South Dakota nears abortion ban
Monday, February 27, 2006; Posted: 10:49 a.m. EST (15:49 GMT)
PIERRE, South Dakota (AP) — State lawmakers voted Friday to ban nearly all abortions in South Dakota and sent the measure to the governor, who said he is inclined to sign it.
Under the legislation, doctors in South Dakota would face up to five years in prison for performing an abortion unless it was necessary to save the woman’s life……
…..The new restriction would become law July 1.
Opponents of the bill argued that abortion should at least be allowed in cases involving rape, incest and a threat to a woman’s health.
If a woman who is raped becomes pregnant, the rapist would have the same rights to the child as the mother, said Krista Heeren-Graber, executive director of the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.
“The idea the rapist could be in the child’s life … makes the woman very, very fearful. Sometimes they need to have choice,” Heeren-Graber said.
This is completely absurd. So if a woman gets raped, not only can she not get an abortion, but then the rapist can have parental rights? I have trouble believing that even in this day and age any American could be so backward.