Breaking: South Dakota shelves bill that would have allowed murder of abortion providers

It seems that pesky ole South Dakota law that would have legalized the murder of abortion providers– and pregnant women- has been taken off the table.

From the NY Times:

The House speaker, Val Rausch, said that the legislation had been shelved, pending a decision on whether to allow a vote, amend the language or drop it entirely. A spokesman for Gov. Dennis Daugaard said, “Clearly the bill as it’s currently written is a very bad idea.”

Um, ya think?

I’m glad to see the world has not gone COMPLETELY CRAZY.

Not that our abortion providers are anything near safe. (When are anti-abortion terrorists going to get the memo that their shameful ploys don’t work?)

And unfortunately, there are still a host of legislative threats to reproductive health that I’m afraid won’t die quite so easily.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted February 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    So, uh, any comment on the TITLE of the NYT article that you cited?: “South Dakota Shelves Bill Aimed at Defending Unborn” (emphasis mine)

    I’d make the argument that the title means that the world HAS gone completely ‘crazy’.
    (though, of course, that word implies a certain amount of able-bodied/minded privilege and is pretty problematic…)

  2. Posted February 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    There was really no way this bill could stand. If someone does not break a law, there is no defense for vigilante justice (even denying them their civil rights, much less murdering them). Allowing such activity effectively turns the legal activity criminal, and it does so without accountability or recourse. And pretty much once the law gets that disingenuous, you pretty much allow people to rationalize vigilante justice for a lot more things, such as actually criminal activity that does not get enforced — someone would go around killing rapists or child abusers (or rather people they have deemed to be such), and while they would be much more justified in their killings, it is still excessive punishment that will victimize lots of innocent people.

    Something also to note about South Dakota is that there had been an initiative on the ballot to make abortion completely illegal a few years ago, and that measure was defeated. As conservative as the state is, the median voter is likely to have a significant problem with what the Republicans are trying to do.

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