I was dismayed to hear that the "language requirement" for abortion providers in South Dakota will go forward. They are now required to tell a woman seeking an abortion that the procedure "will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique living human being."

This is unnecessary and insulting (both to doctors and to women seeking an abortion). Women who obtain abortions are aware that they are terminating a pregnancy. Forcing women to endure a lecture or listen to a heartbeat doesn't change any of the facts that informed their decision in the first place: inability to financially support a child; an abusive or absent partner; an inevitable or fatal physical malformation; and many other reasons, as varied as the women who seek abortions.

Women don't choose to have abortions because they don't know what a developing fetus looks or sounds like.

Anna Brower

Salt Lake City