IGNORANCE OF HISTORY: SD Abortion Suicide Advisory Upheld by Fed Appeals - U.S. News
A federal appeals court has upheld a portion of a 2005 South Dakota law that requires a doctor to tell a woman seeking an abortion that she faces an increased risk of suicide.
In a 7-4 opinion on Tuesday, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals said medical research has shown that the risk of suicide is higher for women who abort compared with women who don’t.
“The statute does not require the physician to disclose that a causal link between abortion and suicide has been proved. The disclosure is truthful, as evidenced by a multitude of studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals that found an increased risk of suicide for women who had received abortions compared to women who gave birth, miscarried, or never became pregnant,” the opinion said.