Sioux Leader to Thwart S.D. Abortion Ban
Posted on Mar 23, 2006
There is, it turns out, hope for legal abortion in South Dakota—courtesy of Cecilia Fire Thunder, president of the Oglala Sioux tribe of South Dakota. At the Pine Ridge Reservation, Sioux nation sovereignty means the new ban doesn’t apply, and Fire Thunder has plans to open a Planned Parenthood clinic on tribal land.
Today, Broadsheet salutes Cecilia Fire Thunder, first female president of the Oglala Sioux tribe of South Dakota and a longtime advocate of domestic violence prevention and other true family-friendliness. Here’s her response to her state’s abortion ban (which Tim Giago at Indianz.com called “a stupid law against women” created by “a state body made up mostly of white males”):
“To me, it is now a question of sovereignty,” she told Giago. “I will personally establish a Planned Parenthood clinic on my own land which is within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Reservation where the State of South Dakota has absolutely no jurisdiction.”