The South Dakota Referendum on Abortion: An Alternative to Court Review?
Oct. 31 - Earlier this year the South Dakota legislature passed and the governor signed a stiff anti-abortion bill, HB 1215, entitled the "Women's Health and Human Life Protection Act. The bill had strong bi-partisan support, collecting over two-thirds of the vote in both chambers. The act is now "Referred Law 6" on the state's November ballot; South Dakota citizens have the chance to throw the act out or affirm it. The popular vote on the anti-abortion act is unique and attracting national attention. How the act came to be included on the state ballot merits investigation and offers valuable lessons for other states.