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North Dakota: Introducing CWA’s Constitution 101 Class!

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“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”  – Ronald Reagan.


While many of us are staying home and/or homeschooling, Concerned Women for America (CWA) is providing a great learning opportunity for teens, pre-teens, and adults. CWA’s General Counsel, Mario Diaz, Esq., has created an educational and entertaining series on the U.S. Constitution.

Mario takes us on a journey to understand America’s founding documents and the principles which guard our liberty. Part I focuses on the Declaration of Independence by way of an introduction to the concepts that undergird the U.S. Constitution.

View Part 1 of this free 30-minute class here. Part II of the series is scheduled for release on April 22 at 3:00 p.m. EST via Facebook Live. So be sure to follow us on CWA’s Facebook page for notifications to join us live!

If you cannot join the Facebook Live, the archive will be posted on the CWA website.

Linda Thorson
State Director

Coffee Talk Event in Cavalier – A Great Success!

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We all had a great time at the Coffee Talk event in Cavalier!  Sixteen women came out in sub-zero temperatures on  February 18, to learn about the ministry and mission of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota. It was a blessing to gather with the body of Christ to fellowship and encourage one another in the Lord!

A special thanks to the area’s Prayer/Action Chapter Leader, Linda Werven, for organizing the event!

Young mothers, a newly married woman, and others of all ages gathered to encourage one another and learn ways the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, CWA, works to protect and promote Biblical values and Constitutional principles through prayer, education, and advocacy on a local, state, and national level.

As conservative Christian women, we discussed current issues and the ways we can increase our influence in today’s culture from Penny Young Nance’s book Feisty and Feminine, A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women. Everyone was given a book as a gift from CWA of North Dakota.  We talked about many of the topics in the book such as the devaluation of women, the marriage debate, women in the workplace, the impact of local chapters, and more. We were inspired by Nance’s view of the Proverbs 31 woman, “I think, though, that the key to the Proverbs 31 woman is found in the end of the passage: ‘A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.’”

Thank God for the voices of Christian women today. “Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech.” Proverbs 1:20,21

Will you join their voices and stand up to defend Biblical values and constitutional principles through prayer, education, and advocacy? Please contact me if you would like more information on hosting a Coffee Talk in your area!

In His service,

Linda Thorson
State Director

Votes Validate Pro-family and Pro-life Values of Legislators

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CWA of North Dakota State Director, Linda Thorson, answers Elsie Magnus, Chairman of the District 10 Democratic-Nonpartisan League Party, letter to the editor, “Helping women and their families – isn’t that truly pro-life?”  Read the response from CWA of North Dakota about the pro-women, pro-life, and pro-family Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent Law which provides women complete information regarding their health decisions.  Elsie Mangus’ letter is on page two.

Join us for Coffee and Fellowship! February 18 – Cavalier, ND

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota is hosting a Coffee Talk in Cavalier on Tuesday, February 18.  The event will be a time for women to gather and discuss current issues and learn more about CWA of North Dakota – all over coffee and scones!

We will talk about:

  • CWA’s seven core issues
  • Praise reports and activities at the state and national level
  • Issues to pray about at the local, state, and national level

Here are the details:
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Time:  7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location:  Assembly of God Church, 605 Main Street West, Cavalier, ND

It is a blessing to gather with the body of Christ to praise and give thanks for God’s love and mercy, to fellowship and encourage one another in the Lord, and be productive and engaged in Christian advocacy for our state and nation.

Provers 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” So join us on February 18 and bring a friend too! Your faith will be encouraged.

United with you in prayer and thanksgiving,
Linda Thorson
State Director

CWA of North Dakota Fargo Prayer Vigil

Update on CWA of North Dakota Fargo Prayer Vigil

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On Friday, January 24, more than 35 pro-life prayer warriors gathered in Fargo to pray outside the “Abortion is Normal” fundraising event to raise funds for abortions (see picture above.)

Watch my video of the prayer warriors here.

Linda Thorson
State Director


From last week:

Concerned Women for America of North Dakota and other pro-life advocates are gathering to pray outside the Avalon Events Center in Fargo this Friday, January 24, in advance of the “Choice Desserts: Abortion is Normal” event sponsored by the North Dakota Women in Need Abortion Action Fund happening later in the evening.  We invite you to join us for this focused time of prayer. 

Here are the details:
Date/Time: Friday, January 24, at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Avalon Events Center, 2525 9th Avenue South, Fargo
Please bring signs with peaceful pro-life messages! 

If you are unable to attend, would you please stop and pray at 6:30 p.m. this Friday as we storm the gates of heaven for mercy and justice.  Pray for healing in our land and that eyes will be opened to the harm abortion brings to every life that it touches.

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8

Linda Thorson
State Director

CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Opportunities

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Are you ready to take your knowledge and put it into action? If so, a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter is the perfect place to do so.

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?” James 2:14

First: Find out what a Prayer/Action Chapter is as well as what a typical one looks like.

Second: Click here to find a Prayer/Action Chapter in your area and learn more.

Current News Out of North Dakota

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#1 – Linda Thorson’s, interview on Real Presence Radio Station (Podcast):

Linda and Fr. James Cheney talk about the Planned Parenthood and North Dakota State University provision of a Sex Education Professional Development credit to ND teachers.

Interview on this topic begins at the 6: 10-minute mark.


#2 – Columnist from the Fargo Forum recognizes a discouraging and disappointing friendship between Planned Parenthood and NDSU.

“Linda Thorson, state director for Concerned Women for America, offered a fitting analogy in her letter, asking how taxpayers would feel if North Dakota, which leads the nation in binge and underage drinking, were to partner with Anheuser-Busch to provide training on safe alcohol consumption, then funnel grant money back to its instructors.”

Link to Thorson’s letter.


#3 – Questions Answered:  State Senator and past State Director of CWA of ND discusses AMA lawsuit against ND abortion laws.

CWA of North Dakota is mentioned by Host Joel Heitkamp at the 11:31 mark of the interview.


#4 – Read CWA of North Dakota’s Press Release.

Hear CWA of North Dakota this Thursday, June 27

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Despite the concerns of many lawmakers and citizens like YOU, the president of North Dakota State University (NDSU), Dean Bresciani, did not cancel the Safe Spaces teacher professional development courses offered this month by Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota (Planned Parenthood). Sadly, President Bresciani has allowed this partnership with Planned Parenthood and NDSU to remain.

Read Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota’s concerns about the partnership here.

This discussion is not over!  Join me this coming Thursday, June 27, at 9:05 a.m. on Real Presence Radio, 1370AM, 1280AM, and 101.9 FM, where I will be speaking on how Planned Parenthood’s tactics usurp the authority given to school districts to choose curriculum. Also speaking is Fr. Jim Cheney from the NDSU Newman Center who will discuss the issue from the NDSU perspective.

CWA of North Dakota would like to thank the eighty-nine legislators who signed a letter expressing their displeasure with NDSU’s continued public partnership with Planned Parenthood (names are listed at the bottom of this email.) Pray for each legislator by name. Thank God for their willingness to stand up against the attempts of Planned Parenthood to infiltrate our schools. Pray fervently 2 Thessalonians 3:3, “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.”

To our CWA of North Dakota members who contacted President Bresciani’s office in April and May about this partnership, thank you! 

Please Take Action
Once again, we need everyone to take the opportunity to protect North Dakota’s children from Planned Parenthood’s harmful propaganda.

  1. Contact NDSU President Dean Bresciani with a message you are disappointed the teacher training workshops scheduled in Dickinson, Fargo and Grand Forks were not canceled. Contact information for the president: Chris Wilson, Chief of Staff, (701) 231-6409 and [email protected]. When talking to President Dean Bresciani’s office, be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.
  2. Donate to CWA of North Dakota to help us continue educating on the lies of Planned Parenthood and their targeted education propaganda.
  3. Please forward this email to family and friends.

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
nd.cwfa.org
[email protected]
Facebook: Concerned Women for America of North Dakota

Get more involved with CWA of North Dakota!

  • Inquire about joining or starting a Prayer/Action Chapter in your area.
  • Contact me if someone forwarded you this e-alert, and you would like to be on our e-alert list.

Thank you in advance for considering these opportunities!


The eighty-nine legislators who signed a letter expressing their displeasure with NDSU’s continued public partnership with Planned Parenthood.

  1. State Sen. Curtiss ‘Curt’ Kreun
  2. State Sen. Donald ‘Don’ G. Schaible
  3. State Sen. Jerry J. Klein
  4. State Sen. Dick Dever
  5. State Sen. Scott Meyer
  6. State Sen. Larry Luick
  7. State Sen. Jessica K. Unruh
  8. State Sen. Kristin Roers
  9. State Sen. Ronald ‘Ron’ Sorvaag
  10. State Sen. Michael ‘Mike’ A. Dwyer
  11. State Sen. Jim P. Roers
  12. State Sen. David A. Clemens
  13. State Sen. Dale Patten
  14. State Sen. Terry M. Wanzek
  15. State Sen. Jordan L. Kannianen
  16. State Sen. Diane K. Larson
  17. State Sen. David S. Rust
  18. State Sen. Kyle R. Davison
  19. State Sen. Oley Larsen
  20. State Sen. Gary A. Lee
  21. State Sen. Randy D. Lemm
  22. State Sen. Shawn A. Vedaa
  23. State Sen. Robert ‘Bob’ S. Erbele
  24. State Sen. Rich Wardner
  25. State Sen. Randall ‘Randy’ A. Burckhard
  26. State Sen. Dwight C. Cook
  27. State Sen. Janne Myrdal
  28. State Sen. Jay Elkin
  29. State Sen. David Hogue
  30. State Sen. Brad Bekkedahl
  31. State Sen. Nicole K. Poolman
  32. State Sen. Robert O. Fors
  33. State Rep. Jim Schmidt
  34. State Rep. Dwight H. Kiefert
  35. State Rep. Lisa M. Meier
  36. State Rep. Clayton Fegley
  37. State Rep. Kim A. Koppelman
  38. State Rep. Karen M. Rohr
  39. State Rep. Rick ‘Ricky’ C. Becker
  40. State Rep. Bill R. Devlin
  41. State Rep. Randy A. Schobinger
  42. State Rep. Luke Simons
  43. State Rep. Robin L. Weisz
  44. State Rep. Aaron McWilliams
  45. State Rep. Jason D. Dockter
  46. State Rep. Tom Kading
  47. State Rep. Michael ‘Mike’ Don Brandenburg
  48. State Rep. Ben Koppelman
  49. State Rep. Gary J. Kreidt
  50. State Rep. Bert Anderson
  51. State Rep. Bob Paulson
  52. State Rep. Vicky Steiner
  53. State Rep. Karen Karls
  54. State Rep. Mike I. Schatz
  55. State Rep. Jeff A. Hoverson
  56. State Rep. Jim M. Kasper
  57. State Rep. Austen Schauer
  58. State Rep. Chet Pollert
  59. State Rep. Bill Tveit
  60. State Rep. Jeff W. Delzer
  61. State Rep. Bernie L. Satrom
  62. State Rep. Vernon R. Laning
  63. State Rep. Mike Lefor
  64. State Rep. Don Vigesaa
  65. State Rep. Jay Fisher
  66. State Rep. Dan J. Ruby
  67. State Rep. Keith A. Kempenich
  68. State Rep. Greg Westlind
  69. State Rep. Daniel ‘Dan’ L. Johnston
  70. State Rep. Wayne A. Trottier
  71. State Rep. Nathan P. Toman
  72. State Rep. Terry B. Jones
  73. State Rep. Chuck D. Damschen
  74. State Rep. Kathy Skroch
  75. State Rep. Michelle Strinden
  76. State Rep. David C. Monson
  77. State Rep. Jim Grueneich
  78. State Rep. Matthew Ruby
  79. State Rep. Larry Bellew
  80. State Rep. Scott C. Louser
  81. State Rep. Patrick ‘Pat’ D. Heinert
  82. State Rep. Jeffery J. Magrum
  83. State Rep. Shannon M. Roers Jones
  84. State Rep. Gary A. Paur
  85. State Rep. Craig Johnson
  86. State Rep. Lawrence ‘Larry’ R. Klemin
  87. State Rep. Andrew Marschall
  88. State Rep. Sebastian ‘Seabass’ Ertelt
  89. State Rep. Glenn Bosch

Planned Parenthood and NDSU have teamed up AGAIN

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Planned Parenthood is using the backdoor to enter North Dakota schools by offering a free workshop to classroom teachers! Their plan is obvious – what better way to influence children but through building a relationship with teachers. North Dakota State University (NDSU) is offering the workshop, Safe Spaces, a professional development class for sex education teachers. Planned Parenthood is even offering scholarships to teachers so that the NDSU Professional Development credit is covered by Planned Parenthood. Classes will be held June 3-4 in Dickinson, June 6-7 in Fargo, and June 13-14 in Grand Forks. The classes are open to any teacher with students kindergarten through grade 12!

More about Safe Spaces
The Safe Spaces course is offered through a partnership between NDSU and Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. It is advertised as a “comprehensive, medically-accurate, and age appropriate” course. You can watch Minnesota legislators debate the Safe Spaces curriculum here.

The materials recommended in Safe Spaces do not belong in the classroom! Under the category of “Books for Children,” Planned Parenthood’s recommended curriculum for children as young as ten years old includes, It’s Perfectly Normal by Robbie Harris, a former member of Planned Parthood’s National Board of Advocates. This book for elementary aged children contains graphic drawings of female and male anatomy and cover topics such as sexual intercourse (vaginal, oral and anal sex), abortion, and homosexuality.

(Caution, some of the links below are offensive and inappropriate for children.)

Click here to learn more about Planned Parenthood’s recommended sex education curriculum for all students, aged kindergarten through high school.

Together, again, we can stop the Safe Spaces courses from taking place!
Just last year, CWA and other pro-family voices spoke out against the Safe Spaces teacher training workshops that were scheduled to held in Mandan, Minot, and Jamestown. Because you took action, two of the three events were canceled

Please Take Action:
1. Contact NDSU President, Dean Bresciani, at [email protected] and ask him to cancel all Safe Spaces classes and to discontinue NDSU’s affiliation with Planned Parenthood. Others to contact in President Bresciani’s office:

  • Chief of Staff Chris Wilson: [email protected]  and (701) 231-6409
  • Executive Assistant to the President Stephanie Wawers: [email protected] and(701) 231-7211
  • Associate Executive Assistant to the President LaDonna DeGeldere: [email protected] and (701) 231-8522

2. Considering sharing the additional Planned Parenthood talking points at the bottom of the page when talking with NDSU.
3. Forward this on to friends and family and ask them to both pray and take action.

Please Pray! Join me in thanking God for opportunities to protect our children from harm. “He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.”  Proverbs 21:21

Planned Parenthood is the last group we want teaching our teachers how to teach our children! This issue is so very important!  We must speak up and keep Planned Parenthood away from our students!

Thank you for your commitment to both prayer and action.

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota

Additional Planned Parenthood talking points:
There is a well-documented connection between Planned Parenthood and sex traffickers. When sex trafficked victims become pregnant as a result of their abuse, they are often coerced into having abortions.  Planned Parenthood has been caught on film helping pimps obtain abortions for their victims, including minors!  The only thing Planned Parenthood did to fix the situation after it was made public was train employees how to avoid making incriminating statements, not how to identify victims of sex trafficking. You can read more about this in the January 2018 Washington Times story.

Planned Parenthood has also been known to teach acceptance of BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism) to our youth.

CWA of North Dakota Attends Bill Signing Ceremony

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Last week, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed into law HB 1546, a bill making it a felony for a physician in North Dakota to perform a dismemberment abortion. See story here and Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota’s alert here.

Today at the State Capitol in Bismarck, CWA of North Dakota State Director, Linda Thorson, joined Gov. Doug Burgum, North Dakota legislators, and other pro-life leaders for the Bill Signing Ceremony for HB 1546.

CWA of North Dakota is very grateful for every one of these pro-life leaders!

 

A Day to Rejoice! Pro-Life Bill Signed Into Law

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A Day to Rejoice!

Gov. Doug Burgum signed HB 1546 into law making it a felony for a physician in North Dakota to perform a dismemberment abortion. See story here.

CWA of North Dakota State Director, Linda Thorson, gave testimony in support of the bill.

Concerned Women for America of North Dakota thanks all those who have prayed and contacted legislators in support of this pro-life bill!

“Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;

Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice
before the Lord.”  Psalm 96: 11,12

North Dakota Moves to Nullify its 1975 Equal Rights Support

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State Director Linda Thorson quoted in The Washington TimesCheck it out!

Hear Sen. Janne Myrdal’s radio interview about Equal Rights Amendment, HCR 3037, given on April 3, 2019.   Former state director, Sen. Myrdal, describes the reasons the House Concurrent Resolution 3037 to clarify the Equal Rights Amendment, which was voted down by just one vote, was good legislation. The interview begins at the 11:11-minute mark.

We need YOUR VOICE!

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Today, March 27, HB 1546, the Prohibition of Human Dismemberment Abortion bill was given a “Do Pass” recommendation from the Senate Judiciary Committee members!

The bill was heard in committee three times – March 4, March 25, and again on March 27. After lengthy debate regarding amendments, the bill was given a “Do Pass” recommendation by the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

First, thank you to all who have contacted lawmakers about this important pro-life legislation! However, we need to continue to speak out! This is no time to be silent!  The egregious act of a dismemberment abortion must never be legal in North Dakota! 

HB 1546 could be voted on by all 47 members of the North Dakota Senate as early as Thursday, March 28. Please take a moment today to contact the senators to urge them to vote for HB 1546.

Status: On January 21, CWA of North Dakota submitted testimony in support of HB 1546 to the House Human Services Committee.  This bill was passed by a vote of 78 yeas and 13 nays! Then on March 4, I testified on behalf of CWA of North Dakota members in support of this bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee members.  Today, Committee members gave the bill a 5-1 Do Pass recommendation!

Your voice for life is needed!  Will you take a moment and contact the members of the Senate?  Ask them to vote yes on HB 1546.  Let’s be very sure every senator hears from North Dakota citizens who support this bill!

Suggested email message:

Dear Senator,

Please vote in favor of HB 1546, the Prohibition on Human Dismemberment Abortion bill.  Dismemberment is an inhumane abortion procedure that we must not ever allow to be done in North Dakota.

Sincerely,
Your Name, Town

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Pray!  We know prayer is a powerful force!
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are the Creator of all things seen and unseen.  We stand today and ask for protection for our children created in Your image.  Provide wisdom to every one of our North Dakota State Senators, today.  May they vote to protect children from harm.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons for our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
nd.cwfa.org
[email protected]
Facebook: Concerned Women for America of North Dakota

We Need Your Voice!

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A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both.” James Madison wisely warned us that we need to be informed. 

The Senate Government and Veterans Affairs Committee will be hearing a piece of important legislation on the Equal Right Amendment (ERA). The House Concurrent Resolution, HCR 3037 clarifies that the 1975 Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was valid only through March 22, 1979!

Thankfully, the deadline of seven years given for the ratification of the ERA by three-fourths of the states (38 states) did not occur! Even with a Time Extension resolution to extend the time limit for ratification to June of 1982, the proponents failed to deliver on the 38 states necessary for ratification! 

HCR 3037 makes it clear that the ERA’s deadline has come and gone, nearly 40 years ago! It further clarifies that North Dakota should NOT be counted by Congress, by lawmakers in any other state of the Union, or by anyone else, as still to this day, being on record with a live ratification of the ERA 40 years after the ratification deadline came and went! Read HCR 3037 here.

North Dakota State Senators need to hear from you! Members are being contacted by “Women’s Rights” proponents to vote down HCR 3037. They need to hear from those who support HCR 3037!

The Equal Rights Amendment is a poorly worded amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which if ratified again, would restrict all laws and practices that make any distinctions based on gender.

The ERA is not about equal rights; it is about the promotion of a genderless agenda through the suppression of natural differences between men and women. It is not about equal rights for women. If it were, it would duplicate the 14th Amendment, the equal amendment clause of our Constitution that covers gender or sexual distinction and gives all equal protection under the law.

Those that ignore the 1982 deadline of the ratification of the ERA want to use the amendment to mandate Medicaid funding for elective abortions. Any attempt to restrict a woman’s access to abortion, under the ERA, could be considered a form of sex discrimination as women could not be singled out for a characteristic that is unique to them and be treated differently based on that physical characteristic, such as pregnancy.   

The ERA could also end conscience clauses for nurses, doctors, and hospitals who do not want to participate in performing abortions. Courts do not allow conscience clauses in race discrimination, and they would not be able to allow it under the ERA.

Status: On March 5, CWA of North Dakota submitted testimony in support of HCR 3037 to the House Government and Veterans Affairs Committee members. The resolution passed the House with 67 yeas and 21 nays! You can read my submitted testimony for both the House and the Senate here. 

Immediate Action Needed!

Send an email message to all state senators asking for a yes vote on HCR 3037, clarifying the 1975 ratification by the 44th Legislative Assembly of the proposed 1972 Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the U.S. 

Suggested email message:
Dear Senator,
Please vote in favor of HCR 3037, clarifying the 1975 ratification of the proposed 1972 Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the US. The Amendment to the Constitution was valid only through March 22, 1979. The ERA is not about women’s rights if it were it would duplicate the 14th Amendment, the equal amendment clause of our Constitution.
Sincerely,
Your Name, town

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Pray! Concerned Women for America, Founder, and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Beverly LaHaye, one of the most important pioneers of the conservative feminist movement, founded CWA in 1979 because she believed that women needed voices in the public sphere that represented their beliefs and values. It was the 1975 Equal Rights Amendment that gave Mrs. LaHaye motivation to begin the mission of CWA, as it remains today, to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens – first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society – thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our nation.

Thank God for the ways He chooses to use our lives and our voices for His glory, to protect and promote His ways. Thank God for Mrs. LaHaye and her obedience to lead others to promote Biblical values in our culture.

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

Media coverage of the ERA, including CWA of North Dakota State Director, Linda Thorson’s views, can be watched here.

Linda Thorson

State Director
CWA of North Dakota
nd.cwfa.org
[email protected]
Facebook: Concerned Women for America of North Dakota

CWA of North Dakota Testifies in Support of – that the 1972 ERA was Valid Only Through March 22, 1979

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March 28, 2019
Senate Government and Veterans Affairs Committee
Testimony in Support of HCR 3037

Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, I am Linda Thorson, the State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota. We are the state’s largest public policy women’s organization and country’s largest public policy women’s organization with hundreds of thousands of members across the country.

On behalf of our North Dakota members, we submit testimony in support of HCR 3037, a House Concurrent Resolution clarifying that the 1975 ratification, by the North Dakota 44th Legislative Assembly, of the proposed 1972 Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was valid only through March 22, 1979.

Originally the ERA was given a deadline of seven years for ratification, beginning March 22, 1972, and expiring March 221979. When it became clear that three-fourths of the states (38 states) would not ratify ERA, Congress passed an ERA Time Extension resolution to extend the time limit for ratification to June 30, 1982. Even with this extension the ERA proponents failed to deliver on the 38 states necessary for ratification.

This poorly worded amendment to the U.S. Constitution states in Section 1, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” If ratified again, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) would restrict all laws and practices that make any distinctions based on gender.

The ERA is not about equal rights; it is about the promotion of a genderless agenda through the suppression of natural differences between men and women. The ERA is not about equal rights for women. If that was the case, it would duplicate the 14th Amendment, the equal amendment clause of our Constitution that covers gender or sexual distinction and gives all equal protection under the law. In the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Reed v Reed in 1971, the court decided the 14th Amendment did prohibit unequal treatment on the bases of sex and declared sex discrimination a violation of the Amendment. REED V. REED, 404 U.S. 71 (1971).

Men and women are biologically different, and we must retain the ability to legally provide for these differences.

  • Despite claims of protecting women’s interests, the ERA actually hurts women.

The ERA would eliminate the exemption of women from the military draft and compulsory front-line combat.

In Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s book, Sex Bias in the U.S. Code, she writes that the ERA would require that all women be drafted into the military when men are drafted and placed on the front-line in equal ratios to men. “Women must not be exempted from military combat.”[1]

Women who feel they are physically able can choose to enlist in the military. Ms. Toni DeLancey, Concerned Women for America State Director of Virginia, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned as an officer in the U. S. Army and led other men and women in a Tactical Intelligence Unit. DeLancey states, “I didn’t need the ERA to accomplish this.” Like her fellow female graduates, Ret. Officer DeLancey volunteered to serve our country and was able to contribute based upon her individual strengths and abilities.[2]

  • The ERA will be used to mandate Medicaid funding for elective abortions.

Any attempt to restrict a woman’s access to abortion, under the ERA, would be a form of sex discrimination. Women could not be singled out for a characteristic that is unique to them and be treated differently based on that physical characteristic, such as a pregnancy.   Abortion proponents (including the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League and Planned Parenthood) have long argued in court filing that state-level ERAs guarantee a right to abort children with public funding. State courts in Connecticut and New Mexico have agreed with this interpretation.

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled unanimously that under their state ERA since only women undergo abortions, the denial of taxpayer funding for abortions is “sex discrimination” (N.M. Right to Choose/NARAL v. Johnson, 975 P.2d 841, 1998) [3]. As a result, New Mexico now provides Medicaid funding for elective abortions.

By adopting the ERA, Connecticut’s state superior court ruled that the state should no longer be permitted to disadvantage women because of the sex including their reproductive capabilities. “It is therefore clear, under the Connecticut ERA, that the regulation (prohibiting Medicaid funding) discriminates against women, and, indeed, poor women.” (Doe v. Maher, 515 A. 2d 134)[4]

  • The ERA could end conscience clauses for nurses, doctors and hospitals who do not want to participate in performing abortions.  

Courts do not allow conscience clauses in race discrimination, and they would not be able to allow it under the ERA.

Be aware, the ERA empowers courts, not women. Because the language is so vague, courts would be called upon to interpret its application to innumerable situations – some of which were not even contemplated in the 1970s, such as the meaning of “sex.” Thus, citizens’ right to govern themselves on contentious present-day issues would be usurped by unaccountable federal courts.

  • Women will continue to use established law to make progress

Through established law such as Amendment 14, Title IX, Equal Opportunity Act of 1963, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and Equal Pay Act, women have made huge strides against institutional discrimination against women in education, employment, sports, politics, and many other aspects of society. Where other inequalities may exist, women will continue to use established law.

Women do not need the ERA to flourish in America. Women are thriving and succeeding as in no other time in history. They have done this without the assistance of ERA. Since 2008, women have earned more doctoral and bachelor’s degrees than men. They have outnumbered men in graduate school, as well.[5]

There is one thing women can agree on – women want to advance their careers because of hard work and achievement, not because of pity handouts, or a government equality scheme. Even Hillary Clinton recognized this fact when she said in 2015, “There has never been a better time in history to be born female.”[6] We are doctors, lawyers, and governors. We are CEOs and astronauts.

As far as wages are concerned, the ERA would add nothing. For more than a half a century, existing Federal law has made it illegal for an employer to pay a female worker a lower salary than a male employee preforming equal work. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 into law on June 10of that year. If a woman feels that her salary is lower due to her sex, she may avail herself of the 56-year-old Equal Pay Act of 1963 and seek to redress in court today, without the ERA. The proposed 1972 ERA to the Constitution of the United States, a poorly worded Amendment, should not be counted by lawmakers in any state, any court of law, or any other person, as a live ratification to the Constitution of the United States. Just as rules are rules, deadlines are deadlines – and the ERA’s deadline came and went literally 40 years ago this month.

We, again, urge your “Do Pass” vote on HCR 3037.

 

[1] Ginsburg, Ruth Bader, “Sex Bias in the U.S. Code”, 1977, University of Maryland, p 26, 218, https://www2.law.umaryland.edu/marshall/usccr/documents/cr12se9.pdf

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m-5Wcosqoc

[3] http://www.nmcompcomm.us/nmcases/NMSC/1999/1999-NMSC-028.pdf

[4] http://www.ct.gov/chro/lib/chro/Warner_v_NERAC_denial_motion_to_dismiss.pdf

 

[5]Schow, Ashe, “Women Earning More Doctoral and Master’s Degrees than Men”, Washington Examiner, September 19, 2016, https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/women-earning-more-doctoral-and-masters-degrees-than-men

[6] https://mashable.com/2015/04/24/hillary-clinton-women-in-the-world-summit/#5SpWX2Y3mgqi

 

Calls Needed on Another Pro-Life Bill!

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We need YOUR VOICE!

HB 1546, the Prohibition of Human Dismemberment Abortion bill was given a “Do Pass” recommendation from the Senate Judiciary Committee members!

The bill was heard in committee three times – March 4, March 25 and again on March 27.  After lengthy debate regarding amendments, the bill was given a “Do Pass” recommendation by the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

First, thank you to all who have contacted lawmakers about this important pro-life legislation! However, we need to continue to speak out! This is no time to be silent!  The egregious act of a dismemberment abortion must never be legal in North Dakota! 

HB 1546 could be voted on by all 47 members of the North Dakota Senate as early as Thursday, March 28. Please take a moment today to contact the senators to urge them to vote for HB 1546.

Status:  On January 21, CWA of North Dakota submitted testimony in support of HB 1546 to the House Human Services Committee.  This bill was passed by a vote of 78 yeas and 13 nays!  Then on March 4, I testified on behalf of CWA of North Dakota members in support of this bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee members.  Today, Committee members gave the bill a 5-1 Do Pass recommendation!
Your voice for life is needed!  Will you take a moment and contact the members of the Senate?  Ask them to vote yes on HB 1546.  Let’s be very sure every senator hears from North Dakota citizens who support this bill!

Suggested email message:
Dear Senator,
Please vote in favor of HB 1546, the Prohibition on Human Dismemberment Abortion bill.  Dismemberment is an inhumane abortion procedure that we must not ever allow to be done in North Dakota.
Sincerely,
Your Name, town

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Pray!  We know prayer is a powerful force!
Dear Heavenly Father, you are the Creator of all things seen and unseen.  We stand today and ask for protection for our children created in Your image.  Provide wisdom to every one of our North Dakota State Senators, today.  May they vote to protect children from harm.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons for our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
nd.cwfa.org
[email protected]
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Your action is needed! Be a voice for our unborn children and their mothers!

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Dear Friend,

Just last week, HB 1336, the Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent bill, passed the State Senate after a unanimous “Do Pass” recommendation from the Senate Judiciary Committee members! HB 1336 now sits on the governor’s desk waiting for his signature!

HB 1336 is a pro-life, pro-woman bill that amends the informed consent requirements to include information that it may be possible to reverse the effects of the abortion pill (mifepristone). Information and assistance with the reversal possibility is to be includedin printed materials provided to women seeking an abortion. The printed consent material would also include the locations of facilities that provide medical services in the reversal of abortion-inducing drugs.

HB 1336 allows women seeking a medical abortion to receive information about their health decisions. Women not only have the right to be informed; they want to know their options. Read CWA of North Dakota testimony here.

Take Action: Your voice is needed to ensure HB 1336 becomes state law.
Please contact Gov. Doug Burgum today through his online contact form and respectfully urge him to sign, HB 1336.

Gov. Doug Burgum is receiving pressure from the pro-abortion crowd: Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Political Action Fund, Planned Parenthood of North Dakota Advocate and Rewire. Rewire News, an online pro-reproductive rights/pro-abortion news publication is asking the governor to veto HB 1336.

Spread the message to your family and friends. Let’s be sure Gov. Burgum hears from North Dakota citizens that support life! 

Suggested email message:
Dear Gov. Doug Burgum,

Please sign HB 1336, the Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent law. Women seeking an abortion deserve the right to complete information regarding their health decisions.

Sincerely,

Your Name, town

“Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
nd.cwfa.org
[email protected]
Facebook: concerned Women for America of North Dakota

Watch the Outstanding Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent Bill Debated on the State Senate Floor

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On Friday, March 15, 2019, the North Dakota State Senate debated HB 1336, the Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent bill.   The bill passed!  You can watch the Senate chamber debate beginning at the 12:50:13 minute mark.

“God be merciful to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us, Selah

That Your way may be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations.

Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.

Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!
For You shall judge the people righteously,
And govern the nations on earth. Selah

Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.

Then the earth shall yield her increase;
God, our own God, shall bless us.

God shall bless us,
And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.”

-Psalm 67

To God be the Glory.