I've never been to South Dakota (praise be). But, if it operates similar to every other goddamn state in the union, we can conclude that women generally aren't being forced to get abortions (not by doctors, anyway). I'm assuming there aren't gangs of docs, swinging coat hangers like scimitars, preying on the pregnant. I'm also assuming that during the procedure, there isn't a RN stationed nearby holding a gun to a lady's head.

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SO WHAT THE FUCK, SOUTH DAKOTA?

A law under consideration in South Dakota would expand the definition of "justifiable homicide" to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus—a move that could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions. The Republican-backed legislation, House Bill 1171, has passed out of committee on a nine-to-three party-line vote, and is expected to face a floor vote in the state's GOP-dominated House of Representatives soon.

Specifically, the bill would make homicide justifiable if committed "while resisting an attempt to harm" a woman's unborn child—or the unborn child of a woman's spouse, parent, partner, or child.

You're really going to make it legal for a pregnant woman's immediate family or her partner to kill a doctor attempting to provide her with an abortion, if she wants one?

The bill's sponsor Representative Phil Jensen (one guess which party he swings for) says that the bill couldn't possibly be interpreted that way, because, according to his interview with Mother Jones, "if you look at the code, these codes are dealing with illegal acts. Now, abortion is a legal act."

What a bullshit, mealy-mouthed response.

South Dakota already has the most aggressive abortion laws in the country and legislators have attempted to ban the procedure altogether twice in the past five years. Since they haven't been able to outlaw abortion outright (although they've managed to ensure there are no abortion providers stationed in the state—they fly in for clinics), they're content to simply toe the line and all but encourage violence. Clearly, South Dakota is on the cusp of becoming a very scary place for women's health providers.

Go read the whole article. I feel like my head's about to explode.

Hat tips and curtsies to the herds of outraged individuals who sent the link along.