Let Families Decide

The campaign opposing Initiated Measure 11 has coined the slogan “Let Families Decide.” 


Irony positively oozes from that phrase!  The same group fought against parental notification laws! So…which family are they referring to when they say “Let Families Decide?”  The past clearly shows they prefer to isolate an underage girl rather than encourage her to seek help from her natural support system. 


The attempt to appeal to South Dakota’s traditional value of smaller government is laughable.  The same organization now advocating for less government involvement receives millions of taxpayer dollars from the government.  If they were really opposed to big government, perhaps they should return all the government funding they have received.    


On the other hand, Initiated Measure 11 went straight to the hands of South Dakotans—not even going through the state legislature.  The response was over 50,000 petition signatures collected during 2 ½ of the coldest months of the year.  This issue is clearly important to South Dakotans and Measure 11 contains the exceptions requested by the people. 


The slogan, “Let Families Decide,” is so inconsistent with every argument the opposition has ever presented in favor of abortion.  Their campaign doesn’t put the decision in the hands of families, but it does insult the intelligence of South Dakota voters. 

Letter to the Editor–A Changed Heart

The following letter to the editor was published in the Arugus Leader July 30, 2008. 

Change mind about abortion–Before 1976, I was as pro-choice as a woman could be.  Then I got a job that changed my mind…(more)

Unborn Child Killed by Abortion – Both Parents Wanted the Baby

Please read the following incident report received from the Kansas Coalition for Life.  This is how the abortion industry operates.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Shift Start: 3:00pm,  Shift End: 5:00pm


A sixteen year old girl from Andover, Kansas, was bought into Tiller’s today by her mother, in a car with Butler county, Kansas tags at about 11 am.

The girl was two months pregnant, and the mother (grandmother) had scheduled an early-term abortion for her daughter.  The teenage daughter did not want the abortion, but her mother was forcing her into it.

(KCFL did not receive actionable evidence that the daughter was being forced to have this abortion, until after the unborn child was killed.)

In the early afternoon, in a separate vehicle, the father of the child, a young man named Dillon, also sixteen years old, came into Tiller’s parking lot, driving a car with a personalized tag, (tag information is on file) in an attempt to save the life of his child.

Dillon came to the gate to get help and advice from the pro life counselors on-site.  He told Jennifer that his parents were willing to raise the baby, or adopt the baby, or do whatever they could to help him and his girlfriend.  Dillon said that he planned to marry the mother of his baby, as soon as they graduated from high school, and that his parents were supportive of this idea.

Dillon said that it was only his girlfriend’s mother who wanted her to have the abortion, and that she had threatened to disown his girlfriend if she did not go through with the abortion.

Jennifer sent the boy into Tiller’s to talk to the girl, to let her know, that all she had to do, was to say that she did not want to have the abortion, and at that point, KCFL could call the police, and that the Police would intervene on her behalf.

However, about thirty minutes after going into Tiller’s building, both the mother and daughter, and Dillon came to the gate, leaving Tiller’s parking lot in their cars.  The young girl was crying, but the mother who was driving did not stop at the gate.

Dillon stopped at the gate and he was crying too.  He said that he had gotten there just a few minutes too late.  The baby was already dead wehn they finally let him talk to his girlfriend.

Dillong went from crying to sobbing as he talked to Mary LaFrancis at the gate.  Dillon has asked KCFL to dedicate on of the Crosses on-site to his baby, as a memorial.

We will do so, when he gets back to use with the name of the baby.

The situation was upsetting to all the KCFL volunteers on-site all afternoon.  There were tears and prayers all afternoon, because of the mean-spiritedness of this abortion.

Unfortunately, in the past KCFL volunteers have witnessed similar variations of this story, at least four times since starting the continuous presence on Mother’s Day, 2004.  It is not an uncommon scenario, and most young girls simply do not know their rights in this regard.

Busy Day!

VoteYesForLife.com had a busy day!  Two news agencies dropped by the office to get the scoop on South Dakota’s Measure 11.  We had a great time and are excited to have the truth being spoken!

Mass. Grand Jury Issues Indictment Against Abortionist in Patient’s Death

July 16, 2008

Details of efforts to cover up aspects of Laura Smith’s death were exposed by the grand jury investigation.

Hyannis, MA-A Barnstable County Grand Jury issued an indictment today against abortionist Rapin Osathanondh for Involuntary Manslaughter in the death of 22-year old Laura Hope Smith.  According to Smith’s mother, Eileen, efforts to cover up details of her daughter’s death came to light during the grand jury investigation.

Mrs. Smith told Operation Rescue that a Sheriff’s Deputy in another county had provided Osathanondh and his abortion clinic staff with CPR training, then backdated the session to a date prior to Laura’s death, with the full knowledge that someone had recently died at the clinic.  Osathanondh and his staff had been uncertified in CPR until that time. 

“I’m appalled that an officer of the law would be involved in that,” Eileen Smith told Operation rescue.  “Thank God this has been exposed!”

Mrs. Smith has filed a complaint in Bristol County against the deputy.

Laura Smith has sought an abortion from Osathanondh on September 13, 2007, at his office, Women’s Health Center, in the Cape Cod town of Hyannis.  Smith was placed under full anesthesia when only Osathanondh and a non-medical receptionist were present.  When Smith suddenly stopped breathing, the receptionist phoned 911, but it was too late.  Smith died later that day.

Five months later, in response to a complaint filed by Eileen Smith, Osathanondh relinquished his medical license to the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine in the wake of pending disciplinary action and a criminal investigation.  Osathanondh’s two abortion offices were closed.

“We are gratified that Osathanondh will have to account for Laura’s death in a court of law.  It is not enough that he can no longer practice medicine.  He must be held legally responsible for his crimes that resulted in the death of this young woman,” said Operation rescue spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger.  “Only then can we say that some small measure of justice has been served.”

“As for those who attempted to help Osathanondh cover up for his shocking lack of emergency training, we share Eileen’s dismay that someone involved in law enforcement would lie to provide the abortionist cover,” said Sullenger.  “That is completely unacceptable behavior and that person should be fired immediately.”

Operation Rescue was the first to break the news of Laura’s death, and worked with Eileen to help bring Osathanondh to justice.

Babies–The Least of These

Matthew 25: 37-40 reminds us:

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you some to dirnk?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’  “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ 

These verses remind us that the babies are the least of these and need protection.  We must vote “YES” on Initiative Measure 11 and protect the innocent, the unborn.

Letter to the Editor

The following letter was in the Argus Leader on Saturday, July 26, 2008.  Bravo Dianne!

July 26, 2008

Reporting rape helps healing

Dianne S. Heynen
Sioux Falls

As a licensed professional mental health counselor who specializes in stress, trauma and grief, I would like to respond to the recent letter in the Argus Leader that accused Initiative Measure 11 of exploiting victims of rape and incest.Psychologically speaking, the requirement of reporting the rape or incest enables the pregnant victim to take important first steps in healing. Using her voice to hold the perpetrator accountable for his actions helps to break the shame that a victim of rape or incest likely experiences.

One of the most significant tasks for a woman in healing from rape or incest is the telling of her story. When she begins to speak the truth about her experience, her sense of shame diminishes. She begins to move from being a victim to being a survivor. The woman gains a further sense of empowerment as the perpetrator is held accountable. This allows her to protect herself and others from more potential harm from the perpetrator.


Taking this significant step helps the world become a better place and enables her to bring some sense of good from the horrible experience she has had to suffer.