A coalition of groups including Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and NARAL held a press conference in Washington DC Tuesday. The press conference launched their campaign against the proposed abortion ban in South Dakota.
The ballot initiative would amend the state constitution to prohibit "abortions except in cases where the mother's life or health is at risk, and in cases of rape and incest." However, Planned Parenthood Action Fund president Cecile Richards stated that the authors of the ban "are being deceptive by characterizing this proposed law as more reasonable and less restrictive. The truth is that this ban would be the most rigid and inflexible ban on abortion in the United States," according to the Guardian.
Sarah Stoesz, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota stated that this ballot measure "is part of a well thought through strategy of the right" that focuses on going to the grassroots. Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU, corroborated Stoesz's statement when he explained that there is a well-documented strategy by the right to find the one case that could overturn Roe v. Wade.
Media Resources: CO Secretary of State; The Guardian, 8/12/08; National Public Radio, 8/12/08
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .