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State Referendum, National Impact?

From NBC's Jennifer Colby
In six weeks, South Dakota voters will have the opportunity to decide whether an abortion ban, passed in the state earlier this year, should be overturned or upheld. The South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families ran a grassroots campaign to collect enough signatures to get the referendum on the November ballot. In a press briefing today, the group said the outcome of the vote will have a national impact and will determine if 14 other states considering similar bans will continue their efforts. "[The ban] awoke a sleeping giant," Kate Michelman, the former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said in the briefing. "Until people have lost something, which in this case is a fundamental right, they aren't engaged. This sent the message out. The public doesn't want this, they won't allow it."