What the worst part about murdering an abortion doctor? Hard to say, but it's probably the part about how you have to go to jail afterward. So annoying!
Luckily, though, that shouldn't be a problem in South Dakota for much longer…
A law under consideration in South Dakota would expand the definition of "justifiable homicide" to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus — a move that could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions. The Republican-backed legislation, House Bill 1171, has passed out of committee on a nine-to-three party-line vote, and is expected to face a floor vote in the state's GOP-dominated House of Representatives soon.
The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Phil Jensen, a committed foe of abortion rights, alters the state's legal definition of justifiable homicide by adding language stating that a homicide is permissible if committed by a person "while resisting an attempt to harm" that person's unborn child or the unborn child of that person's spouse, partner, parent, or child. If the bill passes, it could in theory allow a woman's father, mother, son, daughter, or husband to kill anyone who tried to provide that woman an abortion — even if she wanted one.
Hard to imagine how a bill that makes it legal to kill people for legally doing their job could ever pass any legislative body. Even in a Dakota. And if it does pass, I can't imagine how it could possibly make it through any court of law.
But, if it does pass, it should open up a world of possibilities for legalizing the killing of people in other professions that annoy us. Watch your back, intercom guy who keeps telling me that Borders is getting ready to close in 15 minutes.
Tags: Abortion, Crime, South Dakota