South Dakota Fights Back II

Cross posted on MyDD and DailyKos

Yesterday, I wrote a diaryabout South Dakota Healthy Families formally announcing their creation in order to fight HB 1215 which bans all abortions in South Dakota, even in cases of rape and incest.


At the time I did not have the text of the press release, now I do.  So here it is


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South Dakota Fights Back

Crossposted on MyDD and DailyKos.

Today, South Dakota fought back


In a press conference that has been barely covered by the MSM, South Dakota Healthy Families announced that they were launching a petition drive to gather 16,728 signatures and put HB 1215 on the ballot in November and letting the voters of South Dakota decide for themselves whether they want women in that state to have the right to choose.

In case you had not heard yet, HB 1215 is a law passed by the South Dakota Legislature and signed by Governor Mike Rounds.


HB 1215 bans ALL abortions in the state even in cases of Rape, Incest and concerns regarding health of the mother.  The only exception to this archaic law being to save the Life of the mother.


So, today 15 prominent members of South Dakota got together and said NO MORE!!


Please read about it at South Dakota Healthy Families


I have never asked for recommendations, but I am now. CNN, WaPo and all other mainstream media outlets are ignoring this. We need to get this message out somehow


People, this is the declaration of war against the anti-choice forces in South Dakota and their backers around the country.


Even thought this is a local fight in South Dakota, it has national ramifications and we need to help our sisters.


If we allow this law to go into effect, by failing to get this on the ballot, then all courts will clearly rule it unconstitutional as it flies in the face of Roe V Wade. However, please believe that the State of South Dakota will fight and appeal all the way to the Supreme Court which is unpredictable with the two new Justices, Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito on the bench.


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