Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The "Baby-Killers" Strike Back

While this can't wholly-qualify as "good news," it's still reassuring to hear:

Thanks to the hard work of 1,200 volunteers in 138 different cities and towns -- in nine weeks time -- today, we will be filing petitions with the names of nearly 38,000 South Dakotans who are calling for the repeal of the extreme abortion legislation enacted by the South Dakotalegislature and signed into law by Governor Mike Rounds on March 6....

“This abortion ban was pushed by radical groups who want our state to be the center of the national legal battle waged in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade,” said Jan Nicolay, Co-Chair of the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families. “Defending this extreme law, that is clearly unconstitutional, could cost the taxpayers of South Dakota millions of dollars and drag the good people of South Dakota into the center of the national abortion debate,” Nicolay continued.

“When a woman’s health is in danger, all medical options should be available. When a woman is the tragic victim of rape or incest, she deserves compassionate options about her future. Emergency contraception is often not a valid or realistic alternative,”

Amen to that.

MSNBC is reporting that the ban will now be frozen until election time, giving the victims of rape a brief window of respite and opportunity to decide their own fates without the opinions of fat old white men intruding.

Codemorse has been reporting on this issue since February. It's good to see that the people of South Dakota aren't going to let a group of religiously-motivated extremists cut off their right of access to an abortion in the event of rape, incest, or disastrous health complications.

Whether one approves of abortion morally or not (and I can't say that I do), one risks being called a misogynistic, controlling asshole when one decides that personal moral beliefs overrule the safety and health of women.

There are good, viable reasons rooted in religious belief to disapprove of abortion, and I respect those reasons. What I will never respect is the impulse to remake the world in your desired religious image, over the loud and unmistakable protests of your fellow man.


At 10:26 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

This is something that my wife and I have gotten into some pretty lively discussions over. She's more conservative religiously/politically than I am. I even go back and forth on this myself as I am convicted that abortion is a very bad thing, but as you say it isn't our job to make everything we think is very bad into somehting that's illegal. Otherwise I'd have to picket against "Survivor".

At 11:19 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

I'd be first in line to outlaw Jessica Simpson.

But hard as it is to believe, people actually like her. Who am I to say that her fine ass should be illegal (though it probably should be)?

At 10:38 AM, Anonymous portia said...

But if we were really concerned about Very Bad Things, wouldn't we be up in arms about, say, Exxon's record-busting profiteering during Katrina? Or perhaps the fact that, on average, three Americans a day have died during Bush's presidency as a direct result of his actions and policies? Or that a judge recently released a convicted pedophile from prison because he's "too short" for jail?

Surely it's a wacky coincidence that what all these people care about most, even with all these horrors, is the contents of my uterus.


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