South Dakota Rep. Hunt Thinks All Women Are “Coerced” Into Abortions

South Dakota Rep. Roger Hunt, the primary sponsor of H.B. 1217, the new law that would force women to wait three days for an abortion and undergo mandatory religious counseling from anti-abortion activists, says he’s just not understanding why the law is being sued over.

Via Fox News:

State Rep. Roger Hunt, the chief sponsor of the bill in this year’s legislative session, said the lawsuit was expected.

“I don’t understand why, because it just seeks to give women more information and it seeks to remove coercion, seeks to deal with a number of coercion elements where you have possible rapes and problems within families and what not, and we’re trying to help those women deal with that coercion,” said Hunt, R-Brandon.

“All of that seems to me to be in support of women, but for some reason Planned Parenthood sees their money supply and the abortions being dried, up so obviously they’re going to fight,” Hunt said.

Of course, it’s no surprise Hunt is confused over how his efforts to coerce women out of abortions is not being seen as helping women.  After all, he thinks every single woman who has gotten an abortion was probably coerced by someone.

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  • juls

    Of course women are coerced.  Our brains are too small to make these important, life altering decisions, so we go to organizations who make them for us.  It’s just too much responsibility.


    Head. Desk.

  • beenthere72

    The overall goal in South Dakota, Hunt argues, is to rebalance the scales. “You have two human beings here. In the United States, where we value life, we’re big fans of the underdog, perhaps the life of an unborn child is more critical and more important than a woman making a choice. It’s a balancing act, I admit. But when you put the proper weights on the scale, it will favor protecting the life of unborn children.

    Hear that, women of South Dakota?   You don’t matter!   But according to your lawmakers, you’re probably too dumb to know that anyways. 
  • wendy-banks

    Dude, you CANNOT possibly be that stupid…

    Wait, what am I saying, he is, after all, a Teapartier >.<