The “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (SB 72) becomes law in South Dakota on July 1, thanks to the overwhelming support of our compassionate legislators and Governor Dennis Daugaard. South Dakota has become the 13th state to take this step toward life and the sanctity thereof!
Medical research shows that unborn babies can experience pain at some point in time around 20 weeks gestation. Now, South Dakota has joined 12 other states in humanely prohibiting abortions after the 20-week mark. “While in South Dakota an exception is made in the case of medical emergency, this statute gives specific guidance to medical professionals advising pregnant women on the effects of abortion on the unborn child. It also provides for a detailed reporting of the care women receive in medical procedures involving terminating the life of an unborn child“, noted Jennifer Utter, FHA Legal Advisor. “Such detail aids law enforcement in evaluating cases involving illegal actions by medical professionals. As stated, there is no criminal penalty involving the patients,” Utter continued.
The Family Heritage Alliance Action believes that all abortions deny a human his or her right to life and does other grievous damage to the mother. However, the Legislature and Governor Daugaard’s enactment of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is clearly a step in the direction of advancing the culture of life in our state, our country, and our civilization as a whole.
We want to thank our constituents across the state who emailed and called in support of this bill. Certainly, our sincere appreciation is extended to the legislators who fought for this bill, our governor who signed it, and all of those who opted for civil discourse on both sides of the issue.
Dr. Patrick Clinch
FHA Action Board Chairman