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02-16-2011, 11:16 PM
PrintBack to story .South Dakota politicians defend controversial fetus bill
By Liz Goodwin liz Goodwin
Wed Feb 16, 11:18 am ET

.Critics of a controversial new abortion bill in South Dakota say that its language sanctions violence against abortion providers. But backers of the legislation insist that it does no such thing; indeed, they deny that its provisions have anything to do with abortion in the first place, according to tell Rapid City Journal reporter David Montgomery.

The bill, which made it out of committee with the support of Republicans in a party-line vote, is intended to make it legal for a woman or her relative to kill someone who is attempting to illegally harm her unborn child, South Dakota state Rep. Phil Jenson told Montgomery. Since abortion is legal, anyone killing an abortion doctor would not qualify for the law's stipulation of justifiable homicide in cases where pregnant women kill people threatening the life of their unborn child.

"It's being spun in an amazing way, that those who support this bill are hoping to see abortion doctors murdered or something. I can't think of anything further from the truth," Rep. Steve Hickey, a co-sponsor of the bill, told Montgomery. "I know that's not the intention of the sponsor. That's not even an unintended consequence." It is already justifiable homicide in the state to kill someone who is attempting to harm your spouse or child.

But abortion rights defenders say that those who have committed or attempted violence against abortion providers have tried to use the justifiable homicide defense before. Any mention of justifiable homicide and fetuses in the same law is a signal to extremists, they say.

"The bill in South Dakota is an invitation to murder abortion providers," Vicki Saporta, the president of the National Abortion Federation told Mother Jones' Kate Sheppard, who first brought the bill to national attention. She notes that anti-abortion extremists have killed eight doctors and tried to kill another 17 since 1993. The pro-abortion rights South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families said they worried a "misguided extremist [could invoke] this 'self-defense' statute to justify the murder of a doctor, nurse or volunteer."

Abortion has been a battleground in the state in recent years. In 2006, South Dakota's governor signed a bill that banned abortion in an attempt to get the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade. Voters repealed the law in a referendum shortly after. Women seeking abortions are told in the state that they are ending a "unique" life and must wait 24 hours for the procedure. There is only one abortion clinic, according to The New York Times. According to the Guttmacher Institute, South Dakota is the sole state that defies federal law and does not allow women who have been raped or are the victims of incest to access Medicaid to pay for abortions.

The bill's supporters told Montgomery they are open to changes to the bill. Jensen says he's meeting with state Attorney General Marty Jackley to adjust the bill.

(Dueling South Dakota protesters after the 2006 abortion ban passed: AP.)