The South Dakota House and Senate passed similar bills Tuesday requiring doctors to offer pregnant women the chance to see sonograms before they decide to get abortions
If a woman didn't want to see the sonogram, she would have to sign a statement that the offer had been made.
The Senate version of the bill passed 21 to 13. A slightly different House version passed 38 to 31 later Tuesday afternoon.
Sen. Dennis Schmidt, R-Rapid City, who sponsored the Senate bill, SB88, argued the sonogram requirement would simply improve "informed consent" for women.
Schmidt said sonograms are performed for a variety of procedures, not just abortions, and he said patients are routinely invited to watch. "I watched the procedure done on my wife for hip surgery and I thought, 'This is phenomenal,'" he said. "This was great information."
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