Nothing unusual for state Representative Bill Sali, R-Kuna - now a candidate for U.S. representative - to be fiddling around with Idaho abortion law. Monday, he was trying to get introduced the first abortion measure of the session in Idaho, another tinker with the parental-notification on minors situation.
Why is he bothering? Why waste his time on such minor stuff when the state of South Dakota is cutting to the heart of the matter? Its legislature just passed, and its governor just signed, a law saying this: "No person may knowingly administer to, prescribe for, or procure for, or sell to any pregnant woman any medicine, drug, or other substance with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of an unborn human being. No person may knowingly use or employ any instrument or procedure upon a pregnant woman with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of an unborn human being. Any violation of this section is a Class 5 felony."
No abortion period - not for reason of rape, incest or health of the mother - except only to immediately save the life of the mother.
The Idaho Chooses Life website has some qualms, but concludes: "But we must also recognize the fact that we have made precious little progress in ending the wholesale destruction of God’s little ones for more than a generation. We need to up the pressure on our court system." An estimated 11 states, so far, are considering passing similar legislation.
One wonders why Idaho is not yet among them.
Sali has been the face of the hundred-percenters - Those who want to ban abortion, period. Granted, it would be tough to out-do Walt Bayes in the governor's race. But if Sali wants to represent the really serious pro-life movement - the Republican National Coalition for Life endorsed him for Congress just last month as, one presumes, the most pro-life of the candidates - where's his South Dakota bill and why hasn't he brought it in front of the House Ways and Means Committee?