Great post and excellent news from Catholic News Service:
“South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law Tuesday requiring women to wait three days after meeting with a doctor to have an abortion, the longest waiting period in the nation. Abortion rights groups have already said they plan to file a lawsuit challenging the measure, which also requires women to undergo counseling at pregnancy help centers that discourage abortions.
“Daugaard, who gave no interviews after signing the bill, said in a written statement that he has conferred with state attorneys who will defend the law in court and a sponsor who has pledged private money to finance the state’s legal costs. . .
“Supporters of the measure say South Dakota’s only abortion clinic, Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls, gives women little information or counseling before they have abortions done by doctors flown in from out of state. The bill would help make sure women are not being coerced into abortions, they said.
“Opponents say the law forces women to go to pregnancy help centers that harass them, rather than providing sound medical advice. They also say the waiting period and the counseling are an undue burden for women who have a constitutional right to have an abortion. . .
“The law, which takes effect July 1, says an abortion can only be scheduled by a doctor who has personally met with a woman and determined she is voluntarily seeking an abortion. The procedure can’t be done until at least 72 hours after that first consultation.
“Before getting an abortion, a woman also will have to consult with a pregnancy help center to get information about services available to help her give birth and keep a child.”
Like many things our government has their fingers into, there’s a waiting period. So it makes sense, which won’t preclude the legal killers from seeking ways around this law in their effort to make abortions ever more common and profitable.
Seems USA Today had an editorial complaining about the new S.D. law, as it causes financial hardship and inconvenience to the mothers, (to say nothing of what it does to their babies!). However, to their credit, they ran an opposing opinion column today from Mary Spaulding Balch, an attorney for the National Right to Life Committee. Ms. Balch first states the obvious for those who forget there’s an infant included in the debate:
“Every abortion stops a heart that begins beating 22 days after fertilization. Brain waves are detectable in the sixth week, and in the seventh week an unborn child has been observed kicking and swimming. Every organ is in place by the eighth week, when the child begins to respond to touch. By 20 weeks, an unborn child reacts to being pierced by a needle with vigorous body and breathing movements, moving away and showing an increase in stress hormones. . .
“USA TODAY’s editorial on laws limiting abortions curiously fails to focus on Nebraska’s ground-breaking 2010 statute, versions of which are being considered in several states this year. Asserting “a compelling state interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates that they are capable of feeling pain,” the law prevents abortions from 20 weeks. . .
“. . . when women are informed about unborn development and abortion alternatives, rather than just whatever they may be told by abortion providers, they’re more likely to choose life. Currently, 23 states with informed consent/women’s right-to-know laws protect a mother’s right to receive this kind of information prior to undergoing an abortion. The abortion-rights advocacy group NARAL has acknowledged that “Medicaid-eligible women in states that exclude abortion coverage have abortion rates of about half of those women in states that fund abortion care.“
Perhaps thinking of this law is a step in the right direction, or to steal a well-known formula from Fr. Z, ‘brick by brick,’ is a positive we should consider this Lenten season.
- Good for South Dakota (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- S.D. Governor Signs Bill for 72-Hour Abortion Wait (http://www.lifenews.com)
- Pro-Family Group Applauds Gov. Daugaard Signature of Informed Consent Bill (dakotavoice.com)