Ask Governor Daugaard to Veto HB 1162!

Unfortunately, HB1162 has made it to the Governors 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.

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Governor Daugaard Please Veto HB1180

Unfortunately, HB1180 the bill that eliminates adoption agencies from being considered as pregnancy help centers  has made it to the Governors 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.

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HB1180 Making a Bad Law Worse

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 womens 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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Is Another Abortion Ban on the Horizon in South Dakota?

The opening weeks of the South Dakota legislature were unusually quiet on the reproductive rights front, especially considering this is election year. Anti-choice activists are always looking for ways to prove their credentials and now the silence has broken. We now face multiple pieces of legislation that are damaging to women, families and reproductive rights as a whole.

HCR1005 which has a hearing tomorrow morning calls on Congress to immediately grant constitutional rights from the moment of conception. Senate Bill 101 would allow this so called personhood teaching in public schools. These bills, and others, are setting the stage for wider Personhood legislation. Make no mistake about it, the nationwide personhood movement is about banning all abortion in even more rigid and restrictive ways than the 2006 and 2008 abortion bans combined.

Your past support has given us the vital resources needed to stop two abortion bans, stop a bill that would have allowed anti-abortion activists to murder health care providers, and stop legislation intended to ban surrogacy in South Dakota.

Today, we need your help again.  Please donate now and make sure we have the necessary resources to stand up for reproductive choice.

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Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota offers Free STD Testing Day

Our coalition partner, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota is offering a Free STD Testing Day at both of their clinics in conjunction with the release of their STD report which will be outlining the current STD epidemic that South Dakota is facing and offer recommendations to battle this epidemic moving forward. Below are the details on the free testing day!

Sioux Falls Free STD Testing Day

June 18, 2013
10:00 AM CDT 4:30 PM CDT
6511 West 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
605.361.5100
Email Mwellner@ppmns.org to volunteer!

Rapid City Free STD
Testing Day

June 18, 2013
10:00 AM MDT 2:00 PM MDT
619 Mountain View Road
Rapid City, SD 57702
605.341.2545
Email Mwellner@ppmns.org to volunteer!

Make sure to check out their blog to stay updated on details surround the testing day and STD Report!

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