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Tue Feb 9, 2021, 09:36 AM

Almost 70 clinicians sign letter opposing three South Dakota abortion-related bills

A set of three abortion-related bills would interfere with the quality of healthcare provided to women in South Dakota and implies lawmakers think women and their families can't make informed decisions about their medical care, clinicians across the state say.

Roughly 70 physicians and medical students from Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Vermillion, Huron, Brookings and Madison sent a letter to lawmakers Sunday urging them to vote against bills they say would hinder their ability to "provide compassionate care for our patients when they need us most."

The letter referred to House Bills 1051, 1130 and 1110: bills that range from fining doctors if they don't give care to children born out of botched abortions, to abortions done on fetuses with Down syndrome or to information about medication abortion.

House Bill 1051 would require physicians to provide the same level of care to children born out of botched abortions as they would to children born in all other circumstances. Proponents say the bill is meant to protect children born alive from abortion. Opponents say it interferes with patient-doctor relationship.

Read more: https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2021/02/08/clinicians-sign-letter-opposing-south-dakota-abortion-related-bills/4437127001/

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