Federal Judge Leaves In Place Decade-Old Injunction Against SD Abortion Law

    A federal judge has ruled against South Dakota’s attempt to lift a decade-old injunction that nullified part of a state law requiring women to consult with a crisis pregnancy center before having an abortion. 

     South Dakota last year asked the court to allow a 2011 law that required women seeking an abortion to consult with a pregnancy center, arguing the situation in the state has changed since 2011 

     Judge Karen Schreier disagreed, ruling the legal situation has not changed and that allowing the law to go forward would infringe on women’s right to free speech and access to abortion.

    Governor Kristi Noem says she will appeal, arguing the law is necessary to make sure women have the opportunity to hear relevant information about their pregnancy.

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