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South Dakota Abortion Consulting Rule Is Coercive, Doctors Say

March 25, 2022, 3:43 PM

A South Dakota law requiring people seeking abortions to consult crisis pregnancy centers before undergoing a procedure is unlawful, multiple national doctors’ groups told the Eighth Circuit.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Medical Association joined other professional associations in calling on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit to uphold a lower court’s order blocking South Dakota’s “Pregnancy Help Center Mandate.”

“The PHC Mandate exposes patients to coercion—the very harm the PHC Mandate purports to combat—by forcing patients to interact with entities that are opposed to their ...