INJUNCTION ISSUED AGAINST STATE INTRUSION INTO PRIVATE MEDICAL CARE

SDCHF Applauds Court Move to Prevent Implementation of Overbearing Law

Sioux Falls – The South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families applauded Judge Karen Schreier’s decision to grant a temporary injunction preventing the implementation of HB1217, the South Dakota law that forces women into government-mandated intervention when seeking abortion care.

“This law oversteps the bounds and creates unreasonable interference in a doctor patient relationship by placing government and an unlicensed, unregulated and untrained third party between a women and the health care she seeks,” said Jan Nicolay, SDCHF co-chair. “We are thankful that Judge Schreier recognized there are far too many unanswered legal questions that must be addressed and granted the injunction,” Nicolay continued.

Prior to the injunction, the law would have gone into effect on July 1 and extended the existing abortion-waiting period from 24 to 72 hours. It further mandated that woman receive so called “counseling” at unregulated “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” that are nothing more than sham clinics set up to specifically dissuade women from getting abortions at all cost and regardless of individual circumstance. CPCs are not doctors offices; they are unregulated organizations staffed by volunteers, without medical training and there are no standards for receiving un-biased, accurate medical information.

“In South Dakota, we have twice voted against further restrictions on access to reproductive healthcare. The proponents of government intrusion like HB1217 have forgotten that we do not want interference in personal, private decisions that are best left up to a woman, her family and her doctor,” Nicolay continued. The South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families remains committed to the women and families of South Dakota and will continue our mission of improving the social welfare of our state by fostering and preserving a social and political climate favorable to the exercise of reproductive choice,” Nicolay concluded.

SD Campaign for Healthy Families is a newly formed non-profit corporation in South Dakota that seeks to improve the social welfare of our state by fostering and preserving a social and political climate favorable to the exercise of reproductive choice, while encouraging and protecting informed individual choice regarding reproductive healthcare. The corporation is an offshoot of a similarly named coalition formed to defeat abortion ban ballot measures in 2006 and 2008.

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