A new poll released on Sunday shows that opposition to the abortion ban ballot initiative in South Dakota is leading, with 52 percent of registered voters saying they will vote ‘no’ on the initiative. Only 42 percent said they would vote in favor of the initiative, which would outlaw all abortions except to “prevent the death” of the woman, and 6 percent were undecided, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, the South Dakotan newspaper that commissioned the poll. The poll indicates that opposition to the ban is growing since a poll conducted in July, when opposition to the ban was at 47 percent.
Exactly a week remains until voters decide on the initiative. Anti-abortion groups have stepped up their use of inaccurate and misleading advertising in the hopes of gaining support for the ban. Even so, the recent Argus Leader poll shows that “voters are seeing through the campaign of misinformation and lies,” said Jan Nicolay, co-chair of the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families, according to the Washington Times.
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