Rounds: South Dakota’s Abraham Lincoln

S.D. Governor OKs Anti-Abortion Bills,” by Joe Kafka, Associated Press, 17 March 2005, http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&u=/ap/20050317/ap_on_re_us/sdakota_abortion_laws&printer=1 (from South Dakota Politics).

Great, great, great news.

Gov. Mike Rounds signed a series of anti-abortion bills, including one that requires doctors to tell women the procedure ends the lives of humans, his office announced Thursday.

The bill-signings further tighten state abortion restrictions that some characterize as among the toughest in the nation.

One of the four new laws requires doctors to inform pregnant women, in writing and in person, no later than two hours before an abortion that the procedure ends the lives of humans and terminates the constitutional relationship women have with their fetuses.

Women also must be told that some women die during abortions and the procedure can lead to later depression and other problems.

Rounds, a Republican elected in 2002, also signed a bill that will automatically ban most abortions in South Dakota if the U.S. Supreme Court reverses its 1973 Roe decision and gives states authority to prohibit abortion. The only exceptions would be cases where a woman’s life is in danger. Doctors who perform illegal abortions could receive up to two years in prison.

A fourth new law establishes a state task force to study the history of abortion since 1973 and to see if other laws need changing. Abortion opponents said science, medicine and technology have changed considerably since the Roe v. Wade decision.

Governor Mike Rounds: South Dakota’s Abolitionist.

And to think I voted against the guy…