South Dakota GOP Bill Would Have Legalized Killing Abortion Doctors

Killing abortion doctors could be legal if this bill gets off the shelf?!

South Dakota GOP Bill Would Have Legalized Killing Abortion Doctors

Legalized murder? Say what?!

-April Daniels Hussar

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Unfortunately, this is not an article in The Onion. According to Mother Jones:

A law under consideration in South Dakota would expand the definition of ‘justifiable homicide’ to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus—a move that could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions.

The Republican-backed legislation, House Bill 1171, has passed out of committee on a nine-to-three party-line vote, and is expected to face a floor vote in the state’s GOP-dominated House of Representatives soon.

That article is from a few days ago; Thursday morning The New York Times  reported that the bill has been “shelved” for now. “Shelved”? As in, put on a shelf to await future consideration? I am almost – ALMOST – speechless. How is it possible that such a thing got beyond the mind of a raving lunatic (let alone an actual state Representative), and into a position where it could be voted on?

Re. Phil JensenBut possible it is indeed. If it passed, Mother Jones reports the bill, sponsored by state Rep. Phil Jensen, “could in theory allow a woman’s father, mother, son, daughter, or husband to kill anyone who tried to provide that woman an abortion—even if she wanted one.”

What’s next? A bill that allows someone to kidnap and imprison a woman planning to end her pregnancy? A bill allowing “honor killings”?

What country do we live in?

And don’t think this is the last we’re hearing of this. The bill is off the table for now, but it’s terrifying that it was ever considered up for reasonable debate. In the words of Dave Leach, an Iowa anti-abortion activist who praised the bill, “There may be something I’m overlooking, but from all appearances, this bill would certainly justify an individual taking the life of an abortionist in order to save human lives.”

Can he hear himself?

Though I am pro-choice, I can see where lot of pro-lifers are coming from. I’m talking about the regular, non-raving-lunatic people who truly believe in their hearts that abortion is tantamount to murdering a newborn baby. I don’t agree with them, but it’s not impossible for me to fathom their sentiment. It’s not mind-boggling to me — like, say, they way I am completely astounded as to why anyone would be against gay marriage. It’s a difficult, painful, nuanced debate. I get it. I really do.

But I absolutely cannot imagine living in a world where my husband or father could legally murder a doctor from whom I sought an abortion.

Can you?

April Daniels Hussar is BettyConfidential’s Executive Editor. Her views are her own.


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0 thoughts on “South Dakota GOP Bill Would Have Legalized Killing Abortion Doctors

  1. PJ Style Editor says:

    This is horrifically wrong on so many levels.

  2. sungirl1 says:

    How can killing the doctor be okay for saving human lives? You can not take one life to save another. Women have to make up and live with the decision for the rest of her life so it’s not something you just jump into. NO ONE has the right to Kill another for any reason.

  3. K S says:

    The drafter(s) probably meant to recognize the value of the unborn, similar to Laci and Conner’s Law, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004. Abortion is legal; the bill does not legalize killing abortion doctors.

    Where is the (fake) Betty outrage at Dr. Kermit Gosnell?

  4. Catca says:

    Legislation being shelved does not mean it will be brought up again – it means it will die as this nonsense should. What’s shocking is that based on this story, the legislation actually made it out of committee with a favorable vote???

  5. april says:

    The bill clearly paved the way to make violence against abortion providers legal. As The NYT states, the bill establishes in part that

  6. K S says:

    There is no “clearly” … committing homicide against someone who was providing an abortion (which is legal) arguably would not be “in the lawful defense.” Notice the word “lawful.” Anyway, the language will be changed or maybe the bill will be dropped altogether.

  7. K S says:

    Update: This bill was defeated yesterday (Thursday, February 17) hours after Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard said that he would veto it as written.

  8. joymarilyn says:

    Our moral obligation in every action is important. Controversial South Dakota House Bill 1171 – which many felt opened a potential loophole through which radicals could assassinate abortion doctors and assume a justifiable homicide defense – has been put to rest for now, reports the New York Times. Here is the proof: South Dakota drops justifiable homicide-driven abortion bill The public relations nightmare the proposed laws was clearly bound to create brought on state legislators to give it another look and table the motion for a vote.

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