Sioux Falls, SD— As the 2022 legislative session ends, legislators again attacked safe legal abortions with an onslaught of proposed bills, including a Texas-style abortion ban that did not make it through the legislative process.
Governor Noem is expected to sign two bills into law that further restrict 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. HB1113 would make coercion to undergo an abortion a felony.
Statement from Kristin Hayward, Manager of Advocacy and Development for Planned Parenthood South Dakota Action Fund:
South Dakotans need comprehensive health care including abortion care, and when it’s not accessible, health and lives are jeopardized. Abortion restrictions exacerbate health inequalities and disproportionately harm people of color and others who already face obstacles to health care.
Medication abortion is an extremely important option for South Dakotans, and it is very unfortunate that politicians are attacking medication abortion with misinformation. Medication abortion is safer than Tylenol. It has been FDA-approved and endorsed by countless medical organizations. Recent national data showed that more than half of abortions are now medication abortions, and it is a shame that politicians are attacking this safe and common health care option.
Here's the bottom line- abortion is still legal in South Dakota right now, and Planned Parenthood is proud to offer comprehensive reproductive health care options to South Dakotans.
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.