Governor Kristi Noem’s appeal of abortion pill ordinance in SD is on hold

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a case between Planned Parenthood and the state of South Dakota to be stayed until the U.S. Supreme Court rules in a separate case that could overturn the landmark case Roe v. Wade who legalized abortion nationwide.

The South Dakota lawsuit concerns a rule imposed by Republican Governor Kristi Noem that would require abortion seekers to make three separate doctor visits to take abortion pills. Planned Parenthood, which operates the only clinic in the state that regularly offers abortions, said the rule would have ended its ability to provide medical abortions.

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A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the rule in February, finding it likely infringes abortion rights. Noem appealed this decision.

But both sides asked that the appeal be stayed until the Supreme Court issues a decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

The legal battle over the requirements for obtaining abortion pills in South Dakota may soon become moot. South Dakota is one of 13 states with a trigger law that would completely ban abortions if Roe is overturned.

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