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South Dakota Right to Life hires lobbyist for legislative session

PIERRE -- South Dakota Right to Life (SDRTL) announced recently that Chaplain Linda J. Johnson, of Sioux Falls, will represent its interests during the 2012 South Dakota legislative session.

Johnson is an author, chaplain/minister, public speaker, mother and grandmother.

She has a doctorate in Christian education from Andersonville Baptist Seminary, a post-graduate degree in community services chaplaincy from Patten University (2006), and has been a senior pastor of two stateside cross-cultural churches, as well as a missionary to Southeast Asia for three terms.

"I appreciate the great passion South Dakota Right to Life and other pro-life groups and individuals have regarding the protection of all human life," Johnson said. "Every human life begins at fertilization and should end with natural death."

She is a fourth-generation South Dakotan and her husband, Richard, was raised in the Ward/Flandreau area. Since 2005, she has been occupied full-time in supporting her husband, as he was deployed for five tours to Iraq. Among other occupations, since 2007, she has worked as a substitute teacher in the Sioux Falls public school system.

SDRTL Education Director Valerie Johnson, of Mitchell, said, "We look forward to Linda's work for SDRTL and with other pro-life groups and individuals. Together, we will continue to educate and to protect the right to life of the vulnerable."

South Dakota Right to Life is a nonprofit public service organization whose primary purpose is to educate about fetal development, abortion, alternatives to abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and other related life issues.