Sioux Falls, SD— Today, Governor Noem signed a bill into law that further restricts abortion access in South Dakota. HB1318 limits medication abortion and includes language that is currently under injunction by the courts. Even after signing, the bill will not go into effect until the court case is resolved.
Statement from Kristin Hayward, Manager of Advocacy and Development for Planned Parenthood South Dakota Action Fund:
“Nationwide medication abortions now account for half of all abortions. Restricting medication abortion in South Dakota greatly impacts the health care options available, and it means fewer people will be able to get the health care they need. Abortion restrictions exacerbate health inequalities and disproportionately harm people of color and others who already face obstacles to health care. Medication abortion is safer than Tylenol. It has been FDA-approved and endorsed by countless medical organizations. Regardless of how each individual feels about abortion, it’s important for scientifically proven health care options to be available in our state, and it’s time politicians stopped interfering with our rights.”
Founded in 1992, the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization. As the advocacy and electoral arm of PPMNS, we mobilize supporters of all parties to defend and increase access to family planning services and fact-based medically accurate sexuality education. We work to inspire and engage citizens to take up the cause of reproductive health and rights through education, electoral activity, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.