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A law under consideration in South Dakota would expand the definition of "justifiable homicide" to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus—a move that could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions. The Republican-backed legislation, House Bill 1171, has passed out of committee on a nine-to-three party-line vote, and is expected to face a floor vote in the state's GOP-dominated House of Representatives soon.

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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http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/south-dakota-hb-1171-legalize-killing-abortion-providers#

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Reached by ABC News, Jensen called this interpretation of his bill, which passed out of committee on a nine-to-three party-line vote, "absurd."

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Jensen said that because abortion is legal, the murder of an abortion doctor would plainly be against the law.

"What I am trying to do is to bring some consistency to South Dakota code," he said.

South Dakota already allows people who commit crimes that result in the death of unborn fetuses to be charged with manslaughter. Jensen's bill -- HB-1171 -- would incorporate similar language to the definition of "justifiable homicide"

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Abortion-rights groups are nonetheless concerned.

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In the meantime, [Jensen] will be introducing an anti-Shariah law bill tomorrow.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/south-dakota-defending-justifiable-homicide-bill-include-abortion/story?id=12923085

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In the meantime, [Jensen] will be introducing an anti-Shariah law bill tomorrow.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/south-dakota-defending-justifiable-homicide-bill-include-abortion/story?id=12923085

So, running over your daughter will not be a justifiable homicide?

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this law seems quite odd

agreed..... and not necessary.


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"There's no way in the world that I or any other representatives wish to see abortion doctors murdered," Jensen told me. "So we're looking at some language that will include that. We're looking at some language that would protect abortion providers."

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Jensen tells me he is considering the following change to the language of the proposal (the new part is in bold):

Homicide is justifiable if committed by any person while resisting any attempt to murder such person, or to harm the unborn child of such person in a manner and to a degree
that is unlawful
and likely to result in the death of the unborn child, or to commit any felony upon him or her, or upon or in any dwelling house in which such person is.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2011/02/south_dakota_lawmaker_under_fi.html?wprss=plum-line

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