Monday, September 29, 2008

In the News

Exceptions Rule Abortion fight

PIERRE - Backers of an initiated abortion ban say the measure contains important
exceptions for rape, incest and the health of a pregnant woman, but opponents
view the proposed law as an unworkable sham.

The campaign over Initiated Measure 11 pivots on the wording of those exceptions. A Rapid City doctor who opposes the ban said the proposed law is so narrowly crafted that the exceptions would not work in practice and could force doctors to make medical decisions while weighing the fear of a felony criminal charge.

"It would have a terrible impact on a doctor's ability to use proper medical judgment, with the risk of 10 years in prison and $20,000 fine," Dr. Marvin Buehner said. "The effect would be to ban abortion completely.

How the Initiated Measure's Exceptions Read

No Control of Sexual Behavior


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