This is the first in what will probably turn out to be a series of posts (as the political scene develops) about lawmakers attempting to take advantage of the recent personel changes on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The bill will be called the Woman's Health and Life Protection Act. It will ban abortion, but won't prosecute a doctor who performs one to save a woman's life.
And the lawmaker who's introducing the bill says he thinks now is the right time to try and over-turn Roe vs Wade.
Rep. Roger Hunt says, "Abortion should be banned."
Those four words will likely lead to many others in the South Dakota House and Senate as lawmakers will decide whether to criminalize abortion in the state. The bill's supporters are using findings from a controversial abortion task force report recently given to the legislature.
Hunt says, "DNA testing now can establish the unborn child has a separate and distinct personality from the mother. We know a lot more about post-abortion harm to the mother." ...
Sunday, Hunt and other anti-abortion advocates held an event promoting their legislation. They say now is the time to pass it, because other states are considering similar bills and because with new Chief Justice John Roberts, and possibly Samuel Alito, the US Supreme Court is changing.
I think the time is ripe for change, and as other pundits have pointed out overturning Roe v. Wade will actually be a political boon to the Democratic Party because it will reduce the impact of an issue that has dominated their party for decades, to the detriment of their political fortunes. When abortion is back in the democratic, state-level political arena, Democrats will be able to free themselves from the vice-grip that the far-left abortion industry has on them at the national level and begin to turn some attention towards other matters that are more attractive to the median voter.