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South Dakota Still Wants to Tell Women Abortion Causes Suicide

South Dakota Still Wants to Tell Women Abortion Causes Suicide

 

Earlier this month a mixed ruling from a federal judge declared that although South Dakota abortion providers do not have to tell their patients that abortion increases their risk of committing suicide, they do have to tell the women that having an abortion “terminates” a “relationship” with an “unborn human being.”

Both sides declared the ruling at least a partial victory.† But now, South Dakota is considering refiling to challenge the court’s decision to not force providers to tell women abortion will make them more likely to commit suicide, too.

Why? Because their biggest pregnancy center wants them to.

Much of the anti-choice legislation passed in the state in the last decade has been pursued or encouraged by Allen and Leslie Unruh, owners of Alpha Center, a group of pregnancy centers that provide ultrasounds, counseling and support for women with unexpected pregnancies.† The Unruhs have been actively involved in the state’s attempts to pass full abortion bans, and have become the leading push for the new 72 hour waiting period and mandatory counseling law that passed in the state (and is currently injuncted).† Alpha Center, a Christian-based pregnancy organization, would be a large provider of these counseling sessions, and has already provided training sessions for other groups that would provide the counseling, too.

The Unruhs have also actively fundraised on behalf of a legal defense fund so the state can continue to challenge these new laws in court, and have provided their own money in donations. And now, it appears, they are beginning to have actual say on whether or not the state will continue making challenges.

According to the Argus Leader:

The Alpha Center still is discussing whether it will petition for a rehearing on the court’s ruling of the suicide portion of the law.

Attorney General Marty Jackley said the state probably would follow the Alpha Center’s decision.

“I would anticipate that the state would be in support of the interveners,” he said.

Alpha Center co-founder Allen Unruh said he would have to talk to his lawyers, but they probably will file the petition.

“I’m pretty sure that’s the direction they are thinking in.”

So, now the center itself is making decisions on the legal fights the state will engage in, and the state will just go along with whatever they decide?† It appears that legal decisions are no longer made by elected officials, and are simply set in place by their biggest donors and supporters instead.

 

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6:24AM PST on Dec 6, 2011

“terminates” a “relationship” with an “unborn human being, stated from above. Abortion equates
to murder, just ask God.

3:31PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Can't we educate SD to let women decide what happens to their bodies without the government making decisions for them.

4:02PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Ridiculous!

4:13AM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

abortion is murder of a fetus, a human being. That is why God commaneds us not to kill. before saying abortion causes suicide do the research. that is look at the suicide rate in women who have had abortions versus those who havent. and ask the question does the suicide rate go up with more and more abortions.

5:12PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

If I disagree with abortion do you delete my comments? I disagree please leave this on.
There are other ways to prevent birth instead of killing a baby---such as birth control. How
can anyone condone this?

6:37PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Oh and one more thing. - LBJ also likes to say "the end justifies the means". That is why anti-choice people can lie and twist the truth to suit their case. It is all in the name of Little Brain Jesus.

6:32PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

The Anti-choice religious fanatics have created god in their own image and carry HIM around as Little Brain Jesus.

Little Brain Jesus (LBJ) agrees with everything they say. " Abortion causes suicide"LBJ says Yes!

"Masturbation causes hairy palms!" LBJ says "naturally!".

"Cut spending to family planning clinics" of course! Says LBJ "Deny gay people rights" LBJ says " Right ON!"

Unfortunately LBJ cannot be reasoned with. Because it is LBJ it is always right.

Remember who the politicians/judges are that make these rulings that curtail your constitutional rights and VOTE THEM OUT!

I have no problem with anyone who wants to believe in anything just do not make their beliefs the law. Make the USA a Democracy not a Theocracy.

12:36PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Amazing just how much so called family values aholes lie so much. I thought they were supposed to be the party of personal responsibility. The party that believes in God and TRUTH.

So why is they have to ALWAYS, let me repeat, ALWAYS resort to lying to get their way. To resort to scams, to resort to subterfuge.

So much for their lying about being about phony family values.

They are despicable beyond all normal rationale. I wish them only the worst that God will throw at them when their time comes and he condemns them to hell for blaspheming his name and lying without remorse and doing it nonstop.

8:18AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Next, they'll probably be saying that having an abortion will bring on the Apocalypse.

I am amazed at the number of men who think women get abortions at a whim, for career or convenience. Every woman I know would die for her (living) children, and my wife and daughter both miscarried once and both shed tears when they think of their lost children.

In contrast, my father-in-law once told his son-in-law (who was complaining about his wife, the fathers *daughter*) that all he needed to do was "just give her a few quick smacks". He actually gave his son-in-law permission to hit his own daughter!!!

8:16AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Next, they'll probably be saying that having an abortion will bring on the Apocalypse.

I am amazed at the number of men who think women get abortions at a whim, for career or convenience. Every woman I know would die for her (living) children, and my wife and daughter both miscarried once and both shed tears when they think of their lost children.

In contrast, my father-in-law once told his son-in-law (who was complaining about his wife, the fathers *daughter*) that all he needed to do was "just give her a few quick smacks". He actually gave his son-in-law permission to hit his own daughter!!!

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