Earlier this week, South Dakota legislators passed an unprecedented resolution requesting the US Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling in Roe v. Wade.
The measure explains that South Dakota state officials are blocked from doing their sworn duty to protect the “intrinsic rights” of children and women because of federal laws dictated by the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe.
The resolution states, “The right and duty to preserve life cannot co-exist with a right or duty to destroy it … and long ago our law was required to choose life over death.”
South Dakota State Rep. Lynne DiSanto, one of the sponsors of the resolution, pointed out that the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe is damaging women. “We believe … there is significant, documented evidence that women are being harmed” by Roe v. Wade “and we would like the Supreme Court to look at that,” she said.
The resolution also mentions the fallibility of the Supreme Court, and the fact that it has overturned “no less than 233” of its earlier decisions “because they had been incorrectly decided.”
State Rep. Roger Hunt, another sponsor of the resolution, encouraged other states to follow with similar legislation, requesting the Supreme Court to reconsider and overturn Roe v. Wade.