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Abortion Bill Fails in Legislative Committee

PIERRE, S.D. – Bills were dying as fast as their number could be called in various legislative committees this morning in Pierre.

The House State Affairs committee convened at 6:30 Wednesday morning and quickly set the tone for the days work with HB1225, a bill to restrict funds for abortions.

Abortion related bills typically get plenty of discussion, but committee members were in no mood for a lengthy discussion Wednesday.

Representative Julie Frye-Mueller of Rapid City brought the bill.  Committee Chair Lee Qualm cut short one out of state proponent who was testifying via telephone and, when the speaker continued past his allotted time, Qualm cut him off saying, “I think we’ve heard enough.”

An odd consortium of groups spoke against the bill, most notably South Dakota Right to Life.

Lobbyist Dale Bartscher said the bill was ‘poorly written’ and ‘a huge step backwards’ for the Right to Live movement. 

Dianna Miller, representing a network of domestic violence programs in the state, agreed saying passage of HB1225 would result in shelters and programs having to shut down.

A vote was quickly called and HB1225 failed on a 10-2 vote.

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