South Dakota Panel Will Likely Suggest More Abortion Limits

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 7, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 7, 2005

Pierre, SD ( — A state task force approved by the South Dakota state legislature to examine abortions there will likely recommend more proposals to lawmakers to limit abortions. The 17-member panel has held meeting featuring advocates on both sides of the abortion date to learn more about how to address the issue.

The panel meets a final time on December 9 to finalize its suggestions for what to do next.

Many of the witnesses who have appeared before the panel say women are not receiving enough information about abortion before having one. Had they had more data about abortion’s risks and alternatives they may have chosen a different option.

Some of the women who testified told the panel that they regret their abortions and they, too, wish they had been given more information prior to it.

Some bills that the panel could recommend to legislators could require abortion practitioners to give out more information and make sure women considering an abortion are fully aware of other options like childbirth and adoption.

"What we’re really trying to do is to have the patient have a relationship with the doctor," said Rep. Elizabeth Kraus, a Rapid City Republican.

She pointed to witnesses who said they sometimes never see the abortion practitioner before the abortion. That’s in part because abortion facilities can choose any staff person to give the information to women that’s currently required by law.

Another possible bill would require abortion businesses to allow women to see ultrasound images of their unborn children. Women considering an abortion do this, they very often decide against having one.

The state’s only abortion facility, a Planned Parenthood abortion center in Sioux Falls, says it already tells women they can see an ultrasound of their baby before the abortion. Some do and some don’t, it told the Associated Press.

Currently, about 800 abortions are performed annually in South Dakota.