House Concurrent Resolution 1002 ‘flies in the face of what South Dakotans believe’

Alisha Sedor is the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota.

On the 40-year anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case legalizing abortion across the nation that was decided on January 22, 1973, some South Dakota legislators had the gall to introduce House Concurrent Resolution 1002 encouraging the Supreme Court to overturn the decision.

This resolution flies in the face of what South Dakotans believe. In both 2006 and 2008, the citizens of South Dakota voted down attempted abortion bans, upholding the legality of abortion in our state. Anti-choice legislators are blatantly ignoring the values of their constituents and what is best for the health and well being of South Dakotans to pursue their own selfish political agenda.

The state House of Representatives passed the resolution 60-10, with only Reps. Feinstein, Gibson, Hawks, Hawley, Heinert, Killer, Parsely, Schrempp, Soli and Wismer voting no. The state Senate is scheduled the vote on the resolution on the floor on Monday, January 28.

The citizens of our great state deserve representatives who believe that women and families are capable of making their own health-care decisions without the interference of the government, not elected officials who introduce frivolous and harmful legislation for their own political gain.



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