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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Heading off the "MSM/Planned Parenthood/NARAL/N.O.W. Spin Doctors" at the pass, from SCOTUSblog:
The bill [H.B. 1215] declares that "life begins at conception, a conclusion confirmed by scientific advances since the 1973 decision of Roe v. Wade..." It says that, based on experience since 1973, "abortions in South Dakota should be prohibited." While it imposes a flat ban on abortion, it declares that no doctor who "performs a medical procedure designed or intended to prevent the death of a pregnant mother" is guilty of violating the ban. But it does require the doctor to make "reasonable medical efforts" under the circumstances to save the lives of both the mother and "her unborn child" in a manner "consistent with conventional medical practice."
Also this, from Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Reports, Feb. 22 and 23, 2006:
[The bill] added a provision that says that the state constitution protects a pregnant woman and fetus equally ["a pregnant mother and her unborn child each possess a natural and inalienable right to life" and due process under the South Dakota Constitution (Haga, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2/23)], the AP/Aberdeen American News reports. The bill would not punish a woman who underwent an abortion but would make it a felony to perform one (Kafka, AP/Aberdeen American News, 2/17). Physicians convicted of performing the procedure would face a minimum of five years in prison, and a $5,000 fine. Physicians who save the life of a pregnant woman by performing an abortion would not be charged with a crime...
The Kaiser summary repeats the physician "reasonable medical efforts" verbiage quoted above. (Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 2/13).

It awaits both the S.D. House vote and then the Governor's signature so it isn't done as yet.

Still, an interesting admission of sorts by
Kate Looby, South Dakota director for Planned Parenthood, [who] said "we will be lobbying the governor to veto the bill," but added that her present expectation was that he would sign it into law.

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