South Dakota Bans Abortion
South Dakota passes abortion ban (Reuters)
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota (Reuters) — South Dakota became the first U.S. state to pass a law banning abortion in virtually all cases, with the intention of forcing the Supreme Court to reconsider its 1973 decision legalizing the procedure.
The law, which would punish doctors who perform the operation with a five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine, awaits the signature of Republican Gov. Michael Rounds and people on both sides of the issue say he is unlikely to veto it.
Obviously this is an indication that a major political battle is afoot, assuming the law passes and is challenged in federal court. Unfortunately for all thinking people, it will be a battle that will be based more on emotions, partisan rhetoric, and religious dogma than on biology or issues of embryonic development.