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Primary Election and Breach at the Supreme Court

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Breach at the Supreme Court
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never failing stream. –Amos 5:24

For the latest on the Dobbs breach at the Supreme Court and to read CWA’s press release, go to concernedwomen.org. You may read Penny Nance’s statement on the breach and what might be ahead, A Law Clerk’s Perspective, as well as a brief rundown on the leak from CWA’s legal counsel, Mario Diaz, and what it means for Roe, and more. I also invite you to watch CWA’s powerful prayer call on the case.

 

If you would like to subscribe for weekly updates from CWA and the latest on the Dobbs case, click here.

 

Prayer: Father, we thank You that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” and we were “made in the secret place.” We ask Your forgiveness for our national killing of over 60 million precious babies in the womb. Please bring an end to this egregious stain on our nation by the overturning of Roe v. Wade and restore the integrity of the Court. Bring all states and all people to the realization that life is precious. Turn the hearts of all to honor life so every baby will be welcomed and loved. Amen

 


Primaries are Important – Be Sure to Vote!!
But select capable men from all the people–men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain –Exodus 18:21

 

The South Dakota Primary Election is Tuesday, June 7. There are important city, county, and school board races that will be decided. In addition, candidates for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are on the ballot, as well as a Constitutional Amendment.

 

Many of the winners of these races will be determined in the Primary rather than in the General Election held in November. This will be the case for many state legislative races and the U.S. House race.

 

If you are undecided about how to vote, feel free to call the candidates and question them about issues that are of concern to you. Many cities are scheduling candidate forums where you can hear from the candidates and ask them questions.

 

Here is a useful resource when researching candidates: CWALAC Congressional Scorecard.

 

Because of redistricting, you might be in a different district than previously, so call your county auditor to find out your correct district. You can also find your voting location online here.

 

If you are not registered to vote or know someone who is not registered, the last day to register to vote is Monday, May 23. Early voting has already begun.

 

So be sure to exercise your right and duty to vote!!!

 

Prayer: Father, we thank You that we in America have the right to vote for the candidate of our choice. We ask that You guide and direct us to choose the right person to represent us in all these important levels of government. Please ensure that our elections will be fair and honest and that You would rebuke any fraud or cheating. Let Your righteousness reign. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Blessings,

Linda Schauer
State Director

Wrapping Up the South Dakota Legislative Session

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CWA of South Dakota Spring Newsletter Now Online

January 11, 2022, was the opening day of the South Dakota legislative session. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Dakota State Director Linda Schauer and Legislative Liaison Lisa Gennaro represented your interests as volunteer lobbyists at the Capitol in Pierre.
 
On-the-ground lobbying efforts combined with grassroots prayer and action are the key to upholding God-ordained family values. Contained in the Spring newsletter are highlights of some of the bills with which CWA Legislative Action Committee was involved. 

Links are provided to the bills, including the votes, so you may check how your legislators voted.
 
If you have questions, please feel free to call Linda at (605) 380-6914 or email her at director@southdakota.cwfa.org.
 
Click here to read our 2022 Spring Newsletter. This edition’s articles include:

  • Pro-Life Voices Heard at the Supreme Court
  • CWA of South Dakota in Action! Legislative Session 2022
  • The Case AGAINST Term Limits

Thank you, Encouragers!

A huge thank you to those of you who participated in our Encourage-A-Legislator project. Many of you have received thank you notes from your legislator. One day during the session, I heard a legislator reading his postcard on the House floor, indicating the wisdom needed as he casts his vote. You are appreciated!

Governor Issues Executive Order

With the defeat of HB1337 in the legislature, Gov. Kristi Noem (Republican) signed Executive Order 2022-02, which restricts the teaching of Critical Race Theory in K-12 education in South Dakota.

“Political indoctrination has no place in our classrooms,” said Gov.Noem. “Our children will not be taught that they are racists or that they are victims, and they will not be compelled to feel responsible for the mistakes of their ancestors. We will guarantee that our students learn America’s true and honest history – that includes both our triumphs and our mistakes.”

Read the entire Executive Order here.

Legislative Update from Pierre – February 27

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“The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws.”  -Noah Webster

Prohibit Medical Abortion via Telemedicine
HB1318 would prohibit medical (RU-486) abortion by telemedicine. With COVID came telemedicine and chemical abortion prescribed over the phone. Self-administered chemical abortions lack medical oversight and care. This dangerous practice not only kills a human life but also puts the life and health of the mother at risk. 

To end her pregnancy, the mother takes mifepristone blocking progesterone, which cuts off food from the baby and ends its life. A day or two later, she takes the second pill, Misoprostol. This drug triggers blood flow so that she passes the baby. Women experience a series of symptoms, like abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even death. If she suffers complications, there is no guarantee that she has a caregiver and may endure alone the hard and depressing process.

HB1318 will require the medicine to be prescribed by a licensed physician in a licensed abortion facility. Both medications must be taken at the facility instead of at home under the care of the facility’s staff. She must be given all the required informed consent as required by any other abortion and return after two weeks for a follow-up checkup.

HB1318 passed in the House with a vote of 62-8. The bill will be heard in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Monday, February 28. 

Please contact your state senator and ask him/her to support HB1318. If you do not know who your senator is, click here. Send an email message here


Coerced Abortion
HB1113 “An Act to prohibit threats made with the intent to coerce an abortion and to provide a penalty therefor.”  This makes it a Class B felony to threaten an expectant mother to coerce her to have an abortion. HB1113 passed unanimously in the House.

HB1113 was heard in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee but was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee with a “do pass” recommendation for their consideration Tuesday, March 1.


Sports Wagering – Defeated!
SJR502   Proposing and submitting to the voters at the next general election an amendment to the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, providing for wagering on sporting events via mobile or electronic platform.”

In 2020, the voters approved the legalization of sports wagering in Deadwood. SJR602 would have asked the voters to expand this form of gambling to the entire state.

SJR502 passed in the Senate on February 7 with a vote of 18-17. We are pleased that SJR502 was defeated in the House State Affairs Committee on February 25.

This defeat means that the issue will not automatically appear on the November ballot. But rather, the gambling stakeholders will now have to begin the arduous process of collecting signatures on petitions if they want it on the ballot.

Legislative Update from Pierre: February 20, 2022

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Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” –Matthew 19: 14

Prohibit Medical Abortion via Telemedicine
HB1318 would prohibit medical (RU-486) abortion through telemedicine. The rise of telabortion results from pro-abortionists using the coronavirus crisis to expand access to abortion-inducing drugs.

This dangerous practice kills human life and puts the life and health of the mother at risk. Self-administered chemical abortions lack medical oversight and care. 

For the mother to end her pregnancy, she takes mifepristone blocking progesterone, which cuts off food from the baby and ends its life. A day or two later, she takes the second pill, Misoprostol. This drug triggers blood flow so that she passes the baby. Women experience a series of symptoms, like abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even death. If she suffers complications, there is no guarantee that she has a caregiver and may endure alone the hard and depressing process.

HB1318 will require the medicine to be prescribed by a licensed physician in a licensed abortion facility. Both medications must be taken at the facility instead of at home under the care of the facility’s staff. The mother must be given all the required informed consent as required by any other abortion and return after two weeks for a follow-up checkup.

HB1318 will be heard in the House State Affairs Committee Tuesday, February 22.

Action: Please contact your two representatives and ask them to support HB1318. If you do not know who your representatives are, click here. Send an email message here


Commercial Surrogacy and Adoption

We are pleased that SB137 failed in the Senate with a vote of 15-20. We wanted a No vote. This bill would have legitimized commercial surrogacy. It would have violated the rights of the child by commodifying the child through a contract and exchange of money. Contracts are for transferring property, not people.

CWA supports HB1311, which relies on the adoption code to put the child’s best interest first, allows for altruistic surrogacy, and falls under the adoption code. Those codes will be utilized when voluntarily terminating a relationship between a birth mother and a child. Unfortunately, HB1311 failed in the House with a vote of 29-38. We wanted a Yes vote.

Action: Contact your representatives if they voted Yes and thank them. If you do not know who your representatives are, click here. Send an email message here


Critical Race Theory

HB1012, “An Act to protect students and employees at institutions of higher education from critical race theory training and orientation,” passed in the House this week with a vote of 54-14. We wanted a Yes vote. 

HB1337, “An Act to protect elementary and secondary students from political indoctrination,” passed in the House with a vote of 50-18. We wanted a Yes vote.

Action: Contact your representatives if they voted Yes and thank them. If you do not know who your representatives are, click here. Send an email message here


Coerced Abortion

HB1113 “An Act to prohibit threats made with the intent to coerce an abortion and to provide a penalty therefor.” HB1113 makes it a Class B felony to threaten an expectant mother in order to coerce her to have an abortion. The bill passed unanimously in the House.

PRAYER: Father, we thank you for the legislators who serve our state. Please give them wisdom with every vote they make that it would honor You. Keep them healthy and keep them from weariness during these final weeks of the legislative session.

Linda Schauer
State Director

 

 

Legislative Update from Pierre – February 5, 2022

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“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9
 
Concerned Women for America of South Dakota are boots on the ground for you each week in Pierre! We are working on your behalf and wanted to give you our legislative update for the week with important timely action items.

Video Lottery
HB1138, the bill to increase the payout for video lottery, was defeated in the House Commerce and Energy Committee this week. Check the votes here. We wanted a YES vote, sending it to the 41st day which kills the bill. 
 
If your legislator is a member of this committee and voted YES, please thank them. If you do not know who your member is, click here.


The Privacy/Bathroom Bill
HB1005, the student privacy/bathroom bill, passed in the House with a vote of 38-29. Check the votes here. We wanted a YES vote. 
 
HB1005 will “provide for the designated use of public-school multi-occupancy rooms and sleeping rooms.” HB1005 will assure girls use private spaces designated for girls and boys use private spaces designated for boys. “Sex” in this bill means the student’s sex as determined at birth. If a student is unable or unwilling to use facilities according to his/her sex, the school must provide a private space for him/her.
 
If your representatives vote Yes, please thank them. If they voted No, kindly express your disappointment.
 
HB1005 will now go to the Senate. 
 
ACTION: Contact your state senator and urge them to support HB1005, the privacy bill. If you do not know who your senator is, click here. Send an email message here, “Please vote YES on HB1005.”  Also, if you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota, be sure to let them know.


Fairness In Girls Sports
SB46, the Fairness in Girls Sports bill, passed in the House this week with a vote of 50-17. Check the votes here.
 
Gov. Kristi Noem (Republican) signed the bill into law on February 4, 2022. 


Protect our Constitution
A Constitutional Convention bill (Convention of States), HJR5001, started in the House, passed in the full House on January 25 with a vote of 39-30. We wanted a No vote.
 
HJR5001 was heard in the Senate State Affairs Committee, where it was defeated. Check the votes here. We wanted a YES vote to send it to the 41st day. Unfortunately, it will be “smoked out” of committee to send it to the full Senate for debate and a vote.
 
ACTION: Contact your state senator and urge him or her to OPPOSE HJR5001. Be sure to provide your name and address, so they know you are from their district. Senators are getting lots of out-of-state emails but only are concerned with their own constituents. It would be a good idea to put your town in the subject line.
 
If you do not know who your senator is, click here. Send an email message here
 
Please read our brochure “The U.S. Constitution is Not the Problem!” to understand this topic. Talking points:

  • It is too risky to open our Constitution. There is too much national division and radical interest groups.
  • We already have limited government and fiscal restraint stipulations in our Constitution. They just need to be obeyed. The Constitution is not the problem.
  • There is too much uncertainty as to how a Constitutional Convention would be conducted. Would Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer be in charge?
  • Delegates to a Constitutional Convention could set their own rules with a new and weaker ratification mode. 
  • Who selects the delegates? Would California get more than South Dakota? Unknown.
  • Our Second Amendment and Electoral College would be threatened.

PRAYER: Lord, we thank you for the freedoms we enjoy in our country. We thank you for those who serve in the state legislature. Please guide and direct them to make decisions that are constitutional and are according to your will.
 
Please share this update with others.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Sincerely,

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota

An Historic Day at the Supreme Court

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Dakota was well represented at the United States Supreme Court prayer rally on December 1 for the oral arguments of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization pro-life case.

I, along with Lisa Gennaro, our Legislative Liaison, and my daughter-in-law, and four granddaughters were honored to be present to pray and hear great speakers from all walks of pro-life organizations. We were encouraged that God has raised up such a passionate crowd of fighters for the sanctity of life. We estimated that much more than two-thirds of those present were pro-lifers. Our voices rang louder and stronger than the pro-abortion side.

Concerned Women for America  is hosting a live webinar one week after the oral arguments to provide perspective on all the activity that happened outside the Court on December 1, and to answer the question everyone is asking, “Now that the oral arguments are over, what’s next for the Dobbs v. Jackson case?”

On Wednesday, December 8, join CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance and CWA’s Legal Counsel Mario Diaz, Esq., as they debrief the December 1 oral arguments and discuss what happens next with the Court on this critical pro-life case.

Whether you attended the December 1 event or joined us in prayer from home, this webinar is for you!

Here are the details:
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST [1:00 p.m. CST; 12:00 p.m. Mountain; 11:00 a.m. CST]

Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

It was an honor to be part of history-in-the-making as we continue to pray that Roe v. Wade will be overturned and life in the womb protected and women empowered.

Blessings,
Linda Schauer
State Director

SD Capitol

Are You an Encourager? The SD State Legislature Needs You!

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I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” I Timothy 2:1-2

We are excited to launch our 2022 Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program! For those who have not participated in our EAL program in the past, it focuses solely on prayer and encouragement for our state legislators. The EAL program is one of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Dakota’s most valued programs.

Though CWA members and friends regularly contact their legislators and pray concerning our core issues the EAL program is designed to pray for and encourage the legislators with no mention of legislation or policy. Regardless of whether legislators are conservative, liberal, Republican, Democrat, Independent, Christian, or non-Christian, they need both our prayer and encouragement.

For more information about the EAL program click here. Please print and distribute to others who might want to participate in our program.

To sign up to participate, please contact me at director@southdakota.cwfa.org or call (605) 380-6914. Provide your name, physical address, phone number, and email address.

Sincerely,
Linda Schauer
State Director

News Updates from CWA of South Dakota

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“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

Critical Race Theory letter published

My letter to the editor regarding the Critical Race Theory was published in the Rapid City Journal on August 11. You may read the letter here.

Sens. Thune and Rounds oppose the “infrastructure” bill

No doubt you have been hearing much about the “infrastructure” bill being debated and rushed through Congress. Tucked into this seemingly benign bill is the Digital Equity Act, which gives special protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in broadband programs.

Senators are using non-political roads, bridges, and broadband policies as cover to promote the aggressive ideology of the Left. This so-called “infrastructure” bill does nothing less than pave a highway to enshrining radical gender ideology goals of the Equality Act into federal law.

Additionally, there is no justification for the high price tag associated with this bill. With the current national U.S. debt exceeding $28 trillion, this bill is nothing but more irresponsible, reckless spending with no end in sight.

Even though the bill passed in the Senate with 19 Republicans voting with all the Democrats, we are grateful that our South Dakota senators opposed this bill.

Please contact them and thank them.

The bill now heads to the House. We will keep you updated on the bill’s progress and any action needed when it is time for a vote.

In His service,
Linda Schauer
State Director

Nance Responds to NCAA Statement on Transgender Participation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2021

Contact:
Natalie Panettiere
202-266-4816, npanettiere@cwfa.org

Penny Nance Responds to NCAA Statement on Transgender Participation

Washington, D.C. –  Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, responds to the NCAA Board of Governors Statement on Transgender Participation issued April 12, 2021:

“For over a decade, the NCAA has been driven by politics, not science or safety, in promoting transathletes in women’s sports. Once again, the NCAA Board of Governors has shown their disdain for female student-athletes treating them as second class and denying their rights for equality under Title IX. Throwing women and our female status under the bus (again) and threatening states who are doing the right thing only shows the incompetence and cowardice of the NCAA. The Board of Governors clearly has no regard for real fairness for female student-athletes, only woke politics. Further, this statement shows that the activism of the left leaves no middle ground. Young women deserve better than this.”

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Gov. Noem – Sign the Bill!

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By now, you have probably learned that Gov. Kristi Noem (Republican) put forth an “errors in style and form” veto of HB1217, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. A “style and form veto” is reserved to correct minor errors, like typos. It does not mean the governor can make major changes to bill language or omit vital sections of a bill that has been passed by the legislature. This is an overreach of executive power.

The governor is sending the bill with her “style and form” veto back to the legislature, which meets on Veto Day, Monday, March 29. On that day, the legislature can vote to accept the new language requiring a majority vote, or they can reject the changes and vote to override the veto of the original HB1217, requiring a two-thirds majority vote.

HB1217 passed in the House 50-17. Forty-six votes are necessary to override the veto in the House. The Senate passed the bill 20-15, and 24 votes will be needed to override a veto there.

Gov. Noem’s changes severely weaken the bill. Here are her changes that she sent back to the legislature for consideration:

  1. Lowers the bar on fairness for female athletes. Only elementary and high school girls are covered in the governor’s version of the bill. Fairness for college and beyond females was struck from the bill.
  2. Allows the birth certificate to prove the sex of the student. However, according to state law, a person can change the sex on their birth certificate.
  3. Removes Section 3 of the bill, which was the enforcement mechanism for the proof of the student’s biological sex and assurance that she or he had not taken performance-enhancing drugs or anabolic steroids.
  4. Removes Section 4, which was a “cause of action” if a woman was “deprived of an athletic opportunity” or “suffers direct or indirect harm.”

In a recent poll of South Dakotans, 64% of South Dakotans said boys and men who say they identify as transgender should not be allowed to compete in girls’ and women’s athletics. In the same survey, 54% said Gov. Noem should stand up against corporate threats and boycotts.

Why the veto then? It appears that economic development takes precedence over fairness for women’s sports and general common sense. The Chamber of Commerce, the NCAA, Amazon, Nike, and others claim they and the state would lose millions of dollars if HB1217 were made law. South Dakota should not be subservient to these entities. They are the ones who should change their policies to reflect science and common sense.

ACTION:

  1. Email Noem and kindly encourage her to do the right thing and sign the original HB1217 as passed by the legislature.
  2. If your senator voted “Yes” to support HB1217, thank him or her with encouragement to continue to support the original language of HB1217. If he or she voted “No,” please urge his or her support of the original language of HB1217.
  3. Forward this information to friends and family.

PRAYER: Pray that Gov. Noem will have a change of heart and support the original language of HB1217 that passed the state legislature.  Pray that the legislature will have enough votes to override her veto.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action,

Linda Schauer
State Director

Fairness in Girls Sports Bill Passes – One more call to make…

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“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

Dear CWA Friends,

We are delighted that HB1217, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, passed in the legislature Monday, March 8. Gov. Kristi Noem tweeted out that she is “excited” to sign the bill. The bill was delivered to Gov. Noem on Wednesday, March 10, and it is awaiting her signature.

Gov. Noem is getting tremendous pressure from the transgender lobby and the sports organizations, including the NCAA not to sign the bill. It is very important that she hears from those who stand with her on protecting girls’ sports.

First, pray for Gov. Noem, that she will sign the bill.

Second, e-mail Gov. Noem here and encourage her to sign HB1217, the Fairness in Girls Sports Act. Let her know that stand with her in support of the bill. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota, be sure to let her know.

Please pass this on to others to pray and act.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director