Published December 23, 2015
A federal appeals court has ruled it is legal for doctors in South Dakota to tell a woman seeking an abortion that she has a relationship with the fetus and that the relationship enjoys legal protection.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a written opinion Friday that U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier's was incorrect when she ruled it was unconstitutional for doctors to tell patients they had a relationship.
Planned Parenthood sued the state after the 2005 law passed and Schreier temporarily prevented it from taking effect. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overruled that order in 2008.
The federal appeals court did agree with Schreier's decision to strike down portions of the law requiring doctors to tell patients the procedure increases the likelihood of suicide