34 years after George McGovern ran for president — and 33 years after the Supreme Court forbade states from outlawing abortion — some rather less progressive South Dakotans have passed a bill, which Governor Mike Rounds is "inclined" to sign into law, that will outlaw abortion in that state. The timing, of course, is not at all accidental, and this isn't really about South Dakota. The state's legislature is a womb incubating an obvious challenge to the 1973 Roe vs Wade decision, preparing to test whether the Roberts court, with the additions of Justices Roberts and Alito, will overturn what the Burger court decided.
The bill has an exception only where the life of the mother is at risk. If a doctor can't swear that the mother stands a good chance of dying, she may not, if this bill becomes law, perform an abortion to prevent the mother from becoming seriously incapacitated, or to preserve the mother's chance to have children in the future. A pregnant rape victim in South Dakota will be forced to bear the rapist's baby. That any thinking person, even one who opposes abortion in general, can find this acceptable is beyond me.
The stone faces of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln are looking out at a sorry state right now. We can only hope that, when it comes time for them to hear the resultant case, the Roberts court rules on the side of sense. The legislature of South Dakota has not.