Tuesday, 22 March 2011 10:55
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a bill requiring women to wait 72
hours before having an abortion. It's the longest waiting period in
The bill also requires women to undergo counseling at pregnancy
centers that aim to convince them not to have an abortion.
The law is set to take effect July 1, but it is almost certain
to be challenged in court by opponents who say it is
About half of the states, including South Dakota, make women
wait 24 hours after meeting with the doctor who will perform an
abortion before going through with it.
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