“I remember crying the entire time I waited,” Deborah retold her story of when her dad dropped her off at the abortion clinic. She couldn’t hold back the tears as she went into the room to lay down on the table as they tore her baby out, piece by piece. She recounts how the “noise was overwhelming as they ripped” her beautiful baby out of her womb. The child never had a chance to take its first breath.

In South Dakota, abortion will be legal through all nine months if the radical abortion amendment in our state passes next year. This means that a baby that’s 40 weeks old can be tore limb from limb, and it’ll be perfectly legal. Ohio is the latest state to ratify an extreme abortion amendment into their state constitution, which means lawmakers cannot go back and put safety protections into place for women.

Deborah’s story is not unlike thousands of women living with regret and burying their painful experience, wishing their babies were alive today.

Elizabeth Ann M. Johnson, M.D. with The Lozier Institute reported, “These particularly gruesome surgical techniques involve crushing, dismemberment and removal of a fetal body from a woman’s uterus, mere weeks before, or even after, the fetus reaches a developmental age of potential viability outside the mother.”

Not only does this unpalatable abortion procedure end the life of a child, but Johnson also notes that late-term abortions mean women are at higher risk of “surgical complications, subsequent preterm birth, and mental health problems.” Why would we support this? Thanks to scientific advancements, we know babies can feel pain by 15 weeks.

Can you imagine living in a state where such dismemberment of an innocent unborn life is legal and celebrated? I sure can’t.

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Dakotans for “Health,” a group who relies on out-of-state activists, is pouring thousands of national dollars into our state falsely advertising that their abortion-up-to-nine-months amendment is “pro-women” and “pro-life.” But nothing could be further from the truth. To top it off, they have been illegally leaving petitions unattended and outright lying to the public about what this amendment entails.

These abortion petitioners are attempting to get the required 35,000 signatures to put this constitutional abortion amendment on the ballot next November. This would legalize abortion up to birth, rid all safety and health protections for women in the first trimester, and strip parents of their rights to know that their minor daughter is being forced to have an abortion.

A Gallup poll found that only 22 percent of Americans believe abortion should be generally legal in the last three months of pregnancy. Even though 22 percent is too high, this means 78% of Americans do not support third trimester abortions. Rightfully so.

Protecting women should always be our priority as a state and society. As a woman and as a mother, I’m appalled by the lies of abortion advocates and how easily we have fallen prey to their traps.

Pro abortionists tell us repeatedly that if we have children, we can’t get ahead in our careers. If that’s true, then how did Amy Coney Barrett become a Supreme Court Justice? She has seven children. Seven. Explain that.

She’s one of thousands of women who have risen in her career because of children, not in spite of them. I can say from my own experience, being a mother has been one of life’s greatest gifts and has not hindered my professional work in any way – it has only motivated me to better myself in every area of life.

As South Dakotans, we can do better for women and for children. This inhumane abortion amendment that ends life up to birth, hurts women and strips basic health protections, and does away with parental rights is not the answer. Let’s not follow in Ohio’s footsteps but show the nation that we not only support life but celebrate it.

LifeNews Note: Caroline Woods is a professional communications consultant and founder of Woods Strategies. She’s a conservative wife and mother residing in Rapid City, South Dakota. You can follow her on X.

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