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GOOD NEWS – Pro-Life Amendment Passed Out of Three Committees! Time for Next Step!

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Thank you for the great turnout Tuesday at the Value Them Both Amendment (HCR 5019) committee hearing!  The room was packed. Your presence showed how much this means to us, the grassroots people of Kansas.

The Kansas House Federal and State Affairs and the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committees passed the Value Them Both Amendment out of their respective committees! The Value Them Both Amendment is now one step closer to being placed on the August Primary Election ballot!

HCR 5019 will allow Kansans to protect mothers and babies with common-sense regulations. Click here for more information on the amendment and CWA of Kansas’s efforts along the way.

HCR 5019 is expected to be on both the Kansas House and/or Senate floor as early as next week. Your continued involvement is needed to move the amendment forward.  

Take Action:

  1. Contact your legislators and encourage them to vote yes on the Value Them Both Amendment when it comes to the floor. Urge them to let the men and women of Kansas decide by putting this amendment on the ballot. Click here and then click on “Find Your Legislator” to contact your Kansas House and Senate members.
  2. Contact each committee member and inquire how they voted. If they supported it, thank them. It is imperative that they feel thoroughly appreciated for their stand. If they did not support it, respectfully express your disappointment. Senate Judiciary and House Federal and State Affairs.
  3. Forward this on to like-minded friends and family.  Encourage them to both pray and take action on this life-saving amendment.

Please Join Me in Prayer: Father, I thank you for the favorable passage of the Value Them Both Amendment out of the committees. I pray now that Your hand will be upon it as it now goes to both the House and Senate. Hold back those who aim to thwart our efforts. Amen.

Thank you for contacting your legislators, attending the hearing at the Capitol, and for praying.  Together our message has been clear; Kansans care about this issue. Keep it up!

Barbara Saldivar
State Director

Join CWA of North Dakota this Friday in Fargo

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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

Join CWA of Hawaii on January 22

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Hawaii encourages you to join us by the Hilo Community Surgery Center, Wednesday, January 22, in support of the sanctity of human life from birth until natural death – in remembrance of when abortion was made legal all those years ago. There are approximately 25 pre-born babies aborted per week by resident abortion doctors at the “surgery” center.

Act Today!

  • Please join us on Wednesday, January 22, to show your support for the sanctity of life!  Please arrive as close to 8:00 a.m. as possible. Address: 82 Puuhonu Way # 100, Hilo. We will either be standing on the sidewalk by Komohana Drive or in the cul de sac by the driveway that leads to the surgery center.
  • Make plans now to attend and be sure to invite a friend! Consider inviting your pastor and/or members of your church. Your presence there is very important and does matter.

“For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.”
Psalm 139:13-16

Take a stand for the unborn because life is priceless.

For Life!
Barbara J. Ferraro
State Director

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Join CWA of Maine in Augusta for the March for Life – January 18!

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine encourages you to attend the March for Life sponsored by Maine Right to Life Saturday, January 18, in Augusta in support of the sanctity of human life from birth until natural death. 

March for Life Schedule:

  • 10:00 a.m. – Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 41 Western Avenue, Augusta, OR Prayer Service at Penney Memorial United Baptist Church, 393 Water St., Augusta.
  • 11:00 a.m. – Gather at St. Michael’s School gym (adjacent to St. Mary’s Catholic Church) and network with other pro-life participants. Refreshments will be available with donations gratefully accepted.
  • 11:15 a.m. – Rally. Speakers include Bishop Robert Deeley and other prominent pro-life leaders.
  • 12:15 p.m. March begins after the rally. We will march to the State Capitol. Look for the CWA of Maine banner and march with us!
  • 12:30 p.m. We will join hands as we assemble around the Capitol. The Capitol bell will ring 47 times, representing the number of years since Roe v. Wade was enacted.

Act Today!

  • Please join us on Saturday, January 18, to show your support for the sanctity of life!
  • Make plans now to attend and be sure to invite a friend!
  • If you plan to attend, call your state legislators and let them know that you will be attending the March for Life and that you encourage them to vote for legislation this year that protects human life from conception to natural death. To find and contact your lawmakers by the town you live in, follow these links, Representative and Senator.
  • If you are unable to attend, call your state legislators and simply encourage them to vote for legislation this year that protects human life from conception to natural death. To find and contact your lawmakers by the town you live in, follow these links, Representative and Senator.

Whether you can attend any of the above events or not, please pray for this issue on a state and national level throughout 2020. Pray for those who oppose the life issue – that their hearts will be tendered toward the wonderful gift of life. And, if they do not know Jesus, pray they will come to a saving knowledge of Him.

“For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.”

Psalm 139:13-16

Take a stand for the unborn because life is priceless.

For Life!
Penny Morrell
State Director

Value them Both Amendment Hearing, January 21, 2020

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Next Hearing on the Pro-Life Amendment to the Kansas Constitution: Tuesday, January 21

Kansas pro-life citizens are urged to attend the House Federal and State Committee hearing on Tuesday, January 21, regarding reversing the Kansas Supreme Court’s horrible decision on abortion.

Click here to read the proposed amendment (HCR 5019.) You can read more about the court decision here. You can read my testimony and view media coverage from the previous hearing hereMany of you attended the interim hearings on this issue last year, and your presence at the hearings sent a strong message that life is a top priority for Kansans. We are asking you to attend this next hearing as a statement that life is still a priority.

House Federal and State Affairs Committee Hearing Details:
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Kansas State Capitol, 8th & Van Buren, Topeka – Room #346S

Additional information about January 21:

  • We are asking everyone who can attend to wear purple, if possible.
  • We are also encouraging attendees to visit the offices of their state representative and state senator to voice support for the amendment. Please write down the names of your legislators and their office numbers before you come. You can find your legislators here.
  • Talking points will be available at the registration table when you walk in on the ground floor. Look for the CWA of Kansas volunteers as you enter the building.

Take Action: Make plans to attend, and be sure to invite a friend! We want our legislators to know now is the time to pass the amendment so that it can be placed on the November 2020 ballot.

Please Pray: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, we pray that this joint hearing will go the way You have planned. We pray for those who will testify – that You will give them the words to speak. We also pray for the committee members that their hearts will be receptive to the testimonies given that support life. We are so thankful for Your presence and we give You the glory. The outcome of all of this is in Your hands.  Amen

Thank you, and I hope to see you on January 21.

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas

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The Abortion Industry Does Not Speak for Women

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This month, Concerned Women for America (CWA) filed an important amicus (friend of the court) brief in June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee at the United States Supreme Court standing up for the millions of pro-life women around the country who want to make sure the Justices know that the abortion industry does not speak for them.

Believe it or not, that is often what the abortion industry claims to do, with the blessing of the Court. Big Abortion has created a whole legal industry out of challenging any and all laws that seek to protect women by regulating the abortion procedure to make it safer for women. As predicted by Justice Powell in Singleton v. Wulff (428 U.S. 106, 119 (1976)), in abortion cases, the Court has “invit[ed] litigation by those who perhaps have the least legitimate ground for seeking to assert the rights of third parties”— in this case, women.

The same abortionists who spend millions of dollars fighting against a simple requirement to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals so they can properly follow up with patients that experience complications during an abortion, claim before the courts to have a relationship with patients close enough to justify them representing women in court.

CWA’s brief highlights the research of Prof. Teresa Collett, J.D., the Director of the University of Saint Thomas Pro-Life Center, which surveys all cases since Roe involving federal challenges to abortion laws. The research reveals that “women have consistently challenged abortion-related laws related to public funding and laws requiring parental, spousal, or judicial consent prior to performance of an abortion while showing little or no appetite for attacking laws aimed at providing women with more information on abortion and its alternatives; safer, cleaner abortion facilities; and ethical, competent providers.”

“In the three years between 1973, when Roe v. Wade was decided, and 1976, when Singleton v. Wulff was decided, women were more likely than doctors, hospitals, or clinics to file challenges to abortion-related laws… Since 1976, [when the Court opened the door for abortionists to represent women’s interests,] there have been sixteen years in which there were no cases filed by women alone, and thirteen years in which they have brought only one” (citations omitted).

“From 1973 to 2019, women or girls have filed an annual average of 2.1 cases per year. In contrast, providers have filed an average of 9.1 cases per year; women and providers have joined in the same lawsuit in only 1.6 cases per year.”

“[T]here are almost no cases filed by women alone challenging conscience rights, informed consent requirements, fetal disposition laws, and provider regulations generally. This pattern suggests that women either generally support or at least do not oppose laws like the one before this Court today that are aimed at providing them with more information, safer, cleaner facilities, and more skilled providers” (citation omitted).

Given this research, the Court should reexamine its “third party standing” standards when it comes to abortion cases. It is just another area where, as Justice Anthony Kennedy candidly acknowledged, the “longstanding maxim[s] of statutory interpretation ha[ve], in the past, fallen by the wayside when the Court confronted a statute regulating abortion.” Third party standing should be presumptively denied in such cases, requiring abortion providers to prove their close relationship with the women they seek to represent in order to stand before the Court asserting women’s interests.

Oral arguments for the case have been set for 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4. Stay tuned for more information on our activities surrounding the arguments. As always, I will be at the Court to bring you an up-to-date report.

Concerned Women for America Cheers HHS Rule Ending Hidden Obamacare Abortion Surcharge

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Washington, DC — Today the Trump Administration announced a final rulemaking that restores congressional intent in Obamacare to keep any coverage of abortion-related services separate from premiums for health care services.

Section 1303 of the Affordable Care Act is now clarified to require that an abortion surcharge be collected separately from health care premiums.  The Trump Administration is reversing the Obama-era guidance that allowed payments to be made together in one bill.  The Department of Health and Human Services will now require that these payments be clearly separated and transparent.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee made the following statement:

“This final rule is a win for accountability to the law and a clear message that abortion is not to be confused with health care.  Concerned Women for America and many of our members commented in favor of this important rule change demanding transparency in Obamacare.

“Concerned Women for America continues to fight against any federal funds or programs being used to promote or pay for abortion.  The Trump Administration has made further progress in its commitment to protecting life with this important rule change to Obamacare.  We thank President Trump for his pro-life promise to keep government programs and rules accountable to the American taxpayer.”

Kelly Loeffler Wrong Choice for Georgia

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Joint statement from Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America, and Tanya Ditty, Vice President of Field Operations and former CWA Georgia State Director:

“Governor Kemp needs to know Kelly Loeffler would be the wrong choice for conservatives in Georgia and supporters of President Trump on several fronts. She sits on the board of a hospital in Atlanta that employs five abortionists and actually runs the largest training program for abortionists in Georgia. She is also part owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream franchise. The WNBA has been an outspoken supporter of Planned Parenthood, even partnering with the pro-abortion organization in opposing President Trump’s pro-life policies. Likewise the WNBA has remained disturbingly silent about China’s persecution of the citizens of Hong Kong, even after an NBA general manager courageously spoke out about it. Ms. Loeffler also sits on the board of a psychiatric treatment facility that provides transgender affirming counsel to minors. Likewise she has given thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to liberal and pro-abortion candidates. There are better choices for Gov. Kemp when it comes to the next U.S. Senator from Georgia. Gov. Kemp has a list of fantastic pro-life candidates. We hope he doesn’t pick the one the pro-life community will have to oppose.”

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Tell Congress No to Funding Pro-Abortion Groups Overseas

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Concerned Women for America opposes funding abortion oversees.

Another Christmas shutdown looms over Capitol Hill.  This week a Continuing Resolution moved the spending expiration deadline to December 20. This delay does not remedy serious and real problems in the appropriations process, like the Senate FY 2020 State-Foreign Operations (SFOPS) bill that would undermine pro-life gains made by the Trump Administration.

The Shaheen Amendment, offered by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), increases funding for programs that have been used to support the abortion industry and advocacy overseas. The amendment was disturbingly included in the SFOPS bill passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee. While the SFOPS bill has not gone to the floor for a vote, avoidance of the Shaheen Amendment is not a solution. Something must be done to remove it from the FY 2020 spending bill and ensure it doesn’t get passed in the commotion of avoiding a Christmas government shutdown.

Thankfully, President Trump issued a letter in January promising to veto any bills that weaken current pro-life policies which is exactly what the Shaheen Amendment would do.  Her amendment also violates the conditions of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement agreed to by both parties that prohibits “poison pill” provisions from being included.

The Shaheen Amendment undermines the strong pro-life polices of this administration, specifically President Trump’s executive order creating Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA), commonly known as the Mexico City policy.   Every year, Sen. Shaheen attempts to strike PLGHA from the SFOPS Appropriations bill.  This year she offered a backdoor approach to undermine the policy.  The amendment circumvents PLGHA by directly increasing funding to the family planning/reproductive healthcare account that funds domestic groups that fund abortion overseas. Furthermore, it directly increases funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) which is a well-known advocate of abortion.

And there’s more. The Shaheen Amendment sets up a mechanism that could be used to advance sexual orientation and gender identity ideology and discriminate against pro-life and/or faith-based groups preventing them from receiving contracts.

This week, CWA joined with other prolife organizations in sending a letter to President Trump thanking him for his commitment to protect life and urging him to make clear to Congress that he opposes the Shaheen Amendment.  We believe the President stands with us and will uphold his veto promise to oppose any spending bill that compromises pro-life policy or uses taxpayer funds to prop up the abortion industry.

But we need your help to back up opposition to the Shaheen Amendment in Congress.

Please take a moment to send a note to your elected officials asking them to reject the Shaheen Amendment in the FY 2020 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. We have a message ready for you to send directly to your senators and member of Congress, with the option to personalize it, if you so choose.  Go to our Action Center today and let them know you don’t want your tax-dollars funding abortion at home or overseas. Say no to the Shaheen Amendment.

Take Action Here:

The UN Is Pushing Abortion On Developing Countries, But The Trump Administration Is Fighting Back

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CWA’s Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Shea Garrison, wrote the following Op-Ed published in the Daily Caller.

Once again, the United Nations is pushing abortion into developing countries under the guise of “accelerating” progress for women. And once again, the Trump administration is fighting back.

Backed by Western organizations and money, the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), Norway and Kenya staged a summit last week in Nairobi to reflect the narrow interests of abortion proponents. Among supporters are the abortion-promoting organizations Plan International, the Gates Foundation, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Women Deliver, the U.N. Foundation, and She Decides.

Coming on the heels of the September U.S. Joint Statement on Universal Health Coverage, the summit seems a direct contradiction against 21 U.N. member states committed to “not support … ambiguous terms and expressions, such as sexual and reproductive health and rights in U.N. documents.” In response to the summit, the U.S. issued another statement on behalf of eleven countries reaffirming a commitment to protecting life and protesting that the priorities of the event do not enjoy international consensus.

The  Nairobi Summit claims to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) which negotiated reproductive health and population issues with representatives from 179 countries. But U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter wrote pro-abortion groups actually used this year’s summit as “a vehicle to try and further their agenda” saying they “are attempting to rewrite ICPD’s … language … with an alternative set of commitments that go beyond what was agreed to by member states in the original ICPD.”

Read Dr. Garrison’s entire Piece Here:

Teen age girl

Your Voice is Critical to Protect Minor Girls in Illinois!

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The Illinois General Assembly will continue their veto session on November 12,13,14, where state legislators amend pending legislation. Bills often get pushed through the Illinois General Assembly at this time. At stake in this session is the repeal of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995, which requires parental notification (not consent) for a minor seeking an abortion.  Under the Act, health care providers are required to notify an adult family member (defined as a parent, grandparent, stepparent who lives with the minor or legal guardian) 48 hours before performing an abortion for a patient who is under 18.

According to Illinois Citizens for Ethics, the Parental Notice of Abortion Act has saved thousands of lives and protected thousands of under-aged girls from abortion. The aborting of babies of minor girls in Illinois has declined 57% under this law. The threat of the repeal of this law is real and we need your help to stop the threat.

The Parental Notice Abortion – Repeal, HB2467 [and sister bill SB1594] will repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. What does this mean?

  1. Parents will never know if their child has become pregnant and had an abortion unless their child shares the information.
  2. If the child is having multiple abortions, the parents will not know.
  3. If a child is being sexually abused by an adult, and the parents are not notified of the abortion, they cannot investigate as to who the father is and therefore cannot come to the aid of their daughter. This repeal gives a wink and nod to abusers.

Bottom line: The repeal of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act increases the number of abortions and protects child abusers.

Take Action
Contact your state representative and state senator TODAY and urge them to oppose SB1594 and HB2467, the Parental Notice of Abortion – Repeal bills. Click here to locate the names and contact information of your legislators.

Forward this alert to your family, friends, as well as, churches in your area.

Pray!
Please join me in prayer for the legislators. Pray they will choose to vote for life and not death. Pray that the citizens of Illinois will be engaged in this battle for the lives of the unborn.

Debbie Leininger
State Director

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You Are Needed in Topeka on October 30 – For Life!

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Kansas pro-life citizens are urged to attend the Special Committee on Federal and State Affairs hearing to be held next week regarding reversing the Kansas Supreme Court’s nonsensical abortion decision. You can read more about the court decision here.

Your presence at the Joint Judiciary Committee hearing earlier in the month was greatly appreciated by the chairman and many of the committee members. We need our CWA of Kansas members to show up again. Your presence will send a strong message that life is a top priority for Kansans.

Here are the details;
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Location: Kansas State Capitol, 8th & Van Buren, Topeka – Room #346S (Old Supreme Court Room)

Make plans to attend and be sure to invite a friend!

Thank you, and I hope to see you next Wednesday.

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas

CWA of North Carolina Recommends Three Pro-life Events

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We invite you to continue to stand with our state chapter as we battle cultural and legislative issues, and we invite you to join us in our upcoming fall activities.

#1 – 40-Days for Life

CWA of North Carolina recommends participating in 40 Days for Life.

Join CWA of North Carolina at the events listed below. Click here and put in your address to see if there are any additional events in your community.

For more information contact me at [email protected] 

Date: Wednesday, October 23 – Charlotte
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Planned Parenthood
700 S. Torrence St.
Charlotte, NC 28204

Date: Monday, October 28 – Raleigh
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: A Woman’s Choice
3305 Drake Circle
Raleigh, NC

Wednesdays (ongoing), Wilmington
Time: 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Location: Planned Parenthood
1925 Tradd Court
Wilmington, NC

#2 – Note-writing ministry – And Then There Were None


CWA of North Carolina recommends And Then There Were None” note-writing ministry for the
months of October and November.

Many workers are leaving the abortion industry and finding the healing and help they need through And Then There Were None. Consider participating in praying for abortion clinic workers through a special note-writing ministry sponsored by And Then There Were NoneThis ministry was started and is run by Abby Johnson to help abortion clinic workers have the support they need to leave the abortion industry. We know prayers and handwritten notes are being used by God to reach these dear ones trapped in the abortion industry.

If you are interested in participating, please email our ministry contact, Kelly, at [email protected]om. Please copy me at [email protected]. Detailed instructions and note-writing packets will be mailed to you.

#3 – Final 2019 Love Life Prayer Walk

Final 2019 Love Life Prayer Walk at three different North Carolina locations:
Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh (Also, this New York location.)

Saturday, November 16 Final Love Life Prayer Walk & Celebration (Three North Carolina locations.)
Date:  Saturday, November 16
Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Parking begins at 7:30 a.m.
Praise and worship begins at 8:15 a.m.

Charlotte Location
1004 Palmer Plaza Lane
Charlotte, NC 28211

Greensboro Location
2401 Randleman Road
Greensboro, NC 27406

Raleigh location
1522 Jones Franklin Road
Raleigh, NC 27606

** Please RSVP to Love Life (and please let me know if you will be joining us at one of the locations)
** Wear your blue LOVE LIFE shirt if you have one.
** Carpool as much as possible.

PURPOSE: To pray that the abortion clinics will close their doors, for the saving of lives of the unborn, and the families of the unborn. We also look forward once again to demonstrate our support for LIFE, for the most innocent among us, and to celebrate what God has been doing this year!

Click here to view the video from last year’s Final Celebration Prayer Walk.

I will be at the Charlotte Love Life event and hope you will join me!

May the Lord bless you in all that you are doing in your service to God. Please contact me if you have any questions.

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina