A group of South Dakota lawmakers passed a resolution Tuesday asking the Supreme Court to revisit its 1974 Roe v. Wade abortion decision in order to protect women’s rights.
The resolution, which passed with 86 percent of the vote in the House and 74 percent in the Senate, listed the rights of a mother as “her relationship with her child,” a right to uphold “her own health,” and “an interest in her dignity as a mother.”
“We find that Roe v. Wade and its progency promote and protect the deprivation of numerous intrinsic rights and interests of the pregnant mothers themselves,” the resolution read. “The Court’s decision treats abortion only as a benefit to the woman, and assumes she loses nothing of value to her.”
“The Court assumed that abortion was a very safe procedure,” it continued. “This assumption has proven to be false. It possesses many dangers to the health and life of the mother, including increased risk of suicide ideation and suicide.”
“We all take an oath,” Rep. Roger Hunt said. “First thing we do when we get sworn in, we swear to uphold the Constitution, which says very basically, protect the rights of our people. And so that to me is a very strong argument for telling the Supreme Court to reevaluate Roe v. Wade.”
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