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Supreme Court of the United States

Planned Parenthood Minnesota v. Daugaard

Last Updated: 6/2/2020


What's at stake

  • A mother’s right to be fully informed of the dangers of abortion and that abortion destroys a human life in the womb.


In 2011, the South Dakota legislature passed several new requirements to protect pregnant mothers and ensure their abortion decisions were voluntary and informed. The law would require that mothers be informed of the demonstrated risks of abortion, as well as provided with counseling and given a 72-hour waiting period to consider the information before undergoing an abortion.  Most importantly, the law would require that mothers receive this information from a caring pregnancy center, not Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood, which runs the only abortion operation in South Dakota, challenged the law. A district court granted Planned Parenthood a preliminary injunction, rendering the act unenforceable during the course of litigation.

In 2012, ADF allied attorney Harold Cassidy filed a motion asking the court to give two crisis pregnancy centers the right to intervene in the case. The court granted the motion, allowing the pregnancy centers to advocate in support of the law alongside the State. 

Our role in this case

ADF is providing strategic and financial support to Mr. Cassidy and the pregnancy centers supporting this law against Planned Parenthood’s challenge.


Legal Documents

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