Opponents of South Dakota’s recent abortion ban law have collected enough signatures to question the new law on November’s ballot. The measure asks voters whether the law should go into effect as planned or be dumped.
This is where I get confused. Don’t voters exercise their right of choice on the front side of the lawmaking process by electing the lawmakers and governors? Then, if they don’t like the laws which are passed, the voters have the right to change the people making and ratifying the laws. But once a law is passed according to the state’s constitution, it can only be overturned by a legal challenge. At least, that was how I thought the process worked.
One of my biggest fears for our country is that we are moving away from a nation ruled by fixed laws to a nation ruled by whims du jour, where not even the process of agreeing on laws is stable anymore.