Mother Jones, a news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting, points out this questionable bill currently under consideration in South Dakota which would make preventing harm to a foetus a "justifiable homicide" -- a move that could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions.
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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