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What is Priests for Life doing to assist the South Dakota ballot initiative?

This November, South Dakotans will be the first Americans since 1972 to vote on whether abortion should be legal.

On March 6, 2006, South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signed into law HB 1215, the Women’s Life and Health Protection Act.  The measure would outlaw abortion in the state, although it would permit a doctor to perform procedures to save the life of a pregnant mother while also making reasonable medical efforts to save the life of her unborn baby.

Although the legislation passed by overwhelming margins in the South Dakota House (50-18) and Senate (23-12), pro-abortion forces gathered the 16,728 signatures needed to force a referendum on the bill.  They want to make people think that the law is objectionable because it does not have an exception for rape. They ignore the fact that abortion neither cures rape nor heals its trauma. (Click here for more information.) Moreover, the abortion supporters would oppose this legislation even if it did have a rape exception.

The measure, called Referred Law 6 on the November ballot, found its origins in the December 2005 Report of the South Dakota Task Force to Study Abortion.  The 17-member Task Force was created by the state legislature to study the impact of abortion on South Dakota women and families since the Roe v. Wade decision.  Click here to see the Task Force report in PDF format.

Conducting four days of hearings with both pro-abortion and pro-life experts and reviewing testimony from 1,940 women who have had abortions, the Task Force concluded that “the most fundamental assertions made by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade… upon which its decision was based, are now known to be false or inaccurate.”  Further, the Report found that the state of South Dakota “has both the right and the unqualified duty to protect every human being and their personal intrinsic rights, including the pregnant mother’s natural intrinsic right to her relationship with her child, and the child’s intrinsic right to life.”

The campaign to pass Referred Law 6 is in full swing.  There has been no more important abortion initiative or referendum in over 30 years; indeed, this election will be historic.  We strongly urge you to become educated on Referred Law 6 and support it however you can.   For more information on the campaign, along with the full texts of the law and the Task Force Report, please visit

Click here to see the specific activities that Priests for Life promotes in regard to voting.

On Thursday night September 21, top national pro-life leaders joined many pro-life activists on a conference call to discuss the urgent need to help South Dakota protect its abortion ban, and to detail the sweeping national implications of the upcoming vote.

Among those participating were

Janet Folger, President of Faith2Action
Judie Brown, President of American Life League
Gianna Jessen, abortion survivor
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life
Molly White, Director of Redeemed for Life
Jim Sedlak, Executive Director of STOPP International

The entire call was recorded and is available at the following link:

All we ask is that you help spread the word to other pro-life leaders across America so they can listen in on this vital discussion!

What is Priests for Life doing to assist the South Dakota ballot initiative?

Priests for Life has made the public aware of this initiative by means of our television and radio interviews, letters, and emails. In particular, our educational efforts all year round regarding why abortion is not a solution to rape are helping pro-life people in the state argue against one of the principal objections of the pro-aborts.

Priests for Life continues to keep the priests of South Dakota – and all the priests across the country – aware of the urgency of ending abortion, and encourages the efforts of the various dioceses in this regard.

Our overall educational activity about elections (, of course, ties into this ballot initiative and assists people to know how to generate more votes.

Recently, Fr. Frank took part in the special conference call of pro-life leaders regarding the South Dakota ballot initiative.

Additional Reading:

Considerations Regarding the South Dakota Abortion Bill Referendum [part 1] and [part 2] -- Bishop Blase J. Cupich, S.T.D., Bishop of Rapid City, SD.


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