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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, February 23, 2006

South Dakota Abortion Ban

Well, that certainly didn't take long, add a few new conservatives to the Supreme Court and abortion laws start changing fast.  The New York Times reports that the South Dakota senate has passed a law that will outline most abortions in the state - no exceptions for rape, incest or for the health of the woman.  The Times states,

After more than an hour of fierce and emotional debate, the senators rejected pleas to add exceptions for incest or rape or for the health of the pregnant woman and instead voted, 23 to 12, to outlaw all abortions, except those to save the woman's life. . . . .

To be enacted, the bill, the most sweeping ban approved in any state in more than a decade, requires the signature of Gov. Mike Rounds, a Republican, who opposes abortion.

After overwhelmingly approving the measure this month, the House, too, has to vote on it again because the Senate slightly reworded it, although the intent of the bill was unchanged and the vote there seems unlikely to shift.

Mr. Rounds has said he will not comment on whether he will sign the measure until it reaches his desk. It is likely to arrive there by next week. He has 15 days to make a decision.

For more on the South Dakota decision, see an interesting post on the Ezra Klein blog, including links to other discussions of this action.  I find this very troubling and hope that people recognize as Ezra's blog points out that this will not be the end abortions.[bm]

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