Democrats in South Dakota saved the day on this bill,” said Kristen
Day, executive director of Democrats For Life, in a May 11 press
release. “There were just as many Democrats who voted for this
legislation as there were Republicans voting against it. So when it
comes to protecting the unborn, pro-life Democrats stepped in and gave
the voiceless, a voice in South Dakota.”
groundbreaking legislation passed both chambers of the South Dakota
legislature. Pro-life Democratic Senator Julie Bartling introduced the
legislation in the Senate. One-third of House Democrats, including
three women, sponsored the House version.
This bill builds
on successive laws that discouraged abortion. Most recently, in 2005,
the South Dakota legislature passed a law requiring doctors to provide
accurate information about the possible emotional and physical side
effects of abortion, including statistics that show there are higher
suicide rates among post-abortive women, as well as the legal and
financial responsibilities of the father.
Life of America was founded in 1999 to elect pro-life Democrats,
support pro-life elected officials, promote a pro-life plank in the
Democratic Party platform and achieve legislation that fosters respect
for human life.
For more information, go to www.DemocratsForLife.Org
For Life of America commended the South Dakota legislature for recently
approving a bill that will prohibit abortion in the state, noting that
the vote from pro-life Democrats was critical to the ultimate passage
of the bill.