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8th Circuit Reconsiders Abortion Issue

Posted Apr 11, 2007 8:33 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A federal appeals court will sit en banc today to reconsider an injunction blocking a South Dakota abortion law from taking effect.

The 2005 law requires abortion providers to tell patients that the procedure will “terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being,” the New York Times reports.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America claims the law violates the First Amendment.

Last October, a three-judge panel of the St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld [PDF] the injunction. A decision by the full appeals court is expected late this summer or early fall.

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