South Dakota is already one of the most difficult states for women to access abortions. (In fact, there is only one clinic and physicians must be flown in from Minnesota because local doctors fear fatal harm from anti-abortion extremists.) Now, a group called Vote Yes for Life is pushing to ban the right to choose altogether. Despite a 2006 vote against the policy, Measure 11 basically seeks to outlaw abortions in the state this fall.
Says Peter Rothberg from The Nation, "Not only would the statute intentionally deprive the state's women of a Constitutionally-protected right but the bill's complicated and vague language would threaten the health and well-being of women and families across South Dakota."
Check out this South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families video, which illuminates just how dangerous this initiative would be, and if the whole situation makes you as incredibly concerned as it does me, you can sign their petition to commit to voting against it, or make a contribution in order to help local activists fight back. Even if you don't live there, the right to choose, and the threat of losing our Constitutional rights, affects us all.