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Mandatory Counseling | In the News

A number of state legislatures and organizations put barriers between women and abortion care by directly interfering with a woman's medical care. Mandatory Counseling Requirements impose lawmakers into medical offices by forcing medical professionals to provide state-mandated information to women seeking abortion care. In many instances, the information they are required to provide may be false, such as the alleged connections between abortion and breast cancer or suicide.

Ala. Antiabortion-Rights Bills Head to Gov.
The Alabama Senate this week approved two antiabortion-rights bills (HB 489, HB 494), but the chamber did not vote on two other House-approved abortion-related measures before the legislative session ended on Thursday, Reuters reports.

Ala. Antiabortion-Rights Bills Head to Gov.
The Alabama Senate this week approved two antiabortion-rights bills (HB 489, HB 494), but the chamber did not vote on two other House-approved abortion-related measures before the legislative session ended on Thursday, Reuters reports.

Ky. Antiabortion-Rights Bills Fail in Committee
A Kentucky House Committee last week rejected three antiabortion-rights bills, including two (HB 575, SB 8) that would have required women to be shown an ultrasound before an abortion and another (SB 3) that would have mandated face-to-face consultations before abortions, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Mo. House Advances 72-Hour Mandatory Delay Measure
The Missouri House on Tuesday passed a bill (HB 1307/1313) that would triple the state's mandatory delay period before an abortion, from 24 hours to 72 hours after a woman sees a physician, the AP/ABC News reports.

Proposed Changes to S.D. Pre-Abortion Counseling Law Head to Gov.
The South Dakota Senate on Tuesday approved a measure (HB 1180) that would modify the state's pre-abortion counseling and mandatory delay law by prohibiting crisis pregnancy centers from affiliating with adoption agencies, the Rapid City Journal reports.

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Mandatory Counseling | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health related to Mandatory Counseling.

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.

Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri Inc. v. Templeton
Federal court challenge to provisions of a Kansas law which requires abortion providers to post a link on their website to a government site that contains the government's viewpoint on abortion and to post scripted text endorsing the government's message.

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