Thursday, October 2, 2008

Attorney General's Summary of Measure 11

The "vote no on 11" crowd will make all kinds of efforts to confuse voters. Those who favor abortion have a fanatical belief system and financial profit incentives that lead them to oppose any restriction on any act of abortion. They can't discuss the reality of life (and death), so they try to create and exaggerate legal technicalities.
So, in the interest of clarity (and keeping the discussion where it belongs, on LIFE), here's the actual summary of Measure 11, as it will appear on SD ballot materials:
Title: An Initiative to prohibit abortions except in cases where the mother’s life or health is at a substantial and irreversible risk, and in cases of reported rape and incest.

Attorney General Explanation: Currently a woman may obtain an abortion during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. Beyond 24 weeks, abortions may be performed only if necessary to preserve the life or health of the woman. Measure 11 would prohibit all abortions performed by medical procedures or substances administered to terminate a pregnancy, except for: abortions medically necessary to prevent death or the serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily organ or system of the woman and abortions to terminate a pregnancy of less than 20 weeks resulting from rape or incest reported to law enforcement.

When an abortion is performed as a result of reported rape or incest, the woman must consent to biological sampling from herself and the embryo or fetus for DNA testing by law enforcement.
Measure 11 would allow the provision of contraception substances prior to the time pregnancy can be determined by conventional medical testing, or assistance in obtaining abortions in states where the procedure is legal.

If approved, Measure 11 will likely be challenged in court and may be declared to be in violation of the United States Constitution. The State may be required to pay attorneys fees and costs.

YES- A vote “Yes” will adopt the proposed law.

NO- A vote “No” will reject the proposed law.
h/t voices carry

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