For the record, South Dakota Republicans remain determined to accomplish what Democrat Billie Sutton voted for at least twice: the complete repeal of Roe v. Wade and an absolute ban on abortion. Keep pinned to your “people to campaign against” wall these comments made by Republicans in House State Affairs last Friday in debate on the amended House Bill 1177, another forced sonogram bill:
Hansen, Haugaard, Qualm, Nelson and Frye-Mueller agreed they want the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the Roe v. Wade decision that legaized abortion nationwide.
…”We need to tread very carefully when it comes to passing abortion legislation in our state, and I think many of us, myself included, are committed to doing whatever we can to ensure that Roe versus Wade is overturned, and that abortion ends in America. That’s our starting point,” Hansen said.
…Qualm, a farmer, further explained his position to the committee: “Whatever we need to do to get rid of Roe versus Wade is what we need to do, but it needs to be done in a proper way, that it doesn’t invite litigation and we know has a high potential of losing and we end up paying Planned Parenthood for their lawyers’ fees” [Bob Mercer, “S.D. Legislators Want Pregnant Mothers to Have Chance to Hear Heartbeat Before Abortions,” KELO-TV, 2019.02.24].
(KELO-TV offers another false headline here, caving to the conservative Newspeak that cloaks government coercion in language of opportunity. Pregnant mothers already have the chance to hear an amplified electronic representation of their fetuses’ heart murmurs; all they have to do is ask, as they can for any other medical procedure.)
With Republican intent clear, to completely strip women of their reproductive rights and render them second-class citizens and wards of the Haugaard-Puritan patriarchy state, two Democrats go Sutton and play along. Democratic Representatives Ray Ring and Michael Saba joined the patriarchal Republican wave to vote for HB 1177 on the House floor yesterday.
Remember the Republican endgame here: total abortion ban.
And Democrats, remember the Sutton lesson: not only is voting to help Republicans ban abortion immoral policy, but it also won’t get you elected in South Dakota.