I know that I’m supposed to be doing something else, rather than blogging. However, I heard this on the news today and it just made me so incredibly angry.
South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds signed a bill Monday that bans nearly all abortions in the state, legislation in direct conflict with the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973.
The bill signed by Rounds allows doctors to perform abortions only to save the lives of pregnant women, but even then encourages them to exercise “reasonable medical efforts” to both save mothers and continue pregnancies.
Anyone who performs an abortion under any other circumstance — even in a case of rape or incest — can be charged with a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The mother cannot be charged.
In his statement, however, Rounds pointed out that the bill does not prohibit doctors from prescribing contraceptive drugs before a pregnancy is determined, such as in a rape or incest case.
State lawmakers had rejected proposed amendments that would have made exceptions for rape or incest.
“We must help each mother to see the value of the gift that is a child, and nurture the mother for her own sake and for the sake of her child,” Rounds said in the statement.
Excerpts from this article found at CNN.
So, “reasonable medical efforts” to both save mothers and continue pregnancies, eh? Reasonable by whose definition? The mother’s? Doubt it. The doctor’s? Maybe, but it will depend on how scared he/she is of being sued or thrown in jail.
Not even in a case of rape or incest, eh? Well, let’s just victimise a victim for life. Yup, that’s a mark of a civilised society. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of probable serious birth defects in a child born of incest, but hey, what does that matter? Oh, but the morning after pill can be used in these cases, huh? Geez, isn’t that going to benefit a girl/woman too traumatized and terrified to seek help soon after being raped by a stranger or family member?
Of course a child is an incredibly precious gift. But so are the physical and emotional well-being of a girl/woman. Making abortion illegal is not going to stop girls/women from having abortions. But it is going to cost lives. And I’m not talking about unborn babies.