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South Dakota reject abortion ban

November 5, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
South Dakota voters once again rejected a proposed law that would have banned most abortions. Tuesday's vote was the second time voters have weighed in on the issue in two years. The latest measure was less restrictive than a defeated 2006 measure.

The new version would have outlawed abortions but included exceptions for rape, incest and pregnancies that threaten the life or health of the woman.

Some voters said they wanted those exceptions when they rejected the earlier version.

Opponents this year said it would jeopardize the patient-doctor relationship because physicians could be criminally charged for exceeding its bounds.

Supporters said doctors abiding by standard medical practices would have nothing to fear.

Among the opponents this year was the anti-abortion group South Dakota Right To Life, which rejected the additional exceptions.

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