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Anti-Abortion Law Signed in South Dakota

(CN) - South Dakota's governor on Tuesday signed a law that requires women who seek an abortion to seek counseling from people whose central qualification is that they are opposed to abortion. The law, effective July 1, has an exception for medical emergencies, but not for rape or incest.

Supporters of abortion rights say the law erects unconstitutional obstacles for women seeking to have an abortion. Planned Parenthood vowed to challenge the law in court.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the bill into law Tuesday. It also creates the nation's longest waiting period - 3 days - between the first visit to an abortion provider until the procedure can be done.

The law easily passed the state's Republican-dominated Legislature. The GOP outnumbers Democrats 3 to 1 among South Dakota's lawmakers.

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