A three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that portions of a 1993 South Dakota law are too restrictive. The panel ruled that the state cannot include a parental notification mandate unless the minor also has the option of receiving permission from another authority, such as a court. The court also ruled that doctors cannot receive civil or criminal penalties for failing to comply with the law’s provisions. The court did uphold a section of the law which requires doctors to give women information on the possible risks of receiving an abortion at least twenty-four hours before performing the abortion.