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Preliminary injunction blocks South Dakota restriction on abortion pill

by | Feb 9, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

Following up on a temporary restraining order issued late last month, U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier, a Bill Clinton appointee who guts every pro-life measure South Dakota enacts, granted a preliminary injunction today against a pro-life law. Judge Schreier initial order was in response to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem who had initiated a rule change in September ahead of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to permanently remove a requirement that women pick abortion pills up in person.

“Gov. Noem is focused on protecting women’s health,” said Ian Fury, the governor’s communications director. “The ACLU and Planned Parenthood have shown that they are more worried about their bottom line.”

“Noem’s administration argued the extra visit is necessary to make sure women don’t have complications from the drug,” the Associated Press reported.

“Noem has argued that the FDA’s policy would endanger women seeking an abortion,” wrote the AP’s Stephen Groves

Not so, said Judge Schreier. Schreier granted Planned Parenthood’s request for the injunction, writing that the rule “likely imposes an undue burden on Planned Parenthood and its patients’ right to seek an abortion.”

Gov. Noem told reporters at a news conference last month, “They can literally get on the phone or online and request a prescription and undergo this medical procedure in their home with no supervision whatsoever.”

Groves’s response? “The FDA has reported only 26 deaths associated with the drug since 2000.”

“Only”?

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