Health Care

S.D. producing video for doctors outlining abortion restrictions

Anti-abortion groups say it will provide clarity in medical emergencies.
FILE – This Dec. 27, 2013 file photo shows the South Dakota State Capitol in Pierre, S.D. (AP Photo/Chet Brokaw, File)

South Dakota will produce an informational video about emergency medical care for pregnant women under a first-in-the-nation law that anti-abortion groups are promoting as a national model to “combat misinformation” in states with abortion restrictions.

The Med Ed law, passed by Republicans on near party-line votes and signed by Gov. Kristi Noem (R) last week, directs the state health department to produce the video and “other materials” to outline the “acts that do and do not” constitute an abortion. The state’s near-total abortion ban, which went into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, allows the procdure only to save the mother’s life.

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