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A Few Simple Things You Can Do

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So much is happening around us that can cause people to wonder “what in the world is going on?” We are watching friends and fellow Mainers lose their livelihoods out of no fault of their own; we know people who have contracted the coronavirus, and there appears to be an all-out assault on our civil liberties, especially our religious liberties.

 

Few can argue the fact that leading up to COVID-19, there was an increasing apathy toward the things that matter to God. Our state and nation have traded the goodness of God for what the world has to offer. And we have become less concerned about telling others about Jesus.

I don’t know about you, but recent events have stirred in me an even deeper commitment to want to make a difference in my country. And more importantly, I want others to experience the peace that only Jesus Christ can offer. 2 Peter 3:9 says that God is not willing that any should perish.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) is rooted in prayer. We believe the Bible is our standard for living and that a country and its people will only thrive when the foundation is built on His truths. So even in these uncertain times there are ways to engage, and I wanted to offer several ways you can take action and pray.

Take Action:

  • Ask the Lord to show you a person(s) who needs prayer and then be sure to pray for them.
  • Ask the Lord to guide you to a person with whom you can share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The simplest way to do it is just to share what Jesus means to you and what He has done in your life. Use these verses to guide your conversation: John 3:16 and Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9-10, and 10:13.
  • Send this message to family and friends.

Please Pray: Dear Father, we are struggling worldwide because of this pandemic.  It is a perfect opportunity to share the Gospel as people share their own personal struggles.  Please show each reader of this message at least one person with whom to share Your truth.  As You do this, it will be confirmation that You want it done.  May You have the glory.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

“This world is not our home; we are just a passing through.”  Everything we do for God will last for eternity.  May you be blessed by knowing God used You to enlarge His Kingdom.

 

Maranatha! 

Penny Morrell
State Director

“I drove 70 Miles to Support a Local Business Owner”

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After watching Tucker Carlson’s interview with Rick Savage, owner of Sunday River Brewing Company, my husband and I were compelled to drive 70 miles today to stand alongside Rick and his right to a livelihood for both his workers and his family.

We Mainers have followed the early COVID-19 guidance put out by Gov. Janet Mills. We understood the need for the initial Stay-At-Home order so as to protect the most vulnerable among us. However, Gov. Mills’ extended Stay-At-Home order and plans to gradually reopen the state, are unreasonable and will have dire consequences on both the emotional and economic well-being of Mainers.

God’s Word says if you don’t work, you don’t eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Mainers are ready and willing to get back to work.  We call on Gov. Mills to allow our state to reopen for business sooner rather than later.

Take Action

  1. Contact Gov. Mills and urge her to reopen Maine businesses and allow Mainers to go back to work. Be sure to let her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine and that you are praying for her and her team. You can email her or call (207) 287-3531.
  2. Please send this e-alert to friends and family.

Please Pray:  Dear Heavenly Father, in the middle of this pandemic, help us see beyond the immediate, knowing You are in control, and our lives are in Your hands. Please grant Gov. Mills and her team wisdom to do what is best for our health, safety, and economy. Psalm 91 promises us that “You are our refuge and fortress whom we trust to save us from the plague that destroys at midday.”

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen 

Penny Morrell
State Director

Action Item: Tell Gov. Mills to Shut the Abortion Clinics!

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Why are abortion businesses still operating when Gov. Janet Mills (Democrat) is shutting churches, schools, and mass gatherings?

Currently, across the United States, including Maine, services that constitute essential health care for women, such as routine Pap smears, mammograms, and pelvic exams, are being postponed in order to reduce everyone’s risk of exposure to COVID-19 and to conserve scarce medical resources. Yet, the abortion industry is open for business as usual.

On March 18, 2020, Vice President Mike Pence issued a mass gathering ban exceeding 10 people, and Gov. Mills has placed many restrictions on Mainers’ activities according to this directive.  While many healthcare agencies have ceased their non-essential medical, surgical, and dental procedures, Family Planning and other abortion providers across Maine insist on business as usual. These life-taking procedures consume critically needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other equipment that COVID-19 patients need.

Immediate Action Needed
#1. Please contact Gov. Mills.  Urge her to join other states by closing abortion clinics and redirecting PPE and other medical equipment to our state’s much-needed coronavirus response. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.

Gov. Mills: (207) 287-3531 | Online form

#2. Forward this email to family and friends.

Please pray:  Dear Father, we ask that you move on the heart of Gov. Mills to seek You in all things, especially with regard to this issue of life.

“Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy.”
Proverbs 31:8-9

Thank you for taking action at this critical time.

For Truth and Righteousness,

Penny Morrell
State Director

Join CWA of Maine at the Annual “Respect Life Day” on February 12

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Join Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine in Augusta on Wednesday, February 12, for the annual “Respect Life Day” sponsored by Maine Right To Life.

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday, February 12
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hall of Flags located on the 2nd floor of the State House in Augusta. Click here for directions.

CWA of Maine will join other pro-life organizations throughout Maine to share our ministry with legislators and the public.  The purpose of the event is to educate and encourage respect for life. 

Take Action:

  • Attend the Respect for Life Day. Be sure to stop by our CWA of Maine exhibit and introduce yourself.
  • Visit the offices of your legislators while at the Capitol and let them know you are pro-life and appreciate their service. If you are participating in CWA of Maine’s Encourage-A-Legislator project, this would be a great time to meet your legislator. To find your legislators and their contact information by the town you live in click House and Senate.
  • If you are unable to attend, please call your legislators on February 12 and let them know you are pro-life and appreciate their service.
  • Forward this e-alert to friends and family and encourage them to attend. We want a strong pro-life presence to show our lawmakers and visitors that we continue to make strides to protect life from conception to natural death.

Please Pray: Dear Father, thank You for the opportunity to stand for You in the public square and to stand for life in all stages You give.  We ask that You send many pro-lifers from across Maine to the Capitol on February 12.  May it be a day that honors and glorifies You in everything shown, said, and done. In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

God’s Word says in Psalm139:13-16, “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect, and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned when as yet there was none of them.”

We hope to see you in Augusta on Wednesday, February 12!

 Maranatha!

Penny Morrell
State Director

Calls Needed to End the Fake Impeachment Charade

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The impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump is at a climax, and it is critical that both Sen. Susan Collins (Republican) and Sen. Angus King (Democrat) hear from you TODAY.

Contact the offices of Sens. Collins and King and urge them to vote against the need to hear from more witnesses. It’s unnecessary, and it would prolong the impeachment process and cause even more harm to the country. Please visit CWA Impeachment to view information and talking points shared throughout the Senate process.

Three Ways to Take Action

  1. Call the offices of Sens. Collins and King. Sen. Collins: (202) 224-2523; Sen. King (202) 224-5344. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.
  2. Visit CWA’s Impeachment Central, where you can write to Sens. Collins and King to let know what you think about this impeachment.
  3. Please send this e-alert to friends and family immediately.

Please Pray:  Father, we call on You to protect President Donald J. Trump, who has been demonized ever since he announced that he was running for the presidency. The injustice is overwhelming.  We ask You to restore justice in our land.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen

Ezekiel 45:9 “Thus saith the Lord God; Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel: remove violence and spoil, and execute judgment and justice, take away your exactions from my people, saith the Lord God.”

Maranatha!
Penny Morrell
State Director

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Join CWA of Maine in Augusta for the March for Life – January 18!

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine encourages you to attend the March for Life sponsored by Maine Right to Life Saturday, January 18, in Augusta in support of the sanctity of human life from birth until natural death. 

March for Life Schedule:

  • 10:00 a.m. – Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 41 Western Avenue, Augusta, OR Prayer Service at Penney Memorial United Baptist Church, 393 Water St., Augusta.
  • 11:00 a.m. – Gather at St. Michael’s School gym (adjacent to St. Mary’s Catholic Church) and network with other pro-life participants. Refreshments will be available with donations gratefully accepted.
  • 11:15 a.m. – Rally. Speakers include Bishop Robert Deeley and other prominent pro-life leaders.
  • 12:15 p.m. March begins after the rally. We will march to the State Capitol. Look for the CWA of Maine banner and march with us!
  • 12:30 p.m. We will join hands as we assemble around the Capitol. The Capitol bell will ring 47 times, representing the number of years since Roe v. Wade was enacted.

Act Today!

  • Please join us on Saturday, January 18, to show your support for the sanctity of life!
  • Make plans now to attend and be sure to invite a friend!
  • If you plan to attend, call your state legislators and let them know that you will be attending the March for Life and that you encourage them to vote for legislation this year that protects human life from conception to natural death. To find and contact your lawmakers by the town you live in, follow these links, Representative and Senator.
  • If you are unable to attend, call your state legislators and simply encourage them to vote for legislation this year that protects human life from conception to natural death. To find and contact your lawmakers by the town you live in, follow these links, Representative and Senator.

Whether you can attend any of the above events or not, please pray for this issue on a state and national level throughout 2020. Pray for those who oppose the life issue – that their hearts will be tendered toward the wonderful gift of life. And, if they do not know Jesus, pray they will come to a saving knowledge of Him.

“For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.”

Psalm 139:13-16

Take a stand for the unborn because life is priceless.

For Life!
Penny Morrell
State Director

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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

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.

 

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