"But Jane, abortion is murder!" said my friend Gary. I don't disagree. Abortions are nasty things to be avoided at all costs. But what if a woman decides that she needs one? Who the hell are we to send her off to some back-street butcher? Are we God? Hardly.
Chief Fire Thunder is going to move Heaven and earth to get an abortion clinic for the women of her reservation, almost half of whom are living below the poverty line. The unemployment rate on the reservation is 85 percent and the life expectancy rate for the average woman, according journalist Rose Aguilar, is only 55 years.
All this talk about the South Dakota Sioux gave me an idea. Aren't Native American reservations considered to be sovereign nations? Ungoverned by state law? Isn't this how gaming and casinos are allowed on reservation land? Well, let's extend this concept a little further, "What if the Oglala Sioux Nation declared abortions to be legal too," I asked my friend MA.
What if the Oglala Sioux opened a POSH women's health clinic on reservation land? Then women from all over South Dakota -- and all over the world -- could come and be pampered and taken care of during this stressful time? NARAL and NOW could help fund it. It would bring sorely-needed jobs to The Rez. And women would be safe there from the back-street butchers whose assistants are the South Dakota state legislature and the Angel of Death.