The State of South Dakota appeared in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals today to defend its requirement that a doctor remind a woman prior to her receiving an abortion of the following:
- That abortion takes a human life
- That women have a right to continue the pregnancy
- That abortion may cause psychological harm to the mother
But then the following conversation ensued (a recording of which I heard on the CBS radio news at 6:00 PM mountain time this evening):
Chief Justice Loken: This compels the preaching of ideology.
Assistant Attorney General: Sir, we don't feel that this is ideology.
Chief Justice (with great fervor): It's not science!
Me (with greater fervor): AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!
Item 2 is a generally understood and agreed-upon tenet of political science, but I don't think that's the sentence the judge was referring to anyway.
Item 3 has been statistically and anecdotally proven to occur at least sometimes, but I don't think that was the issue he was looking at either.
Which leaves us with Item 1--which deals the non-science of ultrasound technology. Which deals with the non-science of reproductive biology.
The judge needs to go back to high school. And if he sticks to his guns that abortion cannot be scientifically proven to be the taking of a human life, then he shouldn't be a judge.