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Four-Visit Rule for Abortion Pills in South Dakota Blocked

Jan. 27, 2022, 2:40 PM

A South Dakota rule requiring people seeking pill-induced abortions to make four separate in-person visits to a clinic has been temporarily blocked because it’s likely unconstitutional, a federal court said.

The administrative requirement modifies a prior rule requiring two in-person visits to a clinic to obtain an abortion through ingesting drugs that essentially cause a miscarriage, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota said.

At this stage of the litigation, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota has demonstrated that the “personal, financial, and logistical obstacles involved in traveling” to the state’s only abortion clinic for separate ...

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