Republican candidate for District 12 House Amber Arlint went on SDPB this noon and showed us how to not answer a simple question:
Megan Feighery: So I think something that’s going to be a big hot topic, a big hot-button issue is abortion, of course, this Session. Let’s talk a little bit about where you stand on that issue.
Amber Arlint: Oh, absolutely. It’s a hot topic, it’s a heavy topic, and it’s an incredibly complex topic. It’s come up a lot when I’m door-knocking—I should have included that in my previous list—and I think it’s so complex it’s going to be a topic that takes a significant amount of analyzation.
It is clear, though, that the one thing both sides have in common when it comes to this topic is their passion. Everybody is passionate about this topic and has an opinion.
Personally I’d like to see a world where no baby is aborted. But to get there, the conversation needs to include prevention, adoption, foster care, increased options for childcare, education, and supporting families in the community. I think my role as a legislator is going to really be to analyze right now where our current trigger law has us, and what it means for women, moms, and babies, and then how can we use some community support to work on those items of prevention, adoption, foster care, child care, as you can tell I’m pretty passionate about all of those!
MF: That seems to be the name of the game, passion.
AA: Yes, yeah! [Amber Arlint, interviewed by Megan Feighery, “Meet the Candidates: District 12 House: Amber Arlint,” SDPB: In the Moment, 2022.08.30]
Feighery did not follow up with the obvious redirect: So could you translate some of that passion to actually telling us where you stand as a legislator on abortion? Do you support the trigger law? Will you vote to uphold South Dakota’s current near-total ban on abortion, with no exceptions for rape or incest? Do you agree with 57% of South Dakotans that women should have access to abortion medications in South Dakota? Do you support putting abortion rights to a statewide vote of the people?
On the biggest political issue of this hot summer, an issue on which Republicans for the last 20-some years have been ready to give swift and unequivocal answers, Arlint uses her air time to tell us absolutely nothing about where she stands on the new abortion ban or possible changes thereto.
So much for that Primary Day “pro-life” hashtag.