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The Whole Shooting Match

I say, Politicians are stupid.

You say, Prove it.

I say, Okay, suck on this....

The South Dakota legislature recently had a committee look over a bill and approve it.  It is sponsored by Rep. Phil Jensen.  It changes the state's definition of justifiable homicide.  Wording is added that would justify homicide "while resisting an attempt to harm” that person's unborn child or the unborn child of that person's spouse, partner, parent, or child.

Now, you have ten seconds to guess what is wrong with the above....

Okay, pencils down.  Time's up.

If you answered, "This could be used to legally kill abortion providers," you win the game!  Make no mistake, it is a realistic threat.  Since 1993, eight doctors have been assassinated and another 17 have seen attempts made on their lives.

News wires picked this up yesterday, and today, Jensen told the Washington Post he's "looking at" some changes to protect abortion providers.  Ya think?

It appears this isn't an attempt to erode a woman's right to choose, just an attempt to extend law without considering how it might be abused.  But either way, this guy ain't looking any smarter.

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clionona
Feb. 17th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
When I first heard about this, I couldn't believe it. Frightening, isn't it? :/
sinetimore
Feb. 18th, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
I was told, "We get the government we deserve."

I responded, "We get the government we permit."

How did this guy get elected in the first place?
mornblade
Feb. 17th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
Looking at this, I can't help but wonder how often in South Dakota does a non-abortion provider "attempt to harm" an unborn child. It looks to me like he was trying to sneak in a law that creates open season on abortion providers, and when he was called on it he played dumb.
sinetimore
Feb. 18th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
Given how cynical I am, I guess I should have thought of that.
mongrelheart
Feb. 17th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
It appears this isn't an attempt to erode a woman's right to choose, just an attempt to extend law without considering how it might be abused.
It seems like both to me. Abortion providers would be less likely to fly into SD (since it has no providers of its own) if they knew they could be legally killed. Thus further cutting off the already very limited access to abortions that SD women have.
sinetimore
Feb. 18th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
Point taken, I hadn't thought of that. I bow to you.
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