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After getting through the state House on a lopsided bipartisan vote, a second attempt to ban abortions in South Dakota was defeated in a state Senate committee 21Feb.

The committee voted against the bill on an 8-1 margin and lawmakers said the measure probably wouldn’t stand up in court.

Last year, South Dakota voters defeated an abortion ban by a 55-44 margin at the ballot box, but polls before the debate showed they would favor a ban with rape and incest exceptions.

Legislators responded with a revised abortion measure that banned about 98 percent of all abortions but allowed them in those very rare sexual abuse cases.

But the Senate State Affairs Committee said no to HB 1293 despite the House approving it 45-25 last week.

[22Feb07, #3968, Pierre, SD]