Both of the state’s new laws regulating abortion are expected to face lengthy legal challenges, and some experts say they won’t take effect soon, if ever.
One law would ban abortions at 20 weeks, based on the assumption the fetus feels pain. The other bill would require doctors to counsel women on the physical and mental risks of abortions.
Senator Cap Dierks of Ewing, who authored the counseling bill, says he thinks the bills are well-written and could withstand any legal challenge.
“I think that our bill’s pretty safe,” Dierks says. “What we do is ask for what I call common sense legislation to ask that the doctors who’re going to provide the abortions do some medical tests for risks that are out there. Those are the same things that should happen whether you’re coming in for an abortion or a tonsilectomy.”
Dierks says there is support to finance any legal challenge to the state’s new laws. “From what I gather, the governor’s willing to do that,” Dierks says. “I think he’s had some discussion with the attorney general already on some of those bills and so has Senator Flood. I think we’ll be ready to take on whatever the challenges are.”
The fetal pain bill was sponsored by Senator Mike Flood of Norfolk.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton