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Transcript, April 14, 2006


No Right to Choose?

BRANCACCIO: Welcome to NOW.

The state of South Dakota a few weeks ago outlawed almost all abortions – even in those cases of rape or incest or when the mother’s health is at stake. The law hasn’t yet taken effect.

The law’s backers hope there will be a big legal fight going right up to the Supreme Court—an opportunity, they say, for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade.

Behind the headlines, there’s even more to this South Dakota story. As Senior Correspondent Maria Hinojosa and Producer William Brangham found out, this movement has an ambitious agenda -- targeting sex ed, contraception, and even what you should do -- and not do on a date.

HINOJOSA:
THE SIGN OUTSIDE SAYS 'ABORTION INFORMATION'... BUT THE ALPHA CENTER ISN'T AN ABORTION CLINIC...FAR FROM IT. IN FACT, THIS NON- DESCRIPT BUILDING IN THE HEART OF SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA IS ONE OF THE STRATEGIC OUTPOSTS FOR THE PUSH TO CRIMINALIZE ABORTION.

UNRUH:
I've traveled across the state of South Dakota. I've gone across America. And people don't want to have abortion any longer in this country.

HINOJOSA:
MEET LESLEE UNRUH...SHE FOUNDED THE ALPHA CENTER IN 1984 BUT MOST PEOPLE NOW KNOW HER AS ONE OF THE MOST POTENT PRO-LIFE ACTIVISTS IN THE STATE...

UNRUH IS THRILLED THAT SOUTH DAKOTA JUST PASSED THE MOST RESTRICTIVE BAN ON ABORTION IN THE COUNTRY. IT OUTLAWS ABORTION FOR EVERY WOMAN IN SOUTH DAKOTA, UNLESS SHE'S DYING. A DOCTOR CAUGHT PERFORMING ONE COULD GO TO PRISON FOR FIVE YEARS.

UNRUH HAD AN ABORTION HERSELF IN THE 1970'S. AND WHILE SOME MIGHT THINK THAT BANNING ABORTION IS AN ATTACK ON WOMEN'S FREEDOM, UNRUH SAYS SHE WANTS TO BAN ABORTION PRECISELY TO PROTECT WOMEN'S FREEDOM.

UNRUH:
This freedom, sexual freedom is costing women and their lives. Where's the sexual freedom? There is none. Because those of us who have suffered through the abortion, we're not gonna be silent anymore. We're gonna speak up and we're gonna tell the truth. Because abortion hurts women. Silent no more.

HINOJOSA:
UNRUH AND HER ALLIES WANT TO CONVINCE THE COUNTRY THAT ABORTION DEVASTATES THE WOMEN WHO HAVE THEM. AND TO HELP MAKE THEIR CASE, THEY'VE ENLISTED CARRIE.

CARRIE:
I had to come to grips with the fact that I murdered my own child... and I don't believe that there is a man or woman on earth that has the right to say that you can do that.

HINOJOSA:
CARRIE, WHO ASKED THAT WE NOT MENTION HER LAST NAME, IS A MARRIED MOTHER OF THREE WHO LIVES IN SOUTH DAKOTA. SHE SAYS SHE HAD AN ABORTION ELEVEN YEARS AGO.

AFTERWARDS, SHE SAYS HER LIFE WAS NEVER THE SAME. SHE WAS WRACKED WITH ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

CARRIE:
it created a lot of emotions for me. A lot of. more guilt. Things just never seemed to go right.

HINOJOSA:
BUT THEN CARRIE CAME TO UNRUH'S CLINIC. SHE'D HEARD THEY OFFERED A NEW KIND OF THERAPY CALLED "POST ABORTION COUNSELING."

THE ALPHA CENTER ALSO COUNSELS PREGNANT WOMEN... THEY'RE OFTEN SHOWN ULTRASOUND IMAGES OF THEIR PREGNANCIES. AS WELL AS THESE LITTLE MODELS OF FETAL DEVELOPMENT. THEY'RE NOT EXACTLY RIGHT, BUT THEY DO HAVE AN IMPACT.

MARTINEZ:
What you're seeing right here is 7 weeks, 8, 9 and 10 weeks. So I think it's very informative - They are usually very surprised to see yes their baby even at five weeks has a heart beat - But then to see the finger and toes are developed. It really - it really has an impact on them kind of understanding what's going on in their bodies. So it's definitely very powerful for them to see.

HINOJOSA:
CARRIE HAD SEVERAL COUNSELING SESSIONS AT THE ALPHA CENTER. SHE LEARNED THAT THE PROBLEMS SHE WAS HAVING IN HER LIFE COULD NOW BE ATTRIBUTED TO SOMETHING CONCRETE.

HINOJOSA:
What did you learn in the Alpha Center, about how to deal with the fact that you had had an abortion?

CARRIE:
I learned the feelings-- the emotions, the stress that I was-- that I had in my life. That it was actually-- or could be connected to the abortion that I had.

HINOJOSA:
Using the term "murder" is really serious. Where did that come from?

CARRIE:
Well-- I mean, taking a life is considered murder. It's killing. And because it's legal, I'm not sitting behind bars. Which-- sometimes I almost think I-- I should just take myself down to the jail. Because I did.

UNRUH:
I've been that woman. There is no freedom after an abortion. You carry an empty crib in your heart forever. There's no freedom.

HINOJOSA:
And so, when you hear people saying, "Someone like Leslie is trying to actually take away women's rights and taking away their freedoms--"

UNRUH:
I'm giving women freedom. We are giving back the women what they really want. This is true feminism.

HINOJOSA:
UNRUH'S CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN TO CONVINCE WOMEN THAT TRUE FREEDOM IS GIVING UP THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE.

AND CARRIE'S STORY IS POWERFUL EVIDENCE FOR HER CAUSE. CARRIE TESTIFIED BEFORE THE STATE LEGISLATURE DURING THE DEBATE ON THE RECENT ABORTION BAN. AND SHE WAS BROUGHT TO THE ALPHA CENTER TO BE INTERVIEWED BY US. CARRIE HAS BECOME A POSTER CHILD FOR WHAT UNRUH SAYS IS AN EPIDEMIC OF DEPRESSION AND TRAUMA CAUSED BY ABORTION.

UNRUH:
I would like to have people instead put in their mind a woman who has an abortion who can no longer live with what she does, and instead takes a gun to her head. That's the image she needs to be putting out there right now, because that's what's happening all over America.

HINOJOSA:
ABORTION-RELATED SUICIDES ALL OVER AMERICA? IS THAT TRUE? SOME PRO-LIFE GROUPS POINT TO STUDIES OF WOMEN IN NEW ZEALAND AND FINLAND TO BACK UP CLAIMS THAT WOMEN ARE HARMED BY ABORTION.

BUT THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION ISSUED THIS STATEMENT EARLIER THIS YEAR: "RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY OUR MEMBERS AND OTHERS HAS SHOWN THAT FOR MOST WOMEN, ABORTION IN AND OF ITSELF, IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH NEGATIVE MENTAL HEALTH CONSEQUENCES."

BUT STILL, WE WANTED TO TALK WITH SOME OTHER WOMEN IN SOUTH DAKOTA WHO'VE HAD ABORTIONS. TO SEE HOW THEY'VE HANDLED IT. BUT GETTING WOMEN TO TALK ABOUT THESE THINGS RIGHT NOW IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT.

WE WENT TO THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINIC IN SIOUX FALLS -- THE ONLY CLINIC IN THE ENTIRE STATE THAT PERFORMS ABORTIONS. THERE WERE ABOUT A DOZEN OR SO PATIENTS THAT DAY, BUT NO ONE WAS WILLING TO TALK WITH US. IN FACT, WE COULDN'T EVEN FILM IN THE WAITING ROOM UNTIL EVERYONE HAD LEFT.

THINGS HAVE GOTTEN SO TENSE IN SOUTH DAKOTA THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAS TO FLY IN A DOCTOR FROM MINNESOTA EVERY WEEK BECAUSE NOT A SINGLE DOCTOR FROM SOUTH DAKOTA WILL PERFORM ABORTIONS.. AND EVEN THAT DOCTOR DIDN'T WANT HER NAME OR FACE REVEALED.

SARAH STOEZ IS THE CEO OF THIS CLINIC AND OF SEVERAL OTHERS IN THE MIDWEST REGION. SHE SAYS THE WOMEN COMING TO HER CLINIC TODAY HAVE TO ENDURE MORE EXTERNAL PRESSURE THAN EVER BEFORE.

STOEZ:
There's been a lot of emphasis on the part of the right-to-lifers and what they call the traumatic aspects of abortion. It's more like "You will regret this the rest of your life. You will be at risk for depression and suicide. You will be offending Jesus, our lord and savior," that kind of thing.

HINOJOSA:
But would you say that having an abortion is something that's traumatic, difficult, emotionally challenging?

STOESZ:
For some women, yes. They struggle with the moral implications of this decision. For other women, it's not like that. There's a whole spectrum of moral thought and analysis that we all-- we all employ every day of our lives anyway.

HINOJOSA:
WE FINALLY DID MEET SOMEONE WHO AGREED TO SHARE HER STORY.

"JENNIFER":
Abortion is a huge decision. And that's something that I know people wrack their minds over. And throw their hearts into, and try to examine everything, and make sure that they really, really are making the right decision.

HINOJOSA:
SHE'S A TWENTY YEAR OLD COLLEGE STUDENT WHO SAYS SHE HAD AN ABORTION SIX YEARS AGO. SHE ASKED THAT WE CALL HER "JENNIFER" AND THAT WE NOT DESCRIBE CERTAIN DETAILS ABOUT HER LIFE THAT MIGHT REVEAL HER IDENTITY.

HINOJOSA:
Why is it that you don't wanna show your face when you talk about this?

"JENNIFER":
just to, uh, protect myself and my family from any retribution.

HINOJOSA:
JENNIFER WAS FOURTEEN WHEN SHE GOT PREGNANT. SHE SAYS SHE WAS DRINKING A LOT IN THOSE DAYS. DOING DRUGS.. SKIPPING SCHOOL. SHE THOUGHT SHE COULDN'T GET PREGNANT RIGHT AFTER SHE'D HAD HER PERIOD. SO THAT NIGHT, SHE DIDN'T USE A CONDOM.

WHEN SHE FOUND OUT SHE WAS PREGNANT, SHE SAYS SHE AGONIZED OVER WHAT TO DO. SHE WASN'T SURE AT FIRST THAT ABORTION IS WHAT SHE WANTED.

"JENNIFER":

I had been not taking care of myself. And I didn't feel that I would have a healthy baby, you know, to give up for adoption. I felt like, there'd be all sorts of problems with it. And I knew I couldn't keep the baby, cause I was 14.

HINOJOSA:
JENNIFER WENT TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD WITH HER MOM AND HER BOYFRIEND. SHE SAYS THERE WERE SOME DARK DAYS FOR HER AFTER THE ABORTION.

"JENNIFER":
At-- at the point where I had my abortion, you know, and you're really at the bottom, and you-- you don't expect to graduate from high school, you don't expect to go to college, you don't even really expect to be alive in a couple years.

HINOJOSA:
BUT THIS PERIOD WAS ALSO A TURNING POINT IN HER LIFE: AFTERWARDS, SHE STRAIGHTENED OUT. SHE GOT BACK INTO HER SCHOOLWORK. AND EVENTUALLY LANDED A SCHOLARSHIP FOR COLLEGE.

"JENNIFER":
I don't regret it. Because that choice factored into everything that's made me into the person that I am today.

HINOJOSA:
BUT AS WOMEN IN SOUTH DAKOTA WRESTLE OVER WHETHER ABORTION IS A HORRIBLE, TRAUMATIC EVENT, OR A CHOICE THAT'S VITAL FOR WOMEN TO HAVE... PRO-LIFE ACTIVISTS TOOK CHARGE AND PRESSED FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO STEP IN MAKE THE DECISION FOR THEM.

ACTIVISTS HAVE ALREADY SUCCEEDED IN PASSING SOME RESTRICTIONS ON ABORTION... BUT TO GET A TOTAL BAN, THEY TRIED SOMETHING NEW:

THEY SUCCESSFULLY PRESSED FOR AN OFFICIAL STATE TASK FORCE TO STUDY ABORTION. THE TASK FORCE WAS DOMINATED BY PRO LIFE MEMBERS. THE IDEA WAS TO WADE THROUGH THE SCIENCE AND COME UP WITH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NEW LAWS.

DR. MARIA BELL WAS THE VICE CHAIR OF THE TASK FORCE. SHE'S A GYNECOLOGICAL ONCOLOGIST FROM SIOUX FALLS. SHE WAS INITIALLY HESITANT TO JOIN THE PANEL BECAUSE SHE'S PRO-CHOICE AND WORRIED THAT IF HER STANCE BECAME PUBLIC, SHE COULD SUFFER REPERCUSSIONS. BUT SHE ALSO FELT HER SCIENTIFIC EXPERTISE WOULD BE AN ASSET TO THE PANEL AND SO SHE AGREED.

HINOJOSA:
So you had an understanding that this was a panel that was gonna really look at scientific research and analyze this.

DR. BELL:
Yes.

HINOJOSA:
Is that what happened?

DR. BELL:
No, not at all. Very early in the process vi-- it became very clear that looking at scien-- rigorous scientific evidence was not where we were gonna go.

HINOJOSA:
Give me an example.

DR. BELL:
The blatant disregard for scientific facts, government statistics. They went on and on in the report about the errors that occur at the CDC and vital statistics. Which is-- I mean that's the best in the world. Our CDC gets asked to go to every country in the world to-- to review vital statistics, and this committee disregards government statistics because it doesn't fit their agenda.

HINOJOSA:
THAT AGENDA, SAYS DR. BELL, WAS TO RUBBER STAMP PRO LIFE THEORIES ABOUT THE HARM THAT ABORTION CAUSES.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE TASK FORCE'S REPORT STATES THAT FETUSES MIGHT FEEL PAIN AS EARLY AS SEVEN WEEKS INTO A PREGNANCY -- THAT'S AROUND THE TIME WHEN MOST OF ABORTIONS OCCUR . BUT THE SCIENCE INDICATES THOSE NUMBERS ARE WAY OFF: STUDIES SAY A FETUS CAN'T FEEL PAIN UNTIL MUCH LATER -- 23 TO 30 WEEKS -- THAT'S ABOUT SIX TO SEVEN MONTHS INTO A PREGNANCY.

DR. BELL:
It was very clear from the beginning that the outcome was going to be very restrictive legislation or-- or recommendations for very restrictive legislation.

REP HUNT:
To say that we ignored all the scientific information in this report is just not correct.

HINOJOSA:
STATE REPRESENTATIVE ROGER HUNT, A REPUBLICAN, IS AN OUTSPOKEN FOE OF ABORTION. HE WAS ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF THAT TASK FORCE.

IN FACT, HE WAS THE AUTHOR OF THE ABORTION BAN THAT WAS JUST SIGNED INTO LAW LAST MONTH.

HINOJOSA:
When people outside of the State of South Dakota say what's happening in your state is extreme, too extreme, you say?

REP. HUNT:
I say it's not really extreme to protect the lives of millions of unborn children. In large part, that's been a major value of the United States of America for a very, very long time. And so, we have that value for life. We have always had that value for life here in South Dakota.

HINOJOSA:
THE ISSUE IS FRAMED AS PROTECTING LIFE, BUT THE BEDROCK ISSUE IS – WHO DECIDES? THE WOMAN WHO IS PREGNANT OR THE GOVERNMENT? AND THERE'S MORE... SHOULDN'T THOSE WHO SAY THEY HOLD LIFE PRECIOUS, DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF UNINTENDED PREGNANCIES?

STOEZ:
It is such a tragedy that we focus so much energy on arguing about abortion and so little energy on preventing the unintended pregnancy in the first place.

HINOJOSA:
SARAH STOESZ POINTS OUT THAT MOST ABORTIONS OCCUR BECAUSE OF UNINTENDED PREGNANCIES. SO IF YOUR GOAL IS TO REDUCE ABORTIONS, WHY NOT TRY TO REDUCE THOSE UNPLANNED PREGNANCIES. BY PROMOTING THINGS LIKE CONTRACEPTION. OR BETTER SEX EDUCATION. BUT STOESZ SAYS THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT REFUSES TO DO THAT.

STOESZ:
So, on one hand they want to outlaw abortion. And on the other hand, they want to suppress the distribution of birth control and they want to make even discussing it with teenagers in school illegal, for Pete's sake.

HINOJOSA:
IN FACT, LAST YEAR, REPRESENTATIVE HUNT COSPONSORED A BILL THAT WOULD MAKE IT A MISDEMEANOR TO DISTRIBUTE ANY BIRTH CONTROL ON PUBLIC SCHOOL PROPERTY. THAT BILL DIDN'T GET OUT OF COMMITTEE...

THEN... HE SPONSORED A BILL THAT WOULD CHANGE THE SEX ED CURRICULUM IN SOUTH DAKOTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO INCLUDE WHAT'S KNOWN AS 'ABSTINENCE ONLY' EDUCATION. THAT BILL ALSO DIDN'T GET OUT OF COMMITTEE.

ABSTINENCE ONLY EDUCATION IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOVEMENTS IN SEX ED IN THE COUNTRY TODAY. THE BASIC IDEA IS THAT INSTEAD OF TEACHING KIDS ABOUT SAFE SEXUAL PRACTICES, YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TAUGHT HOW TO ABSTAIN FROM SEX COMPLETELY UNTIL MARRIAGE.

THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS PUMPED HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO THESE PROGRAMS AROUND THE COUNTRY.

AND GUESS WHO'S ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S TOP ABSTINENCE-ONLY ACTIVISTS? LESLEE UNRUH. SHE ALSO RUNS 'THE ABSTINENCE CLEARINGHOUSE' – AN ORGANIZATION THAT PROMOTES ABSTINENCE PROGRAMS AROUND THE COUNTRY. AND THE WORLD.

HINOJOSA:
So do you believe that young women, in schools in South Dakota, should be taught about contraception?

UNRUH:
I don't think that kids have to be taught about how to-- load a gun-- if they're not gonna use a gun. I think that kids need to be taught and explained about how not to be involved in sexual activity. Contraceptive devices fail. And I think that that's what they need to know about.

HINOJOSA:
THIS IS ONE OF THE CENTRAL TEACHINGS OF THE ABSTINENCE ONLY MOVEMENT: IF YOU'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT CONTRACEPTION, IT'S ONLY TO HIGHLIGHT HOW IT FAILS.

REP. HUNT:
You cannot talk about sexual abstinence without talking about contraceptives and without talking about condoms because you gotta show how bad the condoms are in order to show how good the sexual abstinence is.

HINOJOSA:
BUT DOES ABSTINENCE-ONLY EDUCATION WORK? WELL THE SCIENCE IS LIMITED, IN ONE RECENT STUDY OF STUDENTS WHO TOOK 'VIRGINITY PLEDGES' RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT THE PLEDGES DID HELP KIDS DELAY THEIR FIRST SEXUAL INTERCOURSE BY ABOUT 18 MONTHS.

BUT THE REALITY IS, NEARLY 90% OF THOSE KIDS ENDED UP HAVING PRE-MARITAL SEX. AND WHEN THEY DID, THEY WERE A LOT LESS LIKELY TO USE CONTRACEPTION.

LAST FRIDAY NIGHT, YOUNG GIRLS FROM AROUND SOUTH DAKOTA CAME TO SIOUX FALLS FOR A SPRING BALL. THIS ONE IS CALLED "THE PURITY BALL" IT'S A YEARLY EVENT RUN BY LESLEE UNRUH'S ABSTINENCE CLEARINGHOUSE.

THE IDEA IS THAT THESE YOUNG WOMEN COME WITH THEIR FATHERS. TO CELEBRATE THEIR SEXUAL PURITY.

UNRUH:
We think that its imp for fathers to the be the first ones to look into their daughters eyes and To tell her that her purity is special, and its ok to wait until marriage.

HINOJOSA:
IT MIGHT HAVE ALL THE TRAPPINGS OF A REGULAR PROM... BUT THIS ONE ENDS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY.

GIRLS RECITING PLEDGE:
"I make a promise this day to God...

HINOJOSA:
THE YOUNG WOMEN HERE ALL MAKE A PROMISE TO THEIR FATHERS THAT THEY WONT' HAVE SEX UNTIL THE DAY THEY GET MARRIED.

GIRLS RECITING PLEDGE:
...to remain sexually pure...until the day I give myself as a wedding gift to my husband. ... I know that God requires this of me.. that he loves me. and that he will reward me for my faithfulness.

STOESZ:
According to their view of the world, if women just remained chaste, if they remain virgins until marriage and then if they had sex only with their husbands and they did so only when they wanted to have children, they wouldn't have this problem to begin with. So, it's their fault. Abstinence is the answer in their view.

HINOJOSA:
Is that realistic?
STOESZ:
Of course it’s not realistic. And so, you know, you could call us the clinic for abstinence failure I suppose, because abstinence failure happens constantly. We know that. We’re human beings. We understand. Sexuality is a part of being human.

HINOJOSA:
DR. MARIA BELL SAYS THEY'RE MISSING OUT ON A FUNDAMENTAL FACT:

DR. BELL
When 50 percent of high school seniors in South Dakota are sexually active, how can you discount that? I applaud what Leslee's doing. I think she's very passionate about her message. And I think the message is half right. I think abstinence is really a key component to comprehensive sex ed. But you need to tell the kids the rest of the story.

HINOJOSA:
DR BELL SAYS THE GREAT PARADOX IS THAT THE SAME PEOPLE WHO'RE SO COMMITTED TO STOPPING ABORTION MIGHT ALSO BE PROMOTING SOMETHING THAT COULD ULTIMATELY CAUSE MORE UNWANTED PREGNANCIES.

HINOJOSA:
So your-- your ultimate goal is what? Is to-- reduce the number of abortions? Or get rid of all abortions?

UNRUH:
I think there should be no abortions in my state.

HINOJOSA:
So to get to that point, you want to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

UNRUH:
Yes.

HINOJOSA:
And people might say, "Well, the way you prevent unwanted pregnancies is through contraception."

UNRUH:
No. It's wrong. We don't need, we don't have a shortage of condoms in this country. We should not be worshipping condoms. Let's start just telling the truth.

HINOJOSA:
But when some people say that truth might be, Leslee, that by limiting the information, by limiting access to contraception, that you may-- you may unintentionally be contributing to more unwanted pregnancies--

UNRUH:
No. I think it's-- by "limiting" is all spin. Let's quit making people think that everybody can go out there and just as long as they have a condom, they're safe. They're not safe emotionally. They're not safe physically. Let's just start telling the truth.

HINOJOSA:
SO HERE'S WHERE WE ARE NOW: SOUTH DAKOTA'S RECENTLY PASSED BAN ON ABORTION HASN'T GONE INTO EFFECT YET: MANY ARGUE ITS GOING TO GET CHALLENGED IN COURT.

BUT THE PRO CHOICE MOVEMENT IN SOUTH DAKOTA ISN'T GOING TO WAIT FOR THE COURTS: THE WANT THE PEOPLE TO OVERTURN THE LAW

THREE WEEKS AGO, A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF PRO-CHOICE CITIZENS AND LAWMAKERS BEGAN COLLECTING SIGNATURES FOR A REFERENDUM ON THE ABORTION BAN. THEY THINK THE VOTERS OF SOUTH DAKOTA WILL VOTE AGAINST THE BAN.

REP. ELAINE ROBERTS: at press conference
Possible the legislature doesn't reflect South Dakota people....

BUT THOSE WHO ARE IN FAVOR OF THE ABORTION BAN ARE CONFIDENT THAT THEY'LL WIN THAT VOTE. AND WHAT'S MORE: THEY'RE THRILLED TO SEE OTHER LEGISLATURES FOLLOWING THEIR LEAD.

TEN OTHER STATES ARE CURRENTLY CONSIDERING LEGISLATION SIMILAR TO WHAT SOUTH DAKOTA HAS DONE.

TO LESLEE UNRUH, WHAT'S HAPPENING IN HER STATE IS JUST THE BEGINNING.

UNRUH:
We're winning. I don't plan on looking back. Lotsa plans. And we're gonna get there. And I'm gonna help the other states also get there.



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