South Dakota governor signs bills restricting abortion

South Dakota governor signs bills restricting abortion

[JURIST] South Dakota governor Mike Rounds [official profile] Thursday signed four bills restricting abortion in the state, further tightening what some consider the nation's toughest laws on abortion [JURIST report]. One of the bills requires that doctors inform pregnant women that abortion ends the life of a human. Doctors must also tell women that abortion involves the risk of death for the pregnant woman, and that the procedure can lead to depression. Opponents cite the compromise of medical privacy laws, while supporters tout the bill as fully informing women who are considering abortion. Rounds signed another law that would immediately outlaw most forms of abortion in South Dakota if the Supreme Court reverses its decision in Roe v. Wade. Read the press release on the bill signings. AP has more.