Yesterday, South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds (R) signed a statewide abortion ban into law. The ban, which provides an exception only to save the life of a pregnant woman, will go into effect in July, although it is expected to be challenged in court, or possibly face a referendum. Anti-choice activists intend to use the law and subsequent legal challenges to force the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade.
South Dakota state Planned Parenthood Director Karen Looby said, “This is a very real issue for a lot of people. That’s the part I think that the legislators don’t quite understand,” according to the New York Times.
7/24/2014 From Passion to Progress Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists - Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) staff, two congresswomen, and over a hundred DC interns came together yesterday for FMF's Intern Student/Activist briefing in Dirksen Senate building to discuss how to put a women's rights agenda into action.
Over plates of donuts and cups coffee, participants listened to a succession of engaging and passionate speeches from congressional and feminist leaders: Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and FMF President Eleanor Smeal. . . .