ENTITLED, An Act to
establish a task force to study abortion and to provide for its composition,
scope, and administration.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
There is hereby established the South Dakota Task Force to Study Abortion. The task
force shall consist of seventeen members. Six members shall be appointed by the Speaker of the
House of Representatives, and six members shall be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the
Senate, and five members shall be appointed by the Governor. Not all members appointed by each
appointive power may belong to the same political party. If there is a vacancy on the task force, the
vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
The task force shall be under the supervision of the Executive Board of the Legislative
Research Council and staffed and funded as an interim legislative committee.
The task force shall study the practice of abortion since its legalization, the body of
knowledge concerning the development and behavior of the unborn child which has developed
because of technological advances and medical experience since the legalization of abortion, the
societal, economic, and ethical impact and effects of legalized abortion, the degree to which
decisions to undergo abortions are voluntary and informed, the effect and health risks that
undergoing abortions has on the women, including the effects on the women's physical and mental
health, including the delayed onset of cancer, and her subsequent life and socioeconomic
experiences, the nature of the relationship between a pregnant woman and her unborn child, whether
abortion is a workable method for the pregnant woman to waive her rights to a relationship with the
child, whether the unborn child is capable of experiencing physical pain, whether the need exists for
additional protections of the rights of pregnant women contemplating abortion, and whether there
is any interest of the state or the mother or the child which would justify changing the laws relative
to abortion. The task force shall prepare a report detailing its findings, which shall include any
proposals for additional legislation as it may deem advisable, and submit the report to the Governor
and Legislature no later than December 1, 2005.
An Act to establish a task force to study abortion and to provide for its composition, scope, and
I certify that the attached
originated in the
Speaker of the House
President of the Senate
Secretary of the Senate
File No. ____
Chapter No. ______
Received at this Executive Office
this _____ day of _____________ ,
20____ at ____________ M.
for the Governor
The attached Act is hereby
approved this ________ day of
______________ , A.D., 20___
STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA,
Office of the Secretary of State
Filed ____________ , 20___
at _________ o'clock __ M.
Secretary of State
Asst. Secretary of State