No on 6 commentary in the Denver Post
Anti-choice forces go too far in S.D.
By Jan Nicolay, Maria Bell and Sarah Stoesz
South Dakota - known to millions of Americans as the home of the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore and the world's largest biker rally - could soon acquire a new reputation as the laboratory where right-wing conservatives experiment with one of their pre-eminent goals: overturning Roe vs. Wade.
In November, the state's voters will decide whether to enact or reject the most restrictive abortion law in the country. For many, this is a gut-check moment. Anti-choice forces have gone too far.
This extreme law has no exception for victims of rape or incest and does not provide an exception for the health of a woman. A pregnant woman will be left with no options to treat terminal illnesses like breast or ovarian cancer because pregnant women cannot take many medications or radiation.
In an act of blatant cruelty, South Dakota lawmakers did not leave any exceptions for victims of rape or incest. Women would be forced to carry a resulting pregnancy to term under this law.
For years, ideologically conservative interest groups from out of state have used the South Dakota legislature to push their national social agenda. Divisive issues like abortion, restricting contraception use and abstinence-only sex education dominate the state legislature, and more pressing issues like education, health care and job creation are pushed aside.
Read it all here at DenverPost.com as the Campaign for Healthy Families focuses in on the rape/incest exception debate in the bill.
You're going to see more laser-like focus on the rape/incest exceptions of the bill as time goes on. Both sides know that if South Dakotans believe there are exceptions for rape and incest, the measure will likely pass. If they believe otherwise, and think there are no exceptions, then the measure faces a much tougher battle.