South Dakota - Chaining Women To Their Rapists...For Life!
When the South Dakota legislature passed HB1086, the now infamous Roe v. Wade challenging anti-choice bill, it had the opportunity to add a clause that would immediately terminate the parental rights of a rapist upon conviction. They did not do that! In fact, the killed it in committee by a vote of 11 to 0.
So now, a woman who is unable (lack of availability), unwilling (think Catholic), or prevented (remember we're talking SD here) to use emergency contraception after a rape will face a monstrous choice. Either she accepts that she'll be tethered to her attacker until her child reaches adulthood, and possibly longer. Or she gives up the child...TO HER ATTACKER.
The residents of South Dakota should be ashamed of themselves and their legislature, but I somehow doubt that they are. As for female South Dakotans...leave! What other choice do you have?
Thanks to Mikevotes at BaTCoTE for telling it like it is.
Thanks to you and Mike posting on this..
All the idiots that say voting doesn't matter, why bother, who cares... well it might be true that both parties have corruption, but people knew that Bush would have the opportunity to nominate and the republicated majority would approve.And still... millions did not vote. Millions did not care, millions supported Bush again.
These are not going to be easy times.
I reminded of another group also highly motivated by a "slavish adherence to some kind of moral/religious ideal" who let several girls burn to death rather than subject them to the ultimate moral corruption of being rescued by male firefighters. This of course was the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Once again we see that as we leave a bloody trail abroad in an effort to make them more like us, back home we're becoming more like them.
The terrorists don't wear kafia's, they wear pinstripes.
Unfortunately, I don't think we're going to win this one at the national level. The state level is all that's left, and I agree with StaticB, we need a way to help women get out of SD. Allowing the predator to have any rights whatsoever in this case is morally reprehensible.
We as US citizens got fat 'n' complacent, and while we were enjoying our overabundance, the neocons pulled the rug right out from under us.
We have to work like mad to change things around. No one but the people can do it. It seems futile sometimes, but it'll happen. I think we're only in a waking up period. The average person really hasn't yet. But they'll be forced to.
We are regressing at warp speed. Have you noticed the level of misogynistic ads on TV lately? The attacks on gay people? The suppression of free speech? They're trying to turn women back into June Cleavers! They're making it illegal to criticize shrub without being dragged away!
Well when you use a furrin word like that, of course it sounds like bad idea. You need to call it something better, like . . . ah, here:
"A Return to Traditional Family Values in Government"
Now, see, doesn't that sound so much better? And yet, same thing! The magic of marketing at work!