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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