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LETTER: HB1162 offensive to women of all backgrounds

To the Editor:

Legislators in Pierre are again not focusing on the real issues facing South Dakota, but focusing on lowering the quality of women's health care in the state. This time, they're doing it under the guise of banning so-called "sex-selective abortions." Even though they can't point to a single instance of a sex-selective abortion occurring in South Dakota, supporters say this ban is necessary because of South Dakota's growing immigrant communities.

Give me a break. House Bill 1162 is offensive to women of all backgrounds. Through listening to various testimonies from supporters of the bill, it is a direct insult to Asian American women. Both representatives Stace Nelson, R-Fulton, and Don Haggar, R-Sioux Falls, made comments enforcing an age-old stereotype that the Asian population doesn't value girls, and how South Dakota is becoming more diverse so we need to let these cultures know South Dakotans value "life."

Well, it is not OK for legislators in Pierre to blatantly use their racist views to enforce laws onto a woman's body. It is just another excuse to put the government between a woman and her doctor. We need to stand up to supporters of HB 1162, and let it be known that we are not going to let the stereotypical, misogynistic views of a few speak for the majority.