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  [SD] Antiabortion Ballot Initiative Appears Likely
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Last EditedArmyDem  Apr 02, 2008 09:18am
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MediaNewspaper - Washington Post
News DateWednesday, April 2, 2008 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy Kari Lydersen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 2, 2008; Page A02

CHICAGO, April 1 -- Abortion opponents in South Dakota filed petitions this week that are likely to put an initiative on November's ballot calling for a near-ban on abortion, renewing a contentious fight over a similar proposal in 2006.

The group VoteYesForLife.com said Tuesday that it turned in on Monday three times the number of signatures needed to qualify an initiative that would ban abortion in most cases. Unlike the 2006 law, however, it includes exceptions to allow the procedure when necessary to protect the health of a woman and in cases of rape or incest.

The 2006 proposal, rejected by 56 percent of voters, would have allowed abortion only to save a woman's life.

The new language was drafted by South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long, state Rep. Roger W. Hunt (R) and 20 other lawyers. As with the 2006 initiative, passage would probably trigger a lawsuit that could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court and provide an opportunity to reconsider its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.
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