...and here I was, thinking that the Republicans' focus was going to be JOBS! MAYBE IT'S TIME AMERICANS ALSO TOOK TO THE STREETS TO DEMAND THEIR RIGHTS....AGAIN! MAYBE IT'S TIME TO GIVE ELECTED OFFICIALS FROM SOUTH DAKOTA AN INTELLIGENCE TEST! South Dakota Bill Could Legalize Murder Of Abortion Providers
Killing a doctor who performs abortions could soon be legal in South Dakota -- that is, if a bill passed out of committee in the state House of Representatives on Monday, which makes it a "justifiable homicide" for someone to kill anyone attempting to harm an unborn child, becomes law.
State Rep. Phil Jensen (R), who introduced the bill, was quick to deny that the law is designed to prevent women from having abortions, telling TPM that it is instead a way to provide "consistency" to South Dakota law, and afford "a greater degree of personhood to an unborn child."
Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones first reported on Tuesday that HB 1171 would amend the current law to include the following language (bold parts are new):
Homicide is justifiable if committed by any person while resisting any attempt to murder such person, or to harm the unborn child of such person in a manner and to a degree likely to result in the death of the unborn child, or to commit any felony upon him or her, or upon or in any dwelling house in which such person is.
Homicide is justifiable if committed by any person in the lawful defense of such person, or of his or her husband, wife, parent, child, master, mistress, or servant, or the unborn child of any such enumerated person, if there is reasonable ground to apprehend a design to commit a felony, or to do some great personal injury, and imminent danger of such design being accomplished.
The legislation passed out of committee along party-lines with a vote of 9-3.