Thursday, November 02, 2006

South Dakotans Likely To Reject Abortion Ban

A South Dakota ballot measure to ban almost all abortions in the state is likely to fail, a new poll suggests.

The poll, taken by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, found that 52% of voters will reject the law banning all abortion except to save the life of a mother, while 42% favor the ban and 6% were undecided. The poll was conducted for the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, S.D.

A similar poll taken in July found 47% rejecting the ban, 39% in favor, and 14% undecided.

South Dakota allows new laws to be put before voters -- if enough signatures are collected asking for such a challenge. The law in question was passed earlier this year, and signed by Republican Gov. Michael Rounds. It would make it a criminal offense to perform an abortion, except to save the life of a mother.

The law, if upheld, could be used to challenge the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision.

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