Pro-life measures introduced and acted on in South Dakota and Florida

By Dave Andrusko

South Dakota State Sen. Jeff Monroe

South Dakota State Sen. Jeff Monroe

South Dakota has introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which bans abortions on babies capable of experiencing pain.

As reported here, the Kansas state Court of Appeals tied 7-7 in its review of a lower court decision, meaning a temporary injunction issued by Shawnee District Court Judge Larry Hendricks will remain in place against SB 95, the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.

The Act bars a particularly gruesome method of abortion in which a well-developed, living, unborn child is torn apart piece by piece with sharp metal tools.

Last Friday, on the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the South Dakota Senate gave first reading to SB 72. According to the Black Hills Pioneer

Sen. Jeff Monroe, R-Pierre, is prime sponsor. His Senate co-sponsors are 13 Republicans. In the House, the lead sponsor is Rep. Isaac Latterell, R-Sioux Falls. The other 36 House co-sponsors are Republicans.

South Dakota State Rep. Isaac Latterell

South Dakota State Rep. Isaac Latterell

On Friday Rep. Fred Deutsch said the proposed law

“It speaks to our own humanity as a state and as people that we would put unborn children through that pain. …We protect our animals and we make sure they aren’t inflicted with pain. At the very least we should do that for our unborn children.”

“There were 601 induced abortion procedures performed in South Dakota in 2013, according to state Department of Health records.” The Argus Leader reported.

Meanwhile, committees in the Florida House of Representatives passed a series of pro-life measures, including “tougher licensing requirements (HB 233) for abortion clinics that would hold them to the same or higher standards as surgical centers,” Michael Auslen of the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Another bill (HB 1411) “blocks state funding for facilities that perform elective abortions, sets new requirements for inspections by the Agency for Health Care Administration, and requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges and agreements to transfer patients to a hospital located within 30 minutes of the facility where an abortion is performed,” Auslen added.

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