By Dr. Patti Giebink, M.D.
Planned Parenthood again shows the extremes it will go to in disobeying the law. An informed consent law passed by the South Dakota legislature in 2005 requires, even mandates, using the words “human being” in referring to the result of abortion ending a life, in addition to other vital information.
The United States 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld this law in June 2008, and Planned Parenthood has been in violation for over 10 months. It is not a question of language because that was settled last year. It is not a question about a woman’s right to choose, but her right to make an intelligent and informed choice.
Planned Parenthood’s lawyer implied in a hearing on Friday, July 17th, 2009 that the doctor’s right to withhold information from women is more important than a woman’s right to have the information she needs to make a serious, life-changing decision.
Statements made in court and on the form Planned Parenthood currently uses to “inform” women are blatantly inaccurate and misleading. They misrepresent current medical literature especially when it comes to the risks of elective abortion. There is no confusion that abortion increases a woman’s risk of suicide and significantly increases her risk of preterm delivery in following pregnancies.
Clearly, Planned Parenthood has no regard for the law and is more concerned about economics than providing safe and legal care to women. It is time for the Department of Health to enforce the letter of the law, impose sanctions or shut them down.
Please join me in calling Governor Rounds and the South Dakota Department of Health in telling Planned Parenthood that obeying the law is not optional.
Planned Parenthood must be required to obey the law!
Dr. Patti Giebink, M.D.
Board Certified Obstetrician
Member of ACOG
Board member of AAPLOG
Former abortion provider at Sioux Falls Planned Parenthood
(and last SD resident to do so)