My name is Shannon and I am thrilled to be a guest blogger for the next two weeks on Feministe. This is such an exciting opportunity for me to get the word out on yet another abortion ban in South Dakota and what’s being done to make sure these important and difficult decisions stay in the hands of a woman, her family and her doctor without Government intrusion.
First, a little background: I spent a little more than seven years of my career out of college as a television journalist in Sioux Falls, SD. I am a communications major from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, went to college in Ohio and then came to South Dakota for my first reporting job. Things went well and my family and I chose to stay.
A little over a year ago, I decided it was time to try something new and I took a job as the South Dakota Community Organizer for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. Just one week ago, I came over to the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families working in communications. I love what I do for both organizations and cannot wait to share with you the conditions on the ground here.
I was asked to be a guest blogger here because of the work that I do for www.standupsd.com. It’s PP’s little site dedicated to the ban we’re facing here.
In case you’re not already aware, voters will be deciding on November 4th if abortion should be illegal in our state. This is yet another attempt by a small group of extremists who want to push their ideology on the rest of the population. It’s something South Dakota has been dealing with for years. Perhaps you remember 2006 when we voted down another abortion ban by 12 points, speaking loud and clear that these are personal matters, not Government matters.
Regardless, VoteYesForLife.com managed to collect enough signatures to put a similar ban on the ballot once again in the form of Initiated Measure 11. This time, they say they’ve included “exceptions” in the measure, but that is false. The language of these so-called exceptions is so vague that this is in all actuality a sweeping ban on abortion. If it passes it will be the most rigid and inflexible ban on abortion in the United States.
Over the next two weeks I will share with you how things are progressing with the campaign against Initiated Measure 11. We can talk about the message we want the entire country to hear loud and clear: Let Families Decide.
Till next time…