The new composition of the U.S. Supreme Court will already chew on its first abortion case with a challenge to a partial birth abortion ban coming before the court. South Dakota is set to test the Supreme Court’s willingness to stand by Roe v. Wade.
Gov. Mike Rounds signed legislation Monday banning nearly all abortions in South Dakota, setting up a court fight aimed at challenging the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
The bill would make it a crime for doctors to perform an abortion unless the procedure was necessary to save the woman’s life. It would make no exception for cases of rape or incest.
Planned Parenthood, which operates the state’s only abortion clinic, in Sioux Falls, has pledged to challenge the measure in court.
Rounds issued a written statement saying he expects the law will be tied up in court for years and will not take effect unless the U.S. Supreme Court upholds it.
“In the history of the world, the true test of a civilization is how well people treat the most vulnerable and most helpless in their society. The sponsors and supporters of this bill believe that abortion is wrong because unborn children are the most vulnerable and most helpless persons in our society. I agree with them,” Rounds said in the statement.
Even with new conservative justices on the Supreme Court, I don’t hold my breath for a complete reversal of Roe v. Wade. I pray I’m wrong, but not hopeful. Liberal baby-killer advocates (pro-choice) like to scare people by claiming that overturning Roe v. Wade would automatically outlaw abortion nationwide. That’s simply not true. Roe v. Wade states that there are implicit rights to privacy in the U.S. Constitution that extend to the medical decision of a woman regarding whether or not to abort a fetus (kill her unborn baby). A reversal of this decision would simply allow states to regulate abortion. Some states, like South Dakota, would enact sweeping restrictions on abortion. Other states would likely impose NO regulations on abortion. If a woman could not obtain an abortion in her home state of South Dakota, Idaho, Utah, etc., she could still travel to an abortion-friendly state.