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Matt Michels' Voting Records on Issue: Abortion

Office: Lieutenant Governor (SD), Republican President of the Senate

South Dakota Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 9, 2006 H Amdt 1215fa Exception to Abortion Ban in Cases Where the Health of the Woman is Seriously Threatened Amendment Rejected - House
(27 - 41)
Feb. 9, 2006 H Amdt 1215rb Exceptions to Abortion Ban in Cases of Rape or Incest Amendment Amendment Tabled - House
(42 - 25)
Feb. 9, 2006 HB 1215 Abortion Ban Bill Passed - House
(47 - 22)

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