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South Dakota legislature passes ‘Born alive’ bill, on the desk of pro-life Gov. Kristi Noem

by | Feb 17, 2021

By Dave Andrusko

While the United States House and Senate are now controlled by pro-abortion Democrats, pro-life states continue to insist that abortion survivors be treated no differently than any other baby born at the same gestational age.

Yesterday, following up on the work of the South Dakota House, the state Senate overwhelmingly passed HB 1051- The Born- Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act– by a vote of 32-3.

HB 1051 adds three provisions to state statute: require doctors to provide medical care to babies born out of attempted abortions; a possible $10,000 fine for physicians who fail to do so; and require the state health office compile a report on the number of babies who survive attempted abortions,” Danielle Ferguson reported for the Argus Leader. “Mothers and children born out of abortions could sue the doctors involved and the doctor could lose their medical license.”

South Dakota Right to Life summarized HB 1051 this way:

We would hope that no baby born alive would ever be denied life saving care in SD. This bill strengthens our current statute by adding definitions, penalties for those who violate the statute, protections for those who report on violations, and a reporting mechanism.  HB 1051, has now PASSED the House and the Senate and is on its way for the Governor’s signature!

Categories: Legislation