Reader R sends in this bit on North Dakota’s stupid new law defining the beginning of life at conception:
“The problem was we could never get all the groups on the same page,” Bismarck Republican Sen. Margaret Sitte said.
Sitte introduced some of this year’s anti-abortion measures, including the “personhood” resolution. She said the idea came from her heart — with inspiration from former President Ronald Reagan and legal language lifted from an online encyclopedia.
“There was no grandiose plan,” Sitte said, adding that the template for the personhood resolution came from a quick web search. “It came from Wikipedia.”
Our reader seemed to think it was funny that she cribbed her law from Wikipedia, as channeled through the prophet Ronald, but I’m actually surprised that she used a source that won’t admit that Jesus rode dinosaurs. And there’s this:
Planned Parenthood was paid $623,000 in fees by South Dakota, resulting from two challenges to abortion laws over the last decade. This did not include the state’s own attorney hours and resources, according to Jennifer Aulwes, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
The organization led the charge because it operates the state’s sole abortion provider in Sioux Falls, which would have been most affected.
Planned Parenthood also runs North Dakota’s only clinic that performs abortions, in Fargo. If North Dakota’s governor signs the bill, they will pocket some North Dakota oilfield cash as their attorneys bill every second it takes them to void the bastard child of a threeway between Wikipedia, Ronnie and Margaret Sitte’s cold, cold heart.