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SDMore from a good friend of mine who spent the weekend in South Dakota:"As some of you know I spent this last weekend in South Dakota workingwith the South Dakota Campaign for Health Families(http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/) against South Dakota?s proposedabortion ban. Just for background, last year the South Dakotalegislature passed a bill that bans all abortion even in cases of rapeor incest. The law was referred to South Dakota voters and will bedecided tomorrow on election day as Referred Law 6. I?m really thankfulto the ACLU for bringing me and over 100 other reproductive rightsactivists from across the country to work alongside the campaign. Nothaving spent much time in the Midwest, the scene in South Dakota is alittle terrifying. Rolling into Sioux Falls, the largest city in thestate (Pop. 144,000), we were confronted with a main street packed fullof signs supporting the abortion ban and a few protesters of the pro andanti side.In the three days that the majority of volunteers were around we knockedon over 9000 doors and telephoned thousands more voters. Walking throughSioux Falls neighborhoods talking to voters was an experience in Get Outthe Vote activity like I?ve never had. Responses from residents rangedfrom cursing and ripping up our literature to tearful thanks for thework we were doing. We were knocking on pre-selected doors that werethose voters expected to be most likely to vote against the ban. Evenwithin this screened group I?d guess about 1 in 6 were voting for theban and the vast majority of homes we walked past without even knocking.I know the campaign in South Dakota is optimistic about their chances ofdefeating the ban and the support of many quiet supporters and hoped wewere able to help activate those people.Even after being with more than 100 amazing volunteers for the weekend Ileft South Dakota depressed and worried about the election. In SD, ouronly hope of winning is pointing out the lack of a health, rape orincest exception in the law. What will happen next year when a similarbill with these exceptions in introduced? We know they will do thisCalifornia is confronted with a parental notification initiative (Prop85) almost identical to the one (Prop 73) defeated just last year.Oregon may pass a similar initiative (Prop 43) and I don't think anyoneis certain the Democrats are taking congress. I?m back in California andam doing a little more work on our election but am really worried aboutWednesday morning. Everyone please remember to vote Tuesday and getinvolved in anything you can do in these last days."