Want more economic development, South Dakota? Stop scaring women away with your continual attack on reproductive rights, says Rep. Peggy Gibson:
The biggest disappointment to me is how women are treated in the state of South Dakot—very repressive. We have to keep going over and over the abortion issue, even though it was voted in 2006 and 2008 to leave the issue alone, let women, her family, her pastor decide on women’s reproductive rights. But we’re continually attacked.
The State of South Dakota wants to have economic development. However, for my own children’s coming back home to South Dakota… my daughters-in-law are going, “Oh my God! Look at how women are treated in the state!” Look at the signs that are up. Look at the signals women don’t have reproductive rights in the state of South Dakota. Do they want to take our drivers licenses away from us next? It’s horrible [Rep. Peggy Gibson, interview, Dakota Free Press, 2015.03.13].
Governor Daugaard, Rep. Mickelson, please understand that all the smell of cow manure—er, money—won’t keep women from noticing that moving to South Dakota will cost them and their daughters important rights. And as the fridge magnet says, if Mama ain’t movin’, ain’t nobody movin’.