ACLU Decries Proposed South Dakota Law That Places Abortion Providers In Danger

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org PIERRE, S.D. – A law being considered by the South Dakota House of Representatives today would provide legal protection for committing murder in order to prevent conduct “likely to result in the death of” an embryo or fetus. The law raises serious concerns about the safety of abortion providers. The language of the bill is such that if a woman chooses to end a pregnancy, the new law would provide protection to her husband or boyfriend for killing the medical personnel involved. The law would classify such an act as “justifiable homicide.” The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of South Dakota warned that such a law could lead to violence against medical staff who provide abortion care.