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

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

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. In 2008, the entire federal Eight Circuit Court of Appeals upheld part of the law. In September 2011, a three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit reversed a lower court and upheld the constitutionality of the rest of the law except for a provision requiring that women be told that abortion leads to an increased risk of suicide. Current Status: In July 2012, the Eighth Circuit upheld the portion of the law that required providers to tell patients that abortion increased suicidal thoughts. (See the law here. See the 2008 court opinion here. See the 2011 court opinion here. See the 2012 court opinion here.)