South Dakota

Outstanding South Dakota Bills that Need Your Support Concerning Religious Freedom, Education, Abortion and Sex Trafficking

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SB 149 would provide certain protections to faith-based or religious child-placement agencies. Under SB 149, no child placement agency may be required to provide any service that conflicts with or provide any service under circumstances that conflict with any sincerely-held religious belief or moral conviction of the child placement agency.

Agencies around the country have been forced to shut down rather than place children in homes that violate the stated beliefs of the agency.

SB 149 will ensure that faith-based child placement agencies can continue to serve the families of South Dakota the way they have been doing for years.

SB 149 will be debated and voted on in the full Senate Wednesday afternoon, February 22.

Email your Senator and put “Vote YES on SB 149” in the subject line.  Use this format when emailing:  You may provide a reason for your position.

In addition, phone the Senate lobby at (605) 773-773-3821 and leave a message for your Senator.  They will not be in session Monday, February 20.

Academic Freedom Bill

The Academic Freedom Bill, SB 55 will be heard early in the House Education Committee TOMORROW, February 22.

The purpose of the Academic Freedom Bill is to protect the rights of teachers to teach controversial scientific topics in an objective manner without having to fear reprimand or possibly even removal.

  • SB 55 allows teachers to objectively discuss the scientific strengths and weaknesses of scientific topics that are already a part of the curriculum.
  • It does NOT allow teaching of creationism or any other religious viewpoint.
  • It helps students develop debate and critical thinking skills.
  • It enables the students to inquire and disseminate ideas in science.

SB 55 will now move to the House Education Committee this week and, assuming passage, it will go to the full House.

Please contact your two state representatives and urge them to Vote Yes on SB 55, the Academic Freedom Bill.

To email them, click here, putting “Vote YES on SB 55” in the subject line.  When emailing, use this format: You may provide a reason for your position using one of the above talking points. In addition, call the House lobby and leave a message for your two representatives at (605) 773-3851.  They will not be in session on Monday, February 20.

 Assessment Opt-Out Bill

SB 85 would provide for the exemption of certain students from the requirement to take certain academic assessment tests.

SB 85 passed 4-3 in the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday morning, February 14.

  • SB 85 clarifies parental rights regarding testing.
  • Too much testing takes from valuable instructional time.
  • The Constitution guarantees the right of parents to direct the education of their children, even public school children.
  • Parents have concerns about the collection of personally identifiable data which is allowed under the weakened Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Email your senator and put “Vote Yes on SB85” in the subject line.  You may give a brief reason for your position.  Use this format when emailing:

In , phone the Senate lobby and leave a message for your senator at (605) 773-3821.  They will not be in session on Monday, February 20.

Sex Trafficking Bills

SB 102 will require that the name and telephone number of an organization fighting to end sex trafficking be given, in writing, to any woman seeking an abortion.  As part of the informed consent given to women seeking an abortion, SB 102 requires that any woman who might be in a sex trafficking situation be given a telephone number that will assist her in being rescued or helped.

SB 102 passed unanimously in the Senate and it will soon be heard in the House Health and Human Services Committee.

Note: New information brought by our own Lisa Gennaro, Assistant Legislative Liaison, who is a member of the South Dakota West River Human Trafficking Task Force, shows that a text message would work better than a phone call for a woman to get assistance when she wishes to get help. We expect the bill to be amended to include that information.

HB 1118 will eliminate the need to prove the use of force, fraud, or coercion in the human trafficking of minors.  HB 1118 is another bill intended to rein in the crime of sex trafficking.  HB 1118 passed unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee and passed unanimously in the House.  It will now proceed to the Senate where we expect it to pass.

Pain Capable Penalty

HB 1101 is a bill to increase the penalty for performing an abortion of an unborn child capable of feeling pain. You may remember that we passed the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act with a penalty of a misdemeanor last year.  HB 1101 increases the penalty to Class 6 felony, making the penalty consistent with the severity of the crime and also consistent with penalties relating to other abortion statutes.

HB 1101 passed in the House this week with a vote of 58-8.  Check the votes here.

It will now be heard in the Senate.

Please pray for our legislators to have wisdom as they vote on these important bills.

Thank you for your prayer and action!

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota

Rep. Noem Assists in Overturn of Federal Legislation that Forced Support of Planned Parenthood (video)

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Thank your Representative Kristi Noam (R-SD At-large District) for standing up for life!

We are pleased to report that on February 16, the U.S. House passed H.J.Res.43, which overturns a December 2016 Obama Administration rule forcing states to provide Title X family planning grants to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. The legislation now must be passed by the Senate and signed by the President.

Rep. Noem co-sponsored this legislation and urged support for it from the Floor. You can watch her remarks here.

URGENT: Support the Repeal of South Dakota’s Initiated Measure 22

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No doubt you’ve heard much in the media about Initiated Measure 22 (IM22) and HB1069, the bill to repeal IM22.

You will recall that CWA of South Dakota took a stand against IM22 on the ballot last fall.  With so much “fake news” these days, there is much deception in the media about this good repeal bill, HB1069.

You may be asking, “Why must the South Dakota Legislature repeal/replace a measure (IM22) for which the people voted?”

Here is the answer:

  • Liberal “big money” came from outside our state, and we were used as a petri dish to spread their liberal agenda.
  • Ad-buys are cheap here, so think how far the “big money,” estimated at over $1.7 million, goes!
  • Good citizens were caught unawares with horribly deceitful ads that portrayed good legislators as corrupt.
  • Pushed by Rick Weiland, three-time loser for a South Dakota elected office, the deception was rampant.
  • IM22, an extraordinarily lengthy document, was challenged in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, and Judge Mark Barnett placed a preliminary injunction, finding IM22 likely unconstitutional “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
  • Drafters of the measure (Massachusetts-based nonprofit advocacy group) ignored two warnings given them that IM22 could be found unconstitutional.
  • “Democracy credits” are part of IM22.  But those were designed to take almost $5 million out of our state budget to fund political campaigns – money that should fund our schools and Medicaid, for example – even though our Constitution directs all monies be appropriated by the legislature, not by an initiated measure.
  • IM22 must be replaced because it would basically set up a fourth branch of government made up of unelected commissioners who would have authority to repeal any law passed by the South Dakota Legislature.
  • Proponents of IM22 were unable to point to any act of corruption by the legislature.
  • Legislators take an oath not to accept bribes.  The punishment for accepting a bribe is a Class 4 felony (1939 law).  IM22 makes bribery a Class 1 misdemeanor – a lesser sentence.

HB 1069, to repeal IM22, has passed the House by a vote of 54-13It will be heard in the full Senate TOMORROW, February 1. To listen to the hearing on HB1069 in the House State Affairs Committee, click here.

Please Take Action:

Contact your senator and kindly urge him/her to Vote “yes” on HB1069.Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota. Email him/her by clicking here.  If you don’t know who your senator is, then simply click here for their name and contact information.

In addition, call the Senate lobby and leave a message for your senator at (605) 773-3821.

Please Pray HB1069 will pass in the Senate tomorrow.

Thank you in advance,

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota

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.

Click to view entire press release.

Redirect Funding Away from Planned Parenthood

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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
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

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.