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Abortion: March 06, 2006
South Dakota Abortion Ban Signed into Law

"The South Dakota legislature sent a bold statement to the rest of the nation that the day of judicial intimidation is over," says FRC's Tony Perkins.

Today, South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signed into law the Women's Health and Human Life Protection Act, which bans abortion except to save a woman's life. Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

"This is how our system of government should work. The elected representatives of the people set policy that is reflective of the people they represent. For far too long, elected leaders have based their policy decisions upon how a judge or judges might react to the enacted policy. The South Dakota legislature sent a bold statement to the rest of the nation that the day of judicial intimidation is over; human life will be protected in South Dakota.

"The passage of this law is a reflection of growing pro-life sentiment across the country and points toward a post-Roe era. Technology and information about embryonic and prenatal development have steadily overcome the myths and lies about abortion and the millions of babies whose lives have been destroyed by it. Give the people or their elected representatives a voice and you will find that most of America wants major changes in the abortion-on-demand regime that has stood only by judicial fiat for 33 years."

Rounds issued a written statement saying he expects the law will be tied up in court for years and will not take effect unless the U.S. Supreme Court upholds it (AP):
"In the history of the world, the true test of a civilization is how well people treat the most vulnerable and most helpless in their society. The sponsors and supporters of this bill believe that abortion is wrong because unborn children are the most vulnerable and most helpless persons in our society. I agree with them.
We've reproduced the full statement here.

Update: see USA Today's Blog for reactions and MSM coverage.

Posted by tim at March 6, 2006 12:11 PM Subscribe with Bloglines


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