House Bill 1171South Dakota Justifiable Homicide Bill Under Fire as Critics Say It Invites Murder of Abortion Doctors
February 15, 2011 5:54 PM
A bill scheduled for debate on the floor of the South Dakota House of Representatives Tuesday has been labeled by a group representing abortion clinics as "an invitation to murder abortion providers."
House Bill 1171 would expand the legal definition of justifiable homicide in the state. Critics said the measure legalizes the killing of abortion providers by saying a homicide is permissible if committed by a person "while resisting an attempt to harm" an unborn fetus.
"The bill introduced in South Dakota is an invitation to murder abortion providers," Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, the professional association of abortion providers, told CBS Radio News. "It would actually legalize murder."
This strikes home as my sister was stalked and assaulted by the bio-father for refusing to abort. In her 3rd month of pregnancy, the man beat the **** out of her. he would have finished the job if it weren't for a neighbor who heard the fight and intervened. While my sister with her unborn daughter Adrian lived through it, it wasn't from a lack of this man trying. The assault gave Adrian a permanent behavioral disorder, night terrors, and other problems; and compounded my sister's PTSD."Let's say an ex-boyfriend finds out his ex-girlfriend is pregnant with his baby and decides to beat on her abdomen to kill the unborn child," Jensen told Reuters. "This is an illegal act and the purpose of this bill is to bring continuity to South Dakota code as it relates to the unborn child."
Pregnant women, having the right to bodily sovereignty, should be free to use lethal to defend themselves and their children no differently than she can use lethal force to stop a rape.