South Dakota Task Force Begins Studying Abortion, Has First Dispute

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 2, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 2, 2005

Pierre, SD ( — In the last legislative session, lawmakers passed a measure that set up a state task force to study the issue of abortion and look for ways to reduce the number of abortions. Members of that panel met Monday and found themselves debating which experts to ask to give them input as they craft advice for the legislature.

After a long discussion, members of the committee voted 10-4 to set up a three member panel to decide on the experts to provide them guidance. Those experts will testify at the next meeting, scheduled for September 21-22 in Pierre, the Associated Press wrote.

The panel could call more expert witnesses in the future and will also have a meeting devoted to public input.

The three members of the subcommittee include Dr. Marty Allison of Pierre, chair of the task force, Rep. Roger Hunt, a pro-life Republican lawmaker who sponsored the task force bill, and state Planned Parenthood director Kate Looby.

Seventeen members make up the task force, including either lawmakers and nine others such as doctors, attorneys and lobbyists.

The task force must report its advice to the state legislature by December 1 and it can suggest new proposals to change the state’s abortion laws.

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