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Jessica Yee dropped me an email with this message:
Dear friends, colleagues, and allies in the struggle,
As many of you already know, the ban on abortion is back on the ballot for the upcoming November 5th election in South Dakota. This is a very scary time, not only because we already defeated the ban 60% to 40% back in 2006 (and here we are again!), but because both the state and federal judiciary powers are very close to becoming completely anti-choice with the pending election. This proposed ban will drastically affect individuals, women, youth, families, and communities alike quite significantly, on top of the already harsh conditions and realities they face to obtain an abortion now and access reproductive and sexual health services.
I have been asked to lead an emergency Native American Task Force, in partnership with the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families, to be based out of the Standing Rock reservation in Pierre, SD that will focus on mobilizing Native American communities to vote against the ban and start the discussions on how our communities are going to be affected and what we are going to do about it. Currently the only provider in the state comes to Sioux Falls, which is very far for many people to get to living in remote and rural reservation areas. The conditions of Indian Health Service for sexual and reproductive health are deplorable and this ban will in particular affect our people gravely.
The emergency task force will begin October 28 right up until election day November 5th. We are looking for any help you can provide in terms of donations, people-power, or simply looking at some documents I will forward so we can make them culturally relevant.
If you can make a donation, please go here https://secure.sdhealthyfamilies.org/page/contribute/website and let me know that you made it so I can make sure it goes to our Task Force.
Please let me know if you are interested in joining us. I promise we won’t give up the fight!
Some key points to remember about abortion in SD:
*Around half of women seeking an abortion are already mothers (47% in 2006)
*98% of counties have no abortion services
*Women are already subjected to mandatory anti-choice counseling, 24-hour delay, and showing of sonograms, etc.
*Native American women face the highest rates of sexual assault in the entire state. 1 in 3 Native women in the US has experienced sexual violence and this ban’s so called “provisions” for rape and incest force physicians to consider staking their career first if they perform abortions.