[Marxism] Giago: Oglala Sioux President on South Dakota Abortion Law

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Thu Mar 23 23:28:48 MST 2006

Does anyone know how to contact Cecilia Fire Thunder quoted below?   
Better yet, anyone here who is acquainted with her and can interview  
her for MRZine?  If yes, please email me at yoshie at monthlyreview.org.

<blockquote>Giago: Oglala Sioux president on state abortion law

"When Governor Mike Rounds signed HB 1215 into law it effectively  
banned all abortions in the state with the exception that it did  
allow saving the mother’s life. There were, however, no exceptions  
for victims of rape or incest. His actions, and the comments of State  
Senators like Bill Napoli of Rapid City, SD, set of a maelstrom of  
protests within the state.

Napoli suggested that if it was a case of “simple rape,” there should  
be no thoughts of ending a pregnancy. Letters by the hundreds  
appeared in local newspapers, mostly written by women, challenging  
Napoli’s description of rape as “simple.” He has yet to explain  
satisfactorily what he meant by “simple rape.”

The President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge  
Reservation, Cecilia Fire Thunder, was incensed. A former nurse and  
healthcare giver she was very angry that a state body made up mostly  
of white males, would make such a stupid law against women.

“To me, it is now a question of sovereignty,” she said to me last  
week. “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.”

Strong words from a very strong lady. I hope Ms. Fire Thunder  
challenges Gov. Rounds and the state legislators on this law that is  
an affront to all independent women."</blockquote>

Yoshie Furuhashi

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