- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a bill that bans abortions sought because of a fetus’s gender.

The House voted 59-10 on Tuesday to accept a Senate version of the measure. It will become law if signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

The bill would make abortions sought because of a fetus’s gender illegal. The measure would make it a Class 6 felony, carrying a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine, for a doctor to knowingly perform or attempt an abortion sought because of a fetus’s gender.

Supporters say a pregnancy should not be terminated because parents don’t like the gender of a fetus.

But opponents say the measure is unconstitutional.

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