CWA of South Dakota Legislative Update – Your Prayers and Action Are Needed!

By February 9, 2016South Dakota
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“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:13 )

Government Nondiscrimination Act

bibleHB1107, An Act to ensure government nondiscrimination in matters of religious beliefs and moral convictions, passed in the full House today with a vote of  46-10-14.  Check the votes here.

HB1107, the Government Nondiscrimination Act (GNDA), would prevent state and local governments from discriminating against individuals or entities which affirm the Biblical view of marriage, that sexual relations should be reserved for marriage and that an individual’s biological sex is unchangeable.

ACTION:  Contact Gov. Daugaard and urge him to support HB1107, the Government Non Discrimination Act.  You may e-mail him here.   Phone his office at (605) 773-3212.

HB1112 now heads to the Senate.

Informed Consent Bill – Chemical Abortion

ABORTION PILLHB1157, An Act to require that a doctor provide a woman additional information as a part of informed consent prior to performing an abortion.

HB1157, an informed consent bill, involves the two-drug abortion regimen commonly referred to as RU-486.  The bill requires that the abortion-minded woman be told that if she should change her mind after taking the first drug, Mifepristone, it is still possible to save her baby’s life by not taking the second drug, Misoprostol.

RU-486, a chemical abortion, is different than a surgical abortion in that the mother is self-aborting which may cause some anguish and cause her to change her mind about continuing with the chemical abortion.  Informed consent provides the mother with better decision-making options.

HB1157 was heard in the House State Affairs Committee, this morning of February 8 and passed unanimously.  It should be voted on in the House on Wednesday.

ACTION:  E-mail your two representatives and urge them to support HB1157, the informed consent bill.  In addition, phone the House lobby and leave a message for your representatives at (605) 773-3851.

Tax Credit/Scholarship Bill

educationSB159, An Act to provide a tax credit to insurance companies that contribute to an organization providing educational scholarships to certain students, will be heard in the Senate Education Committee tomorrow, February 9.

Click here to find out more about this concept.

ACTIONE-mail members of the Senate Education Committee and urge them to support SB159.

Hopefully, SB159 will pass in committee, so contact your senator and urge him to support SB159, the tax credit/scholarship bill.

In addition, phone the Senate lobby and leave a message at (605)773-3821.

Academic Freedom Bill

academicSB83, An Act to protect the teaching of certain scientific information, failed in the Senate Education Committee February 4.  SB83 would have allowed freedom in the classroom to discuss scientific strengths and weaknesses of theories. SB83 was sent to the 41st legislative day, which essentially kills the bill.  We wanted a No vote.  Check the votes here.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.
Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
(605) 380-6914


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