Challenge to 2005 South Dakota law that requires physicians to provide women with state-mandated statements including medically inaccurate information about the risk factors of abortion. In 2008, the entire federal Eight Circuit Court of Appeals upheld part of the law. In September 2011, a three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit reversed a lower court and upheld the constitutionality of the rest of the law except for a provision requiring that women be told that abortion leads to an increased risk of suicide. Current Status: . In July 2012, the full Eighth Circuit reversed the three judge panel and allowed the suicide statement requirements to go into effect. (See the law here. See the 2008 court opinion here. See the 2011 court opinion here. See the 2012 court opinion here.)
Repro Health Watch — an exciting new edition of the Women’s Health Policy Report — compiles and distributes media coverage of proposed and enacted state laws and ballot initiatives affecting women's access to comprehensive reproductive health care, as well as litigation in response to those provisions.