Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the law mandating a three-day waiting period before a woman may have an abortion in South Dakota.
That’s the longest waiting period in the nation. Abortion opponents, long an active political force in South Dakota, want to reduce or eliminate virtually all abortions in the state. Abortion proponents want to preserve what they see as a woman’s right to choose.
In 2006 and 2008, South Dakotans rejected ballot measures that would have banned most abortions in the state. But many argue that this is a pro-life state that has been waiting for a law most people can support.
Is this it? Will a three-day wait persuade a woman to change her mind? Does the government have a right involving itself in this very personal decision?