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SD Governor signs controversial adoption referral bill

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A controversial new bill banning adoption referrals at pregnancy centers has been signed into law.

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed the new legislation on Friday.

The bill changes the requirements for crisis pregnancy centers, or CPC's, registering with the state as "pregnancy help centers."

Currently, facilities must not perform or have any affiliation with doctors or organization that provides abortions in order to be eligible to register with the state as a pregnancy help center.

The new legislation says that eligible CPC's also cannot, directly or indirectly, help facilitate an adoption.

Those opposed to the bill say women who have unplanned pregnancies should know about all available options, including adoption.

"That kind of law never should have been passed to begin with. I can't imagine what the governor was thinking. I find that completely inhuman to eliminate the possibility of adoption," Connie Howie said.

Proponents of the new law say they think the services should be separate.

"Adoption should be with other organizations, like religious organizations, and abortions should be with medical facilities," Joel Harns said.

The centers are designed to provide neutral counseling to women who have sought an abortion.

There are only two pregnancy help centers registered with the state.

One is in Rapid City, the other in Sioux Falls.

The bill takes effect in July 2014.

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