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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Pam Merchant, Call Your Office...

I hear on SDPB that the Senate Health and Human Services committee deadlocked 3–3 yesterday on several votes on SB 92, the latest chit in the abortion-ban pot promulgated by Reps. Howie, Hunt, and that contrary neighbor of mine, Gerry Lange. The bill was deferred for further committee debate to Wednesday.

Now wait a minute: 3–3? Who was missing?

Why, Democratic Senator Pam Merchant, from up Brookings way.

Pam! Where were you? You could have killed that bad bill yesterday!

The roll call for Monday's committee vote lists your absence as "excused." But we'll have a hard time excusing that absence if it gives the abortion ban fanatics time to roust up one more vote. Get to work, vote SB 92 down (and for Pete's sake, let's get to the budget!).


  1. Maybe bad for you. Score one for the good guys that value life even before birth!

  2. "good guys"—the ones who want women to be second-class citizens? Right.

  3. Cory,
    How is it treating women like second-class citizens to require that they actually get to meet with a doctor before undergoing a medical procedure? It seems to me that you would be up in arms over any other procedure being handled this way!

  4. Oh, DRK, let's be honest: SB 92 is about making legal abortions unavailable in South Dakota. Review the second-class citizen critique here and Rebecca Terk's October commentary. Different law, same intent, same damage.

  5. Damage, Cory??? I can't believe that you really believe this. The damage here is done to an unborn baby. And the unborn baby is really the second class citizen here, not the woman.

  6. Constitutional damage. You better believe I believe it.

    (14th Amendment, Clause 1: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." You're not a citizen until you're born.)

  7. You might not be a citizen, granted, but you are a life! And the damage done is to life, not to a constitutional principle. Much more important in the whole scheme of things.

  8. Soldiers give their lives to defend the Constitution. Hmm...

    So suppose a Mexican immigrant needs a kidney to save her life, and you're a perfect match. Can I compel you to surrender that kidney? You wouldn't want to damage that life, would you?


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