Election 2006: Good News on SD Abortion Ban

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

10:30 p.m. EST, and this is the latest on the South Dakota abortion ban:

From The Argus Leader:

With 101 of 818 precincts reporting results, 61 percent of voters cast “no” votes, according to results from the Secretary of State’s Office.

The ban – which outlaws all abortions except those performed to save the life of a pregnant woman – is a direct challenge to the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

And from the Rapid City Journal, which posted a story at 8:23 CST:

Referred Law 6, the controversial near-total ban on abortions, appeared to be losing as early returned came in from general-election voters Tuesday evening.

With about 11 percent votes counted statewide, Referred Law 6 was losing 44 percent to 56 percent.

But a leader in the battle against the law said it was too early to celebrate.

“It’s way too early,” said Jan Nicolay of Chester, co-chairwoman of the . “There are so many variables. It depends on what precincts are in. It’s just too early to say anything, except that we hope it stays consistent.”

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