START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
913,455 people care about Women's Rights

Court OK’s Mandated Disclosure Of Abortion-Suicide Link

Court OK’s Mandated Disclosure Of Abortion-Suicide Link

 

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals handed anti-choice advocates a major victory yesterday, upholding a provision of a South Dakota law that mandates doctors tell women seeking abortions that the procedure will cause an increased risk of suicide.

The decision marks a turning point in a battle over a bill that started in 2005. Planned Parenthood Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota challenged the law arguing that it violates free speech rights by forcing doctors to tell women information that is not based on reliable research. A district judge blocked the law that year and that decision was affirmed on appeal in 2006. The law was appealed again and this time the panel of judges ruled that that “the suicide advisory presents neither an undue burden on abortion rights nor a violation of physicians’ free speech rights.”

Reproductive health advocates called the decision a major disappointment. “Every reputable researcher and medical organization has determined that there is no sound scientific evidence that shows a cause and effect relationship between abortion and suicide,” said Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of PPMNS, in a statement. “This law, upheld by the court today, is just one of many reprehensible barriers that South Dakota politicians are determined to impose on women seeking safe and legal health care.”

There is no medically-accepted link that abortion causes an increased risk in suicide, but thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in Carhart v. Gonzales, there doesn’t need to be. According to Justice Kennedy, when there’s a dispute in the science legislators are free to pick the science they agree with and legislate based on that. And as we see in South Dakota, that can have devastating consequences.

Women will now be intentionally misled as they seek out abortion services and doctors will be forced to disclose medically misleading information as part of obtaining that woman’s informed consent for the procedure. Now that the suicide-abortion link has been blessed by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, we can expect to see copy-cat provisions pop up in other states as well.

If an “informed” decision is to have any meaning at all that decision has to be based on reliable and accurate medical information, not medical information cribbed to promote an ideological agenda. Attacks on women’s ability to make their own medical choices under the guise of “empowering” them with selective information is as offensive as it is dangerous. And unfortunately in the realm of reproductive rights, it has become the legally-endorsed norm.

Related Stories:

8th Circuit To Decide Scope of Informed Consent In South Dakota Abortion Case

South Dakota Tries To Make A Bad Abortion Law Worse

Read more: , , , ,

Photo from marc fisher via flickr.

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it

72 comments

+ add your own
11:45AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

{{{In a country like Pakistan where women don’t have equal rights, there is a lack of basic necessities, increase in sexual assaults, marital rape, forced marriages, poor access to healthcare and education, no access to contraceptive knowledge and safe sex products, and where even doctors and primary health care providers act like judgemental moral police – it is patently unjust to force women to have children who cannot be taken care of properly. In this debate, the supposedly religious people forget that they are ignoring the person who is living and breathing and existing in this world.

Yes – the right to choose when and under what circumstances to have a child is a right that women should have! Pakistan’s women parliamentarians must protect this right for all women. These MNAs, Senators and MPAs have to get off their religious high horses and face the reality, that they have not only failed to protect the rights of 50% of population of this country, but they have lost the confidence of the people they claim to represent.}}}

Seems pretty obvious, all you "anti-choicers" are trying to enforce Sharia law on American women. That makes you Muslims.

11:40AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

{{{Reproductive justice is essential as it recognizes that women’s reproductive health is shaped by the socio-economic conditions of their lives. This includes conditions like human rights violations, race, sexuality, and status that they have in their country of residence. Other fundamental rights and reproductive rights include access to sex education, access to information and treatment of STDs, STIs, HIV and last but not the least, the right to CHOOSE whether or not to have an abortion.

Let’s take a look at the condition of women in Pakistan, voted one of the worst countries for women by Reuters. Let us be clear that the first two countries were Congo and Afghanistan which are combat zones, not people‘s democracies.

Necessity of Reproductive Health Services
We are a country in which we have no conversations with our children about rights and wrongs of sexual health. We fail to explain to them logically the intricacies of sex and sexuality but we expect them to behave in a responsible manner out of nowhere. We don’t teach them about dangers of HIV, STDs, STIs or necessity of safe sex practices but we demonize something which is a natural part of human life.
Cont'd}}}

11:38AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

So, how do anti-choicers show support of Sharia law in America. I’ve taken a paragraph here and there, to read the enter article to here;

{{http://kafila.org/2012/07/18/a-blow-to-reproductive-rights-in-pakistan-ayesha-asghar/
Early in July, Kashmala Tariq, Member of the National Assembly (MNA) of Pakistan, whom Wikipedia describes as “actively involved in women’s rights”, opposed the tabling of the Reproductive Health Bill 2012, saying that it was not in conformity with Islamic laws. The Bill was introduced by another MNA, Atiya Inayatullah, with the purpose of providing reproductive health services, including legal access to abortion, to women in Pakistan.

Does this mean that our women representatives don’t know what reproductive rights include? The responsibility of women parliamentary representatives in Pakistan is more challenging than that of men, as women are more often made victims of oppression either in the name of culture or religion.

Does this mean that our women representatives don’t know what reproductive rights include? The responsibility of women parliamentary representatives in Pakistan is more challenging than that of men, as women are more often made victims of oppression either in the name of culture or religion.
Cont'd)

11:36AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

june t
“Well, doctors often tell their patients to lose weight and stop smoking but a lot of people just turn a deaf ear to that, so why would this be any different?”

Well let me see if I can spell it out to you… june. When doctors tell their patients to lose weight and stop smoking it is not “mandated” by the government. In contrast, the government is interfering with Dr. Patient ‘rights to privacy’ by mandating drs lie to their patients about suicide. Get it? Now, explain to the class how that equals “smaller government”?

Paul P
“I have noticed that Nazi was mentioned numerous times. FYI It was planned parenthood founder
whose pen pal was Adolf Hitler. Letters were concerning eugenics in forming a master race.( that means through abortion). Who is talking Nazism here.”

It’s actually Islamic.

Paul P
“You wackos do not know history u r speaking with your emotions that is why u are in the predicament u have caused. When are u going to be held accountable for your idiotic behavior and inhumane cruelty.”

Another FAUX REPUBLICON CAMPAIGN BAFFOONERY COMEDY HOUR viewer is screaming at their reflection in the mirror again.

Paul P
“Carole your rocker is broken
get a new one”

You appear to be caught in a causality loop.

7:32AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Carole your rocker is broken
get a new one
You wackos do not know history u r speaking with your emotions that is why u are in the predicament u have caused. When are u going to be held accountable for your idiotic behavior and inhumane cruelty.

7:31AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Carole your rocker is broken
get a new one
You wackos do not know history u r speaking with your emotions that is why u are in the predicament u have caused. When are u going to be held accountable for your idiotic behavior and inhumane cruelty.

7:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Carole your rocker is broken
get a new one

11:13PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Paul P. You are off your rocker! The Repubs are working on a master race by depriving the poor of healthcare.

11:10PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

If doctors are required to warm women of that, then they should also be required to warn women of their chances of getting depressed, etc. if they give the child away and if they keep the child.

7:39AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

It has been established that there is a correlation between having an unwanted pregnancy (regardless of whether the pregnancy ends in abortion, adoption, or in the woman keeping the child) and mental ill-health.

A correlation does not mean that one thing (unwanted pregnancy) causes the other (mental ill-health), merely that the two tend to be linked.

Nevertheless, even the fact that they are linked raises some interesting questions.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

ads keep care2 free

Recent Comments from Causes

Best of LUCK Cinder! We're ALL pulling for your speedy recovery! I'm so glad that there are kind and…

Hopefully Cinder has a full recovery so she can go back to her home but in the meantime I believe her…

I never read any of the "50 Shades" books, but the study sounds ridiculously simplistic. Reminds me of…

Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!
ads keep care2 free

more from causes




Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.