Oh South Dakota. You never cease to amaze.And, as noted, it is only compounded by the fact the statement Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls, the only facility in the whole state, which has to fly a doctor from Minnesota on certain days (which just lets you know how big an issue and how important this was to get into law), is a partisan non medical statement. And there is nothing less than chilling then have courts and representatives dictating the functioning of medical practices.Starting Friday, doctors in South Dakota must tell women seeking abortions that the procedure ends a human life and may cause them psychological harm, the state attorney general said.
...The 2005 law requires doctors to tell women "that the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being." Women also would have to be told they have a right to continue a pregnancy and that abortion may cause them psychological harm, including thoughts of suicide.
So basically, they have to provide patients with false information. Nice. Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota is fighting back. "We remain optimistic that, in time, the court will find that the law is unconstitutional," says PPMNS President and CEO Sarah Stoesz. To find out how to get involved and counter the anti-choice agenda in South Dakota, check out PPMNS's action page.
Related: Ann blogged about the politics of "informed consent" when the court decision came down last month.