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Sunday, May 27, 2012

South Dakota abortion waiting period challenged
Meagan McElroy at 12:00 AM ET

On May 27, 2011, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit challenging South Dakota's law mandating that women seeking an abortion receive counseling and wait three days before the procedure. Judge Karen Shreier for the US District Court for the District of South Dakota issued a preliminary injunction to prevent the law from taking effect in July 2011. The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit subsequently issued an opinion upholding the portion of the lower court's holding striking down the requirement that doctors tell women that abortion will raise their risk of suicide.

Read an overview of Reproductive Rights in Features.

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