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130 South Dakota Doctors Endorse Abortion Ban ^ | Thursday October 19, 2006

Posted on 10/19/2006 1:49:17 PM PDT by

SIOUX FALLS, SD, October 18, 2006 ( - On Monday, South Dakota Physicians for Life explained their support for Referred Law 6 at Sioux Falls headquarters. Ad campaigns in support of the pro-life law feature dozens of doctors in their white lab coats sporting stethoscopes expressing their support for the law against abortion. Powerfully, they say in unison during the ad "abortion stops a beating heart". (To see the video ad click: )

One hundred thirty South Dakota doctors endorsed the abortion-limiting legislation. Mark Gordon, M.D., Sioux Falls, stated: "Referred Law 6 allows a doctor to provide chemotherapy and radiation to a pregnant woman without fear of criminal charges. Women with other serious medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, can also choose medical treatments that could cause unintentional miscarriage of their pregnancies."

Steve Billion, M.D., Sioux Falls, agreed, saying, "I am confident that this law will provide for the life and health of mothers."

Yvonne Seger, M.D., Sioux Falls, explained the legislation, saying: "Referred Law 6 enables South Dakota physicians to provide full treatment to pregnant women. The legislation allows any legitimate care that a doctor would suggest today. Referred Law 6 regulates intent, not procedure."

David Ellerbusch, M.D., Sioux Falls, listed several negative risks of abortion, such as cervical or uterine injury and disability of newborns in future pregnancies.

South Dakota Physicians for Life is a diverse group of physicians dedicated to protecting human life. It strives to present medical truth to South Dakota communities. campaigns on behalf of Referred Law 6. The campaign organized in 2006 to support HB 1215, the Women's Health and Human Life Protection Act.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; murder

1 posted on 10/19/2006 1:49:19 PM PDT by
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Good for them. Where are the nurses, now?

2 posted on 10/19/2006 1:51:27 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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Doctor: Abortion is Unnecessary

There are other life-preserving options, even in life-and-health-of-the-mother situations

By Dr. Don Oliver

I have been a pediatrician in Rapid City for 26 years now. During those 26 years it has been my job and privilege to attend the births of many infants whose pregnancies were complicated in various ways: prematurety, infections, toxemia, multiple births among many others.

My job is to care for the infant and give him or her the best chance at a whole and satisfying life. Sadly medical technology and my own skills have not always been up to the task, but the intent was to give the baby the best care available.

I want to tell you from a medical perspective that it is very, very rare that a physician would need to choose between the life of the mother and the life of the child. There is almost always something that can be done for both. This has always been traditional obstetric practice.

We now can do amazing things with fetal medicine. Diagnoses are being made earlier and earlier. Treatment interventions are being devised and implemented. Surgery is now being done on unborn babies while they are still in the womb, amazing. Why are all these incredible things being done? Because all life is precious and God given. All children deserve the life that God has planned for him in His infinite wisdom.

Our opponents in this campaign would have you belief that if the law banning abortions in South Dakota is upheld doctors will go to jail and women in South Dakota will be left with no health care. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Currently no South Dakota doctors do abortions; therefore no South Dakota doctors would be prosecuted under HB1215 when it is upheld. The only abortions done in South Dakota are done by 4 physicians from Minneapolis brought in to SF by Planned Parenthood. The bill also specifically protects physicians doing a legitimate medical procedure to save a woman’s life. It protects doctors doing a legitimate procedure where something goes wrong and a baby is inadvertently harmed. South Dakota physicians and South Dakota women have nothing to fear from this legislation.

The overwhelming number of abortions done in South Dakota and across our nation are done for expediency or convenience. They are done on perfectly healthy babies and perfectly healthy mothers. They are not done for rape, not done for incest, not done for fetal anomalies, and not done to save the life of the mother. They are done because a pregnant woman feels hopeless or helpless. We as a society and especially a Christian community need to seek out these women and be instruments of God’s grace and compassion.

I have in my practice now a 16 year old mother who was raped by her brother. So here we have in one case the two stumbling blocks that most people have with HB1215. She decided that the only innocent person in this unfortunate situation besides herself was her unborn child. What a brave decision for anyone to make, much less a traumatized 16 year old. I have great hope and faith that if a 16 year old can get it right so can the rest of South Dakotans.

The psychological literature is full of data indicating that abortion following a rape is more traumatic than the rape itself and leads to more long lasting emotional and psychological complications. We have interviewed many women who have told us their child has been the healing instrument from the trauma of the rape. And if it unfortunately happened to them again that they would make the same decision.

HB1215 does contain a specific provision for woman to receive emergency contraception following a sexual crime. We desire for them to receive complete and compassionate medical care and for them to receive justice. An abortion in theses situations is not compassionate and denies justice. An abortion in these situations causes long term harm for the mother and protects the rapist. Is this really what we want to do in South Dakota?

I have also over the years had the privilege of caring for many malformed, abnormal children whose lives were cut short or handicapped in human terms. Perfect in God’s plan, but not in our clouded viewpoint. NONE of the families that I have served, in these situations, have regretted their child’s life. They ALL celebrated and treasured something special in their child’s life, however brief. I have counted it a privilege by Gods grace to be involved with these families. I of course have some in my practice now. There are people who adopt children with special needs. I can think of several of them easily. In fact you will hear from one of these amazing persons soon. They are almost all Christian people who feel led by God to do this work, may God richly reward their faithfulness.

Surveys have shown that 80% of people agree that abortion is morally wrong; but, women in a crisis pregnancy don’t know where to turn or are frequently coerced. They are rejected by pro-life people for becoming pregnant and considering an abortion or having one, and not told the truth or had their feelings validated by the poor choice side. There have now been 45 to 50 million abortions done in our country. Therefore there are at least that many hurting women in our society. They are all someone’s daughter, mother, sister or aunt, sorority sister or best friend.

There are also an equal number of men who suffer in various ways. Perhaps they were the ones who coerced the abortion in the first place.

If our countries population is around 300 million, think for a moment with me what a staggering toil this sin has extracted from our society. I have in the past pondered how many firemen, teachers, plumbers we have aborted over the years. How many priests and pastors, concert musicians and geniuses. How many ordinary working folks who comprise our society. I continue to ponder that from time to time.

But today I focus more of my attention on the millions of people who have been harmed psychologically by abortion. The lost wages and productivity. The depression and suicide. The child abuse and neglect. The substance abuse and addictions of all kinds. The lose of hope and happiness direction and purpose. The destruction of marriages and families.

Oh what a burden our society carries for it’s sin. What an opportunity to be instruments of God’s healing grace. Please God let it start here in this state today. Let your grace and mercy go forth and heal our land. Whatever the results of the election may be. Abortion is not an unforgivable sin.

My pastor reminded me recently that Moses, David, and Paul all had something in common. They were each guilty of murder. Our Savior once had an encounter with a woman caught in the very act of adultery and deserving of stoning. Our savior did not condemn this woman for her sexual sin, in fact He specifically said I don’t condemn you, go and sin no more.

I trust my brief comments have reassured you that even in complicated pregnancy cases there is something that can be medically done.

I believe this law protects the women and physicians of South Dakota. There is a provision in the bill to help victims of sexual crimes. The human costs in terms of suffering in our country are enormous .Several years ago I served in the army. There was a saying about the good soldier: The good soldier, the brave soldier was the one who when he heard the sounds of battle, he picked up his weapon and ran towards the sound. In the video you heard from such soldiers. Even though badly wounded they pickup their weapons and run towards the sound of battle.

We need an army of such soldiers as these. We need you. Martin Luther once said “If you are a Christian soldier, and if you are not were the battle is the hottest, you are a traitor to the cause”.

I am a board member of, a coalition of people from all across South Dakota. We come from all the major political parties, from different denominations and walks of life. We are united in our desire to save babies and women from the harmful physical, emotional, and psychological effects of abortion. We desperately need your help.

We know this is God’s battle but He chooses to work thru His people. We need you to talk to your congregations, to preach God’s healing message of grace by which we all are saved. Those of us who are from the Reformed faith, all across the nation, will be fasting and praying on Sunday Nov. 5th . We need you to talk to friends, relatives, and neighbors. We need campaign volunteers.

Listen…Listen…can you hear it? There is a battle raging for the hearts and minds of God’s people. Who among you will pickup your "weapons" and join us?

Dr. Donald Oliver is a respected Rapid City pediatrician. He is also a board member of, and member of South Dakota Physicians for Life.
3 posted on 10/19/2006 1:54:04 PM PDT by (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at
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Having grown up in SD, I am proud of the Dr.'s stance on this.

4 posted on 10/19/2006 1:54:56 PM PDT by marvlus
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To: Coleus; nickcarraway; narses; Mr. Silverback; Canticle_of_Deborah; TenthAmendmentChampion; ...

Please Freepmail me if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.

5 posted on 10/19/2006 1:55:16 PM PDT by (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at
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To: marvlus
Yes indeed. As we all are.
6 posted on 10/19/2006 1:57:46 PM PDT by (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at
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To: CindyDawg

I would think there are many.

7 posted on 10/19/2006 1:58:30 PM PDT by (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at
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Thanks so much for posting this. Dr. Oliver is a neighbor of ours, and our beautiful grandchildren's pediatrician. He's a great neighbor, a wonderful Doctor, and a truly good man.

Vote Yes for Life!

8 posted on 10/19/2006 2:12:38 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Wow, from his article he sounds like a wonderful man! You are lucky to know him! If he lived near me, I have no doubt I'd take my children to him when I have them someday.

9 posted on 10/19/2006 2:16:55 PM PDT by Kaylee Frye
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To: Rushmore Rocks
Wow, that is great. His article is inspirational.

BTW one of my favorite childhood memories is of RVing through the Dakotas. We stayed in the Mount Rushmore National Park an extra day in amazement of that incredible monument. The nighttime presentation was awesome.
10 posted on 10/19/2006 2:25:23 PM PDT by (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at
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Glad you enjoyed your trip to the Black Hills. We love it here.

We live quite close to Mt. Rushmore.

11 posted on 10/19/2006 2:42:55 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Kaylee Frye

Wow, another pro-life Seattle programmer! Thought I was the only one...

12 posted on 10/19/2006 2:52:18 PM PDT by Lexinom ( -- the only chance?)
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Imagine that...doctors who are suppossed to be protecting and preserving life are against abortion. What will they come up with next?
13 posted on 10/19/2006 2:53:55 PM PDT by bushinohio
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To: Lexinom

Nope, you're not alone! Of course, I don't live in this scary city, but I do work here! :)

14 posted on 10/19/2006 2:58:00 PM PDT by Kaylee Frye
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To: bushinohio
Shocking, isn't it.
15 posted on 10/19/2006 3:14:55 PM PDT by (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at
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16 posted on 10/19/2006 6:32:23 PM PDT by SCarolinian
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17 posted on 10/23/2006 7:38:00 PM PDT by Coleus (Woe unto him that call evil good and good evil"-- Isaiah 5:20-21)
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If you want on (or off) this Catholic and Pro-Life ping list, let me know!

18 posted on 10/23/2006 7:45:06 PM PDT by narses (St Thomas says “lex injusta non obligat”)
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