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South Dakota Defers Bill Allowing Homicide in Defense of Fetus

Posted Feb 18, 2011 6:30 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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South Dakota lawmakers have postponed indefinitely a vote on a bill that some had criticized as a license to kill abortion providers.

South Dakota House Speaker Val Rausch said a vote on the justifiable homicide bill won’t be taken until a decision is made whether to amend or even drop it, the New York Times reports.

The bill would have allowed a woman or her relatives to claim justifiable homicide if they kill someone to protect her fetus. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has called the bill, as currently written, “a very bad idea.”

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