South Dakota Abortion Providers Can Be Required To Tell Women They Have ‘Existing Relationship’ With Fetus

“South Dakota can require doctors to tell women who seek abortions that they have an ‘existing relationship’ with their fetus that is protected by law and that they can’t be forced to undergo the procedure, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.” The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned “U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier’s ruling two years ago in which she struck down the requirement, which is part of a larger law requiring South Dakota doctors to provide women with certain information before an abortion can be deemed voluntary.” The Appeals Court did uphold “Schreier’s decision to overturn another aspect of the law that would have required doctors to tell patients that people who have abortions are more likely to commit suicide.”