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Surprise: South Dakota Republicans Reject Abortion Ban


The South Dakota House Judiciary Committee voted 7 to 6 to shelve legislation targeting dilation and evacuation (D and E), a procedure that accounts for an estimated 95 percent of abortion procedures after the first trimester, according to the Guttmacher Institute. The D and E procedure is also used after miscarriages.Six Republicans joined a single Democrat to table HB 189 after the bill’s author, state Rep. Isaac Latterell (R-Tea), introduced a last-minute amendment. The amendment, as Latterell described it in committee, would have required abortion clinics to report to the state that they’re complying with South Dakota’s “informed consent” lawsâsaddling providers with a new layer of bureaucracy.“We donât know how or if Planned Parenthood is complying with our informed consent disclosures,” said Latterell, citing a series of discredited Planned Parenthood smear videos shot by activists from an anti-choice front group that has worked closely with GOP lawmakers.

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