Here in South Dakota, we celebrate liberty this week by taking away more of women's liberty to make their own health decisions. Yesterday, we expanded our already draconian restrictions on abortion by excluding holidays and weekends from the 72-hour waiting period for abortions. Ladies, South Dakota knows you shut your brains off on non-work days, so if you need an abortion today, you won't be able to get one until next Monday at the earliest.

While you wait, South Dakota forces you to submit to counseling at a "pregnancy help center," where unregulated, non-medical volunteers will try to stop you from having an abortion.

And if they are anything like the pregnancy help/crisis pregnancy centers in Virginia, those state registered centers will lie to you:

One of Virginia’s leading abortion rights groups says about 70 percent of the state’s crisis pregnancy centers told patients that the procedure leads to psychological damage, alcoholism, drug addiction or eating disorders.

The NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation says when it conducted a year-long survey it also found that more than 40 percent of crisis centers in the state tell patients that abortions also can cause infertility and pregnancy complications and that a little less than a third tell patients that abortions cause breast cancer [Ian Shapira, "Virginia Abortion Seekers Face Manipulation, Misinformation, Non-Profit Report Finds," Washington Post, 2013.07.01].

The above "counseling" gets science wrong. But South Dakota is willing to intrude on women's right to seek medical advice of their choosing and force them to go to anti-abortion centers that feel fully justified in lying to fulfill their ideological mission.

Note also that you can go to Planned Parenthood Sioux Falls for abortion information and services, as well as a host of other valuable women's health services, but the South Dakota Department of Health won't mention that organization in its discussion of abortion alongside the ideological bushwah peddlers.