Attack on S.D. abortion ban launched

Petition drive hopes to put abortion ban before state's voters.

Published March 24, 2006 11:27PM (EST)

The South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families announced today its intensive campaign to put the state's abortion ban on hold. If it succeeds in acquiring the 16,728 signatures needed to challenge the law by June 19, the ban will be put on hold until voters sound off in the November elections, according to a BBC report. Otherwise, the law will go into effect on July 1.

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota released a statement in praise of the campaign and the group's South Dakota state director, Kate Looby, said, "We are pleased to see such a broad coalition of mainstream South Dakotans standing up to fight this ban  On behalf of the women who rely on us for their health care, we support the referral process, the effort to defeat this extreme ban and our friends who are leading the fight. This referral will give all South Dakotans the chance to protect their families and vote their values."

President of American Life League Judie Brown told Reuters that even if the campaign succeeds in bringing the issue before voters, it won't be satisfied with the outcome: "The people of South Dakota want to end all medical and surgical abortion, and Planned Parenthood is going to be defeated."

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