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HB 186 Update. All Hands on Deck! Calls to North Carolina Representative Needed!

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Update: HB 186 was not voted on yesterday.  So, if you have not yet been able to take action, please do so today.  HB 186 may come up for a vote as early as Monday.

In yesterday’s e-alert, we wrote why we oppose HB 186 as the compromise for HB2. We stated that it will place harm for women and children not only in bathrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities, but it will invite religious liberty and sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) related problems.

Much of the media and supportive legislators are calling it a “compromise.”  That is a farce! By excluding “biological sex” in this bill, it gives an activist judge or court an opportunity to interpret law however they see fit. It invites employment issues creating SOGI protected classes which may result in lawsuits and crippling fines. And again, SOGI laws would allow discrimination against religious liberty laws. Our schools could drive the SOGI laws paving the path for LGBT groups and bully those who oppose. We would open the door wide to cases like the one with Barronelle Stutzman in Washington State,  which we are currently safeguarded against.

There are a number of Republican legislators who have sponsored this bill and we hear that many others are seriously considering voting for it.

Republican Co-sponsors are:

Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) 919-733-5956 / [email protected]

Ted Davis, Jr. (R-New Hanover) 919-733-5786 / [email protected]

Nelson Dollar (R-Wake) 919-715-0795 / [email protected]

John R. Bradford, III (R-Mecklenburg), 919-733-5828 / [email protected]

Andy Dulin (R-Mecklenburg), 919-715-3009 / [email protected]

John Faircloth (R-Guilford) 919-733-5877 / [email protected]

John A. Fraley (R-Iredell) 919-733-5741 / [email protected]

Holly Grange (R-New Hanover) 919-733-5830 / [email protected]

Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) 919-733-5191 / [email protected]

Craig Horn (R-Union) 919-733-2406 / [email protected]

Linda P. Johnson (R-Cabarrus), 919-733-5861 / [email protected]

Chris Malone (R-Wake) 919-715-3010 / [email protected]

Greg Murphy, MD (R-Pitt) 919-733-5757 / [email protected]

Stephen M. Ross (R-Alamance) 919-733-5820 / [email protected]

For most, it’s all about bringing the NBA and NCAA back to North Carolina (click here to view coverage).  All the while we see that the “NBA’s Adam Silver announcing that ticket sales for the game (which was moved to New Orleans) were in the basement, analysts said before last weekend’s celebration — with nowhere to go but down. On the eve of the event, the cheapest seats at Smoothie King Center in Louisiana were $184 — a 71 percent decrease from last year in Toronto, where fans were shelling out $644 to sit in the rafters. And if history is any indication, the plunge only got worse heading into last weekend.” Click here to view coverage.

We also have learned that there is opposition from state industry that HB2 has crippled North Carolina’s economy, such as the State Chamber of Commerce, the NC Restaurant and Lodging Association, the NC Realtors Association, and Bank of America’s CEO Brian Moynihan speaking out against HB2. Oh really?! Then why does CNBC still rate North Carolina the fifth-best state for business. What’s more, the trade publication Site Selection Magazine ranked North Carolina and Texas as tied for the title of “most competitive state.” And, according to 2016 North Carolina Lodging Report, “Year-end 2016 hotel/motel occupancy (64.9) was up 3.4% statewide from 2015 and represents record level occupancy, topping last year’s record. Occupancy rates statewide have grown sixteen percent in the last five years … while the US occupancy was up 0.1% and South Atlantic states occupancy was up 1.1% from 2015.” Click here to view report.

Take Action. If you haven’t already, please take action on the items below.  If you took action already based on yesterday’s e-alert, then only note #4.

Know that just one phone call to a state legislator represents 100 voices. One state representative explained that when he receives just six calls, he takes note!

When calling the representatives’ offices, tell them to ask the representative to oppose HB 186.  If you feel comfortable, ask whomever answers the phone how the representative plans to vote.  If they plan to support or are undecided, question them.  Use some of the points we’ve made in this e-alert and yesterday’s.  Consider why they are putting this above the safety of women and girls as well as our religious freedom.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina.

  1. Please contact House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland County) at 919-733-3451, then follow up with an email at [email protected].
  2. Please contact your representative. Click here to find out who your representative is and how to contact him/her. Contact via phone first and then follow up with an email.
  3. Sign the NC Values Coalition petition here.
  4. Please contact the list of legislators above that have sponsored this bill. Urge them to withdraw their support, especially if one of them is your representative.

Please pray for our legislators.

Commit everything you do to the Lord.

Trust him, and He will help you.

He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,

and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

Be still in the presence of the Lord,

and wait patiently for Him to act.

Don’t worry about evil people who prosper

or fret about their wicked schemes.

Stop being angry!

Turn from your rage!

Do not lose your temper—

it only leads to harm.

(Psalm 37:5-8)

 For Truth, Liberty, and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
nc.cwfa.org

URGENT: Ask Your Representative To Stand Firm on HB 2 by Opposing HB 186!

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It has come to my attention that many of our North Carolina State Republican legislators locked arms with the Democrats and Gov. Cooper against the protection of women and children in our state. Nearing the end of the legislative short session, they are trying to sneak in a quick vote to overturn commonsense protection and privacy for the innocent, which will also lead to the obliteration of rights for those who want to live out their faith in their vocations.

Yesterday, a new bill, HB 186, was filed as the House compromise to back down on HB 2. In actuality, this “compromise” will be dangerous not only for the protection of women and children, but also for religious liberty in North Carolina.

We do NOT support this bill. It is NOT in the interest of the people of North Carolina.

There are so many areas for concern within this bill. Using the wise insight of our friend and affiliate Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director for NC Values Coalition, who has unpacked this bill’s intent, she explains that there are four grave problem areas. Although difficult to condense the issues, I have addressed a few at the end of this e-alert, while trying not to diminish other issues contained within the bill.

It is imperative that you take action right now. This may be voted on as early as today or Monday in the House.  I will be sure to let you know as soon as the vote takes place.  Until then, please continue to forward this e-alert on to friends, family, pastors, etc., and encourage them to act and pray. We ask that you contact your legislator and tell them to OPPOSE HB 186, and NOT to cave to political correctness!

Take Action Immediately: Know that just one phone call to a state legislator represents 100 voices. One state representative explained that when he receives just six calls, he takes note!

  1. Please contact House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland County) at 919-733-3451 then follow up with an e-mail at [email protected]. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina.
  2. Please contact your representative and tell him/her to vote “NO” on HB 186. Click here to find out who your representative is and how to contact them. Contact them via phone first and then follow up with an e-mail.  Be sure to let him/her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina.
  3. Sign the petition from NC Values Coalition here.

Please pray fervently! Pray for each legislator before you contact him or her.  May the Lord give our leadership the wisdom and courage to do what it right.

  • 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.”
  • Galatians 5:1 “Christ has liberated us to be free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
  • 1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be alert. Be firm in the Christian faith. Be courageous and strong”

Our concerns with HB 186:

  1. With regard to bathrooms –- Cities would be free to regulate multiple occupancy bathrooms, showers, and changing facilities that “are owned or under direct control of a city” resulting in some becoming “gender neutral” and exposing citizens to violations of privacy and dignity while increasing their risk of sexual assault.
  2. Categories receiving Elevated Status — This bill would expand nondiscrimination laws for employment and public accommodations to include citizenship, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, and disability (which are not listed in the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964). The word “biological” has been deleted under HB2’s “biological sex.” This could open up our law for bad interpretation by a rogue court.
  3. Employment Law — Cities would have the right to regulate employment laws within each city resulting in inconsistency from city to city adding a huge hurdle for businesses who conduct their business in multiple locations. Cities could add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes whereby business owners would be subject to frivolous lawsuits and crippling fines if they do not comply. Cities could raise minimum wages without approval from the General Assembly regulating non-uniformity laws for business owners who could be threatened yet again with frivolous lawsuits.
  4. Public Accommodations — Local governments would be allowed to pass public accommodation laws that would include new categories for “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to introduce SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) laws which would allow discrimination for religious liberty laws we have seen in other states against people of faith.

Imagine this: Charlotte with its very liberal city council, as well as other city councils across the state, could set public policy for all of North Carolina, moving the ball forward for LGBT groups. Our community colleges and universities could drive the SOGI laws paving the path for LGBT groups, while bullying those against it.

Thank you for your prompt attention, calls and prayers.

For Truth, Righteousness and Liberty,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

CWA of North Carolina Would Love YOUR Help To Make a Difference in 2017. It’s Easier than You Think!

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Greetings from Concerned Women for America of North Carolina!

What does it mean to be a Christian? It means of course to love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40). I’d like to talk with you right now about an excellent way to help your neighbor — through the ministry of CWA of North Carolina.

 

Consider making a difference in the lives of others in 2017 on the issues that are important to you: sanctity of life, defense of family, education, religious liberty, sexual exploitation, support for Israel, and national sovereignty. Every one of these issues affects the life, liberty and happiness of our neighbors. Consider joining our team. We’ll do it together. YOU ARE GREATLY NEEDED!

Here are a handful of opportunities for involvement. Whether you have a lot of time or just a little, there is a place for you. Please prayerfully read through this list.

  1. Continue responding to our e-alerts, our articles on our webpage and our Facebook posts and forward them on to like-minded friends, family and pastors. Your prayers and action make all the difference.

2. Participate in a local Prayer/Action Chapter.

3. Or, consider being a Prayer/Action Chapter Leader. The Prayer/Action Chapter Leader plans and oversees monthly Prayer/Action Chapter meetings in a church, neighborhood or community. The emphasis is threefold: pray, educate and act. Each leader is provided with a monthly Prayer/Action Newsletter that includes an inspirational piece and legislative updates and action items, as well as prayers and praises. This newsletter is designed for use as a guide for the monthly meetings.

4. Consider joining our State Steering Committee. We have several important volunteer opportunities:

    • Issues Specialist — Educates members on the numerous state and national legislative issues that are impacting the American family. She must fully understand the state goals, vision and mission of CWA of North Carolina, and in addition have the expertise and passion to specialize in one of CWA’s Seven Core Issues: sanctity of life, religious liberty, defense of family, sexual exploitation, education, national sovereignty and support for Israel. The Issues Specialist has strong research and writing skills, and will work closely with the State Director to prepare letters to the editor, e-alerts and articles for CWA publications and social media. This position is an approved State Steering Committee position.
    • State Communications Coordinator — Requires minimal computer knowledge. Training is provided. Considerable time would be spent in the area of social media (i.e. Facebook and Twitter). The Communications Coordinator, working closely with the State Director, should be flexible and able to send timely news releases. She must have the ability to write. This position is an approved State Steering Committee position.
    • Development Coordinator — Informs the state organization of fundraising opportunities to financially support state goals and the mission of CWA of North Carolina. The Development Coordinator is an approved State Steering Committee position. She is a strong networker, encouraging community and business relationships with other like-minded organizations in support of CWA’s Seven Core Issues. In addition to identifying fundraising opportunities, the Development Coordinator will be called upon to write letters to members asking for financial support, as well as write articles for the North Carolina News Report to promote state fundraising projects.

5. Consider attending one or more of the events that CWA of North Carolina will be putting on, participating in or endorsing. Watch for more information to come via email.

6. Partner with us by giving a tax-deductible gift towards the work of CWA of North Carolina. We are run by all volunteers; therefore, all contributions go straight to the work at hand for education materials, gas expenses for trips to the state capitol and other locations in the state, postcards for our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) project and more. Our two largest expenses this year are $1,500.00 for printed materials (bi-yearly newsletter, brochures and EAL materials) and $00 shipping expenses. Please do what you can to assist.

7. Contribute online. Or, send us a check to the address below written out to “Concerned Women for America.”  Be sure to put “CWA of North Carolina” on the memo line.

The mindset used to be: “Is it okay for Christians to be involved in public policy?”  The question now should be: “Is it okay for Christians to not be involved in public policy?” If we aren’t involved in public policy as believers, who will?

I look forward to hearing from you!

Blessings,

Jill Coward

State Director
CWA of North Carolina
P.O Box 472903
Charlotte, NC 28247
[email protected]
704-516-0820
nc.cwfa.org
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CWA of North Carolina Press Release and Encouragement to Give Thanks

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Good morning Friends!  Are you still praising God for Tuesday night’s outcome on HB2 in our General Assembly like I am?  I am so grateful we can end 2016 in this way.

With CWA National’s help we put out a press release yesterday afternoon on the subject, North Carolina Votes to Keep Commonsense Law HB2.  Be sure to check it out and say a prayer that the media picks up on it.

As you know, the media has been extremely biased and typically only gives us a sentence or two to present our side.  Click here to view ABC’s Wednesday morning coverage.  When you see this kind of coverage, please take the opportunity to pray.  Pray for the newscaster and those you see making statements against the Biblical definition of sexuality.  They are in great need of God’s grace.  During this season may they be exposed to the message of redemption and hope in Christ, and respond.

One more thing, in yesterday’s e-alert you may have noticed that the link to our previous e-alert wasn’t working.  Sorry about that.  I put that link in there to direct you to the previous day’s e-alert for the contact information of the many leaders who have stayed the course this year and have had courage again and again to do what it right.  They have had an unbelievable year that I’m sure has taken a toll on them personally as well as their families.

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to contact each one of them.  I know you have contacted them many times throughout the year.  Please do so one more time.  Thank them for the wonderful Christmas gift of keeping HB2 intact and tell them to have a very Merry Christmas.  Be sure to mention you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina.

  • Pat McCrory: e-mail and/or call 919-814-2000 or 919-814-2050 and Facebook as: Office of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory
  • House Speaker Tim Moore (R-District 1111): e-mail or call (919) 733-3451
  • President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-District 26): e-mail or call (919) 733-5708
  • Governor Dan Forest: e-mail and/or call (919) 733-7350
  • Dan Bishop (R-District 104)(introduced HB2): e-mail and/or call (919) 715-3009
  • Your legislator, if they voted for HB2. Click here to find out how your legislator voted on HB2 from the beginning.
  • Click here to find out who your legislator is and how to contact him/her.

Have a wonderful Christmas friends! Glory to God in the highest!

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

Praise God! HB2 Was Not Repealed!

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We have so very much to be grateful for this morning.  Last night our North Carolina legislature decided not to repeal HB2.  So many of the news sources were reporting both yesterday and the day before that it was almost a done deal and our legislature was going to repeal it.  Praise be to God, the citizens of North Carolina will remain protected and their privacy intact.

We are so very thankful for all of your phone calls and letters throughout the year. We could not have done it without YOU!  Over and over again, we have prayed and acted.  It has been a long haul.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for your participation!

“I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” (Philemon 1:4-6)

If you have a few minutes, and I understand if you don’t, please contact all of our leaders one more time this year to thank them for the wonderful Christmas gift.  And, tell them to have a Merry Christmas.  Be sure to mention you are a member of CWA of North Carolina.  Use contact info from our last e-alert.

Have a wonderful Christmas friends! Glory to God in the highest!

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

Our Vigilance Must Continue on Behalf of HB2 — Repeal Is Being Threatened

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Dear Fellow North Carolinian,

Debacle Recreated

While we were all making our preparations for Christmas, those in Charlotte City Council were rubbing their hands together to re-create the nine-month-old bathroom bill debacle “proving this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics and winning the governor’s race at the expense of Charlotte and our entire state,” according to Gov. Pat McCrory’s statement released yesterday. Had this Council not passed its ordinance in the first place last February, it would not have been necessary to call a Special State Legislative Session to enact HB2 to protect women and children across the state from ne’er-do-wells’ willingness to harm the innocent in bathrooms and locker rooms.

The Deal

As you may recall, last September, the Republican legislature extended a peace offering to the Charlotte City Council asking that they repeal their ordinance, which was immediately rejected. Although the Council had zero interest in a repeal in September, yesterday, December 19, this same Council found it politically expedient to offer the same compromise they rejected by repealing its ordinance that would have allowed men into women’s bathrooms, showers and locker rooms on condition that the General Assembly would completely repeal HB2 by December 31 in full with no conditions or accommodations.  Yesterday, the ordinance was repealed.  Today a Special Session begins to discuss and possibly vote on the issue.

Our Leaders Need to Hear From You Today With a Resounding “DO NOT REPEAL HB2!”

What is the Left Really Up To? Why Have They Now Willingly Given Up Their Ordinance?

What consequences might we expect if our General Assembly repeals HB2? Who is to say that if HB2 is repealed that counties around the state may enact their own ordinances, putting women and children, once again, at risk?  We are then back to the beginning, but worse.  Bottom line, what we do know is that HB2 MUST REMAIN.

Protection and Privacy Guaranteed

The sure way to continue to provide protection and privacy for North Carolina citizens is for the General Assembly to NOT REPEAL HB2. Unfortunately, there are signs of some conservatives weakening.

Please Pray

Pray for each of our North Carolina leaders by name listed below.  Pray for strength, wisdom, courage and a change of heart for any of your specific legislators that voted against HB2.  Ask the Lord to reveal the deeds of those plans made in darkness so that we may expose them.

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.” (Ephesians 5:11, 12)

“Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.” (1 Kings 8:28)

Take Action Today

Here are the things you can do NOW to ensure North Carolina’s commonsense privacy law remains intact:

  • Use our KeepNCSafe petition to send your legislator an e-mail and/or call them on the phone asking them to stand strong on HB2 if they originally voted for it and politely encourage them to support it now if they previously didn’t.  Click here to find out who your legislator is and how to contact him/her.  Click here to find out how your legislator voted on HB2.
  • Please contact Gov. Pat McCrory, and others that have stood by HB2, NOW, and encourage them to continue to stand strong.  The temptation to waver is strong!

Gov. Pat McCrory: email, call 919-814-2000 or 919-814-2050 and/or Facebook as: Office of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.
House Speaker Tim Moore (R-District 1111) at (919) 733-3451
Sen. President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-District 26) at (919) 733-5708
Lt. Governor Dan Forest at (919) 733-7350
Rep. Dan Bishop (R-District 104) who introduced HB2 at (919) 715-3009

  • Today, December 20, in Charlotte at 4:00 p.m. — join pastors, community leaders and involved citizens at a press conference at the City/County Government Plaza on 4th St. & Davidson St. Our efforts are to communicate our continued commitment to protect the safety and privacy of all our citizens and inform North Carolinians about how we believe we can best do that.
  • Tomorrow, December 21, as early as 9:00 a.m. — join us at the General Assembly in Raleigh to meet with your legislator in person and to insist that our legislative leaders continue to stand strong against any attempt to repeal HB2 and compromise citizens’ privacy rights and dignity interests.

HB2 is an excellent law which provides protection and privacy to those citizens who need it the most, unassuming women and children. Also relevant is the importance for the legislature to override the city that has no authority to create law over the state. So, should HB2 be repealed, we most likely will see more brazen local governments doing the same as the Charlotte City Council did.

That said, let not this issue, regardless of the outcome, deter our joy during this most glorious season of heightened recognition of the birth of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.  He remains our hope, not HB2 or any other laws of men.

For Righteousness and Truth,
 
Jill Coward

State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

Three Breaking News Concerns Regarding North Carolina’s Elections

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Dear North Carolinian friends,

As State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Carolina, I feel led to make a few statements regarding the recent issues we are facing in North Carolina.

First off, by now, you probably have heard that Judge James A. Wynn, Jr., an Obama appointee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, has ruled that the North Carolina legislature must redraw its districts by March 15, 2017, and hold both primary and general elections again in November, 2017. This would be the same Judge Wynn who overturned North Carolina’s Voter I.D. law in July of this year. Also, Anita Earls, Executive Director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ), who was a member of the State Board of Elections before resigning to sue the state over the 2010 redistricting maps, is speaking as one of the plaintiffs’ lawyers. Ms. Earls praised this ruling stating, “A special election in the affected districts in 2017 is the best way to protect the rights of all North Carolinians.”

However, we at CWA of North Carolina believe the citizens of North Carolina are already protected, and this provision will aggrieve those citizens who have spoken during the 2016 election. The district maps were sufficient while Democrats ruled both chambers in the state as well as the Governor’s Mansion for over 140 years; yet now, as Republicans are gaining ground these last few years, the Democrats suddenly find these maps “unfair.”

Secondly, some on the Left are pushing false information about a “declining” economy in North Carolina due to HB2. But, the reality is that North Carolina is the only state that has appeared every year in the top five of the Forbes Best States study.  And, despite the dismal announcements from the Left of a “lost economy because of HB2,” North Carolina continues to attract new companies with anticipated excellent job growth in our state long after HB2 was announced.

Lastly, on that same note, we are sad to learn that Gov. Pat McCrory has conceded his gubernatorial race; he did so with an eloquent and gracious concession speech. We wish him and his lovely wife, Ann, well during this holy Christmas season and as they transition into their new life outside of the Governor’s Mansion. Gov. McCrory courageously withstood the vicious attacks from groups whose political agenda was to destroy our Governor and those who stand boldly for righteousness, truth and liberty.  It is for this reason that Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee proudly supported his candidacy for Governor and endorsed his re-election campaign in September 2016.

We are grateful to our Governor for the important things he has done to improve North Carolina over the last four years. Here are just a few of the examples of the excellent legacy he will leave behind:

  • In 2013 Gov. McCrory signed a crucial pro-life bill, S.353, which ensures that North Carolinians (1) will not be forced to pay for abortions through insurance sold in the health insurance exchange established under the federal Obamacare law, (2) protects unborn children who would be killed through sex-selective abortion, (3) “ensure(s) that standards for clinics certified by the Department address the on-site recovery phase of patient care at the clinic, protect patient privacy, provide quality assurance, and ensure that patients with complications receive the necessary medical attention, while not unduly restricting access” and (4) further protects mothers from dangerous web-cam abortions.
  • In 2015 Gov. McCrory signed another crucial pro-life bill, HB465, which now (1) requires a 72-hour informed consent waiting period for abortion, (2) requires annual inspections of abortion clinics, (3) expands the information abortionists have to report to the state when they conduct an abortion after the 16th week of pregnancy, (4) prohibits abortion clinics from employing individuals less than 18 years of age, (5) requires physicians who perform abortions to be certified in obstetrics or gynecology or have significant training in this area, and (6) along with other changes to further protect the safety and welfare of women and children.
  • Under Gov. McCrory, education has greatly improved both for the student as well as for the teacher.
  • McCrory leaves behind an honorable legacy of protecting the safety and privacy of women and children. Of course, we’re talking about HB2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. We thank Gov. McCrory for allowing North Carolina to be a shining light of Christ to the world. We have been a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14).
  • Finally, when others were so deeply involved in their own 2016 election campaigns, Gov. McCrory was putting others before himself. He was not present at numerous campaign stops because he was busy caring for the citizens who were devastated by Hurricane Matthew.

Let us sincerely thank and be in prayer for Gov. McCrory and our other strong legislators who have stood fearlessly all year in the face of such great resistance. Never before has it been more important to give thanks and encouragement to them. Please reach out to Gov. McCrory and others with personal letters, emails or phone calls:

  1. Click here to thank and encourage Gov. Pat McCrory by email. You can also reach him by phone at (919) 814-2000 or (919) 814-2050, or on Facebook at Office of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory
  2. Governor Dan Forest: (919) 733-7350 or http://ltgov.nc.gov/contact-us.
  3. Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-District 26): (919) 733-5708
  4. House Speaker Tim Moore (R-District 1111): (919)733-3451
  5. Dan Bishop (R-District 104), who introduced HB2: (919) 715-3009
  6. If you know that your legislator(s) supported HB2, be sure to thank him/her/them (Representatives) (Senate).

Of course, we will be praying for Governor-Elect Cooper. At the same time, it will be of the utmost importance that We the People remain vigilant and in touch with our legislators like Governor-Elect Cooper to hold them accountable.

That said, regardless of the situations we find ourselves in, we at CWA of North Carolina will continue to fight for Biblical principles. Thank you for how you’ve helped us to do just that this past year. As we approach Christmas, we are reminded that we have so much to hope in as we rest in the salvation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In this season of hope, we wish you the Lord’s peace and joy.

 Psalm 3:3-8
“But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.
Arise, O Lord!
Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.
Salvation belongs to the Lord;
your blessing be on your people!”

 Romans 12:12 
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

Romans 15:13  
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Joyfully serving,

Jill Coward
State Director