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7/27/12 at 11:23 AM 0 Comments

South Dakota lawmakers: abortion can lead to suicide

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This opinion column originally appeared on on 7/27/2012.

Author: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Steven Aden

South Dakota is doing everything it can to let downtrodden pregnant women know there are better, healthier options than abortion.

In March 2011, South Dakota’s Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the Abortion Informed Consent Statute into law. Although the constitutionality of the law was immediately challenged, and Planned Parenthood recoiled at the thought of mothers being informed of all the dangers abortion poses for them (in addition to the child), the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that all major provisions of the law can stand.

Generally speaking, this means that women seeking an abortion in South Dakota’s only abortion clinic will be  informed beforehand  that “an abortion terminates the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being,” that the mother’s “relationship with that second human being enjoys protection under the Constitution of the United States and the Laws of South Dakota,” that relationship and all rights attached to it will be terminated, and the medical and psychological risks abortion subjects mother to, including “at increased risk for…suicide.”

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