I've written here before about the abortion ban legislation which will appear on the South Dakota ballot this November. Almost identical legislation appeared on the ballot in 2006, but this time Measure 11 contains phony exceptions in cases of rape, incest and threat to a woman's life. However, these changes would actually do extremely little to help these very vulnerable women.
The bill is an unmistakable direct challenge to Roe vs. Wade. If passed, it could eventually give the Supreme Court another chance to look at the abortion issue and potentially overturn the landmark ruling which says that abortion must be legal throughout the U.S. In other words, the abortion ban legislation is bad news for the women of South Dakota, but could also be very bad news for women all over the country.
Here's a video put together by the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families, explaining why the ban is such a bad idea, and why it wouldn't "protect life" at all:
This weekend, I'm excited to say that I will personally be in South Dakota helping out SD Healthy Families with their efforts to defeat the ballot measure. We'll be canvassing, phone-banking, and all around raising visibility to let South Dakotans know that this would be a dangerous law for families, and that it's opposed in strong numbers! Next week, I'll be blogging here about the experience.
But you don't actually have to go to South Dakota to help. You can learn more through SD Health Families' website, and donate to help the cause. Make sure to fill in all of your friends on what's happening, and encourage them to offer financial support as well!