Jenny EriksonA new law in South Dakota would require women to wait three days after a physician assessment and attend a counseling session at a pregnancy care clinic before they can have an abortion. Like any law designed to enforce abortion providers to help women make educated decisions, this one is most likely in for a legal battle.
Why? Whether or not to have an abortion is one of the most monumental decisions a woman will ever make. Whatever the reasoning, circumstance, or political spin, the decision to have an abortion is the decision to end a life, and should not be taken lightly.
Planned Parenthood, one of the organizations protesting the new South Dakota law, is notorious for lying to women about the development of their fetuses. Seeing as how it's the number one abortion provider in the country, it might be a good idea for women to get a second opinion from a pregnancy care center that will offer them more options than abortion.
This law does not assume that women are stupid, it assumes that scared moms-to-be are frequently presented with abortion as the only option. “I felt I had no other choice” is a sentiment often expressed by women who have had abortions and gone on to regret them. This law empowers women by requiring them to be informed of all their options.
South Dakota is not outlawing abortion. Some that oppose Gov. Dennis Daugaard say that requiring women from rural areas to stay two or three nights in the city would prohibit them from exercising their right to an abortion. This sounds like the perfect opportunity for a charity. I’m sure there are more than enough people willing to donate funds for a place where these women-in-waiting could stay. Maybe they could even bond over emotions of grief for even having to consider such a decision.
Every woman deserves to be armed with knowledge when considering a life-changing event like abortion. It is far better to make an informed decision than one in ignorance only to regret it later. Abortion is not something that can be undone.