Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Life Links 3/23/11

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill to require women seeking abortions to wait 72 hours and get counseling at a pregnancy center.
The law, which also requires the woman to receive counseling at a "pregnancy help center," is currently scheduled to take effect July 1.

But the American Civil Liberties Union and a regional office of Planned Parenthood said they will file a lawsuit to stop the law.

The Delaware House passed legislation which is supposedly designed to allow abortion clinics to be inspected but the Democratic sponsors didn't want abortion mentioned in the legislation. Planned Parenthood of Delaware supports the legislation.
House Minority Leader Greg Lavelle sought to add language to make it clear that abortion clinics would be subject to inspections. He noted the bill specifically singles out podiatrists and dentists as falling under the proposed regulations.

"We're here for a reason and it's not podiatry, it's not dentistry," said Lavelle, R-Sharpley "It's because of the lack of oversight [of abortion clinics]."

Various news outlets are reporting that Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown opposes the defunding of Planned Parenthood. From the part of his statement that is quoted, it's difficult to tell if he opposes defunding Planned Parenthood or is opposed to completely cutting Title X funding. He's already been praised by NARAL.

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