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Speak Up to Protect Children from Harm

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“It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.” Luke 17:2


Sanford Health, the “largest rural health care system in the United States,” along with The Transformation Project, will be participating in the 3rd Annual Midwest Gender Identity Summit on January 13, 2023. The event will be held at the Sanford Research Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


The Transformation Project is a non-profit whose mission is “supporting and empowering transgender youth.” They promote the lie that “men and women can change their gender.” They conduct events “where participants, including children, ritually ‘burn’ their ‘old name or pronouns.’”


According to the Transformation Project website, several of the Summit’s session topics include:

  • Supporting Your Two-Spirit & Native LGBTQ+ Patients and Coworkers
  • Learning to Address Implicit Bias Towards LGBTQ+ & 2S Patients
  • General Affirming Care and The Attitude of Affirmation in Assessment

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota find these activities very disturbing, especially among a healthcare institution that takes an oath to “do no harm.” It is ironic that health care providers blatantly deny the science that tells us one cannot change their God-given sex. Children struggling with gender confusion should be protected from unethical medical interventions that ignore underlying causes and reject long-term health and well-being.


No long term, scientific research exists to support the safety or efficacy of sex reassignment treatments on children – in fact, there is evidence to the contrary. A 30-year study in Sweden showed a significant increase in heart disease and in the number of suicides, suicide attempts, and psychiatric hospitalizations in people a decade after they have undergone sex-reassignment surgery compared to a control group of people of the same age and sex.


To encourage attendance, “medical professionals” attending the event will be awarded professional education credits.



Contact Bill Gassen, President and CEO of Sanford Health, at [email protected] or by calling the Sanford Medical Center at 605-333-1000, and strongly urge him to cancel the January 13 Midwest Gender Identity Summit in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we pray for those struggling with gender dysphoria that they will believe the truth about Your design for them found in Scriptures and reject the lies of Satan.  Let them see truth in Your Word that says, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female He created them.” We ask for protection of the hearts and minds of all our children, and we pray for Christians to courageously and lovingly speak God’s truth about Your design for sexuality in a confused and needy world.   


Linda Thorson
State Director

Roe vs. Wade is Overturned! CWA of North Dakota Responds

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June 24, 2022                                                    

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Linda Thorson (701) 331-9792  


Concerned Women for America of North Dakota
Applauds the SCOTUS Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade 


Bismarck, North Dakota – North Dakota stands ready to welcome women and unborn children. Our citizens, members of the state legislature, and our state administration have strongly supported a culture of life that protects all. 


Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota State Director Linda Thorson, speaking for Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, has this to say concerning the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court decision:


“We appreciate Gov. Doug Burgum’s released statement in May of 2022 about the decision regarding Roe v. Wade, in which he stated, ‘While recognizing that the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to issue an official opinion, our administration has consistently supported pro-life legislation, and we welcome the prospect of this issue being returned to the states where it belongs.’


“Well, the Supreme Court has finally overturned Roe, and now it is up to us, the people of North Dakota, to do our part. Thank you, Gov. Burgum and North Dakota legislators, for your tireless work on behalf of women and unborn children. We are grateful for your work to ensure the protection of life is celebrated by all of our citizens!”



Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org.

Register for North Dakota’s Pro-Life Conference

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota invites you to attend the 2022 North Dakota Pro-Life Conference sponsored by our ally North Dakota Family Policy Alliance and in conjunction with many other pro-life organizations around the state, including CWA of North Dakota.

We are excited to have CWA’s General Counsel, Mario Diaz, Esq. kick off the conference with his presentation “Beyond Roe – Rekindling Our Love of Life.” Be sure to stop by the CWA of North Dakota table where we will have our powerful prayer booklet on hand, 30 Days of Prayer FOR LIFE, Spiritual Engagement for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health booklet written by Mario Diaz.

We need to be engaged more than ever to support mothers and their unborn children. Will you join us?

There is no cost to attend the event, and lunch will be provided!

Here are the details:
Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Heritage Center in Bismarck, 612 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck, ND 58505
Registration: Register online or call: (701) 355-6425. Space is limited so register today!

Conference speakers include:

  • Concerned Women for America, Mario Diaz, Esq.
  • Concerned Women for America of North Dakota, Linda Thorson, State Director
  • North Dakota Family Alliance, Mark Jorritsma, Executive Director
  • North Dakota Catholic Conference, Christopher Dodson, Executive Director
  • North Dakota Right to Life, McKenzie McCoy, Executive Director
  • Women’s Pregnancy Center in Grand Forks, Jill Chandler, Executive Director
  • North Dakota State Legislature, Pro-life Caucus Leader, Senator Janne Myrdal
  • North Dakota Conservative Advocates, Amber Vibeto, Executive Director
  • North Dakota Post Abortion Ministries, Jodi Clemens, Sidewalk Advocate

Join us for this first-ever comprehensive pro-life conference here in North Dakota. You are sure to be encouraged to hear about the pro-life work being done in North Dakota to protect unborn children and their mothers.

You don’t want to miss this time of fellowship, exchange of ideas, and engagement in the pro-life movement. Space is limited, so please sign up today. See you there!

Linda Thorson
State Director

Tell North Dakota Senators: Don’t Draft Our Daughters!

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In July, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 with an amendment requiring young women to register with Selective Service for a possible future draft. This behind closed doors action faced immediate criticism—as did certain Senators who supported it. Sen. Kevin Cramer (Republican) serves as a member on the US Senate Committee on Armed Services and voted not only on the committee version of the NDAA with the women in the draft language but also voted on the actual amendment that added the women in the draft language to the NDAA itself.  

On September 23, the House passed NDAA legislation with a provision reversing military policy for a male-only draft and forcing young women to register for the first time in history. Rep. Kelly Armstrong (Republican) voted in opposition to the bill. Thank you, Rep. Armstrong!

Debate in the full Senate is expected soon, and we need a loud message to tell our North Dakota Senators to take a stand against drafting our daughters! American women are free to serve and proud to serve, but they should not be forced to serve. Women’s equality does not mean being the same as men.

Click here for more information on women in the draft.

Act Today!
Contact Sens. Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven (Republican) and urge them to hold the line and vote to reject the Draft our Daughters’ amendment and support the Don’t Draft Our Daughters’ Resolution (S.Res.340) on the NDAA.
Click here to send an e-mail to both Senators, or you can contact the senators individually at the information below and provide this message: reject the Draft our Daughters’ amendment and support the Don’t Draft Our Daughters’ Resolution (S.Res. 340).

  • Sen. Kevin Cramer: (202) 224-2043 | E-Mail
  • Sen. John Hoeven: (202) 224-2551 | E-Mail

There is no justification for reversing established military policy that protects young women from gambling with their lives in combat roles on a Biden-Harris-declared national emergency. We should not be willing to sacrifice common sense and tie the hands of our military with costly mandates for social experiments in our armed forces.

Linda Thorson
State Director

(Images above: CWA of North Dakota State Director Linda Thorson and her team delivered letters opposing the drafting of our daughters to the offices of Sens. Cramer and Hoeven).

Calls Needed to Oppose Physician-Assisted Suicide

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You can make a difference in North Dakota by praying and acting on an important bill concerning life and death – HB 1415, relating to physician-assisted suicide. Though there are many sound academic reasons to oppose physician-assisted suicide, Concerned Women for America of North Dakota believes the most important reason is that God, and God alone, is the author of life. We cannot take on the role of God and take life based on our inconsistent judgment.

This Monday, February 1, I will testify in front of the House Human Services Committee in opposition to the bill. I will urge the committee members to give HB 1415 a “Do Not Pass” recommendation. I covet your prayers. The committee will vote on the bill at a later date.

Please Take Action:

#1. Email or call the House Human Services Committee members listed below my signature line and ask them to vote a “Do Not Pass” on HB 1415. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota, please let them know. Do not hesitate to leave a message on their voicemail.

Suggested message:
Please vote “Do Not Pass” on HB 1415. Physician-assisted suicide devalues human life.  There is no “death with dignity” when a person is helped to end their own life.

Your name and town

#2. Forward this information to family and friends! Every email message and every phone call are counted!

Please Pray: Pray for our legislators on the House Education Committee by name, that God would give them the wisdom and understanding to accomplish His purposes.

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”  Psalm 139:16
Linda Thorson
State Director

North Dakota: Introducing CWA’s Constitution 101 Class!

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

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

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

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

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

Linda Thorson
State Director

Coffee Talk Event in Cavalier – A Great Success!

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

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

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

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

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

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

In His service,

Linda Thorson
State Director

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

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

North Dakota Now Officially Opposes the Federal Transgender Bathroom Mandate

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Great news!  Last week North Dakota joined Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming in seeking an injunction preventing federal agencies from implementing a mandate that transgender students be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity (as opposed to their birth certificate) or the school districts will lose Federal funds under Title IX.

We have North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to thank for this courageous action as he joined the nine other state Attorneys Generals.  Please take a moment to thank him!

As you know we sent out an e-alert last May on this subject and asked you to contact Attorney General Stenehjem and other state officials concerning this issue of a federal mandate.  Thank you for responding!  You made a difference!

Now there are twenty-one states in total standing up in different ways to this federal overreach!

In a news release on Friday, July 8, Stenehjem firmly stated:

“The federal government does not have the authority to mandate that North Dakota schools require students to share locker rooms and bathrooms with children of the opposite sex.”

“North Dakota districts, not Washington bureaucrats, are in the best position to make decisions that affect our students.  And in North Dakota, the local schools already review these isolated cases as they occur to establish, on a case by case basis, the appropriate measures to protect student privacy.”

The news release sent on to say, “States are threatened with a loss of federal funds if they do not comply with the federal Title IX mandate. When a federal agency takes such unilateral action in an attempt to change the meaning of established law, it leaves state and local authorities with no other option than to pursue legal clarity in federal court in order to enforce the rule of law.”

CWA of North Dakota is grateful for your response to our May E-Alert! Your calls to the offices of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, State Superintendent of Schools Kirsten Baesler and Gov. Jack Dalrymple were heard.  We know our state leaders listened to your voice.

Take Action!

      1. Contact Mr. Stenehjem and thank him for joining the injunction to prevent federal agencies from implementing a mandate allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity (as opposed to their birth certificate). Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem:
        701 328-2210
        [email protected]
        600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 125
        Bismarck, ND 58505
      2. Please forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to contact Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
      3. Pray!  Thank God for our leaders who have the courage to do what is right in the eyes of God and on behalf of our children.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” I Corinthians 13:4-7

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