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The State Duma passed a bill that will protect the mother from prosecution in the event of an abortion

PIERRE, SD – South Dakota House of Representatives lawmakers want women who have abortions in the state not to be prosecuted under any circumstances.

That’s according to HB 1220, passed by Rep. Rebecca Reimer (R-Chamberlain), which was passed unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

It earned the blessing of the governor’s office, the attorney general’s office, and several anti-abortion groups across the state.

Although no women have been prosecuted for abortion under South Dakota law, legislators have seen this as an important clarification in light of South Dakota’s near total ban on abortion in the state.

“This is an important update to our law,” said Rachel Oglesby, head of policy in Gov. Christy Noam’s office.

The bill was passed at a time when anti-abortion activists are making efforts to put abortion on the ballot in 2024. If passed, the Dakotans for Health initiative would make abortion legal during the first two trimesters and easily accessible during the third.

It is one of two bills before the legislature this year that deal with abortion. Last week, Rep. Taylor Refeldt (Republic of Sioux Falls) introduced a bill that would clarify the language of the law that protects the life of a mother who needs an abortion for medical reasons. Refeldt said negotiations on the bill had failed and were likely to fail.

Through a unanimous vote, HB 1220 was placed on the House of Representatives consent calendar. Somewhere next week, he will be voted in the House of Representatives.

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