S. Dakota: Wait, Maybe Killing Abortion Docs Not OK

Bill shelved amidst uproar
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2011 11:18 AM CST
Pro-choice activists stand in the rain outside George Tiller's abortion clinic to counter a planned appearance by the Operation Rescue anti-abortion group Saturday, June 20, 2009, in Wichita, Kan.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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(Newser) – Thanks to a public outcry, South Dakota has indefinitely shelved a bill that would have essentially made it legal to kill an abortion provider. South Dakota’s House speaker said lawmakers were still deciding whether to vote on the bill (which would expand the definition of "justifiable homicide" to include killing someone in defense of a fetus) as is, change its language, or drop it entirely. “Clearly the bill as it’s currently written is a very bad idea,” a spokesman for the governor tells the New York Times. Click for more on what was proposed.

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