Alisha Sedor is the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota.
They’re at it again. The South Dakota legislature has introduced HB 1237, a bill that will amend the previously passed 72-hour mandatory delay requirement. The new version would exclude weekends and holidays so they could not be counted as part of the 72-hours.
Accessing abortion in South Dakota is already extremely difficult, particularly for women located outside of the Sioux Falls area. In 2011, Vanessa Wellbery of NARAL Pro-Choice America and I produced a blog post about what a woman would have to go through if the new CPC visit and waiting period requirements go into effect.
Mandatory delay requirements re-enforce the erroneous suggestion that women do not think carefully about their healthcare, and that they are unable to make responsible decisions without governmental interference. This new legislation goes a step further by implying that women are incapable of making decisions about their reproductive healthcare unless it is a business day.
The bill is slated to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Monday, February 11 at 10 a.m. We hope our readers contact their legislators to let them know you oppose this egregious legislation.