Planned Parenthood Confirms South Dakota Is Abortion Free: Don’t Plan Abortion

Planned Parenthood Confirms South Dakota Is Abortion Free: Don’t Plan Abortion

The abortion company Planned Parenthood has confirmed that South Dakota is the second abortion-free state in the nation.

As LifeNews reported yesterday, the state of Plains has become the second state in the nation to have no functioning abortion centers as the latest abortion company, run by Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls, has stopped killing babies in abortions.

The New York Times reported yesterday that the latest center in South Dakota is no longer performing abortions, signaling that a Minnesota abortionist no longer flies over to end babies’ lives before birth.

Now the abortion company has confirmed it will no longer schedule abortion appointments to end babies’ lives:

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“We’ve had to make the difficult decision to suspend abortion scheduling,” said Emily Bisek, vice president of strategic communications for Planned Parenthood North Central States.

She said that with the possible Supreme Court ruling, the center “cannot in good faith continue to schedule patients when there is a chance that South Dakota’s trigger laws will come into effect.”

South Dakota succeeds Oklahoma as the second abortion-free state in America after Governor Kevin Stitt signed a Texas-style bill banning abortion from conception with a private enforcement mechanism. Texas was the first state to ban abortion, but the abortion ban starts when the unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable after about six weeks, so not all abortions are banned.

This isn’t the first time the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Sioux Falls has closed, as it was temporarily closed during COVID in 2020, and the state saw a record number of abortions that year.

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There were only 125 reported abortions in South Dakota in 2020, a 70 percent drop from 2019 and a record low in the state. Chemical abortions fell 65 percent, accounting for 39 percent of all abortions in the state.

Earlier this year, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed a pro-life bill banning mail-order abortions.

The new law would require abortion facilities to provide direct medical supervision to mothers when they take abortion drugs to abort their unborn babies and prevent the sale of such medicines by mail that kill babies or injure mothers.

Gov. Kristi Noem, a pro-life Republican, proposed the legislation after the Joe Biden administration lifted safety regulations for the abortion drug mifepristone late last year and began allowing abortion companies to sell it through the mail. After proposing legislation to reinstate the pro-life rule, the South Dakota legislature passed it.

“The two bills I am signing today are crucial because they also protect mothers,” Noem said in a statement. “We must remember that abortion has two victims: the unborn child who loses life and the mother who has to endure the physical and emotional trauma of the procedure.”

The new law requires abortion facilities to provide women with the abortion drug mifepristone and a second drug, misoprostol, taken a day or two later to induce labor by a doctor at an abortion center.

Usually, abortion centers 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. However, some sell the drugs through the mail without seeing the woman.

The FDA has linked the abortion drug to at least 24 female deaths and 4,000 serious complications between 2000 and 2018. However, under President Barack Obama, the FDA has stopped requiring nonfatal complications from mifepristone to be reported. So the numbers are almost certainly much higher.

New data and studies suggest that the risks of the abortion drug are far more common than abortion activists often claim, with as many as one in 17 requiring hospital treatment. Another study from the Charlotte Lozier Institute found that the number of abortion-related emergency room visits by women using the abortion drug increased by more than 500 percent between 2002 and 2015.

South Dakota also has a law that would completely ban abortion if the US Supreme Court overthrows Roe v. Wade.