A federal judge is allowing two pregnancy help centers to intervene in a court battle over a requirement in South Dakota that women seeking an abortion wait 72 hours.
Planned Parenthood has sued the state to stop the law that the Legislature passed last year. U.S. District Chief Judge Karen Schreier has ruled that the Alpha Center in Sioux Falls and the Black Hills Crisis Pregnancy Center in Rapid City have an interest in helping defend the law, which is on hold.
The legislation requires women seeking abortions to face a three-day waiting period and undergo counseling at pregnancy help centers that discourage abortion.
Schreier ruled that if Planned Parenthood prevails, the two centers each would lose the referrals of 700 new clients each year.