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Noem rule banning mail-order abortions blocked by judge

A federal judge extended her block Tuesday on a South Dakota rule that protects unborn babies and mothers from dangerous abortion drugs.

Gov. Kristi Noem, a pro-life Republican, created the rule late last year after the Biden administration began allowing dangerous abortion drugs to be sold through the mail without a doctor’s visit. However, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union sued Noem.

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In a ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier, a Clinton appointee, issued a preliminary injunction blocking the state from enforcing the rule, Keloland Media Group reports. Schreier’s ruling extends her previous order temporarily blocking the rule.

“Planned Parenthood has met its burden of establishing that the four factors for a preliminary injunction weigh in its favor,” the judge wrote.

Noem’s rule requires that abortion facilities give abortion drugs to the woman in person under the supervision of a medical professional. It also requires abortion facilities to inform women about the abortion pill reversal treatment and to report data about abortion drugs to the state health department.

Typically, abortion facilities give the first drug, mifepristone, to the woman in person and then send her home with the second drug, misoprostol, to take a day or two later. Under Noem’s new rule, however, a woman must make multiple visits to the abortion facility: first, for informed consent, second, for the first abortion drug, third, for the second abortion drug and fourth, for a follow-up to make sure the abortion is complete.

Lawyers for the Planned Parenthood abortion chain said it cannot comply with the rule because its only abortionist flies into the state only twice a week, according to the report.

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In a previous ruling, Schreier said the rule creates a “substantial obstacle” to women seeking abortions, and “Planned Parenthood and its patients [would] face irreparable harm” if the state enforces the rule.

Those suing to block the rule include Planned Parenthood, the ACLU of South Dakota, Michael Drysdale at Dorsey & Whitney on behalf of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) and its medical director, Sarah Traxler.

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