On November 4, voters in South Dakota must decide once again whether to ban virtually all abortions in their state. Two years ago, South Dakotans acted to protect private health care decisions when they voted against a sweeping abortion ban. Today, these same voters need your help to stop yet another intrusive attack on reproductive freedom: the 2008 abortion ban ballot initiative, Measure 11.The outcome of South Dakota’s election could affect us all. As Louise Melling, Director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, warns, “The real purpose of Measure 11 is to overturn Roe v. Wade.”We may not all feel the same way about abortion, but we can agree that these are private decisions. Everyone’s life and circumstances are different; we must respect people’s personal choices even if we wouldn’t make the same decision. Measure 11 would take these profoundly personal decisions out of the hands of women and their families. We can’t let this happen.Watch Louise Melling deliver this important “Freedom Alert.” Please forward it widely: Measure 11 reaches far beyond South Dakota and could take away everyone’s right to make private family decisions. And be sure to visit www.sdhealthyfamilies.org for more information about what you can do to help defeat this dangerous measure.
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