South Dakota's House of Representatives passed the so-called "Women's Health and Human Life Protection Act" by a vote of 45-25 yesterday. The bill (HB1293) would make abortion illegal in all cases except for rape, incest, or if the life or health of a woman is endangered. Even cases that fall into these categories would be closely scrutinized, making it difficult for a doctor to confirm that a woman's request for an abortion is justified under this new law.
The bill carries an amendment that would require a statewide vote if it is signed by South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds (R). In November 2006, South Dakota voters resoundingly rejected an extreme abortion ban that had been signed into law in a ballot initiative.
Media Resources: Keloland 2/14/07; CNS News 2/1/07
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .
1/22/2015 BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban - After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill.
House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care. . . .
1/22/2015 House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support - House Republicans cancelled plans to vote on a 20-week ban on abortion after Republican Congresswomen removed their names publicly as co-sponsors of the bill.
The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v. . . .