It isn't a well-documented problem, but a bill passed by the senate forbids a doctor to perform an abortion based on the race or sex of the fetus. At least three other states have similar proposals.
Republican governor Dennis Daugaard signed a law March 22 requiring women seeking an abortion to have dissuasive counseling and submit to a three-day waiting period, the longest in the U.S.
The Sunshine State is one of at least 10 to propose that an abortion be preceded by a mandatory ultrasound. Some bills require that the woman be shown the results.
Conservative legislators had two fetuses "testify" via ultrasound on behalf of a house bill that would prohibit abortion from being performed on a fetus with a detectable heartbeat.
A house bill would make "prenatal murder" a felony punishable under the state's homicide laws. Critics say the language would criminalize some miscarriages.