- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A legislative panel has approved a measure that would prohibit abortion providers in South Dakota from accepting payment until the day a procedure is scheduled to be performed.

The House Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday passed the proposal sponsored by Republican Rep. Nancy Rasmussen.

Rasmussen says providers shouldn’t allow pre-payment for abortions because that might “give the pregnant mother a sense of obligation.”

South Dakota law requires that physicians wait at least 72 hours after an initial consultation and assessment before an abortion can be performed.

Rasmussen’s proposal says that payment, just like signing a consent form for the procedure, must occur on the day the abortion is scheduled.

Republican Sen. Jenna Haggar says the proposal fits well into existing South Dakota law.

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