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Does this S.D. legislation make it legal to kill abortion doctors?

The internet is straight blowing up at the news on Tuesday that lawmakers in South Dakota are mulling a piece of legislation that would seem to make it legally permissible to kill abortion providers. Here's Mother Jones' Kate Sheppard:

A law under consideration in South Dakota would expand the definition of "justifiable homicide" to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus -- a move that could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions. The Republican-backed legislation, House Bill 1171, has passed out of committee on a nine-to-three party-line vote, and is expected to face a floor vote in the state's GOP-dominated House of Representatives soon.
The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Phil Jensen, a committed foe of abortion rights, alters the state's legal definition of justifiable homicide by adding language stating that a homicide is permissible if committed by a person "while resisting an attempt to harm" that person's unborn child or the unborn child of that person's spouse, partner, parent, or child. If the bill passes, it could in theory allow a woman's father, mother, son, daughter, or husband to kill anyone who tried to provide that woman an abortion -- even if she wanted one.

Says Vicki Saporta, the head of the National Abortion Federation, "The bill in South Dakota is an invitation to murder abortion providers."

Phil Jensen did not return Sheppard's calls, but he did speak to The Plum Line's Greg Sargent this morning, and guess what? He feels his law is being badly misinterpreted! "This has nothing to do with abortion," he says.

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 10:00 PM on Feb. 15, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (22)
  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 10:01 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • oh it a full moon? it must be's just gotta be.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 10:09 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • season!!!! I wonder if there is a bag limit?

    Answer by goodwitch399 at 10:17 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • lol bag limit.........

    Answer by jewjewbee at 10:18 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Mother Jones?  Wow, your really scraping the bottom of the barrel now.


    Answer by Natesmom507 at 10:31 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • that is horrible thing. killing abortion providers is not going to prevent abortions. they are not solving any problem just setting out to give more wackos ideas to kill people. what about education. that is just sad and sick. good thing i do not live in s.d.

    Answer by lambdarose at 10:34 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to expand the definition of justifiable homicide to provide for the protection of certain unborn children.
        Section 1. That § 22-16-34 be amended to read as follows:

    Homicide is justifiable if committed by any person while resisting any attempt to murder such person, or to harm the unborn child of such person in a manner and to a degree likely to result in the death of the unborn child, or to commit any felony upon him or her, or upon or in any dwelling house in which such person is.

    from the bill



    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 10:45 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Dang it, I knew I liked South Dakota!

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:59 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Another LOL for the bag limit! I think my CC is recognized in SD...maybe I can go with my dh this fall when he goes hunting....

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:00 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Does this add another "animal" to South Dakota's "game" list? Will it be "big game"?

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:01 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

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