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by Michele Shackelford, staff writer
The legislation was in direct conflict with Supreme Court’s the Roe v. Wade decision, and the ban included no prevision for rape, incest, or to protect the health of the pregnant woman. The ban was supposed to go into effect on July 1, but women’s rights supporters in South Dakota collected thousands of signatures and won a temporary injunction halting implementation of the legislation until the Nov. 7 election.

Planned Parenthood President Cecil Richards said there are 10 other states considering similar bills and, “Planned Parenthood will fight these attacks in court, in the state house, and at the ballot box, to ensure that women, with their doctors and families, continue to be able to make personal health care decisions without government interference.”

If South Dakota’s Bill 1215 passes, doctors could be charged with a felony and sentenced to five years in prison for violating any of the bills provisions. The Nation’s Kate Michelman wrote that the new ban makes pre-Roe v. Wade laws seem enlightened in comparison.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has said that the ban is “not based on science, strips women of their legal rights, and criminalizes essential aspects of women’s health care. The intervention of the legislature into medical decision making is inappropriate, ill advised, and dangerous.”

Pro-choice groups have joined together to gather signature and support though the state. They also formed the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families (SDCHF), an organization that asked voters in that state to repeal the ban on the Nov. 7 ballots.

Anti-choice groups also formed their own organization, VoteYeaForLife.com. According to The Nation they have been fighting to retain the ban, having thousands of volunteers planting lawn signs, staffing phone banks, and holding house parties. The race between the two was a close one, a statistical dead heat, according to Zogby polls.

According to a 2004 survey by the Center for Reproductive Rights, abortion could become illegal in as many as 30 states if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade.


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