A bill that would force another requirement on doctors who do abortions in South Dakota passed its first test today in the Legislature.
The measure would require a doctor who is about to do an abortion to offer the pregnant woman an opportunity to view a sonogram of her unborn child.
If a woman prefers not to look at the computerized ultrasound image, the doctor must document her refusal and get her signature on a form.
The bill is sponsored by Representative Roger Hunt of Brandon. Hunt says the requirement could cause women to at least think about it a little more before going ahead with abortions.
The legislation cleared the House Health Committee by a nine-to-three vote, sending it to the House floor. HB1296