Health & Environment, Politics, States

South Dakota GOP Squashes Heartbeat Bill

Republican lawmakers in South Dakota have killed a pro-life heartbeat bill supported by Gov. Kristi Noem (R), claiming that the bill could interfere with a separate ongoing lawsuit against Planned Parenthood.

During the governor’s state of the state address in January, Noem proposed a fetal heartbeat bill modeled after Texas’ Heartbeat Act, which prevents a woman from seeking an abortion after her unborn baby develops a heartbeat, usually sometime around six weeks. Her proposal was received with a standing ovation from the legislature, including every member of the House State Affairs Committee, which oversees “policy decisions of overriding state concern.” Read more…

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