SD rejects controversial fetus protection bill
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill that critics said could provide a “license to kill” abortion doctors in South Dakota was overwhelmingly rejected Thursday by lawmakers after the sponsor agreed that current state law already protects pregnant women from prosecution for killing someone to protect their unborn child.
The House voted 61-4 to defeat the measure. Its sponsor, Rep. Phil Jensen, R-Rapid City, said he now knows that current law already allows women to use force to protect their unborn child.
“I’m content with the code as it is written,” Jensen said.