The South Dakota House has passed a bill that would nearly ban all abortions in the state, ushering the issue to the state Senate.
Supporters are pushing the measure in hopes of drawing a legal challenge that will cause the US Supreme Court to reverse its 1973 decision legalizing abortion.
The bill banning all abortions in South Dakota was passed 47-to-22 in the House.
Amendments aimed at carving out exemptions for rape, incest and the health of women were rejected.
The bill does contain a loophole that allows abortions if women are in danger of dying. Doctors who do those abortions could not be prosecuted.
That’s right. Not only do 47 House members in South Dakota feel abortion should be illegal, but they also think it’s not right for a women to terminate her pregnancy if she has been raped. Also, they’re okay with a girl being raped by her father and forced to carry that child for 9 months. And last, but certainly not least, even if a pregnancy is wrecking a woman’s health she can only be at death’s door before she has the right to end her suffering.
Now, of course this hasn’t been made a law yet, but I do expect more state legislators to do this…especially given the buzz on Alito’s legal stance on abortion and women’s rights. And yes, that’s all speculation at this point, but the right-wing is going to try and make abortion illegal and these are the first steps.
Are you ready?