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Press Release: CWA of South Dakota Commends Elimination of Rape Kit Backlog

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Dakota commends state Attorney General Marty Jackley and the staff of the South Dakota Forensic Lab for the rapid response to complete the testing of the backlog of rape kits that had been stored by law enforcement for lengthy periods of time. This is a national issue of concern, so we are pleased to see South Dakota take the lead in clearing the backlog so that victims receive judicious treatment as their cases move forward.

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Redirect Funding Away from Planned Parenthood

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(Found at argusleader.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor.)

Linda D. Schauer, state director, Concerned Women for America of South Dakota, Leola

Published 2:23 p.m. CT Jan. 12, 2017

A passionate leader in the eugenics movement, Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood. She and her fellow eugenicists held the belief that in order to create the best and brightest society, you must actively eliminate the least intelligent and “unfit” of society. In Sanger’s own words, she believed that the intellectually inferior were minorities, the mentally and physically handicapped, and the poor.

Fast forward to today and you’ll see that Planned Parenthood is still targeting specific communities. Locating their facilities in black neighborhoods, it’s not surprising that over 30 percent of all Planned Parenthood abortions are performed on black mothers.

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 – which is a third of all abortions in the U.S. What’s more, since money is fungible, the president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, earns $957,952 a year, complements of the taxpayer.

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.

 

South Dakota Legislative Session Has Begun – Prayer and Action Needed

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Dear Concerned Women for America (CWA) Friends,

The 2017 South Dakota Legislative Session began yesterday, January 10. During this 38-day session, we urge all CWA members to participate as grassroots activists by praying and taking action when called upon by CWA of South Dakota.

It is imperative that your state representatives hear from you concerning CWA-supported, pro-family, pro-life bills. Equally crucial is your help to defeat dangerous, anti-family legislation that CWA opposes.

I will alert you via e-mail regarding these bills and ask you to contact your senator or representatives after praying about the bill. For greater impact, please check your e-mails often and feel free to share these alerts with others.

If you do not know the names of your senator and representatives simply click here, fill in your information and it will give you their names and contact information.

We are ready, as volunteers, to represent you in Pierre and to promote CWA’s issues. The Core Issues of Concerned Women for America are:

  • Defense of Family
  • Sanctity of Life
  • Education
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Religious Liberty
  • National Sovereignty
  • Support for Israel

We covet your prayers for our protection, health, wisdom, and guidance.

Asking God’s blessing upon you for your faithfulness in prayer and action,

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfa.org
Linda’s phone:  (605) 380-6914
Cindy’s phone:  (605) 380-2766

In Case You Missed It . . .

About 30 Concerned Women for America members (including two people who flew in!) gathered in Pierre on December 3, 2016, for our “Christmas at the Capitol” event.   Read more here.

 

 

 

Merry Christmas and Thank You from CWA of South Dakota!

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Dear CWA Friends,

May you, the members of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota, know the blessings of God this Christmas, and may He grant you much happiness and peace!

As we contemplate this Christmas season, we are grateful that so many like-minded people join in the celebration of the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ our Savior, who took all our sins upon Himself.  Thus, we are able to walk in faith in Him, knowing He will never forsake us.

The light of Christ shines for eternity because of the amazing gifts we have been given!  “For unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called wonderful Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6″  The Holy Infant in the creche reminds us that we, as members of Concerned Women for America, must continually strive to represent God’s plan for His creation for the sake of our families and their futures, but also to preserve our religious heritage and the inalienable rights endowed by our Creator and ingrained in our nation’s founding documents.

As we come to the close of 2016, CWA of South Dakota is truly grateful for your participation.  Know that your involvement, prayer and financial gifts could not be more appreciated.  It is a joy to serve with you.  Together we can be that steady force of prayerful people who are unwavering in our assurance that God reigns and through Him all is achieved.  (Please note our 2016 activities and accomplishments following my signature.)

Will you consider partnering with us again in 2017 by blessing CWA of South Dakota with a tax-deductible gift that will remain in South Dakota to fund our local activities?  Donations can be made to Concerned Women for America (with “CWA of SD” in the memo line) and mailed to Concerned Women for America, P.O. Box 343, Leola, SD 57456.  Or you may donate online by clicking here and then clicking “donate to your state” under my photo on the right side of the page.

Also, consider joining with other “encouragers” in our “Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign” to cover all our elected officials in prayer during the upcoming 2017 South Dakota Legislative Session.  Please respond to this e-mail by providing your physical address if you wish to participate.

Our prayers in the New Year are that God’s wisdom will rule and that the name of the Lord will be praised by the Church Body and all who serve the people of our state and nation.  May you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a healthy, happy and abundant New Year!

Blessings in Christ, the Prince of Peace,

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfa.org

Some of YOUR CWA of South Dakota 2016 activities and accomplishments:

  • Lobbied full-time/testified on legislation as volunteers during the South Dakota Legislative Session
  • Attended legislative hearings/informed legislators on CWA’s issues
  • Alerted members to State and National Legislative updates via e-mail
  • Prayerfully covered all 105 state legislators through our “Encourage-A-Legislator” campaign
  • Published letters to the editor/opinion editorials
  • Presented our “Human Trafficking” program to ladies’ groups
  • Started and continued Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams
  • Published Spring and Fall state newsletters
  • Participated in leadership conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Lobbied our South Dakota Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.
  • Exhibited CWA of South Dakota materials at various state events

Christmas at the Capitol Event – a Great Success!

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SONY DSCRoughly 30 Concerned Women for America members (including two people who flew in!) gathered in Pierre on December 3, 2016, for our “Christmas at the Capitol” event.  It was a beautiful sunny day and the Capitol was spectacularly decorated for the Christmas season!  Following lunch in the Capitol Visitor’s Center, CWA of South Dakota State Director Linda Schauer introduced several of our state leaders and explained the importance and ease of responding to our e-mail alerts for contacting lawmakers.  Information was presented about our “Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign” and attendees were urged to sign up to become an “Encourager” who will pray for a legislator and send him or her a CWA-provided postcard during the South Dakota Legislative Session beginning in January.

Cindy Flakoll, CWA of South Dakota Legislative Liaison, led a “Legislative Prayer Walk” around the Capitol.  Cindy presented the process of “How a Bill Becomes Law,” beginning at the Legislative Research Council where bills are drafted, then to the committee rooms where bills are heard, to the Senate and House chambers where bills are debated and voted upon, then finally to the Governor’s desk where bills are signed into law.  Prayer was offered at each location along the way, ending with prayer before the offices of the judicial and executive branches of government.

More South Dakota “Encouragers” Needed

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It is time to recruit “encouragers” for our 2017 Encourage-A-Legislator campaign for the 2017 South Dakota Legislative Session. This is our 18th year of Encourage-A-Legislator!  Some of you have been dedicated encouragers with us from the very beginning, and we appreciate your faithfulness.

We live in challenging times.  I’m sure you’ll agree with me that much prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture.

Will you commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the session beginning in January?  Each week you will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard, pre-printed with a Scripture verse or inspirational quote.  Simply express appreciation for the legislator’s service and note your prayers for him/her.  Finally, add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.

Many legislators responded to your prayers and encouraging postcards last year with words of appreciation.  Your efforts encourage and build bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA. Your benefit as an “encourager” is that you are energized and blessed to be a part of this effort.

If you wish to participate in our Encourage-A-Legislator campaign this year, please reply by e-mailing director@southdakota.cwfa.org, noting your commitment and providing your physical address.  You will receive your postcards and instructions just prior to the opening of the 2017 South Dakota Legislative Session early in January.

 

 

Sign Up Today to Be Part of the CWA of South Dakota’s Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign!

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“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness”.  (I Timothy 2:1)

Dear CWA Friends,

It is time to recruit “encouragers” for our 2017 Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign for the 2017 South Dakota Legislative Session. This is our 18th year of Encourage-A-Legislator!  Some of you have been faithful encouragers with us from the very beginning, and we appreciate your faithfulness.

We live in challenging times.  I’m sure you’ll agree with me that much prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture.

Will you commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the session beginning in January?  Each week you will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard, pre-printed with a Scripture verse or inspirational quote.  Simply express appreciation for the legislator’s service and note your prayers for him.  Finally, add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.

Many legislators responded to your prayers and encouraging postcards last year with words of appreciation.  Your efforts encourage and build bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA. Your benefit as an “encourager” is that you are energized and blessed to be a part of this effort.

If you wish to participate in our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign this year, please reply by noting your commitment and providing your physical address. You will receive your postcards and instructions just prior to the opening of the 2017 South Dakota Legislative Session early in January.

Post Election Thoughts From CWA of South Dakota

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“If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:14)

We are all relieved knowing the election is finally over, and we are pleased with the results.  Pundits and pollsters are scratching their heads trying to understand how they missed this one. They were certain they knew who would be our next President. After all, numbers do not lie.

What they fail to understand is that we serve a God of miracles. While the experts were polling voters and pushing their pencils, Christians were on their knees. Prayers were being offered to the Lord–from personal prayer and fasting, to the smallest prayer group, to Franklin Graham’s prayer rallies at every state capitol. Believers took II Chronicles 7:14 to heart and sought His forgiveness that promised the healing of our nation. God heard the prayers of His people and instead of sending the wrath that we deserved, He sent His grace and mercy.

We look forward to working with a conservative Congress and President to accomplish family-friendly policies and to protect life and our liberties. Do you recall the days following the terrorist attacks of 9-11 when our nation came together, even in unashamed concerted prayer? For two consecutive Sundays, our churches were filled with Americans who had not seen the inside of a church for years. Sadly, this did not last long, and we fell back into our slumber.

I pray that complacency will not set in again. This may be our last opportunity to restore our nation to its prior greatness, where Jesus Christ is King. We must once again allow the words of II Chronicles to be etched upon our hearts–and truly continue to “seek His face.”

America, America God shed His grace on thee.

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfa.org

Four of South Dakota’s Ballot Issues Need a NO Vote

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Dear Friend,

Election Day, November 8, is fast approaching.  We wanted to remind you that Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) has taken a stance on four of the ten ballot issues which appear on the November 8 ballot.

We support a NO vote on the following:

Constitutional Amendment T – Legislative redistricting. T takes the power of creating legislative districts away from the 105 elected bipartisan members of the Legislature and gives it to a new nine-member unelected and appointed board.

Constitutional Amendment V – Non-partisan elections. Under this measure, party affiliation of candidates will not be identified on the primary and general election ballots. CWALA believes voters, who are aware of each party’s principles and policies, have a right to know to which party each candidate adheres.

Initiated Measure 22 – Campaign finance laws. According to the Defeat 22 website, IM22 will allow big-spending politicians to take millions of our taxpayer dollars and send it to political campaigns.

Initiated Measure 23 – Right to work. IM23 would force employees to pay fees to labor unions against their will, and ambiguous language in the measure causes uncertainty about its impact on our state “right to work” law.

For further study, go to the South Dakota Secretary of State website for the 2016 Ballot Question Pamphlet.

More educational documents are available:

Check our Fall Newsletter for the stances of the two Presidential candidates on the Sanctity of Life, Planned Parenthood, and the Supreme Court Justices.

 

I don’t need to remind you how imperative it is that we pray about this election.  Not only will this election affect the next four years, but with the inevitable appointment of several Supreme Court Justices, this election will shape our nation and our liberties for many decades to come. Join CWA’s 30 Days of Prayer Challenge by clicking this link.

Please join our efforts to make sure that South Dakotans get-out-the-vote!

Thanks in advance for your prayer and action!

“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 out 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.

For Freedom!

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWALAC
sd.cwfa.org
director@southdakota.cwfa.org