Thursday, February 23, 2006

South Dakota Wingnuts

They are the nice folk responsible for this:

A contentious abortion bill passed the South Dakota Senate late this afternoon. The vote was 23 to 12.

Lawmakers spent much of this afternoon debating the bill, which has thrust South Dakota into the national spotlight.

House Bill 1215 would ban most abortions in South Dakota.

It now goes back to the House, which passed an earlier version and must now decide whether to accept changes made by the Senate.

The bill would then go to Gov. Mike Rounds.

Republican Sen. Bill Napoli of Rapid City said, "This bill is as straight
forward [sic] and as honest as it can be. It just says no more abortions unless the life of the mother is threatened."

Is this what is meant by the term "America's heartland"?

But the point of the bill is something rather different than privileging an embryo over a woman who might end up paralyzed or in permanent trauma, though that, too, could happen. The bill is created to make a test case for the new Supreme Court, a case that the wingnuts hope will reverse Roe v. Wade. The South Dakota lawmakers will now sit back and wait for someone to challenge the legality of this bill.