SD Governor Approves Longer Abortion Wait in Some Cases

Governor Daugaard on July 18, 2012 (KGFX Photo)


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill extending in some cases what is already the nation’s longest waiting period for a woman to receive an abortion.

Daugaard announced that he signed the legislation on Friday.

Women seeking abortions in South Dakota currently must wait three days after seeing an abortion clinic doctor before they can have the procedure. The bill makes it so weekends and holidays do not count in calculating the three-day waiting period.

Supporters say the change ensures women have time to receive required counseling at pregnancy help centers, which discourage abortions.

Opponents say the measure could hamper many women seeking abortions.

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