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August 5, 1999 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When is wet land a wetland? Answering that question is a science: analyzing the vegetation and soil. But it is an art as well. For wet land is a wetland depending, in part, on how wet it is--and how often and for how long. And that's often a controversial call. Farmers in eastern South Dakota, for instance, long have complained that every sliver of soggy ground is officially deemed a wetland and hailed as an environmental treasure. By law, they're allowed to farm wetlands.
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August 5, 1999 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When is wet land a wetland? Answering that question is a science: analyzing the vegetation and soil. But it is an art as well. For wet land is a wetland depending, in part, on how wet it is--and how often and for how long. And that's often a controversial call. Farmers in eastern South Dakota, for instance, long have complained that every sliver of soggy ground is officially deemed a wetland and hailed as an environmental treasure. By law, they're allowed to farm wetlands.
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April 30, 1996 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Refusing to reopen the bitter abortion debate, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected a state's bid to make it harder for a teen-age girl to get an abortion without a parent's permission. Over the objection of three conservative dissenters, the court refused even to hear South Dakota's appeal of a federal court order that struck down its 1993 law requiring pregnant girls in almost all instances to notify a parent before they obtain an abortion.
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April 12, 2007 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
One of the most intense battlegrounds in the abortion debate these days revolves around a simple question: What do women need to know before they terminate a pregnancy? South Dakota lawmakers want to compel doctors -- under penalty of a month in jail -- to tell women that the abortion they seek will kill a "whole, separate, unique, living human being."
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