Whatever we think of past abortion rulings, whether we're discussing Roe or any among the hundreds of lower court rulings since 1973, we've never before been asked to decide whether or not it's good law or good social policy for a court to give a state a mandate to lie to women about their pregnancies.
We're in a whole new world.
On 26 July, the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis upheld by a 7-4 vote a 2005 South Dakota statute that
requires doctors to misinform women who seek abortion that they stand a significantly increased risk of suicidal ideation and of suicide itself if they get an abortion.
Not only does this law and this court ruling defy the extraordinary preponderance of scientific evidence, what we know about abortion, biology, and psychology, but it may be the only instance in history of a state and a court requiring a doctor to lie to a patient.