Somehow, South Dakota has become the first state in the United States that has completely eliminated abortions from within their boundaries. Planned Parenthood, headquartered in Highland Park in St Paul, had been providing the facilities and the medically licensed fiends to do the killing, all of a sudden can't find killers any longer.
It seems that South Dakota passed a law that requires baby killers to tell women that abortion terminates a mother's relationship to "a unique human being." And they don't want to do that. I am hopeful that legislators in the other 49 states have a copy of the South Dakota law and we will soon see more states passing similar legislation.
The South Dakota law was passed several years ago but it was overturned by a three judge panel of the 8th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Minnesota Judge Diana Murphy of the Court, one of the most effective pro-abortion judges in America, wrote the 2-1 decision in October, 2006, siding with Planned Parenthood and blocking the law. She argued that naming a fetus a unique human being is a "state imposed ideology, not a fact."
Just last month, June 27, the full 8th Circuit Court met and overturned Judge Murphy's decision. The Court has 11 members from the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
There may be an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. That may take a year or two more, but at least for the time being, there will be no abortions in South Dakota. Praise God!
When she is not supporting Planned Parenthood, Murphy also serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas. No doubt she was very instrumental in the decision last Fall to remove the Archbishop and the Vicar General of the archdiocese from their ex-officio positions on the Board of Trustees. They now serve five year terms, at the pleasure of the Board.
One wonders how such a pro-death advocate got on to the St. Thomas Board of Trustees. The University of St. Thomas is not a private institution. It is an institution of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, founded by Archbishop John Ireland in 1885, and funded largely by Catholic students, parents, alumni, friends and supporters.