Monday, February 27, 2006

South Dakota moves to ban abortion

South Dakota is in the process of directly challenging the 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade -- and would be "the most sweeping ban" on abortions passed in more than 30 years.

Check out the story here: South Dakota Legislature bans nearly all abortions

The state has tried this before, in 2004, but the governor did not sign the bill for various reasons -- though it sounds optimistic that he will sign it this time. One interesting aspect of the story is how punishment will be doled out under the law for abortions:

The bill, called the Women's Health and Human Life Protection Act, specifically exempts women from any criminal conviction or penalty for obtaining an abortion. But it says that anyone who performs an abortion except to save a mother's life commits a Class 5 felony, which is punishable by a fine up to $5,000 and up to five years in prison.

The legislation says the law does not apply to medical treatment "that results in the accidental or unintentional injury or death to the unborn child."

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