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Victory against SD attempts to legislate away choice

by rachel_nygaard on September 3, 2011

Planned Parenthood won another lawsuit in their fight to protect a woman’s right to control her own body.

Planned Parenthood won a major victory today in its ongoing court battle against South Dakota’s so-called “informed consent” law, which seeks to compel doctors to deliver ideological and medically inaccurate statements to their patients.

The South Dakota law – H.B. 1166, which was enacted in 2005 and challenged in court by Planned Parenthood – requires a doctor to tell a woman who is seeking an abortion that she faces an “increased risk of suicide ideation and suicide.”

“As the major medical organizations have found, and as the court agreed today, the scientific and medical evidence shows that women who choose abortion are not at increased risk for mental health problems,” said Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. “This law just one of many reprehensible barriers that South Dakota lawmakers have attempted to place between women and their access to safe, legal, reproductive health care.”

The use of false medical arguments has been the backbone of anti-choice groups push to limit women’s rights. In Minnesota, MCCL pushed fake medicine in their effort to pass multiple laws blocking access to abortion services. Unfortunately, the vast majority of legislators have no medical or scientific background and swallowed their misconstrued science. Thankfully, Governor Dayton vetoed these bills.  

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