An appeals court today upheld much of a South Dakota law setting out
what a pregnant woman should be told 24 hours before an abortion,
including that the procedure would “terminate the life of a whole,
separate, unique, living human being.”
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a provision in the 2005
law that would require the doctor to tell the woman about an increased
risk of suicide after an abortion – with the court saying the link was
unproven and may not exist.
The appeals court overruled a lower court’s rulings on South Dakota’s
law, in one respect – it backed the state’s position that pregnant women
should be told that they have an existing relationship with the fetus.
The statement “conveys legal information that is truthful, not
misleading, and relevant to the abortion decision,” the court said.