I have grave concerns about the decision made by the South Dakota governor and legislature to effectively ban abortion in that state. There were no provisions left for abortion in the case of rape or incest, which is in itself, reason to be livid about this decision.
But to take away the choice to carry or terminate a pregnancy from a woman and her clinician and hand it over to the government is fundamentally frightening. As a nurse practitioner, I want the right to offer my patients options that fit with their choices.
This is not an area for governmental interference, and this decision does not fit with the wishes of the majority of Americans! Are we not a country of democracy, where the citizens make choices anymore?
I hope the citizens of South Dakota get an opportunity to vote on this issue, and let their legislators know how they really feel. Then we will see if democracy reigns – or not.