South Dakota’s governor has signed a ban on abortions in the state. Don’t celebrate too much just yet. The victory is more theoretical than practical as it stands. That’s because a lawsuit will be filed immediately asking the courts to declare the law unconstitutional under the precedent set by Roe v. Wade. But the larger point is that this is setting up another opportunity for the US Supreme Court to finally undo the atrocity that was put in place in 1973 with that original decision and then propped up again by the equally ridiculous decision in 1992 in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
It’s also interesting that the pro-life advocates behind the law have been subject to unremitting harassment and hate crimes, yet we’ve seen no breathless reports in the national media about the “chilling effect” on free speech and the lawlessness that leads to violence. I guess it’s only news when it’s pro-abortion people being threatened.
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