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South Dakota Fights To Tell Women Having An Abortion Will Make Them Kill Themselves

South Dakota Fights To Tell Women Having An Abortion Will Make Them Kill Themselves

Women seeking to terminate a pregnancy are often subjected to “informed consent” laws, a plethora of information provided by the state with a primary objective of talking them out of having an abortion.  Under the guise of pretending that they are worried that women may not understand the decision they are making, state mandated information can range from telling a woman that the person who impregnated her will be forced to pay child support to providing biological descriptions of embryos and fetuses at each and every stage of development, in case she wasn’t aware that what was growing inside of her would in fact become a baby down the road.

Sadly, some states also include scientific “facts” that have long been disproved via research, such as the “fact” that abortion increases a risk of breast cancer down the road.

Now, the state of South Dakota is continuing its fight to demand women be told another “fact” before abortion — that if she goes through with it, she’s probably going to end up wanting to kill herself.

Via the Aberdeen News, the recently struck down ruling that doctors must tell a woman that abortion causes an increased risk of suicide will now be heard on appeal in the 8th Circuit.  The law was previously blocked due to interference with a doctor patient relationship, since it requires doctors to provide medical advice that is unsubstantiated by science.  However, the state, backed by anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers such as the Alpha group, which profit financially from women being talked into continuing their pregnancies, has pushed for an appeal of the ruling.  As Leslee Unruh, founder of the Alpha Center states, “We feel women who suffer after an abortion, many of those women do struggle and have deep depression and many times it does result in taking their own life.”

Once more, South Dakota has decided to push further into court fights on behalf of the state’s strong anti-choice advocates.  The state earlier passed a blatantly unconstitutional 72 hour waiting period and mandatory counseling session with a crisis pregnancy center prior to obtaining an abortion, a bill that was only signed by the governor once he had been promised that the anti-abortion activists involved would raise the money to cover its legal defense.

One of the things you can expect the “counselors” at the pregnancy centers to tell women during their sessions?

That abortion will make you suicidal, obviously.

 

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3:04PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

I have such a hard time trying to understand how these so called Christians do not want anyone to have any family planning advice and want abortion to be illegal, yet want to strip away Medicaid help and food stamps for the children that are the consequences of these ideas. In the bible Jesus Christ keeps telling people to care for the old people and children. I don't see where he tells people to change laws to suit there ideas. In fact when he does comment about law he says render unto Caesar (which was the law at the time) that which is Caesar and unto God what is Gods. Most of what he says is to love one another and love your neighbor as yourself and turn the other cheek. How does any of this identify with Christianity? This country was founded on separation of church and state and yet it seems like we're going in the opposite direction.

3:03PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

I have such a hard time trying to understand how these so called Christians do not want anyone to have any family planning advice and want abortion to be illegal, yet want to strip away Medicaid help and food stamps for the children that are the consequences of these ideas. In the bible Jesus Christ keeps telling people to care for the old people and children. I don't see where he tells people to change laws to suit there ideas. In fact when he does comment about law he says render unto Caesar (which was the law at the time) that which is Caesar and unto God what is Gods. Most of what he says is to love one another and love your neighbor as yourself and turn the other cheek. How does any of this identify with Christianity? This country was founded on separation of church and state and yet it seems like we're going in the opposite direction.

6:01AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Well if we want to make it ridiculous on the other side of the issue--pro-choice-- we can say that Freedom of religion allows us the freedom of choice in our beliefs. That means if I believe that a fetus is not yet a viable human being (because my religion does not believe that a fetus is not a human being, does not have a soul yet) and that I cannot take care of it that i should be able to act on that belief just like all the religious people act on theirs. They aren't taken to court for their beliefs. So when anti abortion politics occur, they are interfering with my religious belief that says that a fetus is not viable and since it is living off my body I have a choice to relieve myself of the fetus. It really doesn't matter the reason. Once a baby is born and survives, then yes they are a human being in their own right. One could get really silly and say that when a baby miscarries, it is committing suicide. How about those ideas?

12:33AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

how much bull can they come up with, incredible.
Its like a reeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaallyyyyyyyy loooooooooong soap opera whos season neeeeeeveeeeer ends or what? Who is benefitting from such crap¿

7:58PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Get your hands off my body and your thoughts out of my mind.

4:39AM PST on Dec 17, 2011

Abortion may not be the decision I personally make or condone, but for heaven's sake, women have the right to make their own choices!

9:15AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

I think it is time to be less tolerant of religious organisations and people that meddle in politics.

Why must we constantly be harassed by superstitious people that that think that social morals are the work of fear of divine retribution. Why must we be subjected to legislation drafted by nincompoops who use biblical references as "scientific facts".

Remember who they are and VOTE THEM OUT!

8:30AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

I agree with South Dakota.

7:03AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

someday these ignorant religious types will no longer exist in this country and eventually the world too..they will die off, be educated out of existence, and disappear and become irrelevant when people finally wake up and see how they've been duped and played for fools for so very long..education is the key..ignorance is not bliss..ignorance is simply stupidity masquerading as something desirable

10:42PM PST on Dec 11, 2011

some people are so ignorant. abortion is a woman's personal choice and right. all of these "pro-life" people need to chill out and get over the fact that we all have free-will and a right over our own bodies. laurie a....i 100% agree with you that they need to say something more non-shaming rather than say "risk of suicide"

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