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Legislative Update and Urgent Action Needed

By February 4, 2023South Dakota
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Good news to report: Help Not Harm bill passes in the House! We are grateful that HB1080, to “prohibit certain medical and surgical interventions on minor children,” passed in the House with a vote of 60-10.

HB1080 would prohibit the radical “treatment” for gender dysphoria, which involves puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and irreversible surgeries like double mastectomies and genital removal or reconstruction to “become” the opposite sex. The bill allows for civil action for damages to the minor for such treatment. Additionally, if a healthcare professional is in violation of the terms of HB1080, their professional license must be revoked.

HB1080 will now go to the Senate, where it may be tougher to pass.

Take action TODAY and email or call your state senator through our Action Center HERE and urge them to Vote YES on HB1080. 

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Dakota finds these activities very disturbing, especially among a healthcare institution that takes an oath to “do not harm.” Ironically, healthcare providers blatantly deny the science that tells us one cannot change their God-given sex. Children struggling with gender dysphoria should be protected from unethical medical interventions that ignore underlying causes and reject long-term health and well-being. 

You may find more information on CWA’s website here.

Restrictive Homeschool Bill Defeated!

We are pleased to report that SB57, sponsored by Sen. Maher (R-District 28), was defeated in the Senate Education Committee.

SB57 would have taken away some of the freedom of choice that was granted to homeschoolers in SB177 (2021). SB57 would have restricted homeschool students from participating in activities in their home district instead of open enrolling in another district of their choice and convenience.

We felt SB57 was discriminatory since public school students were not held to that limitation. Furthermore, distances to schools and residency complicated the limitation.

Senate Education Committee opposed the bill, voting 5-2. We wanted a Yes vote to send it to the 41st legislative day, which kills the bill.

Video Lottery Expansion Narrowly Defeated!

SB117, sponsored by Sen. Maher (R-District 28), would have increased the dollar limits for video lottery. Concerned Women for America of South Dakota has always opposed the expansion of gambling and testified relating the harms gambling is to families. It is a poor way to fund the government—on the backs of the poor and vulnerable. SB117 failed in the Senate with a vote of 17-18

We praise God for these victories this week. God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

“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

In Christ,
Linda Schauer
State Director