The state may soon join Utah in having a three day long waiting period prior to obtaining an abortion.
Doctors are now responsible for deciding if a woman is mentally healthy enough for an abortion.
Crisis pregnancy centers say they’re all about helping women and children, but their legal justification says otherwise.
A federal court this evening blocked implementation of South Dakota H.B. 1217, the law passed earlier this year that would require a woman seeking an abortion to wait at least 72 hours after first meeting her doctor before having the procedure, and to visit a “crisis pregnancy center” for a lecture based on ideology, not medical or scientific evidence.
One of the driving forces behind the South Dakota 72 hour waiting period and mandatory religious counseling rule claims that reproductive groups are worried about losing money, even though his group stands to gain from the law.
The sponsor of the three day waiting period and mandatory religious counseling bill says he doesn’t “understand why” reproductive rights groups are suing.
The group offers legitimate concerns about the state’s new mandatory counseling law.
Though still modest, the total cash in South Dakota’s Life Protect Fund doubled this week to nearly $30,000 due to contributions. Who are the individuals and groups donating to the effort?
South Dakota’s governor signed a highly restrictive law this week, claiming a private funder will cover court costs. Who are these private funders and just how much is this costing the state? Even some Republican legislators are concerned.
No one thinks the law can possibly stand, not even those who are anti-abortion. But at least pro-choice organizations are getting a little funding and volunteerism out of it.