Statement of Fact from about Reasonable Initiated Measure 11

SIOUX FALLS, SD—In 2006, the voters of South Dakota spoke loudly.  They wanted to stop most abortions in South Dakota, but also wanted reasonable exceptions to allow women to have abortions in cases of rape, incest, life and health of the mother.  Initiated Measure 11 meets the demands to include these exceptions.  This is a reasonable law requested by the people of South Dakota.

Current public polling shows a majority of South Dakota voters would vote “Yes” on Initiated Measure 11.  The campaign expects the number will increase to a healthy majority by election day and that the measure will pass with a large margin in November.  “After this passes, we will be out on the road with the Fleet for Little Fleet, AKA the big bus, ministering to and helping women and families across the state of South Dakota,” Leslee Unruh stated.  Regarding the defeat of Referred Law 6 in 2006, Unruh acknowledged, “I felt terrible for the women, families and children of South Dakota who still had to deal with the scourge of abortion.  I especially grieved for the post abortive women who gave their heart and soul working on the campaign.” 

South Dakota voters have responded with fervor!  58,000 people signed the petition to stop abortions from being used as birth control.  South Dakota has never seen that kind of support for a ballot initiative.  Now voters are going out into their communities spreading the word about Initiated Measure 11.  From parade walking to attending county fairs, the people of South Dakota are passionate about life and working hard to get this reasonable law passed in November. 

It is unfortunate that the opposition to Initiated Measure 11 is running their campaign from Washington, DC.  The campaign is based in South Dakota and run by South Dakotans.  It is clear that the national pro-abortion community is making their last stand in South Dakota by bringing in “big guns” such as Cecile Richards, President of National Planned Parenthood, and leaders from National Abortion Rights Action League.  The opposing campaign is shamelessly on their knees, begging for national help with this South Dakota law.