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Governor Dennis Daugaard pro-life bill

South Dakota Governor Signs Fourth Pro-Life Bill

By Fr. Mark Hodges

Governor Dennis Daugaard signed an informed consent bill into law on Wednesday, making the fourth pro-life law passed and signed this legislative session.

The newly signed informed consent law lets mothers know that their chemical abortion can be reversed if action is quickly taken.

The three other pro-life bills signed into South Dakota law ban abortions on pain-capable babies, require the state health department to make its abortion facility inspection records public, and make the sale of aborted baby parts a felony.

The pro-life governor signed H.B. 1157, “[a]n Act to require that a doctor provide a woman additional information as a part of informed consent prior to performing a first trimester abortion.”  The law requires that no less than two hours before committing an abortion, the abortionist must make sure the woman knows certain facts.

The abortionist must acknowledge the fact “that the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.”

The abortionist must give the woman “a scientifically accurate statement describing the development of the unborn child” at his/her gestational age.

The abortionist must also tell the woman the true risks associated with abortion, including “infection, hemorrhage, danger to subsequent pregnancies, and infertility,” as well as the possibility of negative psychological effects, such as depression, distress, and suicide ideation…

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