I'm reading this morning about South Dakota legislature's moves towards banning abortion.
The usual suspects crawl out of the woodwork to bemoan the possibility that abortion could be banned in the state. However, one complaint in particular stuck out:
The legislation was decried by opponents who said it would particularly impact rape victims and poor women. Currently, a clinic in Sioux Falls is the only place where abortions are provided in South Dakota. The closest alternative is a Planned Parenthood location in Sioux City, Iowa, about 90 miles away.
"It's a sad state of affairs that we have only one choice (for abortion) right now," said Charon Asetoyer of the Native American Women's Health Care Education Resource Center in Lake Andes. "But if you have to go out of state, the cost of making that trip will be prohibitive."
Well, first off, by my map, Lake Andes is pretty close to Nebraska, so that arguments a little moot.
But my next question is, does anyone know if any if abortion is legal on any of South Dakota's Indian reservations? And if it is legal, would South Dakota law affect that legality?
I mean, there's your potential hypocritical solution right there-- ban abortion in South Dakota, but if an Indian tribe wants to keep it legal, knock themselves out.
BTW, my personal opinion? The law will be declared unconstitutional, but not because it bans abortion, but because it doesn't provide the standard "reasonable exceptions" of rape and incest. If this law ever makes it to the Supreme Court, the case will never be decided on the actual merits of banning abortion, but on that technicality instead. Seriously, which SCOTUS Justice wants to touch this hot potato?