South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families » sdchf http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:25:00 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.4 Ask Governor Daugaard to Veto HB 1162! http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/2014/03/ask-governor-daugaard-to-veto-hb-1162/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ask-governor-daugaard-to-veto-hb-1162 http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/2014/03/ask-governor-daugaard-to-veto-hb-1162/#comments Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:25:00 +0000 sdchf http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/?p=496 Continue reading ]]> Unfortunately, HB1162 has made it to the Governor’s desk, and it could be signed into law at any time! This bill ignores the wishes of South Dakotans who have said no to government intrusion into decisions that are best left up to a woman, her family, her doctor and her faith.

Please contact the Governor and ask him to please respect women, respect voters and veto this dangerous legislation.

Please complete the email form to send a message to Governor Daugaard. Items marked with an * are required.

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Governor Daugaard Please Veto HB1180 http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/2014/03/governor-daugaard-please-veto-hb1180/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=governor-daugaard-please-veto-hb1180 http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/2014/03/governor-daugaard-please-veto-hb1180/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:43:00 +0000 sdchf http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/?p=486 Continue reading ]]> Unfortunately, HB1180 — the bill that eliminates adoption agencies from being considered as pregnancy help centers – has made it to the Governor’s desk, and it could be signed into law at any time!

Please contact the Governor and ask him to please veto this dangerous legislation. South Dakotans have spoken on such issues 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.

Please complete the email form to send a message to Governor Daugaard. Items marked with an * are required.

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HB1180 Making a Bad Law Worse http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/2014/02/hb1180-making-a-bad-law-worse/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hb1180-making-a-bad-law-worse http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/2014/02/hb1180-making-a-bad-law-worse/#comments Sun, 09 Feb 2014 22:25:41 +0000 sdchf http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/?p=482 Continue reading ]]> HB1180 this sessions perennial update to the forced and coercive anti-choice counseling at so called “pregnancy help centers”, seeks to prohibit legitimate adoption agencies from registering as a crisis pregnancy center. If the laws proponents believe that women need more information available to them prior to seeking an abortion, then why are they taking away options to get that information?

The SD Campaign for Healthy Families supports women in their reproductive decisions, including those that choose adoption. We also support common sense efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies, and thus reduce the demand for abortion.

As one of the most restrictive states in the country for women’s health, abortion is already rare and heavily regulated in South Dakota.  In fact, nationwide statistics that came out last week confirmed that SD has one of the lowest abortion rates in the country and accounts for only .06% of the abortions nationwide.

We believe that women have a right privacy in their medical decisions and to medically accurate information regarding their options.   We have opposed the CPC law, and its variants since its introduction because there were neither standards in place to ensure the accuracy of information provided, nor safeguards to protect women’s privacy. In fact, portions of this law are currently enjoined.

We believe that women should be given all their legally available options. And in years past proponents have argued that women need more information and help making decisions.  Yet, despite the legislature’s continued infringement on women’s privacy, HB1180 would seek to remove adoption agencies, (perhaps the ones most qualified to discuss their own services) as qualified pregnancy help center providers. It makes a bad law worse and we believe  is counter to the purported intent of the original law and counter to the goal of providing women with all available options and information.

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Tomorrow HB1237 , Final Vote in Senate! http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/2013/02/tomorrow-hb1237-final-vote-in-senate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tomorrow-hb1237-final-vote-in-senate http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/2013/02/tomorrow-hb1237-final-vote-in-senate/#comments Thu, 28 Feb 2013 01:21:19 +0000 sdchf http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/?p=455 Continue reading ]]> Tomorrow is the day. HB1237 is on the schedule for a final vote in the Senate. Today, it came flying out of committee. But proponents know they have to work fast to get it passed on the Senate floor. Our efforts are working, people are changing their minds.

Just today, Rep. Kathy Tyler who voted to pass the bill in the House, testified against the bill in the Senate Committee!

What can you do?  Please contact your Senator and ask them to please vote no on HB1237.

The bill eliminates weekends and holidays from the existing 72 hour waiting period on abortions. While proponents argue this is necessary to ensure Crisis Pregnancy Centers have the time they need to schedule women to hear their anti-choice rhetoric, it is unnecessary. The CPCs have all the time they want under existing law. If they are really trying to help women. Shouldn’t they make their services available when and if women want them?

Unfortunately, this legislation allows CPCs to extend the waiting period by arbitrarily scheduling sessions at a future date. And it unconscionably enables the CPCs to further interfere in private medical decisions that are best left up to a woman, her family and her doctor.

South Dakota has enough restrictions on abortions. The voters said we had enough in 2006 and 2008 when they voted against further government intrusion. It is time for the legislature to say enough.

Given the short time, the best way is to contact your Senator by email. But, you may also leave a message for your Senator –but only during session hours — by calling 605-773-3821.

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Tomorrow HB1237 in Senate State Affairs! http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/2013/02/tomorrow-1237-in-senate-state-affairs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tomorrow-1237-in-senate-state-affairs http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/2013/02/tomorrow-1237-in-senate-state-affairs/#comments Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:46:24 +0000 sdchf http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/?p=444 Continue reading ]]> Tomorrow is the day. HB 1237 is up for a hearing in Senate State Affairs. That means today is the last day before the hearing to contact the committee members and ask them to please vote no.

Email the Committee members and ask them to please vote no on this bill.

The bill eliminates weekends and holidays from the existing 72 hour waiting period on abortions. While proponents argue this is necessary to ensure Crisis Pregnancy Centers have the time they need to schedule women to hear their anti-choice rhetoric, it is unnecessary. The CPCs have all the time they want under existing law. If they are really trying to help women. Shouldn’t they make their services available when and if women want them?

Unfortunately, this legislation allows CPCs to extend the waiting period by arbitrarily scheduling sessions at a future date. And it unconscionably enables the CPCs to further interfere in private medical decisions that are best left up to a woman, her family and her doctor.

South Dakota has enough restrictions on abortions. The voters said we had enough in 2006 and 2008 when they voted against further government intrusion. It is time for the legislature to say enough.

You may also leave a message for the committee members during session hours by calling 605-773-3821.

Senate State Affairs
Brown, Corey
Frerichs, Jason
Johnston, J. Mark
Lederman, Dan
Lucas, Larry
Olson, Russell Vice Chair
Rave, Timothy
Rhoden, Larry Chair
Tieszen, Craig

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