SD Governor: I'm 'Inclined To Sign' Abortion Bill
March 3, 2011, 12:21 PM
PIERRE, SD -
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he's likely to sign legislation that would require women to undergo counseling and wait 72 hours before having an abortion.
Daugaard says he's read the bill and is "inclined to sign it at this stage." He says he's still studying the measure.
The bill would require a woman seeking an abortion to meet personally with a doctor and then visit a pregnancy help center to learn about services to help her give birth and keep a child. The woman would have to wait 72 hours after first meeting with a doctor to have the abortion.
Supporters say the bill prevents women from feeling pressured to have an abortion. Opponents say it restricts women's rights and invites a costly lawsuit.
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