Challenge to a South Dakota law that would require a woman to wait seventy-two hours between her initial physician consultation and the abortion, force her to visit a crisis pregnancy center before abortion care, and require abortion providers to tell patients about any possible risk factor that have been published in any medical or psychological journal since 1972, including “risks” that have been roundly rejected by mainstream medicine. In June of 2011, the U.S. District Court granted a preliminary injunction to block enforcement of the law. In July 2012, the parties entered into an agreement allowing some of the law's provisions to go into effect. Current Status: In December 2012, Planned Parenthood dropped its challenge to the waiting period provision of the law. Planned Parenthood continues to challenge the crisis pregnancy center requirements. (See the law here. See the 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.