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.Also introduced was a new state logo.
It ought to be pointed out that South Dakota's "no exception" law is a direct affront to Jewish law, which allows rape, incest and mental health exceptions. Rabbi Eliezar Yehuda Waldenberg even allows abortion exceptions for fetus that might be born with a deformity (up to the third month) and for fetuses carrying a lethal disease (up to the seventh month.)
If this law carries (which it won't. Federal courts will uphold the Roe precedent, as, I suspect, will the Supreme Court, as currently constitututed) wouldn't you love to see some pious, God-fearing Jew turn the conventional wisdom on its ear by appearing in a South Dakota court to argue that the "no exception" abortion law interferes with his religious rights?
I sure would.