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February 28, 2006
What the heck?
South Dakota's Legislature completed action Friday on a bill making abortion a felony unless it is the only way to save the mother's life. Doctors could get five years in prison, though in a lingering concession to political pragmatism, the woman involved would not be penalized at least for now.

Ummm...didn't I ask y'all to keep an eye on the wingnuts while I was gone?

In a replay of the 2004 session, the South Dakota Legislature has taken it upon itself to challenge federal law on the legality of abortion. The bill allows for no exceptions for rape or health of the mother.

The level of contempt for women inherent in this law just staggers the mind.

Its members have also decided that rapists should be allowed parental rights to the children conceived during the crime.

Got that? If you get raped in South Dakota, not only does the law require that you live with any pregnancy that results, but you'll be forced to allow the rapist into your life forever.

And pregnancies will result, there's no doubt about it, since the same group of lunatics is also pondering banning contraception.

It gives the lie to the lame excuse that these folks are "pro-life." Being "pro-life" means caring about the living. Even if those living are women.

This does not seem to be the will of the people of South Dakota. Which means it's another attack on women from the Radical Right.

What's next? Forced marriages?

I'm sorry to have to say this, but you guys didn't do much of a job keeping the lunatic fringe under control during my (brief) absence (not to Amsterdam).

Posted by AnneZook at 09:06 AM


I'll admit, I missed the parental rights thing. Ugh.

Is it time to declare a South Dakota Boycott?

Posted by: Ahistoricality at February 28, 2006 12:42 PM

Some kind of protest storm, certainly. We can't decide not to get involved because it isn't our state.

This is just a ploy by the Rightwing to force the issue to the Supreme Court but even if it gets struck down when it gets there, there are thousands of women whose rights are going to have been trampled into the muck in the meantime.

Posted by: Anne at March 1, 2006 08:23 PM

I suppose we ought to go looking for South Dakota bloggers and see if we can brainstorm some ways to put appropriate pressure.

Posted by: Ahistoricality at March 1, 2006 09:02 PM

Actually, I'm going surfing for South Dakota bloggers tonight. And Mississippi and Missouri and Utah and Minnestota bloggers.

Posted by: Anne at March 2, 2006 09:56 PM