PIERRE, S.D.– Gov. Mike Rounds on Monday signed legislation banning almost all abortions
in South Dakota.
The Legislature passed the ban late last month, focusing nationwide interest on the state as the governor decided what to do
about the measure.
The law, designed to raise a direct challenge to
Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, is
scheduled to take effect July 1.
Under the law, doctors in South
Dakota will face up to five years in prison for performing
an abortion except when the procedure is necessary to save the mother’s life.
Rounds issued a technical veto of a similar measure
two years ago because it would have wiped out all existing restrictions on
abortion while the bill was tied up for years in a court challenge.
South Dakota Planned Parenthood said it planned a
quick court challenge.
Well, I won’t
be moving to South Dakota
I refuse to allow my tax
dollars to support forced childbirth.