This bill would revise certain provisions regarding sonogram and heart auscultation prior to an abortion. If passed, providers would not be able to perform an abortion without first showing the woman a sonogram and requiring her to hear the heartbeat.
The ACLU of South Dakota opposes this legislation. The decision to have an abortion is deeply personal and private and best left to a woman, her family and her doctor. It’s clear that this bill is motivated by a desire to coerce and intimidate women who have already made a very private medical decision, one that is protected under the U.S. Constitution, and it’s disappointing that South Dakota politicians continue to try to insert themselves into the patient-doctor relationship.
The ACLU of South Dakota works to ensure that every woman can make the best decision for herself and her family about whether and when to start a family without undue political interference. We’re currently looking at the constitutionality of this bill and whether or not it could be challenged in court if signed into law.