South Dakota bill would legalize murder

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    Killing a doctor who performs abortions could soon be legal in South Dakota -- that is, if a bill passed out of committee in the state House of Representatives on Monday, which makes it a "justifiable homicide" for someone to kill anyone attempting to harm an unborn child, becomes law.
    State Rep. Phil Jensen (R), who introduced the bill, was quick to deny that the law is designed to prevent women from having abortions, telling TPM that it is instead a way to provide "consistency" to South Dakota law, and afford "a greater degree of personhood to an unborn child."


    South Dakota Bill Could Legalize Murder Of Abortion Providers | TPMDC
     
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    From the wording used, it would only be a "justifiable" homicide if the unborn child was one's own. So either the mother or the father could claim such a defense. And the actor doing the "aborting" if you will, would have to be engaged in an illegal act. Since abortion is legal, and since a woman would not be having an abortion unless she so wanted, the act of aborting a pregnancy in the traditional sense would not be something that could give rise to a defense of justifiable homicide in this regard. In other words, this is nothing but a political stunt designed to energize base voters, and having no actual effect.

    That being said, I find it extremely irresponsible to pass a bill like this. There are already enough extremists out there who try or do commit acts of violence against abortion providers. This is the kind of thing that could encourage not to hold back, under the false premise that anything they do in the name of preventing abortions from happening could be legal.
     
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    This Bill's Author should check his meds
     
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    The author of this bill should be reprimanded if not forced to resign.

    He is so wrapped up in his own ideology he is not fit to serve the people.
     
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    You can say that about every "public servant" in Washington DC.

    Come to think about it, you can say that about every state politician as well.

    immie
     
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    I've always said it would be a justifyable homicide to take the life of a politician who has voted for a war in which people have been unjustly murdered.

    It would certainly be a determent to further pointless invasions.

    But, I digress... the bill's author is a moron. A fetus is not a person.
     
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    To me, a fetus IS a person....but to others it isnt....

    So as a conservative, who am I to tell others what to do with their bodies.
     
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    South Dakota Moves To Legalize Killing Abortion Providers | Mother Jones

    Between the states seeking to outlaw abortion -- like mine, Ohio -- and the ones seeking to outlaw Sharia law, it's as if the country is on a Slide To Stupid.

    What say you?
     
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    Unconstitutional.
     
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