Sunday, February 3, 2008

South Dakota Senate Bill 164

You can look at the bill here.

It contains language such as, "It is the public policy of this state that the interest in freedom from unreasonable government intrusions into the private lives of citizens, and specifically the right of consenting individuals to obtain and use safe and effective methods of contraception without interference by governmental entities, shall be safeguarded and that the laws of this state shall be interpreted and construed to recognize and protect these rights."

Those used to legislative shenanigans know that this kind of language is not about restricting government, but about foisting government mandates on all kinds of people and institutions - pharmacists, Catholic hospitals, empowering bureaucrats against parents where minors are involved, etc.

If you live in South Dakota and want to sound off, there is an automated contact site for State Senators.

Hat tip to The Alpha Center.

1 comment:

David Handy+ said...

I'm no longer a SD resident, so I have no vote here. But a bill like this does raise my suspicions too. In particular, does it lend support to making forms of contraception like the Pill available to teens under 18 without a parent's approval? Does it cover a form of post-coital contraception like the infamous French "morning-after" pill? You have to wonder in cases like this.