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You've Got to Love a Country

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The heat has just been turned up a notch on the battle raging in the state of South Dakota to institute the most stringent, and draconian, ban on abortion nationwide.

Last November, the South Dakota legislature approved a referendum to prohibit abortion in all cases except when the life of the mother is at stake. The bill, HB 1215, would criminalize doctors who perform abortions even in instances of rape and incest. The chief sponsor of the legislation, state Representative Roger W. Hunt, promises to track down, and prosecute, health care providers, and institutions, who are noncompliant, in his fervent fight to "defend the unborn." (WaPo)

Now that we find ourselves only a bit less than one year away from the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, what better time to focus attention on those hypocrites who claim to be so concerned about protecting human life, and who were manifestly unperturbed by the nonstop footage of thousands of stranded, drowning, and dying citizens of New Orleans. Those who scream the loudest about turning back the clock on legalized abortion are, more often than not, conspicuously silent when the cries of hungry children are heard. Those who want to deprive our daughters of their right to choose are more likely to vote against relief for poor welfare mothers, food stamps, and nationalized health insurance.

You've got to love a country that chooses to defend the rights of the unborn over the rights of the living. One can only hope that voters in South Dakota, and elsewhere should this madness spread, will recognize that choice has now become synonymous with sanity, and will vote accordingly when they go to the polls in November.
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Widely published, poet, playwright, essayist, and screenwriter; member of PEN American Center, and PEN USA. Jayne Lyn Stahl is a Huffington Post blogger.
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