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Portion of South Dakota abortion appeal dropped

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Planned Parenthood has announced that it plans to drop its appeal of a provision of a controversial South Dakota law that requires women seeking abortions to wait three days.

By dropping the appeal, women in South Dakota will now have to wait 72 hours to be able to end their pregnancy - the longest waiting period in the country.

Sarah Stoesz is the president of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. She says the decision to drop the appeal was not an easy one to make, but the organization thinks it's best to focus on fighting another provision from the 2011 law.

That provision requires women seeking to end their pregnancy undergo counseling at pregnancy help centers that discourage abortions.

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