Former Republican legislator and failed 2008 U.S. Senate candidate Joel Dykstra helped pass South Dakota’s near-absolute abortion ban back in 2005. Now he’s helping Representative Jon Hansen and anti-abortion propagandist Leslee Unruh campaign against the proposed constitutional amendment that would restore South Dakota women’s Roe-era abortion rights:
Mercer: Currently there is a petition drive to initiate a state constitutional amendment that would restore abortion rights in South Dakota. It would overturn the 2005 trigger law. There is also a ballot-measure committee opposing the effort, to which you and your spouse have given $1,000. What are your thoughts on the attempt to ask voters to revisit the question?
Dykstra: “I think the issue will turn on how much the public understands about the radical application of the proposed amendment that would allow abortions up to the moment of birth. We support the effort to oppose the amendment and to educate the public about how far outside the majority’s desire for reasonable restrictions” [Bob Mercer, “Q&A: Former Legislator Joel Dykstra on Abortion Ban,” KELO-TV, 2023.03.31].
Remember: the amendment Dykstra and his deceptive misogynist allies are calling “radical” only resets South Dakota’s stance on women’s right to control their bodies to the status quo that existed under Roe v. Wade for 49 years before the Alito Court ripped that right away last summer. South Dakota voters affirmed that status quo ante Alito when they rejected abortion bans in 2006 and 2008. The circulating amendment writes the standards used in the 1973 Roe decision into South Dakota’s constitution. That’s not radical; Dykstra and his fellow women-controlling theocrats are.