South Dakota law already requires that pregnant women visit a state-authorized help center before receiving an abortion. The existing law further prohibits those help centers from providing abortions. Now there is a new piece of legislation that would add another requirement. It would prohibit help centers from providing adoption placements. Rep. Scott Ecklund, R-Brandon, is prime sponsor of HB 1180. The lead sponsor in the Senate is Sen. Al Novstrup, R-Aberdeen. The entire list of co-sponsors appears to be strongly or perhaps entirely opponents of legalized abortion. This bill deals with a tangent that hasn’t been prominent in past legislative debates about abortion restrictions.
Meanwhile Rep. Jenna Haggar, R-Sioux Falls, has introduced legislation to ban abortions that are based on sex choice. That bill is HB 1162. Its lead Senate sponsor is Sen. Larry Rhoden, R-Union Center. The bill aims at the medical people who would provide the abortion and exempts the woman from the Class 6 felony penalty. Altogether there are 37 House members and 19 senators whose names are on the bill.