Thursday, May 21, 2009

8th Circuit Update

From the Argus Leader:

Lawyers for Planned Parenthood this week filed for an injunction in federal court after state officials warned the agency that it could be sanctioned if it fails to use state-approved abortion disclosure forms.

The filing is the latest round in a four-year court battle between the state of South Dakota and Planned Parenthood of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Planned Parenthood is resisting demands that it use specific, state-approved language in the paperwork that is presented to women seeking abortions.

The organization objects to its doctors being forced to use phrases that Planned Parenthood considers ideological, such as: "That the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being."

State Health Department officials declined to comment on what sanctions Planned Parenthood might face, or if there is a deadline for the agency to comply with the health department's demand.

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