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.
A judge will decide whether the nation’s longest waiting period will be put on hold until its constitutionality is ruled on.
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.
My dear politicians: I will not ask you to give me my rights. I already have my rights. I know my rights. You do not tell me what they are. I tell YOU. You will NOT deny me or my sisters the right to a medical procedure.
The Minnesota state legislature proposed a bill that would remove all health care funding for any group that even refers patients for abortions.
Will the new abortion restrictions in South Dakota constitute a de facto ban of abortion in a state where the voters rejected a direct ban in 2006? It seems that legislators may have given the power to ban abortions to anti-choice groups in the state.
After pushing for a 72 hour wait in South Dakota for women to be forced to go to crisis pregnancy centers before an abortion, no centers have registered to do the counseling.
This war on providers has been going on so long it has become essentially “the new normal,” with significant public attention only when a provider is murdered.
The group offers legitimate concerns about the state’s new mandatory counseling law.