From RH Reality Check: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/07/25/federal-appeals-court-upholds-law-requiring-doctors-to-lie-to-women
by Jodi Jacobson, Editor in Chief, RH Reality Check
July 25, 2012
If you are like me, you like to think, or at least grew up thinking, that judges were smart, impartial people who saw through ideology to seek truth and justice for the greater good.
That assumption has been shattered numerous times in recent years, and the shards of respect for courts as a bastion of human rights and sanity were, for me at least, further crushed with a ruling yesterday by a federal appeals court that upholds a South Dakota law requiring, among other things, that doctors lie to women seeking an abortion.
As reported in the StarTribune Nation, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals found yesterday by a vote of 7 to 4 that South Dakota can require doctors to warn women that they face an increased risk of suicide if they have an abortion.
The state, in supporting the law passed seven years ago, [submitted] several studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals to demonstrate a “statistically significant correlation between abortion and suicide.” Planned Parenthood relied on another study to argue its belief that certain underlying factors, such as mental health issues, predispose women to have both unwanted pregnancies and suicidal tendencies.
As the StarTribune notes: “The four dissenting judges said multiple studies cited failed to take into account factors such as pre-existing mental health issues, domestic violence and a young age at the time of pregnancy.
“The most reliable evidence in the record shows that abortion does not have a causal relationship to the risk of suicide and that South Dakota’s mandated advisory is not truthful, but actually misleading,” Circuit Judge Diana Murphy wrote for the dissenting side.
But the majority opinion states:
“On its face, the suicide advisory presents neither an undue burden on abortion rights nor a violation of physicians’ free speech rights,” the court wrote in its majority opinion.
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