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We believe all people should have access to the full range of reproductive health care services, including access to safe and legal abortion.

Planned Parenthood is South Dakota's only elective abortion provider, leaving many patients with limited options. It forces them to travel long distances, take time off work, and potentially delay their abortion access.

South Dakota legislators have done almost everything in their power to attack access to safe and legal abortion. South Dakota currently bans abortions at or after 20 weeks “post fertilization.” State legislators have also committed to make abortion illegal if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Abortion should safe, legal, and accessible. Abortion is a personal decision that should be up to the patient—in consultation with their doctor, family, and faith.

Roe v. Wade has been in effect for over 40 years and is supported by the majority of South Dakotans who have twice voted to protect legal abortion in the state. At Planned Parenthood, we trust people to make their own fully informed health decisions. We will fight to ensure that safe and legal abortion is available to all.

Legal Restrictions to Abortion in South Dakota:

  • Mandatory counseling: A patient must receive state-directed counseling that includes information discouraging her from having an abortion (law is currently enjoined)
  • Waiting period: After an initial consultation, a patient must wait 72 hours before the administration of medication abortion or procedure
  • Health Insurance Abortion Ban: Health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act is only available if the patient’s life is in danger
  • Parental consent: Parent of a minor must be notified before an abortion will be provided
  • Public funding ban: Public funding for abortion is only available if the patient’s life is in danger

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