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Friday, February 24, 2006

SD Passes Abortion Ban, Even in Cases of Rape or Incest

Under this "pro-life" law, a girl who is raped by her father will be forced to have his baby.

Here's a statement from the National Organization for Women's President Kim Gandy:
In passing a law today that bans all abortions except when the life of the woman is at stake, South Dakota legislators gave right-wing zealots what they have been waiting for since the 1992 Casey decision: another shot at Roe v. Wade. That landmark decision recognized a woman's fundamental right to privacy in deciding whether to continue her pregnancy.

By a vote of 50-18 in the House and 23-12 in the Senate, state lawmakers virtually assured a legal battle that will reach the Supreme Court. And given the current breakdown of the High Court, whose two newest justices have a history of opposition to women's rights, the outcome could well be a reversal of Roe.

Every Senator who did not filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Sam Alito to replace Sandra Day O'Connor will share responsibility for what follows.
Nineteen Democratic Senators failed to support the filibuster: Akaka (HI), Baucus (MT), Bingaman (NM), Byrd (WV), Cantwell (WA), Carper (DE), Conrad (ND), Dorgan (ND), Inouye (HI), Johnson (SD), Kohl (WI), Landrieu (LA), Lieberman (CT), Lincoln (AR), Nelson (FL), Nelson (NE), Pryor (AR), Rockefeller (WV), Salazar (CO)


At 2/24/2006 7:55 PM, Anonymous isabella said...

I won't say this exposes the Republicans for what they are because some Dems voted for this sick bill, but it does expose a large faction of the "pro-life" crowd for what they are. This will not fly with the majority of the American public. If these "pro-lifers" are raped and want to have the baby, fine, but don't impose your twisted beliefs on me.

At 2/25/2006 10:39 PM, Anonymous truthseeker said...

SD just legalized coat hanger abortions. ok, i'm done.


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