PIERRE, S.D., Feb. 22 — Setting up South Dakota to become the first state in 14 years to start a direct legal attack on Roe v. Wade, lawmakers voted on Wednesday to outlaw nearly all abortions.
…Some opponents of abortion rights celebrated what they called a bold and brave move and lauded South Dakota for taking the lead in what they said they hoped would become a series of states to challenge Roe, the 1973 decision that made abortion legal.
As written the law does not contain exemptions for rape, incest or the woman’s health.
For decades the Roe battle has amounted to a dog chasing a car down an endless suburban street, a situation that has worked out pretty well for the dog. Laws like this came up all the time which sounded completely outrageous, because everybody knew that they wouldn’t make it to the governor’s desk or they’d be overturned on appeal. They basically served as fundraising letters for lawmakers representing particularly medieval districts.
So, what happens when the dog catches the car?