by Steven Ertelt
March 1, 2005
Pierre, SD (LifeNews.com) — The South Dakota state Senate on Monday approved three pro-life bills that would place additional limits on abortion in the state. The measures are expected to get the approval of pro-life Governor Mike Rounds, a Republican, once they clear the legislature.
One of the bills would ban abortions in South Dakota if the Supreme Court ever overturns the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized virtually unlimited abortions.
Another 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. A third would create a 15-member panel that would study how abortion affects women.
HB 1166, the abortion information bill, previously passed in the state House 58-10 and cleared the Senate on a 24-10 vote.
Sen. Lee Schoenbeck, R-Watertown, said women should be told that abortions can cause numerous physical and emotional problems, according to an AP report.
"This is designed to try and minimize the consequences," Schoenbeck said.
HB 1249, the abortion ban, 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.
That measure was approved 25-9 and will be sent to Rounds for his signature.
Senators rejected a proposed health exception that would have gutted the intent of the bill.
HB 1233, the abortion study measure, cleared the state House 60-8 and was backed on a 28-6 vote by the state Senate. It must return to the House for approval of minor changes.
In 2002, 826 abortions were performed in South Dakota and the Planned Parenthood business in Sioux Falls performed 815 of them.
Related web sites:
South Dakota Right to Life – https://www.sdrl.org