South Dakota already has some of the most restrictive anti-choice laws in the country. Now the state legislature is poised to pass a racist bill to restrict access to abortions even further. Lawmakers claim the bill is necessary because Asian immigrants, who they say don’t value woman and girls, are coming to their state. Our community grew over 70% in South Dakota over the last 10 years.
The bill passed the South Dakota House last week by an overwhelming 60 to 10 majority and is being taken up in the Senate.
Stace Nelson, one of the Representatives that voted in favor of the bill warned of an invasion of abortion-seeking Asians in South Dakota:
“Let me tell you, our population in South Dakota is a lot more diverse than it ever was. There are cultures that look at a sex-selection abortion as being culturally okay. And I will suggest to you that we are embracing individuals from some of those cultures in this country, or in this state.”
This measure, like other similar measures we are seeing across the country, are nothing more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The people behind them have never been friends to women, and the measure they propose has been deemed ineffective and a violation of human rights by experts on the issue.
We can’t let this kind of rhetoric go unanswered. If it passes, South Dakota will become the 8th state to pass a racist sex-selection abortion ban, setting a dangerous precedent.