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Maine June Legislative Session This Week! Action Needed TODAY Concerning Marijuana and Conversion Therapy Legislation!

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Please contact your senator and representative and ask them to oppose the ban on conversion therapy and marijuana legalization. They will be working on these two bills during this week’s special session, and it’s imperative they hear from us on these harmful bills – TODAY.

LD 912 prohibits conversion therapy for children under the age of 18 from seeking therapy to help them overcome questions/consideration of homosexual tendencies. The bill is unfair to those kids who know they don’t want to be homosexual, but are struggling with peer pressure, what they are seeing around them, the onset of puberty, etc. May we do all we can to protect them from this harmful legislation.

“and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error” (Romans 1:27).

A peoples’ referendum in Maine passed legislation legalizing recreational marijuana. However, the Legislature has been trying during the past two-year session to enact legislation that would cause the least harm to children, but have had no success. This bill is harmful to children and all citizens. May they hear from you to encourage them to stop legalization.

This special session started yesterday and concludes tomorrow, Thursday. Time is of the essence.

Take Action:
• Contact both your Senator and Representative. Ask them to overturn all legislation that has been passed concerning the approval of recreational marijuana and oppose the ban on conversion therapy, L.D. 912. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. Find your senator and representative by the town you live in here.
• Forward this e-alert to friends and family.

Please Pray: “Dear God, we need You to give us the courage and strength to stand for righteousness in Maine by acting on these two issues immediately. Please give our lawmakers the wisdom and courage to do the right thing”

You have heard from me regarding these issues throughout this session of the Maine Legislature and have acted as requested. Now is the time to make that final push. We must intervene for our kids and grandkids so they can grow up in a culture that will benefit them, and not in one that would be harmful to them.

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, not CWA national, 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!

Mainers – Tell HHS You Support the New Regulations on Title X – Funds Not for Abortion

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The Title X program is a voluntary grant program that was created to educate and provide family planning services. Even though the law says that abortion is not family planning, abortion giants like Planned Parenthood have used this grant program as their own personal slush fund. But now we have the chance to stop it!

As with any federal regulation, there is an open comment period where the public has the opportunity to express their views. After the 60-day comment period is up, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will review the comments and issue a final rule based on the public’s feedback.  The deadline is July 31, but we want to comment right away and then use the remainder of the time to encourage those we know to comment as well.

Take Action:

  • Submit your comment to the U.S. HHS Secretary Azar regarding Title X Funds for family planning. Simply go to the Concerned Women for America website link, The Protect Life Rule, and follow the instructions. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes.  We have even put together a suggested comment that you can use as is or edit to your liking.  It is best if you add personal comments.
  • Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  • Please send this e-alert to your like-minded friends, pastor, lawmakers, family and acquaintances.

Please Pray: “Father, please work on our behalf and protect us from paying for abortion with our taxes.  May our efforts be used to drastically hinder the deadly efforts of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.  Amen.”

It is imperative that Secretary Azar hears from all of us.  Planned Parenthood is angry about this, and they are mobilized with an army contacting Azar.  They will sue and do what they always do, so we must be vigilant, mobilized, passionate, strong and courageous on behalf of babies.

It’s time to stand up, speak up, and let your voice be heard.  This is our moment to stop taxpayer funding for abortion, and we only have June and July to stop Planned Parenthood and others from the misuse of this program. 

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

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!

Maine June Primary Voter Guide for Governor

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Political television ads, radio ads, mail pieces, and yard signs must mean one thing – this is election season!  If you have not voted early, please be sure to vote Tuesday, June 12, in the primary election. Voter turnout is typically low in a non-presidential election year, but I cannot think of a more critical year to cast your vote than this year when we want to keep the momentum going to make Maine great again.  Gov. LePage is termed out.

Voters have a significant impact upon the laws and government of this state and nation. It is important that we be informed, educated voters. We should know the candidates and the issues.

  • Who will best represent your values and concerns?
  • What are the candidates’ positions on current issues affecting you and your family?
  • Are the candidates’ campaign speeches in alignment with their voting record?
  • Who is endorsing each candidate?
  • How did each candidate vote on important issues in the past?

Be proactive – an uneducated vote is a wasted vote!

  1. Study voter guides/candidate surveys. Here is a candidate survey for governor. We are blessed, honored and thankful to partner and share the Christian Civic League of Maine’s voter guide with you for candidates running in Maine.  Click here and follow the instructions to learn the candidates’ positions on issues we care about from those who responded to the questions.
  2. Attend candidate forums or watch them online.
  3. Visit the website and social media pages of each candidate.
  4. Listen to talk radio and watch state and national news.

While we are citizens of the United States of America, foremost, we are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, and our vote should mirror God’s views.

The institution of government was ordained by God. It is our duty, as Christians and citizens, to be active participants in the governmental process. Therefore, seek the Lord’s wisdom through prayer (and fasting) before you cast your vote.

 View CWA’s brochure What’s Your Vote Worth?

“Select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and ten” (Exodus 18:21).

Thank you for making a difference for the Kingdom of God here in Maine!

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

Prayer Alert: Maine Abortion Providers Appeal MaineCare Case

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and Maine abortion providers have appealed a judge’s ruling against their challenge to MaineCare’s ban on insurance coverage for abortion. The case was brought on behalf of Mabel Wadsworth Center, Maine Family Planning and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

In October 2017, the Cumberland County Superior Court granted summary judgment to the defendant, Commissioner Ricker Hamilton of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

 

 

 

 

 

Oral arguments were heard in Augusta at the Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday. Zachary Heiden represented the ACLU and Maine DHHS presented the case to sustain the prior court ruling.

From a moral standpoint, Maine taxpayers should not be forced to pay for the taking of human life through the abortion process.

From a legal standpoint, the Cumberland County decision was undoubtedly correct and should prevail for three reasons: 1.) Medicaid funds are partly federal, 2.) the Hyde Amendment prohibits federal taxpayer funds from being used for abortions, 3.) and because MaineCare recipients are exempt from abortion coverage under DHHS’s own rules.

The brief and other information:
Legal documents concerning this case
ACLU press release

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:12-13).

May we stand firm together in prayer, “Father, may righteousness prevail in the decision this court will soon make in this case.  May babies be saved from being aborted, mothers protected from the lies perpetrated by the abortion industry, and taxpayers protected from funding the heinous act of abortion.  Please touch the hearts of each one of the justices, may they see abortion for what it is and have the courage to rule on behalf of life:  Justice Leigh Ingalis Saufley, Donald G. Alexander, Andrew M. Mead, Ellen A. Gorman, Joseph Jabar, Jeffrey L. Hjelm, and Thomas E. Humphrey.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Take action by passing this information on to others and encouraging them to pray diligently about this case. Thank you.

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

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Conversion Therapy Ban Vote as Early as Today! Prayer and Action Needed!

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Suddenly, the conversion therapy bill, L.D. 912, is on a fast track.  It passed out of committee and is expected to be voted on by both the House and Senate as early as TODAY!

This bill violates parental rights, religious freedom, the 1st Amendment on free speech, the 14th Amendment on right to work, and the rights of our kids to get help for confusing sexual issues.

If you are reading this, please do not delay; contact your lawmakers to let them know you oppose a ban on conversion therapy of any kind. Even if you contacted them last month when we asked you to, don’t hesitate to contact them again. We must be heard!

Take Action:

  • Please call, e-mail, and write your legislators — do all three if possible — and voice your opposition to this horrific bill, L.D. 912. Be sure to let them know you are a member of CWA of Maine. Find your lawmakers here.
  • Pass this message immediately to all in your address book and encourage them to pray and take action today.

Please pray with me: “Dear Father, please convince the lawmakers in Augusta of the harm this impending legislation will do to our kids and enlighten them to oppose it completely.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

“If anyone causes one of these little ones-those who believe in me-to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” — Matthew 18:6

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

Legislative Update: Female Genital Mutilation Prohibition and Conversion Therapy Prohibition Bills

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CONVERSION THERAPY PROHIBITION:
L.D. 912, the conversion therapy prohibition bill, if passed, would NOT allow a licensed professional to counsel a child under the age of 18 away from homosexuality.  You say, “That’s impossible.”  NO, it’s not.  Rep. Ryan Fecteau (D-District 11) is an openly homosexual legislator, author of this bill, and the House Chair of the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development (LCRED) Committee, the committee tasked with this bill.

Don’t let our Maine legislators take away our religious freedom!  L.D. 912 is working to do just that.  We still live in a country that “allows” religious freedom.  Don’t we?  Note that I didn’t say “welcomes.”  More and more I see our religious freedoms being taken away from us piece by piece.  If we don’t show strong opposition to these types of bills right from the start, it lays the groundwork for them to go after other professionals and businesses in Maine.  One thing leads to another.  Who do you think they will go after next?

The bill is out of committee with a divided report and now moves to the House and Senate for their votes.

Take Action:

  • Ask your pastor to speak out about this to your congregation.  Give him this link to the bill for him to read it himself and to track it. Here to review it’s journey through the committees.  Encourage him to contact me for talking points and additional information.
  • Contact your lawmakers, both your representative and senator.  Politely ask them to protect religious freedom and oppose L.D. 912.  You may find your lawmakers by the town you live in here.  Be sure to tell them you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  • Pass this information to your e-mail list.

We’ve believed the lie that religion and politics don’t mix, yet our founding fathers established the 1st Amendment, something worthy of protection.

FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM) PROHIBITION:
The 3rd work session on L.D. 1819 was held last week before the Criminal Justice Committee with still no consensus.  Two bills were issued on FGM, and the committee was tasked with combining the two into one.  However to do that, the committee will either adopt the republican or democrat version.  Essentially the difference is whether or not to make the parent or guardian of the child responsible and charge with a crime for allowing the abuse.  CWA of Maine wants language in the bill to be able to charge the parent/guardian with the crime.  Anything less is just an empty suit, a nothing burger.

Take Action:

  • There is still time to contact members of the Criminal Justice Committee and urge them to adopt Rep. Heather Sirocki’s (R-Scarborough) bill, L.D. 1819 as originally submitted and reject Rep. Barbara Cardone’s (D-Bangor) bill, L.D. 1822.  Be sure to tell them you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. Their e-mail addresses are as follows:

Senate Chair: [email protected]
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House Chair: [email protected]
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  • You may also call the committee clerk, Nikolette Alexander, at 287-1122 and ask her to convey your message to the committee members if you are short on time.  However, it is much more effective to contact committee members individually, and please don’t forget to tell her you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.

We must protect our kids from this child abuse and make sure it never happens in Maine.

 PRAY: “Heavenly Father, give us wisdom to engage in public policy in a manner pleasing to You.  May we stop the ban on conversion therapy and maintain our parental rights and religious freedom.  May we never allow female genital mutilation to happen in our state, a horrible form of child abuse.  Grant Your favor in these issues before us during this second session of the 128th Maine legislature, we pray, In Jesus’ Name.  Amen”

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

Maine Conversion Therapy Ban Bill is on Its Way to the House and Senate

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A special thanks to those who responded to my last e-alert on this bill and called the members of the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee in opposition to L.D. 912, “An Act to Clarify the Scope of Practice of Certain Licensed Professionals Regarding Conversion Therapy.

This bill puts a ban on conversion therapy for kids under the age of 18 who are struggling with homosexual feelings and questions.

Update: The work session on L.D. 912 was held earlier this week and came out of Committee with five supporting and four opposing amendments and one opposed to the entire bill.  Now it will go to the House and Senate for votes.

This bill is an attack on parental rights, the 1st Amendment (religious rights of Christian Counseling services), medical facts, and more. As parents it is our responsibility to assist our children in living their lives out first and foremost based on facts, not feelings.  The Word of God continually instructs us on how it is God who determines right from wrong, not our feelings.  And, it is medical facts that determine what is and is not, not our feelings.

It is a parent’s right and responsibility to get the help that their child needs to navigate the sometimes turbulent years of childhood and adolescence when needed.  If this bill passes it will ban a parent from doing just that in regards to the issue of their child’s perception of their sex. If they take him/her to a professional for counsel, the counselor would be bound by the law to not oppose the child’s current perception of their sex.  It would be illegal for a counselor to present the fact that they were born a boy or a girl, but must accept the child-like concept that they can be who they want to be despite medical/scientific facts. If the female child wants to be called “he,” she must be called “he.”  What does this communicate to our children about life in general?

Helpful CWA resources on the topic:

 Take Action:

  • Please call and/or email both your representative and senator and ask them to vote “no” on L.D. 912, “An Act to Clarify the Scope of Practice of Certain Licensed Professionals Regarding Conversion Therapy” and to let you know their position on this issue and why. Do this immediately and keep contacting them until a vote is taken. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. Find your lawmakers here by the town you live in, both representatives and senators.
  • Please pass this information on to those in your address book and ask them to pray and take action.

Click here  to read and track L.D. 912.

Please pray with me, “Father, we want to protect our kids.  Sen. Shenna Bellows (D-Dist. 14) accused opponents of this bill of lacking to do so.  We believe proponents of this bill would not allow us to protect our kids.  We ask You to change the hearts and minds of those who do not enjoy the Christian worldview of truth and protect our kids by stopping this harmful bill in the Maine legislature.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

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

Stop Maine Abortion Providers from Receiving More of Our Tax Dollars

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L.D. 1063, “An Act to Protect Substance-Exposed Infants,” now known as “An Act to Reduce the Number of Substance-Exposed Infants,” was carried over from last year, and a public hearing and two work sessions have already been held.  Another work session is scheduled before the Health and Human Services Committee for Tuesday, February 20, at 1:00 p.m.

Along with a new title, there have been suspicious text changes as well.  If passed, L.D. 1063 would now require state funds to “contract with a community-based non-profit organization to develop outreach and educational programs.”  Because both Planned Parenthood and Maine Family Planning support this bill, we can only suspect they plan to be considered recipients of such funds.  Therefore, CWA of Maine recommends that L.D. 1063 be amended to prohibit abortion providers from receiving funds.

Of course, we support assisting women and their children who have been exposed to harmful drugs, but we don’t support funding organizations that promote and perform abortions.

Click here for more information on this bill and to read testimonies given at the public hearing.

Take Action:

  1. Click here to find your senator and representative and ask them to either oppose L.D. 1063 as written or ask them to pass an amendment that would prohibit abortion providers from receiving funds. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  2. Click here to contact the members of the Health and Human Services Committee. Ask them to oppose L.D. 1063 or pass an amendment that would prohibit abortion providers from receiving funds. Or, leave a message for the committee clerk to forward to all the committee members. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  3. Send this information to your friends, family, and neighbors and ask them to do the same.

Please pray with me:  “Dear Father, have mercy on the unborn children of Maine.  May our tax dollars not be used to fund organizations that destroy human life.  May the schemes of those who prize their rights of convenience over the lives of others be thwarted.  In Jesus’ Name,  Amen.”

You slaughtered my children and sacrificed them to the idols.” – Ezekiel 16:21

Penny Morrell

State Director

CWA of Maine

[email protected]

me.cwfa.org

(207) 465-6015

 

Do Your Live In Or Near Augusta? Join 40 Days For Life: February 14 – March 25

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40 Days For Life is a wonderful ministry that CWA of Maine highly recommends.  The mission of 40 Days for Life is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.

This campaign lasts from Wednesday, February 14 to Sunday, March 25, every day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

CWA of Maine State Director, Penny Morrell, will be praying Friday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. throughout the 4o days –  across from Maine Family Planning, 43 Gabriel Dr, Augusta, ME 04330.  Please participate as often as possible.

Opportunity Knocks

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Dear Friends of Concerned Women for America of Maine,

Here we are, starting a new year, with much to be thankful for and with much work ahead of us.

Praise God for our victory over physician-assisted suicide in the legislature last year, the most important piece of legislation we addressed.  With your support, we were able to take a pro-life, pro-family stand on 15 pieces of legislation at the State Capitol.  We lobbied, sent out e-alerts, testified before several committees, and attended coalition meetings on your behalf.

We are a little over one month into 2018, and the left is already now pushing to allow medical professionals, other than licensed doctors, to perform abortions.  Plus, Maine family planning sites plan to offer medical or chemical “webcam/telemed” abortions.  These two issues will be our top priorities this year, in addition to the issues of marijuana, sex crimes, and more. I will be sure to keep you updated on these issues and how you can pray and act.

As our great state continues to be a target for referendums and far left issues, with your help, CWA of Maine will continue to be on the front lines opposing these attacks and defending the sanctity of life.  Will you make join with us?  Please pray and take action when we send you e-alerts, and right now, will you please generously give to our work?

With your financial help, we will be more effective than ever.  Please renew or enroll for membership for 2018.  Your tax-deductible contribution of at least $25/year makes a statement to the Maine Legislature that you stand with us and the issues we pursue.  The more partners we have, the more powerful we will be in the legislature.  Sign up today!

Because we are all volunteers, your contribution goes straight to the work at hand.  Your support keeps ink in the printer, the phone on, gas in the car, and projects and events accomplished.  Let me acknowledge two of our outstanding volunteers: Cathy Carsley, Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator, and Renee Fortin, Legislative Liaison and Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator.  We thank God for them!  Cathy has done a fabulous job connecting prayer warriors with legislators this session.  Renee is diligently working to establish CWA Prayer/Action Chapters all over the state that will be informed on the issues, prayerful, and active for the righteousness in our land.  In addition, she will be sharing the legislative duties with me.

As a thank you, if you give a gift of $30 or more before February 14, we will send you a free book, Feisty & Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women by Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWA.

Please make a difference in Maine for generations to come by contributing now.  It’s easy!  Click here to give online or send a check to the address below.  Write the check out to “Concerned Women for America” and put “CWA of ME” on the memo line.

Be sure to visit our website regularly.

I pray you will want to be a part of this work for a better Maine — a Maine that honors and glorifies our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in both word and deed.

All for Jesus,

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
864 Manchester Road
Belgrade, ME 04917
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org