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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]

 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!

Thank Sen. Collins For Voting to Confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh!

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Many on the left are still up to their Saul Alinsky tactics of abuse, threats, and protesting U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and her staff.  Remember in the New York Times how, amongst several things, it was reported that one call came in to a staff member saying he hoped she was raped and impregnated?!  Well, they are still up to it, as they were outside her home on Sunday demanding to meet with her.

We Maine women are so proud of Sen. Collins and the historic, brave, and concise speech she gave on the floor of the U. S. Senate when she told America that she would be supporting the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  Let’s stand and give an offering of thanks to the senator.

Take Action:

  • Vote in the Bangor Daily News poll to show that Mainers appreciate Sen. Collin’s decision. This morning the poll showed 48% in support of her decision.
  • Write a note of appreciation to Sen. Collins via email and/or snail mail.  Be sure to let her know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  • Please forward this e-alert to friends and family.

Please pray with me, “Father, please protect Sen. Susan Collins, her family and her staff from those who so vehemently oppose her right now.  Without Your protection, we are not protected.  Not by power, nor by might, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts.  Amen.”

Our lawmakers rarely receive thanks for the work they do.  We are quick to criticize, but slow to empathize or be thankful.  Sen. Susan Collins is more than worthy of our thanks for her work done to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  May we not be slack in well doing.  Thank you. 

“And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:16 ). 

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, click here to contribute online.

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

Time to Sign up for the 2019-2020 Encourage-A-Legislator Program

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Dear friends,

We thank God for our wonderful volunteers who facilitate our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) project every year. Some of you have been with us from the beginning.

If you have not participated in our EAL Program in the past, know that this program is focused solely on prayer and encouragement to our state legislators. Starting the second week in January of 2019 our EAL participants simply pray for an assigned legislator every day that they are in session and send a postcard once a month to their assigned legislator with encouraging words letting them know that they are being prayed for each day. This is not a lobbying effort but a ministry to the legislators. Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, democrat, republican, independent, or other, they are in desperate need of prayer.

Each year, we recruit over 186 volunteers to help us out with our EAL program, and this year we are asking if they will be willing to keep and pray for their Legislator for the entire legislative session. The 129th session runs from January through June 2019 and reconvenes January through April 2020. Will you volunteer for this inspiring ministry?

Once signed up, participants receive a packet near the end of December. The packet includes instructions, the name, and biography of their assigned legislator, and 10 CWA of Maine EAL postcards.

Year after year, we receive many letters of appreciation from the legislators expressing their gratitude for the many postcards of prayer and encouragement they received.

Sign up today by e-mailing me at [email protected] or call me at (207) 212-9394. I will need your name, address, phone number, and how many legislators you would like to encourage.

Please forward this on to friends and family whom you think may be interested in participating.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Praying along with you,

Catherine Carsley
Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator
CWA of Maine