S.D. Doctors Required to Say Abortion Ends Life

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A federal judge has upheld a South Dakota law that requires doctors to tell women that abortion ends human life.

The law requires doctors in the Mount Rushmore state to tell pregnant women that abortions "terminate the life of a whole separate unique living human being."

The judge's decision came in a lawsuit that Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota filed in response to a 2005 informed consent law that required several disclosures to women seeking an abortion.
But in a nod to pro-choice groups, the judge ruled doctors must use biological terms and not ideological when describing the fetus.

Leslee Unruh, founder of the Alpha Center pregnancy counseling center in Sioux Falls said the judge's human being ruling was significant.

"This is the unraveling of Roe v. Wade," she said.  "This is a huge, fatal blow to them.  We take the human being part and go to the Supreme Court and put the human relationship in. That knocks out Roe v. Wade."

The judge said that pregnant women do not need to be told abortion increases the likelihood of suicide or that they have an existing relationship with the fetus.
"We're relieved our doctors have the ability to use their best medical judgment to explain and make sure what women understand is biological and factual information and not an ideological mandate from the state," said Mimi Liu, an attorney for Planned Parenthood.

Source: The Associated Press

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