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.
7/29/2014 Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US - The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation (FGM) to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk, and how many have already experienced, FGM.
According to experts, FGM tends to take place during summer break when parents take their daughter outside of the country for the practice.
Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old woman who grew up in Gambia, experienced FGM there, and then child marriage in the US, started a petition that gained more than 220,000 supporters. . . .