Monday, April 28, 2008

South Dakota v. Roe

Like deja vu all over again, here comes another South Dakota initiative to ban abortion. Come fall, South Dakota voters will once again be asked to vote in favor of a bill that would make abortion illegal in their state. This new ban will be slightly different from the old proposed ban that barely failed two years ago:
This time the ban includes some exceptions for rape, incest, or the life and health of the mother. Some South Dakotans said the absence of such exceptions led them to vote against the 2006 proposal, which lost by 56 percent to 44 percent.
As Bean at Lawyers, Guns and Money notes, its elections season, so "Let the paternalism begin."

UPDATE: Cara of Curvature points out that this bill has lost the support of some anti-abortion activists due to these exceptions, referring to the Wall Street Journal's report that the "...modifications have cost... support from South Dakota Right to Life, which has said it can't support the initiative because it doesn't ban abortions in all cases." The WSJ article also provides us with this disturbing chart:

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