S.D. House Approves Abortion Ban Bill

February 24, 2006

Well ladies, it’s happened.  The House approved the Abortion Ban Bill earlier today.  The House passed the bill 50-18 and the Senate approved it 23-12 earlier this week. If signed, it would become law July 1.

Many opponents and supporters of abortion rights believe the U.S. Supreme Court is more likely to overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion now that conservatives John Roberts and Samuel Alito are on the bench. Lawmakers said growing support among South Dakotans for abortion restrictions added momentum to the bill.

“I think the stars are aligned,” said House Speaker Matthew Michels, a Republican. “Simply put, now is the time.”

It looks as if South Dakota isn’t alone.  According to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights organization in New York and Washington, similar abortion proposals are in the works in seven other states: Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee.

That’s some scary business…