Thune to vote "aye" on Referred Law 6
The Rapid City Journal is reporting this morning that U.S. Senator John Thune will be voting for Referred Law 6 (otherwise known as HB 1215) when he steps into the voting booth in November. This is in sharp contrast to Johnson and Herseth, who have indicated they will be actively campaigning the other way, going so far as to be part of the No on 6 campaign by recording messages for them.
Despite his belief that any ban on abortion should include exceptions for rape and incest victims, U.S. Sen. John Thune said Friday that, when he steps into the voting booth in November, he will vote in favor of a referred law that does not contain those exceptions.Read it all here.
Earlier this week, the South Dakota Republican restated his position that any abortion ban should include exceptions to save the life of a pregnant woman and to allow victims of rape and incest to have an abortion.
Referred Law 6, which was approved overwhelmingly by the South Dakota Legislature and signed by Gov. Mike Rounds before being referred to a general-election vote in November, offers only an exception to save a pregnant woman’s life.
Even so, Thune said he will cast his vote for Referred Law 6 — best known as HB1215, the title it was given during the 2006 Legislature. Thune said the ban is in keeping with his anti-abortion philosophy and voting record.
“Although the Legislature took a different approach, I will vote for it because it would reduce the number of abortions and advance our common goal of protecting the unborn,” Thune said.
The respective positions of the state’s three-member congressional delegation became a point of discussion earlier this week when Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson entered the campaign against Referred Law 6. Johnson taped a telephone message for the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families, the lead group opposing the referred law, urging South Dakotans to vote against it. And a spokesman for Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth, who also opposes the ban, said Herseth is willing to tape a similar message.