Monday, January 23, 2006

South Dakota: Criminalizing Abortion

Well, that's what they're trying to do, at least.

South Dakota has legislation on the table that would ban abortion, and make it a crime.

The bill's ironic title?
The Women's Health and Life Protection Act

It will ban abortion, but won't prosecute doctors who perform them to save a woman's life.
How thoughtful.

And the lawmaker who's introducing the bill [Rep Roger Hunt] says he thinks now is the right time to try and overturn Roe vs Wade.
Sunday, Hunt and other anti-abortion advocates held an event promoting their legislation. They say now is the time to pass it, because other states are considering similar bills and because with new Chief Justice John Roberts, and possibly Samuel Alito, the US Supreme Court is changing.

Hunt says, "Two very solid, we feel, pro-life candidates. Again you never know but based on their testimony to the senate we feel they're good candidates."

Hunt says he thinks enough other lawmakers support the bill for it to pass, but he still thinks the decision will be a close one.

Sad thing is?
He's probably right about Roberts and Alito and the future of Roe....

And this isn't the only anti-choice rhetoric he's spewing in the form of suggested legislation, either:
Hunt will also introduce two other bills this week. One is meant to ensure doctors explain the risks of an abortion to a woman is writing. The other deals with sex education and says school districts need to include principles in their curriculums dealing with abstinence and personal responsibilities.

Because, obviously, telling kids to "just say no" to sex, and not telling them how to be safe if they have it and prevent these pregnancies that they can't abort anyway is really the logical solution. Ugh.

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