South Dakota became the first U.S. state to pass a law banning abortion in virtually all cases, with the intention of forcing the Supreme Court to reconsider its 1973 decision legalizing the procedure.
The law, which would punish doctors who perform the operation with a five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine, awaits the signature of Republican Gov. Michael Rounds and people on both sides of the issue say he is unlikely to veto it. (Read more...).
This is very good news, but it is only a small step towards a culture that respects life. Planned Parenthood has already pledged to fight this bill, and the bill doesn't put an outright ban on abortion—when a mother's life is in danger, abortion is still allowed. We must work to help people see the value in human life, and to uphold that value. Overturning unjust laws is only part of the package.
Many life issues in our nation today—abortion, euthenasia, cloning, 'somatic-cell nuclear transfer' (another name for cloning)—stem from a disregard for human life. Many people say that infants, the elderly and mentally handicapped people are 'marginal' or even 'not' humans, but they are wrong. We must show them that, with strong arguments grounded in a deep faith.