VIEWPOINT: Protect our State Constitution - Decline to Sign
Guest Column by Dale Bartscher, Executive Director of South Dakota Right to Life
As an optimist at heart, I unfortunately find myself writing today about a topic that should concern everyone in our beloved state—regardless of political affiliation. In short, there is an effort underway to radically alter the South Dakota Constitution by an organization backed by out-of-state interests.
While certainly not a monolith, the people of our great state generally view the world differently than those on the coasts. Faith, common sense, the rule of law and our state constitution are bedrocks of our way of life. Much like the US Constitution, every word enshrined in our state’s founding document has the power to impact its people’s wellbeing for generations to come. Therefore, all attempted amendments should not leave any questions about its ultimate impact. This is especially true when it comes to the complex issue of abortion.
The petition in question is being circulated by an organization calling itself “Dakotans for Health,” which claims it is only attempting to “Restore Roe v. Wade” on the state level. As someone who is proudly pro-life—valuing both women and babies —it is easy to see how this proposed amendment could open up Pandora’s Box. Frankly, many who describe themselves as pro-choice will find the language overly broad and troubling.
COUNTERPOINT: Common-sense balance can be reached on Roe
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