Abortion rights: Frontal or piecemeal attack?

South Dakota's wide-ranging new ban
A wide-ranging abortion ban recently passed by South Dakota is aimed ultimately at the U.S. Supreme Court. Members of the South Dakota House of Representatives gave final approval February 24 to the bill, sending it to the desk of Republican governor Mike Rounds, who signed it into law on March 6.

The law prohibits all abortions in South Dakota except for those to save a mother’s life. The law contains no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, nor for pregnancies that could endanger the mother’s health. Doctors who perform banned abortions could face a $5,000 fine and a prison sentence.

The law’s backers hope it will challenge Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that recognized a woman’s right to abortion in the Constitution.


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