Oglala Sioux Indian Tribe Bans Abortion, Suspends Pro-Abortion President

Tribal Council Outlaws Abortion,” by Nestor Ramos, Argus Leader, 31 May 2006, http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060531/NEWS/605310319/1001 (from Sibby Online).

Some may remember that slightly after South Dakota passed her ban on abortions, the world media jumped in to trash the Coyote and Pheasant State.

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Even a prominent South Dakotan, Oglala Sioux President Cecilia Fire Thunder, announced that her reservation would soon offer abortions free from state laws.

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But her people protested. They would have none of it:

The Oglala Sioux tribal council banned all abortions on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and suspended President Cecelia Fire Thunder on Tuesday, charging that she solicited donations on behalf of the tribe for a proposed abortion clinic without the council’s approval.

“It was unauthorized political activity,” said Will Peters, a tribal council representative from the Pine Ridge district. “It’s just a matter of failing to communicate not only with the governing body but with the people that she was elected to serve.”

This must be the greatest humiliation for a South Dakota liberal since George McGovern. Or Tom Daschle. Or at least Jim Abourezk.

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