South Dakota Pro-Life Advocates Air Abortion Ban Ad on Rape, Incest

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

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 6
, 2006

Pierre, SD ( — The pro-life group that’s urging state voters to approve an abortion ban that appears on the November ballot has started airing a new television commercial. It refutes misconceptions abortion advocates have put forward that women who are victimized by rape and incest have no options under the ban.

The ad, unveiled Thursday and the group’s first in the campaign, indicated women who are raped can still obtain the morning after pill to prevent a pregnancy from occurring.

Abortion advocates have blasted the abortion ban and focused their energies on how it prohibits abortions in cases of rape or incest. Polls have shown that voters are split on the ban but would be more supportive if the exceptions in those cases were included.

The ad, called "Get the facts," features South Dakota women and says rape and incest victims "can still access the best options for medical care, compassion and justice, and this can include the morning-after pill."

Kimberly Martinez, spokeswoman for Vote Yes for Life, told AP she hope the ad clears up misinformation abortion advocates put forward in their own television commercials.

"The women of South Dakota need to know that they have options if they find themselves the victims of a sexual crime," Martinez said. "We’re clearing up the misconceptions that have been put out there by our opponents in this race."

But Jan Nicolay, co-chair of the pro-abortion South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families, told the Associated Press "I just think it’s part of their continual sham on the rape and incest issue and it doesn’t take care of the issue on the health of the women."

She pointed out that the morning after pill isn’t the best solution for women who are raped in part because the state legislature had approved a law allowing pharmacists to opt out of dispensing drugs that violate their moral or religious views.

However, Martinez told the Associated Press that the FDA has approved the Plan B drug for over the counter sales and that will make it easier for women who are raped to get it if they want it.

Martinez indicated her group would have another ad on the air next week that is "more personal" in nature and features information about how abortion hurts women. Nicolay said her group may televise one more commercial as well.

The abortion ban prohibits all abortions except those necessary to save the life of the mother and pro-life advocates hoped it would go to the courts and end up challenging the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized virtually unlimited abortion.

However, Planned Parenthood, which operates the only abortion business in the state, located in Sioux Falls, decided to take the ban to the polls to try to get it defeated. Should voters support the abortion ban the group can still file a lawsuit against it.

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