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Abortion Now Criminal In South Dakota, More On The Way

A US state has signed into law a bill banning most abortions, in a move aimed to force the US Supreme Court to reconsider its key ruling on the issue.

The South Dakota law – approved by the governor on Monday – makes it a crime for doctors to perform terminations.

Exceptions will be made if a woman’s life is at risk, but not in cases of rape or incest.

Many believe new appointments to the Supreme Court may have tipped the balance in favour of anti-abortionists. The supporters of the South Dakota law say they want to trigger a battle over the 1973 Roe-versus-Wade ruling, in which the US Supreme Court established that governments lacked the power to prohibit abortions.

Under the law signed by South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds, doctors could get up to five years in prison and a $5,000 (£2,800) fine for performing an illegal abortion.

State proposals to ban abortion are before legislatures in Mississippi, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

(My American readers may want to check in with our friends at Planned Parenthood.)

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  1. Steve Steve

    So yeah, sadly, I live in the backwards-ass state of South Dakota. Myself and pretty much everyone I know around here either wrote to our fuckwit legislators or, at the very least, sent form letters to them from the Planned Parenthood website regarding this incredibly stupid bill. We all knew it wouldn’t do a damn thing, not in this state, but we tried. It’s an overwhelmingly right-leaning state that has a real sense of being not only isolated, but cut off from reality. I live in a college town, one of the few places in the state that has more than a handful of vocal liberals. But against a tidal wave of batshit insanity like this? That handful just isn’t much. I’ve always wanted to move the hell out of this backwards state ever since my family moved here, but now part of me wants to stay just to cast my vote against the people who pull stupid and inhuman shit like pushing this bill through.

  2. Also helpful to have:

    The names and home addresses of major South Dakota anti-abortion wankers.

    So young woman can drop off unwanted newborns on their front stairs.

  3. There’s a “Grim Meathook” joke in here somewhere.

  4. Dave Bonner Dave Bonner

    To be fair, they did write it so that it doesn’t take effect until July 1, by which time they fully expect the judicial challenges to be under way.

  5. Chris Chris

    Oh my god. This is the most stupid thing I have ever heard, they are actually fucking regressing. What the fuck goes through these people’s minds!? sorry for the swearing, it’s just so unbelievable and stupid.

  6. Jen Jen

    Personally, I’m pro-choice, but let me add some of my own logic. If you aren’t allowing abortion, even for rape or incest, then how about we start giving the death penalty to rapists and incest offenders, and also for child predators. That would at least lessen the amount of unwanted pregnancies, wouldn’t it? On the other hand, the first thing I think when I see that this passed is that it was passed by a bunch of old, religious, men. In which case I say why don’t we let a man who has been raped speak out against it. Then he can say how much he’d love the possibility of 9 months of pregnancy as well. Or how about an analogy? The best I can come up with is how about a man who is attacked has his arm cut off. Now, you’ll get the choice of whether to keep the arm and have it sewn back on or to discard it, but not for 9 months, because we say so. To me, it’s the same thing. Not all women love being pregnant, including some who choose to be. It’s an invasion of a person’s right to do whatever they want to their own body. The end. (To back this up, I looked it up and SD has 35 senators – 3 of them women, 2 of whom voted against it; and 70 representatives – 14 who are women, and only 3 of whom voted against it. What is wrong with the women in South Dakota??)

  7. Jeff Jeff

    The Question is: Who in the fuck gets an abortion in South Dakota?

    Makes about much sense has cutting your right arm off and learning the play the violin.

  8. I want “The Coathanger State” license plate frames. Now.

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