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GOP lawmakers try to thwart abortion rights ballot initiative in South Dakota

Posted on AllSides February 22nd, 2024
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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s Republican-led Legislature is trying to thwart a proposed ballot initiative that would enable voters to protect abortion rights in the state constitution. The initiative’s leader says the GOP efforts threaten the state’s tradition of direct democracy. Supporters need about 35,000 valid signatures submitted by May 7 to qualify for the November ballot. Dakotans for Health co-founder Rick Weiland said they already have more than 50,000. Republican lawmakers say the language is too extreme, and overwhelmingly adopted a resolution opposing the initiative after grilling Weiland...

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