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Guess they wanted to beat every other state to the Supreme Court in hopes of getting their name out there.


South Dakota became the first U.S. state to pass a law banning abortion in virtually all cases, with the intention of forcing the Supreme Court to reconsider its 1973 decision legalizing the procedure.

The law, which would punish doctors who perform the operation with a five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine, awaits the signature of Republican Gov. Michael Rounds and people on both sides of the issue say he is unlikely to veto it.

Here's an idea, since South Dakota wants all these babies to be born let's send them all there and let those people take care of them from cradle to grave.

As I reported, South Dakota's House passed the bill last week and there are a few comments on abortion over at that entry as well.

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Posted by Digger on February 23, 2006 06:31 AM (Permalink)

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"wants all these babies to be born"

To some it's a question of morality: a fetus is genetically separate (i.e. it is not part of a woman's body) and will, if left alone, in the vast majority of cases, develop into and be born as a healthy human being.

"take care of them from cradle to grave"


Not every 'unwanted' child will be a welfare case. And many are wanted once they are born, and will be taken care of by their families, as usual.

Advice: These financial (?) arguments are ghastly. It is better just to cede the moral high ground to the anti-abortionists. Don't get involved in silly arguments about whether it's her body or not, whether or when a fetus is a person and so deserves legal protection, or about future possible costs to society (taxpayers). With this you will never win against their (IMO) much stronger moral argument. Treat abortion as a political and personal freedom issue -- also a private medical matter. As a society we do not want to enact laws against abortion, i.e. further infringe on personal freedom, and then have to face the enforcement issue, in all aspects.

This is the best tack, although far from perfect.

And abortion can still be morally condemned.

Posted by: eh on February 23, 2006 07:55 AM

During the senate inverviews of Bush's SCOTUS nominees, when asked how they would vote on abortion issues, each one said they would honor precedence set by the courts. I take that to mean that they would uphold Roe v Wade.

Of course, that's if you believe them. I personally believe that both nominees are sleeper right-wingers, but we'll have to see.

One thing's for sure, if Roe v Wade is overturned, you'll see this country tear itself apart.

Posted by: J.A.S.O.N. on February 23, 2006 09:15 AM

Look, fact of the matter is these lawmakers are not considering real tragedies. They're not considering what others are going through. They're sitting on some hill throwing down moral decisions and religious beliefs on others that may not have those same beliefs. This is America, not some theocracy where others tell you what to believe.

Rape and incest does happen. Maybe it hasn't happened to you or directly affected you, but that doesn't give you the right to tell someone it has happened to how they should handle or react to the situation.

Them going into a hospital and having an abortion HAS NO AFFECT on you personally. Your life isn't going to change. You're not all the sudden going to be at a loss. "Holier than thou" to the extreme.

The moral argument on this issue is moot since it assumes that others have the same religious beliefs as you do. What about those who don't have the same religious beliefs or don't have a moral objection to it? Does that make them wrong? For those playing the moral card, whatever happened to not judging others?

The financial issue is surely a concern and while you dismiss it out of hand, eh, if there's a 16-year-old poor girl who is raped or ends up with an unwanted pregnancy then you think she should have to have the baby and take care of it because you want her to. What happens when she later dumps it in a trash bin behind her school? Then she's a horrible person when it could have been stopped early in the pregnancy. Sentencing someone to unwanted parentage when they know they are either not mature enough or financially able too, is a crime unto itself.

As for adoption, there are simply not enough people willing to adopt all of the unwanted pregnancies every year.

If you're a pro-life person and you've come here let me just stop you now and ask how many kids you have adopted? If you have adopted 0 then your points hold no value. You're willing to tell others what to do, to judge them, but not willing to put in place an alternative by helping out yourself.

Posted by: Digger on February 23, 2006 07:53 PM

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