Planned Parenthood v. Rounds (Civ. No. 05-4077)

Planned Parenthood v. Rounds (Civ. No. 05-4077)

Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in June of 2005, challenging the amendments to the state’s informed consent statute pertaining to abortions. The Plaintiffs are challenging the provisions of the new informed consent statute which require, among other things, that the abortion provider advise the prospective patient, in writing, that the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being. The District Court, Judge Karen Schreier, granted Planned Parenthood’s motion for a preliminary injunction on June 30, 2005, enjoining several sections of the statute from going into effect.

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2 to 1 panel decision, initially affirmed the District Court's grant of the preliminary injunction, but that decision has now been vacated. The case is set to be argued before the en banc Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis on April 11, 2007. Summary judgment motions on the Plaintiff's request for a permanent injunction are currently pending before the District Court.

Last Updated: January 4, 2008