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S.D. Governor Signs Legislation Banning Abortion After 19 Weeks Of Pregnancy

The legislation includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for cases of rape or incest. Elsewhere, The Associated Press takes a closer look at Indiana's measure that would ban abortions sought because of fetal defects, and West Virginia lawmakers override the governor's veto on banning a second-trimester abortion method.

The Associated Press: South Dakota Governor Signs 20-Week Abortion Ban Into Law
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Thursday signed a law prohibiting most abortions beyond 19 weeks of pregnancy, the latest state to enact such a ban. The Republican governor "is sure that" the state's attorney general "will be prepared to defend the constitutionality of the bill," Daugaard spokeswoman Kelsey Pritchard said in an email. The measure offers some exemptions for women in medical emergencies, but not in cases of rape or incest. It is set to go into effect July 1. (Nord, 3/10)

The Associated Press: A Look At Indiana Bill Banning Abortions For Fetal Defects
A measure that would make Indiana only the second state to ban abortions sought because a fetus has a genetic abnormality, such as Down syndrome, is heading to Gov. Mike Pence for possible approval. The conservative Republican is a strong opponent of abortion and a spokeswoman said he would give it "thoughtful consideration." Here's a look at the measure how it was approved by state lawmakers. (3/10)

The Associated Press: West Virginia: Veto On Abortion Curb Overridden
Overriding the governor’s veto for the fourth time this year, West Virginia lawmakers put a ban on a common second-trimester abortion method into law on Thursday. Lawmakers voted to override a veto by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, of a bill outlawing the dilation and evacuation procedure, considered the safest second-trimester abortion method. (3/10)

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