Voters in South Dakota have defeated a draconian ban on abortions, which would have outlawed the procedure in every instance, except to save the life of the mother.

This contest was an important battleground for the grass-roots far-right forces in their quest to overturn Roe v Wade.

It was also an important test of pro-choice strategy; could democracy–something reproductive rights organizations have often been afraid of–be a better guardian of our rights than the legislature or the courts?

In this case, it proved to be.