Sharia Law Coming To South Dakota

by Ben Hoffman

A law under consideration in South Dakota would expand the definition of “justifiable homicide” to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus—a move that could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions. The Republican-backed legislation, House Bill 1171, has passed out of committee on a nine-to-three party-line vote, and is expected to face a floor vote in the state’s GOP-dominated House of Representatives soon.

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Phil Jensen, a committed foe of abortion rights, alters the state’s legal definition of justifiable homicide by adding language stating that a homicide is permissible if committed by a person “while resisting an attempt to harm” that person’s unborn child or the unborn child of that person’s spouse, partner, parent, or child. If the bill passes, it could in theory allow a woman’s father, mother, son, daughter, or husband to kill anyone who tried to provide that woman an abortion—even if she wanted one.

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10 Comments to “Sharia Law Coming To South Dakota”

  1. Best headline ever, Ben.

  2. Sharia Law Coming To South Dakota

    You forgot to mention this part of current South Dakota law:

    South Dakota’s criminal code, which already allows prosecutors to charge people with manslaughter or murder for crimes that result in the death of fetuses.

    I’m interested in hearing your defense of a law that allows a charge of murder for, you know, trimming your toenails.

    • Big difference if it’s voluntary of involuntary.

      • Big difference if it’s voluntary of involuntary.

        No, Ben, no it’s not.

        Either it’s life that can be snuffed out by a drunk driver and punished as murder or…….it’s clipping a toenail.

        Look, if I walk over to your house and clip YOUR toenails, you got me for assault. I’m cool with that. But if you think that killing a baby is just, you know, trimming our whiskers, cuttin’ your hair or rubbin’ your feet with a skin stone…how do you justify the charges of MURDER for someone who trims your whiskers, cuts your hair or rubs your feet?

        Either it’s life that has natural liberty or it’s not. And you are simply dodging a position that you can’t defend because it suits your political “agenda”.

      • I don’t have a “political agenda.” I just don’t think people should be forced to have children they don’t want or aren’t able to take care of. You do, and then after the child is born, it can starve to death and that wouldn’t bother you.

      • I don’t have a “political agenda.”

        Of course you do.

        I just don’t think people should be forced to have children they don’t want or aren’t able to take care of.

        In related news, Ben doesn’t think that parents should have to care for children they already have if they no longer want them. Murder shmurder.

        You do

        I do. Yes. Key word children.

        it can starve to death and that wouldn’t bother you.

        Grow up.

      • You right-wingers and your abortion bullshit…

      • You right-wingers and your abortion bullshit…

        YOU brought it up.

        Further, pardon us for calling you left-wingers on inconsistent and illogical loonery. You can not at the same time be charged for murder AND have it be a toenail. There is no legitimate argument that claims the “group of cells that will be a child upon birth” is considered a child when the mother chooses it to be so.

        It either IS or it ISN’T.

        Continue to spin yourself into nonsensical loops trying to justify your position; just don’t expect rational people to agree with you.

      • [Continue to spin yourself into nonsensical loops trying to justify your position; just don’t expect rational people to agree with you.]

        You’re about as rational as my dog when she sees a rabbit.

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