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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]
Facebook: Concerned Women for America of North Dakota

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.

 

 

Pro-Life Bill – There is GOOD NEWS!

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Praise the Lord! On March 13, HB 1336, the Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent bill, received a unanimous vote of “Do Pass” recommendation from the Senate Judiciary Committee members!

Thank you, everyone, who contacted lawmakers regarding this important life changing bill! Women are strong and capable and should have the right to know, if they change their mind after taking the first abortion pill, that they may be able to reverse the chemical abortion procedure. Women should have the right to complete information regarding their health decisions.

HB 1336 will soon be voted on by all 47 members of the North Dakota State Senate, possibly as early as tomorrow, Friday, March 15.   Please take a moment today to contact senators to ask them to vote for HB 1336.

Status: On January 21, CWA of North Dakota submitted testimony in support of HB 1336 to the House Human Services Committee. The bill passed by a vote of 73 yeas and 16 nays! Then on March 4, I was there to testify on behalf of CWA of North Dakota members in support of the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee members. Committee members gave the bill a 5-0 Do Pass recommendation! You can read my testimony here.

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 1336. Spread the message to your family and friends. Let’s be sure senators hear from North Dakota citizens that support this bill!

Suggested email message:
Dear Senator,
Please vote in favor of HB 1336, the Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent bill. Women seeking an abortion deserve the right to complete information regarding their health decisions.
Sincerely,
Your Name, town

Copy and paste email addresses into the send box of your email.

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Pray! Be encouraged! We have so much for which to be thankful. Thank God for all those He has placed in authority. Thank Him for the opportunity today to be a voice for unborn children and their mothers!

“I exhort, therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of god our Savior.” – I Timothy 2: 1-3

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 Two Great Pro-Life Bills This Week at the State Capitol

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Thank you to all that were able to come to the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing at the Capitol in Bismarck on Monday, March 4 to stand with CWA of North Dakota in support of LIFE!

View the testimonies:
Testimony in Support of HB 1336
Testimony in Support of HB 1546

The Committee will be voting at a later date on both bills. Continue to pray for our Senate leaders. Pray God will give them each wisdom and understanding to stand for LIFE!

Linda Thorson
State Director

Be a voice for life in the womb!

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On Monday, March 4, two pro-life bills will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Join CWA leaders in Bismarck on Monday, March 4, in support of the two bills. If you are able, come to the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting at 2:30 p.m. in the Fort Lincoln Conference room, Bismarck Capitol.

Your presence matters!  North Dakota Women’s Network members will be there in full force to oppose these pro-life bills.  Let’s fill the room with praying pro-life women and men!

Background on the two life bills:

  • We praise the Lord that HB 1336 and HB 1546 were passed by North Dakota House members by overwhelming numbers! 
  •  On January 21, CWA of North Dakota submitted testimony in support on HB 1336, the Abortion Pill Reversal bill and on January 28, this bill was passed by a vote of 73 yeas and 16 nays on the House Floor!
  •  On January 21, CWA of North Dakota also submitted testimony in support of the HB 1546, the Prohibition of Dismemberment Abortion bill, and on January 31, it was passed by a vote of 78 yeas and 13 nays! 

Our work is not done!
Please Act: Contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and ask them for a “Do Pass” vote on HB 1336, the Abortion Pill Reversal bill and on HB 1546, Prohibition of Dismemberment Abortion bill. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America, North Dakota.

Sen. Diane Larson (Chair) at [email protected] and/or Cell Phone: 701-400-7218
Sen. Mike Dwyer (Vice Chair) at [email protected] and/or Cell Phone: 701-400-6075
Sen. JoNell Bakke at [email protected] and/or Cell Phone: 218-779-3961
Sen. Larry Luick at [email protected] and/or Home Phone: 701-474-5959
Sen. Janne Myrdal [email protected] and/or Cell Phone: 701-331-0946
Sen. Arnie Osland [email protected] and or Cell Phone:701-436-6155

You can send a group message by highlighting the email addresses, and then copying and pasting the addresses into the send window of your email message.  [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]


Suggested email message:
Dear Senator ________,
Please vote “Do Pass” on HB 1336, The Abortion Pill Reversal bill and HB 1546, Prohibition of Dismemberment Abortion bill.  I stand in support of life in the womb and ask you to do so, too.

Sincerely,

Your name, town, ND



Spread the word Forward this e-alert on to friends and family and encourage them to pray and act on this important vote!

Please join us in prayer! Pray that both bills receive a “Do Pass” recommendation from the Senate Judiciary Committee, are passed on the Senate floor, and then signed into law by Gov. Burgum.

We call upon our God to confuse the enemy and defeat any action that anti-abortion leaders are planning in the Senate.   We ask for wisdom and guidance for CWA leaders as we interact with many at the capitol on this important life issue.   Thank you for your prayers.

“Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!
Let them lead me;
Let them bring me to Your holy hill
And to Your tabernacle.”  Psalm 43:3

“Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.”  James 1:18

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

January 2019 – The majority of North Dakota representatives voted in support of life!

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Praise the Lord!  A great majority of the North Dakota House of Representatives supported LIFE! HB 1285, HB 1336 and HB 1546 were passed and are now headed to the North Dakota Senate!

On January 21, CWA of North Dakota submitted testimony in support on HB 1336, the Abortion Pill Reversal bill to the House Human Services Committee.   On January 28, this bill was passed by a vote of 73 yeas and 16 nays!

And again on January 21, CWA of North Dakota submitted testimony.  This time testimony in support of the HB 1546, Prohibition of Dismemberment Abortion bill to the House Human Services Committee. On January 31, the prohibition of dismemberment bill was passed by vote of 78 yeas and 13 nays!  Media coverage of the Prohibition of Dismemberment bill: North Dakota Passes Bill Prohibiting Abortion Method.

On January 31, CWA of North Dakota submitted testimony in support of HB 1285, relating to improving the Safe Haven Law for Children to the House Human Services Committee. On February 6, 2019 this bill was passed by a vote of 92 yeas and 0 nays!

Please take note! 

Elections have consequences for LIFE! Please spread the word to family members and friends living in the districts below about the votes these 13 representatives took not to stand against dismemberment abortions in North Dakota. We must take note.  Click here to find out in which district you live.

Mary Adams (D), District 43, Grand Forks

Matt Eidson (D), District 43, Grand Forks

Gretchen Dobervich (D), District 11, Fargo

Ron Guggisberg (D), District 11, Fargo

Laurie Beth Hager (D), District 21, Fargo

March Schneider (D), District 21, Fargo

Pamela Anderson (D), District 41, Fargo

Josh Boschee (D), District 44, Fargo

Karla Rose Hanson (D), District 44, Fargo

Mary Johnson (R), District 45, Fargo

Richard Holman (D), District 20, Mayville

Bob Martinson (R), District 35, Bismarck

Marvin Nelson, (D), District 9, Rolla

Thank God for the voices of Concerned Women for America national leaders who have spoken out for life!  Watch videos of Penny Young Nance, CEO and President, and Denise Cappuccio,  Director of Finance, speak out against late term abortion in the state of Virginia just last weekend.

Let’s join their voices and stand up to defend life in the womb!

Please pray  that as a family of believers, may we mobilize together around the world, and invite the presence and power of Jesus.  “Awake oh sleeper, arise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.”  Ephesians 5:14

“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

“Do you now know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore, honor God with your bodies.”  I Corinthians 6:19-20

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

Speak Out for Life in Support of the Abortion Pill Reversal Bill

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On Monday, January 21, Concerned Women for America of North Dakota provided testimony to the House Human Services Committee on HB 1336, the abortion pill reversal bill.  This bill mandates that abortionists tell women seeking an abortion about the possibility of reversing the effects of an abortion-inducing drug if they change their mind.  The bill also requires women to be given information about the abortion-inducing drug, in writing, and assistance with reversing the effects of the drug.

Media on the hearing:

Status of bill: HB 1336 received a Do Pass out of committee on an 8-3 vote.  The bill now heads to the House floor for a vote.  

Please Act TODAY:  Contact your two House members and ask them for a “Yes” vote on HB 1336, the Abortion Pill Information Consent bill. To find your House members and their contact information, click here and then type in your street number and zip code. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.  If time allows, please send an e-mail message to all House members listed below and ask for a “Yes” vote on HB 1336, the Abortion Pill Information Consent bill. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.

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Pray! Join us in praying for healing for mothers who have had an abortion. Dear Heavenly Father, give comfort that only comes from You to face the future, knowing that forgiveness is free and complete.  Give mothers faith to believe they are forgiven, made pure and that there is no sin that is so bad that You are unwilling to forgive.  May we love one another as You have first loved us!  Thank You, Jesus.  Amen.

“In Him, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7).

What will you do to help bring healing to our land?  Will you send a message to our legislators?  Your voice matters!

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
nd.cwfa.org
[email protected]
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North Dakota Senate to Consider Granting Special Rights Outside the Traditional Male and Female Identity

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On Wednesday, January 23, I gave testimony on your behalf to the Senate Judiciary Committee on SB 2303, relating to the proposed addition to discrimination statues in the case of sexual orientation and ‘gender identity’.”  Click here to read the bill in its entirety.  

Media on the hearing:

  • West Dakota Fox News at Nine: Dozens Show Support for Bill to Protect Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination
  • The Bismarck Tribune: North Dakota Senate committee rejects LGBT anti-discrimination bill, but amendments expected

Please Act Today:

  1. Contact your Senator and ask for a “No vote” on SB 2303, “relating to the proposed addition to discrimination statues in the case of sexual orientation and ‘gender identity’.” Ask them to oppose special rights and to please vote “No” on SB 2303. To find your Senator and their contact information, click here and then type in your street number and zip code.  Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.
  2. If time allows, please send an email message to all Senate members listed below and ask for a “No” vote on SB 2303.

SB 2303 creates discrimination.  When “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” is added to a legal or corporate nondiscrimination code, it opens the door to policies that discriminate against people with traditional views as it attacks and opposes the notion that sexual behavior has moral dimensions. If you would like to expound, consider using some points from my testimony.

This law would not protect rights but would rather grant special privileges based strictly on someone’s sexual behavior.   

This bill is on a fast track. We were just informed that this bill will be voted on tomorrow, January 24. It is very important they receive multiple calls.  In years past, this bill has been voted down every time it has gone before a North Dakota legislative body. That does not guarantee that it is not in jeopardy.  They must hear from us!   

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Pray! God’s promise to his people is, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”  John 14:13

Please contact Senators today!   They need to hear from you.

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
nd.cwfa.org
[email protected]
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State Director Testifies Before Committee in Opposition to Special Rights

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January 23, 2019

Senate Judiciary Committee

Testimony in Opposition to SB 2303

Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, my name is Linda Thorson, and I am the State Director for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota.  We are the state’s largest public policy women’s organization and our country’s largest public policy women’s organization with over 500,000 members.  We are here today on behalf of our North Dakota members in opposition to SB 2303, relating to the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

A choice has been put before you today – vote to defend traditional values held for hundreds of years or mollify activists by adopting a bill that would elevate “gender, gender identity & sexual orientation” to protected civil rights status.

CWA of North Dakota opposes SB 2303 for the following reasons:

  • SB 2303 is not necessary because special rights have historically been afforded to certain groups in order to ensure that individuals are not discriminated against due to immutable characteristics. North Dakota law already protects these characteristics.
  • SB 2303 creates discrimination, not eliminates it. In general, when “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” is added to legal or corporate nondiscrimination code, it is a giant step toward the adoption of policies that discriminate against people with traditional views.
  • SB 2303 will create a hostile climate for many employees and citizens, and open businesses and individuals up to government intrusion and lawsuits. The LGBT movement’s strategy has been to transform morality into a form of bigotry, and then use government power to eliminate that “bigotry.”  SB 2303 will put the law on their side to carry this out.
  • SB 2303 has limited exemptions for those with personal convictions, thus forcing individuals to accept and support sexual behaviors with which they have a moral disagreement. Those exemptions apply only to those associated with religious organizations or societies. Private businesses, organizations, and individuals that hold convictions outside of religious reasons are not exempt from being forced to follow this law.

If we allow “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to become a matter of law and policy, it will reach into our workplaces, our schools, and our families creating a society that no longer has “equal protection under the law.”   This will surely challenge the common sense, strength of character and founding principles on which this great nation and state were built.

We urge your “Do Not Pass” vote on SB 2303.  Your consideration of this request is appreciated.

State Director Submits Testimony in Support of the Abortion Pill Information Consent Legislation

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January 21, 2019

House Human Services Committee

Testimony in Support of HB 1336

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, my name is Linda Thorson, and I am the State Director for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota.  We are the state’s largest public policy women’s organization and part of the country’s largest public policy women’s organization with over 500,000 members.  We are here today on behalf of our North Dakota members in support of HB 1336, the Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent Legislation.

Because you will be hearing from, or have already heard from, those in the medical field in support of this bill, I will confine my comments to the issue of a woman’s right to be informed of this legal procedure.

Women are strong, capable, and should have the right to know, if they change their mind after taking the first abortion pill, that they may be able to reverse the chemical abortion procedure. Women should have the right to complete information regarding their health decisions, especially one as important as this one.

The concept of “choice” and “rights” must go both ways. Those who support a woman’s right to an abortion, should have no problem supporting a woman’s right to change her mind about an abortion.

Women not only have the right to be informed; they want to know their options. The APR Hotline Medical Director, who has overseen thousands of calls, stated that when women are given the opportunity to reverse the effect of the abortion pill, they are extremely grateful.

Women are being told that there is no possibility of reversal. A number of women have told the APR Hotline nurses, that when they changed their minds and called the abortion clinic personnel asking about reversal, they were falsely told that “there is no possibility of reversal.” We need an APR informed consent law to ensure that the patient receives accurate and complete information about the reversal protocol by abortion clinic personnel.

In closing, there are three things I respectfully ask this committee to consider.  1. A positive pregnancy test is one of the most life-changing moments for a woman, 2. We all sometimes make decisions that we wish we could take back, and 3. This is a historic opportunity for you to give hope to women desiring choices.

Concerned Women for America of North Dakota urges you support this pro-information, pro-woman bill that will change lives. We urge a “Do Pass” on HB 1336.

State Director Testifies Before Committee in Support of the Prohibition of Dismemberment Abortion

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January 21, 2019

House Human Services Committee

Testimony in Support of HB 1546

Madam Chair and members of the committee, my name is Linda Thorson, and I am the State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota. CWA is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation. We heartily support HB1546 the prohibition on human dismemberment abortion.

It is doubtful anyone is eager to hear about abortion procedures; however, gruesome truth has the power to bring wisdom when deciding such matters on behalf of the citizens of our great state. Today, CWA of North Dakota is honored to speak on behalf of women and unborn children by giving testimony in support of HB1546 the human dismemberment abortion ban.

Thus far, the Supreme Court has not outlawed abortion outright; however, they have ruled that certain procedures are not to be used in the process of abortion. One favorable ruling was the upholding of the ban on partial-birth abortion which protects those most vulnerable, the unborn, by banning a particularly brutal and inhumane abortion method in which the child is removed from the womb feet-first and delivered part way before being killed. 

There is yet another extremely horrific, inhumane abortion procedure that we must not allow ever to be done in North Dakota, dismemberment.   

Dismemberment abortion means, with the purpose of causing the death of an unborn child, knowingly dismembering a living unborn child and extracting such unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slice, crush or grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body in order to cut or rip it off. [1]

This method of abortion takes place starting in the second trimester, week 13 – 27. Because North Dakota allows abortion up to only 20 weeks, let’s talk about the development of the baby up to only 20 weeks. The unborn child has a beating heart, brain waves, is startled by loud noises, has learned to breath, can suck its thumb, its eyes move, its bones are hardening, and the baby can feel pain. And, the mother has begun to feel the baby move. This procedure is cruel and barbaric.

Clearly, this procedure is inhumane on multiple levels for both the unborn and their mothers.  HB 1546 will protect North Dakota children from ever experiencing this kind of painful death; it will protect the mental and emotional health of women involved in these abortions. 

Concerned Women for America of North Dakota urges a “Do Pass” on HB1546.

[1] https://www.nrlc.org/uploads/stateleg/DismembermentFAQJan15.pdf

Voice Your Support for LIFE!

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

There is an important pro-life bill that Concern­­­ed Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota is in full support of, House Bill 1285.  This is “a BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 50-25.1-15 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to abandoned infants at certain locations.”

Safe Haven Laws are dedicated to eliminating harm and death to infants by offering protection to infants and immunity to parents should they choose to leave a child under one year of age at a safe haven, unharmed.   HB 1285 increases the number of harbors in our state and provides a public awareness campaigned regarding the North Dakota safe haven law.

On Tuesday, January 15, I testified before the House Human Services Committee on behalf of CWA of North Dakota members in support of this bill.  Read my testimony here. HB 1285 may come up for a vote in committee as early as Monday, January 21, 2019. 

Please Act: Ask those on the Human Services Committee to vote a “Do Pass” on HB 1285.   

Please email and/or call these committee members TODAY. Leave a voice message if needed. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.

Chairwoman Karen Rohr (R-14)  [email protected] or cell phone: 701-202-1956
Representative Dick Anderson (R- 31) [email protected]  or cell phone: 701-228-4782
Representative Chuck Damschen (R-10) [email protected] or cell phone: 701-370-1758
Representative Bill Devlin (R-23) [email protected] or home phone: 701-524-2303
Representative Gretchen Dobervich (D-11) [email protected] or cell phone: 701-361-5627
Representative Clayton Fegley (R-4) [email protected] or cell phone: 701-263-1442
Representative Dwight Kiefert (R-24) [email protected] or cell phone: 701-490-0443
Representative Todd Porter (R-34) [email protected] or cell phone: 701-667-2922
Representative Matthew Ruby (R-40) [email protected]   No phone number available
Representative Mary Schneider (D-21) [email protected] or cell phone: 701-306-0860
Representative Kathy Skroch (R-26) [email protected] or home phone: 701-538-7396 Bill Sponsor
Representative Bill Tveit (R-33) [email protected] or cell phone: 701-870-4014
Representative Greg Westlind (R-15) [email protected] or cell phone: 701-739-8275

Pray for the legislators on the Human Services Committee by name that God would give them the wisdom and strength to accomplish His purposes.

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.”  – Psalms 90:17 

Linda Thorson,
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
nd.cwfa.org
[email protected]
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