Monday, January 29, 2007
South Dakota Redux?
From the Associated Press tonight:
Abortion opponents, hoping to get around voters' objections to a previous measure, announced a bill Monday that would ban the procedure in the state except in limited instances. . . .
State lawmakers approved a bill last year that would have permitted abortions only when women's lives were in danger, but a petition campaign put the issue on the ballot. Voters rejected the proposal in November by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent.
The latest legislation is designed to appeal to voters who oppose abortion but feel there should be exceptions in cases of rape, incest and serious endangerment of a woman's health. Last year's measure did not contain those exclusions.
Read S.D. Lawmakers Prepare Abortion Measure
I'm curious whether anyone thinks the Supreme Court is at all interested in re-considering Roe anytime soon. In other words, does anyone really think that South Dakota's strategy - which is presumably to create a test case to overturn Roe - will work? Won't this law, if passed, just get struck down by the district court and appellate court, and cert. denied?
Posted by: Jessie Hill | Jan 30, 2007 10:57:48 AM
This proposed law just highlights the continuing hypocrisy of the anti-choice political movement. These people do not want to save babies, they want to punish women. By opposing abortion but allowing the procedure if the pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, this legislation says that abortion will be allowed if the women is "innocent" in the procreative act. If she is morally culpable in the procreative act, she will be punished with the unwanted pregnancy. Are unborn children conceived through violent or illegal acts some kind of "Demon Seed" not worthy of equal treatment or consideration as other unborn children? At least the Catholic Church -- as its doctrine is proclaimed by the Pope -- is consistent in its abortion position.
Keep blogging, Prof. Borgmann, and revealing the hypocricy and moral bankruptcy of the anti-choice political movement in this country.
Posted by: John D. Lovi | Jan 30, 2007 8:14:28 AM