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Calling All North Dakotans to Participate in Religious Freedom Day!

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January 16, 2018, is Religious Freedom Day across the nation. It commemorates the Virginia General Assembly’s adoption of Thomas Jefferson’s landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on January 16, 1786. That statute became the basis for the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and led to freedom of religion for all Americans. Religious Freedom Day is officially proclaimed on January 16 each year by a statement by the President of the United States.

Gov. Doug Burgum has declared this day to be Religious Freedom Day in North DakotaClick here to view his proclamation.

Last week, the North Dakota Legislative Prayer Caucus had a press conference in our state capitol to announce this proclamation.  State Sen. Janne Myrdal (R-District 10) led in prayer.  I found the event to be very encouraging!

Please take time tomorrow, January 16, to recognize Religious Freedom Day.

  • Pray for the leaders of both our state and country.
  • Pray the Lord will raise up leaders across our nation who will honor Christ’s ways and seek His favor. May they do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before (Micah 6:8)
  • Thank the Lord for the religious freedom that we experience, especially in comparison to many countries.
  • Pray for protection from those who aim to take this sacred freedom from us through public opinion, the courts, and the legislative process.
  • Pray that faithful prayer warriors from all across our state will rise up!

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.” – Thomas Jefferson

Please share this prayer need with your like-minded family and friends.


Linda Thorson
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]


Thank you, Gov. Burgum!

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“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” — Genesis 2:7

Gov. Doug Burgum signed a proclamation that makes January 2018 the “Sanctity of Human Life Month!” Click here to view proclamation.

CWA of North Dakota is thrilled that Gov. Burgum has made this appropriate move in recognizing the dignity of human life and its paramount place in our society!

Please take the time to contact Gov. Burgum and thank him. Let him know that you agree with this proclamation, which states that life from the unborn child to the senior citizen is a fundamental principle of the American people and a valued part of our society.

It is crucial that we give positive feedback when our elected officials make good decisions. They often hear only negative comments; this makes positive feedback stand out.

Please call or email Gov. Burgum’s office right now!

(701) 328-2200

Click here to email him

Lastly, please send this message to your friends and family, and encourage them to contact the governor as well.

Thank you in advance for standing with us for life!

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]

Merry Christmas! And, 2017 in Review

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Merry Christmas from CWA of North Dakota!

Dear CWA of North Dakota Friends,

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to you and yours! We have had such a rewarding year of working together to further the Biblical values we hold so dear. Please click here to read about all the Lord has done through the ministry of CWA of North Dakota in 2017.

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]

Even the media can’t deny the numbers

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CWA is committed to fighting for life and will never back down or be intimidated by big-money organizations such as Planned Parenthood.

The fight to shift our hard earned tax dollars (half a billion to be exact!) from Planned Parenthood to Federally Qualified Health Clinics is as much a PR battle as it is a legislative one. Public policy is downstream of public opinion— your voice matters!

Every petition you sign, every phone call you make, every conversation you have, every letter you write, and every Rally you attend, is you influencing change. We saw firsthand the difference you make in North Dakota— the media often ignores our events, but with the crowd that showed up, they simply couldn’t avoid covering the story. You can view some of the news stories about the event here, here, and here.

Remember CWA is simply a voice for you on Capitol Hill. We work to keep you informed on what’s going on and how you can help influence change— but we need YOU to stay engaged and help change the world for Christ’s glory.

Human Rights Prayer Rally – A Great Success! Watch Event Video and View Media Coverage.

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Over 200 attended on November 25 in Moorhead, Minnesota outside of Planned Parenthood to speak out and pray for the unborn and their mothers including key note speaker Dr. Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece.  Click here to watch video.

Media coverage:
KVRR Local News coverage: Dr. King’s Niece Leads Pro-Life Rally at Moorhead’s Planned Parenthood
KFGO coverage: MLK Niece Speaks at Moorhead Anti-Abortion Rally
CWA coverage: Even the Media Can’t Deny the Numbers

Defend Life – Encourage Sen. Heitkamp to Represent North Dakotans

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Will you help protect life? Micah’s Law/Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 36, has passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and now will be considered in the U.S. Senate.  Our North Dakota senators need to hear from us!

One of the co-sponsors, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), testified, “At five month gestational age, babies have 10 fingers and 10 toes, they can yawn, stretch, make faces – and they can feel pain.  It’s unconscionable that the United States is currently one of only 7 countries in the world that allows abortions after five months; we are currently in the same company of China and North Korea. I’m fighting for this legislation in honor of my friend and fellow Iowan, Micah Pickering, an incredible 5-year-old who was born prematurely, at five months gestation. This legislation could protect up to 10,000 lives like Micah’s every year by preventing abortions after about 5 months of development, and it is absolutely critical that the Senate take up this legislation to protect our most vulnerable.”

Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) is also a co-sponsor of H.R. 36. CWA of North Dakota is grateful for Sen. Hoeven’s long standing support for life!

CWA of North Dakota implores Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) to vote in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  By doing so, she would be representing her constituents, rather than her campaign donor and abortion giant, Planned Parenthood.

In the past, Sen. Heitkamp has refused to distance herself from the eugenics founded group, Planned Parenthood.  In August of 2015, we reported how Sen. Heitkamp had an opportunity to vote YES on a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. However, she chose to vote NO despite the overwhelming evidence that Planned Parenthood is in the business of selling baby parts across the country.  Sen. Heitkamp has continued to remain silent despite the evil exposed by videos revealing the horrific practices of Planned Parenthood.

Sen. Heitkamp’s close relationship with Planned Parenthood was proven again in July of 2017, when she once again failed to vote in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood!

 Sen. Heitkamp should consider that support for limiting abortions after five months is high among voters in Trump-carried states that are represented by vulnerable Democratic senators who are facing re-election in 2018.  These senators are Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), Jon Tester (D-Montana), Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), Bill Nelson (D-Florida), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota).


Another important reason for Sen. Heitkamp to sign H.R. 36 is that on May 2, 2013, the North Dakota Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act became a law in our state!  This law bans abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization, except in cases of medical emergency.  The purpose is “to protect unborn human life and maternal health within present constitutional limits.  It reaffirms the tradition of the state of North Dakota to protect every human life whether unborn or aged, healthy or sick.”

What you can do:

  1. Contact Sen. Heidi Heitkamp as soon as possible. Email and/or call her office at (202) 224-2043.  Ask that she vote for Micah’s Law/Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Be sure to let her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.
  2. Contact Sen. John Hoeven and thank him for his support of Micah’s Law/Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Email and/or call his office at (202) 224-2551.  Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.
  3. Contact Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) and thank him for co-sponsoring and voting for Micah’s Law/Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Email and/or call him at (202) 225-2611.  Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.

Please pray for the passage of this bill!   President Donald Trump has promised to sign pro-life legislation.  Pray that this bill is passed by the U.S. Senate so that he is given the opportunity to sign it!

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”  (Ephesians 6:18)

Additional information: Republicans Introduce 20-Week Abortion Ban in the Senate

For Life!

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]

Support Congressman Cramer’s Pro-Life Vote

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On Tuesday, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This life-saving legislation would ban abortions at the point when scientists agree unborn children begin to feel pain in the womb (approximately 20 weeks).

Take Action: Please contact Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota).  He is a co-signer of this bill and will appreciate hearing from YOU!  Every call and email is counted!  Email or call his office at 202-225-2611.  Thank him for his support of H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.

Please Pray:  Pray for Rep. Cramer and others in the House who are pro-life.  May the Lord give them favor in persuading others who normally do not to protect life.

“This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.”  (I John 3:10)

 Linda Thorson

State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]

“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in My name welcomes Me …”  (Mark 9:37)


Please Join Us in Thanking North Dakota Attorney General Stenehjam for His Pro-Life Stance!

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Thank you, North Dakota AG Wayne Stenehjem!

Mr. Stenehjem joined 20 other state attorneys general to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the release of videos made by Center for Medical Progress, which showcase what truly happens within Planned Parenthood clinics. The Center for Medical Progress is a group of citizen journalists who are dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics.

The friend-of-the-court brief, filed on behalf of the states, by Arizona AG Mark Brnovich says the justices should lift an order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals barring the release of the recordings.

Other states joining Brnovich’s brief include: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Take Action: Please contact Mr. Stenehjem and thank him for his stance to protect the unborn children hurt by Planned Parenthood.

Phone: 701-328-2210


“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance.  From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from His dwelling places He watches all who live on Earth – He forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.” (Psalms 33:12-15)

Linda Thorson

State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]\

Moral Truth Is Not Subject to Opinions

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Dear friends,

At the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Mr. Jack Philips of Masterpiece Cakeshop.   Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota is pleased the case will be heard!   We agree with Mr. Philips that religious freedom allows him to choose not to make a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony.  Mr. Philips explained, “Somebody requested I do something that I can’t in good conscience do.”   Watch the discussion held on the View to see how our culture twists definitions of love and morality.

This situation, along with many similar cases, brings the issue of moral truth to light.

When truth is considered relative and good and evil are not objective, everyone pursues his or her own truth.  Consider the act of murder.  Most people agree that murder is morally and offensively wrong. However, when the framework of morality is just “it feels wrong”, the ability to logically consider objective principles diminishes, and we are left with only outrage.

The truth found in God’s Word about immorality doesn’t change when an individual or culture rejects them.  Furthermore, the existence of moral truths doesn’t change nor disappear because truth is objective.

Morality isn’t about personal preferences or tastes, and it goes beyond pleasure and self-interest.  It answers the question, “What is good?” and not “What feels good?”

Moral truth has a profound impact on behavior and on the way we treat other human beings. Human dignity depends on the existence of objective moral truths.

When all morality is equal, there is no reason to take a stand against evil.

We are to put our trust in God’s ways and not our own!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.  It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:5-8)

God’s Word teaches that our hearts are evil.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10)

To Do:

  • Regularly read God’s Word. We must seek wisdom and gain moral truth through God’s Word.  God’s Word is truth, and moral benefits are received through wisdom.
  • Visit CWA’s national website for an insightful article by CWA’s Legal Counsel, Mario Diaz, Esq.  Good First Step on Religious Freedom by President Trump, May 4, 2017.
  • Stand Fast and Pray! “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out of insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom, and form his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.  He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.  Then you will understand what is right and just and fair – every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.  Discretion will protect you and understanding will guard you.  Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.  It will save you also from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words, who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.  For her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.  None who go to her return or attain the paths of life. Thus you will walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.  For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.”  (Proverbs 2:1-15)

In His service,

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]