Election 2006: Good News on SD Abortion Ban

By Christine Cupaiuolo — November 8, 2006

10:30 p.m. EST, and this is the latest on the South Dakota abortion ban:

From The Argus Leader:

With 101 of 818 precincts reporting results, 61 percent of voters cast “no” votes, according to results from the Secretary of State’s Office.

The ban – which outlaws all abortions except those performed to save the life of a pregnant woman – is a direct challenge to the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

And from the Rapid City Journal, which posted a story at 8:23 CST:

Referred Law 6, the controversial near-total ban on abortions, appeared to be losing as early returned came in from general-election voters Tuesday evening.

With about 11 percent votes counted statewide, Referred Law 6 was losing 44 percent to 56 percent.

But a leader in the battle against the law said it was too early to celebrate.

“It’s way too early,” said Jan Nicolay of Chester, co-chairwoman of the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families. “There are so many variables. It depends on what precincts are in. It’s just too early to say anything, except that we hope it stays consistent.”

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