Surprise, surprise. The South Dakota Task Force to Study Abortion is recommending more restrictions on abortion with the goal of a total ban. You shouldn’t be surprised. This was a done deal from the outset. While there were advocates on both sides, the anti-abortion forces dominated and there were few appointees who might have even a degree of objectivity.
Sadly, it looks like the media is playing catch-up on this deal. Moreover, the state’s largest daily cut the AP article to just a few paragraphs. Todd Epp yesterday posted the same report I got on the final meeting of that committee. I won’t repeat it here but it’s worth reading What I find most interesting in the report is the desire to quash any effort to otherwise reduced
unwanted unplanned (dawnne’s comment is correct) pregnancies.
As I’ve said before, it strikes me that taking steps to help prevent
unwanted unintended pregnancies would be one of the first and best methods to stop or reduce abortions. Yet the anti-abortion forces only seem interested in abstinence in that regard. If you have any questions about the efficacy of such an approach, look at how well Nancy Reagan’s “just say no” worked in fighting drug use in the country.
Practical politics consists of ignoring facts.
Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams