Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Reading The Fine Print

Hey everyone, this is Cara -- thanks for having me, I'm happy to be here.

I wanted to kick things off with this excellent video which I received today from the folks at South Dakota Healthy Families. SD Healthy Families is an advocacy group that was created to fight the abortion ban on this year's ballot. If you're getting deja vu, it's because anti-choicers in South Dakota tried to pass an abortion ban through a ballot initiative in 2006 -- they were thankfully defeated, but now the measure is back, this time with phony "exceptions" that do nothing to protect women.

Make no mistake: this ballot initiative would not only take away the right to choose if it were passed, it would also put the most vulnerable women in the greatest danger. Additionally, the measure contradicts Roe vs. Wade and is a direct challenge to the landmark court ruling that ensures abortion is legal throughout the United States. If Measure 11 is passed, it would embolden other states to try passing similar laws -- all of which could eventually end in Roe vs. Wade being overturned.

None of us want any of that to happen -- and so what's happening in South Dakota affects all of us. You can learn more about the ballot initiative and find ways to get involved through SD Healthy Families.

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