SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a portion of a 2005 South Dakota law that requires a doctor to tell a woman seeking an abortion that she faces an increased risk of suicide.
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds the portion of the law 7-4 in a ruling issued Tuesday. The full circuit court agreed to rehear the case after a three-judge panel of the court in September upheld U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier's decision to overturn the requirement following a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood.
The suicide advisory was part of a larger law requiring South Dakota doctors to provide women with certain information before an abortion can be considered voluntary.
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Planned Parenthood were not immediately available for comment.