ACT NOW SOUTH DAKOTA: Ask Your Senator to Support the COVID Vaccine Freedom of Conscience Act
Our Stand: At-A-Glance
- Thanks to South Dakotans urging their legislators to support House Bill 1258, it has passed the House and is moving on to the Senate!
- On Wednesday February 16, Speaker of the House Gosch amended House Bill 1258 that will now give protections to South Dakotans against Covid19 vaccine mandates.
- The bill will create an additional exemption (beyond the 1964 Civil Rights Act) to the COVID-19 shot for the purpose of allowing conscientious objections, along with clear guidance to state courts upon disallowance of a such an objection.
- Codifying Covid-19 vaccine religious and medical exemptions would be in line with South Dakota’s long-standing exemption policy for vaccine mandates that the state places on both public and private school enrollees and is consistent with the protections being passed in other states. It’s not ideal, but adding a conscientious exemption to existing medical and religious is a step in the right direction.
- We will be calling on you shortly to email or sign up to testify before the Senate committee once House Bill 1258 is assigned. Until then you can:
- Share your story with your Senator; and
- Stand by for further calls to action when HB1258 is assigned to committee
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