Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A new pro-life law ... a lurking lawsuit

Planned Parenthood and the ACLU plan to ask a judge to strike down as unconstitutional a new law in South Dakota that requires women to wait three days after meeting with an abortionist to have an abortion.

pregnant womanOn Tuesday, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed the controversial pro-life bill into law. The law, to take effect on July 1, is primarily designed to reduce bullying of women and girls into getting abortions. It requires the abortionist to have direct contact with the woman seeking an abortion, a 72-hour waiting period, and counseling at a pro-life pregnancy center -- in other words, a second opinion.

Valerie Johnson of South Dakota Right to Life tells OneNewsNow she is aware of Planned Parenthood's threat to file a lawsuit.

"Of course they're going to object and they can say they're pro-choice," she says, "but what it comes down to is [that abortion is] their business -- and so they want to protect their business, I am sure."

According to the pro-life activist, Planned Parenthood's primary objection to the new law is the required visit to a pregnancy care center. Johnson explains the purpose behind that aspect.

"It's just to make sure that the mother is not being coerced [into an abortion] and so that she can give more of an informed consent," she explains. "As it is, the pregnant mother goes in [to an abortion clinic] and signs a consent form and pays for the abortion the same day that she receives that abortion."

Read more at OneNewsNow

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