP at 2:00 p.m. in the Hall of Flags at which I will be speaking. Click here for the NDP event details.

Two great events. Two great reasons to come to Augusta on May 2.

I look forward to seeing you!

Maranatha!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org
(207) 465-6015

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of Maine” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME  04917. Or, donate to contribute online.

 

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.
Thank you!

*L.D. 820 mandates taxpayer-funded abortion for MaineCare patients of low income, and also mandates insurance companies include abortion coverage in their healthcare plans. Abortion is not health care; it’s murder.

LD 1261 would allow a physician assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse licensed in Maine to perform an abortions.

He Has Risen!

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Yes, we live in perilous times, that’s true.  However, look up!  Our redemption draweth nigh. Until Jesus comes to take us home, we are called by Him to take a stand for Him in the public square.

A special thank you to each of you who are standing with us against the tide of bad legislation in Maine this session.

As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, may you and yours find peace, love, and joy in knowing Him as your personal Savior.

Happy Easter!

Maranatha!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine

Legislative Update from Augusta

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Right now, in the Maine legislature we are facing:

• Taxpayer-funded abortion and mandated abortion coverage in health insurance policies – L.D. 820.
• A ban on conversion therapy that helps individuals who are struggling with sexual confusion – L.D. 1025.
• Physician-assisted suicide – L.D. 1313.
• An Equal Rights Amendment that would expand abortion and LGBTQ special rights – L.D. 433.

(Additional information on each bill is at the bottom of this e-alert.)

Every one of these bills has grave consequences and are making their way through the Maine State Legislature. They have either had public hearings, work sessions and/or been voted out of committee. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine has attended and given testimony on every bill in unison with a handful of other outstanding pro-family organizations.
Lives are at stake as well as our rights and freedoms. We must act now! It’s imperative that you contact your legislators today and urge them to oppose all four bills. If we know and do nothing to stop it, we are guilty as well. (Proverbs 24:11 – 12)

Take Action:
1. Please e-mail your legislators, so you have a written record of your communication AND then call them to talk to them personally. These pieces of legislation are so important that your lawmakers need to hear from you in more than one way and more than one time. Find your Senator and your  Representative both listed alphabetically by town. Let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
2. Please call or e-mail me and let me know the responses you receive from your legislators, so I know better who to thank and who to lobby further. This will be very helpful.
3. Please forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to do the same.
Please pray with me: Dear Father, call Your church to arise and to take a stand for the freedoms and rights our great state has enjoyed. Give us the strength to oppose our government that now attempting to take them away. We are each here for such a time as this. We are in a culture war, and if we don’t fight, we will lose! In Jesus’ Name. Amen

Maranatha!
Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org
(207) 465-6015

Please consider contributing online to the work of CWA of Maine. Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated. Thank you!
Additional Information
Click on the links below to read the bills, stay up-to-date on their status, read testimonies for and against each bill, and more. I recommend you read some of the testimonies by clicking on “Committee Info” within the left column and then click on “Public Hearing Testimony.”

L.D. 820  mandates taxpayer-funded abortion for MaineCare patients of low income, and also mandates insurance companies include abortion coverage in their healthcare plans. Abortion is not health care; it’s murder.
L.D. 1025 would ban conversion therapy to minors with sexual confusion. The bill mandates the encouragement of the homosexual lifestyle. The proposed legislation is an assault on a patient’s right to obtain the professional help they are seeking for unwanted attractions. The state would be inappropriately intruding in private counseling situations – counseling that has helped thousands achieve the goals the patient is seeking. Denying this therapy, which has had well-documented success, is not the role of government.
L.D. 1313, the physician-assisted suicide bill, purports to end life with dignity. Taking large dosages of pills over a period of time, without doctor participation or care, and possibly forcing heirs to carry out this regiment, is not dignity. Though end-of-life care is available, the death culture is pushing this horrible practice on us for the ninth time in the Maine Legislature. We have said “no” the past eight times and must do so again!
L.D. 433, the state-level “Equal Rights” Amendment, promotes abortion, LGBTQ rights, and more. We have lobbied legislators on the truth of this bill, and there is much more work to be done. It came out of committee as a divided report which means it will go before the House and Senate for a vote, and if passed it will go to the governor who will sign it. This bill must be stopped. Click here for talking points.

You Are Needed to Help Stop A Very Dangerous Bill

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L.D. 1025, a bill that would prohibit certain licensed professionals from providing conversion therapy to minors, will be heard in committee Wednesday, April 10. “Conversion therapy” is defined in L.D. 1025 as “means any practice or treatment that seeks or purports to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including, but not limited to, any effort to change gender expression or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions, feelings or behavior toward individuals of the same gender.”

L.D. 1025 is a very dangerous bill that mandates the encouragement of the homosexual lifestyle.  The proposed legislation is an assault on a patient’s right to obtain the professional help they are seeking for unwanted attractions. The state would be inappropriately intruding in private counseling situations – counseling that has helped thousands achieve the goals the patient is seeking. Denying this therapy, which has had well-documented success, is not the role of government.

It is an assault on parental rights, children’s rights, and the rights of professionals to do their job without the fear of losing their license.

You can find the text of the bill, committee information, sponsors and keep updated on the status here.

Lawmakers take notice when you are willing to take time off from work and come to Augusta to take a stand on a bill.  If they hear from just four people, they take notice and study the issue. That is why we are asking you again to come to Augusta, if possible, on Wednesday, April 10.

Action Item:

  1. We need as many of you to come to the hearing in Augusta this Wednesday, April 10. The hearing will be in the Cross Office Building, at 10:00 a.m. in room 220 before the Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Service Committee in the Cross Office Building.
  2. We need all of you to contact your legislators and politely ask them to oppose L.D. 1025.  To find your lawmakers by the town you live in, click Representative and Senator. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  3. Please send this alert to family and friends.

It’s unbelievable the legislation that has been introduced this year in Maine’s legislature:   mandated vaccines, RU486 in vending machines, physician-assisted suicide (again), an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) that is a back door to taxpayer-funded abortion, mandating insurance companies to provide abortion coverage in their health insurance plans, banning conversion therapy for sex-confused youth, and on and on it goes. We need you to stand with us against this prevailing evil. When you do, lawmakers take notice. Together, in prayer and action, we can have an impact on our culture in Maine.

Please Pray: Dear Father, please move on the hearts of Your people to come to Augusta on Wednesday. Help them understand that our rights are under assault and how important it is for them to show up, to stand up and to speak up.  To You be all the glory, honor, and praise.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

Maranatha!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org
(207) 465-6015
Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state efforts and projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of Maine” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME 04917.
Or, donate online.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.  Thank you!

You are needed! Conversion therapy bill is moving in Maine.

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You Are Needed to Help Stop A Very Dangerous Bill
L.D. 1025, a bill that would prohibit certain licensed professionals from providing conversion therapy to minors, will be heard in committee Wednesday, April 10. “Conversion therapy” is defined in L.D. 1025 as “means any practice or treatment that seeks or purports to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including, but not limited to, any effort to change gender expression or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions, feelings or behavior toward individuals of the same gender.”

L.D. 1025 is a very dangerous bill that mandates the encouragement of the homosexual lifestyle.  The proposed legislation is an assault on a patient’s right to obtain the professional help they are seeking for unwanted attractions. The state would be inappropriately intruding in private counseling situations – counseling that has helped thousands achieve the goals the patient is seeking. Denying this therapy, which has had well-documented success, is not the role of government.

It is an assault on parental rights, children’s rights, and the rights of professionals to do their job without the fear of losing their license.

You can find the text of the bill, committee information, sponsors and keep updated on the status here.

Lawmakers take notice when you are willing to take time off from work and come to Augusta to take a stand on a bill.  If they hear from just four people, they take notice and study the issue. That is why we are asking you again to come to Augusta, if possible, on Wednesday, April 10.

Action Item:

  1. We need as many of you to come to the hearing in Augusta this Wednesday, April 10. The hearing will be in the Cross Office Building, at 10:00 a.m. in room 220 before the Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Service Committee in the Cross Office Building.
  2. We need all of you to contact your legislators and politely ask them to oppose L.D. 1025.  To find your lawmakers by the town you live in, click Representative and Senator. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  3. Please send this alert to family and friends.

It’s unbelievable the legislation that has been introduced this year in Maine’s legislature:   mandated vaccines, RU486 in vending machines, physician-assisted suicide (again), an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) that is a back door to taxpayer-funded abortion, mandating insurance companies to provide abortion coverage in their health insurance plans, banning conversion therapy for sex-confused youth, and on and on it goes. We need you to stand with us against this prevailing evil. When you do, lawmakers take notice. Together, in prayer and action, we can have an impact on our culture in Maine.

Please Pray: Dear Father, please move on the hearts of Your people to come to Augusta on Wednesday. Help them understand that our rights are under assault and how important it is for them to show up, to stand up and to speak up.  To You be all the glory, honor, and praise.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

Maranatha!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine

You Showed Up and it Made a Difference! Wonderful Turnout Wednesday!

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You Are Needed Again

Last Wednesday’s press conference in opposition to L.D. 820, the taxpayer-funded abortion bill and mandate to insurance companies to cover abortion, was a huge success because you showed up! You showed up on location, and you showed up by contacting your legislators. Lawmakers do take notice when you are willing to take time off from work to come to Augusta to take a stand on a bill.

The Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Service Committee held a hearing-only on L.D. 820. CWA of Maine testified in opposition to the bill at the hearing. You can read our testimonies here and here. There is now a work session on the bill scheduled for Tuesday, April 2. The committee will vote whether or not to send the bill to the House and Senate for a vote.

Action Item:

  • Contact your legislators and politely ask them to oppose L.D. 820.  To find your lawmakers by the town you live in, click Representative and Senator. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.

There is still more work to do!

Paul told the church of Corinth in 1 Corinthians 15:58, “So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” Let’s commit today to stand firm and not be moved in protecting life from conception until natural death and defending the Biblical concept of the genders, male and female.

L.D. 1313 and L.D. 1025 will be heard in committee next week. We need to commit these two very dangerous bills to prayer and to action.  L.D. 1313 would make legal physician-assisted suicide.  L.D. 1025 would prohibit conversion therapy for minors who suffer from same-sex attractions.​

Action Items:

  • April 10: Attend the hearings on L.D. 1313 and L.D. 1025. L.D. 1313 will be heard at 9:00 a.m. in Room 209 of the Cross Office Building. L.D. 1025 will be heard at 10:00 a.m. in Room 220 of the same building.
  • Contact your legislators and politely ask them to oppose these two bills. To find your lawmakers by the town you live in, click Representative and Senator. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  • Please send this alert to family and friends.

Please Pray with Me, Dear Father, thank You for sending so many of Your people to Augusta Wednesday to stand against abortion.  We need them, and many more, again Tuesday as You know. May they realize we are losing our freedom and only as they show up, stand up, and speak up for You will we prevail. To You be all the glory, honor and praise.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

Thank you for standing with us Wednesday. Please do so once more April 10. It truly makes a difference.  As we learn the outcome of L.D. 820, may it be an encouragement to you.  May you come to understand how important it is to stand publicly for righteousness in our state.

Maranatha!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org
(207) 465-6015

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state efforts and projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of Maine” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME 04917. Or, donate online.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated. Thank you!

State Director to Speak at 40 Days for Life Kick-Off Event This Saturday in Augusta

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Show up, stand up, speak up, and pray for the lives of the unborn in the womb and born-alive babies.

The kick-off event for 40 Days for Life will be held this Saturday, March 9, at 10:00 a.m. in front of Maine Family Planning.  Bishop Deeley is speaking first on the importance of fasting and praying. I will speak on the importance of not giving up in prayer when you do not see the results you want.

The prayer vigil will be held from March 6 to April 14.  Please contact Judy Icenogle for dates and times to pray during these 40 days.  

Take Action!

  • Plan to attend the kick-off event this Saturday in Augusta.
  • Participate during the 40 days by praying for the protection of babies’ lives.
  • Forward this alert to friends and family and encourage their participation.

Please Pray: Dear Father, thank you for the annual 40 Days for Life event and for those willing to take a stand to pray and care as You do for these innocent lives being taken from us.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.

“Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die. Don’t try to disclaim responsibility by saying you didn’t know about it.” Proverbs 24:11-12

Penny Morrell

State Director

CWA of Maine

[email protected]

me.cwfa.org

(207) 465-6015

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of ME” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME  04917. Or, donate online.  Please e-mail me to let me know you gave online.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.  Thank you!

 

We Should Be United for Children Born Alive

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Imagine a mother aborts her baby only to discover several months later she is still pregnant. That was the story of Betty Smith. She was pregnant with twins, although no one knew it. “Before the abortion, we were both alive,” Sarah, the twin who went on to survive the abortion, has somberly written, “Moments later, I was alone.”

But she was intended to be aborted. Should she be? Let’s say she has now been delivered. Should a discussion be held between her mother and the doctor as to whether she should be helped to survive?

Believe it or not, this is the debate we are now having as a nation. According to many liberals, Sarah, now born and outside of her mother’s womb, is still a candidate for abortion. It all depends on the mother’s desires.

Planned Parenthood representative Alisa LaPolt Snow said as much in her testimony before a 2013 Florida Legislative Hearing. She testified unequivocally that the decision to help a baby born on a table as a result of a botched abortion should be left to “the patient and the health care provider.” When pressed on whether at that point the baby on the table is now itself a patient, she disturbingly chuckled and said, “That’s a really good question. I do not know how to answer that.”

Can anyone dispute that is infanticide? The issue is not abortion. There is no issue about “a woman’s body.” The baby is now outside the mother’s womb, alive.

Still, we all heard Virginia’s Democratic Governor Ralph Northam, himself a doctor, explain what would happen to a baby born alive if he isn’t wanted under the law Northam was supporting, “I can tell you exactly what would happen, the infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if this is what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physician and the mother.”

The abortion-expanding law was introduced by Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran who admitted in committee her bill had no limits on abortion; it could be done up to the moment when the woman is already in labor, not just to preserve her life but even for her emotional health.

Virginia was following on the footsteps of New York who had just recently celebrated a similar law. Included in New York’s bill was a repeal of Section 4164 of the state’s public health law, which protected an infant born alive during an abortion. It is clear they are intentional in their desire to refuse care to children who are already born.

But, make no mistake about it, this is a liberal-elite-driven effort. The American people are disgusted and stand in overwhelming opposition to it. As a recent Associated Press news report put it, “Even most pro-choice Americans oppose late-term abortion, according to a newly released poll, putting them at odds with the Democratic push for state legislation removing barriers to third-trimester procedures.” According to the poll, “82 percent of all those surveyed disagreed with withholding medical care for a viable newborn, including 77 percent of pro-choice adults.”

This is encouraging. It is clear that the American people do not support these efforts to legalize infanticide. We must stand up and fight those in power who are looking out for special interests, instead of listening to their constituents.

A good vehicle to make our voices heard is now been presented in the U.S. Congress. On Monday, February 25, 2019, the Senate will have a roll call vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311). This simple piece of legislation would require that babies born alive as the result of a botched abortion be given “the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence” as any other baby under similar conditions would be given.

Every senator, including our own, should be able to agree that every baby born alive deserves care. This is nothing extraordinary, but only the humane, decent, and right thing to do. It should pass unanimously.

 

Are You Okay with the Use of Marijuana While Driving on Maine Roads?

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L.D. 141, “An Act To Promote Highway Safety by Restricting the Use of Marijuana and Possession of an Open Marijuana Container in a Vehicle,” makes it a traffic infraction to consume marijuana or a marijuana product, to possess an open container of marijuana or a marijuana product in the passenger area of a vehicle or to place marijuana or a marijuana product in a container labeled by the manufacturer of the container as containing a nonmarijuana substance. This bill is similar to the provisions of law that make consuming alcohol or having an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle a traffic infraction.

The hearing on this bill will take place on Wednesday, February 6, before the members of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety (CJPS) Committee.  I plan to be there representing you in support of the bill.

This is a bi-partisan bill with Republican and Democrat sponsors working together to keep our roads and citizens using them safe.  Please make your voice heard in support of this bill.

Click here for more information on the bill and to track it.

Please Take Action:

  • Contact the CJPS Committee members immediately using the e-mail addresses below.  Encourage them to support this bill. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  • Please forward this e-alert to friends and family and encourage them to both pray and take action.

Sen. Susan Deschambault of York- Chair D – Senate District 32

e-mail: [email protected] 

Sen. Michael Carpenter of Aroostook, D – Senate District 2

e-mail: [email protected] 

Sen. Kimberley Rosen of Hancock, R – Senate District 8

e-mail: [email protected] 

Rep. Charlotte Warren of Hallowell- Chair, D – House District 84

e-mail: [email protected] 

Rep. Pinny Beebe-Center of Rockland, D – House District 93

e-mail: [email protected] 

Rep. Janice Cooper of Yarmouth, D – House District 47

e-mail: [email protected] 

Rep. Patrick Corey of Windham, R – House District 25

e-mail: [email protected] 

Rep. Danny Costain of Plymouth, R – House District 100

e-mail: [email protected] 

Rep. Lois Galgay Reckitt of South Portland, D – House District 31

e-mail: [email protected] 

Rep. Chris Johansen of Monticello, R – House District 145

e-mail: [email protected] 

Rep. Victoria Morales of South Portland, D – House District 33

e-mail: [email protected] 

Rep. Richard Pickett of Dixfield, R – House District 116

e-mail: [email protected] 

Rep. Braden Sharpe of Durham, D – House District 46

e-mail: [email protected]

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.” – Luke 21:34

Please join me in prayer, “Father, we ask Your protection over the citizens of Maine when it comes to the use of marijuana and especially using while driving on Maine roads.  May this proposal become law.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org
(207) 465-6015

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of ME” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME  04917. Or, donate to contribute online.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.  Thank you!

 

Obscene Materials Need to be Removed from Maine Schools

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L.D. 94, “An Act to Prohibit the Dissemination of Obscene Material by Public Schools” is scheduled for public hearing on Monday, February 4, at 10:00 a.m. before the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. I plan to be there testifying on your behalf in support of this bill.

Under current state law, schools are permitted to expose our children to obscene materials because of the “education exception” in the law governing the dissemination of obscene material to minors.  This is unacceptable.

Public schools should not be assigning obscene material to students.  Something that is considered obscene outside of school does not suddenly become un-obscene when it passes over the threshold of the school doors.  Our kids deserve better.

This is not about banning books or oppressing free speech, but about our children reading the classics and educational material that are age-appropriate. Children should not be treated as adults, and our laws need to reflect this.

Click here to keep track of L.D. 94.

 Take Action:

  • Please contact all members of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee and encourage them to support L.D. 94.  Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.

Committee Members:

Deschambault of York- Chair, D – Senate District 32

e-mail: [email protected]ov

 Sen. Michael Carpenter of Aroostook, D – Senate District 2

e-mail: [email protected]

Sen. Kimberley Rosen of Hancock, R – Senate District 8

e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Charlotte Warren of Hallowell- Chair, D – House District 84

e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Pinny Beebe-Center of Rockland, D – House District 93

e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Janice Cooper of Yarmouth, D – House District 47

e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Patrick Corey of Windham, R – House District 25

e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Danny Costain of Plymouth, R – House District 100

e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Lois Galgay Reckitt of South Portland, D – House District 31

e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Chris Johansen of Monticello, R – House District 145

e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Victoria Morales of South Portland, D – House District 33

e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Richard Pickett of Dixfield, R – House District 116

e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Braden Sharpe of Durham, D – House District 46

e-mail: [email protected]

  • Please forward this e-alert to friends and family and encourage them to both pray and take action on this important issue.

 

Please join me in prayer, “Dear Father, please protect Maine children from the onslaught of sexual predatory actions by the education system in our state.  Be with Penny as she testifies before the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Monday. In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

 

Don’t delay. For the sake of protecting our Maine children from illicit sexual education material that will harm them, please take a few minutes to stand up and speak up.  Maine children are depending on you.

 

Penny Morrell

State Director

CWA of Maine

[email protected]

me.cwfa.org

(207) 465-6015

 

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of ME. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of ME, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of ME” on the memo line, and send to CWA of ME, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME  04917. Or, donate to contribute online.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.  Thank you!

 

It’s Biblical, It’s Easy, and It’s Effective! Join Our Encourage-A-Legislator Team Today!

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Dear Friend,

It’s Biblical!

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” -I Timothy 2:1

More “encouragers” are needed for our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Campaign for the 2019 Maine legislative session.

Our legislators will be required to make important decisions on many issues that will affect our state and our families. Undoubtedly, much prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture. Will you join us in these efforts?

We appreciate the faithfulness of those among you who have been “encouragers” since we first launched our EAL campaign many years ago. We trust it has been as much of a blessing to you as it has been to our lawmakers over the years.

It’s Easy!

Will you commit once again to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the session beginning in January?  Or, if you have never participated, don’t miss out!  Each month you will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard pre-printed with a Scripture verse and inspirational quote. Simply express appreciation for the legislator’s service, note your prayers for him or her, then add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.

It’s Effective!

Many legislators responded to your encouraging postcards last year with words of appreciation. Your benefit as an “encourager” is that you are energized and blessed to be a part of this effort.

If you wish to participate, please reply by noting your commitment and providing your physical mailing address and phone number. Postcards and instructions will be sent to you just prior to the opening of the 2019 Maine legislative session.

Help us recruit more “encouragers” by printing this informative flyer and providing it to your church family and friends.

You are appreciated!

Catherine Carsley
EAL Coordinator

Penny Morrell
State Director

CWA of Maine Thanksgiving Message: Expressing Gratitude for Freedom

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I love Thanksgiving, but sadly it seems, one of the most endearing American holidays has been relegated to the back of the holiday line. Christmas commercials are showing up in the middle of Thanksgiving cooking shows, and Santa and the reindeer have trumped the Pilgrims on most retail shelves.  Retail stores open on Thanksgiving before Black Friday.

The true meaning of Thanksgiving is this – the Pilgrims set aside this very special day to give thanks to God and to acknowledge how utterly dependent they were upon Him. They sacrificed much to begin a new life in a new and unknown land which would afford them the liberty to freely worship the true and living God.  We owe much to these early settlers. America’s Judeo-Christian heritage took root when the Pilgrims and Puritans set foot upon this continent.  In the book America’s Providential History, authors Beliles and McDowell say this of the Pilgrims, “God had prepared those of humble beginnings to be a light of liberty to an entire nation.”

Are you willing to be a “light of liberty” to this generation? “The early settlers and founders of our nation had an understanding that what we had as a nation came from God, came from Biblical principles, so the first and foundational freedom in our nation is the right to worship God; the right of conscience,” notes David Barton, founder and president of Wall Builders.  God, not government, is the source of all liberties.

“We have forgotten that so many of our rights are God-given, and so, if they are given by the government, then the government is free to regulate them, tax them, or simply take them away,” Barton says.

As we approach Thanksgiving, may we give thanks to God for the courage and fortitude of the families, men, women and children who came to our nation not simply to practice their faith but to create a society built on Scriptural values. During the first winter, half of the Pilgrims died, and during the second winter, half of the remaining settlers also died. Those are sacrifices we cannot afford to take lightly.  “Here we are today enjoying the fruits of their labor, a goal they were willing to give their lives for.” – Barton

Let us remember the vision and sacrifice of our nation’s early founders, for it is because of their God-inspired effort – which we celebrate each Thanksgiving – that we have the freedom to freely and publicly worship the true and living Savior.

We at Concerned Woman for America of Maine wish you a wonderful and bountiful Thanksgiving. We are grateful for all of you and what you mean to the life of CWA.

Penny Morrell
State Director
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org

Vote “NO” On Question 1 ~ Stop the Scam

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As you may know by now, the referendum process in our state has been overtaken by radical left wing and Democrat party bad actors.

“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare” (Jeremiah 29:7).

If you haven’t already voted early, which you can do at your municipality’s town office, please be sure to vote “No” on Q-1 on November 6.

Question 1 on the November 2018 ballot would increase income taxes by more than $300 million annually in order to fund a new government program of home care services. 

  • This would be the largest tax increase in Maine’s history.
  • All seniors over the age of 65 and those with disabilities would be eligible for the new program.  There is no income eligibility test; millionaires could receive services.
  • A quasi-privatized new board would be created to run the program; most of the program’s structure is not created by the referendum and is delegated to this new board.
  • It is highly unlikely that the taxes raised would meet all the demands and so new waitlists are contemplated by the referendum.
  • There is a significant forced-unionization component for some of the homecare workforce as well.

Because we are a small state, out-of-state players know that if they can get legislation like this through Maine, it can then sweep the country.  Mainers need to say “No.”

Take Action:

  • Vote “No” on Question 1 on the Maine ballot November 6.
  • Send this e-alert to friends and family and encourage them to both pray and act on this issue.

Please pray with me: “Dear Father, protect the state of Maine from out-of-state players that use our referendum process to ask us to vote on far-left proposals that hurt our citizens and are not in the best interests of Maine. We ask this in the name of Jesus, Your Son.  Amen.”

Summary Of Q-1: 

Household income tax.  At its most basic, the referendum requires a new 3.8% payroll tax on Maine “adjusted gross income” above $128,400 on all individual and joint filers in Maine.  Each of these provisions requires further explanation.

Employer Tax.  Contained within this 3.8% tax is an obligation on certain employers of certain wage earners to pay half of the tax (1.9%).  When these employees file their personal income taxes, they can count the tax paid by the employer as a credit against their 3.8% tax obligation.

Read more about this issue on the Maine State Chamber of Commerce website. 

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org
(207)-465-6015

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of ME. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of ME, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of ME” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME  04917. Or, CWA of ME to contribute online.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.  Thank you!