In South Dakota state Rep. Phil Jensen has introduced a bill that explicitly makes killing someone to defend a fetus “justifiable homicide”. Reproductive rights activists claim the bill is worded in such a way that it makes murdering abortion providers legal. Jensen claims it only addresses “criminal acts that endanger a fetus”, which leaves out abortion because it is legal.
According to an article on Mother Jones’ Web site the bill states “that a homicide is permissible if committed by a person ‘while resisting an attempt to harm’ that person’s unborn child or the unborn child of that person’s spouse, partner, parent, or child”. So immediate relatives of the fetus are covered, while acquaintances and strangers are apparently still guilty of murder.
Jensen says the bill is a “trial balloon – if we can get it passed we’re going to introduce a Texas-style bill that requires a pregnant woman seeking an abortion to undergo trans-vaginal arming of the fetus itself”.