Well, what a night (and day)! Among other things, here we have been celebrating the defeat of South Dakota’s abortion ban. Voters turned out to repeal this dangerous restriction on women’s reproductive healthcare (breakdown is 56-44).
The ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project has been supporting the activists involved with South Dakota’s Campaign for Healthy Families for months and some staff were able to join them late last week to help make phone calls and go door-to-door to make sure people were aware about what was really at stake. Sondra Goldschein, State Strategies Attorney, wrote in her blog entry:
Someone should tell my body that this race is now over. This morning, I woke up at 6:00am ready to put on my “No on 6” t-shirt and spring into campaign mode. But not today–today is the time to savor these amazing victories against attempts to interfere with our personal and private decisionmaking.
Yes, let’s all savor this moment because we all know that there’s still so much more work to be done. Thanks to ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, Campaign for Healthy Families, and all the volunteers who live in or traveled to South Dakota for all their hard work.
Julie in Philly