South Dakota Abortion Ban

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South Dakota is trying to ban all abortions, except those necessary to save the life of the mother.

I agree with the policy itself, but it's the wrong way to go about it. The country is not ready for it.

It's the same basic thing as what gay marriage activists did, trying to force gay marriage on the country. As a result, the cause of gay marriage was set back: we now have many more states with Constitutional amendments against gay marriage, and those won't be overturned any time soon.

If this South Dakota bill is made a law, it will be overturned by the Supreme Court (Kennedy, Souter, and Stevens voted for the decision in Casey, and Breyer and Ginsburg certainly would have). And when that happens, it will only help to solidify court-legalized abortion as a "super-duper precedent" for years to come.

Of course, the difference between what gay marriage activists did, and this, is that South Dakota is doing it properly: through legislation, not extralegal court decisions or executive acts.

But it doesn't change the fact that the law of the land right now is abortion on demand, and that this law is well-supported by the courts, and the people. And this frontal assault on the court (and, as the Supreme Court sees it, the Constitution itself) and the will of the people of the United States will fail, and will be counterproductive. I wish it were not so, but it is.

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