South Dakota Doctors Say Abortion Ban Would Protect Women’s Health

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 17, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 17
, 2006

Pierre, SD ( — A new ad released by the campaign for the state initiative to ban abortions features doctors who say the abortion ban will protect women’s health. However, the ad is frustrating abortion proponents who say that there is no health exception in the ban.

The pro-abortion South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families says the new ad about Referred Law 6 is erroneous because a doctor featured in it says there is a health exception in the abortion ban.

In the new ad for Vote Yes for Life, South Dakota physician Mark Rector says "This measure does provide exception for the life and the health of the mother."

While not including a health exception, that pro-life groups oppose because it would essentially legalize all abortions, the abortion ban is pro-women because abortion itself is unhealthy for women, says Sioux Falls doctor Stephen Billion.

"This bill does provide for the health and life of the mother as well as it provides for the health and life of the unborn child in her womb," he told the Rapid City Journal newspaper. "Abortion is unhealthy for women. It’s unhealthy for families, and it kills the child."

But, Marv Buehner, founder of the group opposing the abortion ban, blasted the ban’s supporters in an interview with the Journal.

"The claim by supporters of this ban in recent television advertisements that there is an abortion exception for the health of the mother is patently false," he told the newspaper.

"The misuse of television advertising to deceive the public with patently false statements is unethical and counterproductive to meaningful dialogue on an issue of this importance," he added.

The pro-life group’s grassroots campaign has increased the level of public support for the abortion ban, according to a late September Zogby International poll. The survey, of 531 likely South Dakota voters on September 20, finds 44 percent of state residents back the abortion ban while 47 percent oppose it.

That’s an increase of five percentage points since a July Mason-Dixon poll found a 47-39 split against the ban.

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