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Senate Health committee has two bills on Mon Feb 9

February 9, 2015

Pregnant-woman-silhouetteOn Monday, February 9th, at 10:00 AM the SD Senate health committee will take on 2 bills.

HB 1079 – SoDakLiberty PostsRevise the deadline for the Department of Health’s annual report regarding abortions.

Rep Jim Stalzer (R, Dist 11) and Sen Phil Jensen – (R, Dist 33) are the prime sponsors.

This bill passed the House Health and Human Services committee 13-0 and the House floor 67-2. Here is what I had to say about the bill prior to its House committee hearing:

Rep Stalzer (R, Dist 11) brought this bill forward. Current law states that the SD Department of Health (DOH) has to issue a public report with details of induced abortions, with the exception of information that would identify the doctors (§ 34-23A-36). Currently this report has to be created and made public “annually”. This bill would change “annually” to “on or before September thirtieth of each year”. So, it seems the legislature wants to ensure the DOH has a specific deadline that must be met.

For anyone interested, here is the link to the 2013 report provided by the DOH. Here are some numbers I found in the 2013 report while browsing it just now:

  • There were a total of 601 induced abortions performed in SD during 2013.
  • Of those induced abortions, 526 were performed on SD residents. That is equal to 87% of the total induced abortions.
  • Minnehaha county has the greatest number of SD residents that had an induced abortion: 258
  • The 20-24 year old age group had the highest percentage of abortions at 32.4%

It will be interesting to see if anyone opposes this bill. All it really does is give the DOH an actual deadline for the report. On the other hand I’m not really sure why the bill was submitted. Are certain people worried about getting timely abortion statistics in SD?

SB 169 – SoDakLiberty Posts – Provide medical care for certain unborn children.

Sen Bernie Hunhoff (D, Dist 18) and Rep Roger Hunt (R, Dist 25). This would create a prenatal care program in SD, allowed under Title XXI of the federal Social Security Act. The implementation of this act would be done by the SD Department of Social Services (DSS). This program is being created “solely to provide for the medical care of unborn children whose mothers are ineligible for coverage under Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act based on their citizenship status.” There is also a provision of this act that prevents it from being used for abortions. A bill with citizen status and abortions… This might be a hearing worth listening to!

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