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In South Dakota, women required to visit pro-life center before they can access abortion

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Cosmopolitan magazine recently published a report commissioned in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute that showed ways American women are denied access to abortion services. According to the report, the United States is home to more than 3,000 crisis pregnancy centers, many belonging to Care Net and Heartbeat International — “two religious anti-abortion organizations.” Christian anti-abortion centers now outnumber abortion clinics three to one. Though these anti-abortion centers feature ultrasound rooms and staff members wearing scrubs, many of these medical “professionals” are actually unlicensed counselors who try to urge women out of having abortions. In South Dakota, home of some of the nation’s most restrictive reproductive health laws, women are required to visit a pro-life center before they are allowed to access the state’s only abortion center. At the pro-life centers, women are reportedly told things like “the baby can feel everything” and “women never emotionally recover from abortion” — although a new study indicates the opposite is true. One woman even recalled having nurses invite themselves to her baby shower.

Read the full story at Cosmopolitan.

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