The petition was filed Tuesday afternoon with the secretary of stateâ€™s office. If at least 16,728 signatures are certified as valid, the scheduled July 1 implementation of the ban would be nullified and voters would be allowed to decide the issue in a November election.
â€œThis law is just not feasible and is just very extreme,â€? Dr. Maria Bell, an obstetrician who helped sponsor the petition drive, said at a news conference.
Thelma Underberg, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota, said â€œSouth Dakotans signed up to fight this threat to women’s health. It is an attack on the fundamental values of freedom and privacy that we cherish.â€?
Now comes the work leading up to the vote…
By the way, send an email to the folks at The South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families and thank them for all of their hard work. They really are doing amazing stuff.