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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       

March 9, 2016

Contact: Emily Shaftel at 612-760-5313 or [email protected]        

Planned Parenthood Calls on Governor Daugaard to Veto Abortion Bills

Sioux Falls, SD — South Dakota lawmakers are wielding their political power this week to make safe and legal abortion even more difficult for women to access in the state. The following is a statement from Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS).

“Once again, the South Dakota legislature has attacked access to safe and legal abortion. This legislative session they’ve banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy for women facing crisis during pregnancy. They also passed a bill that will force doctors to give women information about their pregnancy that could endanger their health or future pregnancies.

“Politicians are not doctors. It is totally unethical for lawmakers to require physicians to give information to patients that could negatively affect their health and we call on Governor Daugaard to veto these bills.

“Politicians in South Dakota have spent years passing abortion laws and restrictions—even though South Dakotans have twice decisively voted to protect access to safe and legal abortion. As a result, the state of South Dakota has spent the better part of the last fifteen years tied up in litigation around unconstitutional laws that undermine women’s health care, and it has cost South Dakota taxpayers millions.

BACKGROUND

Polls consistently show that the majority of Americans support access to safe and legal abortion and Planned Parenthood. Since July, there have been 14 national polls measuring support for Planned Parenthood—and every single one of them shows strong support for Planned Parenthood and access to reproductive health care. A recent Bloomberg Politics national poll found that 67 percent of Americans surveyed said the Supreme Court was right to rule that women have a constitutional right to abortion and agree with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. A VOX/PerryUndem poll found that more Americans consider themselves pro-choice than pro-life. Sixty-eight percent of millennials don't want to see Roe overturned, and 72 percent of Republicans think abortion should be available.

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For more than 85 years, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota has worked in our region to make sure all people have the information and the means to make free and responsible decisions about whether and when to have children. Planned Parenthood operates 19 clinics in Minnesota and South Dakota and an Online Health Center, providing quality and affordable family planning, reproductive health care services and education to nearly 65,000 women and men each year.
Visit us on the web at www.ppmns.org