In 2011 the South Dakota Legislature, and then Governor Dennis Daugaard, passed a lifesaving law (HB1217) requiring that pregnant women consult with a certified pregnancy help center, ensuring that they are protected from coercion and misinformation on abortion, before making such a life-altering decision.
However, that same year Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union were able to obtain an injunction against this pro-life law. For decades, the abortion industry has relied on deceptions, legal fallacies, and looking the other way when women are pushed into abortions. This billion-dollar industry cannot be trusted to look out for the interests of pregnant women.
Today this law, Planned Parenthood v. Noem, has been appealed to the United States 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. This is due, in large part, to the hard work and long hours put into this casework by Leslee Unruh and the Alpha Center of Sioux Falls, along with Harold Cassidy an Attorney at Law.
In defending this law South Dakota will have the full strength of our Governor’s Office, the SD Attorney General’s Office and the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice). Yes, the ACLJ’s Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow and its legal team are representing the State of South Dakota and Governor Noem against Planned Parenthood.
South Dakota’s Brief and Addendum on this case, found on this page, were recently sent to the United States 8th Circuit Court of Appeals by the office of our SD Attorney’s General Jason Ravnsborg.