South Dakota has become the 13th state to make the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act the law of the land.
The measure, which bans most abortions in the state after the fifth month of pregnancy, says it is “an Act to prohibit the abortion of an unborn child who is capable of experiencing pain and to provide a penalty therefor.”
Republican state Rep. Isaac Latterell – the bill’s primary sponsor in the state House – said the legislation recognizes “the humanity of these children,” reports Minnesota CBSLocal.com.
“I think it’ll save lives because it lets women know that their children really are humans just like us,” he continued. “I think it’s a great step forward for our state, and I would like to see us do more to protect the innocent.”
The Act states:
(1) The state has a compelling state interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates that they are capable of feeling pain;
(2) There is substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain by twenty weeks after fertilization.
The law does not provide exceptions for rape or incest. Addressing the issue of an exception to the law due to a “medical emergency,” the law states: