S.D. Committee Proposes Changes to CPC Counseling Requirement

February 9, 2012 — The South Dakota House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 10-2 to approve a bill (HB 1254) that would alter a state law requiring women to obtain counseling at crisis pregnancy centers and wait 72 hours before receiving abortion care, the AP/Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports (AP/Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 2/8).

The law has not yet taken effect. U.S. District Chief Judge Karen Schreier in July 2011 granted a preliminary injunction against the law, preventing it from taking effect until a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota is settled. She said that requiring women to obtain counseling at CPCs would create an undue burden. She said Planned Parenthood showed that the law's provisions are "likely" unconstitutional and that there is a public interest in protecting a woman's right to abortion and to free speech (Women's Health Policy Report, 1/11).

Bill sponsor Rep. Roger Hunt said it clarifies some aspects of the CPC counseling requirement (AP/Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 2/8).