Vandalized pro-life sign

Signs erected around South Dakota encouraging support for the state’s Referred Law 6, which was approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor last winter, have been vandalized in recent days, some with suggestions of horrific violence.

“The people who did this do not stand up for women like me,” said Kayla Brandt, a spokeswoman. “Vandalism like that reminds me that the pro-abortion movement didn’t care about me when I was facing an unplanned pregnancy. And they still don’t care about women like me now.”

Officials with VoteYesForLife, who are campaigning in support of the state law, which effectively bans abortions, said hundreds of signs around the state have been vandalized with spray painted words and images of coat hangers.

Property owners where the signs were located were encouraged to file police reports, according to campaign spokeswoman Kimberly Martinez.

“We want to keep our eye on the goal,” she said. “When this happens it usually means you’re being effective, and getting the message to the people.”

Planned Parenthood, which runs the only abortion business in the state, and others are staging an $8 million campaign to try to convince the almost 800,000 voters in the bucolic state to overturn the work of their Legislature and governor.

Vandalized pro-life sign

In a statement out of Washington, D.C., leaders with the American Life League said the abortion supporters “have taken the low road.”

“We’re disgusted with the illegal and destructive activity that is taking place,” said Phil Eddy, outreach coordinator for ALL. “Unfortunately, we should not be surprised at these incidents considering the fact that the vandals are wreaking havoc in the name of abortion – the epitome of violence.”

Eddy and other pro-life activists have seen first-hand the vandalism as they work on the scene to protect the state’s Women’s Health and Human Life Protection Act.

“Abortion advocates know they are losing the battle and are resorting to vicious means to try and dissuade public opinion away from the truth,” said Eddy. “In Rapid City and Sioux Falls alone, we have seen hundreds of Vote Yes for Life signs defaced, burned and stolen.

“We have seen pro-life volunteers’ cars vandalized and wooden crosses on church property destroyed. We have seen both a Catholic high school and Catholic church spray-painted with pro-abortion slogans. Most troubling is the fact that not one pro-abortion group, or media outlet, has publicly condemned these attacks.”

Eddy said one of the more outrageous incidents occurred when a number of the Vote Yes for Life signs were vandalized with images spray-painted with a stencil. The top of the stencil had an outline of a baby in the womb (approximately 10 weeks of age) complete with an umbilical cord. Under the baby’s outline was the two-word slogan – “Eat Babies.”

“These desperate and downright dangerous tactics certainly prove that abortion proponents recognize that, despite their propaganda campaign, the truth is winning,” said Eddy.

“It is time to move forward with this momentum and vote yes on Referred Law 6 to protect every child from the violence of abortion.”

The estimated 800 or so abortions done in the state each year – all by abortionists flown in from out of state since no physician in South Dakota will perform the procedure – are relatively insignificant to the precedent that could be set, officials say.

Abortion opponents note they know of representatives from campaigns in about a dozen other states who have been watching the situation, to see if they could and should launch their own statewide campaigns.

The longterm goal goes way beyond overturning Roe vs. Wade, officials say, because that would simply lift federal restrictions on abortion limits, and turn that responsibility back to the states.

The plan has been endorsed by the 17,000-member Christian Medical Association as well as a Democratic organization

South Dakota’s Referred Law 6, which was approved by state lawmakers last winter and signed into law by the governor, simply bans abortions. But it was referred to a vote of the people under the challenge procedures in that state and South Dakotans on Nov. 7 will be making a life-or-death decision on what pro-life organizers call the best legislative proposal on abortion since the 1973 Blackmun ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state limits on the fatal procedure.

Lawmakers in South Dakota spent months researching the issue before approving the ban, which was challenged by Planned Parenthood, the biggest provider in the U.S. abortion industry and recipient of $272 million in federal funds this year.

Lawmakers attached a 72-page report to the legislation that outlined the state of medical knowledge, citations of ethics experts, the studies showing the impact of abortion on society, and other information, and then in a bipartisan effort, approved the law.

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