The point of this editorial is something which I've been thinking needs attention as well.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Abortion Rights: Dakota Plan B
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER EDITORIAL BOARD
We're not terribly big fans of voters second-guessing representative democracy. But the legislators in South Dakota have provided the exception that proves the rule.
Voters elect folk to represent our wishes in Legislatures. The occasional ballot initiative is fine in emergencies, or when legislation repeatedly fails to reflect societies' needs.
This initiative in South Dakota definitely fits that scenario, IMO.
I get the impression that SD's voters won't overturn the legislation. I find it heinous and, oh yes, morally irresponsible (which term I'm going to define on here, soonish.) I also think the issue is divisive enough to warrant such a break from the standard and rational Democratic protocol.
I'm heartily in camp with the PI's editors when they state:
Our preference, of course, is for the voters to toss lawmakers who supported the law out on their ears at the next election. But this will do for now.