South Dakota and Abortion

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With its 800,000 citizens, South Dakota may be one of the smallest states in the nation, but it made a big noise last week.

The South Dakota legislature has passed a bill that would virtually ban abortion. Straight out. No matter how old or young the woman. No matter if the pregnancy was the result of rape. No matter if the pregnancy was the result of incest. No matter if giving birth would damage the health of the mother. No abortions, period — except to save a woman's life.

South Dakota governor Michael Rounds says he's inclined to sign the bill. A direct challenge to Roe v Wade, it would go directly to the courts.

Hear about South Dakota's big noise, and the new shape of the strategic battlefield around abortion.Guests:

Roger Hunt, State Representative South Dakota, sponsored abortion bill.

Kate Looby, director of Planned Parenthood in South Dakota.

Daniel McConchie, vice president of Americans United for Life.

Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for Free Choice.

Kate Michelman, former president of NARAL and author of "With Liberty and Justice for All: A Life Spent Protecting the Right to Choose."

This program aired on February 28, 2006.


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