Skip to comments.email from Planned Parenthood on SD abortion ballot question
Posted on 06/21/2006 10:20:09 AM PDT by Gopher Broke
FW: Were certified
I usually don't do this, but the message below is just too important not to pass on to you right away...
I just received the email below from my friend Sarah Stoesz, the President of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota Action Fund. She's in a fight in South Dakota that we all have a huge stake in and she needs your help.
Anti-choice extremists have targeted South Dakota in their latest attempt to outlaw abortion. As Sarah describes in her report below, they are funneling millions of dollars and bus loads of activists to enact a near-complete ban. And if they succeed in South Dakota, there's no telling what comes next.
In recent weeks, South Dakotans have done their part by successfully forcing a challenge to the law. They delivered more than twice the number of signatures needed to get on the ballot in November. But now it's our turn.
Please stand up for South Dakota today.
Start by signing the StandUpSD.com petition. Then, if you can, make an early contribution to help give Sarah all of the resources she will need in the months ahead. Now that the signatures are certified, she needs to raise at least $250,000 before July 1st to put 15 field organizers on the ground throughout South Dakota. That's about $100 dollars a day per organizer.
Will you donate $100 right now to help fight the abortion ban in South Dakota?
Please don't wait. Take action now.
Cecile Richards President Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Inc.
-----Original Message----- From: Sarah A. Stoesz Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 8:36 AM To: Cecile Richards Subject: We're certified!!!!
It's official! On November 7th we're on the ballot in South Dakota! With the help of hundreds of volunteers, our tiny SD staff and coalition partners collected nearly twice the number of signatures needed to prevent the abortion ban -- HB 1215 -- from taking effect on July 1 by forcing it to the ballot.
Since you and I met last month we've made great progress. Here's a brief report:
First (obviously) is the signature certification today.
As you know there were many rumors that the anti-choice leaders of this bill were planning to challenge the validity of our signatures and the deadline for handing them in. I think we really shocked them by getting so many petitions so much quicker than they thought.
The polls in SD are still really tight. I don't know about you, but when I talk to my friends and family around the country they just don't seem to get how serious the effects of this law are for everyone nationwide... how urgent this fight is. But when I talk to people on the streets in SD -- whether they consider themselves pro-choice or not -- they know this law goes too far. But will they vote??!!
Oh, and how the opposition is organizing! They'll be bringing in bus loads of people and millions of dollars to this fight. They also have an anonymous donor who has pledged $1 million for the Governor to defend this thing.
My next goal is to get 15 full time staff members on the ground. We really need people to be able to start the painstaking work canvassing, flyering, making phone calls, etc.
So, it goes without saying that we've got our work cut out for us. But, as you and I both know, this is simply not a battle we can lose, so I'm throwing everything we've got into it and more. I'm estimating that we'll be committing millions of dollars directly to this campaign. This is, of course, on top of the money it takes to keep our two clinics open in the state.
So, starting today, I'm on the road to raise $250,000 to hire the 15 field organizers we"ll need. We've identified a handful of great candidates and we're on the search for more. These are people from South Dakota, leaders in their communities. They will be our key to victory in November.
Cecile, thanks again for your partnership in this fight. It's truly the biggest challenge of my life and I only hope that, with your help, we can get Americans from all over involved. This is not going to be won in South Dakota alone.
I look forward to speaking with you soon,
Very best -
P.S. We've launched our new campaign website. Check it out at www.StandUpSD.com. Tell everyone you know to sign our petition and help get the word out!!!
Sarah A. Stoesz
President and CEO
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund
1965 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55116
[end of forwarded message]
Are you accusing Ronald Reagan and George Bush of supporting murder, because they support exceptions for rape?
This is an emotional arguement to coverup the fact that 40,000,000 babies have been murdered by their own mothers.
yes, because babies should always be punished for the crimes of their fathers.
if it's murder, it's murder and there never is a justification for it.
This is a pretty mute point in the abortion debate, since life of the mother, rape and incest comprise less than one percent of all abortions performed in this country.
The prodeath crowd likes to throw these exceptions up because they distract the right to life crowd, but the fact of the matter is that these abortions arew extremely rare.
From here:Sexual Assault Statistics
1 - 5% become pregnant as a result of the rape.
78% of women raped or physically assaulted since they turned 18 were assaulted by a current or former husband, live-in partner or date.
You're using a poor excuse for murdering innocents.
They are puny exceptions in the face of murdering the helpless.
Two studies of women pregnant due to rape or incest have been done (1979 and 2000). Both found that the women who carried their pregnancies to term and gave them up for adoption healed emotionally from the rapes faster and "easier" than did those who aborted the babies conceived by rape. The women viewed the abortion as a second act of violence in addition to the violence of the rape.
Interestingly, the organizations which promote abortion using the "rape and incest" reasoning have never bothered to ask those same women their opinions.
An excellent book on this subject is Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions, and Children Resulting from Sexual Assault, by David Reardon. He conducted the 2000 study; this book details the findings.
South Dakota, the nation's eyes are on you. People will hate whatever decision is made, but at LEAST the people of South Dakota will have made the decision. It will be a decision made by the people, not forced on the people.
And THAT, my friend, is the most important point and can apply to countless other subject about which the people have spoken, only to be over-turned by judges, including school bussing, gay rights and on and on. Let each state decide and then let everyone live where they choose. Good post!
I'm not anti-choice. I'm anti:
- kill baby whenever it's not convenient for me;
- kill baby when it's the wrong sex;
- kill baby when it has a slight defect;
- kill baby when it isn't going to be tall/smart/cute enough for my narcissistic liberal-self.
Don't you love the word games? If they are pro-choice then we're anti-choice. But why when we are referred to as pro-life, they aren't referred to as pro-death or anti-life?
Absolutely. And I cannot understand why someone who was opposed to the murder of the unborn, with exceptions for rape and such, would oppose this bill. In the long run, isn't it better that one or two women every few years have to bring a child into this world who was conceived through rape than to murder hundreds of innocent children every year?
Tough cases make bad laws.
Then I'm an extremely anti-choice extremist right here--unashamed and proudly so.
I know a beautiful young woman who is intelligent, is very attractive, is kind and caring and is a lovely person in every way. Her father is in prison serving time for serial rape. Ethel Waters, the black singer and actress of the 40's and 50's, was conceived by rape. The compassionate thing to do with such a child is to allow it to be born and then give it up for adoption. Think about it - how would WE like to be punished for the sins of our parents, for which we are completely innocent? The only thing a baby wants is to be loved and cared for by those around him. He can't understand why he should have to suffer and die. Abortion is a brutal and painful procedure for a baby. Most of us have experienced the sweetness and innocence of a newborn baby as we held it in our arms. All babies are as sweet and innocent no matter how they were conceived. They deserve mercy, compassion, and a chance to live a good life. As for the woman, I know it will be difficult, but it will only take a few months out of a lifetime. And she will always have the knowledge that she did the right thing by allowing the child to be born and giving it a chance.
Pregnancy brought on by rape is a sticky subject for many pro-life advocates. Whether the victim is an adult or a minor, they will suffer psychological damage from the rape itself. Add to that their requirement to carry the results of that awful experience for nine months, and then go through the birth process.
I confess that if this happened to my young daughter, I might lose my soul, because I cannot imagine allowing, or forcing, her to go through this. If it happened to an adult, I really could understand if she chose abortion.
Are all moral decisions black and white? Or do circumstances factor into every particular situation?