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South Dakota Asks To Retry “Suicide” Claim

Robin Marty

As if they don't have enough restrictions in the court, the state wants to retry one that was already settled.

South Dakota has decided to ask the courts to reconsider their ruling against a regulation that forces doctors to tell women undergoing an abortion that terminating a pregnancy will make her more likely to commit suicide.

Why?  Because no one can prove it doesn’t increase the risk for suicide for absolutely every woman.

The Argus Leader reports:

Planned Parenthood has argued that there is not an increased risk of suicide.

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“As the major medical organizations have found, and as the appeals court agreed, the scientific and medical evidence shows that women who choose abortion are not subjected to an increased risk of mental health problems,” Aulwes said.

Harold Cassidy, a lawyer for the anti-abortion organizations including Alpha Center in Sioux Falls, did not return messages for comment Friday.

“Even if (Planned Parenthood) could prove that there may be a small subset of pregnant women who are not at risk, Planned Parenthood would not know who they are,” he said in Friday’s petition.

The Alpha Center is asking to assist in the rehearing, possibly so that “you’re gonna want to kill yourself if you do this” can be one of their talking points if the “72 hour waiting period and forced counseling sessions with an anti-choice pregnancy center” law ever gets out of limbo.

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