PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A measure that in some cases could extend what is already the longest abortion waiting period in the U.S. won final approval Thursday from the South Dakota Legislature.
The GOP-controlled Senate voted 24-9 to pass the bill, which was approved earlier by the House. The measure will become law if signed by Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who has not commented on the bill but is a long-time opponent of abortion.
Women seeking abortions in South Dakota currently must wait three days after seeing an abortion clinic doctor before they can have the procedure. The bill would make it so that that weekends and holidays do not count in calculating the three-day waiting period.