South Dakota considers bill that critics say legalizes murder of abortion doctors

The South Dakota legislature is considering a bill that critics claim would legalize the killing of abortion doctors. The legislation stands a good chance of passage following approval by a state House committee Tuesday.

The bill states, “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.”

Greg Sargent of The Washington Post writes that the bill’s sponsor, state Republican Rep. Phil Jensen, denies that killing abortion doctors would be legalized.

Sargent writes that Jensen offered the hypothetical situation of an ex-boyfriend beating a woman’s stomach because he “doesn’t want to pay child support for the next 18 years.” Jensen said that in such a situation, “If she did kill him, it would be justified. She is resisting an effort to murder her unborn child.”

Jensen called critics of his proposal wrong. “If some loony did what you’re suggesting, then this law wouldn’t apply to them. It wouldn’t be justifiable homicide,” said Jensen.

Vicki Saporta of the industry group National Abortion Federation said, “The bill in South Dakota is an invitation to murder abortion providers.”

Since 2004, unborn babies are recognized as the victims of murder with the passage of the federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act. Presumably, the defense against an attack on an unborn baby would presently be justified.

South Dakota Democratic state Rep. Peggy Gibson told the Associated Press that the bill would allow any family member to kill a doctor willing to provide a female relative with an abortion.

She also said that she fears it would cause an escalation in the severity of domestic violence. “It’s an open invitation to allow every domestic dispute involving a pregnant woman to escalate into justifiable homicide,” Gibson stated.

Slate magazine notes that there are no abortion providers in the state of South Dakota, and that the only doctor-provided abortions come once a week when Planned Parenthood flies a doctor to Sioux Falls.

The sponsor says that despite pro-choice fears, “This code only deals with illegal acts. Abortion is legal in this country. This has nothing to do with abortion.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ric-Barnett/1518866858 Ric Barnett

    It always frightens me that the same liberals that are dead set against guns are the same ones that are all for murdering the unborn. That is the purest proof that people kill. The choice of weapons doesn’t change anything.

    • toomuchinfo

      I’m not “pro-gun or pro-abortion,” I’m pro-freedom. It is my right to have a gun, and I believe it is my right to end my own life, if I so choose. I also believe a woman has the right to make decisions that govern whats going on inside her body. Can you really call yourself a freedom loving American, and then dictate to someone what they can and can’t do to their own body? Get over yourselves, folks. Mind your own damn business. Let God sort out the sinners. Keep your Sharia Law out of America!

      • Lou

        I’m a woman and have a right to do whatever I want with my body, but when there is another body inside of me, it’s not my right to kill it.

  • timej31

    Abortions are like guns. Don’t blame the gun. Blame the shooter.

  • virginiagentleman

    The American holocost, 53 million dead babies.That is really something to be proud of isn’t it liberals? Murder is Murder,and can never be LAWFUL!

  • diamndgirl

    Good for SD! Hope other states follow their lead…it is much needed in my opinion.

  • sawdustking

    Silly liberal twits. There are no abortion doctors in South Dakota. Might as well make it legal to hunt giraffe in SD. Good luck with that safari.

    • The_anniebanannie

      Sioux Falls has an abortion clinic. There’s another one in Rapid City. Or, they can go over the state line into Montana.

      • Lou

        Then I guess they need to close their doors, huh?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jasmine-Clark/1785223171 Jasmine Clark

    it’s interesting how suddenly, these pro abortion people are so against murder.

    • GeniousIQ

      Funny how so many “pro-lifers” are suddenly in favor or murder.

      /See, stupid logic works both ways

    • thephranc

      Pro choice is not pro abortion.

      • sawdustking

        That’s the stupidest thing I’ve heard all week.

        • toomuchinfo

          No, I heard some twit say there were no abortion doctors in SD.