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It appears that doctors the one doctor who provides abortions to the women of South Dakota is safe (for now):

A state bill to expand the definition of justifiable homicide in South Dakota to include killing someone in the defense of an unborn child was postponed indefinitely Wednesday after an uproar over whether the legislation would put abortion providers at greater risk.

The House speaker, Val Rausch, said that the legislation had been shelved, pending a decision on whether to allow a vote, amend the language or drop it entirely.

The bill's sponsor, State Rep. Phil Jensen, originally defended the bill, insisting that it would not, in fact, provide cover for terrorists who believe they are justified in gunning down doctors.

But that's not how some "pro-lifers" saw it:

Dave Leach, an Iowa anti-abortion activist, praised the bill, saying it could end abortions in South Dakota by scaring away doctors or by establishing grounds for someone to kill those who stay.

"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," he said.


Fortunately, Mr. Leach was in the minority, even in the rabidly anti-choice state of South Dakota. A spokesman for "pro-life" Gov. Dennis Daugaard, said, “Clearly the bill as it’s currently written is a very bad idea.”

A "bad idea" to give fetus-obsessed terrorists exactly the legal defense they've been wanting for years so they can gun down doctors without that pesky prison time? Gee, ya think?

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  •  They're only backing down because they probably (12+ / 0-)

    hoped to sneak that provision of the bill through without anyone that they've been caught with their pants down, they're backing away from it.

    That's why you can never let your guard down when it comes to the GOP--they'll use any sneaky, underhanded trick in the book to push their agenda through, whether the voters want it or not.

  •  I'm Pro-Murder and I Vote! (4+ / 0-)
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    MadLibrarian, tonyahky, TomFromNJ, annieli

    ....AND Pro-Life too!!!!

    Palin/Gotti 2012

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    by RumsfeldResign on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 04:31:37 PM PST

  •  Good for now. You know they'll (5+ / 0-)
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    celdd, tonyahky, bushondrugs, TofG, Yogurt721

    be back with some other bullshit soon. Between this and the stories that Rachel Maddow has covered this week, to iriswitch's current diary, I don't know what infuriates me more.

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    We moved to DK4 and all I got was this sig line

    by Vita Brevis on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 04:34:38 PM PST

    •  Failed For Other Reasons (1+ / 0-)
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      The reason the bill failed is because it is too dangerous to their own.
      Selling junk food to pregnant women could be a death sentence because the junk chemicals and the harm they can cause a foetus that lacks a proper blood brain barrier.
      Even selling alcohol to a pregnant women could mean death for the seller of alcohol because of risk.
      Corporate executives for pharmaceuticals that fail with regard to improperly researched side effects could also see themselves on shot on sight lists.

  •  well as I told the governor (6+ / 0-)

    in an email yesterday, if you want my commie liberal Minnesota tourist dollars this june, stop sponsoring terrorism.  Well, maybe I didn't put it quite that way, but that was the gist.

    I didn't mention I'm renting an ultra-cheap state park cabin and cooking my own hot dogs, but we'll just let him imagine I'm a big dollar Minnesotan whose hundred dollar bills might just float down to Colorado instead.

  •  South Dakota is too obsessed with abortion. (4+ / 0-)
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    tonyahky, big annie, Vita Brevis, TofG

    You'd think the conservatives in that state would find a cause that's actually relevant, since there are hardly any abortions happening there.

  •  Just too strange (5+ / 0-)

    They really are obsessed with other people's orifices, aren't they?  Gross!

  •  This is what happens when you don't fight back (7+ / 0-)

    Tilman was only the beginning.

  •  Makes Sense to Them -- (2+ / 0-)
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    tonyahky, Vita Brevis

    The thing is, if you buy into the anti-choice rhetoric that a fertilized human egg is no different from a six-month old child, then the proposed SD law is perfectly logical -- to them.

    This law, however, also exposes their complete and total irrationality on the matter.

    As soon as I get to the bottom of this, I'll get the next plane.

    by Holly Martins on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 04:45:56 PM PST

  •  Wow .. I was not aware it was getting this bad. (1+ / 0-)
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    They were going to pass a law permitting murder.

    That's fucking shocking as hell.

    Republicans totally abandoned conservatism in the 1980s ..

    by shpilk on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 04:52:38 PM PST

    •  there's nuance.. (2+ / 0-)
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      Spoc42, meralda

      like OnTheLeftCoast has said, it wasn't explicit language towards abortion doctors, it was against anyone who directly and immediately threatens a pregnant woman and her fetus without her consent.

      But two things: one, as we saw above some pro-lifers were only too happy to take the law at face value

      and two: don't we have a law against killing/assaulting women (and men) pregnant or not?

      The Republican Party is Michael Douglas. The Tea Party is Glenn Close

      by Jank2112 on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 06:29:27 PM PST

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  •  Only safe from someone using the law for cover. (1+ / 0-)
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    big annie

    Thanks to the terrorists in the American Taliban, they're pretty much never safe.

    Reality has a liberal bias.

    by Hayate Yagami on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 04:56:12 PM PST

  •  I remain rather shocked by the (4+ / 0-)
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    celdd, Greasy Grant, mjbleo, TofG

    extremism that currently prevails in South Dakota.

    Tom Dashcle is from South Dakota, as was George McGovern.  There used to be a strong strain of progressive leadership in the state.

  •  South Dakotans talk matter of factly (1+ / 0-)
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    Go easy on the is a very bad idea...we also don't know emphasis or the emotional bent of the way he said this...just some thoughts

  •  Huh? (2+ / 0-)
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    celdd, TofG

    Assume for a moment that we can take Sen Jensen at his word that he wasn't targeting doctors with this.

    The who exactly would it be justified to kill to prevent an abortion?

    The mother?

    (Unless he was saying that a person would be justified in killing someone who was illegally assaulting a pregnant woman in such a way that it would kill the fetus, though not the woman herself?)

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    by JakeC on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 04:58:54 PM PST

  •  Gee... legalizing murder is a "bad idea" (0+ / 0-)


    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 05:01:43 PM PST

  •  Oh goody. O'Donnell to have one of the (0+ / 0-)

    Democratic Wisc. poeple on.  Psst. Don't tell the teabagger governor.

  •  I thought this was America, where Sharia Law (4+ / 0-)
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    celdd, mike101, Spoc42, esquimaux

    was not allowed .. but it's OK if you are the American Taliban, I guess .. to issue a Fatwa against a gynecologist ..

    Amazing, how fast the thin veneer of civilization is simply stripped away, when Republicans are in charge.

    Republicans totally abandoned conservatism in the 1980s ..

    by shpilk on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 05:07:43 PM PST

  •  Wonder how the (0+ / 0-)

    douche bags would feel if it ever came up in a legislature that it was justifiable homicide to pop an anti-choice activist to save the life of a doctor who chooses to perform a legal medical procedure? Just sayin'.

    They pull a knife, you pull a gun. They send one of yours to the hospital, you send one of theirs to the morgue. - Jim Malone (The Untouchables)

    by Huginn on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 06:53:34 PM PST

  •  The position of the Masters (0+ / 0-)

    Benjamin Creme, from July/August issue of Share International on the perspective of those within the Spiritual Hierarcy / Masters of Wisdom:

    What is the attitude of Hierarchy to abortion, especially in the light of the militant anti-abortion group which has recently come over to the UK from America? (July/August 1993)
    Hierarchy is made up of very intelligent, very wise people. They are Masters because They have mastered life and They have control over all aspects of life open to us on this planet.
    Being intelligent and wise, They do not take narrow views on anything, so They would not take the fanatical anti-abortion stance of the fundamentalist Christians in America, of whom the group who have come to England seem to be representatives. These groups are becoming more vociferous in the United States as President Clinton has promised to ease the laws relating to abortion.
    The Masters of the Hierarchy know that there are pros and cons on most issues; not only that but They know the inner meaning and purpose of life. They know that the purpose behind the creation of a foetus is to serve as the vehicle for an incarnating soul. They also know that at this time there are more foetuses created than are necessary for incoming souls. Therefore, there are a large number of souls of a not very advanced grade drawn into incarnation because of the plethora of foetuses created through the misuse of the sex function.
    The Hierarchy are not ‘for’ abortion — to Them any killing of life at any time is to be regretted — but very often They will see abortion as the lesser of two evils. It is also evil to bring into incarnation a Being who is unwanted and unloved, and there are many foetuses who grow up unwanted, unloved and uncared for.
    Many are born with only one parent, in situations where they would be far better not incarnating ahead of their time, drawn in by the magnetic force of the created foetus. In some cases, therefore, the Masters would advise against abortion; at other times They would recommend that it go ahead. In that case it should, if possible, take place before the fourth week of pregnancy. Between the fourth and fifth week the soul actually begins to grip its vehicle, so any abortion that takes place should preferably be done before the fourth-to-fifth week.

  •  Despite current events (0+ / 0-)

    South Dakota isn't "rabidly anti-choice" as stated in the post -- at least, most of the people aren't.  Twice in the past decade voters have defeated anti-abortion initiatives at the ballot box.  Our stupid, malevolent legislature keeps bringing up draconian forced-pregnancy measures, though.

    Again, to be clear:  I'm not defending the forced-pregnancy zealots in South Dakota, whether they're in the legislature or the electorate.  However, the whole state isn't comprised of foaming-at-the-mouth misogynists, as the post implied.

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