South Dakota House Votes to Ban Sex-Selection Abortions

State   |   Dave Andrusko   |   Feb 21, 2014   |   10:46AM   |   Pierre, SD

By an overwhelming 60-10 margin, the South Dakota House of Representatives yesterday approved a bill to prohibit abortions sought because of a baby’s gender.

HB 1162 now moves to the state Senate for further action.

sexselectionabortionbThe action comes less than a week after the House Judiciary Committee voted 9-3 in favor of the measure to ban sex-selection abortions.

South Dakota Right to Life explained on its Facebook account that the bill “will provide protections to the unborn and women being coerced into getting such abortions. Getting an abortion solely or partly due to the sex of the unborn child should not be legal in South Dakota.”

The abortionist “would have to ask a woman seeking an abortion whether she was doing so because of the gender of the fetus,” the Associated Press reported.

Rep. Jenna Haggar, HB 1162′s main sponsor, said it is needed because there are now tests to determine a baby’s gender earlier in a pregnancy.

Currently seven states have sex-selection abortion bans. They are (in order of when they were enacted) Illinois, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Arizona, North Dakota, Kansas, and North Carolina.



Sex-selection abortion is a form of prenatal discrimination that wages a war on unborn baby girls, typically. In April 2013, a poll conducted by the Polling Company found that 85% of respondents supported banning sex-selection abortions. Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in his Natioanl Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.