upheld by a federal appeals court, that a doctor tell a woman seeking an abortion that she is at increased risk of suicide:
...The appeals court said the suicide advisory is “non-misleading” and “relevant to the patient’s decision to have an abortion.”
..."On its face, the suicide advisory presents neither an undue burden on abortion rights nor a violation of physicians’ free speech rights," the decision said.
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota took issue with the appeals court decision, saying it "allows the greatest intrusion by the government into the patient doctor relationship to date."
"The bottom line is that women don’t turn to politicians for advice about mammograms, prenatal care, or cancer treatments. Politicians should not be involved in a woman’s personal medical decisions about her pregnancy," Planned Parenthood said in a statement.
Leslee Unruh of the Alpha Center pregnancy counseling center in Sioux Falls, which seeks to persuade women not to seek abortions, called the decision a victory for South Dakota women.
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