Conservative politicians wanting to limit access to abortion are working on two fronts. Last month, House Republicans did their best to defund abortion provider Planned Parenthood, which already can't use federal money on the procedure. Now on a state level, specifically in South Dakota, pro-life lawmakers are bolstering anti-abortion "pregnancy crisis centers" by requiring women seeking abortions to get consultations at them.
We've already looked at how crisis pregnancy centers spread misinformation (like abortion often ends in suicide) and disguise their true anti-choice motives. But the bill signed into law by South Dakota's governor this week doesn't hide anything — it wants to discourage women from getting abortions. It requires that women who want to terminate their pregnancies wait three days after talking to a doctor. In the meantime, they must go to a help center to learn about assistance available to "help the mother keep and care for her child."
Gov. Dennis Daugaard's condescending statement on the new rule assumes that it would never occur to a woman to think about her options before discussing her decision with her doctor. He thinks the law will help: "I hope that women who are considering an abortion will use this three-day period to make good choices."
Not surprisingly, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU plan to sue.