• South Dakota Asks: Can Women Think on the Weekends?

    South Dakota already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation, requiring women to visit a "crisis pregnancy center" and wait 72-hours after a doctor's consultation before exercising their constitutionally-protected rights. Now, Kate Sheppard has flagged down an exciting new abortion restriction from the people who believe in a government so small, it fits comfortably inside a woman's uterus:

    House Bill 1237, sponsored by Republican Jon Hansen, would amend the waiting period rule to add the line, "No Saturday, Sunday, federal holiday, or state holiday may be included or counted in the calculation of the seventy-two hour minimum time period between the initial physician consultation and assessment and the time of the scheduled abortion procedure." It has 14 co-sponsors in the house and five in the state senate.

    According to these South Dakota lawmakers, women are capable of serious thought on weekdays, just very slow and laborious thought that takes at least 72 hours to complete. On weekdays, the ladies can barely decide if they're a Carrie or a Samantha without having a nervous breakdown — forget contemplating something as important as an abortion.

    Though even if "brain dead on the weekends" were an accurate description of  women's cognitive functions, they'd still be ahead of Jon Hansen in the intellect department at least 5 days a week.

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    Tags: Abortion, South Dakota, State Legislature, Women's Rights


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