Paying for the upcoming abortion battles

Via Feministe, here's a Village Voice article that dissects the funding for the upcoming abortion legal battles in South Dakota (in case you missed it: South Dakota banned abortions even in the case of rape or incest last week).

The concern about how South Dakota's voters really feel about the effort to outlaw abortion is reflected in Governor Rounds's publicly affirmed reservation about the legal costs that the state will rack up defending this bill in the federal courts against the enjoinment that Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota reportedly plans to seek. Never fear, say pro-life groups, an anonymous donor or donors are waiting in the wings to pony up $1 million for the abortion ban's legal fees.

So, even though they wouldn't let the bill go to referendum -- meaning that they're pretty sure less than half the state wants to ban abortions -- they went forward with passing the law. And now they're counting on both state taxpayer dollars (which come from a majority of folks who most likely don't support the ban) to fund the huge battles coming up, AND letting an anonymous donor buy them out. All in a day's work, robbing human rights that the majority of the country supports.

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