Letter to the Editor

A shortened version of this letter appeard in the Rapid City Journal on Friday, October 24th. 

To the Editor,

Hunting season is popular in our country. Have you ever thought why we hunt in the fall or winter? We hunt then because we would not want to kill animals when they are carrying their young or nesting with their youth!  It seems we have more respect for the unborn of animals and their young than we do for the unborn of human beings.  Where have our thoughts gone when we say it is okay to kill the unborn through abortion?  Have you looked at your baby pictures lately?  Just about nine months before, you were created.  It is very clear that people who are for abortion have already been born.  Everybody has to die, we all know that.  I am so glad someone fed me and changed my diaper when I was a baby.  My mother and father gave a place to grow; I could not have survived without their help.  Have you ever heard the story “Horton Hears a Who” by Dr. Seuss?  The point of that story is that a person is a person no matter how small they are.  If the unbron is not a human being, what is it?  In no time the fetus becomes a child.  if we were fair to the unborn, we would let them be born.  We would let them grow until they could talk and then ask if they wanted to live or die.  Fortunately, we can only kill the body of the unborn child.  God has their souls in His hands – and maybe we will have to meet those unbron children killed by abortion one day!  May God have mercy on us and on the whole world.  If the unborn child could say a prayer before their skull was crushed, and their brain sucked out; their body torn limb from linb, it might be, “Deliver us Lord from every evil and grant us peace.” 

A South Dakota Resident, Inspired by the Holy Spirit

Dare Mighty Things

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”


“Changing lives through an unforgettable experience”

Theodore Roosevelt
1859-1919, 26th President of the United States

Email Encouragement!

Below are merely a few excerpts from emails the VoteYesForLife.com office has recieved.  Thanks to everyone who wrote in and offered encouragment!

I just read about your endeavor, and the bill getting a vote.  I wanted to tell you how excited it makes me.  Watching these campaigns and the economy and international relations, I’ve felt slightly depressed and lacking of hope lately.  When I read the news article, I couldn’t help but feel a little joy.  Since I have no financial opportunity nor volunteer capacity available to help the cause, know that I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts for the coming months.  Good luck, and thank you for filling a young student with a little more hope for the future.   –Jack 

Wow! I am so impressed!  I just stumbled upon your website because CNN actually mentioned the vote…Thank YOU!! You guys are the real mavericks…you could start the revolution across the United States that will finally end this deplorable pracitce.  May God bless your endeavors.  –Tammy

I know that you may have heard many stories about women choosing life by running out of the abortion mill, but I myself have not. I’m sharing this to keep emcouraging all of your volunteers and staff to keep fighting for South Dakotan’s babies. Because of your efforts another baby has been chosen to live!  This is of course “hear say” and was told by a neighbor of mine who know I was pro-life.  She mentioned that a co-worker of hers became pregnant a couple years ago and wasn’t sure if she would be able to parent it.  She wasn’t married and had no familiy around to help her. Many of the co-workers came and begged her to adopt.  She chose to keep the baby and raise it on her own.  She later met her boyfriend, and again became pregnant with an unwanted child. Even though the boyfriend was helping her raise the first unwanted baby and was doing good at it, he thought it should be aborted.  They went to Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls and had an ultrasound first (praise God!) before the abortion.  It was then that the father of the baby took the girlfriend by his side and walked out.  After hearing the heartbeat, he couldn’t kill the baby.  So another miracle story goes back to you!  I just had to share it instead of keeping it to myself. Praise God for all your efforts!  –Kristen

Wakan yeja: Children are Sacred

Tribe Passes Resolution to Ban Abortion!

The tribal council of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa has passed a law that would ban abortions on their land. (read more)

More Lies–South Dakotans Need to Hear the TRUTH!

The pro-abortionists are using every last effort to side step the real issue of Measure 11: to end abortion as birth control.  They are resorting to false advertising, voter fraud and exploitation of medical groups. 

They will never argue that abortion SHOULD

continue as birth control,

because they know they will lose that argument. 

Instead, they choose highly rare and technical issues,

misrepresent the facts about those issue, and hope to confuse voters.


Lie:  A TV ad from a pro-abortion activist group, depicts a woman telling her story about her pregnancy with twins. It implies that a procedure resulting in the death of a twin that has “Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome” is illegal under Measure 11.


Truth: The normal standard of Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome is covered under Measure 11 (Sec. 2, Measure 11).  A complaint was filed and those ads have since been removed from the airwaves.


Lie:  Measure 11 forces South Dakota doctors to turn over patients’ private medical records to the government.


Truth: This is completely false. HIPPA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act laws prevent any doctor or medical personnel from disclosing any medical information to anyone other than their patient. Those laws do not change under Measure 11.


Lie:  The Government will interfere with private, medical decisions. 


Truth: Measure 11 is designed to end abortion as birth control. Abortions done for medical reasons are left up to the physician’s own judgment.


Lie:  South Dakota Medical Association and Sanford Health do not support Measure 11. 


Truth: Sanford and the South Dakota Medical Association (SDMA) have verified that they are NEURTRAL on this issue, and are encouraging people to vote according to their own morals.  These groups have been exploited by the pro-abortionists without permission. Both Sanford and the SDMA have asked “Healthy Families” to cease and desist associating their names with their political agenda.


Sanford has since written a letter to Yes on 11, stating they now better understand the measure and they will make Vote Yes’ clarification available to their doctors. Measure 11 does have support from hundreds of South Dakota doctors, and many medical groups from across the nation. Visit VoteYesForLife.com website to see a list of groups representing more than 150 million supporters. Avera Hospital does support Measure 11, along with both Catholic Bishops in the state.


Lie:  “All you need is an address and you can vote, even if you go back home the next day.” 


Truth: Campaign for “Healthy Families” caught their spokesman in another lie, as they admitted (on tape) that their campaign spokesman will be voting here and returning to California right after the election. The spokesman lied when he signed the voter registration stating: “I actually live at and have no present intention of leaving the above address.”  Campaign staff encouraged another non-resident to do the same. This evidence has been submitted to States Attorney General Larry Long, for investigation.


Lie:  Campaign for “Healthy Families” represents and cares about South Dakotans.  


Truth: An astounding 94% of campaign funds were received from out-of-state pro-abortion industries, such as Planned Parenthood.  Groups such as Planned Parenthood, and not South Dakotans, are financing campaigns here in our state, hiding behind the notion that they are protecting the interests of South Dakotans.

A Leopard Cannot Change Its Spots

Within one week after burying our 15 year old daughter Ashleigh, my husband was outside washing the car. A person from the group called South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families walked up to my husband and asked him to sign his petition. My husband, in a deep fog of grief, simply asked “Are you for life? Or not?” This person assured him he was, so my husband signed the petition. Later, we saw on the news who he was and what they were doing. My husband was so distraught over this that he call the people and told them they needed to take his name off of their petition. THEY TRICKED HIM INTO SIGNING! I hope they removed his name, but I wonder how many people were tricked into signing…

Lisa Mauseth


This story is a personal, South Dakota testimony of the deceitful tactics employed by our opponents when they circulated petitions regarding Referred Law 6.  Unfortunately, they have not remedied their ways.  They are still misleading South Dakota voters–sometimes outright lying about the facts of Initiated Measure 11.  Please take the time to acquaint yourself with the facts:

  • The normal standard of care for the medical procedure in treating Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome is covered under Measure 11. (Sec. 2)
  • Measure 11 was written by a panel of 11 legal experts under the direction of South Dakota State Attorney General Larry Long.  It is clear, simple, and well-written.
  • Doctors providing normal and high-risk pregnancy care are protected under Measure 11.  They can only be held accountable if they intentionally cause the death of a baby for the sole purpose of ending a pregnancy with no medical reason. (Sec. 3)
  • Measure 11 stops abortion from being used as birth control.  97% of abortions in South Dakota are done early in pregnancy when there is no medical reason at all. 

Check out voteyesforlife.com for more information and to read the full initiative! 

Before you vote, get the facts.  Do not be tricked into voting against Measure 11!



House candidates debate abortion, and other topics, on USD Campus

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Republican Rapid City businessman Chris Lien said Tuesday that he will vote for the state ballot measure that would ban most abortions. Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin said she is against the measure.

The two candidates for the state’s lone U.S. House seat made those distinctions in a debate on South Dakota Public Television.

Lien said abortion issues should be left to the discretion of states, not the federal government. Adding that he staunchly opposes abortion, Lien said the ballot measure contains precautions that some feel are proper, including exceptions in instances of rape, to prevent serious health problems and to save a woman’s life.

Herseth Sandlin said the proposal is ambiguous and should be rejected because it will interfere with women’s private decisions, adding that the government should not meddle in medicine.

“It’s an unwarranted intrusion into a very private decision that should be made by families and their doctors, with the counsel of their pastors, their ministers, others that are close to them,” she said.

The congresswoman, who is pregnant and expecting her first child in late December, noted that the State Medical Association opposes the proposed abortion ban. She said the issue was settled by voters in 2006 and should not have been brought back to the ballot again.
Lien, who is making his first bid for public office, said South Dakotans have the right to reconsider the issue. Abortion on demand should not be allowed, he said.

“If you have abortion with no consequences, it’ll lead to more abortions,” Lien said.
The debate was sponsored by the South Dakota Newspaper Association and AARP South Dakota.

Fielding questions sent to SDPB, the two candidates also covered such issues as the $700 billion federal credit bailout and congressional earmarks.

Herseth Sandlin and Lien both decried the bailout and said tougher oversight must be exercised over the financial sector.

Herseth Sandlin says Bush administration officials saw the crisis coming but waited too long to deal with it, adding that unregulated financial instruments “got out of control.”

Lien said regulations on the financial sector must be proper to ensure that such an economic crisis doesn’t occur again. He called the credit crisis “abysmal.”

The candidates disagreed on congressional earmarks, which are special project funds attached to larger legislation.

Lien said projects worth their salt should be able to stand in independent legislation. That would help hold down congressional spending, he said.

Herseth Sandlin said earmarks are important to states like South Dakota because of its low population. Administration officials often overlook important projects in rural states, and Congress uses earmarks to ensure funding for those state priorities, she said.