South Dakota

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
[email protected]

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
[email protected]

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

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June 13, 2017
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.


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

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.

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.

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Linda Schauer

State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]

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.


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]