Senate Bill 171 was killed in committee yesterday, largely because of false claims by the Big Ag lobby that the sensible effort to make wanton animal cruelty a felony was coming from out-of-state activists.
Funny, the out-of-state activism of New Jersey lawyer Harold Cassidy has never stopped the South Dakota Legislature from passing the abortion restrictions he writes and lobbies for around the country.
House Bill 1237, this year's mean-spirited attempt to degrade and punish women even more for exercising their constitutional right to bodily autonomy, and the sneakier HB 1236, taking away one more bit of legal recourse women might have for being denied an abortion, may have Cassidy's fingerprints on them. But South Dakota Republican John Tsitrian says HB 1237 is absurd:
The absurdity built into this bill is the implication that women can’t think on weekends and holidays–the reality, of course, is to add another hurdle along the way for women who seek to terminate their unwanted pregnancies. The simple political math is that when you add the absurdity to the problem, your sum is all about the reason that the GOP has lost a substantial share of the female vote [John Tsitrian, "News Flash: SD Women Can Think on Weekends," A Way to Go, 2013.02.12].
Unhappily for the GOP, bills like South Dakota’s HB 1237 are easily lifted from news wires and disseminated by national media and used as yet another example of Republican antipathy to women. I know that many well-educated, young, single professional women are uniformly rolling their eyes at the news of this pending legislation, and it only reinforces a built-in disgust with what they perceive to be condescending and demeaning Republican attitudes toward women. Given that the GOP’s roots go down to the bedrock principles of self-reliance and freedom from government intrusion into our personal lives, bills like HB 1237 are a rejection of what Republicanism is all about [Tsitrian, 2013.02.12].
Tsitrian is no Democratic infiltrator: he brands President Obama a "quasi-socialist." He urges his party to drop HB 1237 not just because it's bad legislation, but also because he wants Republicans to gain ground with women voters and win more elections.
But as long as uneducated twerps like Rep. Jon Hansen (R-25/Dell Rapids) try to control my wife's body, that's not going to happen.
Rep. Hansen brings his HB 1237 and HB 1236 to House Judiciary on Friday, February 15, at 10:00 a.m. Contact those committee members (11 of the 13 are Republicans; 9 of the 13 are men), send them Tsitrian's article, and tell them to kill these bills, if not for the sake of women, then for the sake of the GOP.
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