Planned Parenthood Condemns Abortion Ban, Undecided on Legal Challenge

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 6, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 6, 2006

Pierre, SD ( — The state director of the Planned Parenthood abortion business in Sioux Falls is undecided on whether it will file a legal challenge to the abortion ban Gov. Mike Rounds signed on Monday. Either way, she and other abortion advocates condemned the governor for signing the bill.

On Tuesday, Rounds signed legislation approved overwhelmingly by the state legislature that would prohibit all abortions except in very rare cases when necessary to prevent the death of the mother.

Kate Looby, the head of the only abortion center in the state, said she’s not sure if Planned Parenthood will file a lawsuit against the ban or seek to challenge it through a statewide vote.

Her group may opt to use a statewide referendum to repeal the law, denying those who supported the ban the opportunity to take it all to the way to the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Should Planned Parenthood lost the ballot vote, it could still file a lawsuit against the ban.

"Obviously, we’re very disappointed that Governor Rounds has sided on the side of politics rather than on the side of the women," Loobey claimed in comments to the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, leading abortion advocates condemned the legislation and Rounds signing it. They indicated the ban was part of an overall strategy to stop abortions nationwide.

"Make no mistake — this ban is part of a larger plan by hardline extremists to eliminate the right to abortion in the United States, Cecile Richards, the new president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said.

Richards vowed to "use all legal options available to prevent this law from taking effect."

"The law is part of a larger anti-choice strategy to overturn Roe v. Wade altogether," NARAL said in a statement to supporters via email. "Our opponents may be fired up over this latest victory, but we can’t let them achieve their goal of overturning Roe v. Wade."

Some abortion advocates even accused women of resorting to anything to have an abortion, despite the fact that most would choose alternatives if provided one.

“History has shown that when women are denied access to abortion care they may resort to desperate measures," Talcott Camp of the ACLU said.

None of the pro-abrotion groups indicated whether they would try to persuade abortion advocates in South Dakota to proceed with a lawsuit.