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Friday, March 24, 2006

Thoughts: Pro Choicers doing what pro lifers have wanted

Putting abortion to a vote of the people, or at least trying to. A Pro Abortion group is collecting signatures to over turn the law banning abortions in South Dakota.
Abortion-rights supporters launched a referendum drive on Friday to overturn a new South Dakota abortion ban passed as a challenge to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized the practice.

The South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families coalition filed with the state to begin collecting the 16,700 signatures needed to put the issue before the voters in November, Deputy Secretary of State Chad Heinrich said.

If the petition drive obtains the needed signatures by June 19, the law would be put on hold until the voters decide on its fate in the November election. If not enough signatures are gathered the law would go into effect July 1, leaving opponents with the option of challenging it in court.

A petition drive flies in the face of the expectations of abortion opponents, who have been counting on a legal challenge to the law in the hopes that the case would eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

With two conservative justices recently appointed to the high court, abortion opponents believe they have an improving chance of overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established the right to abortion.

Participants in the campaign to overturn the South Dakota law said before the petition drive was announced that a referendum had advantages over a lawsuit.

I've been saying for the longest time the people should be deciding whether murdering unborn babies is legal or illigal not the courts.


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