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Pro-Woman/Pro-Life Bill Close To Victory in The House!

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I am so excited at what happened in the Maine House of Representatives on Friday.  The Wrongful Death bill, L.D. 327 was voted on, and we lost by only one vote, 72 to 71.  If five of the Representatives who promised to vote with us had been in attendance, we would have won!

However, we have another chance!  The bill has been sent to the Senate.  If we prevail there, it will go back to the House for another vote.  WE NEED YOUR HELP IMMEDIATELY!

The Senate is expected to vote on it any day!  Click HERE to read the bill and check the status.

TAKE ACTION:

  1. Please go HERE to find your senator and representative’s name and contact information based on the town in which you live. Then contact them TODAY and ask them to support L.D. 327, Rep. Ellie Espling’s “Wrongful Death” bill.  Let them know you will follow-up to learn how they voted.  And, let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  2. Pass this e-alert on to others and ask them to both pray and take action on this important issue.

We are encouraging you to contact both your senator and representative because once the Senate votes on it, we expect it to move quickly to the House for a vote.

Please Pray:  Pray L.D. 327 will pass in both the Senate and House.  Pray the rights of both women and children will be upheld.

It was fascinating to watch the pro-abortionists in the hallways working hard to garner a “no” vote on this bill and making it out to be something it isn’t.  They tried to make lawmakers believe it would inhibit their agenda and threatened a rival in their next election if they didn’t vote their way.

The bill simply would allow Maine women the same rights allowed in 40 other states, including all the rest of New England, for a cause of action case in the event of an abusive or negligent action causing the death of their unborn child.  Let’s not forget the dignity that the unborn child derserves!

This is timely, and needs your prayers, support and action today.  May I count on you?

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org
Are you ready to take the next step? Get involved with CWA of Maine.

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter.  Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.
  • Please donate to CWA of Maine.  Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert, and you would like to be on our e-alert list, go to our national website and plug in your information under “STAY INFORMED”.  You will then receive both national and state e-alerts.

 

Victory in Augusta – NO PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE!

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GREAT NEWS! Last week, the State House of Representatives gave us the win we needed to defeat physician-assisted suicide (PAS) in Maine.  This was the third session in a row we had to fight this horrible bill. However, during this session, we won with 24 more votes on our side, many more than other years.  It was encouraging to see both Democrats and Republicans come together to defeat PAS in the House after losing in the Senate by one vote.

You, the members of CWA of Maine, contacted the Health and Human Services Committee and your lawmakers to make victory happen.  This is why we do what we do, to inform you, to encourage you to take action, and to celebrate victory with you when we win.  Your prayers, phone calls, and e-mails made the difference!

CWA of Maine tirelessly worked with the Christian Civic League of Maine, Maine Right to Life Committee and the Catholic Diocese to stop this bill.  It was a costly and time consuming ordeal, but well worth the effort.

To God be the glory for the great thing He has done on behalf of the citizens of Maine by stopping PAS again with an even wider margin of victory.

Take Action: Please contact your lawmakers and thank them for their opposition vote or seek explanation for a vote of support.  This was our most important bill during this session. Thus, following through is very important.  Click here to find out how your lawmaker voted.

For life!

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

Is it time for you to take the next step?! Get involved with CWA of Maine today.

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter. Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.
  • Please donate to CWA of Maine. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported completely through donations.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert, and you would like to be on our e-mail list, contact me and I will be happy to add you.

 

 

URGENT: Bill Needs Your Attention TODAY!

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine asks you to act immediately on this pro-life bill.

The Judiciary Committee’s public hearing on Rep. Ellie Espling’s (R-District 6) bill, L.D. #327, “An Act to Allow a Wrongful Death Cause of Action for the Death of a Viable Fetus,” will be held this Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.  I will be present at the hearing and will be testifying on behalf of CWA of Maine in support of L.D. #327.

This bill provides for a cause of action for the death of an unborn child, if the child has reached at least 24 weeks of gestation.  In other words, a civil action may be brought against anyone who causes the death of a fetus wrongfully.  The bill is bipartisan and excludes the mother or a health care provider.

More than 35 states allow a wrongful death cause of action for an unborn child.  All New England states except Maine have this law.

If you have not already, as instructed in our April and May News Reports, please contact each member of the Judiciary Committee – TODAY!

Take Action:

  1. Please contact members of the Judiciary Committee by clicking on each email address   Ask them to support L.D. #327.

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  1. If time allows, thank Ellie Espling ([email protected]) for introducing L.D. #327.

Please Pray for the success of L.D. #327.  That the life of the unborn would be respected

Ready to take the next step? Consider getting more involved with CWA of Maine.

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter.  Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.
  • Please donate to CWA of Maine.  Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert, and you would like to be on our e-alert list, go to our national website and plug in your information under “STAY INFORMED”.  You will then receive both national and state e-alerts.

Yours for Life,

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA Maine
864 Manchester Rd
Belgrade, ME  04917
(207) 465-6015
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org

State Director Testifies in Support of Ridding Maine of Common Core State Standards – Our Children Deserve Better

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Statement by
Penelope A. Morrell, State Director
Concerned Women for America of Maine

To Members of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee

Re. L.D. #1578, “An Act Regarding Educational Standards for Maine Students”

May 10, 2017

Chairs Senator Langley and Representative Kornfield, and distinguished members of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, I’m Penny Morrell, State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine.

We support this legislation to rid our state of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Maine adopted CCSS because of misinformation given to the legislature.  CCSS is not up to our standards.

Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Professor Emerita at the University of Arkansas served on the national Common Core Validation Committee and refused to sign off on the English language arts standards.  She cited poor quality, empty skill sets, the de-emphasis on literature and low reading levels.  She is concerned that the reading level that will assume students “college ready” will be seventh grade level.

We recommend that you adopt the standards that have proven themselves.  This legislation requires the use of the Massachusetts standards.  Massachusetts ranked number one nationally for over ten years using their standards.  Why have we adopted experimental standards when we can go with something that has proven results over a ten your period of time?

 We need to be independent of federal bureaucracy.  We need to stand on our own and make the decisions in education that are best for our kids.  The CCSS were developed behind closed doors by a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit group.  Supporters of the CCSS claim that the development of the standards was a “state-led” effort, but that simply is not true.  Neither state boards of education, state legislators nor local education officials, school leaders, teachers, nor parents were included in the development, evaluation, and adoption of CCSS.

We need to return to the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic that are developmentally appropriate and rich in content.

 We urge this committee to vote “Ought to Pass” on L.D. 1578.

State Director Testifies in Support of An Act to Prohibit Female Genital Mutilation

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Statement by
Penelope A. Morrell, State Director
Concerned Women for America of Maine

To Members of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Regarding L.D. #745, “An Act to Prohibit Female Genital Mutilation”

May 5, 2017

Chairs Sen. Rosen and Rep. Warren, and distinguished members of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony on this legislation. I’m Penny Morrell, State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine.

CWA of Maine supports L.D. #745.

Concerned Women for America is concerned about the protection of innocent human life – including protecting the unborn from abortion, fetal tissue experimentation, and embryonic research; and society from euthanasia, cloning, population control and human genetic engineering.  Our goal is to pass laws to protect our society from practices and policies that endanger or debase innocent human life.

The genital mutilation of a female under the age of 18 for any reason other than for health purposes debases and endangers the lives of young girls and is not in the best interest of the child who must be protected.

We urge this committee to vote “ought to pass”.   Thank you.

State Director Testifies in Support of Increased Control Over Local Education

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Statement by
Penelope A. Morrell, State Director
Concerned Women for America of Maine

To Members of the Education and Cultural Services Committee
Regarding L.D. #1416, “An Act to Amend High School Diploma Standards”

April 27, 2017

Chairmen Senator Langley, Representative Kornfield and distinguished members of the Education and Cultural Services Committee, I’m Penny Morrell, State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine.

CWA of Maine supports L.D. #1416, An Act to Amend High School Diploma Standards.

Concerned Women for America is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation and supports parents battling insidious federal overreach in education.

Because this bill allows local districts to determine the courses needed for a diploma and what is expected to earn a credit, we believe it takes a giant step forward in our education priority.  Local control is needed in public education to meet the needs of individual localities and students, and a “one size fits all” approach to education isn’t workable as we have observed since Common Core and Proficiency Based Education standards have been introduced.

We urge this committee to unanimously support L.D. #1416.