Feminists React to Proposed S.D. Abortion Ban with Call for Tourism Boycott

Women’s Medical Fund


(Madison, Wis.) In response to passage of an abortion ban in South Dakota, the Women’s Medical Fund, one of the country’s oldest abortion rights charities, is calling for an announced boycott of tourism to South Dakota.

Commented Fund officers and feminist mother-and-daughter abortion rights pioneers Anne and Annie Laurie Gaylor:

“All kinds of families visit Mount Rushmore every year. It’s a favorite of Americans and foreign tourists. But we can do without Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills, the Badlands, and the Corn Palace.”

“We are encouraging all groups who care about women’s rights to urge their members to bypass South Dakota,” said Anne Gaylor, director of the Fund.

Gov. Mike Rounds’ desk, who is Catholic, has indicated he us inclined to sign the ban, which is destined for a court appeal, with the expectation it will reach the U.S. Supreme Court, and its newly rightwing, Catholic majority. An overturn of Roe vs. Wade, which could be accomplished through a decision placing abortion rights in state control, could return women to back-alley days.

The Fund, which helped 850 women last year, has assisted more than 15,000 very needy women in paying for abortions since the early 1970s. It is believed to be the oldest continuously operating Fund of its kind.

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