I was going to post something about how the abortion bills, even the extreme ones, are sailing through the South Dakota Legislature. Instead, I decided to focus on what’s passed through my mind with virtually every picture I see associated with that legislation.
I do not know and have never met Kate Looby, the state director for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota. I do know, though, that I have gained the utmost admiration for her.
I don’t think any of us can really grasp how difficult it must be to spend days in Pierre fighting what must seem to be a never-ending uphill battle. To add icing to the cake, your position as a lobbyist and spokesperson makes you the face of an organization that is attacked with frequency and rancor. It is easy to stand up and advocate positions in front of a receptive audience (and you can even smirk about it like Rob Regier seemed to be doing in the photo in this morning’s Argus). It takes real fortitude to stand up for your ideals and publicly advance an unpopular position day in and day out.
So, when it comes to a list of heroes, Kate Looby is near the top of mine.