SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld a portion of a 2005 South Dakota law that requires a doctor to tell a woman seeking an abortion that she faces an increased risk of suicide.
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds the portion of the law 7-4 in a ruling issued Tuesday. The full circuit court agreed to rehear the case after a three-judge panel of the court in September upheld U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier’s decision to overturn the requirement following a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood.
The suicide advisory was part of a larger law requiring South Dakota doctors to provide women with certain information before an abortion can be considered voluntary.
Attorney General Marty Jackley says today’s ruling by a federal appeals court makes it “very clear” that a 2005 abortion law is constitutional. Says Jackley, “Now, essentially, the entirety of the 2005 legislation aimed at helping inform a woman of certain risks before an abortion will now be in place and all of it will be in effect.”
The head of Planned Parenthood for South Dakota says she is ‘extremely disappointed’ a federal appeals court upheld a portion of a 2005 abortion law. Sarah Stoesz is the president of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota.
She says Tuesday’s ruling “represents the greatest intrusion by the government into the patient doctor relationship to date.”
She says there is no scientific evidence that shows a cause and effect relationship between abortion and suicide.
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