• Dale Bartscher

SDRTL Humanitarians of the Year

Updated: Oct 11, 2018

Brock Greenfield

at the age of 25, Brock was elected to the South Dakota State Senate for District 6, making him the youngest Senator in the history of South Dakota. Since then he has served in both the House and Senate with great distinction and is currently the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Brock has a long history of championing the pro-life cause. He previously served as the South Dakota Right to Life Executive Director, and has always been a reliable ally in the state legislature. More than just maintaining a 100% pro-life voting record, Brock is a true statesman who vigorously defends our bills in committees and on the floor whether he is a prime sponsor or not. His knowledge of our South Dakota abortion laws and the history behind them are an invaluable asset for the pro-life movement.

“Senator Brock Greenfield has been our ‘go to guy’ in the legislature for many years. Whether he is the prime sponsor of a pro-life bill or not, when we need him, he always steps up to the plate and delivers.” -Debbie Pease SDRTL Lobbyist


Leslee Unruh

In 1984, Leslee Unruh founded the Alpha Center and Omega Maternity Home. Alpha Center is a pregnancy care center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and is one of the largest centers in the United States. Since then, Leslee has helped 14+ other centers start. In South Dakota, Leslee has led pro-life legislation including two abortion ban campaigns, which brought awareness resulting in a safer place for women and babies. In 1996, Leslee founded the National Abstinence Clearinghouse (NAC). NAC is a resource center that distributes information on virtue and sexual integrity, provides training to parents and educators, and has affiliates in 117 countries as well as every state in the U.S. Leslee was the first to pass abstinence education in South Dakota schools. She started a television show, as well as a program called Take Charge of Your Life. In 2001, the U.S. Government asked Leslee to overlook the federally funded curriculum to make sure they were compliant, and did a contract for CDC, PROI and TA contract. Leslee is the author of the book entitled Abstinence 101, has spoken across the United States to thousands of parents and teens, and she has hosted numerous conferences. Other accomplishments include writing newspaper columns, authoring several informative brochures, radio presentations and producing a TV program on teen abstinence. Leslee has appeared on various shows including the Oprah Winfrey Show, FOX News, Focus on the Family radio program, just to name a few. In her work, she has done overseas documentaries and has been recognized in major publications worldwide. On numerous occasions, Leslee has been invited to the White House to advise on public policy. She is the recipient of many awards including the Congressional Order of Merit Award, Salt and Light Award and Pro-Life Leadership Award by the Vitae Foundation. Leslee is married to Dr. Allen Unruh and is blessed with five children and sixteen grandtreasures, which they consider to be their greatest accomplishment.

Leslee fights abortion by helping people who have no one to encourage them when they face unplanned crisis pregnancies, no one to help them find the resources they need, and no one to offer practical support for their decision. Leslee stands in the gap to help people choose life. - Fred Deutsch

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