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.
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.