Stand for Women’s Rights in Athletics

Do you have daughters who play sports? Did you play sports in high school or college? If you or someone you know played sports and wants to stand for fairness for female athletes to ensure male athletes do not take spots away from our young girls, we have an opportunity for you.

Join the Independent Women’s Forum in a friend-of-the-court brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in a landmark case being heard this fall, Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC, and stand for fairness in women’s athletics. The brief will explain the history of women in sports, how federal law has historically helped to ensure women had equal opportunities, and how women would be significantly harmed if they’re forced to compete against men who believe they are female.

How You Can Let Your Voice Be Heard


· You can stand for fairness and equality in women’s sports by going to Sign Your Support and joining hundreds of athletes and parents of athletes across the country.


· Share the Sign Your Support page with your friends and neighbors at church, school, and work.


· Share the Sign Your Support on your Facebook page noting that this is an opportunity for athletes and parents of athletes to stand for fairness in girls’ sports.

Thank you for considering this important opportunity to let your voice be heard at the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of female athletes across the country and those who stand beside them.

Day of Prayer and Fasting – May 4th

During the 2019 Legislative Session the SD House of Representatives adopted House Resolution 1003, which denounced the recent passage of New York’s abortion law and requested that Governor Noem declare a day of prayer and fasting to atone for the unspeakable crime of abortion. The Governor agreed, and has declared May 4th as a statewide day of prayer and fasting for all.

Executive Proclamation

State of South Dakota Office of the Governor

Whereas, On the forty-sixth anniversary to the day of the Roe v. Wade decision, the Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, the fifty-sixth Governor of the state of New York, signed into law an act that permits nearly limitless abortion of a child in utero, even in the last moments before that child’s eyes see the light beyond the womb; and,

Whereas, Other states in our Union may seek to follow this path. All life is sacred and that every person has dignity and worth. We are speaking of fully-formed babies. We are speaking of human beings with fully-formed hearts and lungs, eyes and mouths, hands and feet, utterly indistinguishable from our own children and grandchildren; and,

Whereas, Life is sacred from the moment of conception. We know, by the eternal law and the evidence of history, that the destruction of innocent life cries out to heaven for justice. With all humility and in fitting fear for perdition, it is thus proper to bow before the unseen Author of all life and beg mercy in atonement for our sins and the sins of our countrymen, that the cause of our sadness might be lifted from this land and harmony among all restored; and,

Now, Therefore, I, Kristi Noem, Governor of the state of South Dakota do hereby proclaim May 4, 2019, as

A DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING FOR ALL

In South Dakota and I respectfully request people of all creeds or none at all to observe this day with solemn mourning and pleas to heaven as best their consciences do direct.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the state of South Dakota, in Pierre, the Capitol City, this First Day of April in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Nineteen.

Kristi Noem, Governor

Attest: Steven J. Barnett, Secretary of State

Legislative Report Events (Updated)

Due to weather we rescheduled our Aberdeen Legislative Report Luncheon, and added dinner in Mitchell to the agenda! On April 29 we will be joining SD Right to Life in Aberdeen for a luncheon, then going to Mitchell that evening for dinner! Click the links below for more information on each event and to register!

Aberdeen – April 29

Mitchell – April 29

Day of Prayer – SD, ND, IA & NE

Governor Kristi Noem, Governor Doug Burgum, Governor Kim Reynolds and Governor Pete Ricketts have called each of their states to prayer on April 7 in response to the recent flooding.

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem has declared Sunday, April 7, 2019, a Statewide Day of Prayer for South Dakotans affected by the flooding and disastrous conditions.  “In the last few weeks, South Dakota has been deeply impacted by extreme weather and severe flooding,” said Noem. “As a result of these storms, many communities have been left with destroyed roads, bridges, and culverts, stranded livestock, and flooded homes.” Continue Reading

LINCOLN –Governor Pete Ricketts has signed a proclamation declaring Sunday, April 7, 2019 as a Statewide Day of Prayer for Nebraskans affected by the flooding and disastrous conditions throughout the state.“Nebraska has experienced the most widespread natural disaster in state history,” said Governor Ricketts. “The unprecedented flooding and severe weather have led 81 of our 93 counties to issue disaster declarations.” Continue Reading

Click Here for South Dakota’s prayer proclamation

Click Here for North Dakota’s prayer proclamation

Click Here for Iowa’s prayer proclamation

Click Here for Nebraska’s prayer proclamation

Legislative Report Events

We are partnering with South Dakota Right to Life to bring you 3 Legislative Report events! Sioux Falls, Rapid City & Aberdeen. Come for a detailed discussion of the issues FHA and RTL worked on during the 2019 Legislative Session! RSVP today!

Sioux Falls – April 2 – Click Here for more information

Rapid City – April 5 – Click Here for more information

Aberdeen – April 11 – Click Here for more information

The Deleterious Effects of Video Lottery

Resolutions passed by the Legislature have no weight of law, but simply send a message from the body. Here is one from week 9 that deserves the spotlight:

HR1006 “Recognizing the deleterious effects of gambling and video lottery.”

A RESOLUTION, Recognizing the deleterious effects of gambling and video lottery.

WHEREAS, at the time of statehood, in 1889, the framers of the Constitution of South Dakota recognized the dangers inherent in gambling and sagaciously prohibited the activity under any pretense or for whatever purpose; and

WHEREAS, approximately a century later, an insatiable desire for revenue opened the door to gambling, including a lottery that is devoted to the operation of state government and then video lottery; and

WHEREAS, more than 1,300 video lottery casinos are now situated across this state; and

WHEREAS, video lottery annually contributes between eighty-eight and one hundred ten million dollars to the coffers of this state, thereby accounting for six to seven percent of the state’s annual revenue; and

WHEREAS, video lottery is often referred to as the crack cocaine of gambling because it is recognized as the most addictive form of gambling; and

WHEREAS, South Dakota is now estimated to have between 13,000 and 26,000 pathological gamblers; and

WHEREAS, South Dakota now has the undesirable distinction of being ranked second in the nation with respect to gambling addiction; and

WHEREAS, research indicates that the annual cost to a state for each pathological gambler is in excess of fourteen thousand dollars; and

WHEREAS, crime statistics confirm significant increases in armed robbery, burglary, theft, embezzlement, and family violence, as well as suicide, since the institution of video lottery; and

WHEREAS, since the institution of video lottery, the exorbitant and ever-increasing social costs associated with this form of gambling have taken their toll both directly and indirectly on individuals, on families, on our businesses and communities, and on the health and well being of our state:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives of the Ninety-Fourth Legislature of the State of South Dakota, that the Legislature recognizes the deleterious effects of gambling and particularly of video lottery and that the Legislature invites and encourages the Governor and representatives of various public and private sector entities to join together for the purpose of responsibly reducing and ultimately eliminating this state’s reliance on revenues that are generated through the video lottery and other forms of addictive gambling.

Day of Mourning – A Response to NY

Image and content from DayofMourning.org:

The state of New York just voted to expand abortion access right up to the birth of the baby! To celebrate this unbelievable

depravity they lit the One World Trade Center in pink! Women used to celebrate motherhood and find joy in their children. Today, in places like New York City, they are taking joy in destroying their children. The state of New York has crossed a line of inhumanity that should drive us to our knees. Forty-six years of the state-sanctioned killing of our most helpless and defenseless children should cause us to weep, to mourn, and to take action. What is to be thought of a society that kills her own children? What will the future be of such a heartless  society that celebrates such barbaric inhumanity?

“If the foundations be destroyed what shall the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3) We are calling for a national Day of Mourning and repentance. We are in desperate need for God to move upon the hearts of young and old in our nation. If our hearts do not break over the killing of these little image bearers of God in the womb, then how can we expect those growing up in this lost, confused and decadent culture to take our message seriously? Join us February 23rd for a “Day of Mourning.”

– WEAR BLACK

– DON’T SHOP

– CLOSE BUSINESSES

– REPENT FOR ABORTION

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