This, of course, relies on the fantasy that we actually have that money just sitting there in some vault in the state treasury marked “Supreme Court Abortion Fight Funding.” A big pile o’ dough waiting to be used in a court case that will likely cost our state several million dollars, and will divide not just our state, but the whole country. Oh, and is fairly unlikely to succeed anyhow.
Of course, we don’t have that money sitting around. That money will be coming out of our South Dakota pockets should Initiated Measure 11 pass. Where will Roger Hunt’s anonymous donor be then?
Without further ado, the list:
1. Comprehensive Sex Education in our schools to lower the numbers of teenage parents, not to mention the numbers of teens contracting STIs.
2. After school programs to keep kids off the streets and out of trouble, including the trouble that might come from sexual activity.
3. Increased funding for music, art, and P.E. programs in schools to keep our kids healthy in their bodies, minds, and spirits.
4. Boosting funding for Social Services that help parents collect child support and help stop child abuse and neglect.
5. Helping farmers markets get EBT card readers, so families on food stamps can get fresh local foods and benefit their local economy in the process.
6. TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and emergency food shelf assistance.
7. Providing PAID maternity leave for working women.
8. Providing PAID paternity/partner leave to allow those spouses and partners to offer support.
9. Funding parenting and basic home-keeping skills classes to young parents.
10. Funding a living wage in South Dakota that will allow our young people and families to stay in the state.
Sigh. But it’s only a fantasy, of course. The reality is that this measure, if it passes, will be illegal and will spark a Supreme Court challenge, just as its makers intended.
Paying lawyers is soooo much more important than actually helping young people in our state, don’t you think?