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And It Begins: South Dakota Makes Abortion a Crime

AbortionSouth Dakota Governor Mike Rounds today signed a bill into law making nearly all abortions illegal in that state. Under the law, doctors performing the procedure could get locked up for up to five years and hit with a $5,000 fine. Troy Newman, head of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue in Kansas said: “[The law] reflects the momentum the pro-life movement has today. It is a grassroots movement that is propelling the legislatures, the governor, the president, and ultimately the Supreme Court to nullify the permissive abortion laws.” In other words, this is a move to start the ball rolling on the eventual overturn of Roe v. Wade, a situation many lefty “alarmists” yelled about during the Supreme Court nominations.

Will we see Roe v. Wade overturned? I’d call that a good, solid, “probably.” Now, look here: I don’t own my own womb, but I am pretty well acquainted with at least a few of them. I am not 100% behind abortions, and haven’t quite gotten the morality of the procedure worked out in my head. I don’t subscribe to the belief that life begins at conception, or that pregnancy is really anything other than biology doin’ its thang. On the other hand, abortion-as-birth-control is definitely not the most wonderful thing we have come up with. All told, it’s messy, awful business, for everyone involved, in situations were there really are no good choices.

But it’s not like women are ALL ABOUT abortions, either. Do you think there’s a woman alive who is looking forward to the day she can wade through screaming protestors, and spend 90 minutes getting very intimately acquainted with stirrups, swabs, and a vacuum? Women don’t support abortion because they think it’s a terrific way to spend a Sunday, they support it because they enjoy the right to make decisions regarding their own bodies.

What I DO know, is that women who were raped by their fathers shouldn’t be forced to have the child. 16-year-old tenth grade girls who have just gotten jumped up and down on for the first time, shouldn’t be forced to have the child. And more than anything else, it should not be up to me, or anyone else, when or when not to bring a child into the world. Agree or disagree with abortion? Doesn’t matter, don’t spend a lot of time sweating it. It’s not up to you, and it needs to stay that way.

What’s next? Here’s what you can do:

Support Planned Parenthood in their legal fight against this new law.

Start your own abortion clinic for under two grand.

There Are 2 Responses So Far. »

  1. I’m glad someone is talking about this today. At first I was surprised that no one at work was talking about it, but then I thought, “I’m not going to be the guy bringing it up around the water cooler.”

    I, much like you, am conflicted. And I will continue to leave it at that in this semi-public forum.

    As for the post- Good show.

  2. I, along with you and every other free thinking individual not functioning to pursue a political agenda, am torn on the issue. While there are exceptions and technicalities in all cases, the issue isn’t a definitive yes or no to whether abortion is right or wrong, it’s about allowing women the peace of mind knowing that there IS another option.

    Thanks for the post and the links, I’ll definitely pursue this fight. 🙂

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