In September, the U.S. Appeals Court for the Eighth Circuit upheld a law in South Dakota requiring doctors and health care providers to reveal specific information to their patients about abortion and the procedure. Similar to the “informed consent” law seen in North Carolina applied to women seeking abortions in the southern state, the South Dakota law included an advisory that abortion increases the risk of later suicide by the mother, which was thrown out by the 8th Circuit because they found a lack of evidence to sustain the burden of proof on that point.
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North Carolina adopted the law when Governor Beverly Perdue’s veto with the Senate was overturned by the House during a 72-47 vote.
The 8th Circuit decision would be “instructive” if the state’s statute is challenged in Federal court. Since no appeal has been made since last week’s decision, both North Carolina and South Dakota share a similar “informed consent” law.