There is one abortion clinic in the entire state of South Dakota. One. Planned Parenthood opens for business one day every week, and the surgeon from Minnesota flies in to perform elective abortions just for the day. The average (from 2004 figures) is roughly 15 abortions per that one day.
Such a small, simple clinic in Sioux Falls doesn't seem like it would be a hot bed for politics, but it most certainly is. The voters of South Dakota now get to decide if they support their state legislature and the extreme religious right.
The SD state legislature passed a bill making abortion illegal, a felony to be specific, in every case, unless the mother's life is at risk. Yes, friends. Raped? Lousy one night stand you'll forever regret? You still have the option to take the morning-after pill, assuming you A) can get access to it and B) know to take it in the first place. Otherwise? You’re having that baby, sistah.
So yes, the bill passed. The governor signed it into law, back in March. It is technically illegal to have an abortion in the state of South Dakota. The people who designed the law (read: Pro-Lifers) never really intended it to be implemented. They expected the state would get sued, and the case would be taken all the way to the US Supreme Court where they could finally get Roe vs. Wade overturned. But there was an unaccounted-for loophole.
There’s an old law that allows voters to overrule laws by referendum. Thus, our friend, HB 1215 , the referendum which the voters shall support or overturn.
Both sides of the issue are flowing money into the state for advertising. As of now, polls show that it would probably not pass today. But keep a watch out this November, folks. This is a big issue, and its outcome will be historical. As someone who firmly believes my body is my own, I’d like to be able to make decisions for myself. Prove to me, in a court of law, that my body belongs to God, and maybe I’ll rethink my stance. Until then…