From PBS Newshour's South Dakota Bans Abortion, March 3, 2006
(South Dakota Senator) BILL NAPOLI: My calls have been running 3-1 in favor of this bill.
FRED DE SAM LAZARO: Napoli says most abortions are performed for what he calls "convenience." He insists that exceptions can be made for rape or incest under the provision that protects the mother's life. I asked him for a scenario in which an exception may be invoked.
BILL NAPOLI: A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life.
Senator Napoli reminds me powerfully of Senator Opal, a fervent Dry with a large following, who was caught in a mixup of envelopes when he'd written to his bootlegger to complain about an overcharge. P.G. Wodehouse exposed him in Hot Water, but even then, it was only between the sheets.
This is probably the right time to say publicly that I was raped but at the time I wasn't a virgin, and I had also, unfortunately, outgrown my religiosity. Nor was I sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, but I did think I was gonna die, and he did say he was gonna kill me, and he did pull me into a park that was so dangerous that after it happened I had to ask him to walk me out of it so I'd be safe. But I guess that doesn't count, as when it happened, I was on my way to my boyfriend's house, to fornicate.
This is also the time to say that I have had an abortion, and it was not convenient. Nor was it convenient to the mother of five in the same room who had a hard time paying to travel from a state in which abortion was banned to where it was legal and safe. It was not convenient to the other teary mess of a girl in the room, the kind described as face like the back of a bus but you don't have to look at her in the dark. She thought he loved her . . .