02 February 2007

The Coathanger State -- take two

After the voters swept it away 55%-45% in November, South Dakota's abortion ban is back, this time with rape-and-incest exceptions in an effort to make it more palatable.

Most abortion bans have traditionally had such exceptions. Of course, if opposition to abortion were really motivated by a belief that embryos are "persons", then such exceptions would make no sense, since being conceived by rape or incest does not affect the moral status of a person. If the real motive is a desire to control and punish sexual behavior, they make all the sense in the world.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

And your words make all the sense in the world. It is a control issue. I had read somewhere that most pregnancies are terminated naturally very early on, without the mother even knowing she's pregnant. None of those trying to ban abortions grieves over it. A mother, even a mother considered unfit for whatever reason, just may know best whether or not she should have a baby. No one outside the combination of her body, her role and her situation is more suited to make the "right" decision for her or for what could grow to be a baby.

02 February, 2007 09:48  

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