South Dakota Pro-Life Group Talks About Helping Women After Abortion Illegal
by Steven Ertelt
September 11, 2008
Pierre, SD (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates claim women who are pregnant will be left out in the cold when the day comes that abortion is illegal and unborn children are protected under law. The group heading up the second attempt to prohibit abortions in South Dakota has launched a new campaign to educate voters that that’s not the case.
Vote Yes for Life has started what it calls the Lampstand Project to shine a light on the truth that there are dozens of agencies throughout the state ready and willing to help women.
Whether its direct pregnancy needs, baby needs, education or insurance help or other tangible assistance, the group wants South Dakota women to know that a support network is in place should abortion became illegal.
The project also includes a church component and several churches are participating in a press conference today with pastors saying they are putting new programs in place to assist pregnant women.
Pastors from Sioux Falls are leading the way and they say they hope to get as many as 800 churches to get involved.
That starts with approving the second abortion ban on the November ballot.
"(We) are sounding a clear trumpet call from the pulpit, encouraging our congregations to support initiated Measure 11 with volunteers, special offerings or designated funds," said Rev. Jon Sanders, pastor of Flandreau Bible Church.
"Far beyond Nov. 4, Lampstand churches will remain committed and available to women and children, born and unborn," he told the Argus Leader newspaper.
The ballot initiative is the second try to ban abortions after the first one received 44 percent of the vote in 2006.
The first ban contained only an exception for the life of the mother and the second ban this year has rape and incest exceptions and a narrowly-drawn health exception.
However, those exceptions have earned the opposition of South Dakota Right to Life, which says it can’t support abortions in those circumstances. The group also questions the timing and strategy of the ban, saying it will be overturned by the Supreme Court and add to the pro-Roe v. Wade case law.
Related web sites:
Vote Yes for Life – https://www.VoteYesforLife.com
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