South Dakota Asks To Retry “Suicide” Claim


South Dakota has decided to ask the courts to reconsider their ruling against a regulation that forces doctors to tell women undergoing an abortion that terminating a pregnancy will make her more likely to commit suicide.

Why?  Because no one can prove it doesn’t increase the risk for suicide for absolutely every woman.

The Argus Leader reports:

Planned Parenthood has argued that there is not an increased risk of suicide.

“As the major medical organizations have found, and as the appeals court agreed, the scientific and medical evidence shows that women who choose abortion are not subjected to an increased risk of mental health problems,” Aulwes said.

Harold Cassidy, a lawyer for the anti-abortion organizations including Alpha Center in Sioux Falls, did not return messages for comment Friday.

“Even if (Planned Parenthood) could prove that there may be a small subset of pregnant women who are not at risk, Planned Parenthood would not know who they are,” he said in Friday’s petition.

The Alpha Center is asking to assist in the rehearing, possibly so that “you’re gonna want to kill yourself if you do this” can be one of their talking points if the “72 hour waiting period and forced counseling sessions with an anti-choice pregnancy center” law ever gets out of limbo.

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  • halli620

    Even if some correlation was proven, which does not seem to be the case, it would show absolutely no cause and effect; for example, it would be just as likely that women with mental health problems were more likely to feel they were not ready to go through pregnancy and have a baby, and thus more likely to decide to have an abortion, and their mental health problems, even if leading to suicide, were unaffected by the abortion. I’m ashamed of South Dakota for trying to suggest such a correlation when not only does it not seem that one has been proven, but that the cause and effect would likely be in the opposite direction.