Alito managed to get into the Supreme Court. The Dems are so out of it that they can’t manage to keep either Alito or Roberts (the new CHIEF Justice) off the Court. Roberts is already being compared with Scalia and Thomas, the most conservative members of the Supreme Court. Right away, the South Dakota senate passes legislation (not yet signed by their governor) that would basically make abortion impossible in South Dakota. It’s already pretty tough since no doctor in South Dakota will perform abortions, so Planned Parenthood has 1 clinic in Sioux Falls that flies in doctors from Minnesota, one random day a week (source: SD Makes Abortion Rare Through Laws and Stigma by Evelyn Nieves in the Washington Post). But I guess not tough enough, they want it to be impossible. The craziest part is, South Dakota rates 44th out of 50 states and DC in contraception and family planning support! Even though reducing unintended pregnancies is one of the major ways to reduce abortion (from Unintended Pregnancy Linked to State Funding Cuts by Ceci Connelly, Wash Post). The United States has one of the highest rates of abortion and unintended pregnancy in the industrialized world. Do they not see the disconnect??? It’s hypocritical. This isn’t just a blue state/red state thing, the four states that do the best in terms of contraception are California, New York, South Carolina and Alabama, so obviously, enough people in some places get it.

Does no one think it’s weird that we trust women to bear our children, yet we can’t seem to trust them to make contraceptive and reproductive decisions??? Please someone explain this to me. It’s so damned patronizing. I feel like this overall issue (family planning) is an indicator of the equality and respect of women in our society, and that’s frightening.

Update Monday 6 March 2006: S.D. Governor Signs Abortion Ban into Law