View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

South Dakota abortion ban backlash begins

Mar. 06 ( - South Dakota's Governor Mike Rounds has signed a bill banning nearly all abortions in the state.

The new law-- the first statewide abortion ban enacted since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision-- is due to go into effect July 1. However, a legal challenge is inevitable, and opponents are likely to seek a court order postponing implementation of the law until the constitutional challenge is resolved.

Thus the South Dakota law sets the stage for the first direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, a case in which the US Supreme Court effectively overturned all state laws restricting abortion. The challenge would test the new balance of power on the Supreme Court, which now includes two Justices recently named by President George W. Bush.

The South Dakota legislation, based on new scientific evidence showing that human life begins at conception, was approved by solid majorities in both houses of the state legislature. A similar bill is now working its way through the Mississippi legislature.

Radical abortion supporters have evidently begun exacting some retribution for their loss in South Dakota. Leslee Unruh, a pro-life activist who lobbied intensively for the new legislation, reports that she has received threatening phone calls in the middle of the night, eggs have been splattered across her house, coathangers placed in her mailbox, and dead animals left at her husband's office. Unruh reports having received "a ton" of hate mail.

The last paragraph struck me.

Pro-lifers have been labeled “violent” by Sanger’s Sirens – and the media has been mesmerized by their song – yet here we see part of the reality.

I wonder if we will see any of this reported by the mainstream media.

Time to check some South Dakota newspapers!


Blogger Moneybags said...

Let us remember to pray, pray, and pray for this to become permanent law. The time to overturn Roe v. Wade is here. Let us pray that we might win because God is on our side.

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