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Bill guarantees prenatal care to illegal immigrants

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A bill passed the South Dakota House stating a pregnant, illegal immigrant will be guaranteed prenatal care, but law makers are torn on whether it's a good idea.

Rep. Jenna Haggar does not think so.

"I primarily voted at a time in South Dakota where our families are unable to provided or unable to pay or meet the increasing cost of their own family's health care I thought it would be unreasonable to ask them to pay for another country's citizen's health care." She said.

She said during pregnancy, neither the mother nor the child are us citizens, "I guess I would argue that, as they are unborn, that they are human, but they are citizens of a country of where their mom is a citizen. Their mom is not a citizen of the US their mom is a citizen of a different country, as is the unborn child."

Rep. Melissa Magstadt voted for the bill.

"So we've got immigrants who are illegally here, who are having their children here; however the minute their born into united states soil, they are our responsibility as they are United States citizens." She said.

She said total prenatal care costs $2,000 per infant.

And one day in neonatal intensive care unity is $3,000.

"So when I look at it as a fiscal conservative, which I have been since the moment I've gotten elected and even before that, this absolutely makes sense and saves the tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars." Said rep. Magstadt.

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