What If You Proposed A Mandatory Counseling Bill And No One Agreed To Counsel?

After lobbying hard to pass a bill to force all women seeking abortions in South Dakota to have to wait 72 hours after visiting a doctor, and obtain counseling through Christian-based crisis pregnancy centers whose goals are to talk women into continuing their pregnancies, it turns out not one of the centers have signed up to counsel women.

Now, no one is quite sure if that means abortion has been effectively made inaccessible or not.

Via the Argus Leader:

No pregnancy help centers have registered with the state in response to the new law requiring a woman to consult with one and wait 72 hours before getting an abortion.

If no center comes forward, will it make an abortion unobtainable in South Dakota?

It’s a question that officials haven’t yet addressed – and it might be a moot point if a promised lawsuit prevails.

One group who oddly enough has not stepped forward to register as a counselor?  Alpha Pregnancy Centers, which pushed for the bill, trained other centers to provide the counseling, has been raising money for defending the bill, and even contributed money to the defense fund personally.

If the bill is not challenged in court, it will go into effect July 1st.  The lack of anyone registering to provide counseling is a pretty sure sign of how positive the anti-choice movement believes the law will never be enacted in the first place.

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  • beenthere72

    I didn’t conceive they could do that.   From one of the comments to the article:


    They never intended to provide counseling. The plan was to pass a law that required counseling and then not provide the counseling. Abortion without counseling is illegal and so there is no abortion.


    I hope PP, and whoever is in a capacity to sue, is in a huddle with their lawyers as we speak. 

  • julie-watkins

    Signing up would mean “cooperating with abortion”, right?

    So cynical.

    I am so tired of this.

    If these Crisis Pregnancy Centers had confidence in their work and were truly concerned about pregnant girls/women who “don’t know the support available”, they’d volunteer. Must mean they’re not serious about the support, eh? Or they know they’re just being bullies. If they were sincere, they’d take the chance because many of these girls/women would find other ways of obtaining abortion. (Back alley, another state, getting pills from internet.)

  • elburto

    Enact a bill forcing mandatory counsellling, then don’t provide counselling, which means no legal abortion.


    How the fuck can this be legal?  America, what are you doing here?  If you make a law saying “You must do x before you are allowed y” then it behooves you to either make X available, or to nullify the law.  Surely ethics is something studied by people who rubber-stamp these bills?

  • crowepps

    Surely ethics is something studied by people who rubber-stamp these bills?

    Nope, not at all — they don’t need no stickin’ ETHICS, they’re Christians.  They believe it’s okay to lie, cheat, assault and murder so long as it’s for teh BABEZ!

  • ookamiamaterasu

    I hope this law is nullified due to none of the CPCs in the state signing up to provide counseling. Funny thing though, this three day waiting period law actually is uncontutional by precedent. A judge in South Dakota found a similar law requiring a three day waiting period to get an abortion to be unconstitutional a couple years back. This thing is dead as soon as it hits the courts.

  • broodstock

    I knew this would happen.