Pro-Life Governor, Rounds 2Jul. 11, 2008
Yesterday's entry on South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds' court victory of Planned Parenthood was written on a tight deadline, so I didn't get to do all the research I wanted, or even include everything I found. Sometimes, that can be serendipitous. As it turns out, Governor Rounds this year also signed into law a sonogram bill that almost died — and similar, apparently, to the enhanced informed consent we've tried to get passed the last two years here — that specifies, according the blog Dakota Voice, that:
No facility that performs abortions may perform an abortion on a pregnant woman without first offering the pregnant woman an opportunity to view a sonogram of her unborn child. The woman's response to the offer shall be documented by the facility, including the date and time of the offer and the woman's signature attesting to her informed decision.
This, along with the South Dakota law discussed in yesterday's post, validated by U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (opinion here), that requires doctors to provide women considering an abortion a statement saying that abortions kill human life, is very positive news. It gives pro-lifers hope in a time when it may be easy to despair, especially here, given the recent history of the Virginia Senate.
As for yesterday's post, we were pleased to see two comments left by an actual South Dakotan. As it turned out, the writer ("Twitchard" Marmorstein), also has a blog, Central Spectrum, and wrote a post on the same subject not long after I did. He also was perplexed at the minimal news coverage the 8th circuit's decision received. (In fact, as much of the news as this office consumes, no one here knew of it except by the chance viewing of Brit Hume's Special Report on Fox News Channel about a week ago.) He expanded on the lack of media coverage to include this great point:
Surely something as serious as defining the phrase 'human being' to include the unborn is as serious as defining the phrase 'marriage' to include homosexuals. But yet, every time people in California try to do that, it makes headlines. A LOT of headlines. This makes practically NO headlines.
It's sad that the Virginia Senate refuses to pass such commonsense and constitutional laws; policies that most Virginians approve of and for which we have vigorously advocated. The Planned Parenthood crowd in the Senate normally counters with the argument that such legislation puts undue pressure on the woman, and the decision is hard enough to make. To that, Mr. Marmorstein had another astute counter in his comments here yesterday: That Planned Parenthood forces upon students birth control and abortion information so they can get a "comprehensive" education. If so, what's wrong with providing women considering abortion "comprehensive" information?
We're happy the good folks in South Dakota have not just a pro-life governor, but one who actively engages the issue and takes the fight head on. We look forward to the day in Virginia where we have made as much progress.