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SD Panel Deadlocks On Sex-Selection Abortion Ban

March 3, 2014, 12:44 PM

SD Panel Deadlocks On Sex-Selection Abortion Ban
PIERRE, SD -

A South Dakota bill to ban sex-selective abortions will remain in committee after a 3-3 vote. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee's action will allow the bill's sponsors to address concerns.

The bill would make abortions based on the fetus' gender illegal. Physicians who perform such an abortion could be charged with a felony.

Opponents and supporters of the bill say that sex selective abortions are sexist and wrong.

Supporters add that the bill is necessary because gender-determining tests are more and more effective and easier to obtain.

Opponents say it chips away at abortion rights and promotes racial profiling of Asian-American women. One committee member says the bill places the burden on doctors rather than mothers.

The committee will revisit the bill with possible amendments later this week.

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