Skip to comments.South Dakota may get stricter abortion law
Posted on 03/12/2005 8:11:11 AM PST by rhema
Once a week, women with unwanted pregnancies file through the fortified doors of a clinic here that is the only place in the state where they can choose to have an abortion.
Before they arrive, most comply with South Dakota law by calling a recorded message from a physician telling them that the procedure rarely causes medical complications.
But the clinic's doctors, all of whom fly in from the Twin Cities, soon may be forced to read a new script from the state.
They would be required to tell women in person that abortion terminates the life of a "whole, separate, unique, living human being." They would have to say the procedure can lead to depression and suicide, and give women a list of adoption agencies -- all less than two hours before their appointments.
"We just want women to know all the circumstances," said Roger Hunt, the GOP legislator who proposed the steps in a bill that just won easy passage in the South Dakota Legislature but still needs the approval of Republican Gov. Mike Rounds. "What's wrong with giving them more information?"
Hunt's legislation, which would give South Dakota one of the nation's most restrictive abortion consent laws, is a sign of how abortion opponents across the country are shifting tactics as they wait and hope for a different Supreme Court to reconsider Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 ruling legalizing abortion.
In Minnesota, legislators are considering a bill called "The Positive Alternatives Act" that would give $5 million to women's health groups that discourage abortion. The measure, which was introduced with bipartisan support and has the backing of Gov. Tim Pawlenty, would not allow clinics that present abortion as an option to receive any of the money. . .
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This tends to confirm what I said on the Condi Rice thread yesterday. Perhaps the main reason why Tom Daschle got thrown out, in spite of his seniority and his long history of bringing back pork to his state, was the displeasure of his constituents at his stance on the social issues, in particular his stonewalling on the appointment of pro-life judges.
Evidently the legislators in South Dakota understand that abortion is turning into a losing issue, and that preserving life is a winning issue.
Too bad Condi doesn't understand that. Nor, I presume, does Karl Rove understand it, since it's inconceivable that she would have spoken out on possibly running for president without administration approval.
The Democrats are killing themselves with their stubborn adherance to Roe v. Wade, and sooner or later the dam will break. Later, of course, if the Republicans fail to understand this issue, because if they run a "pro-choice" candidate hillary is almost certain to win.
A great reason for Congressional term limits you have there. Many uninformed voters just vote for the person in there because of name recognition, and things really haven't changed that much, they think. So the rats continue to hold seats. There will be rats getting elected, but term limits would make our congress more representative of the people. The longer the critters stay in Washington the more out of touch they get.
>>>>>Before they arrive, most comply with South Dakota law by calling a recorded message from a physician telling them that the procedure rarely causes medical complications. <<<
I suppose the recording doesnt tell them they will suffer from mental complications for the rest of their lives.
IOW, informed consent.
About freaking time.
this little piece of appeasement is nothing but a joke. Governor Mike Rounds(R) ran in this state promising a anti- abortion bill .. and this is what we get? last year we had a true anti-abortion bill that made it through both houses.... it went to his desk and there it sat - for weeks. i called every day and urged him to sign it. one day before the end of legist session he sends it BACK to the senate - saying they must correct some loopholes. they scrambled and DID as he asked and it passed.. but someone in the house changed their vote and it failed. Rounds never said a word to encourage votes on it... and he got out of signing (or vetoing). how convienient
so this year they pass the same bill and he signs it... only it says this Law will only take effect when Roe vs Wade is reversed. so BIG FAT DEAL
Rounds won't get my vote again.
between this and his socialist SD Certified Beef Program - he is nothing but a RINO in the worst way.
Thanks for the post. Things like this are one of the main reasons that we are planning a move back to Sioux Falls within a year. This kind of legislation will make SD the safest place to be an unborn baby in America. I can hardly wait until Roe vs. Wade is overturned, and the last abortion mill in SD shuts its slaughter-house doors forever. Yay for Mr. Hunt! I hope Gov. Rounds signs this into law. And, just because I love him so, yay Thuney-Baby too!
Way cool. Evidently, they can't get anyone in South Dakota to do the dirty work.