South Dakota Ultrasound Bill (HB 1177)

This law was last updated on Feb 1, 2019

This law is Anti–Choice


South Dakota


HB 1177




Jan 29, 2019


Forced Ultrasound

Full Bill Text

HB 1177 would require a physician or qualified technician to perform an obstetric ultrasound on a pregnant person prior to the performance of an abortion.

The physician would be required to provide a verbal explanation of the images, including the presence and location of the fetus within the uterus, the number of fetuses depicted, and whether the ultrasound image indicates that fetal demise has occurred.

The physician would need to display the images so that the pregnant person may view them. The pregnant person may decline to view the images.

The physician would be required to provide a medical description of the images, including a medical description of the dimensions of the embryo or fetus, and the presence of external members and internal organs, if present and viewable.

A physician who fails to perform an ultrasound prior to an abortion would be guilty of a Class 6 felony.

The bill clarifies that the ultrasound method should be whatever the patient and physician agree is best under the circumstance.

Related Legislation

Similar to SB 6.

Latest Action

1/29/19 – Introduced; referred to House State Affairs Committee.