South Dakota House Bill 1217 signed into law
March 22, 2011 3:28 PM Subscribe
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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed into law
bill 1217 [pdf]
, which requires a three-day waiting period and mandatory counseling from a "pregnancy help center" before a woman may obtain an abortion.
The law provides for several requirements:
Section 3: No abortion may be scheduled until a licensed physician has personally met with the woman (referred to throughout the bill as "the pregnant mother"), and the schedule must be at least 72 hours after the completion of this appointment.
Section 3.1: The physician must obtain the age of the father of the fetus ("unborn child" in the bill) and determine if the age difference is creating undue coercion
Section 3.3.a: The woman must have a consultation at a "pregnancy help center"
Section 5 defines "pregnancy help center". The requirements to meet this definition include that it "routinely consults with women for the purpose of helping them keep their relationship with their unborn children" (5.1) and "they do not now refer pregnant women for abortions, and have not referred any pregnant women for an abortion at any time in the three years immediately preceding" (5.4). They are permitted to interview the woman about whether or not she is being coerced, but may not discuss religious beliefs (Section 6).
The ACLU of South Dakota says they will immediately file a lawsuit. The attorney general has already issued a statement [pdf]
that they believe the law passes under the Casey standard as defined by Planned Parenthood v. Casey