Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Stand up South Dakota

Today, the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families turned in nearly 38,000 petition signatures to the South Dakota Secretary of State for certification. This was done so that the "abortion ban law" would be placed on the ballot so the public could vote on the issue. It's likely that in general election such a strict law *no abortion even in cases of rape and incest* would pass.

This is a huge victory for South Dakota!! The number of signatures is well over twice the minimum number of signatures required to refer the law to the ballot. Moreover, the signatures were turned in nearly two weeks ahead of time. These signatures were gathered from all 60 South Dakota counties. No paid petitioners were used.

For more great Info: www.StandUpSouthDakota.com

6 comments:

Sarah said...

That's so awesome. Maybe there is hope for South Dakota yet.

zZz said...

Quoting:
It's likely that in general election such a strict law *no abortion even in cases of rape and incest* would pass.
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Am I in the twilight zone or was there a typo there? You want the abortion ban to pass?

Tobes said...

No twilight zone, no typo.

I mean that it's a victory that the law will appear on the ballot. Because although the state of South Dakota is very, VERY conservative, it's unlikely that this abortion ban will pass because even very conservative people are turned off at the idea that a rape or incest victim could not secure a legal abortion.

Hence getting this law on the ballot for general public vote is a good thing.

zZz said...

Well thats what I mean your front page post says you think it is "likely" to pass but your comment says it is "unlikely" to pass.

We had a vote on a no smoking ordinance in my community but it completely outlawed smoking..no exceptions for bars etc. so it failed. Like you said they try to go all the way the first time up and that dooms it to failure.

zZz said...

Well thats what I mean your front page post says you think it is "likely" to pass but your comment says it is "unlikely" to pass.

We had a vote on a no smoking ordinance in my community but it completely outlawed smoking..no exceptions for bars etc. so it failed. Like you said they try to go all the way the first time up and that dooms it to failure.

Amy said...

I was thrilled at this news -- as I'm originally from South Dakota (my mom works at one of the Planned Parenthood clinics there) and I don't know a single person, even my ultra-conservative sister, who would vote for this law.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed.