Tuesday, March 07, 2006

South Dakota Bans Most Abortions

"Not allowing an exception for rape, incest and the health of the mother is a radical position. Most of the people who have talked to me about this think that this is a very foolish piece of legislation, and most of those people are pro-life."

--South Dakota State Democratic Rep. Pat Haley, who had voted against a state measure signed into law today that makes it a crime for doctors to perform an abortion with a single exception: that the procedure is necessary to save a woman's life. Haley said he opposes abortion but could not vote for the bill. Under the new South Dakota law, doctors who perform illegal abortions could receive prison sentences of up to five years.

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To ponder:
1) Do you think abortion laws should be left to individual states, or should it be handled by the federal government?

2) Do you feel the South Dakota law is too limited, or too lenient?

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