The South Dakota House has passed a law intended to challenge the interpretation of the Constitution created by Roe v. Wade, declaring that life begins at conception.

Following an emotional debate, the South Dakota House has passed a bill saying that life begins at conception -- something that would outlaw abortions in the state.

Tuesday's vote in favor of House Bill 1191 wasn't even close. It passed 54-14. ...

"This is new and unique legislation that has never been considered by the Supreme Court," Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, said in a press release.

"While we cannot predict the future, we do know that this legislation establishes significant facts that the courts will not be able to ignore," he added. ...

The bill now goes to the South Dakota Senate, where support is said to be strong.

Should South Dakota's pro-life governor sign the bill, the new law would directly confront Roe v. Wade, the Thomas More Law Center noted.

How dramatic! I love it. The first response will likely be a challenge in a federal district court, whereupon the judge will immediately rule the law unconstitutional. It'll get appealed, and who knows what will happen then.

The state may have done better to wait until after the presidential election, considering that if President Bush wins again he'll likely have the opportunity to appoint one or more new Supreme Court Justices. Still, this may work its way through the system so slowly that there will be plenty of time. Such a pending case will certainly make the nomination process even more heated.

For a compelling argument in favor of the idea that life begins at conception, see "Life: Defining the Beginning by the End".



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