Anti-Choice Activists Claim 72-Hour “No Weekends” Period Needed Because… God


The South Dakota legislature is preparing to start the debate over a new bill that will change the forced waiting period in the state to a 72-hour wait—no weekends or holidays allowed, a law clearly predicated on the assumption that women seek abortions without forethought, can not be trusted, and are unable to think as well on holidays or weekends as they are on weekdays. The bill has no logic behind it, but to  those who wrote and support the bill, it makes perfect sense.

God doesn’t work on Sundays.

That’s the argument provided by lawyer Harold Cassidy, who is representing crisis pregnancy centers which support the bill. According to Cassidy, this bill isn’t about making sure that women have enough time on their own to quietly contemplate what they really want. It’s making sure she has enough time to seek counseling from an “outside” source—especially CPCs. 

Via the Argus Leader:

Harold Cassidy, a lawyer representing two crisis pregnancy centers who are defending the 2011 abortion law in court, said HB1237 is not about giving the woman time to reflect on her own — which she could do on a weekend or holiday — but to seek out counseling, which might be closed then.“One of the other purposes (of the bill) is to provide the woman with the opportunity to seek out counseling from other persons or individuals within the pregnant mother’s natural support system, such as the woman’s regular care physician, who’s never going to be open on a Saturday or a Sunday, or such as a clergy member,” Cassidy said.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Cassidy notes, aren’t open on Sundays because of their faith.

When you think about it, there are many reasons why this is an unbelievably brazen argument for a bill. First of all, they are writing a supplemental restriction to help them enforce another restriction: forced visits to crisis pregnancy centers that any women seeking safe abortion care must first endure. This has been enjoined by the courts as unconstitutional. Second, they are not only saying that they need to have a chance to coerce every woman seeking safe abortion care out of her decision, but that those women need to bend their own lives and schedules to the convenience of non-medical, ideologically-driven crisis pregnancy centers, which are not open on Sundays because of their “religious beliefs.”

The House will meet to consider the legislation Friday.

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  • Arakiba

    Effing stupid.

    • http://twitter.com/BigSofty2 Big Softy

      Concise and to the point Arakiba.

  • Dezzydez

    This is why I have such disdain for christianity in this country. Not all women are christians or even theists. I am an atheist and I do not want any mythology making choices about my body. I do not care whether their god does not like people working on saturday or sunday. Why should I have to abide by their religion? Where is my protection from their beliefs?

    • nettwench14

      Amen!!

    • marlowe28

      Please educate yourself before you attack all Christians. Look up the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Familiarize yourself with the pastors in NY and NJ who supported abortion services when it was illegal to do so. Christians were on the forefront of the reproductive justice movement. Dr. Tiller was ushering in his church when he was murdered.
      I respect your right to be an atheist. I do not respect your decision to be uninformed.

      • Dezzydez

        You are the one that needs an education. You are purposely being ignorant if you do not know most of the opposition to abortion and women’s reproductive rights in this country is from christians. Yes there are few christians groups that support women, but in general christianity has been the biggest opposition. To deny it is to deny reality.

  • http://twitter.com/BigSofty2 Big Softy

    So women are unable to think on weekends and holidays because they are too busy having unprotected sex?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bethany.herrera.98 Bethany Herrera

    “… to provide the woman with the opportunity to seek out counseling from other
    persons or individuals within the pregnant mother’s natural support
    system … such as a clergy member.”

    So clergy members aren’t available on Sundays anymore? These theocratic creeps don’t even pretend to keep their lies straight, do they?

  • colleen

    “… to provide the woman with the opportunity to seek out counseling from other
    persons or individuals within the pregnant mother’s natural support
    system … such as a clergy member.”

    Because nothing’s more supportive than a ‘faith’ that reduces women to breeding livestock.

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  • Euphony618

    Note the language used to refer to a woman seeking an abortion: “pregnant mother.” Women aren’t mothers until they give birth. It’s an attempt to frame the issue as a woman murdering her child. Separation of church and state doesn’t seem to matter in America anymore…

  • Kombi Servisi

    This is why I have such disdain for christianity in this country. Not all women are christians or even theists.vaillant kombi servisi

  • jleaux

    The bill is only illogical if you take the stated rationalization at face value. However, if you just assume that the real intent is advance the strategy of making abortion incrementally more burdensome, it’s perfectly rational.

    I doubt many truly care whether or not a woman is contemplating an abortion on the Sabbath vs a Wednesday. They just want to keep putting straws on the camel’s back.

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