The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Sunday, July 23, 2006

South Dakota GOP moves to define abortion as murder-- and murder doctors

Those zany fundamentalists, I tell ya. When they're not trying to outlaw science education or mandate prayer time or plaster "I am the Lord thy God..." on every public owned building in the nation, they're doing their level best to turn back the clock on women's rights. What a fun bunch.

Doctors who perform illegal abortions under the terms of HB1215 could face a first-degree murder charge under revised homicide provisions in South Dakota law, a lawyer for the South Dakota State Medical Association says. Pierre lawyer Dave Gerdes said in a legal memo written for the association that if HB1215 survives challenges at the ballot and, possibly, in court, it could combine with a revised state homicide statute to pose an ominous legal threat to doctors charged with violating the law.

"It is at least possible that a prosecutor or a court will decide that a physician performing a procedure qualifying as an abortion under the language of the new statute can be prosecuted for first-degree murder," Gerdes wrote in the memo.

In response, the prime sponsor of HB1215 said Thursday that violating the law would be a Class 5 felony, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison. But Republican Rep. Roger Hunt, a lawyer from Brandon, wouldn't rule out the possibility that a doctor could face a murder charge and even the death penalty in certain situations.

The only good thing about the newly-emboldened fundamentalist movement is that the more open they push their agenda of theocracy and apocalypse, the more the public wakes up to their madness.