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School Prayer Bill In Jeopardy – Please Contact Legislators Today!

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HB 1275 makes it clear that prayer at athletic activities at parochial and private schools is allowed.  Some say we don’t need this legislation because schools already have the right.  Untrue.  Just last year, private schools Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck and Shanley Catholic School in Fargo were prohibited from having students pray over the public address system during a home game when previously it was allowed. Click here to read more about it.

Earlier this year I testified on behalf of HB 1275 before the House Judiciary Committee. Click here to read it.

Our children must speak and hear the Truth, even in the middle of much darkness, because this Truth is the light of the World and it will shine forth as the only hope for them personally and for our country as a whole.

Take Action: Please e-mail and/or these Senators on the Education Committee:

Sen. Donald Schaible at [email protected] or call 701-824-3168

Sen. David Rust at [email protected] or call 701-216-0270

Sen. Kyle Davison at [email protected] or call 701-261-8703

Sen. Jordan Kannianen at [email protected] or call 701-421-8813

Sen. Erin Oban at [email protected] or call 701-955-3188

Sen. Shawn Vedaa at [email protected] or call 701 626-7495

Please Pray: Pray for our legislators by name.  May God give them wisdom and confidence to allow prayers to be heard in our schools.   “Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’” Luke 18:16,17

Question: “Will this bill open the doors to prayers of other faiths?”

Answer: “We do not fear anyone praying to any other god.  We know there is only One True God, Creator of all things visible and invisible.  So, as Elijah on Mt. Carmel, we invite “the prophets of Baal” to pray to their god, that perhaps they might realize that no one is listening because there is no such god.

“As a matter of public policy, it would be disastrous for us to suppress the Gospel (which we have been commanded to take to the ends of the earth) because we want to suppress other religious speech.  On the contrary, our children must speak and hear the Truth, even in the middle of much darkness, because this Truth is the light of the World and it will shine forth as the only hope for them personally and for our country as a whole.”  Mario Diaz, CWA Legal Counsel

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

Urgent – Please Oppose the Repeal of North Dakota Sunday Closing Law

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Thank you, CWA friends, for responding to the e-alerts sent out from CWA of North Dakota! Our legislators listen.  Every email and phone call is counted.

 Your voice is needed again, this time, on  HB 1163, a bill to repeal our Sunday Closing Law.  The Senate Political Subdivision Committee gave the bill a Do Pass recommendation on March 9 reporting that they had not heard from constituents! It is now due to be voted on by the full senate in the very near future. 

 The time to act is now!  Setting aside a common day of rest honors God and allows the majority of retail employees’ opportunities to worship on Sunday mornings.

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.  Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”  Genesis 2: 2, 3

Take Action:

  1. Call your specific state senator and urge him/her to oppose HB 1163. To find out who your senator is and how to contact them click here.
  2. E-mail all the senators and ask them to vote NO on HB 1163. Simply cut and paste these addresses below.

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  1. Forward this e-mail onto friends and family and ask them to pray and act on this important issue.

Please Pray:  Pray that our state leaders do not change our laws in our state Century Code to uphold the Sunday Closing Law.  

Thank you in advance for your diligent prayers and actions.

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

CWA of North Dakota Asks You to Respond to Sen. Heitkamp’s Call for Input Concerning Gorsuch!

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I passionately addressed a crowd at the North Dakota State Capitol on March 1, 2017, concerning President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch.

CWA of North Dakota Joined Susan B. Anthony List and the North Dakota Family Alliance friends to ask Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to support Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

A special thanks to all of you who attended the Rally on the Capitol steps in Bismarck!

This is our time to speak up, as it is of great importance that Judge Gorsuch be confirmed. He is a man of impeccable character and has the highest of qualifications. Click here for more information on why we support him.

Sen. Heitkamp is asking for North Dakotans input on the Presidential Nominee.   Let’s respond today!


  1. Ask Sen. Heitkamp to vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch as our next Supreme Court Justice! Click here to make your voice heard.
  2. Read my opinion piece recently published in the Fargo Forum, Urge Senators to Support Gorsuch.
  3.     Forward this e-alert to others and ask them to support Judge Gorsuch by praying and acting on his behalf.

PRAY:  Thank you for your diligent prayers and actions.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)


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

CWA of North Dakota Attends Rep. Kevin Cramer’s Town Hall Meeting in Fargo, February 23

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State Director Linda Thorson joined other Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota ladies at U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer’s (R-North Dakota) Town Hall meeting. You’ll spot us standing in the front of the room.  Beginning at the 35:45 spot, listen to our cheers when Rep. Cramer answers a question concerning the plans in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood! He said this: “Last week, the House passed a bill returning Title X flexibility authority to the states, so rather than the Federal Government and the HHS  (Health and Human Services Secretary) saying you have to use Title X funding here, we’re returning it to the states.  We trust states a lot more than the Federal Government.  Secondly, North Dakota doesn’t have a Planned Parenthood here.  Third, we do have about seventy-two other community and local Health Clinics that do provide services to women in vulnerable situations and are underserved.  The money that does not go to Planned Parenthood can go to those.  I think the Repeal and Replace in the House in a few weeks will include defunding of Planned Parenthood.”

CWA of North Dakota is grateful for Rep. Cramer’s leadership!  Watch the video again at the 33:05 spot!  You’ll hear our cheers when Rep. Cramer asks, “What could be more vulnerable than an unborn child in the womb?  What’s more vulnerable than that?!”  The truth was spoken to anyone in the room willing to listen!

We have been clearly instructed to pray for our leaders: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”  I Timothy 2:1-4

Pray for Rep. Cramer and others like him who stand for truth and in defense of the unborn.  May the Lord give him wisdom and grace as he fights on the frontlines.

Pray for the groups you see in this video that are very angry, as well as other groups you see in the news doing all they can to thwart righteousness.  Pray for their plans to be foiled and most importantly, that they will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Action:  Go to our recent e-alert for the plan of action!  CWA of North Dakota Calls for the Shifting of Taxpayer Funds from Planned Parenthood to Federally Qualified Health Centers.

Prolife Advocate Jody Clemens, me, Rep. Cramer,
First Choice Director Angie Wamback and
CWA Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator Karen Anderson

For Him,


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

North Dakota Members: The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For — Urge Senator Heitkamp To Confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch Today!

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Dear Friend,

This is it. This is what we’ve been fighting for over the last year. We have a Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, who believes the Constitution should be interpreted as written. He is a constitutionalist who rejects the liberal proposition of a “living, breathing document” — this confirmation will help determine the future of our Supreme Court for many years to come.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) holds an important vote, and as her constituent, we need you to contact her today and tell her to confirm Judge Gorsuch.

In a recent meeting with President Donald Trump, I, Penny Nance, promised that CWA National and our members would “light up the Senate switchboard” and make certain that his nominee is confirmed.

Together, we fought to ensure the American people had their voice heard in the election to decide who would select the nominee to fill Justice Scalia’s seat. This is the moment we have waited for, and we need your help now more than ever in order to secure the future of the Supreme Court for the next 30 or more years.


  • Call, visit and/or email Sen. Heitkamp today and urge her to confirm Judge Gorsuch. Make sure you tell her you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.
  • Check out our Legal Studies page for an overview of Judge Gorsuch’s qualifications and for daily updates. You can also sign our petition here.

Pray: For wisdom for Sen. Heitkamp and that Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation process will be smooth and swift.

I am grateful for all of your hard work. It has paid off, and now we get to finish what we started nearly a year ago.

Thank you for your prayer and action,

Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

CWA of North Dakota Calls for the Shifting of Taxpayer Funds from Planned Parenthood to Federally Qualified Health Centers

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On Saturday, February 11, I joined pro-life activists at a rally in Moorhead, Minnesota, in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic to call for the end of all federal funding to Planned Parenthood! (Click here to view Valley News Live video coverage.)

Concerned Women for America strongly opposes the funding of Planned Parenthood with taxpayer dollars.  Mario Diaz, Esq.,  Legal Counsel for CWA, stated, “The defunding of Planned Parenthood is a no-brainer now that the undercover videos from The Center for Medical Progress have shown the callous and very likely illegal way Planned Parenthood uses women and their unborn, aborted babies for profit.”

It’s time to shift taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood to support local Federally Qualified Health Centers.

On Saturday, February 11, over 50 men, women and children stood for justice and truth in Moorhead against the horrific practice Planned Parenthood uses to destroy the lives of babies.  “Even before the American people elected a pro-life president last November, Planned Parenthood was already feeling the pressure after they were exposed for selling baby body parts in 2015. This led to Congress investigating them, resulting in 15 criminal and regulatory referrals to the Department of Justice,” wrote CWA’s Communications Coordinator Janae Stracke in a recent article, “Planned Parenthood Ad Proves Waiting Periods Save Lives.”

Planned Parenthood receives $528 million in taxpayer dollars from the federal government.  Your taxpayer dollars are funding over 300,000 abortions per year through Planned Parenthood.   In 100 years, Planned Parenthood has aborted over seven million babies!  Ask Congress to redirect our taxpayer dollars to the Federally Qualified Health Centers that are more numerous and provide more comprehensive care for women and their unborn children.

What can you do?

Contact our two North Dakota Senators:

  • Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota): call (202) 224-2043, email and/or write Sen. Heidi Heitkamp at SH-110 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510. Let the Senator know that you are associated with Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.
  • Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota): call (202) 224-2551, email and/or write Sen. John Hoeven at 338 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510. Let the Senator know that you are associated with Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.  And, be sure to thank Sen. Hoeven for Cosponsoring S.241, a bill to prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America!

 Please Pray

  • Pray that our leaders will understand the atrocities of abortion and vote to defund Planned Parenthood.

“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not loose heart …  It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.’  with that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence.”  2 Corinthians 4: 1,13-14

For Life,

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

House Votes TODAY on Giving Special Rights to Those Who Consider Themselves Outside Traditional Male and Female Identities

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“In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.” Genesis 5:1b-2

CWA of North Dakota testified in opposition to HB 1386 in the House Human Services Committee on February 1.   Click here to read the bill.

This bill concerned special rights for LGBT individuals. On February 8 the committee gave the bill a “Do Not Pass” recommendation!  Thank you for responding to our e-alert and contacting committee members with your concerns.   Our voices were heard on this important issue.

Let’s work to be sure this bill is not passed on the Floor of the House! The vote will be taken today, February 10 in just a few hours!   Please take time to make contact with your State Representative today and ask him/her to place a “Nay” vote for HB1386.  And, be sure to tell them that you are associated with Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.

Take Action:

1. Click here to find your two representatives and their contact info.  Simply put in your house number and zip code.

Suggested email or phone message:
Dear Representative ________,
Please vote “Nay” on HB 1386.  This law is not needed as all people in North Dakota are protected under our laws.
Sincerely, Jane Doe, City, ND

Or send an email to each of the email addresses of our State Representatives.

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2. Please forward this on to friends and family and encourage them to pray and act on this important vote.

Pray: Join me in thanking God for our state leaders.  Be encouraged.  We are making a difference.   2 Corinthians 13:11: “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace.  And the God of love and peace will be with you.”

Thank you for your commitment to both prayer and action.  We could not do what we do without you.




Looking For a Way to Make a Difference in 2017? CWA of North Dakota Has Opportunities Waiting For You!

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What does it mean to be a Christian?  It means, of course, to love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40). In church, Bible studies and through Christian books, we often take in information about loving God.  This is wonderful, and it should be our #1 priority, but let me talk to you right now about #2, how you can love your neighbor through the ministry of CWA of North Dakota.

Consider making a difference in the lives of others in 2017 on the issues that are important to you – sanctity of life, defense of the family, education, religious liberty, sexual exploitation, support for Israel, and national sovereignty. Every one of these issues affects the life, liberty and happiness of our neighbor.   Join the team, we’ll do it together.  You are needed!

I have been asked when giving testimony during the 2017 North Dakota Legislative Session about our membership rolls.  Let’s keep Concerned Women for America of North Dakota the largest public policy women’s organization in our state!  Anyone that shares our passion for the issues above is welcome to join – women, men and teens are all welcome to participate. See below for more information.

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

  • Continue responding to our e-alerts and forwarding them on to like-minded friends, family and pastors. It is your prayers and action that make all the difference.
  • Participate in a local Prayer/Action Chapter in your area.
  • Consider being a Prayer/Action Chapter Leader. The Prayer/Action Chapter Leader plans and oversees monthly Prayer/Action Chapter meetings in a church or community. The emphasis is threefold: pray, educate and act.  Each leader is provided with a monthly Prayer/Action Newsletter that includes an inspirational piece, legislative updates, action items, prayer items, and praises.  The newsletter is designed for use as a guide for the monthly meetings.
  • Join CWA of North Dakota for the first time or renew your membership. The suggested tax-deductible donation is $25 for a year’s membership; however, a donation of any amount is accepted for membership. Join or renew your membership online or send a check to the address below written out to “Concerned Women for America.”  Be sure to put “CWA of North Dakota” on the memo line.
  • Partner with us by giving a tax-deductible gift, above and beyond your membership donation, towards the work of CWA of North Dakota. We are run by all volunteers; therefore, all contributions go straight to the work at hand for education materials, gas money for regular trips to the state capitol, postcards for our Encourage-A-Legislator project and more.  Contribute online or send a check to the address below written out to “Concerned Women for America.”  Be sure to put “CWA of North Dakota” on the memo line.

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

I look forward to hearing from you!


Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
P.O. Box 213
Park River, ND 58270
[email protected]