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South Dakota: All Your Wombs Are Belong To Us

Gov. Mike Rounds signs a bill on Monday, March 6, 2006, in Pierre, S.D., that bans most abortions in South Dakota. Supporters offered the bill in an effort to get the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. The only exception to the abortion ban in the South Dakota legislation would be to save the life of a woman. (AP Photo/Joe Kafka)

For extra sh*t and giggles, doctors in the state will face up to five years in prison for performing an abortion.

Seems to me that while they are going this far into the womb, why not put the pregnant woman in prison too — after all, she’s the one ordering the hit on the fetus, right? At least all the “criminals” involved should be treated equally if the moralists are taking the purported high road about the sanctity of life.

Needless to say, South Dakota Planned Parenthood will challenge this insanity in court.

And guess what? The Ultimate ToolTM McCain says he would have signed the bill.


In Tennessee they are actually willing to punish the female who dares to take advantage of reproductive freedom. How about this proposed legislation that would require a woman obtain signed consent from the man who impregnated her before she can obtain an abortion. From Women’s Health News:

House Bill 3199 and its companion Senate Bill 3402 were introduced on 2/16. The text of the bill states: “it is an offense for a physician to knowingly perform an abortion on a woman who is eighteen (18) years of age or older unless the physician has received from the woman a signed statement indicating that the woman has notified the man by whom she is pregnant that she intends to have an abortion.

The bill provides exceptions if the woman signs a statement saying the pregnancy is a result of rape and has been reported to law enforcement, is unable “after diligent effort” to notify or identify the man (in which case she must file written notice with the Department of Children’s Services to be placed on the department’s putative father registry), and in the case of medical emergencies when the life of the woman is at risk. Penalties are a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a $5,000 fine for the physician and a $2,000 fine for the woman.

Hat tip, Feministing.


And while on Tennessee, the state came up in a NYT article today on the minimal impact of parental notification laws on abortion rates.

For all the passions they generate, laws that require minors to notify their parents or get permission to have an abortion do not appear to have produced the sharp drop in teenage abortion rates that some advocates hoped for, an analysis by The New York Times shows.

…The analysis, which looked at six states that introduced parental involvement laws in the last decade and is believed to be the first study to include data from years after 1999, found instead a scattering of divergent trends.

For instance, in Tennessee, the abortion rate went down when a federal court suspended a parental consent requirement, then rose when the law went back into effect. In Texas, the rate fell after a notification law went into effect, but not as fast as it did in the years before the law. In Virginia, the rate barely moved when the state introduced a notification law in 1998, but fell after the requirement was changed to parental consent in 2003.

…Supporters of the laws say they promote better decision-making and reduce teenage abortions; opponents say they chip away at abortion rights and endanger young lives by exposing them to potentially violent reaction from some parents.

But some workers and doctors at abortion clinics said that the laws had little connection with the real lives of most teenagers, and that they more often saw parents pressing their daughters to have abortions than trying to stop them. And many teenagers say they never considered hiding their pregnancies or abortion plans from their mothers.

Gee, how’s that factoid going to fly with all the womb-control wingers?

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