Governor Daugaard supports abortion House Bill 1217
House Bill 1217 has heated up debate in Pierre. South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says he's now in support.
"I am pro-life. I've read the bill and I'm inclined to sign it. But, I want to examine it along with the counsel of others to make sure there are no other un-intended consequences that haven't been identified during the debate," Governor Daugaard said.
Waiting to sign the bill will allow for time to choose what's best for the women of South Dakota.
"I believe that so long as there's an opportunity to encourage women to consider options other than abortions, we should consider them," Daugaard said.
Chris Hupke agrees. Hupke is the president of South Dakota Family Policy Council and supports the bill. He said he's not surprised with the governor's intentions.
"It doesn't surprise me, a common sense bill, a bill that protects women and the protection of their unborn child, that the governor would support it," Hupke said. "When people absolutely see all of what's happened currently, and the injustice to women, they'll see that 1217 is necessary," he said.
Or not so necessary, according to Alisha Sedor, who says she's proud to take a stance on the other side.
"It's the government forcing women to go somewhere and speak with someone when they may not want an outside part in her medical decision making," Sedor said.
Sedor is part of NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota. She worries about the health dangers and risks to a pregnant woman. She says a bill like this intrudes on a mother and her doctor.
"It's a pretty well respected relationship in South Dakota and in the U.S. in general. So I think it's time they leave this issue alone," Sedor said.
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