PIERRE, S.D. (AP) Starting today, doctors in South Dakota must tell women seeking abortions that the procedure ends a human life and may cause them psychological harm, the state attorney general said.
Planned Parenthood challenged the 2005 law that requires those statements, but a court order that prevented the state from enforcing the law expires today.
"Any entity to whom the law applies should be in compliance tomorrow," Attorney General Larry Long said Thursday.
Planned Parenthood, which operates a women's clinic in Sioux Falls that is South Dakota's only acknowledged abortion provider, will comply with the law, spokeswoman Kathi Di Nicola said.
"We will do what the law says, but clearly the law is extreme and flawed and wrong," Di Nicola said.
U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier of Rapid City prevented the law from taking effect while she decided whether it was constitutional. But the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month overruled her order and sent the case back to her for a trial. A date has not been set.