South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families » admin Fri, 01 Mar 2013 21:44:13 +0000 en hourly 1 Stop the nonsense, Stop HB1237! Fri, 01 Mar 2013 21:17:28 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> Unfortunately, HB1237 — the bill that eliminates weekends and holidays from the existing 72 hour abortion waiting period — has made it to the Governor’s desk, and it could be signed into law at any time!

Please, before you log off your computer tonight, take just a few minutes of your time and email the Governor and urge him to veto this dangerous legislation.

South Dakotans have spoken and clearly said no to government intrusion into private medical care and decisions that are best left up to a woman, her family and her doctor.

Contact the Governor now.

The decision to have an abortion is profoundly difficult for a woman and her family. This complex, personal decision should be between a woman, her family, God and her doctor. No woman makes this decision without intense soul-searching and consultation with family and trusted loved ones. To write into law that weekends and holidays don’t count as time spent during such deliberation is patently offensive and outright false.

Abortion is already rare and heavily regulated in South Dakota; and it is only performed after carefully considering all options. It is time to put a stop to the political nonsense and focus on efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies rather than enacting ever tougher laws restricting access to abortion.

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What We’re Reading On the 40th Anniversary of Roe. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:26:42 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> South Dakota HB 1094 a bill dealing with gestational carrier agreements (surrogacy) was filed on Friday and has been referred to the House Judiciary.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Feinstein and Sen. Rave. You can read the text of the bill here

We will be reviewing the text of this proposed legislation, its potential impact and keep you posted.

Today, those opposed to reproductive choice introduced HCR 1002, a concurrent resolution urging the United States Supreme Court to revisit Roe and overturn the decision.

While the resolution is non-binding, we encourage the members of the Legislature to recall that South Dakota voters made their voices heard on the matter by defeating two government abortion bans. Abortion is already rare in South Dakota and only performed after carefully considering all options. Encourage your representatives to stand up for South Dakota women and families and keep access to reproductive choice by voting NO on this and other such legislative action.  You can contact you members at:

House: 605-773-3851

Senate: 605-773-3821


Check back in the coming days for more information on these bills and others that may be filed yet.

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Save the Date: January 28, 2013 Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:54:29 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> Just a quick reminder to keep your calendar clear for January 28, 2013 for Pro-Women, Pro-Choice: Women 4 Women Lobby Day!

The day will be spent in Pierre learning about, and impacting, how the battle for reproductive justice is playing out in the legislature.

The day’s activities are co-sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the South Dakota Advocacy Network for Women, and the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families.

There is a $15 registration fee to cover lunch and other expenses for the day. You may register online here.

For more information contact or call 605-334-5065.

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2013 Legislative Session Starts Tuesday Fri, 04 Jan 2013 22:27:23 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> It is nearly here.  The legislative session starts on Tuesday, January 8th.  Bills are starting to trickle in and soon we will all see what the session has in store in terms of reproductive rights.

If you would like to look to see what bills have been filed you may view the 2013 Session Bill List. And, i8f you are wondering about the schedule for the next couple of months, you can view the legislative calendar courtesy of the Legislative Research Council.

In case you missed it at the end of last year, Sen. Phil Jensen told KOTA TV in Rapid City that he is working on more regulations to abortion in South Dakota. The text has not been filed for public consumption.  As soon as it is available, we will let folks know; stay tuned.

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2013 Legislative Preview Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:32:55 +0000 admin Continue reading ]]> With holidays behind us and the year quickly coming to an end, the legislative session is right around the corner and we have sneak peek into what is in store.

State legislator Phil Jensen, who gained notoriety for his 2011 bill that would have allowed killing doctors who performed abortions and labeled it “justifiable homicide”, is at it again. Now a state Senator,  Jensen tells KOTA TV in Rapid City that he is in the process of writing a bill that would ban abortions in South Dakota after the 20th week of gestation.

Despite the fact that abortion in South Dakota is already rare and highly regulated and the voters of South Dakota have repeatedly rejected further government intrusion into medical decisions that should be left to a women, her family and her doctor; it is clear that anti-choice lawmakers in South Dakota will go to any length to eliminate reproductive choice.

We will continue to work to update you on the developing situation.

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