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South Dakota Passes Abortion Ban
February 23, 2006, 7:46 pm
Filed under: News

Normally I would really prefer to steer clear of hot button issues, but this wasn’t something I could keep my mouth shut about.  From this article at Yahoo! News:

South Dakota became the first U.S. state to pass a law banning abortion in virtually all cases, with the intention of forcing the Supreme Court to reconsider its 1973 decision legalizing the procedure.

The law, which would punish doctors who perform the operation with a five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine, awaits the signature of Republican Gov. Michael Rounds and people on both sides of the issue say he is unlikely to veto it.
The South Dakota law concludes that life begins at conception based on medical advances over the past three decades.  

Proposed amendments to the law to create exceptions to specifically protect the health of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest, were voted down. Also defeated was an amendment to put the proposal in the hands of voters.

The bill as written does make an exception if the fetus dies during a doctor’s attempt to save the mother’s life.

I find this ridiculous to an incredible extent.  Under this law, abortion would be illegal even if the mother’s life was in danger.  South Dakota apparently has so much respect for life that everybody has to die.

The thing I think most politicians and pro-life advocates forget is this: Even if it is outlawed, abortion will still occur – only the safety of the procedure will decrease.  Remember before abortion was legal, when women in “tight spots” were forced to pay exhorbitant amounts of money to be mangled with a coat hanger and had to deal with sickness and infection afterwards? (Remember that scene from Dirty Dancing?)  It might not get that bad, but you can guarantee that there will be consequences.

And what about the unwanted children that will be born if this law is passed?  According to the Administration for Children & Families, 523,000 children were in foster care as of August 2003 (latest data available); 30% of those children were aged 11 to 15.  Those whose goal was adoption accounted for 20% of that number, or 103,460 kids.  Another 43,250 (8%) were expected to remain in foster care long-term.  While 281,000 children exited foster care in 2003, 297,000 entered it. 119,000 children were approved, and waiting, for adoption; those children, on average, had spent over three years in continuous foster care.

For more statistics on adoption, foster care, and child neglect, please visit this site.

Let’s hope Rounds vetos the bill, for everyone’s sake.


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