Thursday, February 17, 2011

South Dakota! Where's My Batshit Crazy Folder?

And to think it was only the other day I was trying to impart to a reader just how backward and batshit they all are in South Dakota. Or to use a newly discovered word that I have added to my dictionary, the Talibangelical. It's a craaacker Moister Paisley!

And to say nothing of being able to delve into my Dakotas folder and up some little treasures, and not one of 'em me own. For the occasional Kansas graphic that I feature, still read South Dakota, there are after all, no borders in hell.

South Dakota in Turmoil over a Bill to Call Killing Abortion Doctors “Justifiable Homicide”
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Conservative lawmakers in the South Dakota legislature want to expand the definition of “justifiable homicide” to include killings that seek to protect the life of a fetus. Abortion rights advocates claim the legislation has been crafted to make it legal to kill doctors who perform the controversial procedures.

“The bill in South Dakota is an invitation to murder abortion providers,” Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, told Mother Jones.

House Bill 1171’s author, Republican Representative Phil Jensen, who opposes abortion, says his legislation has nothing to do with abortion, and that he merely is trying to “bring consistency to South Dakota statute as it relates to justifiable homicide.” However, the bill’s wording says that, “homicide is justifiable if committed by any person in the lawful defense of such person, or of his or her husband, wife, parent, child, master, mistress, or servant, or the unborn child of any such enumerated person.” More and what could turn out to be quite an interesting site. AllGov

You know it must be really batshit when People For The American Way come out against it.

PFAW Condemns Abortion Provider Murder Bill

South Dakota’s House of Representatives is expected to vote soon on a bill that would legalize the killing of abortion providers. The bill, reported today in Mother Jones, would expand the state’s definition of “justifiable homicide” to include killings meant to protect the life of a fetus. This is not a hypothetical issue: according to Mother Jones, eight abortion providers have been assassinated in the United States since 1993, and 17 more have suffered assassination attempts.

The South Dakota bill is part of a nationwide effort by anti-choice extremists to all but eliminate access to abortion services by asserting the “personhood” of fetuses. One such bill, introduced in the Ohio legislature, would make it illegal for women to seek abortions as soon as 18 days after conception—all but eliminating the constitutional right to access abortion services.

Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way, said:

“This bill is an appalling attempt to further restrict the reproductive rights of women in South Dakota, while forcing abortion providers to risk their lives to provide care.

“The attempt to legalize the murder of abortion providers exposes the uncompromising zealotry of the anti-choice movement. A real ‘pro-life’ movement would respect the rights and judgment of women and certainly would not enable the murder of health care providers. I urge South Dakota legislators to examine their consciences before voting on a bill that would force women to seek illegal and unsafe abortions, and endanger the lives of health care providers.” PFAW


Anonymous said...

Libby Knudson
this is how much North Dakota republicans care about children.

Amee N Shepard
Didn't they learn from South Dakota?

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