SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Some Republicans in conservative South Dakota are putting the contentious politics of immigration reform aside and backing a measure to provide prenatal care to women living in the state illegally whose children will become citizens of the United States.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a Republican who's up for re-election this November, supports prenatal care as a way to prevent huge costs from babies suffering health problems after birth.
The Republican-dominated South Dakota House of Representatives has passed such a measure in each of the last two years, and seven more lawmakers voted for it in 2014 than a year ago. But the bill was never brought to a vote of the state Senate this year. Supporters vow to try again next year.