South Dakota has made abortion illegal, but it has no legal jurisdiction over the Oglala Sioux Pine Ridge reservation. So, the president of the tribal council there, Cecilia Fire Thunder, says she will build a Planned Parenthood clinic on the reservation.
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.”
The tribe is not swimming in money, so supporters of Fire Thunder’s project are asked to contribute funds. Contact details are here.