Wisconsin retreats from South Dakota

Abortion-rights group won't lead charge to challenge S.D. ban after all.

By Katharine Mieszkowski
March 17, 2006 1:24AM (UTC)
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Well, that was fast.

The Wisconsin group Basic-Abortion-Rights Network has dropped its plans to sponsor a petition drive in South Dakota for a ballot referendum to challenge the state's new abortion ban, according to the Associated Press via today's Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy report.


Apparently, South Dakotans didn't appreciate the carpet-bagging, but there are plans afoot for local groups to circulate their own petition. Meanwhile, a new poll finds that a majority of South Dakotans think that the state's new abortion ban is too extreme.

Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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