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Stand With Us in Prayer and Action Against Assisted Suicide Measure

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Assisted Suicide Initiated Measure

Although the Election of 2016 is in the recent past, South Dakota Ballot Measures for 2018 arrived at the attorney general’s office months ago.  Of particular concern to all pro-life citizens should be the evil lurking behind an assisted-suicide or euthanasia measure brought by “Death With Dignity South Dakota.”

ACTION ITEM: Keep the measure from getting the necessary 14,000 signatures to be placed on the ballot in 2018!  CWA strongly opposes this measure as it is contrary to our core issues.  We will be providing more information later.  At this time, however, we are urging you (and anyone with whom you can share this message) NOT TO SIGN the petition if it is presented to you.

PRAYER CONCERN:  Pray that God would shine the light in the darkness of this evil measure and that it will ultimately be defeated. “God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.”  –I John 1: 5-6

CWA President on “Family Talk”

 Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, was recently featured on Dr. James Dobson’s popular radio talk show, Family Talk.  Dr. Dobson has been a close friend of CWA and a champion of the Biblical principles for which we stand.  Penny was featured in a two-part broadcast discussing her new book, Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women.

 Click here to listen to the two-part show.

Get involved with CWA of South Dakota

  • Join or start a Prayer/Action chapter.  Contact me today for more information.
  • Please donate to CWA of South Dakota.  Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert and you would like to be on our e-alert list, contact me, and I will be happy to do so.

Linda Schauer

State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]
sd.cwfa.org

Calls Needed to the Governor to Protect Religious Liberty in South Dakota

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“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”.  (Galatians 6:9)

As you know, a victory for religious liberty was achieved in the South Dakota Legislature on Tuesday!  SB 149 provides certain protections to faith-based or religious child-placement agencies.

We are grateful for this victory in the Legislature, we now await Gov. Daugaard’s signature on SB149.

Now is not the time for us to become complacent.  You can be certain that the ACLU, Human Rights Watch and other liberal groups are busy contacting the Governor urging him to veto the bill.  They do not rest.

ACTION:

If you haven’t already, please call Gov. Dennis Daugaard at (605) 773-3212, and/or e-mail him, and respectfully ask him to sign SB 149 into lawto ensure faith-based child placement agencies can continue to place children as they have been doing for decades according to their stated Biblical beliefs.

Pass this alert on to others.  Share it with your family and friends.

Once again, thank you for both your prayers and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]
sd.cwfa.org

Religious Liberty Victory in South Dakota!

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“Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever” (Psalm 106:1)

A victory for religious liberty was achieved in the South Dakota Legislature yesterday!  SB 149 passed the Senate with a concurrence vote of 27 to 8.  Check the votes here.  SB 149 provides certain protections to faith-based or religious child-placement agencies.

We are grateful for Sen. Alan Solano (R-District 32) and Rep. Steven Haugaard (R-District 10) for sponsoring SB 149 in their respective chambers.

Thank you for contacting your senator and representatives urging them to support SB 149!  We even picked up the four senators that we were targeting: Sen. Blake Curd (R-District 12), Sen. Kris Langer (R-District 25), Sen. Terri Haverly (R-District 35) and Sen. Jordan Youngberg (R-District 22).  In addition, Sen. Deb Soholt (R-District 14) voted YES!

ACTION:

  1. Phone the Senate lobby at (605) 773-3821 and leave a message for your senator. If your senator voted YES, please thank him/her.  If he/she voted NO, kindly express your disappointment.  Check the votes here.  Click here to find out who your senator is.
  2. Call Gov. Dennis Daugaard at (605) 773-3212, and/or e-mail him, and respectfully ask him to sign SB 149 into lawto ensure faith-based child placement agencies can continue to place children as they have been doing for decades.

PRAISE: Thank the Lord for this victory!

Once again, thank you for both your prayers and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]
sd.cwfa.org

Prayer and Action for Religious Liberty in South Dakota

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Opposition to the “Women’s March”

CWA Home Team Captain Beth Spitzer’s letter to the editor regarding the “Women’s March” held in Rapid City was published in the Rapid City Journal.  Click here to read Beth’s letter.

Religious Liberty

We are pleased to report that SB149, An Act to provide certain protections to faith-based or religious child-placement agencies passed in the House this week 43-20-7.  Check the votes here.

An amendment was placed in the bill; therefore, it must return to the Senate for concurrence before it goes to the Governor for his signature.  Check the Senate votes here.

We would like to pick up more YES votes in the Senate by targeting the following:

Sen. Blake Curd (R-District 12) – [email protected]

Sen. Kris Langer (R-District 25) – [email protected]

Sen. Terri Haverly (R-District 35) – [email protected]

Sen. Jordan Youngberg (R-District 22) – [email protected]

 TAKE ACTION:

  1. Phone the Senate lobby at (605) 773-3821 and leave a message for your senator. Urge him/her to “Support Concurrence of SB149, the bill to protect the religious liberty of faith-based child-placement agencies.” If one of the senators listed above is your senator, please make an extra effort to both e-mail and call them. To find out who your senator is and their e-mail address, click here.

Consider making some of these points within your e-mail:

  • Our religious liberties are protected in the First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise [of religion].” Yet our religious liberties are increasingly being threatened.
  • Several faith-based adoption agencies in other states have closed their doors when coerced to violate their sincerely held religious tenets.
  • South Dakota faith-based child-placement agencies receive no state funds for their services.
  • There are over 1500 attorneys in South Dakota, plus other agencies who can facilitate adoptions.
  • SB149 would simply allow South Dakota faith-based child-placement agencies to continue to do the work they have been doing for decades.
  1. Forward this e-alert on to others and encourage them to pray and take action on this important issue.

PRAY: Please be in prayer for this important legislation that our God grants wisdom to our legislators.

Thank you for your engagement on the issues!  We couldn’t do it without you.

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]
sd.cwfa.org

South Dakota Legislative Update – Religious Freedom, Sex Trafficking, Powdered Alcohol and Academic Freedom

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Religious Freedom Bill

SB 149 will provide certain protections to faith-based or religious child-placement agencies. Under SB149, 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 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 passed in the full Senate on Wednesday, February 22, with a vote of 22-12. Check the votes here.  If your Senator voted “Yes,” please thank him or her. If he or she voted “No,” kindly express your disappointment.

SB 149 will now be heard in the House.

Please contact your two representatives and urge them to vote “YES” on SB 149. Use this example format when emailing:  [email protected].  You may provide a reason for your position.

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

 

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 full Senate and unanimously in the House Health and Human Services Committee. We expect it to receive a favorable vote in the full House as well.

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.

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.

HB 1143  will revise certain provisions regarding underage prostitution.
Any person aged sixteen years or older who engages in or offers to engage in sexual activity for a fee is guilty of prostitution. Prostitution is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Enforcement of HB 1143 will ensure that minors are removed from their sexual activity source and moved to a safe place where she/he can receive care.

HB 1143 passed unanimously in the full House and will now be heard in the Senate where we expect it to pass.

 

Powdered Alcohol Bill

SB 81 is a good bill to prohibit the manufacture, sale, or possession of alcohol in a powdered, condensed, or other concentrated form under most circumstances.  Yes, there is such a product as powdered alcohol, and SB 81 places a ban on it in South Dakota.  SB passed in the Senate 33-1.  It will now go to the House where we expect it to pass.

 

Academic Freedom Bill

The Academic Freedom Bill, SB 55, failed in the House Education Committee on Wednesday, February 22, with a vote of 6-9.  Check the votes here.

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

Please be in prayer for each of these important bills and ask that our God grants wisdom to those in leadership over us.

Thank you for your support of CWA of South Dakota and for your engagement on the issues! We couldn’t do it without you.

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]
sd.cwfa.org

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:  [email protected].  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:  [email protected]. 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:  [email protected].

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
sd.cwfa.org

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.