February 19, 2004

South Dakota House Passes Bill Criminalizing Abortions -- 02/11/2004

It has to get through the Senate and the Governor's -- but both of them are likely to pass it. Then the more formidable judicial challenges begin.

Following an emotional debate, the South Dakota House has passed a bill saying that life begins at conception -- something that would outlaw abortions in the state.

Tuesday's vote in favor of House Bill 1191 wasn't even close. It passed 54-14.

Backers said the bill is intended to prod the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortions nationwide.

To quote Summer: "Is that good news or WHAT?!?!?! *jumpsuprunsaroundhousescreamingandshoutingandsingingwavingarmsintheair*"

Posted by Tim at February 19, 2004 08:41 PM | TrackBack

Won't the Supremes just strike it down?

Posted by: Pixy Misa at February 20, 2004 02:45 AM

Um, I don't know too much about the appeals system. I imagine it would make it that far, since the issue's so polarizing. But Roe v. Wade is, in addition to being immoral and an unConstitutional federalization of state prerogative, completely fabricated by ideologically-driven justices, and deserves to be struck down for any of those reasons.

Posted by: Tim at February 20, 2004 05:43 PM

*sheepish grin*

Posted by: Summer at February 22, 2004 02:23 PM

Roe vs Wade is here to stay I think. As long as anti-abortion extremists keep acting like terrorists and whacko's, the court doesn't dare take their side. Besides, depending on who's poll you look at, pro-life/pro-choice is still very much on the balance. Neither side has an overwhelming majority.

Nothing to stop someone from going to the state next door either. Or you'll see a return to dangerous and amatuer back-room abortions.

Posted by: Ted at February 23, 2004 07:56 AM

The pro-life side appears to be gaining ground, at least in the US. Today's young people are more pro-life than young people were even ten years ago.

Posted by: David T. Koyzis at February 27, 2004 06:49 AM
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