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Monday, March 06, 2006

It's Official in South Dakota - Updated

From the Nation today:

This says it all. They will stop at nothing to destroy women.


South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds has signed the state abortion ban, which bars all abortions without exception except to preserve the life of the mother. Doctors who violate the law face five years in prison. Although the law will surely be stayed by the courts, this should be a real Aha! moment for the women of South Dakota. Now they know they live in a state that values them only as incubators of fertilized eggs--even when fertilized by rapists. That's valuable information! It's a real Aha! moment for us all, actually--turns out the anti-choice movement really means it when they talk about abortion as murder. While Gov. Rounds and President Bush expressed their preference for the strategy of nibbling away at Roe--a much shrewder political tactic that Democrats are always recommending to Republican strategists--the antis went for the whole pie. Why? Because they're fanatics on a mission from God. They think birth control is abortion too.

If you want to get a sense of what's at stake in the war against legal abortion, take a look at How the Pro-choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics and the War on Sex by Cristina Page (Basic Books). It's short and sweet and shrewd and funny, and makes a persuasive case that what is at stake is not just the right of women to terminate pregnancies, but modern sexuality and family life, from the very idea of sex for pleasure not procreation to flexible gender roles in marriage. Page packs in an amazing amount of factual information into 168 pages. Did you know, for example, that one effect of parental notification/consent laws is to push abortions later, as 17 year olds decide to wait till they turn 18 and don't need a permission slip for the doctor? And did you know that not one major pro-life organization has an official policy supporting "artificial" contraception? No wonder those well-meaning attempts to find "common ground" never get anywhere.

And from Slate, some alternatives.

2 Comments:

  • At Tuesday, March 07, 2006 1:47:00 PM , Blogger Worried said...

    That idiotic fool said he wants the state to return to the customs of his youth - if a man got a woman pregnant, he was forced to marry her so that the child would have two parents.

    And just how many hell-on-earth marriages did that produce and how many children were warped for life by the miserable home life they endured?

     
  • At Wednesday, March 08, 2006 11:18:00 AM , Blogger Worried said...

    These men that want to hold power over women and dominate them are not real MEN at all. Real men are secure enough in their manhood that they don't have to dominate. Too many of his kind want to go back to the time when the place for women was in the kitchen and the bedroom, unable to own property or vote.

     

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