Wednesday, March 22, 2006

SD Abortion Legislation....What Does It Really Say?

Since the Women's Health and Human Life Protection Act (HB 1215) passed the legislature a month ago, there has been much discussion about what the bill allows for and doesn't allow for. Section 2 of the act establishes that abortion is illegal in the state of South Dakota. The precise text of that section of the bill is as follows:
No person may knowingly administer to, prescribe for, or procure for, or sell to any pregnantwoman any medicine, drug, or other substance with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of an unborn human being. No person may knowingly use or employ any instrument or procedure upon a pregnant woman with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of an unborn human being.

In Section 3 of the bill, there is an exception for the abortafacients that have become known as emergency contraception drugs, so long as they are taken before a pregnancy can be determined. For those who have expressed concern that there is no rape & incest exception, it was pointed out on the Senate floor that this section of the bill would allow a victim of rape or incest to legally use a so-called emergency contraceptive measure. The text reads,
Nothing in section 2 of this Act may be construed to prohibit the sale, use, prescription, or administration of a contraceptive measure, drug or chemical, if it is administered prior to the time when a pregnancy could be determined through conventional medical testing and if the contraceptive measure is sold, used, prescribed, or administered in accordance with manufacturer instructions.

The fourth section of the bill discusses the "life of the mother" exception. Section 4 in its entirety is included below.

No licensed physician who performs a medical procedure designed or intended to
prevent the death of a pregnant mother is guilty of violating section 2 of this Act. However, the physician shall make reasonable medical efforts under the circumstances to preserve both the life of the mother and the life of her unborn child in a manner consistent with conventional medical practice.

Medical treatment provided to the mother by a licensed physician which results in the accidental or unintentional injury or death to the unborn child is not a violation of this statute.

Nothing in this Act may be construed to subject the pregnant mother upon whom any abortion is performed or attempted to any criminal conviction and penalty.


The full text of the final version of the bill can be found here if you have adobe acrobat reader or here for those people who do not. The bill history, including audio links may be found on this page, which is found on the SD Legislative Research Council website.

4 Comments:

At April 20, 2006 5:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am disgusted that women in your state no longer have the right to choose, I watch with fear as such an attack on our rights begins,
a very concerned woman

 
At May 30, 2006 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People like you who make such legislation (often men, surprise) should be anally gang raped on a daily basis until they die. After that I hope rats eat your face off and your body is hung up for people to spit at and shit on until you decompose.

 
At June 28, 2006 6:24 PM, Blogger Martster said...

Here we have two feminist who are complaing like spoiled youngsters, now that their ridiculous choice to murder the unborn is being taken away.

One watches "with fear." I suppose this fear would translate into women having watch when and whom they have sex more carefully (a freedom of choice whereby either a good or bad choice exists).

The only thing we're doing is "just saying no" (a female-invented phrase) to the Wrong Choice #2.

The second poster says "often men, surprise," but she doesn't say "mostly men," because even she knows it's not true, and most supporters of this sound law are women.

I have a question for this poster, however. Do her wishes for anal gang rape apply to women and men, or just the minority of men who support the South Dakota law? In any event, her vileness, rudeness and disrespect reveal much about this individual, and obviously these sorts of people are not of sound mind and shouldn't be determining the laws of our land.

The Martster continues to rock!
http://rockinmartster.blogspot.com/

 
At October 01, 2006 6:02 PM, Blogger Linda from West Virginia said...

Many, many people are praying for the ban of abortion in your state. Just don't listen to ugly words of people that want death. Fight for this amendment with every thing you have. The future of our nation depends on it!!!! Don't give up. Go door to door and join with everyone that will support this. We are believing for your success. Unite others and get the national organization to fight with you. NOW is the time.
You Must Win,
Linda

 

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