Down syndrome abortion ban passes committee, headed to House floor

PIERRE, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem’s Down syndrome abortion ban passed unanimously in the House State Affairs committee Wednesday morning.

This sends one of Gov. Noem’s biggest policy proposals of the 2021 legislative session to the house floor.

Both Democrats on the committee, State Rep. Jamie Smith (D-Sioux Falls) and Rep. Oren Lesmeister (D-Parade), voted in favor of sending the bill to the full house floor.

If passed, HB 1110, would “prohibit the performance of abortions due to Down syndrome and to provide a penalty therefor.”

According to Governor Noem, recent media reports illustrate that some European countries, like Iceland and Denmark, have virtually eliminated children with Down syndrome by aborting nearly every child that has it.

The Governor also indicated that research estimates that two out of every three Down syndrome pregnancies in the United States end in an abortion. Tests to diagnose Down syndrome can be conducted as early as 10 weeks into pregnancy.

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