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Gov. Noem Declares a Day of Prayer and Fasting for All Humanity

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Gov. Kristi Noem has issued an Executive Proclamation declaring Saturday, May 4, 2019, “A Day of Prayer and Fasting for All.” This Proclamation is in response to the recently passed New York law that “permits the nearly limitless abortion of a child in utero, even in the last moments before that child’s eyes see the light beyond the womb; and…other states may seek to follow this path.”


Recognizing that “All life is sacred and that every person has dignity and worth. … Life is sacred from the moment of conception, … With all humility and in fitting fear of perdition, it is thus proper to bow before the unseen Author of all life and beg mercy in atonement for our own sins and the sins of our countrymen, that the cause of our sadness might be lifted from this land and harmony among all restored; and, Now, Therefore, I, Kristi Noem, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim May 4, 2019, as 

A DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING FOR ALL

in South Dakota and I respectfully request people of all creeds or none at all to observe this day with solemn mourning and pleas to heaven as best their consciences do direct.”


Concerned Women for America of South Dakota is grateful for the Governor’s request under this proclamation, as more than 60 million babies’ lives have been ended by abortion since 1973. Certainly, this is a tragic stain on our nation, and the mothers of the unborn – as well as the fathers, extended family members, and friends – have been affected by these regrettable decisions that ended these little lives. We join with the citizens of our state in prayer and fasting, humbly beseeching our Heavenly Father, the Giver of life, for His forgiveness and mercy.

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

Letter: Born-alive babies deserve protection

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Letter -to-the-editor posted in the Aberdeen News

By State Director, Linda Schauer

Good legislation sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, prohibits further research testing on cats and provides adoption for current research subjects. The HEART bill, sponsored by presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, would criminalize dog fighting and find forever homes for survivors.

I applaud these senators for their concern for our feline and canine friends. Pets are great companions and should be well-treated. However, when those who bring bills that protect cats and dogs fail to provide humane treatment for human babies who survive an abortion, it is unconscionable and the essence of hypocrisy.

After New York erased all protections for born-alive babies, and the governor of Virginia endorsed infanticide, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, introduced the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Sadly, the bill failed to receive the necessary 60 votes with 44 Democrat senators opposing the protection of babies who survive abortion or attempted abortion. The Born Alive bill is experiencing the same fate in the Democrat-controlled House with Speaker Nancy Pelosi refusing to allow a vote.

Recent polling shows that 82 percent of Americans, including 77 percent of pro-choice Americans, support protection for children born alive after an attempted abortion. Clearly, most Americans believe babies born alive after an attempted abortion are now patients worthy of medical care.

The Born Alive bill would require abortionists to provide care to a child born alive and includes penalties for the practitioner. It also shields birth mothers from prosecution and grants them the right to take civil action against a health care professional who fails to provide this care. Additionally, any infant born alive after an attempted abortion must be immediately admitted to a hospital.

Born Alive is about stopping infanticide, not restricting or regulating abortion. Our humanity demands that born and unborn children deserve protection.

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

https://www.aberdeennews.com/news/opinion/letters/letter-born-alive-babies-deserve-protection/article_0b052af7-d2be-5982-a505-1fdaa0f11cc1.html

Two Bad Gambling Bills Defeated!!

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SJR2 is a gambling bill that would have placed the issue on the 2020 ballot for all South Dakota voters to decide if we would want to legalize sports betting in the City of Deadwood.

SJR2 was defeated in the House 33-32-5.  Thanks be to God! Check the votes here. We wanted a NO vote, not to calendar for further debate and action.  (A majority vote of the House was required to place SJR2 on the calendar.  It did not receive the needed 36 votes.)

Those behind this bill have indicated that they will proceed to gather signatures on petitions to place it on the ballot in 2020. Encourage your friends not to sign such a petition!

CWA has always taken a position against the expansion of gambling. Interestingly, the Department of Revenue came forth in opposition, stating that their analysis showed that this legalization of sports gambling would cost the state more than it would bring in for revenue, due to the costs of regulation, etc. This was a message that possibly is backed by Gov. Kristi Noem, who stated during her gubernatorial campaign that she was against the expansion of gambling.

Sadly, South Dakota is second in the country with the number of gambling addicts, with Nevada being the first.

Another gambling bill was defeated in the full Senate on Monday, February 25.  

SJR5 was a gambling bill that would have placed the issue on the 2020 ballot for all South Dakota voters to decide. SJR5 would allow roulette, keno, craps, limited card games, and slot machines in the city of Yankton. The vote was 13 to 22. Praise God! Check the votes here. We wanted a No vote.

Sanctity of Life

There are several good pro-life bills that easily passed in the Legislature. We will have a full report on these life bills in our spring newsletter.

A special thanks to all of you who both prayed and acted on these bills, and others, as we have moved through the legislative session. Your efforts reaped a harvest.

Linda Schauer

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

CWA of South Dakota Legislative Update

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Hate Crimes Bill Defeated!

We praise God that this egregious hate crimes bill was defeated in the House Judiciary Committee, Friday, February 22.  Check the votes here.  We wanted a Yes vote, to send it to the 41st legislative day.  Thank you for your prayers and action.

HB1243 – “An act to revise provisions regarding hate crimes”

CWA of South Dakota opposed this very dangerous bill, for the following reasons:

  • HB1243 would add “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” to our statutes regarding “hate crimes.” We don’t want those terms in our state code.
  • Adding the undefined terms of “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” to our list of protected classes would grant special rights and privileges based strictly upon a person’s sexual behavior.
  • Currently, discrimination against certain classes of people is limited to the immutable classes of race, religion, national origin, and sex.
  • All South Dakota citizens are already protected equally under the law.
  • This law opens the door to policies that discriminate against people with traditional views.

Additionally, HB1243 would:

  • Create more severe punishment for crimes against those who claim “sexual identity” or “sexual orientation.”
  • Criminalize “thought-induced” crimes.
  • Transform morality into a form of bigotry.

Bad Gambling Bill -Vote will be TODAY

The following bill will be voted on in the full Senate today, February 25, sometime after 2:00 p.m. If you have not contacted your senator to VOTE NO, please do so and ask others to call/e-mail as well. We are opposed to further expansion of gambling in South Dakota.

SJR5 is a gambling bill that would place the issue on the 2020 ballot for all South Dakota voters to decide. SJR5 would allow roulette, keno, craps, limited card games, and slot machines in the city of Yankton.

CWA is opposed to the expansion of gambling due to the negative and addictive effects it has on individual lives and families.

After failing in committee, SJR5 was reported out of committee “without recommendation.” Then a motion in the full Senate to calendar SJR5 – for a full debate and vote next week – passed by a vote of 20 to 11Hopefully, the full Senate will vote NO on SJR5.

Please take action:
Contact your senator and ask him to OPPOSE SJR5. Click here to view the list of senators and then simply click on their e-mail addresses. Click here if you do not know who your senator is. In addition to e-mailing, phone the Senate lobby and leave a message for your Senator. (605) 773-3821

Effort to Rein in Gambling – Failed

This good bill failed in committee.  Check the votes here.  We wanted a NO vote, not to send it to the 41st legislative day.

HB1253 – “An Act to provide funding for advertising that addresses the negative aspects of gambling.”HB1253 would have provided funds from the state’s share of video lottery to educate the public on the dangers of gambling and its addictive tendencies.  South Dakota is second in the country with the number of gambling addicts, with Nevada being the first. We supported HB1253!

Fair Competition in High School Sports

HB1225, to “establish a determinant in identifying a student’s sexual identity for the purpose of participation in high school athletics.”  This good bill passed out of committee “without recommendation.”  We wanted a Yes Vote to pass it to the full House.

HB1225 will require support of one-third of the House members to put it on the calendar for debate and a vote in the full House.

Please contact your two House Representatives and ask them to SUPPORT HB1225.

CWA of South Dakota Supports HB 1225 for the following reasons:

  • HB1225 will ensure that eligibility to play on sex-segregated teams be based on the sex of the student as indicated on the student’s birth certificate.
  • HB1225 will promote fair competition for boys and girls.
  • Boys competing as girls is “cheating” due to boys’ advantage in strength and size.
  • High-achieving girls may lose out on college sports’ scholarships to biological boys who compete as girls

ACTION: Contact your two representatives and ask them to SUPPORT HB1225.
Click here to view the list of legislators and then simply click on their e-mail addresses. Click here if you do not know who your legislators are. In addition to e-mailing, phone the House lobby and leave a message for your two House representatives. (605) 773-3851

Please diligently keep all these important issues in your prayers. Thank you.

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
(605) 380-6914
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfa.org

Staying Informed, Active and Prayerful – State Legislative Update

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Gambling – MOST URGENT

SJR2 ” Proposing and submitting to the voters an amendment to the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, providing for wagering on sporting events.” If passed in the Legislature, SJR2 would be on the ballot in 2020 for the people to decide if we want to legalize sports betting in the City of Deadwood. SJR2 passed in the Senate State Affairs Committee 5-4 and will be heard in the full Senate this afternoon, Monday, February 11. We want a NO vote. CWA has always taken a position against the expansion of gambling.

Interestingly, the Department of Revenue came forth in opposition, stating that their analysis showed that this legalization of sports gambling would actually cost the state more than it would bring in for revenue, due to the costs of regulation, etc. This was a message that possibly is backed by Governor Noem, who stated during her gubernatorial campaign that she was against expansion of gambling. 

TAKE ACTION NOW: Contact your state senator and ask him/her to OPPOSE SJR2 .
Click here to view the list of legislators and simply click on your Senator’s e-mail address.
Click here if you do not know who your legislators are.
In addition to e-mailing, phone the Senate lobby and leave a message for your Senator: (605) 773-3821. 

More Gambling

HB 1252 , to increase the state’s percentage of video lottery revenues and create a “video lottery repeal and recovery fund.”

This bill will be heard in House Taxation Committee Tuesday morning. We support HB 1252. The goal of HB 1252 is to gradually decrease South Dakota’s dependence on video lottery proceeds that are used to fund state government. We know it is never good to fund government with “sin taxes,” because gambling problems can cause family breakdown. 

ACTION: Contact members of the Committee and also your two representatives and ask them to support HB1252.
Click here to view the list of legislators and simply click on their e-mail addresses.
Click here if you do not know who your legislators are.
In addition to e-mailing, phone the House lobby and leave a message for your two House Representatives. (605) 773-3851.

SJR5 is a third gambling bill that would place the issue on the 2020 ballot for all South Dakota voters to decide. SJR5 would allow roulette, keno, craps, limited card games, and slot machines in the city of Yankton.

SJR5 could be heard in the Senate State Affairs Committee this week. Again, CWA is opposed to the expansion of gambling due to the negative and addictive effects it has on individual lives and families. 

ACTION: Contact members of the Senate State Affairs Committee and ask them to OPPOSE SJR5. In addition, contact your Senator and ask him to OPPOSE SJR5.
Click here to view the list of legislators and simply click on your Senator’s e-mail address.
Click here if you do not know who your legislators are.
In addition to e-mailing, phone the Senate lobby and leave a message for your Senator. (605) 773-3821.

Protect Life

HB1193 , “to provide a criminal penalty for causing an abortion against a pregnant mother’s will.” This is a good pro-life bill providing a Class B felony penalty for “causing the pregnant mother to undergo an abortion against her will that results in the death of the unborn human being.”

HB1193 will be heard in the House Health & Human Services Committee Wednesday, February 13.

ACTION: Contact members of the Committee and also your two representatives and ask them to support HB1193.
Click here to view the list of legislators and simply click on their e-mail addresses.
Click here if you do not know who your legislators are.

In addition to e-mailing, phone the House lobby and leave a message for your two House Representatives. (605) 773-3851.

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

The U.S. Constitution is Not the Problem!

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“Having witnessed the difficulties and dangers experienced by the first Convention … I should tremble for the result of a second.” “the most violent partisans,” and “individuals of insidious views” would strive to be delegates and would have “a dangerous opportunity of sapping the very foundations of the fabric” of our Country.  – James Madison’s letter to G.L. Turberville, 1788

HJR1005 is a bad bill that would put our U.S. Constitution in jeopardy by opening it up for amendments (changes) such as repeal of the Second Amendment or abolishing the Electoral College.  It could even re-energize the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) of the 1970s that would solidify tax-payer funded abortion in the Constitution. (CWA of Virginia and Georgia are currently dealing with the ERA and working to defeat it.)

Please read our new brochure “The U.S. Constitution is Not the Problem!” to understand this topic.

HJR1005 was defeated in House State Affairs committee, Wednesday, February 6.  Click here to view the votes.  (We wanted a No vote.) However, even after the defeat in committee, the sponsor “smoked” it out of committee for a full debate, and a vote on the House floor is scheduled for Monday, February 11.

We must defeat HJR1005!  Don’t delay, let your two representatives know where you stand, and then please forward this e-alert to others to do the same.

Please take action TODAY and through the weekend!

Contact your two representatives and ask them to oppose HJR1005.  Consider using some of the talking points listed below.

Contact Information:

When e-mailing, provide your name and address. Put a brief message in subject line: OPPOSE HJR1005.

When communicating with your legislators always be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota.

Click here to view the list of legislators and simply click on their e-mail address.

Click here if you do not know who your legislators are.

In addition to e-mailing, phone the House lobby today or Monday morning at (605) 773-3851 and leave a message for your two House representatives.

Please join us in prayer.  Pray for clarity and wisdom for our House of Representatives.

Talking Points:

  • It is too risky to open our Constitution. Too much national division, radical interest groups.
  • Limit power of the Federal Government, Fiscal restraint — All the goals the Constitutional Convention is trying to achieve are already listed in our Constitution. It just needs to be obeyed.
  • Too much uncertainty as to how a Constitutional Convention would be conducted.
  • Delegates to a Constitutional Convention could set their own rules with a new ratification mode.
  • Who selects the delegates? Would California get more than South Dakota?  Unknown.
  • Ideas already suggested for Constitutional Convention consideration: abolish Electoral College, Repeal of Second Amendment, weakening of First Amendment, Equal Rights Amendment, a new constitution.

Your e-mails and phone messages are very important. Again, please share this information with your friends.

Blessings,

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
(605) 380-6914
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfa.org

The South Dakota Legislature is Threatening the U.S. Constitution

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“Having witnessed the difficulties and dangers experienced by the first Convention … I should tremble for the result of a second.” “The most violent partisans,” and “individuals of insidious views” would strive to be delegates and would have “a dangerous opportunity of sapping the very foundations of the fabric” of our Country.  James Madison’s letter to G.L. Turberville, 1788

HJR1005 is a bad bill that would put our U.S. Constitution in jeopardy by opening it up for amendments (changes) such as the repeal of the Second Amendment or abolishing the Electoral College.  It could even re-energize the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) of the 1970s that would solidify tax-payer funded abortion in the Constitution. (CWA of Virginia and Georgia are currently dealing with the ERA and working to defeat it.)

Please read our new brochure The U.S. Constitution is Not the Problem! to understand this topic.

HJR1005 will be heard in House State Affairs committee, Wednesday, February 6. 

Talking points:

  • It is too risky to open our Constitution. Too much national division, radical interest groups.
  • Limit power of the Federal government, fiscal restraint — all the goals the Con Con is trying to achieve are already listed in our Constitution. It just needs to be obeyed.
  • Too much uncertainty as to how a Con Con would be conducted.
  • Delegates to a Con Con could set their own rules with a new ratification mode.
  • Who selects the delegates? Would California get more than South Dakota?  Unknown.
  • Ideas already suggested for Con Con consideration: abolish Electoral College, Repeal of Second Amendment, weakening of First Amendment, Equal Rights Amendment, a new constitution.

Please take action!

  1. E-mail and call the members of the House State Affairs Committee as well as your two House representatives. Ask them to oppose HJR1005.  Consider using some of the talking points. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota. When e-mailing, provide your name and address. Put a brief message in the subject line.
  2. Forward this email onto friends and encourage them to both pray and take action on this important topic.

Contact Information

Click here to contact the committee members.

Click here to view the list of legislators and simply click on their e-mail address.

Click here if you do not know who your legislators are.

In addition to e-mail, phone the House lobby at (605) 773-3851 and leave a message for your two House Representatives.

Please join us in prayer. Ask the Lord to give the committee members and House representatives wisdom to see the dangers in this legislation.

Your e-mails, phone messages, and prayers are very important.

Blessings,

Linda Schauer
State Director
(605) 380-6914
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfa.org

High School Sports Teams: Fair Competition for All

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CWA of South Dakota is supporting SB49, a bill that will void the transgender procedure adopted by the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) in 2015. 

  • SB49 would ensure that eligibility to play on sex-segregated teams will be based on the sex of the student as indicated on the student’s birth certificate.
  • SB49 will promote fair competition for boys and girls.

SB49 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee, Thursday, January 24, and if passed out of comittee it would then move on to the full Senate.

Please take action!

  1. E-mail and/or call the members of the Senate Education Committee and urge them to support SB49 which promotes fair competition for girls and boys.
  2. Email your state senator here. Simply click on his or her e-mail address. If you do not know who your state senator is, click here.  Or, for example, you can use this sample: John.Smith@sdlegislature.gov
  3. Phone your senator by calling the Senate lobby at (605) 773-3821 and leave a message for him or her.
  4. Forward this email on to others and ask them to pray and act.

 Note: Whether e-mailing and/or phoning your legislators, be sure to provide your name and address so he or she knows that you are from their district. And, let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota.

Keep this issue in prayer. Pray for your legislators by name as you contact them.  May they be wise and courageous.

“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
(605) 380-6914
director@southdakota.cwfa.org
sd.cwfa.org