By Dave Andrusko
It was a red letter day in South Dakota Wednesday when pro-life governor Kristi Noem approved a package of bills to strengthen the rights of unborn children in the Mount Rushmore State.
The panoply of laws ranges from “cracking down” on abortion providers” to offering women a chance to see a sonogram of their unborn child to making sure the woman is giving an informed consent and not being coerced into an abortion.
In her message, Gov. Noem said
“A strong and growing body of medical research provides evidence that unborn babies can feel, think, and recognize sounds in the womb. These are people, and they must be given the same basic dignities as anyone else. The bills I signed today will crack down on abortion providers in South Dakota by requiring them to provide pregnant moms with specific, scientific information about their baby. Additionally, these bills criminalize forced abortions and will give people the opportunity to hear their baby’s heartbeat before having an abortion. I’m grateful for the partnership of the legislature on these bills and the ways we’re working together to protect the unborn.”
“South Dakota Right to Life extends our heartfelt appreciation to Governor Noem for her tireless devotion to pregnant mothers and their preborn children,” said Dale Bartscher, Executive Director of South Dakota Right to Life. “In signing these pro-life bills that had broad legislative support, Governor Noem has demonstrated once again that she is a champion for life.”
As you would explain, Planned Parenthood was not happy. The Argus Leader reported that Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood North Central States, said South Dakota lawmakers spent “precious taxpayer resources” on bills that unnecessarily restrict a woman’s access to a safe, legal abortion.”
Here is a breakdown of the pro-life bills enacted into law Wednesday, provided by the governor’s office:
*SB72 – An act to provide for a form a physician must use to obtain consent to an abortion
*HB1055 – An act to require parental notification and agreement before the institution of an order to withhold resuscitation from certain patients
*HB1177 – An act to provide an opportunity to view a sonogram and hear the child’s heartbeat prior to an abortion
*HB1190 – An act to provide for certain reporting requirements related to abortions
*HB1193 – An act to provide a criminal penalty for causing an abortion against a pregnant mother’s will