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South Dakotans Face Ballot Fight for Their Abortion Ban

Posted by thelamp on July 14, 2006

Opponents to South Dakota’s new law banning almost all abortions have responded by proposing a repeal of the law on the state’s Nov. 7 ballot.

Earlier this year, South Dakota passed the most sweeping abortion bills in the nation. It prohibited abortions for every reason except to save the life of the mother. Supporters of the law intended it to be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that has led to the murder of at least 45 million innocent babies. It was scheduled to take effect July 1, but is now on hold pending the statewide vote.

Opponents of the ban were successful in collecting enough signatures to qualify for the ballot – fewer than 17,000 voters are required to do that in South Dakota, a state of fewer than 750,000 residents. Even if a majority of residents vote to uphold the new law, it will likely be challenged in the courts, and wouldn’t take effect until and unless the U.S. Supreme Court upheld it.

You can bet that the pro-abortion movement will spare no effort to overturn this much-needed state law, going as far as sending abortion advocates to South Dakota to live until the election so they can vote against it. Pro-life forces have a large task on their hands to assure that the ballot issue, passes, even in the conservative state of South Dakota. Abortion advocates are already spreading misinformation about the new law, calling it “unenforceable.”

Pro-life supporters in South Dakota need the help of values voters across the nation to prepare to support this ballot issue. One of the leading pro-life voices in the state is Leslee Unruh, founder and president of the Sioux Falls-based Abstinence Clearinghouse, a national resource center providing training to education and parents about sexual abstinence. She also runs a crisis-pregnancy center in South Dakota. A passionate pro-life activist, she speaks from personal experience about the damage abortion does to women who participate in the procedure.

CMC urges its members and all believers to pray for the approval of this important law at the ballot box, and urges South Dakotans to study the issue in advance of the vote.


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