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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:23 PM
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AP: South Dakota Nears Vote On Abortion Ban
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South Dakota Nears Vote on Abortion Ban
By DAVID CRARY (AP National Writer)
From Associated Press
October 08, 2006 3:45 PM EDT
WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. - Circled around a living room, sipping coffee, five long-acquainted couples grappled with their stark differences on a topic they would have skirted in the past but now cannot avoid - abortion.

Like other South Dakotans, people in this tiny farming town are confronting a historic opportunity on Nov. 7. They'll sway a tortuous national debate by making a choice no statewide electorate has faced before: whether to approve a sweeping ban on virtually all abortions.

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The Legislature passed the law overwhelmingly in February, expecting it to be challenged in court and perhaps lead to a U.S. Supreme Court reversal of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. Instead of suing, opponents swiftly collected signatures to force a referendum; the law will be scrapped if voters reject it.

Each side depicts the other as dominated by out-of-state groups - and indeed such forces are active, viewing the vote as an unprecedented gauge of public sentiment on abortion. The Rev. Jerry Falwell has urged his conservative followers to donate in support of the ban; Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America have raised funds to oppose it.

"We're David, they're Goliath," contended Leslee Unruh, head of the campaign group supporting the ban. Parked outside her VoteYesForLife.com office in Sioux Falls were cars with a blunt bumper sticker: "The Killing Stops Here."

The most recent independent poll, in July, found 47 percent of voters opposed the ban, 39 percent favored it, 14 percent were undecided. When asked if they would approve a ban with exceptions for rape and incest, support rose to 59 percent.

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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:08 PM
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1. The American Talibornagain state of S. Dakota...
rushing backwards as fast as they can.

The Taleban and "Islamofascists" will be pleased.

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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:13 PM
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2. Banning it is ILLEGAL. It violates the Constitution.
NT!

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Scooter24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:31 PM
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5. Exactly.
They know the legislation will be shot down all the way to the circuit level. What they are hoping for is for the Supreme Court to first accept the case then rule in their favor.

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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:54 PM
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3. .
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:54 PM
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4. Voters will overturn the ban, but there will be no time to celebrate
And this is why:

The most recent independent poll, in July, found 47 percent of voters opposed the ban, 39 percent favored it, 14 percent were undecided. When asked if they would approve a ban with exceptions for rape and incest, support rose to 59 percent.

So the ban will be overturned. Then the legislature will simply turn right around and pass an abortion ban with the rape/incest exception (which is impossible to enforce, btw).
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