South Dakota Bill Revising Abortion Counseling Provisions (HB 1237)
This law was last updated on Aug 14, 2014
HB 1237 revises certain provisions related to abortion counseling. The bill prohibits surgical or medical abortions from being scheduled by anyone other than a licensed physician. The bill allows an abortion to be scheduled only after the physician physically and personally meets with the pregnant mother, consults with her, and performs an assessment of her medical and personal circumstances. A physician may not schedule a surgical or medical abortion to take place less than 72 hours from the completion of the consultation except in a medical emergency.
Saturdays, Sundays, and annually recurring holidays may not be included or counted in the calculation of the 72 hour minimum period between the consultation and the time of the scheduled abortion.
The physician may not have the pregnant mother sign a consent form on the day of the initial consultation and must be in the physical presence of the pregnant woman before taking a signed consent from her.