What they need to do is toss the whole thing into the trash!
____________________________________________________________________________A legislator in South Dakota has filed a bill that, should it become law, would redefine justifiable homicide. That new definition would essentially extend an invitation to South Dakotans to murder abortion providers.
I don’t live in South Dakota.
I don’t have to live there to be disgusted with this legislative malfunction.
House Bill 1171 is a threat to abortion providers…and that’s a threat to us all.
Catch that knee!
When a legislator files a fatwa dressed up as legislation, we’re all in a mess of trouble…it makes little difference that this is a state bill filed in South Dakota. This rancid piece of shit...an insult to the legislative process...is set to be debated on the floor. That means that something that shouldn’t have been drafted in the first place if the legislator behind it had an ounce of decency made it out of committee…that other South Dakota legislators read that mess and thought “what the hell, sounds like a good idea to me!”
I note that this legislation has been proposed just a couple of years after an abortion provider was executed while attending church in Kansas.
This is not a case of blissful ignorance over what people may try to do if given legal justification.
This is a case of South Dakota’s lawmakers knowing that people are willing and able to murder doctors because they disagree with the health care they dispense…that they know that and deciding that they should double down on and provide legal coverage.
Something wretched is brewing in The Middle and trust that the message of justifiable homicide will not be contained to South Dakota.
A threat to access to reproductive healthcare in one state is a threat to access everywhere...and a threat to those who provide reproductive health care has implications for everyone everywhere.
When I get emails from readers in the UK asking whether it is safe or worth it to be a reproductive justice activist in a region where legislators publicly ponder legalizing the murder of abortion providers…well, we’ve crossed a line that makes our state houses look more like gatherings of the Taliban.
And I use “we” deliberately…what legislators do in our name we own too.
I do not live in South Dakota.
But I don’t have to live there to be disgusted by this legislative malfunction…
…or to endure the ramifications sure to come when state government authorizes murder under the banner of protecting life.
To their credit, voters in South Dakota have corrected anti-choice legislative rancidity before.
I sincerely hope they aren't called on to do so again.
But if they are I've got their back.
Because a threat to access to reproductive healthcare for one is a threat to us all.
***logs off disgusted that legislators are wasting the people's time with this shit when there are real problems they should be addressing***