As Broadsheet noted earlier today, South Dakota is considering legislation to outlaw almost all abortions. Here's a disturbing update: This afternoon that measure passed the state's Senate 23-12, and now moves back to the House, which has already passed a similar bill, the Associated Press reported.
The legislation would allow abortion only to save the life of a pregnant women. It would make it a felony to perform abortions, a crime that could carry with it a sentence of up to five years. Currently, about 800 abortions a year are performed in the state of 770,000 citizens, mostly at one clinic in Sioux Falls.