March 14, 2014 — The South Dakota House on Tuesday approved a bill (HB 1162) that would ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, sending the measure to Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) for consideration, the AP/Rapid City Journal reports.
The state House approved the measure in a 59-10 vote (AP/Rapid City Journal, 3/12).
Under the legislation, doctors who knowingly perform or attempt an abortion requested because of the fetus' sex could face up to a $4,000 fine and two years in prison. Abortion providers would be required to ask women whether they knew the fetus' sex and were seeking an abortion for that reason (Women's Health Policy Report, 3/5). The bill would make the offense a Class 6 felony (AP/Rapid City Journal, 3/12).