I've been there a few times, but now! Everybody spread the word, go visit S. Dakota

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    02/27/2006
    Abortion Group Urges SD Tourism Boycott :baby4:

    Stay out of South Dakota.

    That's the message one pro-choice group has for its supporters.

    The Wisconsin-based Women's Medical Fund is calling for a boycott of South Dakota tourism if Governor Mike Rounds signs a bill banning most abortions.

    It's the state's second largest industry, but South Dakota tourism could see a drop in visitors who don't support a ban on abortion.

    Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Women's Medical Fund says, "Women across the country and those who believe in women's rights need to act immediately to let South Dakotans know that we will bypass South Dakota, that we can do without Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills and the Badlands and the Corn Palace."

    Last year tourism brought in two billion dollars worth of economic impact.

    Teri Ellis Schmidt with the SF Convention and Visitors Bureau says, "Tourism is critical to Sioux Falls and all of South Dakota. It's the bread and butter of a lot of people's livelihoods."

    And while out-of-state visitors may not think of places like the falls, they often stop here on their way out west. So this part of the state could also take a hit.

    Schmidt says, "We know Sioux Falls is also a destination spot for tourists and convention goers and they may stay longer and go to the Black Hills so what's good for one of us is good for all and what's bad for one is bad for all of us."

    And since some potential visitors believe the abortion bill is bad for America, they plan to take their anger out on the state where they believe it will hurt the most.

    Gaylor says, "They depend on tourism and the goodwill of other Americans./30:28 "when Idaho was poised to pass a similar ban there was a boycott called of Idaho potatoes and we got the governor to back down."

    But Governor Mike Rounds has also heavily promoted increasing tourism as part of his 20-10 initiative, which increases the political pressure as he decides whether to sign the controversial bill into law.

    Schmidt says, "I wouldn't want to be in the governor's shoes for anything right now!"

    The state tourism office has received between 60 and 75 emails on the issue, both positive and negative.
    02/27/2006
    http://www.keloland.com/News/NewsDetail5440.cfm?Id=0,46333
     
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    I won't be going to South Dakota anytime soon, but it doesn't really matter since this law will be promptly thrown out by the Federal Court, then that decision will be upheld by the U.S Court of Appeals, and then the Supreme Court won't even hear it. It'll never even take effect.

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    Another "Custers last stand" ya think Mr.ACLU? I truly believe South Dakota would be pleased that you and yours are afraid to enter their state! :cuckoo:
     
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    *shhh* Remember, if you tell somebody, your wish won't come true.

    I, for one, say that this is a good thing. Too long have the feminists and Democrats of this country simply declared a group of defenseless children non-persons for the sake of convenience.

    Mt. Rushmore, here I come.
     
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    Translation: "Fuck the will of the people."
     
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    I guess the biker rally at Sturgis is a no-go too then huh? :cuckoo:
     
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    The Wisconsin-based Women's Medical Fund boycott is ultimately pointless for one reason.

    Who on Earth goes to South Dakota anyway.

    Maybe three people per decade. The reason tourism is the second largest industry is because there is nothing going on there.
     
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    Like I said, Mt. Rushmore, the largest national monument in the country.
     
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    "Fuck the will of the people"??????? Polls have been consistent for years, only around 20% of the people favor a total ban on abortion. About 4o% support general availability and about 40% favor stricter limits, though I'm not sure what exactly that means. Here's the latest poll with comparison numbers going back three years: http://www.pollingreport.com/abortion.htm

    Read all the way down this. You will see that 60% of respondents, thats SIXTY PERCENT oppose overturning Roe v Wade. I think it is the zealots in South Dakota who want to "fuck the will of the people".

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    I didn't see any poll of South Dakotans. Aren't they "the people" in this instance or have all states rights been usurped?
     

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