New Political Ad - Uses The Sodomized Virgin Speech
Focus South Dakota has a new ad they are running. It's pretty good. So will they have that checklist at the hospital ER?
Following the attempts by the fundamentalist extremist religious right in South Dakota to ban contraception, abortion, sex ed and their war on everyone who disagrees with them.
Focus South Dakota has a new ad they are running. It's pretty good. So will they have that checklist at the hospital ER?
Vote yes is back asking the Jerry Falwell set for more money. Using Alan Keyes they held another emergency conference call to beg out of state people to send money to South Dakota. Just remember that this abortion ban mess is brought to you by the out of state religious extremists who have buddied up with Leslee Unruh.
It was only a matter of time. Now the federal government is extending their financial support of abstinence til marriage programs not only to teens but to ADULTS. That's right. If your unmarried and under 29 you are not allowed to have sex anymore. We wish we were joking.
Researchers are within five years of having the first male contraceptive implant. One version would work with hormones the other version would not. Both would be implantable devices. The non hormonal version has no side effects and both allow full fertility to return within three months.
Don't think the job is done just because the Argus poll says the ban might be overturned. Have no doubt that Leslee Unruh and her freaky minions will do everything in their power including the illegal and immoral to get their way on election day. The wacky religious right has a track record of actively dragging anyone with a pulse to the polls on election day. If the ban is going to be overturned people have to actually get there and vote and your help is needed to make that happen. Even if you can only spare an hour or two somewhere in the next week it will make a huge difference.
WHO: Jan Nicolay, Campaign for Healthy Families Co-Chair
Kate Looby, state director for Planned Parenthood
Rep. Casey Murschel
South Dakotans who believe Referred Law 6 simply goes too far
WHAT: Press Conference and Rally
WHEN: Wednesday November 1, 2006 12:00 PM CST
WHERE: Old Federal Courthouse Square
Phillips Avenue between 12th and 13th Street
Sioux Falls, SD
Also in Rapid City at 9th and St. Joseph
The Argus front page today has details on how the ban is playing out with Indian voters.
Stand Up South Dakota Rally.
One of their tactics that had gained less notice in the media was the co-opting of the Native American community. Vote Yes produced a number of signs that attempt to confuse voters into thinking that the Native American community has lended their support to the Vote Yes campaign.
This from a recent Sioux City Journal article.
We were recently connected with an individual with direct inside knowledge of the formative years of at least one half of the crazy Unruh clan. We were provided with a direct account from someone who knew Allen and his family well. You have to remember that small town South Dakota, no one holds a secret or at least not very long or very well.
Robbinsdale Radical has details on some new radio ads produced by Democracy in Action, a grassroots group of women from Democratic, Republican and Independent backgrounds.
A new poll done by Mason-Dixon for the Argus Leader shows that the majority of South Dakota voters plan to vote NO on 6. When compared to the previous reliable poll done in July this shows an increase in voters who will reject the ban.
The National Advocates For Pregnant Women has blasted Vote Yes on 6 for its misleading campaign claiming exceptions.
The perspective of the ban issue from outside media is always interesting. The Guardian has some unique insight on the details of the ban campaigns.
In this week's BMJ, a senior doctor raises serious concerns over abortion law in the US state of South Dakota.
Don't forget. 4pm today. Stand up against the ban.
Walmart has been in the news recently for their $4 prescription drug program. Anything that helps people obtain needed medications without having to decide between food and medicine is a good thing. Something that is missing is contraception. Not a single one is in the program.
Yesterday it was Leslee Unruh of Vote Yes for 6 being given the smackdown by a Mpls. reporter about emergency contraception. Leslee claimed 14 days, the reporter shocked and stumped Leslee by informing her the FDA says 72 hours maximum.
Vote Yes thinks they have a "hail mary" that is going to salvage their floundering campaign that has been plauged with media criticism for false information and infighting within the campaign.
The big rally in March was a great success. Be there Wednesday!
Make sure you take the time to stop by this rally. The last rally was a great success and kick off for the petition drive that got us were we are today.
Join the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families at a Rally to kick off our Get Out The Vote efforts in the final week before the election. You will hear inspirational testimonies from leaders in our state along with ordinary citizens just like us who believe the legislature has simply gone too far.
Join us at the rally and help demonstrate your support for repealing the abortion ban!
WHAT: Election Rally to Repeal the Abortion Ban
WHEN: Wednesday, November 1st; 12:00 noon -- 1:00pm
WHERE: 400 block of S. Phillips Avenue Federal Courthouse in Sioux Falls and Corner of 9th and St. Joseph Rapid City
Join us over the lunch hour -- you won't regret it. This event will be jam-packed with your friends and neighbors all working towards the common goal of defeating Referred Law 6!
Don't forget tomorrow is stand up against the ban visibility.
There has been some debate, ok some whining by the Vote Yes people because the media printed the attendance figures of their recent Vote Yes rallies featuring Alan Keyes and other Christian Nation zealots.
This is becoming a daily occurance. Another van plastered with home made billboards, the graphic fetus pictures and religious condemnations has shown up in Sioux Falls. This one is a newer van, it has the rear license plate covered up and is not one of the vans previously spotted in Sioux Falls. It had either a Wisconsin or Florida plate on the front.
"Outside South Dakota's only abortion clinic, on the west side of Sioux Falls, protesters carry signs with photos of a dismembered fetus and take photos of everyone who enters the Planned Parenthood facility. The pictures will be posted later on a website. "
Al, what a guy! His recent behavior at an event at NSU recently leaves little doubt about the kind of person he is. Is this really what people want representing them in Pierre?
South Dakota Politics is well known as a very conservative Republican blog. Heppler posted his opinions on the ballot initiatives. We were honestly very surprised about what side of the fence he fell on many of the issues, he made clear reasoning for his decisions. We are not sure if the others at SDP share his position or not.
KARE 11 out of Minneapolis busts Leslee Unruh and Vote Yes on 6 on the emergency contraception claims. They have been repeatedly trying to confuse voters that emergency contraception can be used for up to 10-14 days. The drug manufacturer and FDA say otherwise. KARE corners Leslee and gets her to finally admit there is only a 3 day window on EC. Too bad they had not also cornered her on the recently passed law allowing pharmacists to refuse to dispense it or that only about half of the pharmacies even carry it.
Creepy Sleepy has podcasts featuring both sides of the abortion ban. First they interviewed "Pastor Dan" in podcast #74 and then in #75 they spoke with someone from the SD Healthy Families campaign.
This one is a must read. Talk to Action has a expose on Leslee Unruh, her non-profit groups and Vote Yes on 6's criminal behavior.
Be there or be square!
More of the ugly protestors are showing their faces and some of the out of state ones have come back. The street protestors with the big posters of stillborn fetuses are back out on 41st St by the Planned Parenthood building. These people are directly across the street from Roosevelt High School. How nice of them to subject the students there to this almost every day.
We have received reports of a group handing out literature to students on Sioux Falls college campuses. The literature is misleading and directs students to go to a website that contains more false information and graphic images. These images are well known to be inaccurate and are of extremely late term pregnancies either terminated for fetal deformities incompatible with life, or stillborn. The group passing out this graphic misinformation to students is associated with an evangalist named Chris Lascelles. This individual is associated with a group called Youth With A Mission.
The Yankton Press and Dakotan has come out and urged voters to reject the abortion ban. The paper claimed the ban goes too far. The article is somewhat long but a very thought out argument and worth the read. This statement from the article sums up the paper's opinion.
Referred Law No. 6 is not a solution. It eradicates reasonable exceptions for a truly profound procedure and generates serious health care questions. Something better and safer is needed. That's why voters should reject No. 6.
Add the Yankton paper to the growing list of sources rejecting the ban. So far we have not found one public official or media outlet telling people TO vote for this mess.
Tired of not feeling like your views are not being heard on the abortion ban issue? Get out on Friday and join others to show your support for overturning the ban and voting NO on 6.
Kevin Wooster who seems to be the lone journalist in South Dakota these days has more real reporting on the exceptions tango going on with Voteyesforbackalleyabortion.
We didn't catch all of the comments the paper posted with the straw poll results at first. They are more interesting than the straw poll itself. What is even more interesting is that these comments are coming from locals in a mostly conservative rural town in South Dakota.
Progressive on the Prairie mentioned the Watertown Public Opinion Newspaper's straw poll.
Some people have asked why you don't see tons of public propaganda for Voting No on 6. It's not because people do not support it. When you talk to people most are taken aback by the idea of the ban and are not happy about having the anti-abortion people parading around there state. As this commenter over at CCK pointed out, many people opt to not advertise their opinion out of concern that they will be attacked or their property will be vandalized. Considering the behavior of the anti-abortion activists in South Dakota (not to mention out of state ones) there is room for people to maybe be a bit aprehensive. The commenter worked at Planned Parenthood and the comments are from events that are not recent. This means the stories are not recent events done by out of state protestors. This is the day to day behavior of certain South Dakotans that want you to vote for their ban.
Clean Cut Kid just posted this today. We are posting the entire letter, it seems to have impacted CCK's bandwidth capacity.
October 23, 2006
To Members of the Media:
We write today to set the record straight about a patently false statement being broadcast by the Vote Yes for Life Political Committee’s latest political advertisement. The advertisement claims that Referred Law Six “does provide exceptions for the life and the health of the mother.” As is well known, and has been widely reported, there is no exception for the health of the mother in the ban passed by the legislature. We believe this patently false statement is designed to deliberately mislead the people of South Dakota about the restrictive ban passed this year by the South Dakota Legislature.
Vote Yes is also claiming there are exceptions for women who have become pregnant as a result of rape and incest. The only exception in this abortion ban is to prevent the death of a woman. Deliberately misleading the public does not lend to the integrity of a debate the voters moved to put on November’s ballot.
We offered amendments to allow exceptions for rape and incest. All of those amendments were rejected.
When this bill was being debated in the legislature, we authored two amendments to add a health exception to the ban. Both of those amendments failed, however, and the bill was signed into law without a health exception.
The facts about the health exception are indisputable.
There are no exceptions for abortions if a woman’s health is at risk:
On February 9, 2006 the South Dakota House of Representatives debated HB 1215. During the course of that debate, Representative Dale Hargens offered an amendment to provide for an exception for abortions performed to protect the health of the pregnant woman. That amendment failed 27 to 41, with two members absent. Later that day, the abortion ban passed the House without a health exception.
Later that month, on February 22, 2006, the bill moved to the floor of the South Dakota Senate. During that debate, Senator Dave Knudson offered an amendment to provide an exception to HB 1215 for instances in which a woman’s health is in jeopardy. That amendment failed 13 to 22. Following the vote, the Senate passed the abortion ban and the bill was sent to the Governor for his signature.
The Argus Leader reported, “The Senate also defeated a proposed amendment to insert an exception to allow an abortion to protect the health of a pregnant woman.” [Myers/Woster, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 2/23/06]. According to the Aberdeen American News, the Senate “refused to accept an amendment for exceptions regarding the health of the mother that was offered by (Senator) Knudson.” [Mercer, Aberdeen American News, 2/23/06]. The health policy correspondent from National Public Radio noted, “There's an exception for the life of the pregnant woman, but not for her health.” [Rovner, NPR, 2/28/06].
The South Dakota Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports “[t]he ban includes no exception to protect a woman’s health,” and adds that “where a condition is not life-threatening but compromises or worsens a woman’s health, physicians’ hands are tied by this broad ban.”
Attorney General Larry Long says in the state’s “2006 Ballot Questions” guide, the only exception is for abortion performed by a physician “to prevent the death of the pregnant woman.”
There are no exceptions for abortions if a woman or girl becomes pregnant from rape or incest:
On February 9th, 2006 during House debate on HB1215, Rep. Hargens moved that HB 1215 be amended allow termination of pregnancy which was a result of rape or incest. There was no debate. Rep. Mark Willadsen moved for that motion to be tabled, no debate was allowed, and the amendment failed.
Rep. Hennies moved on that same day to amend HB1215 be amended to allow termination of pregnancy which may have been a result of rape or incest. The only debate allowed on this amendment came from Rep Keri Weems and she stated the following: “Thank you Mr. Speaker. Well, this amendment, 1215RB is more liberal than the previous amendment because it includes the words ‘which may have been the result of rape or incest’ I urge you to defeat this amendment and pass the bill. Thank you.” Rep. Larry Rhoden moved to table the amendment and in a roll call vote the motion passed 42 to 25 (3 excused).
Later that month on February 22, 2006 Sen. Stan Adelstein offered an amendment to allow an exception to allow termination of pregnancy as a result of rape or incest. Sen. Knudson requested a roll call vote and the amendment was rejected 14 to 21.
A position statement on HB 1215 from the South Dakota Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states, “The ban includes no exception for rape victims, even though an estimated one in six US women has been the victim of attempted or completed rape.”
The South Dakota Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also states, “The ban includes no exception for victims of incest, often girls and young teens.”
Everyone involved in this debate in Pierre knows that the proponents of HB 1215 were adamant that no health exception be included in the ban. They actively worked to defeat our amendments and other efforts to include a health exception in the ban. Now, with public polling showing the ban likely to be overturned in November, they’ve become desperate and resorted to lying.
We want to be clear: There is no health exception in the abortion law South Dakotans will vote on in November. There are no exceptions for women who become pregnant as a result of a violent sex crime. The sponsors of the bill had an opportunity to add health, rape and incest exceptions on February 9, 2006 and again on February 22, 2006. Not only did they choose not to include a these exceptions, they actively worked to defeat our efforts to add these exceptions into the bill.
We can agree to disagree on HB 1215, but we cannot condone any political entity engaging in outright lies on this, or any other issue in our state. The people of South Dakota deserve better. We urge the Vote Yes for Life Political Committee to stop running their false advertisements and misleading the public on this complex issue. We encourage and expect honest debate.
We don't know who Donald Pay is but he summed up the current debate on the abortion ban very well and he is quite right in his determination of what needs to happen in these last two weeks before the election.
Another story in the national news wires (it was in multiple big city papers).
Add this to the long list of national media blasting the ban supporters.
Voteyesforbackalleyabortion is still refusing to come clean about their grossly inflated claims of support. They were claiming 120 doctors supported their cause, yet can only produce about 20.
Help debunk the desperate lies of the harsh religious extremists trying to keep hold of their abortion ban. Get this commercial on TV as much as possible. It costs around $200 to run a TV spot. Donate whatever you can and email SD Healthy Families and tell them you want your donation to go to putting that ad on TV. Were challenging all of the SD bloggers to do the same and post this request to your blog this week.
SD Straight Talk went back and found the original debates from the Legislature on HB1215.
The RCJ is quickly becoming the more relevant paper in the state as they at least stick their neck out and discuss the important issues. The Argus increasingly panders to the angry religious right or avoids the issues all together.
These two stories by local residents in response to a letter to the editor at the Argus leader really hit home about the devistating impact this abortion ban would have on families in South Dakota.
Clean Cut Kid also had this gem of information.
This is significant. KELO has a long history of playing favorites to the religious right. They do at least take the integrity of the election seriously. Kelo has debunked a number of claims by Vote Yes including some new ones.
From the drug manufacturer's website:
Plan B should be taken orally as soon as possible and within 72 hours of unprotected sex. The second tablet should be taken 12 hours after the first tablet. Data shows Plan B is more effective the sooner treatment is started following unprotected sex.
They have a new TV ad out. It uses some of the orginal footage from their previous ad but clearly points out the lack of exceptions in the ban. It also pointed out the opposition to the ban from the South Dakota OB GYN Assoc.
ABC news has a look at the current fight over the abortion ban. It is interesting to see the take from national news outlets that are not constrained by local pressure.
The New England Journal of Medicine has some good examples in a recent article that expose the lengths seriously ill women would have to go to when facing a health crisis in South Dakota under the new ban.
So when will someone call out Vote Yes on their current outright lie? They have been claiming they have 120-150 supposed doctors supporting their cause. They have yet to prove it. No proclamation of these doctors, no anything.
Vote yes is getting another beating in the media for even more dirty tricks.
Troy Newman of Operation Rescue, an anti-abortion group with ties to Vote Yes on 6, Leslee Unruh and Gov. Mike Rounds is in the news. Some may remember Newman, who was out in Pierre during the legislative session pushing for the ban.
It is a good thing to have a very diverse network of friends, you never know when it will come in handy.
Voteyesforbackalleyabortion has been receiving a large amount of backlash for their deceptive campaign tactics including the outright claim of health exceptions in the ban.
Kevin Woster at the RCJ did what the rest of the media is too afraid or lazy to do. They called Vote Yes on 6 out on their deceptive campaign tactics. Woster asked the hard questions and finally someone got some answers.
The group that paid for the recent Zogby poll on the abortion ban, the Christian Defence Coalition has been in trouble for push polling through Zogby in the past.
From this KELO story today.
Ms Magazine has a newswire story today about the deceptive TV ads the voteyesforbackalleyabortion people have been using.
NPR's talk of the Nation was discussing various state ballot measures today. One that was mentioned was Missouri's stem cell ban. The "pro-life" far right religious backers of that ban are using the same style of misleading ads they are using in South Dakota to confuse voters.
The RCJ had an article yesterday where SD Healthy Families publicly denounced the outright lies in the recent TV ad by voteyesforbackalleyabortion.