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23 February 2006
  NARAL Blue over Red State Decision
Abortionistas Angered about South Dakota Legislation

Unborn BabyFirst the good news from USA Today: South Dakota has upped the ante regarding the continuation of legal abortion in the United States. Their Senate passed a bill 23-12 banning all abortions except ones intended to save the life of the mother. The legislation closely matches a measure already passed by the SD House and will most likely be signed by Governor Mike Rounds once the chambers agree on the language.

While definitely designed to "save lives," it appears that the primary purpose of the bill is to place the entire abortion argument back in the hands of the United States Supreme Court. Perhaps this time the justices will actually interpret the law rather than invent it — that certainly appears to be the hope of the South Dakotans involved.

Of course, many assumptions will be on trial along with the proposed law. No one knows how the two newest members of the high court will vote; even if opposed to abortion and suspicious of the initial Roe vs. Wade arguments, how will precedent and later statutes affect their thinking. And even if Samuel Alito and John Roberts join with Justices Scalia and Thomas, will any of the other five move away from the interpretive excesses which first allowed legalized abortive carnage?

At least some on the Left are already getting worked up about such possibilities. I've been monitoring NARAL's mailing list and Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America just sent out a brief email call to arms which included six clickable links soliciting contributions in its brief length. Evidently, an anonymous donor has pledged to match up to $100,000 in pro-death contributions designed to sink the South Dakota law in the courts.

Even if NARAL et al. manages to hit the $200k mark (and I imagine they will), supporters of the bill in SD claim that an anonymous donor has already pledged up to $1,000,000 to help in the bill's defense.

Now we have a chance to do some national soul-searching and political activism the likes of which haven't been seen for years. Keenan's letter noted, "If there was ever a moment that should galvanize pro-choice Americans, this is it. It's time to elect pro-choice candidates who will respect women's health and women's right to choose." Just as much, this should be a moment to galvanize pro-life Americans who will respect unborn children's lives and health and fetal rights to birth.

HT: Captain's Quarters

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