Sunday, November 13, 2005

Anti-Abortion Counseling Services Allowed to Join in Challenge to South Dakota Abortion Law

U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier recently granted a motion to allow the Alpha Center of Sioux Falls and the Black Hills Crisis Pregnancy Center of Rapid City to intervene in the federal lawsuit. Both organizations could be helped or harmed by the outcome of the case, and both have different interests than the main parties in the lawsuit, the judge said. The measure passed by the 2005 Legislature would force doctors to tell women that abortions end human lives and may later cause serious psychological problems for women who have abortions. Doctors who refused could be jailed for 30 days and fined $200. Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota challenged the measure as an unconstitutional violation of free speech, arguing it would require doctors to tell patients about ideology rather than medical facts. In late June, Schreier issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the state from enforcing the law while the lawsuit is pending. Source. Chet Brokaw, Associated Press, AberdeenNews.com. Please click here for additional information (last visited November 13, 2005, reo).

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