A bill that would ban abortions based on sexual gender came to a halt on Monday, when a South Dakota senate committee had a deadlocked vote of 3-3.
People in support of the bill argue that the law is necessary in a world where it is getting easier and easier to determine the gender of your baby long before it is born.
If a doctor knowingly performed an abortion under these circumstances, he could be charged as a felon.
Opponents of the bill state that it would be more of a burden to the doctors than the mothers. Abbie Peterson with Naral Pro-choice South Dakota says that there is no way a doctor can know every thought in a woman’s mind and every motive behind her decision.
The committee will meet again on Wednesday. This gives supporters a couple of days to tweak the bill enough to pass.