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A Matter of Sovereignty

March 7, 2006

South Dakota has attacked women’s sovereignty* over their own bodies. As you’ve undoubtedly heard, the governor of South Dakota has signed a law against abortion saying:

“Because this new law is a direct challenge to the Roe v. Wade interpretation of the Constitution, I expect this law will be taken to court and prevented from going into effect this July. That challenge will likely take years to be settled.”

What would the law do, exactly?

The law bans abortion in almost all cases, punishing doctors who perform one with five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. It bans abortion even in cases where a woman is pregnant as a result of rape or incest, or if giving birth would damage the health of the mother.

It creates a narrow exemption in cases in which a physician’s effort to save a pregnant woman’s life results in the accidental death or injury of her fetus. —South Dakota bans most abortions

The word “accidental” makes it a narrow exemption indeed.

Ok. I’ve avoided doing this thus far; but here is Your Montag’s view** on abortion in a nutshell:

A woman has the same right as a homeowner to determine whether a person in their home is an invited guest or an intruder that poses a threat— or, in Florida, for any person on the street to make the same determination about any other person on the street —and to “meet force with force, including deadly force if they reasonably believe it is necessary to do so.”

It’s a matter of sovereignty.

*Traditional sovereignty, not some sort of post-modern “sovereignty.”

**View expressed is of the author and may not reflect the views of… etc.

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4 Comments
  1. March 7, 2006 6:45 PM

    Ha! Excellent way to frame the debate. You stripped it down to what it’s really about: a woman’s right to determine what happens to her body. Those with certain religious beliefs are free to avoid abortion. Simple.

    OK, maybe I’m biased since I agree with you, but whatever.

  2. March 7, 2006 8:31 PM

    Get off my land, you damn fetus!

  3. March 8, 2006 4:25 AM

    Curious that the penalty to doctors if 5 years in prison and a $ 5,000 fine. A couple of questions spring to mind: Why such a small fine? Heck, them abortionists can afford a bigger fine than that! And secondly, if abortion is murder, then why don’t the doctors get the death penalty?

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