South Dakota Abortion Ban Opponents Spend Hundreds of Thousands

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 1, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

South Dakota Abortion Ban Opponents Spend Hundreds of Thousands

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 1
, 2006

Pierre, SD ( — New financial reports released to the state show that the pro-abortion groups opposed to the state’s abortion ban have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to defeat it. Both sides submitted their campaign finance reports with the Secretary of State’s office.

Planned Parenthood, which runs the lone abortion business in the state, raised more than $626,000 to defeat the abortion ban.

The pro-abortion organization gave $325,000 of the money it raised to the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families, the front group for the abortion industry’s efforts to defeat the proposal.

Meanwhile, a long-distance telephone company called Working Assets, set up to help abortion advocates give money to pro-abortion groups through their phone usage, raised more than $119,000 to defeat the abortion ban. It donated $92,000 to the pro-abortion campaign group.

The Republican majority for Choice also donated $17,000 to the SDCHF campaign.

Most of the donations the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families received in the last 48 hours came from pro-abortion activists living outside South Dakota.

Although the Vote Yes for Life group that is campaigning to support the abortion ban hasn’t filed it’s most recent campaign finance update, its August report showed that most of the donations it has received came from South Dakota residents.

The latest poll shows South Dakota residents oppose the statewide ban on most abortions by a 10 point margin.

The poll, which shows slightly different results compared to other ones, doesn’t have pro-life advocates concerned. They say they expected a majority of South Dakota residents to back the abortion ban next week.

Sponsored by the Argus Leader newspaper, the new poll finds 52 percent of South Dakota residents would vote against the abortion ban while 42 percent would support it and six percent say they are undecided.

That represents a change from the newspaper’s July survey which found a 47-39 percent split against the abortion ban.

As the July poll found, the new survey indicates that the abortion ban would have more support if it included exceptions for rape and incest. In that case, 56 percent said they would vote for the ban while just 29 percent would oppose it.

Leslee Unruh, the head of Vote Yes for Life, the pro-life group backing the abortion ban, says the new survey doesn’t worry her about next week’s results.

“The only poll that counts is on election day and we intend to win,” Unruh said in a statement sent to “Frankly, we have seen many other private polls that show this contest is a dead heat.”

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