SOAP SUDS or some better way?

Looking at docs online, SUDS appears to have been depreciated, but it's not clear that some better alternative is available.

So if starting new development to interact with a SOAP API, is SUDS NOT the right starting point?

What are the options, aside from re-inventing the wheel on parsing the XML with some DOM lib?

Edit: Just found What is the alternative to SUDS?.