Friday, February 24, 2006

Conservatives For Abortion

The new management at Robbie's (me) posted why liberals must be anti-abortion. Check it out.

I've posted my views about abortion in the past (in the sidebar), and in general I am against it - unless there be a pressing reason. Rape and incest are two pressing reasons that I believe to be good ones to perform an abortion. Therefore, I was not too thrilled with today's decision in South Dakota:
State lawmakers voted Friday to ban nearly all abortions in South Dakota and sent the measure to the governor, who said he is inclined to sign it. Under the legislation, doctors in South Dakota would face up to five years in prison for performing an abortion unless it was necessary to save the woman's life.
What's missing? The law doesn't include clauses in cases of rape or incest.
Opponents of the bill argued that abortion should at least be allowed in cases involving rape, incest and a threat to a women's health. If a woman who is raped becomes pregnant, the rapist would have the same rights to the child as
the mother, said Krista Heeren-Graber, executive director of the South Dakota
Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. "The idea the rapist
could be in the child's life ... makes the woman very, very fearful. Sometimes
they need to have choice," Heeren-Graber said.
Imagine the terror involved: A woman who was raped must now share the parenting duties of her child with the man who raped her?! Even if there were no way he could ever be involved in the child's life, he would still be the father, and the mother would always know that. Terrifying.


  1. Agree with you almost 100%. I'm not for abortion, but the idea that there is never a legitimate case for it is just as absurd as it being entirely arbitrary.

    You know the old saying that a liberal is just a conversvative who hasn't been mugged yet? A friend of mine (female) said the opposite version was that a no compromises pro-life woman is a pro-abortion woman who hasn't been raped. Kinda creepy to say, yes...but she got her point across with it.

  2. Wow - strong, but effective. I sat up straight and at attention at that line.

  3. I see a very strong possibility of the South Dakota ban backfiring. I hope to explain more tomorrow when I blog about it.