As I posted earlier, the Argus Leader reported on the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s decision to ban abortions on the Pine Ridge Reservation. So far, I have heard of no plans by Planned Parenthood to take this to court.
The report also contained a denial made by Cecelia Fire Thunder, co-chair of the falsely named group [South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Family] that filed the petitions to put the abortion ban to a vote:
Fire Thunder said the idea never was to open a clinic that performs abortions - she never used the word "abortion," she said - but rather to open a women's health facility that would provide family planning information and emergency and traditional contraceptives.
Fire Thunder calls the council’s action an "ambush." She now tells the Argus that her idea was never to open an abortion clinic, but rather to open a women’s health facility that would offer family planning information and emergency and traditional contraceptives.
That’s not what she told Journal reporter Bill Harlan, however, in a Journal story that ran March 24. Here are the first couple paragraphs of that story:
Oglala Sioux Tribe President Cecelia Fire Thunder says a clinic on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation could provide abortions if South Dakota’s new abortion ban goes into effect.
"We’re working on it," Fire Thunder said in a telephone interview Friday. "This is a free-choice issue. If I were in that situation, I’d want somewhere to go where I’d be taken care of."
Here is more from the Harlan report:
The new South Dakota law bans all abortions except to save the life of the mother — with no exceptions for rape or incest.
Fire Thunder said the state law would not apply to the reservation. "We’re a sovereign nation," she said.
The new law is set to go into effect July 1, but a court challenge almost certainly will delay it, and opponents of the law are already gathering signatures to put it on the ballot in November.
Fire Thunder, in fact, is one of 15 co-leaders of the new South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families, which on Friday announced a statewide campaign to overturn the new law.
This group’s lack of honesty doesn’t stop with its name.
Note in her denial that she said she never said the word abortion. Here is what was reported in the Indian Country Today on May 12th:
In all of her contacts with the press or public, she never mentioned the ''A word,'' as she calls it. ''It is very emotional,'' she said.
''It's a hard enough decision to make, and how many women are strong enough to make that decision and stick by it? So when a woman makes up her mind, she doesn't need someone to undermine her decision. I'm just here to love you and hold your hand and support whatever decision you make,'' she said.
''My grandmother and other Lakota women would talk about when everyone remembers a woman who had the medicine to terminate a pregnancy.
''In my culture we have a goddess, the White Buffalo Calf Woman. It's a feminine power and that's who I am. I need to honor the feminine power - so the goddess is making me do this,'' she said with a laugh.
OK. Then there is this from LifeNews:
Fire Thunder is a longtime abortion advocate and formerly worked at an abortion business in California.