The South Dakota ban on nearly all abortions, recently signed into law by Gov. Mike Rounds (R), poses a significant threat to reproductive rights.
However, the law is not currently in effect, and it's important for women to know that abortion remains legal and accessible in South Dakota, in other states considering similar bans, and in all of the United States.
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that it was unconstitutional for states to ban all abortions. Since that ruling, states have not been able to enforce bans on all abortions. Unless the court overturns its decision in Roe, abortion will remain legal in all 50 states. The threat of the court overturning Roe is a real one, but for now, as long as Roe stands, abortion bans like South Dakota's will not be enforced.
The Planned Parenthood health center in Sioux Falls, SD is still open to support the needs of the women of South Dakota. In addition to birth control and the full range of reproductive health services, the Sioux Falls clinic still offers pregnancy testing, pregnancy options information, and abortion services to women who need them.
We have learned that some women believe that abortion has been made illegal in some states. This is not the case. We urge women who need abortion in states that are considering abortion bans to contact us or other reputable providers. They should not attempt to provide themselves with abortion. Self-induced abortion without medical supervision is very dangerous and is an unnecessary risk.
Women in South Dakota and any other state seeking abortion services can call 1-800-230-PLAN to be connected to the nearest Planned Parenthood health center.
May 11, 2014