Last Sunday I had the wonderful opportunity of filling the pulpit at the two services for the Community Bible Church in Pierre. Their Lead Pastor Harvey Friez, had to be out-of-town that morning, but he was gracious enough to allow me to put up our Family Heritage Alliance Display and then take a few minutes in the service to give a brief mission’s update. What a great morning of fellowship and inspiration with the CBC family.
On Sunday afternoon I spent some time enjoying the great outdoors as I walked around Capitol Lake. I more than enjoyed stopping at various memorials and simply recalling the truth that “Freedom Isn’t Free”. The Combat Wounded Veterans Memorial was of particular interest to me as it is dedicated to those soldiers who have received a ‘Purple Heart’ in their service. Well, my father was one of those soldiers and standing there yesterday caused me to remember and be thankful and that’s a very good thing.
Today we are gratified that both HB1143 and HB1101 passed in our SD Senate and are now on their way the the Governor’s Desk. HB1143 is an Act to revise certain provisions regarding underage prostitution and HB1101 is an Act to increase the penalty for performing an abortion of an unborn child capable of feeling pain. Senator Brock Greenfield did a masterful job in pitching HB1101 to the full Senate. He took a barrage of questions and answered each of them with excellence. I am so grateful South Dakota remains ever committed to enhancing our ‘Culture of Life’.
FHA Action Lobbyist Norman Woods and I have been busy promoting SB149, our ‘Faith-Based Adoption Agency Protection Bill’. We need your HELP in the passage of SB149 a bill that ensures that faith-based adoption agencies in South Dakota are free to continue placing children and making decisions that are consistent with their sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions. The bill prevents the state from coming down with a “heavy hand” on any agency because that agency follows their convictions. Please contact your Senator today and ask him/her to vote YES on the concurrence of SB149.
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