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Legislative Update: Sanctity of Life and Education

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“The question is not whether we legislate morality, but whose morality we legislate.” Chuck Colson

 SANCTITY OF LIFE LEGISLATION

We are pleased to report that SB 110 passed the Senate on Tuesday, February 6, by a vote of 27 to 8. Check the votes here. It will now head to the House.

This bill will bring some transparency to the disclosure of information given to women seeking abortion at Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls, our only remaining abortion facility.  It aims to set right the wrong done to our legislators and governor who passed and signed additions to our abortion disclosure law in previous years.  In addition, this bill exposes Planned Parenthood’s failure to adequately present the disclosures (informed consent) as required by state law. It requires Pregnancy Help Centers to also provide certain disclosures, ensuring pregnant mothers receive accurate information when considering an abortion.

ACTION:  Contact your representatives and ask them to vote YES on SB 110.  You may email using this examplejohn.smith@sdlegislature.gov,  call the House lobby at 605-773-3851 to leave a message, and/or click here to find out who your representatives are and how to contact them individually.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota.

HOMESCHOOL LEGISLATION

HB 1120, the “Homeschool Activities Equal Access” bill,  failed in the House Education Committee on January 31.  Check the votes here. HB 1120 would have provide[d] equal access for all students to activities sponsored by the South Dakota High School Activities Association or school districts. However, the “smoke out” of the bill was successful, thus forcing the committee to send it to the House floor for debate and a vote.  Check the votes here.  We wanted a “Yes” vote.  As of today, HB 1120 has not been placed on the calendar for a vote pending an amendment.

We are pleased to report that SB 94, the “Homeschool Opportunity Scholarship Equity” bill, passed in the Senate.  Check the votes here. The bill will establish certain provisions regarding the opportunity scholarship program, making the program fair for homeschoolers.

It has not yet been scheduled in the House Education Committee.

ACTION:  Contact your state representatives and urge them to support these two homeschool bills. You may email using this examplejohn.smith@sdlegislature.gov,  call the House lobby at 605-773-3851 to leave a message, and/or click here to find out who your representatives are and how to contact them individually. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota.

PARTNERS IN EDUCATION LEGISLATION

Two bills, SB 117 and HB 1221, have made a few adjustments that they are required to do as the program progresses. The purpose of SB 117 is to revise certain provisions regarding the partners in education tax credit program. The purpose of HB 1221, a program that was passed into law two years ago that we were involved in, is to expand the partners in education tax credit program to include tribally controlled schools on a federally recognized Indian reservation.

ACTION:  No action is needed at this time.

 PRAYER:  Please pray for the success of each one of these bills.  May their opposition be thwarted.

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

Legislative Update: Life, Homeschool, and the State Constitution

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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

The South Dakota Legislature has important bills that need your support and prayers.

LIFE

SB 110 is an excellent pro-life bill that will bring transparency to the disclosure of information given to women seeking abortion at Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls, our only remaining abortion facility.  This bill exposes Planned Parenthood’s failure to adequately present the disclosures (informed consent) as required by state law.  It requires pregnancy help centers to also provide certain disclosures, ensuring pregnant mothers receive accurate information when considering an abortion.

Status: The Senate Committee on State Affairs is likely to hear SB 110 on Friday, February 2.

CWA supports this bill that aims to set aright the wrong done to our legislators and governor who passed and signed additions to our abortion disclosure law in previous years.

Action:  Contact your state senator and ask him/her to vote YES on SB 110.  You may email using this example: john.smith@sdlegislature.gov. Click here to find out who your senator is, or call the Senate lobby to leave a message at (605) 773-3821.

HOMESCHOOL
SB 94, the “Homeschool Opportunity Scholarship Equity” bill, will “establish certain provisions regarding the opportunity scholarship program,” making the program fair for homeschoolers.

Status: SB 94 passed in the Senate and will now head to the House.  Check the votes here.

HB 1120, the “Homeschool Activities Equal Access” bill, will “provide equal access for all students to activities sponsored by the South Dakota High School Activities Association or school districts.”  

Status: URGENT – HB 1120 will be heard in the House Education Committee TOMORROW, January 31.

Action:  Contact your state legislators and urge them to support these two homeschool bills.  Call the Senate lobby phone at (605) 773-3821 and the House lobby phone at (605) 773-3851.

STATE CONSTITUTION

SJR1 is a joint resolution that would be submitted to the voters in the November 2018 election for their approval.  If approved, it will change the threshold to make an amendment to the South Dakota Constitution.  Any change thereafter would require a 55% vote of the people, rather than the current 50%.

Status: SJRI has passed in the Senate and will now head to the House. Check the Senate votes here.

CWA supports this effort, because any amendments to the South Dakota Constitution should be considered with arduous and careful effort.

PRAYER

Please join us in prayer concerning these four bills.  Pray that all opposition to these bills would be thwarted and that each one passes.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

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

The 2018 South Dakota Legislative Session begins Next Week! Are You Ready?

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Dear CWA Friends,

The 2018 South Dakota Legislative Session begins Tuesday, January 9. During this 38-day session, we urge all 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. Your help in defeating dangerous, anti-family legislation that CWA opposes is even more crucial.

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

If you do not know the names of your senator and representatives, click here or call the auditor at your county courthouse.

As volunteers, we are honored to represent you in South Dakota by promoting CWA’s issues, which are:

  • Definition of the 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.

Many of you have committed to our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign and should have received your packet in the mail by now.  I appreciate your faithfulness in praying for your adopted legislator and sending him/her the encouraging postcards.

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
(605) 380-6914

Cindy Flakoll
Legislative Liaison
CWA of South Dakota
(605) 380-2766

South Dakota Legislators Need Our Prayers

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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 Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign for the 2018 South Dakota legislative session. This is our 19th year of executing this inspiring program!  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 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?  You will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard that is pre-printed with a Scripture verse or inspirational quote every week.  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 build bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA. As an “encourager,” you will benefit from the blessings of being 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 South Dakota legislative session in early January.

May God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

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

Assisted Suicide Measure Fails

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November 6 was the deadline that petitions for ballot measures could be submitted to the secretary of state’s office.

We are pleased to report that the assisted suicide measure did not receive the required number of signatures, rendering this issue annul.  We praise God for this victory! 

 It is reassuring to know that South Dakotans respect and value all life and honor God as our life-giver and life-taker.

Additionally, of the three marijuana measures, the two recreational marijuana petitions were not submitted. Thus, the medical marijuana proposal can still be on the 2018 ballot, providing the petitions’ signatures are all valid.

You can read more about these issues in our fall newsletter.

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

Concerned Women for America of South Dakota Applauds Delta Airlines – Production was Egregious

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2017
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
CWA of South Dakota (605) 380-6914

Concerned Women for America of South Dakota Applauds Delta Airlines
Production was egregious.

Leola, South Dakota – Fantasizing the violent death of President Trump seems to be in vogue in some circles these days.  Last week it was the Kathy Griffin debacle. This week a play on the east coast is highlighting a similar theme.

Concerned Women for America of South Dakota applauds Delta Airlines for pulling their sponsorship of New York Public Theater’s production of Julius Caesar, which portrayed Caesar by casting him and his wife with Donald and Melania Trump look-alikes.  Living in a less populated part of the country, South Dakotans are keenly aware that Delta is often our only option for commercial air travel.  Perhaps Delta is aware that many of their customers consider such productions to be egregious.

Linda Schauer, State Director for Concerned Women for America in South Dakota stated, “After Griffin’s depiction of the beheaded President, one would think “artists” would get the message that violence against the President of the United States, or any person for that matter, is not only in poor taste, but damaging to the unity of our nation.  How atrocious it is that we have become a culture where coarseness and blatant disrespect is becoming more acceptable.  Hopefully, more corporate sponsors will clean up their act and support wholesome and patriotic medium.”

Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.

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Letter: Invest in alternative to Planned Parenthood

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

Published 11:05 a.m. CT June 13, 2017 | Find at http://www.argusleader.com/story/opinion/readers/2017/06/13/letter-invest-alternative-planned-parenthood/102811616/

Contrary to Wendy Kofoed-Jacobs’ comments (Argus Leader/May 18) regarding Planned Parenthood’s “services to millions of poor women,” those services are extremely limited.

Thankfully, women have alternatives to Planned Parenthood – the largest abortion provider in the country – for meeting their health care needs. South Dakota has 84 Federally Qualified Community Health Centers, which clearly outnumber the one Planned Parenthood located in Sioux Falls. By threatening that women won’t receive health care without them, Planned Parenthood is claiming that abortion is necessary for women’ health. However, pregnancy is not a disease and abortion is not health care.

Women’s health care is much broader than “reproductive issues.” FQHC’s provide comprehensive care for all women’s health care needs such as respiratory illness, diabetes, heart disease, prenatal care, etc. These FQHCs are the answer to affordable women’s health care providing services at discounted costs for poor women.

Although prohibited from using Medicaid reimbursements to fund abortions, Planned Parenthood’s annual half-billion of your tax dollars is fungible, thus sustaining Planned Parenthood’s culture of death. If the goal is providing comprehensive women’s health care to those in need, Planned Parenthood is not a wise investment of our tax dollars. Elected representatives committed to good stewardship can see that the smart investment is redirecting funds to FQHC’s.