South Dakota legislators announced Monday that they will reintroduce a new version of their previous abortion ban that was rejected by voters in the November elections. A group of legislators that identify themselves as Legislators for Life say that this version of the ban will include exceptions for rape, incest, and to protect the life and health of the mother. Abortion opponents anticipate that this new draft will appeal to voters who oppose abortion but believe that certain exceptions are required.
The 2006 version of the ban, which was an initiative on the November ballot, was decisively overturned by South Dakota voters. It would have outlawed all abortion, except in cases that would prevent the death of a woman, and would have provided prison sentences for violators.
The 2006 version of the bill was drafted to serve as a tool that would bring the abortion issue before the Supreme Court in efforts to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .