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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

SD Legislature Votes to Ban Abortion, Even in Cases of Rape or Incest

The South Dakota House and Senate has voted to ban abortion in virtually all cases, even rape or incest. That's right. Amendments to create exceptions in cases or rape or incest, or to protect the health of the mother were voted down. If a young girl is raped by her father, she will be forced to have his baby. This isn't about life; this is about the repression and subjugation of women.

Doctors who still perform the operation will be slapped with a five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine. Republican Governor Michael Rounds is expected to sign the bill:
"We hope (Rounds) recognizes this for what it is: a political tool and not about the health and safety of the women of South Dakota," said Kate Looby of Planned Parenthood, which operates the sole clinic providing abortions in South Dakota.

"If he chooses to sign it, we will be filing a lawsuit in short order to block it," she said after attending the afternoon debate at the state capitol in Pierre.

Proponents have said the law was designed for just such a court challenge.

The timing is right, supporters say, given the recent appointments of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the high court. The two conservatives could pave the way to a decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling said women have a constitutional right to abortion.
Planned Parenthood, the only abortion provider in the entire state of South Dakota, plans to fight the ban in what is sure to be a costly, lengthy battle. An anonymous donor has offered $1 million to the state to pay for legal fees.

South Dakota already has some of the tightest restrictions on abortion in the country:

*Like several other states, South Dakota has a mandatory delay law requiring a woman to wait 24 hours before she can get an abortion.
*In March, South Dakota enacted restrictions that force doctors to read to women seeking abortions state-scripted information that is medically inaccurate and infused with ideology. The law also requires women to sign the scripts to certify that they understand them. Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) is currently challenging the law in court.
*The law in South Dakota also requires minors to notify a parent before getting an abortion.
*And earlier this year the state passed a "trigger bill," that will immediately ban all abortions, except to save the life of the woman, if Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, is ever overturned.


At 2/23/2006 6:22 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

These "unwanted/problem childeren" are a real drag. Here's a pro-abortion advocate that has a final solution to the problem....


At 2/24/2006 8:07 AM, Blogger Crimson_Willow said...

Why should the child be punished for something that they didn't do? Is it right to murder someone after someone ELSE rapes you? No. Give the kid up for adoption. People who abort babies are selfish, no matter how they got pregnant.

At 2/24/2006 9:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not for you to decide. If it happens to you, by all means, give it up for adoption. Control your own body and leave mine alone.

At 2/25/2006 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

crimson_willow, you've obviously never gotten pregnant through rape before, so until it happens (and i sincerely hope it doesn't), you have no right to judge people who abort in such circumstances or any other for that matter! however a woman gets pregnant she alone must have the final say on her life.

At 2/26/2006 1:08 PM, Blogger Crimson_Willow said...

That's where you are wrong. From the time I was 2 to 13 I was raped by my older cousin. He stopped because I got pregnant. I was forced to have an abortion by my family, and will never forgive them for the murder of an innocent child. Women who use the cry "It's my body, so let me do what I want with it." are obviously forgetting about the tiny body growing inside of them. What gives them the right to decide to end that body's life? That isn't their body; it's the baby's body. The women should have the final say on their own bodies, but not on that baby's body. I fully believe that women who want to murder their children should be tied down and smacked around for as long as it takes for some sense to be knocked into them. Any other murder excuses?

At 2/26/2006 1:34 PM, Anonymous prochoice mom said...

Crimson, I'm sorry for both of your experiences. I respectfully disagree with your argument. You have no right to tell me what to do with my body. Crimson, are you in favor of birth control? sex education? Are you working to decrease unwanted pregnancy rates? Or do you believe there is no such thing as an unwanted pregnancy? Did you vote for Bush? Do you support the Iraq war? How can you justify the killing of thousands of innocent children in war? How can you justify cutting programs that feed and house poor children for tax cuts? You "pro-lifers" claim to care about the fetus, but once it becomes a baby, it's on its own. If you've chosen to turn your words into action by adopting, then more power to you. But you have absolutely no right to invade my privacy by telling me what to do with my body.

At 2/27/2006 5:34 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

Wow, Crimson. What a story. Usually on this blog it's this story you're telling right here that is used to slam the door on any arguement from pro-lifers.

I really admire your guts and respect for life.


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