For Immediate Release

June 27, 2012

Requirement for Doctors to be Implemented
Part of egregious 2011 law to go into effect July 1, 2012. Sioux Falls, S.D. – A federal District court ruling today allows part of recent abortion legislation to go into effect beginning July 1. The provisions that will go into effect will require doctors performing abortions to assess potential coercion or psychological effects on the woman seeking the procedure. “Like any patient, a woman considering abortion should receive full and unbiased information from her doctor about her medical options,” said Alisha Sedor, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota, “However, this legislation imposes unnecessary government intrusion into private decisions and the doctor-patient relationship. We are disappointed to see that South Dakota legislators continue to insert themselves between a woman and her doctor.” Two other provisions, a mandatory 72-hour waiting period and visit to an anti-choice pregnancy help center prior to receiving abortion care, will continue to be enjoined until the conclusion of the lawsuit. Sedor said that NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota will continue to support their coalition partners in their litigation efforts as the lawsuit continues. For more information about “pregnancy help centers,” which also are referred to as “crisis pregnancy centers,” please visit this resource page. ### NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota’s mission is to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. Contact: Alisha Sedor, alisha@prochoicesd.org, 605-334-5065

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