Tuesday, June 20, 2006

South Dakota's Abortion ban to face state wide vote

Supporters garnered more than twice the signatures necessary to force a vote on South Dakota's draconian anti-abortion law. The vote will take place on November 7 as part of the nation wide mid-term elections for Congress, Senate and state governors. The law was to take effect on July 1, it would have been held in abeyance due to inevitable court challenges, and now for the referendum.

Personally I think the 'no' side should just run the video of Republican State Senator Bill Napoli's thoughts on what women would still be able to get an abortion under the law which has no exception for rape or incest, on every TV channel a hundred times a day:

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.

This could be something that energizes moderate voters all over America in advance of the November mid-terms. The American consensus is for restrictions on late term abortions but less so for earlier in the pregnancy and very strongly for exceptions for rape and incest.

More bad news for the GOP?

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