Saturday, February 25, 2006

South Dakota House Approves Abortion Ban Bill

Browsing through Yahoo news, I came upon this news flash:

---South Dakota lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions Friday, setting up a deliberate frontal assault on Roe v. Wade at a time when some activists see the U.S. Supreme Court as more willing than ever to overturn the 33-year-old decision.

Republican Gov. Mike Rounds said he was inclined to sign the bill, which would make it a crime for doctors to perform an abortion unless it was necessary to save the woman's life.

Many opponents and supporters of abortion rights believe the U.S. Supreme Court is more likely to overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion now that conservatives John Roberts and Samuel Alito are on the bench. Lawmakers said growing support among South Dakotans for abortion restrictions added momentum to the bill.

"I think the stars are aligned," said House Speaker Matthew Michels, a Republican. "Simply put, now is the time."

Planned Parenthood, which operates the only abortion clinic in South Dakota, has pledged to sue over the measure. About 800 abortions a year are performed in South Dakota...

Under the measure, doctors could get up to five years in prison for performing an illegal abortion. The House passed the bill 50-18 on Friday, and the Senate approved it 23-12 earlier this week. If signed, it would become law July 1.

Some advocates said an abortion ban would hurt poor women the most by forcing them to travel long distances to other states where the procedure is legal. ----

Read more about the bill here.

Well, this is an excellent step toward the overturning of Roe vs. Wade. For over 30 years, America has made the murdering of infants, legal. Hopefully, things will change for the better...

2 Comments:

  • Well, that is a big step towards outlawing abortion! That is very good news to hear.

    By Blogger Sara, at 10:20 PM  

  • *cheers*

    By Anonymous Aly, at 12:34 PM  

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