Wednesday, February 16, 2011

South Dakota Putting A Target On Abortion Doctors?

This isn't fooling anybody, and anyone who supports this bill in its current language either has an agenda, or is completely stupid.  The bill deals with defining "justifiable homicide," or when it's not against the law to kill a person.

"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. 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."

Supporters of the bill argue that it's aimed at people who intend to "illegally" kill an unborn baby, and they argue that abortion in South Dakota is legal, therefore this isn't intended to protect abortion doctor killers.  However, the bill clearly states "if there is reasonable ground to apprehend a design to commit a felony, OR to do some great personal injury..."  Hmmmm, what other way is there to "harm an unborn baby" other than by committing a felony to do so?  Maybe to abort the baby?  Obviously, the language of this bill protects people who kill abortion doctors.  Whether or not this could stand up as a defense is secondary.  The issue is that somebody could actually murder an abortion doctor with the idea that they'll be immune to punishment because of this bill.  This is seriously socially irresponsible. 

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