It is hard to understand why anyone in good conscience, especially a woman, would have a problem with a regulation like this. You are not only determining the life or death of your child, you are also making a decision that can emotionally affect you for the rest of your entire life. Thankfully, law makers in South Dakota understand and agree with this. Via ABC News:
South Dakota became the first state in the country to require a woman seeking an abortion to visit a pregnancy help center first and submit to counseling to ensure her decision is “voluntary” and “informed.”
Under the new law the woman must also wait at least 72 hours after completing the counseling before she can schedule an abortion, the longest waiting period in the nation. The law goes into effect on July 1.
“I think everyone agrees with the goal of reducing abortion by encouraging consideration of other alternatives,” Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a Republican, said in a statement. “I hope that women who are considering an abortion will use this three-day period to make good choices.”
A number of state proposals nationwide have targeted abortion this year, including laws passed in Ohio and Texas.
Of course, those at Planned Parenthood who see potential profits falling out of their overflowing wallets are up in arms over this new law.
Planned Parenthood announced it will file a lawsuit seeking to repeal the law.
Sarah Stoesz, the president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood’s office for Minnesota and North and South Dakota, said the 3-day waiting period is a “callous” attempt to put another barrier in front of women seeking abortions. But the compulsory counseling at pregnancy crisis centers, she said, would be even worse.
The irony is that Stoesz at Planned Parenthood would call a 3 day waiting period “callous” but yet doesn’t blink an eye at the millions of little lives that have been have been taken. The differences between being called an “abortion” or “murder” only spans a few weeks and a silent scream verses an audible one.