South Dakota Passes Rapists' Reproductive Rights Act of 2006
by thinkforyourself, Sat Feb 25, 2006 at 12:28:24 PM EST
How could a bill like this pass in any state in this country? This "abortion ban" bill gives parental rights to rapists. How sick is that?
[Updated regarding vote of South Dakota Legislature on HB 1215(Abortion ban bill.) Out of 14 women noted between both houses, only four women voted against this bill. Disgraceful.
Crossposted at Daily Kos
S.D. Governor "Inclined" To Sign Abortion Ban
The assault on women's rights has begun. Women are still seen as second class citizens in this country, especially if they are poor. That is very clear. There is no doubt this is also the lead in to reversing Roe vs. Wade. I just hope most states do not follow in their footsteps. They will make women wear invisible burquas in this country if we let them. HOW DARE they suppose to run our lives! What's next? TAKING THE RIGHT TO VOTE FROM US?
This bill being signed condemns women to death. Period. There is no escaping that fact, and those who voted for this are murderers themselves. Abortion should not be legislated. It is not an issue I believe should even be used for political gain. A woman who gets pregnant has a variety of circumstances in their life that others cannot comprehend. Only SHE, her mate, and her doctor should know the decision made and why it is being made. It is also for her to make peace with it. It is not for us to decide. It is not the government's place to tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her body! Are vasectomies outlawed in South Dakota? Does the man have ANY responsibility for what he does? This is a biased and discriminatory law and to me it is unconstitutional and must be fought in every state that tries to pass one like this one.
And for these people to pass a law that would prohibit abortion in cases of rape or incest is sheer TORTURE, and is unconstitutional in and of itself. It is an ABOMINATION to women. A young woman who is raped (which is a crime of violence) and becomes pregnant from it, will now be forced to carry that "fetus" to full term and even have to deal with the rapist who will have full parental rights!? A young woman who is the victim of being repeatedly abused and raped by a stepfather or uncle, will have to carry any "fetus" full term!? What if she is only twelve years old? It is INSANITY. RAPISTS ARE REWARDED IN SOUTH DAKOTA. How can the women of South Dakota really want this? I find that VERY hard to believe.
And what of that child? What will they be told when asked who their father is? "Oh, he is the man who raped me?" The psychological stigmatism from this alone is mindboggling. Oh, but they won't have to deal with the horrors of what this will bring. They who sit in their government chambers and dare to legislate their barbaric brand of "morality" as they allow millions of children in this country to go hungry everyday! As they applaud bombs being dropped on innocent children in other countries thus aborting them! As they allow their leader to abort our children in his war of empire!
Just who the hell do these people think they are to force women to deal with circumstances not of their making? To have to live with the trauma of the crime committed against them every day of their lives? What draconian assholes thought of this? Is this their way of punishing the woman because they think that all women who are raped deserve it? I simply can't wrap my head around this, but it sure looks to me like we have our own TALIBAN right here in the United States! The rights of rapists trump the rights of their own victims!?
And to think any woman actually voted for this in unconscienable- and well, any who did are not women to me. They are pawns. They are spineless enablers of such a cruel, draconian, barbaric mindset, that they need to be shunned by real women. I cannot as a woman (and a woman who myself would only have had an abortion in the case of rape or if the life of the fetus or mine was in grave danger) condone this action. It is simply WRONG.
Why don't those of you who believe in this just pick yourselves up and move to Iran? For all of your talk about how they oppress people and need to be dealt with, you sure as hell act just like them! Doing it with a pen and paper is no different in method that doing it with a sword. It has the same results. You will then rue the day you chose to once again subject women in this country to second class status. Too many of us have fought long and hard for what we have now, and we aren't about to give it up. You can therefore, "legislate" all you want. It isn't going to do anything but bring more women to death, suicide, poverty, and despair... and you WILL be fought on this, you despicable bastards.
I really don't know what else to say. I don't recognize this country anymore.
Please see the other diary on this topic as well (the link is in the comments section here). This is a discussion we need to have regarding this debate, and action needs to be taken to protect the rights of women and their right to an abortion, ESPECIALLY in cases of rape or incest!
Also, thank you to dmsilev for the title suggestion in place of the original title, South Dakota- Where Rapists Are Rewarded.