Saturday, June 30, 2012

South Dakota Screens Women for Coercion Prior to Abortions

South Dakota is taking an important step in preventing abortions beginning July 1st. Although abortions are still legal, they are holding abortion clinics responsible to screen women for psychological factors that may indicate that they are being coerced to have the abortion by someone else.
Please check out this link from After Abortion.org:


Pre-Abortion Screening Law to Take Effect in South Dakota

A federal court has dissolved an injunction against enforcement of a new law in South Dakota that requires abortion doctors to screen women for coercion and other factors that increase the risk of psychological complications after abortion.
Beginning July 1, physicians must screen women for coercion and other risk factors for psychological complications before scheduling an abortion.
The law contains elements of the Elliot Institute’s model legislation, which was the first in the nation to create civil liability for abortionists who fail to screen women for coercion and other risk factors.
“This is an important step forward in protecting the rights of women who are facing unwanted, unsafe, and unnecessary abortions,” said Dr. David Reardon, a leading researcher in the field of abortion complications and director of the Elliot Institute.

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