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South Dakota State Senate Approves Ban on Virtually All Abortions

Posted by ssbg on February 23, 2006

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LifeNews.com Editor  From: http://www.lifenews.com
February 22, 2006

Pierre, SD (LifeNews.com) — The South Dakota state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that that would ban all abortions except in cases to prevent the death of the mother. Gov. Mike Rounds is expected to sign the legislation into law, which will be immediately challenged by pro-abortion groups in court.Lawmakers backed the measure on a 23-12 vote and pro-life Gov. Rounds said he would “look favorably” on an abortion ban if the bill would “save life.” 

The House previously passed the legislation with a vote of 47 to 22.

“In my opinion, it is the time for the South Dakota Legislature to deal with this issue and protect the lives and rights of unborn children,” Democratic Sen. Julie Bartling, the bill’s sponsor, said during the debate.

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Planned Parenthood, which operates the state’s only abortion facility, has promised to challenge the legislation in court.

“If he chooses to sign it, we will be filing a lawsuit in short order to block it,” Kate Looby, director of Planned Parenthood’s South Dakota business, said.

That has some pro-life advocates concerned that the legislature approved the ban too soon because the Supreme Court does not yet have the five votes necessary to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Should the measure make it to the high court before a fifth vote is in place, it could add to the pro-Roe legal precedent and South Dakota taxpayers could be stuck paying Planned Parenthood’s legal bills.

According to an AP report, an anonymous donor has pledged $1 million to cover the state’s legal costs.

“It is a calculated risk to be sure, but I believe it is a fight worth fighting,” said Republican Sen. Brock Greenfield, also the director of South Dakota Right to Life.

Last year the legislature approved a similar bill but Rounds vetoed it because it would have taken current pro-life laws limiting abortions off the books during the legal challenge.

The measure does not allow for abortions for women who are victims of rape or incest but, during the Senate committee hearing, Megan Barnett, a rape victim who chose not to have an abortion, said lawmakers need to remember that unborn children deserve protection no matter how they were conceived.

“I believe life begins at conception no matter how the life is conceived and I now have a beautiful ten month old daughter,” she said.

Abortion practitioners who perform abortions, should the measure become law, would face a possible five year prison term and a $5,000 fine.

State legislatures in Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky are also considering similar measures this year.

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Related web sites:

South Dakota state legislature – http://legis.state.sd.us
South Dakota Right to Life – http://www.sdrl.org

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One Response to “South Dakota State Senate Approves Ban on Virtually All Abortions”

  1. Michelle said

    please join me in prayer

    lord, today the legislature of south dakota passed a bill that would effectively ban all abortion except to save the life of the mother. the governor is pro-life, and has vowed to sign this legislation if it does not endanger other abortion restrictions while being battled out in court.

    lord, as far as i am concerned abortion is just about the ultimate evil that exists in our physical plane. short of blasphemies against you, i can see nothing as horrendous and un-natural as the murder of one’s own child. please, lord, guide this bill with your own hand. be with the governor as he signs and strengthen him against any temptation to veto. protect him from those who love death and those who are simply ignorant of what abortion means. protect all south dakotans against death in this time of struggle, lord. both phyisical death, and spiritual.

    please guide this bill and the challenges against it. turn the hearts of the judges, the persecutors of the unborn. fortify our friends and those whose wish is to do your will.

    lord, please bring this before the supreme court of our land. fill those nine men with your holy spirit and speak to them. do not allow them to turn to the left or the right. blind them with truth and clarity. do not allow them, lord, to hide their actions from their own sight, and do not allow them to forget the lives held in their very hands.

    lord, banish this holocaust from our land forever.

    in your son’s name. amen.

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