Court: South Dakota can require physicians to advise abortion patients of suicide risk

Bloomberg News reports, “A South Dakota law requiring doctors to advise prospective abortion patients that they will face an increased risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts as a result of the procedure is lawful and can be enforced, a US appeals court ruled.”

The piece notes that “Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota argued that the law burdens both abortion rights and physicians’ free-speech rights,” but “the organization failed to persuade seven of the 11 judges on the full-court panel that the South Dakota requirement was untruthful, misleading or irrelevant.”

The AP reports, “Sarah Stoesz, president of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota said in a statement that she is ‘extremely disappointed’ by the federal court ruling, adding that no reputable scientific evidence shows a cause-effect relationship between abortion and suicide.”

The Wall Street Journal Law” blog quotes Stoesz, who said in a statement, “The bottom line is that women don’t turn to politicians for advice about mammograms, prenatal care, or cancer treatments. Politicians should not be involved in a woman’s personal medical decisions about her pregnancy.”

Reuters quotes Elizabeth Nash, public policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute, who said, “That requirement really flies in the face of the science.” Nash noted that extensive reviews by the American Psychological Association and others have found no link between negative mental health and abortion.

But, as Paul Harvey used to say, “Now, for the rest of the story”:

Last year a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry concluded what pro-abortion groups have tried to discount for decades: abortion substantially increases a woman’s risk of mental health problems.

More specifically, post-abortive women experience an 81% increased risk of having subsequent mental health issues.

I’ve blogged about another study that found that later abortions are linked to mental health risks. This study reported the later a woman has an abortion the more likely it is that she faces mental health risks.

Other data reveal that post-abortion women are four times more likely to abuse drugs, alcohol. Yet another study from researchers at a university in New Zealand found that 85 percent of women who had abortions reported negative mental health issues as a result.

The bottom line, the legislature made a decision that is good for women and their unborn children.

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