South Dakota Abortion Law: Informed Consent or Political Manipulation?
Read the graphic above (click to enlarge) and then read the free full
Perspective article in the November 20 2008 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, where the graphic was extracted. In addition, here is another extract from the article explaining the history of the law:
Under a law that went into effect in July, physicians in South Dakota must tell any woman seeking an abortion that she is terminating the life of "a whole, separate, unique, living human being" with whom she has an "existing relationship," that her relationship "enjoys protection under the United States Constitution and under the laws of South Dakota," and that abortion terminates that relationship along with "her existing constitutional rights with regards to that relationship."1 The "informed-consent" law was passed in 2005 but was immediately suspended by an injunction sought by Planned Parenthood, which operates the only South Dakota clinic providing abortions. On June 27, 2008, in Planned Parenthood Minnesota v. Rounds, a divided Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the injunction, clearing the way for implementation.
The article,describing the law,tells us what is unique, arbitrary, undocumented, and what I think is potentially and unnecessarily stressful for both the woman and the physician. The law itself, as written, shows us how politicians can change the informed consent function of the doctor-patient relationship into informed state moral policy. Instead of taking the proper route of challenging Roe vs Wade as unconstitutional and overturning the previous Supreme Court decision by a vote of the United States public, the politicians are attempting to subvert something which, at present, is constitutional by creating a purposely heavy burden for the physician to bear and the woman to accept in order for an abortion to be carried out. It puts the interests of outsiders wrongly into the doctor-patient relationship. This is my opinion. Read the article and come back and let's read yours. ..Maurice.