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“Drag Queen” Show Allowed at SDSU

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“It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.” Luke 17:2

 

On November 16, the Gender and Sexualities Alliance hosted a “Kid-friendly” drag show at South Dakota State University.

 

According to the screenshot that I obtained before it was taken down, the event was advertised to “include talented local performers from around the Midwest.” Attendees were encouraged to “show your support for the drag queens by bringing $1 or $5 bills to tip if you choose. Photo opportunities with the stars will be available … as well as pride-themed merchandise.”

 

This event was billed as “kid-friendly” and for “the whole family.”

 

You may recall that last June, the library in Vermillion hosted a “drag queen show” at the expense of South Dakota taxpayers, not to mention at the expense of the innocence of our children.

 

Drag, of course, is mostly cross-dressing men parading around as hyper-sexualized women.

 

This is an outright assault on our children. It is an egregious attack on our culture and values. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, etc. radicals are bent on poisoning our children with gender radicalism as a normal and necessary experience for all children.

We must come against the corrupting of the minds of children and protect childhood innocence from the all-too-real evil of gender radicalism.

 

ACTION: Please contact your newly elected state legislators and express your objections to using a tax-payer-funded facility to host these immoral events in our public institutions of learning.

 

If you do not know who your legislators are, please contact your county auditor. Then phone or write your two house legislators and your one senator. You may also call President of SDSU, Barry Dunn at 605-688-4111 and the South Dakota Board of Regents at 605-773-3455 to express your objections.

 

In Christ,
Linda Schauer
State Director

Positive Comments Needed for Social Studies Standards

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“A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about …”
President Woodrow Wilson, 1913

 

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Dakota endorses the proposed Social Studies standards for our K-12 students. The standards offer balance in covering a wide variety of subjects while remaining true to our nation’s historical roots. We believe it is crucial that our children know and appreciate our foundations so they can understand that America is exceptional. The new standards delivered on those requirements.

 

ACTION: The South Dakota State School Board needs to hear from you concerning the proposed Social Studies content standards! We encourage you to comment on the standards during the open comment period. You can read the proposed standards here and provide your comments here.

 

If you wish to testify before the State School Board, the next hearing will be Monday, November 21, at 9:00 a.m.at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, 1201 N W Ave., in Sioux Falls.

 

Take the time to read the excellent comment that was submitted by Jon D. Schaff, Professor of Political Science at Northern State University in Aberdeen. 

 

Read the article on this topic in our Fall Newsletter.

 

In Christ,
Linda Schauer
State Director

Encourage-A-Legislator Prayer Project – South Dakota

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Encourage-A-Legislator Program

“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

The Call to Prayer

I Timothy 2:1-2 instructs us to pray for our leaders. Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program offers our members and friends the vehicle to do this in an easy and meaningful way. It ensures consistent prayer for each legislator, and it encourages and builds bridges with conservative legislators as well as those who do not normally agree with us.

 

Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, Democrat, Republican, independent, or other, they need our prayers. This next legislative session, CWA plans to deliver those prayers.

The Goal

The goal of the EAL program is to encourage each member of the State House and Senate by praying for them on a regular basis and sending them a postcard throughout the legislative session

 

The EAL program is never used to lobby and, therefore, is never confrontational. It is simply a great way to lift up those in authority and encourage them in their responsibilities.

The Commitment

We provide the name and address of the assigned legislator(s) and the postcards, and you commit to praying for your assigned legislator(s) daily, if possible, while the legislature is in session, and then mail an EAL postcard weekly until the conclusion of the eight-week session.

The South Dakota Legislature

The 2023 South Dakota Legislature is in session from January 10 till approximately March 9 and consists of 70 House members and 35 Senate members

Answer the Call

Sign up today to be an encourager—it couldn’t be easier! Sign up by contacting CWA of South Dakota at 606-380-6914 or by email at director@southdakota.cwfa.org and provide them with your name and physical mailing address. They will then enlist you as an encourager and send you a packet of postcards and instructions in early January.

Spread the Word!

Please encourage your friends and family to sign up.

 

Consider making this a family project by involving your children.

 

Print and distribute information about this great opportunity to pray and encourage your state legislators. Click here for a printable push card. Print them double-sided on cardstock or order them through the contact information above.  

CWA of South Dakota Fall 2022 Newsletter

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“Therefore, my beloved brethren,  be steadfast, immovable,  always abounding the work of the Lord,  knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.“1 Corinthians 15:58

 

The beauty of the Fall season is upon us! God shares His handiwork with us as we prepare our hearts and minds for renewal in Him. And your Concerned Women for America of South Dakota leaders are blessed in being able to share the information that will assist you in some small way in that renewal effort.

 

Click here to read our Fall 2022 newsletter. Be sure to pass it on to those who need to know the truth about these important issues affecting our state and country!

 

The Fall edition’s articles include:

  • Roe is Overturned!
  • South Dakota Proposed Social Studies Standards
  • Tribute to Our National Treasure
  • The Duty and Privilege of Voting
  • SD.gov Set to Encourage Life
  • Toss Target – and Now Walmart!

 

Help us make our conservative Christian voice stronger in our state and nation by partnering with us in the work of CWA of South Dakota.

 

If you wish to become more involved with CWA of South Dakota, I would love to visit with you and consider which leadership opportunities best fit your God-given gifts. Call me at (605) 380-6914.

 

Linda Schauer
State Director

Letter to the Editor: Respect for life

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Concerned Women for America of South Dakota State Director Linda Schauer’s letter to the editor on overturn of Roe v. Wade was recently published in the Rapid City Journal. For those who do not have a subscription, the letter to the editor is printed below.

 

Letter to the editor: Respect for life
July 8, 2022

We are grateful for the overturning of Roe v. Wade and for South Dakota’s 2005 trigger statute prohibiting abortion except to save the life of the mother. We mourn the lives of over 60 million babies who were victims of the wrongly held decision of the Court in 1973 that legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. We grieve with those mothers (and fathers) who felt it expedient to abort their baby and now live with grief and regret and sometimes physical scars.

 

We are thankful for those heroes who started and labored in the right-to-life effort. Many sacrificed their time and treasure to save babies. They prayed outside abortion facilities, counseled mothers at pregnancy care centers, and sought laws to restrict the deadly practice.

 

We are not so naive as to think that no more abortions will occur. After 50 years of a culture of death, we still have hearts and minds to change. We must continue to lovingly support and encourage women in their pregnancies. We must declare respect for life from the moment of conception and understand that all life is precious. We must recognize that we are created in the image of God.

 

Linda Schauer, State Director, Concerned Women for America, Leola, SD

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 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

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

VICTORY! Fairness in Girls Sports Bill Passes

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HB1217, a bill that levels the playing field for female athletes, passed in the Senate Monday, March 8, with a vote of 20-15. Gov. Kristi Noem has indicated she is excited to sign HB1217.

Read Rapid City Journal article on the passing of the bill.

ACTION:

  1. Contact your senator if he or she voted YES on HB1217 and express your appreciation for his or her support of the “Fairness in Girls Sports Act.” Send an email message here. If you do not know who your senator is, click here.
  2. Contact Gov. Kristi Noem (Republican) to express your appreciation for her support of the bill and to encourage her to sign the bill soon. Please contact her here.
  3. If you are a member of CWA of South Dakota, be sure to let the Governor and your senator know.
  4. Forward this information to friends and family.

Questions? Do not hesitate to call me at (605) 380-6914.

About the Fairness in Girls Sports Bill
Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are being threatened, and this legislation will combat that. Individual male born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females.

Many biological girls train and work hard to excel in their chosen sport with the goal of a college scholarship. When a biological boy who thinks he’s a girl is allowed to compete with the biological girls because of his natural endurance and strength, he steals the prize. We must ensure fairness in women’s sports.

Read Concerned Women for America’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet for additional information and talking points on this issue.

“So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27

Linda Schauer
State Director

Legislative Update – February 26, 2021

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Below is a legislative update on bills Concerned Women for America of South Dakota is actively working on at the state legislature. Your prayer and action are making a difference! Thank you.

Fairness in Girls Sports
HB1217, a bill that would provide a level playing field for female athletes, passed in the House Thursday, February 24, with a vote of 50-17.  You may check the votes here.

Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are being threatened, and this legislation will combat that. Individual male born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females.

Many biological girls train and work hard to excel in their chosen sport with the goal of a college scholarship. When a biological boy who thinks he is a girl is allowed to compete with the biological girls because of his natural endurance and strength, he steals the prize. We must ensure fairness in women’s sports.

Read Concerned Women for America’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet for additional information on this issue.

ACTION: Thank your two representatives if they voted YES. Also, contact your senator and urge him or her to “vote Yes on HB1217, the Fairness in Girls Sports Act.” If you do not know who your two representatives or senator are, click here. Send an email message here. Also, if you are a member of CWA of South Dakota, be sure to let them know.

“So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27


Sex Trafficking
Two good bills addressing the issue of sex trafficking passed unanimously in the Senate this week.

SB126 will make it a crime for possession, manufacturing, or distribution of obscene dolls punishable with up to a Class 4 felony for the first offense. Child sex dolls also lead to desires with live children and then to abuse and traffick them. Manufacturers of child sex dolls may argue that dolls offer a safe outlet for “urges” that would otherwise be carried out on living children. On the contrary, according to Peter Fagan from John Hopkins School of Medicine, these dolls encourage abuse of real children. Let’s keep this state grounded in morals and decency and protect our children.

SB148 will make it a Class 6 felony to inflict torture, pain, or mental pain upon any person. Victims of human trafficking suffer from the time they are abused and coerced into doing acts for their handler. Human trafficking takes a person’s dignity and freedom away. That is the goal of a handler, “control.” The handler needs to be held accountable for his or her actions. SB148 provides law enforcement the grounds to prosecute the perpetrators.

“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.” —Mark 9:42

Conscience Protection for Medical Professionals
A good bill, HB1247, failed in the House with a vote of  24-41-4.  Check the votes here. We wanted a Yes vote. HB1247 would have provided conscience protections for medical professionals. Health care professionals should not be required to perform a certain medical procedure if carrying it out would violate their conscience. Neither should they face any form of discrimination for declining to do so.


Protect our Constitution
We are pleased to report that SJR502 was defeated in the Senate State Affairs Committee with a vote of.  Check the votes here.  We wanted a Yes vote to send it to the 41st day, essentially killing the bill.

SJR502 is the same resolution that was defeated in the House State Affairs Committee on February 1. SJR502 would have sent an application to Congress to call a Constitutional Convention for the purpose of restraining the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. We oppose this because our Founders brilliantly drafted the Constitution to do just that – to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. Opening the Constitution in a Constitution Convention has the potential to make drastic changes to our Constitution. The Constitution is not the problem; the problem is lawmakers who do not obey it.

Please read our brochure on this topic here.

God bless you for your prayers and action,

Linda Schauer
State Director