Thursday, June 15, 2006

And Now For Something Completely Different ...

Voters in South Dakota will be given the opportunity to overturn the "strictest abortion ban in the nation."

In March, Gov. Mike Rounds, a Republican, signed legislation to ban the procedure, even in cases of rape or incest. The law, which was slated to take effect on July 1, targets doctors in South Dakota by making it a felony for them to perform any abortion, except to save the life of a pregnant woman.

South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families filed a petition on May 30 to put the decision to the voters with more than 38,000 signatures -- they only needed 16,728. As a result, the abortion ban has been suspended pending the outcome of the November election.

South Dakota passed its abortion ban earlier this year with the explicit intention of getting the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision. Eleven other states saw bills introduced in 2005-06 legislative sessions aimed at criminalizing abortion, according to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

After the South Dakota law was signed, a survey by state polling firm Robinson & Muenster reported 57 percent were opposed to the law, while 35 percent supported it.

Anytime voters get the chance to overturn a law that doesn't represent the will of the majority, that's "good news."


Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Yes it's always good news whenever the people fight back.
This Republican administration can be thankful the people aren't doing more of it.
Y'know the South Dakota governor has been buoyed by the appointments of Samuel Alito and Sam Roberts on the Supreme Court, who feels would not overturn its law.
HERE'S TO YOU who said throughout 2004 that electing Bush would not in anyway threaten Roe verses Wade. I would assume a fair amount of women who swallowed Rovian bullsh--that Bush would better protect them from terrorists wish they could take back their votes right now.

8:18 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Correction: I meant John Roberts above, and it should read "whom (the South Dakota governor) feels would not overturn the law."

8:21 AM  

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