South Dakota Heart Auscultation Bill (HB 1190)
This law was last updated on Jan 31, 2019
HB 1190 would prohibit a physician from performing an abortion on a pregnant person without first making audible the heart auscultation—if present—of the fetus.
The bill would require the physician to provide a verbal explanation of the heart auscultation in a manner understandable to a layperson. If the pregnant person chooses not to receive any verbal explanation, it must be documented by the abortion facility, including the date, time, and the pregnant person’s signature attesting to their choice.
Current state law prohibits facilities that perform abortions from performing an abortion on a pregnant person without first offering the pregnant person an opportunity to view a sonogram of the fetus. The pregnant person is able to decline to view the images. This bill would require the fetal heart tone to be made audible. The pregnant patient may only opt-out of hearing the verbal description.
1/30/19 – Introduced; referred to House Health and Human Services Committee.