Gov. Kristi Noem has issued an Executive Proclamation declaring Saturday, May 4, 2019, “A Day of Prayer and Fasting for All.” This Proclamation is in response to the recently passed New York law that “permits the nearly limitless abortion of a child in utero, even in the last moments before that child’s eyes see the light beyond the womb; and…other states may seek to follow this path.”
Recognizing that “All life is sacred and that every person has dignity and worth. … Life is sacred from the moment of conception, … With all humility and in fitting fear of perdition, it is thus proper to bow before the unseen Author of all life and beg mercy in atonement for our own sins and the sins of our countrymen, that the cause of our sadness might be lifted from this land and harmony among all restored; and, Now, Therefore, I, Kristi Noem, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim May 4, 2019, as
A DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING FOR ALL
in South Dakota and I respectfully request people of all creeds or none at all to observe this day with solemn mourning and pleas to heaven as best their consciences do direct.”
Concerned Women for America of South Dakota is grateful for the Governor’s request under this proclamation, as more than 60 million babies’ lives have been ended by abortion since 1973. Certainly, this is a tragic stain on our nation, and the mothers of the unborn – as well as the fathers, extended family members, and friends – have been affected by these regrettable decisions that ended these little lives. We join with the citizens of our state in prayer and fasting, humbly beseeching our Heavenly Father, the Giver of life, for His forgiveness and mercy.
Letter -to-the-editor posted in the Aberdeen News
By State Director, Linda Schauer
Good legislation sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, prohibits further research testing on cats and provides adoption for current research subjects. The HEART bill, sponsored by presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, would criminalize dog fighting and find forever homes for survivors.
I applaud these senators for their concern for our feline and canine friends. Pets are great companions and should be well-treated. However, when those who bring bills that protect cats and dogs fail to provide humane treatment for human babies who survive an abortion, it is unconscionable and the essence of hypocrisy.
After New York erased all protections for born-alive babies, and the governor of Virginia endorsed infanticide, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, introduced the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Sadly, the bill failed to receive the necessary 60 votes with 44 Democrat senators opposing the protection of babies who survive abortion or attempted abortion. The Born Alive bill is experiencing the same fate in the Democrat-controlled House with Speaker Nancy Pelosi refusing to allow a vote.
Recent polling shows that 82 percent of Americans, including 77 percent of pro-choice Americans, support protection for children born alive after an attempted abortion. Clearly, most Americans believe babies born alive after an attempted abortion are now patients worthy of medical care.
The Born Alive bill would require abortionists to provide care to a child born alive and includes penalties for the practitioner. It also shields birth mothers from prosecution and grants them the right to take civil action against a health care professional who fails to provide this care. Additionally, any infant born alive after an attempted abortion must be immediately admitted to a hospital.
Born Alive is about stopping infanticide, not restricting or regulating abortion. Our humanity demands that born and unborn children deserve protection.
Linda D. Schauer
State director, Concerned Women for America of South Dakota