They have put a ballot resolution on the ballot with nearly 38,000 signatures to repeal the legislature's extreme ban on women's health services.
The population of the entire state is about 770883 including children! They had about 340,000 votes cast in 2002 the last off election year which means that more than 10% of the regular voters in this November's election have already signed the petition to repeal the ban! I like those odds since most estimates are that for every signature, you have about 5 more voters who agree with the signer. I would say that South Dakota has a great chance of passing the referendum. The Radical Anti-Woman Religious Right Wing in this country has pushed too hard and the push back is going to be stunning...
People are beginning to see that they mean what they say...they want an American Theocracy (great book by the way) based on one radical set of dangerous beliefs and just perhaps this November, we will see the other rational 90% of us Take Our Country Back!
Great work to all involved, could this be a final turning point in the balance of power in this country?
ACLU Applauds South Dakotans’ Efforts to Protect Women’s Health and Safety in Light of Extreme Abortion Ban
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 30, 2006 Contact: Rachel Hart, ACLU Nat’l,
(212) 549-2638; Jennifer Ring, ACLU of the Dakotas, (701) 400-4727
PIERRE, SD -- The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded the efforts of South Dakotans to protect women’s health and safety in light of an extreme and
dangerous abortion ban. The South Dakota Campaign for Health Families brought petitions with over 37,800 signatures today to the state capitol in order to place a repeal of the ban on the November ballot.
“South Dakotans want families to be able to make personal decisions about health care without government intrusion,” said Jennifer Ring, Executive Director of the ACLU of the Dakotas. “The thousands of signatures delivered to the state capitol today reflect the values of families across the state and come November will give
every South Dakotan the chance to tell lawmakers that women’s health matters.”
The ban, which was passed by the South Dakota legislature in February and signed by Governor Mike Rounds on March 6th, is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2006. Today’s action suspends the effective date pending the outcome of November’s election. The ban outlaws nearly all abortions in South Dakota.
“If lawmakers cared about women’s health, they would put resources into reducing unintended pregnancies by promoting education and ensuring access to birth control,” said Louise Melling, Director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project.
The South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families is an organization made up of concerned individuals and more than 10 organizations.
For more information visit www.acludakotas.org <http://www.acludakotas.org>
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