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South Dakota Down Syndrome Nondiscrimination Act (HB 1240)

This law was last updated on Aug 14, 2014


South Dakota


HB 1240


Failed to Pass


Feb 4, 2014


Primary Sponsors: 21
Total Sponsors: 21


Genetic Anomalies

Full Bill Text

HB 1240 would have prohibited a person from performing an abortion with the knowledge that the pregnant woman seeking the abortion because the unborn child has been diagnosed with, or has had a genetic screening indicating that the “unborn child” may have Down syndrome.

A violation of this provision would have been a Class 1 misdemeanor.

The law would have prohibited penalizing against the woman upon whom the abortion is performed.

The law would have allowed a pregnant woman or her survivors to bring a civil action and obtain ten thousand dollars in damages from the physician who performed the abortion and the abortion facility where the abortion was performed.


Referred to Health and Human Services Committee where it died.