Thursday, February 23, 2006

This Really Upsets Me

Little by little, they try to take rights away from women. It starts off small so it goes unnoticed. I'm just going to paste the article right on to this post.

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota (Reuters) - 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.

"My understanding is we are the first state to truly defy
Roe v. Wade," the 1973 high court ruling that granted a constitutional right to abortion, said Kate Looby of
Planned Parenthood's South Dakota chapter.

State legislatures in Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky also have introduced similar measures this year, but South Dakota's legislative calendar means its law is likely to be enacted first.

"We hope (Rounds) recognizes this for what it is: a political tool and not about the health and safety of the women of South Dakota," Looby said.

"If he chooses to sign it, we will be filing a lawsuit in short order to block it," she said after attending the afternoon debate at the state capital in Pierre.

Proponents have said the law was designed for just such a court challenge.

The timing is right, supporters say, given the recent appointments of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice
Samuel Alito to the high court. The two conservatives could pave the way to a decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

The high court said on Tuesday it will rule on whether the federal government can ban some abortion procedures, a case that could reveal whether the court reshaped by
President George W. Bush will restrict abortion rights.

In 1992, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the right to abortion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the last direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.

The South Dakota law concludes that life begins at conception based on medical advances over the past three decades.

Proposed amendments to the law to create exceptions to specifically protect the health of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest, were voted down. Also defeated was an amendment to put the proposal in the hands of voters.

The bill as written does make an exception if the fetus dies during a doctor's attempt to save the mother's life.

Planned Parenthood operates the sole clinic in South Dakota where roughly 800 abortions are performed each year by doctors from neighboring Minnesota, Looby said.

Two years ago, Rounds vetoed a similar bill, saying it would wipe out existing restrictions on abortion while it was fought in the courts. A rewritten bill lost narrowly in the state Senate.

Some legislators opposed to abortion rights questioned whether it was premature to challenge Roe v. Wade, and said litigation would prove expensive for the sparsely populated state. An anonymous donor has offered $1 million to the state to defray the costs of litigation.

I just don't understand this logic. Who is anyone to tell me that I can't have an abortion? If Roe v. Wade is overturned, what will happen to the countless women who are forced to have unwanted children?

This part boggles my brain: Proposed amendments to the law to create exceptions to specifically protect the health of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest, were voted down. Also defeated was an amendment to put the proposal in the hands of voters.

This is a horrific attack against women's rights. You don't have to have an abortion if you have a moral objection to it, but it's unfair to make other women follow suit. You take away a women's right to choose and you'll start seeing other anti-women laws being passed. I feel we're stepping back in time.

1 comment:

CAM said...

Once again we see how government has been infiltrating the American people’s rights and speck by speck they have been winning them away. Is funny how blind some people are to the truth and the reality that this government under the leadership of President George W. Bush has taken more rights from the people then any other President and how this government under George W. Bush has violated human rights and simple constitutional rights that belong to the American people.

George W. Bush has proven many times that he has no views of the future, a cloud stands at his eyes and the future is a vague impression of a place far away. Yet the future is here right now and George W. Bush does not see it. His appointments to the Supreme Court were nothing more than desperations on his part because the front runners, the elite chosen by him did not get the support they needed, not even from their own political party. A message has been send to the President from his political party and yet he is so blind that he does not see it. Let’s pray together as a nation, each in his own way and hope that we do not go back to the days were abortions were done in alleys and in dirty basements. Perhaps now his 3rd or 4th decision to the Supreme Court would hunt the memories of those women who gave so much just to have a right to an abortion. Once again the government has failed his people.