Abortion wars continue

More abortion-related bills are on the docket in the South Dakota Legislature.

Senate Bill 203 would prohibit abortions unless “necessary to preserve the pregnant female’s life.” It would also make abortion a Class 1 felony, punishable by life imprisonment. (Currently, an illegal abortion is a Class 6 felony, which carries a penalty of up to […]

Abortion wars begin

Talk this year has been that there wouldn’t be as drastic an effort to restrict abortion in South Dakota as last year. That may be true but that doesn’t mean all is quiet in the abortion wars.

The first abortion-related bill this session sets out certain legislative findings for abortion and revises the physician disclosure […]

Thune good and bad

The bad: You have to wonder about a candidate claiming he would be an independent voice for South Dakota becoming a deputy whip, a role designed to advance the Repugnican agenda. And it is laughable that the Thune press release refers to “pass[ing] a fiscally responsible budget” when it is issued the same day the […]

State gay marriage amendment

Today a bill was introduced in the South Dakota Legislature proposing an amendment to the South Dakota Constitution banning gay marriage. It would also such render invalid such things as civil unions and domestic partnerships.

The measure appears assured of passage, being sponsored by 56 of 70 House members and 23 of 35 Senate […]

State and federal legislative notes

Item 1: As a follow-up to my earlier post on the “under God” resolution in the South Dakota legislature, it appears no state Senator was willing to stand up and be counted.

Item 2: I see Thune is co-sponsoring a bill that would propose an amendment to the US Constitution banning gay marriage. I will […]