Two South Dakota bills that would have imposed severe restrictions on abortion procedures
as well as penalties on abortion providers, including possible life in prison, will not move forward in the legislature.
After passing a second house committee vote on Friday, a 20-week ban looks poised to pass the West Virginia house and could potentially pass the senate as well.
The state has spent $170,000 in taxpayer money since 2011 defending a single anti-choice law, according to new figures from the state attorney general obtained by RH Reality Check.
The new bills would ban abortion as early as six weeks, make it extremely difficult for minors to obtain abortions, make all women wait longer to get an abortion, and force women carrying fetuses with fatal anomalies to hear about perinatal hospice options that may not even exist in the state.
In a Friday afternoon vote that allowed for neither audience testimony nor a recorded roll-call vote from its members, a Republican-dominated subcommittee in the Virginia House of Delegates voted against repealing the state’s 2012 mandatory ultrasound law.
Abortion access across the South is decreasing as anti-choice politics spread into “back-door” abortion bans through increased clinic regulation.
The bill, HB 4223, was introduced last May and has 34 Republican co-sponsors. Committee members reportedly expect the bill to advance after they reconvene to hear more testimony, possibly as early as next week.
A bill introduced in the South Dakota house would restrict abortion services in the state by targeting second-trimester abortions with never-before-used legislative language.
If any of the bills passed, Missouri would join Utah and South Dakota as the only states with 72-hour waiting periods.
A senate bill could target doctors for anti-choice protests, while a house bill would ban private insurance coverage of abortion.