Wednesday, November 08, 2006

South Dakota Rejects Abortion Ban

Tom Croon at Peer Review contends, "There will be no concessions here. The people want conservative leadership, that's what I'm going to give them." The problem with that statement is that even registered Republicans run screaming from true conservatism. Case in point is South Dakota.

Voters in South Dakota yesterday rejected the most sweeping abortion ban proposed in the nation in more than a decade, turning back an effort by the ban’s authors to set up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 United States Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal.

In February, the state legislature voted to outlaw all abortions except in cases where a mother’s life was at stake, but the ban was delayed after its opponents led a petition drive to let voters decide the matter themselves.

South Dakota has been the hardest place, in the country, to get an abortion. Only one abortion clinic, a Planned Parenthood, operates in the state. Yet, when faced with the possibility of a total ban; voters reject it by 55 percent. That's a big number in a Red State that has been strongly anti-abortion. Republicans tried pushing Social Security privatization and Terri Schiavo. Both issues blew up in the Republican's faces. Abortion works to fire up the Christian Right base. However, an all out assault on abortion rights is political suicide for Republicans. The left will win the abortion debate. In the mean time women are put at medical risk for political opportunism. It's sickening and wrong.

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At November 09, 2006 10:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When did South Dakota become such a staunch red state? Granted, it goes to the Republicans in presidential elections, but this is the State that graced the country with Tom Daschle. Before John Thune unseated Daschle they had 2 democrat senators. South Dakota has one at-large Representative in Congress. Guess which party she belongs to. Democrat. The MSM and your democrat ilk have been trying to drum this up like the measure failed in Mississippi. The measure failed by less than 40,000 votes. That is considered running "screaming?" Davis lost by almost 350,000. What would that be called?

Also, you and other liberals have been hailing South Dakota for being the hardest place in the country to have an abortion. There is a reason for that. The entire state of South Dakota has a population of about 7750,000. More than half, abut 436,000 live in rural areas. Plus, as we now know, close to half, about 44% disaprove of abortion altogether, in any circumstance.

The largest city, Sioux Falls, has only 133,000 residents. The next largest? Rapid city with 60,000.

In 2000 there were 870 abortions performed in the state. It is estimated that 20% of all abortions in the from out of state-visitors.

The truth is, South Dakota is just not the place to start a booming abortion business.


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