South Dakota moved closer to imposing some of the strictest limits on abortion in the nation as the state Senate approved legislation that would ban the procedure except when the woman's life is in danger. The bill, designed to spark a courtroom showdown over the legality of abortion, passed 23-12 Wednesday.
The legislation targets Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Opponents say it is too extreme and unconstitutional. Read more.
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"This bill is undoubtedly unconstitutional. I don't think it will be allowed to stand because states can't pass laws that override federal law. But it's a very clear indication that we can never rest in our efforts to protect this basic right for women. It's a very unsettling feeling to know that there are still people who are constantly working to send us back into the dark ages." — Lori (San Antonio, TX)
"No. Hopefully it will pass." — Samuel
"It is like every other law, people with money will take a vacation to another state or country and have the procedure done, and those without the money or the means will be stuck." — David (Bethesda, MD)
"I'm a South Dakotan born raised and currently living here, I am so proud that my state will do what should have been done in 1974 immediately after the Roe V Wade decision. This is not a religious issue. It is an issue of responsibility and taking responsibility for your actions." — K.L. (South Dakota)
"What a bunch backward rednecks! What’s next — A return to slavery? All this will do is force women who are too poor to leave to get back-alley abortions. Are they going to put them in prison too? Although - they might get better healthcare inside than out." — Bill
"It should be for all cases except for rape, incest, or to protect the woman's life and health. By health, I mean physical health such as long term physical injury." — Howard (Jacksonville, FL)
"Just because South Dakota outlaws abortions doesn't mean they will stop. You'll just have 15-year-old girls in closets with coat hangers." — Connie
"Abortion is a complicated issue because it is seen as a political rissue ather that a moral one. I doubt that it will ever be overturned completely, but South Dakota is headed in the right direction. Promote adoptions and the morning-after pill, rather than abortions." — Joe (Maryland)
"Look, South Dakota has a horrible history with the state having to support so many children born into bad circumstances. For example, the state has some of the poorest Native American tribes in the country. It is pathetic and sad. Many children are born either addicted to drugs/alcohol or parents who are addicts. So, women will be forced to either have a dangerous, illegal and unregulated procedure or have a child that is born with disabilities (physical, financial, psychological). It is nuts to force an uneducated, religious-based belief onto women. The government will never tell me what I can or can't do with my own body." — Sue (South Dakota)
"Some people will find a way to get an abortion if they really want one. That's the way it will always be." — S.G. (Dallas, TX)
"This is great! One more step closer to it being banned in the U.S." — Jonelle
"South Dakota's new state motto should be: The state that takes you back to the dark ages." — Sandra (Atlanta, GA)
"Look, women in South Dakota or any other state will get abortions if they choose to. We must make sure that it is legal so that it is monitored and made safe. If you religion dictates that you don't support abortion then there are other ways to go about it legally without infringing on the rights of others by unjustly interring with governmental policy. That is a real threat to democracy and must be stopped. Minister or set an example as Jesus tells you to. I find it hypocritical that these so-called Christians were the ones bombing abortion clinics and killing people. Choose life, great but choose your own and get on with it and stop butting into mine!" — Shannon (New York, NY)
"Abortion should be a felony in whatever state chooses to outlaw it." — Julie
"This is religion forcing itself on governmental policy and is unconstitutional. Law protects religious zealots from telling a woman what she can do with her own body. It will never fly." — Mark (Seattle, WA)
"South Dakota has passed a law that the people agreed with, not one forced on them like Roe vs. Wade." — Michelle (Jenison, MI)
"Great, more women will die from illegal abortions in the greatly backwards state of South Dakota. People are so stupid." — Jackie (Brookline, MA)
"Roe v. Wade will be overturned at the federal level and defined as a state right." — Chris (Groton, NY)
"Murder is a felony, so it makes sense to me." — Doug (Columbia, SC)
"South Dakota has got to be the most backwards, narrow-minded state in the union. I love how it's only male lawmakers pushing this agenda there. Roe vs. Wade will never be overturned. Thank god these morons aren't running the country. Oh wait, they are!" — Kip (Greensboro, NC)
"What about the Constitutional rights of the child? I cheer South Dakota's stand on this issue." — C.B.