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Stalled Bill Would Make Gender Based Abortions Illegal

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South Dakota Legislature
South Dakota Legislature

A bill that would ban abortions based on sexual gender came to a halt on Monday, when a  South Dakota senate committee had a deadlocked vote of 3-3.

People in support of the bill argue that the law is necessary in a world where it is getting easier and easier to determine the gender of your baby long before it is born.

If a doctor knowingly performed an abortion under these circumstances, he could be charged as a felon.

Opponents of the bill state that it would be more of a burden to the doctors than the mothers.  Abbie Peterson with Naral Pro-choice South Dakota says that there is no way a doctor can know every thought in a woman’s mind and every motive behind her decision.

The committee will meet again on Wednesday.  This gives supporters a couple of days to tweak the  bill enough to pass.

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