South Dakota

Would You Commit to Encouraging a Legislator?

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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 2019 South Dakota Legislative Session. This is our 20th year of Encourage-A-Legislator! 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 much 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? Each week you will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard pre-printed with a Scripture verse or inspirational quote. 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 encourage and build bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA. Your benefit as an “encourager” is that you are energized and blessed to be 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 2019 South Dakota Legislative Session early in January.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director
[email protected]

Get Out the Vote with CWA of South Dakota!

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Dear friend,

As you know, we are at a breaking point in history where the rule of law and civil discourse are being threatened by some politicians and radical activists who insist on getting their way, no matter what. Some are actually inciting that violence to be directed at those with whom they disagree.

Will it be mob rule or the rule of law?!

There are three simple steps that can have a significant impact on our state and nation’s future. Please join us in carrying them out. 

#1 Pray
As a Christian organization, we are first and foremost committed to prayer. As November 6th approaches, will you join us in praying for our state and nation? Please join us by setting a time daily to pray for this next election. Will you do that? Set an alarm on your phone, your computer, put a sticky note on your mirror, whatever works.

# 2 Encourage
As a Christian organization, we are committed to educating and encouraging others to vote. Will you join us in this? Encourage friends and family through Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.

#3 Vote
It is our duty, as citizens and as Christians, to participate in the process by both praying and voting. The institution of government was ordained by God as seen in Romans 13:1-4.

It is up to you and me to stand up to this mob mentality we saw during the Kavanaugh debacle by praying against malicious tactics and voting November 6.

Did you know . . . in South Dakota, early voting starts 45 days before and ends 1 day prior to Election Day? Any registered voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. The deadline in person or by mail is 1 day before Election Day.

Voter Guides:

Two push cards to freely print and distribute:

Party Platform Comparison (print double-sided 14” X 8 ½” and fold)

Together we will impact our state and nation’s future – Pray, Encourage, and Vote!Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]

November 6 – Vote YES on Amendment X and NO on Amendment W

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CWA of South Dakota ENDORSES Constitutional Amendment X

The 2018 ballot titles X as “An amendment to the South Dakota Constitution increasing the number of votes needed to approve a constitutional amendment.”

The Attorney General explanation states: “The South Dakota Constitution may only be amended by a vote of the people.  Currently, the Constitution provides that a proposed amendment must receive a majority [50%] of the votes cast in order to be approved. Constitutional Amendment X changes the Constitution, increasing the number of votes needed to approve an amendment from a majority to 55% of the votes cast on the amendment.”

According to the “Pro”-explanation written by State Sen. Jim Bolin (R), our state constitution is the foundational political document of South Dakota and should require more than a 50% approval for amendments.  Compared to the high standard required to amend our United States Constitution,  Amendment X proposes a modest adjustment (55%), raising the threshold, that will protect our South Dakota Constitution from unneeded changes which are often funded and promoted by out-of-state special interests.

CWA of South Dakota OPPOSES Constitution Amendment W

The 2018 ballot titles W as “An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution changing campaign finance and lobbying laws, creating a government accountability board, and changing certain initiative and referendum provisions.”

The “Con”- explanation is written by David Owens, President of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Owens writes that Amendment W would create a new (fourth) branch of government that is not elected by the people.  This seven-member tribunal would have powers that cannot be limited by the legislature, courts, or the Governor.  It would answer to no one with no accountability.  W would require a statewide vote to fix mistakes.  It is too risky to put Amendment W in the state constitution, too confusing and too long. (8 pages/ 3,329 words)  Interestingly, it is brought to South Dakota from Massachusetts.

Amendment W would take control over every other part of the South Dakota Constitution and force taxpayers to fund the tribunal to the tune of $389,000 annually.

Amendment W is Wrong for South Dakota.

Click here to read all South Dakota 2018 Ballot Question.

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]

Please Encourage Sens. Thune and Rounds to Continue Their Support for Judge Kavanaugh

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Dear Friend,

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12) 

What sets CWA apart from other organizations? It is our emphasis on prayer and action at the grassroots.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord … and who labors fervently in prayer. The greatest force for change on behalf of our families and country is indeed prayer and the responsibilities that come with our citizenship in a free country. All the resources of God Almighty are at our disposal, and He rules in all the affairs of men, and nothing is too hard for Him.

Stop Now, Pray and Act
Pray: Pray for our U.S. Senators. Pray for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), Senate Majority Leader. Pray that the schemes of those attempting to discredit Judge Kavanaugh would be thwarted. Pray for the Senate as a whole, may Judge Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed.

“The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good. As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. The heart of the wise inclines to the right but the heart of the fool to the left. Even as he walks along the road, the fools lack sense” (Ecclesiastes 9:17- 10:3a).

The Bible tells us “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4).

The armor of our warfare hangs on prayer and is activated by prayer. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).

Act: Contact our Sens. John Thune (R) and Marion Rounds (R) and urge their continued support for Judge Kavanaugh.

God bless you for your prayer and action,

Linda Schauer
State Director
(605) 380-6914
[email protected]

Attention Rapid City Residents!

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Do you, or someone you know, live in Rapid City?  We need those in Rapid City to respond by this Monday, September 17.

It has just come to our attention that the Rapid City School Board is considering the addition of “gender identity” to their non-discrimination policy at Western Dakota Tech.

CWA of South Dakota is concerned about the privacy rights of all students and staff.  This new policy would allow men to use women’s private facilities and vice versa.

Please Act Now!

  1. Contact school board members using the list below. Voice your objections to Policy #2005. Consider using some of the talking points below.
  2. If possible, attend the school board meeting on Monday, September 17, at 5:30 p.m., Western Dakota Tech.
  3. Sign the petition opposing this policy here.

Please Keep This Matter in Prayer.  Pray that the plans of the those pushing this policy would be thwarted and that it would be voted down by the school board.

Talking Points:

  • This misguided policy would likely spread to other Rapid City schools and beyond.
  • Discrimination would actually be against people with traditional and religious views.
  • This policy would place “gender identity” not only as a protected class, but also as a privileged group.
  • CWA believes all people should be treated with respect and kindness.
  • People with “gender identity” issues need compassionate counseling, not enabling or affirmation.

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).

God bless you for your prayer and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director
Concerned Women for America of South Dakota
[email protected]
(605) 380-6914

PRESS RELEASE: Women’s Group Denounces Abortion Activists’ Behavior at Kavanaugh Hearing

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September 6, 2018

Linda Schauer
(605) 439-3630
cell (605) 380-6914
[email protected]

Women’s Group Denounces Abortion Activists’
Behavior At Kavanaugh Hearing

Leola, SD — On Wednesday, September 5, 2018, two women from South Dakota were arrested after disrupting Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C. The two women were working on behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota.

CWA of South Dakota State Director, Linda Schauer, issued the following statement:
“It is a sad day in South Dakota history when South Dakota young women heckle United States Senators and a Supreme Court nominee in the halls of Congress. The extremely rude detractors at the hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh only embarrass themselves and their cause.
“Concerned Women for America and Young Women for America believe in the dignity of all persons, born and unborn. Pre-born women deserve equality. Giving life is the great equalizer.”

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

Kavanaugh the Right Pick for Supreme Court

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State Director’s letter to the editor posted on

Kudos to Senators Thune and Rounds for their support of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Thune stated that Kavanaugh “has effectively demonstrated his commitment to deciding cases based on the law, not on his own political opinions or preferred outcomes.” Rounds acknowledged that the judge “is a highly-qualified candidate who is committed to upholding the rule of law rather than legislating from the bench.”

Undoubtedly Judge Kavanaugh is eminently qualified for the Supreme Court. He is a jurist who upholds the Constitution as written, instead of relying on the notion of a “living Constitution” that some judges use to enact their personal opinions into law. Kavanaugh’s reputation for impartiality and fairness is well known. He has stood up for religious liberty, has a strong free-speech record, and has recognized that government has a valid interest in choosing life over abortion.

Kavanaugh has served on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2006. Demonstrating a consistent record of fidelity to the Constitution, he has written more than 300 clear and measured opinions, showing great respect for the fundamental separation of powers as required by the Constitution.

Even many liberal scholars agree Kavanaugh is highly qualified and should be confirmed swiftly.

Linda Schauer
State Director
Concerned Women for America of South Dakota

State Director Meets Up with CWA’s Women for Kavanaugh Bus Tour

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“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:24)

The Women for Kavanaugh bus is just completing its tour of eight key states to show our support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  CEO and President Penny Nance and her staff have been touring, rallying and holding meet-and-greet events at state fairs and other venues in an effort to connect with women and their families to promote and support Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Donald Trump’s presidential victory came with the support of South Dakotans who were concerned about the future of the United States Supreme Court.  Brett Kavanaugh was on the list of then candidate Trump’s possible Supreme Court nominees, and today Kavanaugh is our Supreme Court nominee.

We are grateful that Sens. John Thune (R-South Dakota) and Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) have indicated their full support for Brett Kavanaugh as a judge who has demonstrated his commitment to upholding the Constitution as written.

One of the states CWA is targeting is North Dakota, urging Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) to vote in support of Judge Kavanaugh. I had the pleasure to meet the Women for Kavanaugh bus as CWA held an event in Fargo on August 17.  CWA North Dakota State Director Lin Thorson and CEO and President Nance listed Kavanaugh’s qualifications and rallied the crowd to pray for his upcoming hearings and ultimately his confirmation by the U.S. Senate.  Equally crucial, citizens need to phone Sen. Heitkamp’s office and urge her to vote Yes on his confirmation.

Take Action:

  1. If you have friends in North Dakota, please urge them to pray and contact Sen. Heitkamp, urging her support for Judge Kavanaugh.
  2. Contact Sen. Thune. Thank him for supporting Kavanaugh. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota.
  3. Contact Sen. Rounds. Thank him for supporting Kavanaugh. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota.

For more information, go to the Women for Kavanaugh page here.

God bless you for your prayer and action.

Linda Schauer

State Director

Concerned Women for America of South Dakota

[email protected]

(605) 380-6914


Public Comments on Protect Life Rule Favors Life

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You did it! Thank you for your participation and work submitting comments to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the administration’s proposed Title X rule, the Protect Life Rule.

Concerned Women for America partners like you were responsible for submitting thousands of comments supporting the Protect Life Rule!  HHS received over 200,000 comments and upon our own investigation, it appears that a solid majority of these comments favor the rule.

Just a refresher:  Title X is a voluntary grant program that was enacted in the 1970s to provide low income individuals with family planning services.  The statute specifically says that abortion is not family planning and no funds can go toward abortion operations, but that hasn’t stopped the abortion industry from grabbing these funds and using them to prop up their abortion business.  This new Protect Life Rule would require Title X grant recipients to separate their abortion operations from family planning services, therefore adhering to the law.

The comment period was the first step.  Now HHS must proceed through more hoops before the Protect Life Rule is implemented.  We hope that by August 2019 the rule will be applied, and the grant program will no longer be used as a slush fund for the abortion industry.

About 6 in 10 Americans oppose taxpayer dollars being used to commit abortions, and that includes people who identify as pro-choice.  Americans want out of the abortion business, and this proposed rule is an important step to detangle the abortion industry from government funding.

We thank God for this victory.  Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise … Psalm 48:1

Linda Schauer

State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]