Steve Haugaard Introduces Legislation to Amend State Constitution to Include Life Begins at Conception

Sioux Falls, SD — State Representative Steve Haugaard introduced House Joint Resolution 5003 to amend Article VI of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota to read:

§ 30. Human being— Definition.  The term, human being, means each member of the species homo sapiens, at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization or cloning, or other moment at which a member of the species comes into being.”

“The legislation that I’ve introduced will make it clear in state law that human beings come into existence at conception.”

“I believe like the founders of America, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

“Our founding documents and our heritage are constant reminders that we owe a duty of respect to our fellow man.”

“And that duty includes acknowledging that the right to life exists from conception to the moment of natural death.”

Steve Haugaard is the state representative for House District 10 and former Speaker of the House.  He is running to replace Kristi Noem as governor of the great state of South Dakota.  More about Steve can be found at his website,