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Sioux Falls, SD— Today, the South Dakota Legislative Rules Review Committee made it more difficult for South Dakotans to access medication abortion. The Committee approved one of the strictest laws in the country for medication abortion.

The state already forces patients wait an unnecessary 72 hours before an abortion, not including weekends and holidays. The new rule now mandates an unnecessary third visit. 

New polling released today shows that South Dakotans do not want more restrictions placed on abortion.

STATEMENT FROM KRISTIN HAYWARD, MANAGER OF ADVOCACY AND DEVELOPMENT FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA ACTION FUND:

"The Rules committee is here to promulgate the rules, not enact laws. That didn’t happen today.  A group of politicians decided to circumvent the law and make a safe and legal medical procedure more difficult in South Dakota.

"Access to comprehensive medical care should be the goal for all South Dakotans. Every South Dakotans deserves the right to decide if or when to become a parent.  

"We will keep fighting every step of the way to guard South Dakotans’ rights and freedoms."

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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.

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