Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Groups React to Abortion Bill
March 03, 2011 4:11 PM
Governor Dennis Daugaard says this abortion bill is vital to the value of human life.
"I think most abortions in South Dakota are elective, not intended to save life of the mother or save her health," said Governor Daugaard.
Mandatory counseling for a woman is one stipulation.
"It's an unbelievable intrusion into the doctor patient relationship. It's forcing women to go consult with these crisis pregnancy centers which are generally bias," said Alisha Sedor with NARAL Pro Choice.
A waiting period that is three times as long as the currant constraint.
"A decision of this significance warrants that," said Governor Daugaard.
"She really needs to think about it because she'll be thinking about it for the rest of her life," said Leslee Unruh with the Alpha Center.
Some say this bill is a burden to a woman's safety.
"The longer you wait the more medical risks there are," said Sedor.
Supporters argue this bill is actually about keeping the woman safe.
"This is not about stopping abortion. This is about, so women are not coerced," said Unruh.
As this bill battles through the legislature, there are no easy answers.
"We're disappointed of course that this has passed, we don't think this is what South Dakotan's want," said Sedor.
But according to the governor, there are many options. It's those options Daugaard hopes this bill will highlight.