South Dakota Strengthens Informed Consent Law

By Dave Andrusko A bill that would modify and strengthen South Dakota’s 2011 informed consent law arrives this week on Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s desk. The measure passed the State Senate Thursday 24-9 after passage in the House last week. Currently, under HB 1217, there is a three-day waiting period after a woman meets with an …

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Appeals Court Upholds Final Portion of 2005 South Dakota Law

By Dave Andrusko In what amounts to the final, complete vindication of a 2005 South Dakota law, the full 8th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday upheld that portion of H.B. 1166 which requires abortionists to advise women seeking abortions that they face an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and suicide. “On its face, the suicide …

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Another win/loss for South Dakota

By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life South Dakota scored a win Friday when a three-member appeals court panel ruled that abortion-seeking women must be informed they have a legally protected “existing relationship” with their unborn child. Unfortunately, the same Eighth Circuit panel upheld a lower court decision quashing an informed consent warning to …

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Federal Judge Hears Challenge to new South Dakota Abortion law

By Dave Andrusko Federal Judge Karen Schreier yesterday heard competing interpretations of whether South Dakota’s new abortion law imposes an “undue burden” as part of Planned Parenthood’s attempt to block the law from going into effect this Friday while it challenges H.B. 1217 in court. Enacted in March, the law requires a three-day waiting period …

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