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Abortion Showdowns

September 22, 2006 • Volume 16, Issue 33
Will the latest anti-abortion moves succeed?
By Kenneth Jost, Kathy Koch

Introduction

An anti-abortion protester demonstrates outside the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Jan. 4, 2006.  (Argus Leader/Cory Myers)
An anti-abortion protester demonstrates outside the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Jan. 4, 2006. (Argus Leader/Cory Myers)

South Dakota has become the latest battlefield in the abortion wars. A Nov. 7 referendum will let voters approve or reject a new law aimed at banning virtually all abortions in the state. South Dakota legislators passed the law earlier this year in a direct challenge to the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion during most of a woman's pregnancy. Abortion-rights advocates in South Dakota forced a referendum on the measure, which would allow abortions only if necessary to protect a woman's life. The balloting is the first popular vote on an abortion ban since Oregon voters rejected such a measure in 1990. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Nov. 8 in the Bush administration's defense of the federal law banning what opponents call “partial-birth abortions.” The high court struck down a state ban in 2000, but anti-abortion groups hope two new justices may change the outcome this time around.

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Sep. 22, 2006  Abortion Showdowns
Mar. 21, 2003  Abortion Debates
Nov. 28, 1997  Roe v. Wade At 25
Apr. 07, 1995  Abortion Clinic Protests
Jul. 05, 1991  Teenagers and Abortion
Jan. 26, 1990  Abortion: Politicians' Nightmare
Oct. 16, 1987  Abortion Policy
Jan. 14, 1983  Abortion: Decade of Debate
Oct. 22, 1976  Abortion Politics
Jul. 24, 1970  Abortion Law Reform
Oct. 06, 1965  Abortion in Law and Medicine
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Abortion, Contraception and Reproductive Issues
Protest Movements
Supreme Court History and Decisions
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