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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Three Days

South Dakota enacts a 72 hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion.

“I think everyone agrees with the goal of reducing abortion by encouraging consideration of other alternatives,” the Republican governor said the statement. “I hope that women who are considering an abortion will use this three-day period to make good choices.”

For one thing, what makes the governor think that these women haven't already considered other alternatives? And I guess we all can infer what he means by "good choices," its the choice the governor wants you to make, not the choice that might be best for your health. Given that, do you really have a choice anymore?

All this law does is throw another obstacle in the path of someone seeking a legal medical procedure. There is only one clinic in the state that provides abortion services, so women in South Dakota are now subject to additional expenses (time missed from work, lodging, meals) in order to terminate a pregnancy.

This is actual interference by the government in a person's health care, something that the right wing was up in arms about when it came to health care reform. Apparently, its OK for the state to intervene in some medical decisions.

This law, which will probably cost the state a bundle in legal fees as a lawsuit is inevitable, was passed at the same time South Dakota is slashing funding for education, more evidence that the right cares more about fetuses than it does for children.

Remember, its TYRANNY if the government wants you to wait 24 hours before buying a firearm, but it is prudent consideration to make someone wait 72 hours for medical care.


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