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Now, We Fight Back!

From the AP: Gov. Mike Rounds signed the most restrictive ban on abortions in the United States. The law makes it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion unless the life of the mother is in immediate jeopardy. There is absolutely no exception for victims of rape or incest. NONE.

This law is meant to be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, and Planned Parenthood intends to fight the law in court.

There is only one abortion clinic in the entire state of South Dakota, located in Sioux Falls. Approximately 800 abortions are performed each year there, but Planned Parenthood says many women already cross state lines to reach other abortion clinics.

“This is proof-positive that Gov. Rounds cares more about politics than about the health and safety of women in South Dakota,” said Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood regional operations for Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, said in a statement Monday. “In every state, women, their families, and their doctors should be making private, personal health care decisions — not politicians.” (emphasis mine)

Rounds issued a written statement saying he expects the law will be tied up in court for years and will not take effect unless the U.S. Supreme Court upholds it.

“In the history of the world, the true test of a civilization is how well people treat the most vulnerable and most helpless in their society. The sponsors and supporters of this bill believe that abortion is wrong because unborn children are the most vulnerable and most helpless persons in our society. I agree with them,” Rounds said in the statement.

Gee, Governor, I bet the women of your state really appreciate knowing you don’t give a shit about already living, breathing South Dakotans. What’s the unemployment rate at Pine Ridge again? How many already-born children live in poverty in South Dakota?

What?? I can’t hear you Governor….

Here’s how YOU can contact Governor Rounds:

Send an email: sdgov@gov.state.sd.us
Phone the Governor’s office: (605) 773-3212
Send a postcard: Office of the Governor, 500 E. Capitol Ave, Pierre SD 57501

Get the email addresses of SD’s state senators here.
Get the email addresses of SD’s state representatives here.

Help End The War On Women!

Boycott Sturgis. Boycott South Dakota.

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March 6, 2006 - Posted by | Abortion, Politics, Protest, Reproductive Rights, South Dakota, War On Women

2 Comments »

  1. the SD legistlature has set up us up for a fall. We are 50th in so many things. Why in the world would Govenor Rounds sign this legistlation knowning it is doomed to failure? Is it because he is stupid? Or just doesn’t care? We treat our teachers shabbily when it comes to pay, But we can afford to waste money on lawyers for a lawsuit that has no chance of success?
    If anyone wishes to boycott South Dakota, fine. But let them know! email, call, write, something. Our state government has loss it’s sense of priority and needs a good slap up alongside their heads!

    Comment by dakotatycoon | March 10, 2006 | Reply

  2. dakota: Thanks for stopping by!

    I recently read that 61% of South Dakotans want legal abortion and in general are opposed to this law.

    Fascinating isn’t it? The governor and the legislature would rather spend money defending this when there are how many children – already born – living in poverty in the state? And how many with out health insurance? Sick!

    I’ve emailed the governor and all the members of the legislature about my boycott. I’d love to see my idea spread around the blogosphere – hundreds of thousands of emails piling up on Gov. Round’s desk, thousands of phone calls knocking out the phone system, and millions of postcards filling up the letterboxes. Spread the word – and work in SD to kick the jerks who voted for this out of office!

    Comment by palady | March 10, 2006 | Reply


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