South Dakota tried to push through legislation that would classify murdering an abortion doctor as justifiable homicide. The language of the bill stated that it applied to anyone attempting to harm the fetus. But, it also could be applied to the mother if her spouse feels as if she is endangering the fetus. Seriously South Dakota?
This has quickly become a hot topic in many Feminist blogs. How long have anti-choice groups been pointing the finger at feminists and labeling them as “murderers?” “Pro-Life” groups have long been touting their pride in being those that save “lives” by pushing for regulations against abortion.
The fact of the matter is, there is no hard evidence, outside of speculation, that “life” begins at conception. It is not debatable that a fully developed adult is alive. So how is it that this screaming hypocrisy can even make it into legislation?
Earlier this morning, South Dakota’s House of Representatives struck down the bill after it had been shelved for the negative attention it had received. But does that change anything? The fact that this made into South Dakota’s House is ridiculous.
While South Dakota may seem far away to us that live in Idaho it still could affect us. We all know Idaho isn’t the most pro-choice friendly state, and if South Dakota, another Republican stronghold, actually got a bill like this go to vote in its Congress, Idaho could very possibly follow suit.
Look at Idaho’s Pharmacy Refusal Act. This already led to endangerment of a woman’s life. If you recall, a woman in Nampa could have bled to death if the nurse hadn’t found another pharmacy to fill her prescription for uterine bleeding. Idaho’s anti-choice platform clearly takes precedence over women’s health issues.
Miriam Perez of Feministing.com put it best: “Can we agree to stop calling them pro-life now?”