- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota panel has adjusted and passed a measure to ban sex-selective abortions.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 5-2 to advance the measure. The bill passed the House two weeks ago.

The bill would make abortions based on the fetus’ gender illegal. Physicians who perform such an abortion could be charged with a felony.

Supporters of the measure say it sends a clear signal that “all life is sacred,” regardless of gender. They add that with new gender-testing technology it’s important to put these safeguards in place.

Opponents say the bill has an inherent bias against Asian-American women and would be hard to enforce. They say it’s difficult to oppose, because the concept of sex-selective abortions is abhorrent.

It goes next to the Senate floor.

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