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South Dakota Right to Life Concludes A Successful Legislative Session

by | Mar 20, 2024

SDRTL’s Exec. Dir. Dale Bartscher served once again as our Lobbyist for Life and he was excited to introduce our new Associate Director Jenn Lee to the Legislative Process during three of the 9-week Session.

During this Session we also mentored FOUR quality High School Student Interns: Joshua Curtiss, Ever Peters, Elijah Dawson, and Josiah Udager.

Most of all we assisted in the PASSAGE of THREE pieces of Pro-Life Legislation. These were:

HCR 6008: A House Concurrent Resolution opposing an initiated measure to place the right to an abortion in the Constitution of South Dakota.

Passed: House and Senate on a total vote of – 92 to 10.

Prime Sponsors: Representative Gary Cammack, Senator Sydney Davis


HB 1224: An Act to require the creation of an informational video and other materials describing the state’s abortion law and medical care for a pregnant woman experiencing life-threatening or health-threatening medical conditions.

Passed: House and Senate on a total vote of: 94 to 9.

Prime Sponsors: Representative Taylor Rehfeldt, Senator Erin Tobin


HB 1244: An Act to provide a process to withdraw a signature from a petition for an initiated measure, constitutional amendment, or a referendum on a law in certain situations and to declare an emergency.

Passed: House and Senate on a total vote of: 88 to 15.

Prime Sponsors: Representative Jon Hansen, Senator Al Novstrup


We also assisted in the DEFEAT of an Anti-Life Bill:

SB 210: An Act to establish an individual’s right to make autonomous decisions about the individual’s reproductive health care, and to repeal provisions related to abortion.

Defeated: Senate Judiciary Committee on a vote of: 7 to 0.

Prime Sponsors: Senator Reynold Nesiba, Representative Linda Duba

WHAT’S NEXT: Our South Dakota D Pro-Life Legislative Summit Team will begin meeting as we plan for the 100th SD Legislative Session. Never a dull moment!

Categories: State Legislation