SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A federal appeals court has upheld a 2005 South Dakota law that requires doctors to tell women seeking abortions that they face an increased risk of suicide if they go through with the procedure.
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the portion of the law 7-4 in a ruling issued Tuesday. In September, a three-judge panel upheld U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier's decision to overturn the requirement following a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood.
The suicide advisory was part of a larger law requiring South Dakota doctors to provide women with certain information before an abortion can be considered voluntary.
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Planned Parenthood were not immediately available for comment.