Valerie Johnson is Education Coordinator for South Dakota Right to Life.
The voice for the voiceless is stronger when we work together. There is strength in numbers. It only takes one person to make a start, but because people acting together are more motivated and have more influence on society and policy than the same number of people acting alone, South Dakota Right to Life encourages membership.
We come from all walks of life. We are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. South Dakota Right to Life is:
- Not for profit. South Dakota Right to Life receives no tax money. We are grassroots and depend on volunteers and donations to put together and pay for newsletters and online communication, office space, fair booths and materials, billboards, parade entries and other education projects. We have a volunteer working board of directors chosen by members and chapters from all over South Dakota.
- Not partisan. We are affiliated with no particular political party. We have a South Dakota legislative lobbyist. We work with policy makers from a variety of political persuasions. We continually educate people, including public servants, about the right to life.
- Not sectarian. South Dakota Right to Life has no particular religious affiliation. Certainly many of our members belong to a variety of churches. Certainly many Right to Life meetings begin with a prayer. But our meetings are not a prayer group or a religious study. We have some very active members who do not belong to any church at all — they are affiliated with us because they share our common mission and goal, the inalienable right to life from conception to natural death.
- Not multi-issue. Our focus and our goal is the right to life. Though many South Dakota Right to Life members belong to other groups that deal with poverty, the death penalty, public education, marriage and/or a host of other issues, South Dakota Right to Life and other affiliates of National Right to Life focus solely on advancing the legal protection for the lives of defenseless and voiceless human beings — the unborn and those in danger of being “mercy” killed.
There is no other group quite like the Right to Life.
Dr. Mildred Jefferson, a Right to Life founder and former National Right to Life president, once said, “We come together from all parts of our land, we who are known as the right to life people. We come rich and poor, proud and plain, religious and agnostic, politically committed and independent. We can agree only on our respect for life and our determination to defend the right to life.”
If you or someone you know is considering an abortion, there is a list of pro-life help centers and support on our website. If you have had an abortion, remember that you are more than the choices that you've made and if you need help, then please reach out to someone.
Become a member, explore our website or read our LifeFacts newsletters at sdrl.org. Join us on facebook.com: search South Dakota Right to Life. Follow us on twitter.com: @SDRTL. Call our office: 605-224-9181. Email us: email@example.com.