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What National Attacks on Abortion Mean for South Dakota

The Threat to Safe, Legal Abortion

The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will review Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This will be the first direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the decision that established the constitutional right to have an abortion, since Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation. By taking this case, the Court will be revisiting nearly 50 years of precedent that has protected people’s access to safe and legal abortion in South Dakota.

Also this year, Texas passed S.B. 8, the most extreme abortion ban in our country’s history. The law essentially eliminates access to safe, legal abortion in Texas and paves the way for other states and municipalities to do the same.

What does this mean for abortion access in South Dakota?

While abortion is still legal today, Texas is showing us what the future of abortion could quickly become. Our state could be the next to ban abortion, and Governor Noem has already indicated support for "stronger," more extreme anti-abortion legislation. 

South Dakota also has a “trigger law” that will immediately outlaw abortion in our state if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

Abortion access is fundamental to health equity.

Attacks on abortion access disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), those with low incomes, and those living in rural areas. People with means will always be able to overcome unnecessary barriers to access abortion, but all people should have access to the health care they need. 

Join the fight to protect and expand abortion access in South Dakota.

We know the majority of people support the right to safe, legal abortion—but a vocal minority is leading the charge against abortion, contraception, and comprehensive sex ed in this country. That’s why those of us who support reproductive freedom must speak up now before it’s too late—and encourage our friends, families, and communities to do the same. 

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