Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Hey, anybody wanna move to South Dakota?

Comedian Bill Hicks once said "Let's talk about abortion now and coalesce into one big healthy gut laugh."

For those who hadn't heard, South Dakota's Governor Rounds signed into law a ban on all abortions except those that threaten the life, not the health, of the mother.

There is no exception for rape or incest.

Now experts expect it will take about three years for this law to reach the Supreme Court and it won't be implemented until and if it passes there - currently it's 5 to 4 to maintain Roe VS Wade, even if you assume Roberts and Alito are reliable anti-Roes.

I imagine this is scant comfort to women in South Dakota right now. Particularly with this wonderful spokesman for the SD government, Republican Senator Bill Napoli:

Senator Napoli says most abortions are performed for what he calls "convenience." He insists that exceptions can be made for rape or incest under the provision that protects the mother's life. PBS asked him for a scenario in which an exception may be invoked.

BILL NAPOLI: A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life.

Ah senator you have a little, yeah right at the corner of your mouth, yeah here's a hanky...

This esteemed law-maker, who in no way sounds like somebody who should be on some kind of offender data-base, has also called for pharmacists to be allowed to refuse to provide birth control products. In other words he's opposed to rain, AND umbrellas.

And, you know, a sick fuck.

And now a horrifyingly logical response.

Honestly, considering this law and the type of guy representing the government that made this law. I can't argue with making this information available.

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