Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota v. Rounds

Federal court challenge to a 2005 South Dakota law that requires physicians to provide women with state-mandated statements including medically inaccurate information about the risk factors of abortion. The U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota temporarily enjoined the law. A three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the temporary injunction but the injunction was lifted in 2008 after an en banc review. Upon remand, the district court granted summary judgment to the state on two requirements under the law and in favor of the Plaintiff on two provisions of the law. Both sides appealed the portion of the rulings that were not in their favor. In September 2011, a three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the law except for a provision requiring that women be told that abortion leads to an increased risk of suicide. Later, in July 2012, following an en banc hearing by the full court, the 8th Circuit upheld the portion of the law that requires providers to tell patients that abortion increased suicidal thoughts. Final Outcome: The state prevailed on all counts, and the law is in force. (See the law here. See the 2008 court opinion here. See the 2011 court opinion here. See the 2012 court opinion here.)