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

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

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

Take Action:

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

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

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

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

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org
207-465-6015

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of ME” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME  04917. Or, click here to contribute online.

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

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

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Dear friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I look forward to hearing from you!

Praying along with you,

Catherine Carsley
Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator
CWA of Maine

Sen. Collins Deserves Better!

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Our Senator, Susan Collins (R-Maine), and her staff have been under attack from the far left regarding the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.  My op-ed regarding this issue was published in the Kennebec Journal recently, Senator Collins Deserves Better.

Since that time, the accusation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh has been the left’s latest last-ditch effort to delay and ultimately destroy the candidate’s chances for confirmation.

Both Sens. Collins and King (D-Maine) need to hear from you again.  The other side has made their message clear. It is imperative that our Senators know where we stand.

We would never want to overlook, diminish, or accept the abuse of women in any form. Yet, the evidence before us suggests this accusation just does not fit with the well-attested character of this man.

During his 25 years of public service, Judge Kavanaugh has been vetted by the FBI six times and never has a red flag been raised. Sen. Feinstein (D-California) kept this information to herself from late July until just now. The timing is not coincidental.

Unlike Sen. King (D-Maine), Sen. Collins voted to confirm President Trump’s last nominee, Judge Gorsuch.  Our hope is that she will vote for Judge Kavanaugh.

Please Take Action:

  • Call and email both your senators, even if you contacted them recently. With this new development, it is important for them to know that you still support Judge Kavanaugh.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. Sen. Collins’ contact information is here and Sen. King’s is here.
  • Send this e-alert to friends and family and encourage them to both pray and take action on Judge Kavanaugh’s behalf.

Please Pray: Redouble your efforts in prayer for truth and justice in this matter.  Pray with me, “Father, we pray You will protect Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family with Your presence in a strong and recognizable way during these days of extreme pressure.  We ask for truth to prevail and for the ultimate confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O, Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).

For more information and help with calling or writing to your senators, please visit Concerned Women for America’s Women for Kavanaugh web page.  

Unless there is more to this charge, we simply should not — cannot — abandon Judge Kavanaugh at this important hour.  You are called for such a time as this.  Thank you! 

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org
207-465-6015

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of 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!

Encourage Sen. Susan Collins to Confirm Justice Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

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If our senator doesn’t hear from us and only hears from the left, she will be able to say that we don’t care. Please do not give her reason to oppose President Trump’s second nominee to our highest court in the land. She needs to hear from you in order to justify a confirmation vote!

If you don’t do it, who will?

With the confirmation hearings concluding today, it’s important that she hear from you as soon as possible.

Take Action:

  • Call, text, e-mail and write Sen. Susan Collins (R) and politely ask her to confirm the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Be sure to let her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. Click here for all of Sen. Collins’ contact information.
  • Please send this e-alert to friends and family and encourage them to both pray and act.

Please Pray: “Dear Father, thank You for Your mercy on our nation. We pray right now that You will move Sen. Collins to support the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to continue that mercy. Help us thirst for justice and remember its true meaning. Forgive us for perverting it and seeking our own prideful ways, instead of what is truly good and true. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Concerned Women for America in Washington, D.C., has thoroughly vetted Judge Kavanaugh and is pleased that President Trump nominated him to this important position. We must stand with them and their families and make our voices heard supporting them.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org
207-465-6015

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of ME” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME 04917. Or, click here to contribute online.

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

128th Legislature Wrap-Up Wins and Losses

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I promised I would tell you the end of the story with the current legislature.  However, this legislature seems to never end!  Speaker Sara Gideon (D-Freeport) called lawmakers back earlier this month to act on unfinished business.  They were scheduled to be in session July 9 for three days but ended 7/9 at 8:30 p.m. with unfinished business remaining.  They were called back for July 23 only to cancel that for the time being, and it’s wholly unclear when they will be back.  The only issues remaining at this date are clean elections funding and conforming to the federal tax code.

Physician-Assisted Suicide – Win
I told you last year that physician-assisted suicide was defeated for which we are so grateful.  That was the good news for the first year of the 128th.

Proficiency-Based Diploma – Win
You may be encouraged to learn that this year the legislature wanted to extend the experiment of proficiency-based diplomas on our kids, but Rep. Heidi Sampson (R-Alfred) turned the tables to the bill and made it a local option for schools to implement or not.  “We now can let teachers teach,” she said. “And the students can learn. Because the teachers, who are closest to the kids, know what they need. And they can meet those needs now.”  After more than five years of forcing this unworkable program on our schools, finally we have those in this legislature who stood up and said enough.  Now students will receive a diploma based on achievement rather than proficiency.  Gov. LePage signed the bill into law last Friday.

Female Genital Mutilation Ban – Loss
We lost the female genital mutilation (FGM) ban effort.  However, I am happy to report that conservatives supporting the ban have launched a bid to place this question on the ballot next June. 

Conversion Therapy Ban – Win
The other victory we enjoyed this year was the hard-fought battle over the conversion therapy ban that was also debated in many other states.  We are so thankful that even though the issue passed in the legislature, our governor vetoed it, and we had enough conservatives to sustain his veto.  Maine kids under the age of 18 are still allowed to get help when dealing with unwanted homosexual tendencies.  The ban would have been pure unadulterated child abuse. 

Please Pray: “Thank You Father, for the Godly men and women who are serving You and us in the Maine Legislature.  They not only stand up to egregious leftist legislation and defeat it but promote Judeo-Christian values in the bills they sponsor.  Thank You for the victories we sustained and ask for victory to ban FGM by the people next June.”

“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

To God be the glory for great things He has done!  May we continue to stand for righteousness and justice and trust Him for the outcome in our great State of Maine.

FMI: Legislature, PBD, FGM, and Conversion Therapy Ban

In closing, may I encourage each of you to work for our state and nation like it all depends on you and pray knowing it all depends on God. 

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org
207-465-6015

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of ME” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME  04917. Or, click here to contribute online.

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

Conversion Therapy Bill DEAD

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Praise!  Maine House Upheld Governor LePage’s Veto of L.D. 912

L.D. 912 is Rep. Ryan Fecteau’s (D-Biddeford) bill silencing parents and counselors from helping our young people under the age of 18 with unwanted homosexual tendencies.  It was child abuse and wrongheaded from the start, but somehow passed in the Legislature, only to be rejected by the governor’s veto.  Thankfully, the House of Representatives sustained the veto by 15 votes Monday.  The Legislature came back into session yesterday to act on the bills the governor vetoed and other matters.  Click here to watch yesterday’s L.D. 912 proceedings. Move the cursor to 13:02:13.

Take Action:

  • Please thank your representative if he/she sustained the veto. And express your displeasure if he/she didn’t.  Be sure to let him/her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. The roll call vote to sustain the veto is here.  All “no” votes are with us, “yes” votes against us, and an “x” vote means the legislator was absent for the vote.  Click here to find out who your representative is, based on the town in which you live.
  • Please also thank Gov. Paul LePage for his veto of this bill. His mailing address is: 1 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333.  Or email his office. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.

Please Pray: “Thank You, Father, for victory over this bill and that our Maine Legislature didn’t go the way of other states but protected our children’s rights to secure information they desire in their lean years when going through the maize of life’s different pathways.  Amen”

Children are vulnerable to cultural mores of their time.  What they observe in others’ behaviors and what ideas are spoken to them and placed in their minds, aren’t necessarily healthy for them.  This bill, L.D. 912 would have banned conversion therapy for these young minds and stopped them from getting the help they needed to lead the life they desire.

For more information click here to read Gov. LaPages excellent veto letter.

To God be the glory! 

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org
207-465-6015

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of ME” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME  04917. Or, click here to contribute online.

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

 

Celebrating Independence Day

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For many people today, July 4th is a holiday filled with picnics, friends, and fireworks. But it is also a commemoration of America’s Declaration of Independence. The freedom call was not only against a political and economic system, but it was also a cry for independence from the spiritual tyranny of the Anglican Church.

In 1775, there were 668 congregational churches in America.  Seventy-five percent of all Americans, at that time, belonged to churches of Puritan derivation. The religious makeup was 98.4 percent Protestant, 1.4 percent Roman Catholic, and three-twentieths of one percent Jewish. America was a nation deeply concerned with religious freedom.

Religious freedom today is far from what the original founders intended. What Americans wanted was a government that did not favor one Christian sect over another. The idea was never to erode Christianity through the separation of church and state. John Jay, after the war, described the homogeneity of America in Federalist 2 (*see below).

Competition between the various churches, early Americans thought, was healthy; it kept them from becoming complacent, comfortable and arrogant like the nationally endorsed Anglican Church. In 18th century America, men and women adhered to the Protestant conviction that all men and human institutions were fallible. Americans fought hard for seven year during the Revolutionary War to rid themselves of the shackles of imperial England and her state controlled church.

The men who called the people of America to independence were men committed to their country and the freedom of her people. They paid a great price for our independence and religious freedom: five signers were captured by the British army and tortured; 12 men’s homes were destroyed; two had sons who died during the Revolutionary War; one had two sons taken prisoner by the British; and nine signers of the Declaration died in the war.

This July 4th, let us remember those courageous men who helped to establish a free nation. Let us thank God for religious freedom won and exercise that freedom by reaching our generation with the Gospel. Liberty without religious freedom is bondage.

*Federalist 2

I have taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people – a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who … fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established their general liberty and independence. This country and this people seem to have been made for each other … Similar sentiments have hitherto prevailed among all orders and denominations of men among us. To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people. — John Jay

Blessings to you on this Independence Day, 2018.

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

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

Please get involved in CWA of Maine and consider contributing.  Contact me today to find out more!  You are needed!

 

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.