South Dakota Governor Signs 3-Day Wait Law For Abortion
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed a law that forces women in that state into the longest waiting period in the country if they choose to have an abortion. Most states that have waiting periods — about half of them — mandate a 24-hour period. They will also be forced to have counseling where they will be discouraged from having the procedure.
Within minutes of Daugaard’s announcement that he had signed the measure, abortion rights groups said they plan to file a lawsuit challenging the measure, which one said could create particular hardships for women who live in rural areas hundreds of miles from the state’s only abortion clinic in Sioux Falls.
Defending the law will cost the state $1.7 million. Charles Johnson at LGF points out that those supporting the law claim their goal is to make sure women aren’t “coerced into abortions.” Can you imagine a law being passed in this country telling men they must have a waiting period before an elective procedure and that they also must go get counseling?