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Thursday, February 23, 2006


S.D. Abortion Bill Takes Aim at 'Roe'

S.D. Abortion Bill Takes Aim at 'Roe'

South Dakota lawmakers yesterday approved the nation's most far-reaching ban on abortion, setting the stage for new legal challenges that its supporters say they hope lead to an overturning of Roe v. Wade .
The article speaks for itself. I think a complete reversal of Roe v. Wade is unlikely, but this is likely to be the first assault made as the SCOTUS becomes more conservative. If, by chance, this law is upheld, what is the appropriate response? I think the ABA opposed the prohibition of abortion back before Roe v. Wade, arguing that it created a society of scofflaws. Maybe this new wave of prohibition will do the same.

The public dialogue wrt the abortion issue has been disingenuously "framed" about the wrong context, the discussion of "when life starts" or "when humanity starts."

The above is an interminable, probably unresolvable morass that neatly obscures the real issue, where the public debate should have been framed, of "when do rights start."

Human life is not a necessary and sufficient condition for human rights; a murderer has no real rights yet he is human and alive.

Chris Toto
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