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Abortion-rights advocates threaten to boycott S.D.
Rapid City Journal ^ | Today | Dan Daly

Posted on 03/01/2006 12:55:39 PM PST by jcb8199

RAPID CITY — The South Dakota Legislature’s passage of an abortion ban bill prompted an angry reaction from abortion-rights supporters who vowed to boycott the state’s tourism industry.

The state Department of Tourism received a dozen e-mails and a number of angry phone calls Friday from abortion-rights supporters who say they will not vacation in South Dakota.

A Madison, Wis.,-based group has formally called for a boycott of South Dakota tourism. In a news release titled “Bypass South Dakota!”, the Women’s Medical Fund urged supporters to steer clear of South Dakota.

“All kinds of families visit Mount Rushmore every year. It’s a favorite of Americans and foreign tourists. But we can do without Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills, the Badlands and the Corn Palace,” Anne Gaylor, director of the Fund, wrote. “We are encouraging all groups who care about women’s rights to urge their members to bypass South Dakota.”

Billie Jo Waara, head of the state office of tourism, said her office has been hearing from people throughout the country.

“They have commented on the fact that the state is a great destination for travel, but our current political situation doesn’t match their agenda,” Waara said.

Waara said she was unsure exactly how many phone calls the Tourism Department has received. She confirmed that the agency got 12 e-mails, a small number compared with the Tourism Office’s daily e-mail traffic.

She hasn’t heard of anyone canceling trips that were already planned for South Dakota; the callers and e-mailers are instead saying they won’t make plans to visit the state.

“Certainly, this is an important issue for South Dakota, an important issue for our country. Our state’s leadership (Legislature) is taking their position, and we’ll have to determine what impact this will have on our industry,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Rapid City Journal received seven letters to the editor on Thursday and Friday that specifically call for a tourism boycott of South Dakota.

One of the letter writers, Louise Jezierski of Okemos, Mich., wrote that she and her husband have visited the Badlands and Black Hills in the past. “We planned to take our two boys to share with them this very special place,” she wrote Friday. “But today, the government of the state of South Dakota voted to take away the civil rights of women and their families. I cannot, in good conscience, support any economy that thrives on intolerance and promotes the relegation of women to second class citizenship.”

In an interview Friday afternoon, Gaylor of the Women’s Medical Fund compared a South Dakota tourism boycott to the 1990 Idaho potato boycott, which she said was successful in turning back an abortion ban in the state.

The potato boycott never became an actual boycott. The National Organization for Women and other pro-choice groups called for a boycott of Idaho’s most famous agricultural product.

Pro-life groups countered with a drive to encourage members to increase potato consumption if the bill became law.

It isn’t clear what effect the potato boycott threat actually had. Then-Gov. Cecil Andrus vetoed the abortion bill, citing an aversion to out-of-state pressure.

Tourism is billed as South Dakota’s second-largest industry, behind agriculture. It isn’t clear whether the “Bypass South Dakota” movement has broad support. The National Organization for Women Web site posted a statement decrying the South Dakota Legislature’s vote. However, it made no specific mention Friday of a boycott.

South Dakota has seen various tourism boycotts in the past. Most recently, some motorcycle groups vowed to boycott the Sturgis motorcycle rally to protest what they believed was a light sentence for Rep. Bill Janklow’s manslaughter conviction. He served 100 days in jail for killing a motorcyclist in an auto accident.

In 2003, American Indian groups called for a South Dakota tourism boycott to protest the treatment of Indian burial grounds and sacred sites.

Neither had a significant effect on visitation.

Bill Honerkamp, head of the Black Hills, Badlands & Lakes Association, said Friday he was not aware of an abortion-rights tourism boycott of South Dakota.

“That’s the first I’ve heard of it,” he said. “We’re powerless to stop a faction from staging a boycott, but I can’t imagine it having much political leverage (on the Legislature).”

Contact Dan Daly at 394-8421 or dan.daly@rapidcityjournal.com


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: visitsd
Time to plan a trip to South Dakota!
1 posted on 03/01/2006 12:55:40 PM PST by jcb8199
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To: jcb8199

Best to keep the pro-aborts out of the state anyway. Can't trust 'em around the kids and they scare the animals anyway.


2 posted on 03/01/2006 12:56:58 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: jcb8199
received a dozen e-mails and a number of angry phone calls

At this rate, the state's tourism industry will go broke in like, 1,000 years! Hit the panic button!
3 posted on 03/01/2006 12:57:16 PM PST by steel_resolve (Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammo.)
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To: jcb8199
SoDak has a tourism industry?

What, North Dakotans and Canucks looking for a warm weather getaway?

4 posted on 03/01/2006 12:57:43 PM PST by JohnnyZ (Happy New Year! Breed like dogs!)
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To: steel_resolve

Time for all good S. Dakotans to boycott cheese.


5 posted on 03/01/2006 12:58:09 PM PST by tigtog
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To: jcb8199

6 posted on 03/01/2006 12:58:17 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (No program, no ideas, no clue: The democrats!)
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA...S.D. legislature probably now (if they didnt before) knows they definitely did the right thing.


7 posted on 03/01/2006 12:58:34 PM PST by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis. American gals are worth fighting for!")
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To: jcb8199

We have been there and we are definitely going again...the sooner the better.

Badlands, Mt. Rushmmore, Black Hills, Deadwood, Crazy Horse...beauty abounds in South Dakota and the people are beautiful too!


8 posted on 03/01/2006 1:02:04 PM PST by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: jcb8199

I guess NOW cancelled that members only hunting trip to ND for this fall?


9 posted on 03/01/2006 1:02:32 PM PST by JLS
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To: jcb8199

As if there was anything for a liberal in South Dakota anyway. It's not as if they would care to see Mount Rushmore since it's just four dead white guys to them.


10 posted on 03/01/2006 1:04:35 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: jcb8199
“We planned to take our two boys to share with them this very special place,” she wrote Friday

"Instead we will take our two boys out back and kill them using a saline solution".

11 posted on 03/01/2006 1:05:10 PM PST by Numbers Guy
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To: eleni121
...beauty abounds in South Dakota and the people are beautiful too!

I would have to agree! :-)

Jessica Fjerstad, Miss South Dakota 2005

12 posted on 03/01/2006 1:06:51 PM PST by TChris ("Wake up, America. This is serious." - Ben Stein)
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To: jcb8199

It's always helpful when a liberal boycotts a destination. Lets you know where you can take the family.


13 posted on 03/01/2006 1:07:23 PM PST by Awestruck (All the usual suspects)
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To: jcb8199

And how many liberals visit South Dakota? After all, the place does not contain the perversions that liberals enjoy (cross dressing freaks, child molesters, and the like).


14 posted on 03/01/2006 1:11:01 PM PST by indcons (Beware of muslims bearing gifts (apologies to Homer))
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To: jcb8199
Louise Jezierski of Okemos, Mich

Professor Jezierski's deeply respectful comments on Ronald Reagan, a mere week after his death. Most of her stats are out of context or pure crap (the unemployment rate very early in Reagan's term, due to the recession caused by Carter's stagflation, hit 7.5%, etc).

http://www.lansingcitypulse.com/040616/features/index.asp

MSU urban sociologist Louise Jezierski notes that “the outrageousness of some of this stuff is just amazing.” Reagan’s social policies increased both poverty and homelessness. He drastically cut Aid for Families with Dependent Children AFDC and food stamp programs. He also greatly decreased government expenditures on public and low-income housing when he cut HUD’s budget from $74 billion to $19 billion.

Reagan also engineered the change from AFDC to TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). Under TANF, the federal government gave block grants for welfare to each state. Each state then formulated its own welfare regulations. The result is that welfare battles have to be done on a state-by-state basis.

Cities were faced with the harshest realities of declining social welfare. Federal funding to cities was cut by 60 percent. The ongoing deindustrialization of the United States had created a deep recession. “Unemployment nationwide was 7.5 percent; that was double in cities, double for African-Americans”Jezierski said,

Reagan was unwilling to combat the growing problem of homelessness. During his time in office, the number of homeless people increased to around 600,000. The federal government wouldn’t support the social safety net anymore. “He said homelessness is a choice, and people should find a park bench to sleep on,” Jezierski said.

15 posted on 03/01/2006 1:11:31 PM PST by Numbers Guy
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To: Awestruck
It's always helpful when a liberal boycotts a destination. Lets you know where you can take the family.

Yup - they could even use that on their tourism ads - visit beautiful liberal-free South Dakota!

16 posted on 03/01/2006 1:11:42 PM PST by Kaylee Frye
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To: jcb8199
What kind of statement of boycott are they going to issue?

"We and our non-existant offspring refuse to go to South Dakota for the rest of our generation"

17 posted on 03/01/2006 1:13:07 PM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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OMG! ANYTHING BUT A BOYCOTT!

Say it ain't so! (Gnashes teeth and weeps in anguish)

</sarcasm>

Feel free to boycott Hot Springs, SD, we'll try to manage without you.

18 posted on 03/01/2006 1:13:42 PM PST by mfulstone
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To: Kaylee Frye
visit beautiful liberal-free South Dakota!

Sounds like Paradise!

19 posted on 03/01/2006 1:14:52 PM PST by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: jcb8199

Good Lord! They may have to cancel Gay Days at Mount Rushmore.


20 posted on 03/01/2006 1:15:22 PM PST by madprof98
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To: TChris

Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder...as a female, I am left neutral at the photo of the lady you posted.

Seriously though I remember really enjoying our time in South Dakota...I always think of "North by Northwest" when I remember Mt. Rushmore. Too bad we couldn't get over to Wyoming..may we'll head west next time.


21 posted on 03/01/2006 1:15:41 PM PST by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: jcb8199; All

"In a news release titled 'Bypass South Dakota!', the Women’s Medical Fund urged supporters to steer clear of South Dakota...SNIP...But we can do without Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills, the Badlands and the Corn Palace,' Anne Gaylor, director of the Fund, wrote."

Anne Gaylor and Annie Laurie Gaylor (Mother & Daughter fascists) founded the "Freedom FROM Religion Foundation," just so you all know who is REALLY behind this (useless, IMHO) boycott.

http://ffrf.org/


22 posted on 03/01/2006 1:16:42 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: jcb8199
re: from abortion-rights supporters who say they will not vacation in South Dakota.))

LOL--Brangelina, we're not going to the Black Hills this summer! We'll have to go, instead, to the South of France!

23 posted on 03/01/2006 1:16:49 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: jcb8199

I thought Gaylor was head of the Freedom From Religion Association. I guess she is branching out.


24 posted on 03/01/2006 1:16:59 PM PST by hubbubhubbub
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To: frogjerk

I agree! :)


25 posted on 03/01/2006 1:17:11 PM PST by Kaylee Frye
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To: jcb8199

Yeah, I'm sure bike week in Sturgis will be deeply affected......NOT!!!!


26 posted on 03/01/2006 1:20:10 PM PST by T Minus Four (I'm sorry you have to die.)
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To: jcb8199

It is an excellent idea for those who favor killing pre-born children to not vacation in South Dakota. The pro-choice crowd tends to be quite unsavory in behavior and appearance. The P. C. {pro-choice} people would blend in much better amongst their peers in San Francisco, Ithaca, and West Hollywood.


27 posted on 03/01/2006 1:33:37 PM PST by Irish Queen
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To: JohnnyZ
SoDak has a tourism industry? What, North Dakotans and Canucks looking for a warm weather getaway?

Guess this means you're unaware of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Black Hills National Forest (perhaps "Sturgis" rings a bell), and Badlands National Park. Each is a worthy vacation destination in itself, and they're all located in western South Dakota.

Yes, South Dakota has quite a tourism industry.

28 posted on 03/01/2006 1:34:38 PM PST by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.)
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Why would an anti-american leftist want to go there anyway?


29 posted on 03/01/2006 1:35:24 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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Oh,Big Deal!!Threatening to boycott S.D.with their families.WHAT FAMILIES?THEY'VE BEEN KILLING EM ALL!


30 posted on 03/01/2006 1:35:52 PM PST by INSENSITIVE GUY
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To: jcb8199

Tom Daschle is deeply saddened ...


31 posted on 03/01/2006 1:36:34 PM PST by bassmaner (Let's take the word "liberal" back from the commies!!)
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To: newgeezer
Guess this means you're unaware of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Black Hills National Forest (perhaps "Sturgis" rings a bell), and Badlands National Park.

I've seen so many rocks and trees in my life, grew up in a town named for rocks, seen rocks and trees and fields foreign and domestic, no way I'd go to SoDak for anything other than the Frozen Four, which doesn't look to be heading to Vermillion any time soon, considering they have neither a rink nor a team of their own.

32 posted on 03/01/2006 1:45:23 PM PST by JohnnyZ (Happy New Year! Breed like dogs!)
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To: jcb8199

The NAACP boycott of South Carolina has been great the last five years. Hope SD's boycott goes just as well. :-)


33 posted on 03/01/2006 1:45:51 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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"Rocks and trees," eh?

Mm-kay. Your loss.

no way I'd go to SoDak for anything other than the Frozen Four, which doesn't look to be heading to Vermillion any time soon, considering they have neither a rink nor a team of their own.

Whatever. ;O)

34 posted on 03/01/2006 1:55:56 PM PST by newgeezer (Sarcasm content: 0.000%)
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To: jcb8199
Western South Dakota is wonderful! If you go to the area, famous for Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills, do not miss Custer State Park. The best, bar none, wildlife park in the USA. The park practices wildlife/herd management on its buffalo herd, and it is large, healthy, with no brucelosis. Wild turkey abound, plus pronghorn sheep, sable antelope, deer, elk, and moose. Best wildlife photography area in the US

Plus they allow hunting, too.

35 posted on 03/01/2006 2:43:01 PM PST by WarEagle (This ISN'T Karl Rove's fault...)
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To: jcb8199

Time to plan a trip to South Dakota!

I think I'll take the family down there and start filling out job applications...


36 posted on 03/01/2006 2:47:09 PM PST by Conservative4Life (Blaming GUNS for crimes is like Blaming SPOONS for Rosie's morbid obesity....)
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To: eleni121

Well, you should write to the PTB in SD and let them know!


37 posted on 03/01/2006 2:52:46 PM PST by stands2reason
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