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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.