Task force to study abortion created.
There is hereby established the South Dakota Task Force to Study Abortion. The
task force shall consist of seventeen members. Six members shall be appointed by the Speaker of
the House of Representatives, and six members shall be appointed by the President Pro Tempore
of the Senate, and five members shall be appointed by the Governor. Not all members appointed
by each appointive power may belong to the same political party. If there is a vacancy on the task
force, the vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
The task force shall be under the supervision of the Executive Board of the
Legislative Research Council and staffed and funded as an interim legislative committee.
The task force shall study the practice of abortion since its legalization, the body of
knowledge concerning the development and behavior of the unborn child which has developed
because of technological advances and medical experience since the legalization of abortion, the
societal, economic, and ethical impact and effects of legalized abortion, the degree to which
decisions to undergo abortions are voluntary and informed, the effect and health risks that
undergoing abortions has on the women, including the effects on the women's physical and mental
health, including the delayed onset of cancer, and her subsequent life and socioeconomic
experiences, the nature of the relationship between a pregnant woman and her unborn child,
whether abortion is a workable method for the pregnant woman to waive her rights to a
relationship with the child, whether the unborn child is capable of experiencing physical pain,
whether the need exists for additional protections of the rights of pregnant women contemplating
abortion, and whether there is any interest of the state or the mother or the child which would
justify changing the laws relative to abortion. The task force shall prepare a report detailing its
findings, which shall include any proposals for additional legislation as it may deem advisable, and
submit the report to the Governor and Legislature no later than December 1, 2005.