Monday, March 06, 2006

It's official--South Dakota criminalizes abortion

This just in:

The governor of South Dakota on Monday signed into law severe restrictions on abortion, in a direct challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court's legalization of the practice 33 years ago.

Abortion foes have said they hope to use the South Dakota law to eventually bring the issue back before the high court, where they believe conservatives added to the bench by President George W. Bush in the last year could weaken or dismantle the court's landmark Roe vs Wade decision of 1973.

[R]epublican Gov. Mike Rounds inked the measure, which had been passed by the state legislature on February 24, after a review to make sure there were no technical problems.

Rounds, who has described the legislation as a "frontal assault" on Roe v. Wade, had vetoed a similar measure two years ago, saying it would have wiped out existing restrictions on abortion while it was fought in the courts.

The new law bans abortion in virtually all cases, punishing doctors who perform one with a $5,000 fine and five years in prison.

The measure bans abortion even in cases where a woman is pregnant as a result of rape or incest, or if giving birth would damage the health of the mother. It creates a narrow exemption in cases in which a physician's effort to save a pregnant woman's life results in the accidental death or injury of her fetus. [Reuters]
This is terrible news--clearly an attempt to test the new makeup of the US Supreme Court. I sincerely hope that CAC can get its Capitalist's Amicus Curiae program funded in time to fight against this usurpation of a woman’s right to control the process of her own body. This is not a fight Objectivists want to leave to others.

Update: Gideon Reich comments on the text of the South Dakota law line by line at Armchair Intellectual.

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