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South Dakota Seeks To Legalize The Murder Of Abortion Providers

February 15, 2011

To be fair, the proposed bill only seeks to legalize the murder of abortion providers by certain people:

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Phil Jensen, a committed foe of abortion rights, alters the state’s legal definition of justifiable homicide by adding language stating that a homicide is permissible if committed by a person “while resisting an attempt to harm” that person’s unborn child or the unborn child of that person’s spouse, partner, parent, or child. If the bill passes, it could in theory allow a woman’s father, mother, son, daughter, or husband to kill anyone who tried to provide that woman an abortion—even if she wanted one. 

The sponsor of this bill isn’t stupid enough to try to create a Scott Roeder loophole, though I’m going to guess that he doesn’t really have a problem with terrorists as long as they’re terrorists like Kopp, Rudolph, Griffin and Roeder instead of Muslims.  But he is trying to create a loophole for guys like Hackbarth to kill providers.  Now, usually when politicians take positions that are transparently bad policy I suspect them of being bought by well-organized lobbies.  But I just don’t think the evil abusive stalker boyfriends and husbands’ lobby is that well organized.  Which means he must be sympathetic to their cause.

These are the standard-bearers for the anti-choice movement: legislators who want to create loopholes for terrorists.  Such a movement cannot meaningfully be called “pro-life.”  Pro-fetus, maybe, but not pro-life.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. DavidC permalink
    February 16, 2011 12:19 am

    I don’t know what to make of this, but apparently the bill’s sponsor claims that it isn’t to legalize killing abortion-providers? http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/02/open-season-abortion-docs

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