Sunday, October 26, 2008

Aberdeen American News Urges a NO vote on IM 11!

Vote no on Measure 11

Initiated Measure 11 would prohibit abortions in South Dakota except in cases where the mother's life or health is at a substantial and irreversible risk, and in cases of reported rape and incest.

The American News is recommending a no vote on Measure 11.

Regardless of the reworked allowables presented in this measure (rape, incest, mother's health/life), we believe that Measure 11, at its base level, still intrudes where it shouldn't: government intervention in a supremely personal decision. Such an intensely intimate decision whether to undergo such a procedure belongs to the woman, her husband/partner, her family, her physician and her faith minister.

This is one place (among others) where government has no business interfering. We believe that many of the arguments for - and against - Measure 11 are saturated with political agendas that have no merit and do very little to provide tangible guidance for a woman who might be contemplating such a procedure.

In the United States there has been more written about the issue of abortion - any type or nuance - than almost any other subject in the past 25 years. Other than war it might be the most highly charged and divisive debate that occurs in America.

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