South Dakota House Approves Abortion Ban, Other Pro-Life Bills

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 12, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 12, 2005

Pierre, SD ( — South Dakota lawmakers approved three bills on Friday that would limit abortions in the state. Two bills sailed through by wide margins in the state House and now head to the state Senate for consideration while a committee approved a ban on abortions.

One bill would ensure that women are provided proper information by the state’s lone abortion facility on abortion’s risks and dangers as well as alternatives. Another bill would create a 15-member panel that would study how abortion affects women.

Rep. Roger Hunt, a Republican from Brandon, said he offered the bills as a way to limit abortions and help women who are adversely affected by them.

The abortion information bill also allows women to file lawsuits against an abortion practitioner if not properly told the information. Similar bills have reduced abortions by as much as one-third in other states.

Meanwhile, the State Affairs Committee approved legislation that would ban abortions in the state should the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision allowing them be overturned.

HB 1249 would make it a felony to perform abortions unless needed to prevent the death of the mother. Abortion practitioners would face two years in prison and a $2,000 fine under the measure.

The committee removed a provision that would have made it illegal to give women advice on how to obtain an abortion.

Rachel Hansen of the South Dakota Right to Life Committee, helped write the measure and Rob Regier of the South Dakota Family Policy Council said his group supports it as well.

Kate Looby of Planned Parenthood and Jennifer Ring of the American Civil Liberties Union opposed the legislation.

HB 1166, the abortion information bill, passed 58-10 while HB 1233, the abortion study measure, cleared the House 60-8.

In 2002, 826 abortions were performed in South Dakota and the Planned Parenthood business in Sioux Falls performed 815 of them.

Related web sites:
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