What difference can 24 hours make for a woman deciding on an abortion?
“When women are forced to wait a day it doesn’t change their mind, it’s just an unnecessary restriction on their access to services,“ says Sloane Whelan, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood.
Faye Hill at the Lowcountry Pregnancy Center thinks an extra 24 hours is time to find out more options.
“We think women should be given as much information as possible and time to digest it,“ says Hill.
It appears the majority of South Carolina lawmakers think more time is best for the women of the Palmetto State.
Late Wednesday night they reached an agreement that requires a women wait 24 hours after receiving information about abortions.
As a compromise they dropped a provision that requires 2 trips to a clinic, instead the literature can be downloaded and time stamped from a state website.
18-year-old Kaela Mosley of North Charleston says hearing more options and seeing an ultra-sound helped her decide what to do when she became pregnant.
“I was 14-years-old and all I kept hearing from people was abortion, abortion, abortion,“ says Mosley.
She planned to get an abortion but after seeing the ultra-sound at the Lowcountry Pregnancy Center it changed her mind.
“It was a baby inside me, something in my heart said don’t go through with this abortion,“ says Mosley.
There are mixed opinions if mandatory waits really affect abortion rates.
“Women do take time to think,“ asserts Whelan.
Mosley says many young women like her think an abortion is there only option. “They don’t realize there is a lot of help out there if you decide to have the baby,“ says Mosley.