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Abortion waiting period in South Dakota to stand after Planned Parenthood drops appeal

In 2011, South Dakota passed a law enacting a 72-hour waiting period before a woman is allowed to have an abortion. According to the Associated Press, that is the longest waiting period in the United States. Other nations have similar or longer waiting periods, with Germany at 72 hours and Italy at one week. Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota filed a lawsuit to stop the implementation of the measure, which also requires women to undergo counseling at a pregnancy help center.

However, Planned Parenthood has now dropped its appeal of the 72-hour waiting period. Sarah Stoesz, the president of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, explained, “This was not an easy decision for us to make by any means. We believe that this law is wrong and disrespectful to women and it is completely unnecessary and for a host of reasons is ill-conceived.” According to Stoesz, Planned Parenthood was not confident that the court would rule in its favor.

Planned Parenthood now plans to focus on fighting the requirement that women undergo counseling at a pregnancy help center, claiming that the requirement is unethical.

Another provision of the law requires doctors who perform abortions to determine if a woman is being coerced into an abortion or if psychological problems will result from the procedure being performed. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier ruled that provision could go into effect beginning July 1.

  • Richard

    Imagine debating a pro-abort type person, and while in the midst of impeaching you they cite facts and statistics from THEBLAZE.COM. They proclaim “you are wrong because THEBLAZE.COM says this…”. How would that make you feel as a pro-life person? Would you feel a sense of validation that your position has merit? When the opposition uses your side for reference, you absolutely would.

    Getting to the truth is the most important part of any issue. And if both sides cite the same source, I think we’re in agreement the source is true.

    A contributor to this site,

    Calvin Freiburger

    while supporting his pro-life position on December 8, 2012, cited the Guttmacher Institute. Here is their most recent video:

    Here is Mr. Freiburger’s quote:

    “Your premise that “women” per se is who we’re talking about is yet another lie, when the truth is that we’re merely talking about one subset of women. Guttmacher says a little less than a quarter of pregnancies end in abortion, and women are often *more* pro-life than men. That means the clear majority of women ARE smart, strong, and just enough to see through the lie and do the right thing. The subset who consider abortion consists of those who either have been lied to by your side about what abortion does and what their baby is, are in circumstances where they’re not thinking clearly, or are so callous that they don’t care that they’re murdering their offspring”.

    Mr. Freiburger has, therefore, decidedly given credibility to the statistics supplied by the Guttmacher Institute, consequently giving it respectability in the eyes of the pro-life movement.

    The next time you are told the elimination of Planned Parenthood is a just act, consider this video..

    Mr. Freiburger gives you his blessing.

  • It’s about time someone passed some common sense laws that help women in crisis address the real problems of unplanned pregnancies that don’t just hide the reality of the problem (the physical and emotional side affects as well as the help available to them) from them.

  • Amy

    Exciting! It’s amazing what PP interprets as a threat to women… But super excited that laws are finally changing! (Now my state needs to get a serious move-on…)
    Cool, though! :)