Planned Parenthood Statement on 8th Circuit Court Ruling


Jen Aulwes


Published: | Updated: 07.24.12

Sioux Falls, SD – Today the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to uphold a portion of a 2005 state law that requires a doctor to inform a woman seeking an abortion that she faces an increased risk of suicide. The following is a statement from Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS).

“Planned Parenthood is extremely disappointed by today’s 8th Circuit Court decision.”

“Every reputable researcher and medical organization has determined that there is no sound scientific evidence that shows a cause and effect relationship between abortion and suicide. This law, upheld by the court today, is just one of many reprehensible barriers that South Dakota politicians are determined to impose on women seeking safe and legal health care.”

“This ruling by the 8th Circuit Court 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.”


Since 1928, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota has been the region’s leading provider and advocate for outstanding women’s and reproductive health care and education. Planned Parenthood operates 20 clinics in Minnesota and South Dakota and an Online Health Center, providing quality and affordable services and education to nearly 64,000 women and men each year.

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