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Roe vs. Wade is Overturned! CWA of South Dakota Responds

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June 24, 2022

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Linda Schauer (605) 380-6914


Conservative Women’s Group Applauds the Overturning of Roe


Leola, South Dakota – We are grateful that in 2005 the South Dakota Legislature strongly supported a “trigger statute” that goes into effect now that Roe is overturned. Over 60 million unborn baby deaths later, the Court has finally recognized that there is no right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution. South Dakota now stands ready to welcome women and unborn children. Our citizens, members of the state legislature, and our state administration strongly support a culture of life that protects all. 


Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Dakota State Director Linda Schauer, speaking for Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, has this to say concerning the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court decision:


“We appreciate our past and present pro-life legislatures and governors who passed some of the strongest pro-life informed consent restrictions in the nation as well as the trigger statute. I’m reminded of Sen. Tom Hansen’s (R-District 22) remarks during the Senate debate on our trigger statute, ‘Killing an innocent human being, whether born or unborn, is wrong. That is not something we do in a civilized society.’


“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.”



Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org.

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.



Linda Schauer
State Director

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



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.

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 [email protected] or call (605) 380-6914. Provide your name, physical address, phone number, and email address.

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

Encouragers Needed in South Dakota! Learn More.

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It is time to recruit “encouragers” for our Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Dakota Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) campaign for the 2021 South Dakota legislative session. This is our 22nd year of Encourage-A-Legislator, and many of you have been dedicated encouragers with us from the very beginning. We appreciate your faithfulness.

We live in challenging times. I am sure you’ll agree with me that much prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture. Prayer is also needed to help encourage and sustain our state legislators. You may have seen the picture on the left of Sen. Jack Kolbeck’s (R-District 13) desk displaying the postcards he received from his encourager. He told me that he read some of the postcards each day.

Will you commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the three-month 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 or her. Finally, add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.

Your efforts will encourage and build bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA of South Dakota. 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 EAL campaign, please reply to this email by noting your commitment and providing your physical address. You will receive your postcards and instructions before the opening of the 2021 South Dakota legislative session early in January.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director

Pandemic Restricts Abortions in South Dakota

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For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  –Psalm 139: 13

While non-essential businesses are closed and elective medical procedures have been postponed, including services pertaining to women’s health, many abortion facilities across the nation are still performing abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, along with governors in Arkansas, Tennessee, Ohio, Oklahoma, etc. have banned abortion procedures in their states as non-essential, only to have their executive orders challenged in court.

South Dakota citizens are asking about Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls, our state’s only abortion facility. For decades, abortionists for the Sioux Falls Planned Parenthood flew into South Dakota from St. Paul, Minnesota, two days a week to perform abortions. However, with the COVID-19 travel restrictions in place where Minnesota has shelter-in-place directives, the abortionists are prohibited from coming to South Dakota. Gov. Kristi Noem’s guidelines also postponed elective surgeries.

While Planned Parenthood is still open for other “services,” such as birth control, we are grateful that babies are not being killed in South Dakota at this time either by surgical or medical abortions. Medical abortions (RU-486) have accounted for over 40% of South Dakota abortions in the past. Our South Dakota laws require that both surgical abortions and medical abortions necessitate a 72-hour waiting period.  Additionally, informed consent must be performed personally by the abortionists.

We pray,
Creator God, we praise You that life is not intentionally being destroyed in South Dakota during this pandemic. We thank You that we are all created in Your image and are precious in Your sight. We pray that all life, born and unborn, be respected and valued as we go forward.  Guide those women who are seeking an abortion now and following the pandemic – that their hearts would be changed to give life to their babies.  We desire that a mother’s womb be the safest place for pre-born babies.

“Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy.”
Proverbs 31:8-9

Linda Schauer
State Director

Victory for the U.S. Constitution!

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“Having witnessed the difficulties and dangers experienced by the first Convention … I should tremble for the result of a second.” “the most violent partisans,” and “individuals of insidious views” would strive to be delegates and would have “a dangerous opportunity of sapping the very foundations of the fabric” of our Country.  James Madison’s letter to G.L. Turberville, 1788

HJR5001 is a bad bill that would put our U.S. Constitution in jeopardy by opening it up for amendments (changes) such as the repeal of the Second Amendment or abolishing the Electoral College.  It could even re-energize the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) of the 1970s that would solidify taxpayer-funded abortion in the Constitution.  There are some whose aim is to rewrite our Constitution.

We are pleased to report that HJR5001 was defeated in the full House February 12, with a vote of 32-37.  You can check the votes here.  We wanted a NO vote.

If your representatives voted No, please thank them.  If they voted Yes, you may respectfully express your disappointment.

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.  Too much national division, radical interest groups.
  • Limit power of the Federal Government, Fiscal restraint — All the goals the Constitutional Convention is trying to achieve are already listed in our Constitution.  It just needs to be obeyed.
  • Too much uncertainty as to how a Constitutional Convention would be conducted.
  • Delegates to a Constitutional Convention could set their own rules with a new ratification mode.
  • Who selects the delegates?  Would California get more than South Dakota?  Unknown.
  • Ideas already suggested for Constitutional Convention consideration: abolish Electoral College, Repeal of Second Amendment, weakening of First Amendment, Equal Rights Amendment, a new constitution.

Contact Information
Click here to view the list of legislators and click on their e-mail address.
Click here if you do not know who your legislators are; or you may call your county auditor to find out their name.

Linda Schauer
State Director

Child with doctor

Vulnerable Child Protection Act Fails in Senate Committee

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Dear CWA Friends,

A good bill, the Vulnerable Child Protection Act (HB1057), failed in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee February 10, with a vote of 2-5. Check the votes here.  If your senator voted Yes to support the bill, please contact him and thank him.  If your senator voted No, you may respectfully express your disappointment.

Read Concerned Women for America’s complete talking points with documentation here.

Contact Information
Click here to view the list of state senators, and then click on his/her e-mail address. Click here if you do not know who your state senator is; you can also call your county auditor to obtain your senator’s name.

Please pray: Father, we thank you that in Your grand design You created us male and female. We ask that those who struggle with their God-given sex would be happy and healthy in the sex that You created them to be.

God bless you for your prayer and action.
Linda Schauer
State Director