South Dakota legislators announced Monday that they will reintroduce a new version of their previous abortion ban that was rejected by voters in the November elections. A group of legislators that identify themselves as Legislators for Life say that this version of the ban will include exceptions for rape, incest, and to protect the life and health of the mother. Abortion opponents anticipate that this new draft will appeal to voters who oppose abortion but believe that certain exceptions are required.
The 2006 version of the ban, which was an initiative on the November ballot, was decisively overturned by South Dakota voters. It would have outlawed all abortion, except in cases that would prevent the death of a woman, and would have provided prison sentences for violators.
The 2006 version of the bill was drafted to serve as a tool that would bring the abortion issue before the Supreme Court in efforts to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.