That is, Rep. Lance Russell, Rep. Mike Verchio, and Sen. Bruce Rampelberg, South Dakota's District 30 "representation" in the statehouse. They all supported one of the most offensive and indefensible laws I have ever tried to read.
I hope I can induce you to read HB1217. Two clauses are particularly offensive;
During the initial consultation between the physician and the pregnant mother, prior to scheduling a surgical or medical abortion, the physician shall:
(1) Do an assessment of the pregnant mother's circumstances to make a reasonable determination whether the pregnant mother's decision to submit to an abortion is the result of any coercion, subtle or otherwise. In conducting that assessment, the physician shall obtain from the pregnant mother the age or approximate age of the father of the unborn child, and the physician shall determine whether any disparity in the age between the mother and father is a factor in creating an undue influence or coercion;...
Prior to the day of any scheduled abortion the pregnant mother must have a consultation at a pregnancy help center at which the pregnancy help center shall inform her about what education, counseling, and other assistance is available to help the pregnant mother keep and care for her child, and have a private interview to discuss her circumstances that may subject her decision to coercion;...
The rest of 1217 is bullshit, too. I submit that anyone who signed on to this bill--Verchio, Rampelberg, Russell, et. al.--is certifiably insane. I can't believe that a legislator from District 30 is clever enough to be consciously part of an authoritarian movement that resembles the worst of the Middle East politics that we despise. On the other hand, authoritarian movements take advantage of morons as a matter of course.