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SD lawmakers ban abortion for gender selection

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        PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a bill that bans abortions sought because of a fetus's gender.
 
       The House voted 59-10 on Tuesday to accept a Senate version of the measure. It will become law if signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
 
       The bill would make abortions sought because of a fetus's gender illegal. The measure would make it a Class 6 felony, carrying a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine, for a doctor to knowingly perform or attempt an abortion sought because of a fetus's gender.
 
       Supporters say a pregnancy should not be terminated because parents don't like the gender of a fetus.
 
       But opponents say the measure is unconstitutional.

 

       Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

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