March 3 2011
The State Senate voted 21 to 13 Wednesday in favor of a bill that would require women to wait 72 hours before they could have an abortion and to submit to counseling about why they should not go through with the procedure. The measure goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a Republican who generally opposes abortion rights but has not said if he will sign it. Several states make women wait a day before having an abortion. But abortion rights advocates say the 72-hour wait would be the nation’s longest. The bill’s Republican sponsor says it will better protect women from being pressured into having abortions and inform them of other options.