District 25 Rep. Jon Hansen, R-Dell Rapids, is taking the lead on two abortion-related measures.
One revises the state’s 2011 abortion law, which set in place a 72-hour waiting period before a woman can have an abortion.
Hansen’s HB1237 would extend that waiting period by excluding weekends and holidays from counting toward the 72 hours.
His other measure, HB1236, targets an issue Hansen said has arisen in other states. It prohibits a specific type of lawsuit: parents suing doctors for not telling them information about their fetus’ health that would have caused them to abort the pregnancy.
“It seems, as a matter of public policy, as if we shouldn’t allow for the collection of losses because a person has lost the ability to abort a child,” Hansen said.
HB1236 also declares that doctors don’t have a legal duty to screen for illnesses if the parents’ purpose is to determine whether to have an abortion.
Both proposals will go to the House Judiciary Committee.