PP's reproductive health clinic in South Dakota, based in Sioux Falls, performed its last abortion on June 13 even though the state has not yet banned the procedure. According to the New York Times, the clinic also served patients from North Dakota and Minnesota. Abortions at the Sioux Falls clinic had already been sporadic for some time now, with a Minnesota doctor flying in around once a month to administer abortions.
Back in 2020, the Sioux Falls facility temporarily shuttered its doors due to the pandemic. This resulted in a record low number of abortions – with only three procedures performed in a six-month period.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem took to Twitter to express her jubilation over the PP abortion clinic's closure. She tweeted: "Abortions have stopped in South Dakota. We have prayed for this day, and now it is here."
She also reiterated the need to "redouble focus on taking care of mothers in crisis" in her post. "Help is available for you; adoption is an option. You are never alone," she said.
Back in March 2022, the pro-life Republican governor signed a bill prohibiting mail-order abortions in the Mount Rushmore State into law.
Under the new edict, abortion facilities must provide the abortifacient drugs mifepristone and misoprostol in person instead of sending them by mail. This effectively outlawed the practice of abortion clinics in which they simply send the two drugs to women without requiring a face-to-face visit.
The law also mandated women seeking abortion to visit the abortion clinic four times. The first visit would center on informed consent, while the second and third visits would involve dispensing the abortifacient medications. A fourth visit would serve as a follow-up to ensure the abortion is complete.
Meanwhile, South Dakota legislators blocked the introduction of a draft bill that sought to ban abortions upon detection of a heartbeat. (Related: Planned Parenthood murders babies with beating hearts delivered during abortion procedures.)
According to the Daily Signal, lawmakers at the South Dakota House of Representatives refused to allow Noem's draft bill to be introduced on the floor. The proposal, which was modeled after Texas' "Heartbeat Bill" that prohibited abortions with a detectable heartbeat, had been blocked by the State Affairs Committee of the state legislature's lower chamber.
Lawmakers argued that they blocked Noem's proposal out of concerns that it could affect the outcome of the state's legal feud with PP.
"I am as pro-life as can be and, because of that, I do not want to do something that will jeopardize our involvement in a court case that could abolish abortion in this country," said South Dakota House Speaker Spencer Gosch.
"It's the [South Dakota] Legislature's job to legislate, not the governor's. What she had wasn't a bill; it was language. We said that it's not going to be a bill and, therefore, it's not going to be heard. End of discussion."
Nevertheless, the two actions – Noem banning mail-order abortions and PP closing its Sioux Falls clinic – officially made South Dakota the second abortion-free state in the United States. It followed the footsteps of Oklahoma that banned abortions beginning at conception. The Lone Star State's Heartbeat Bill against abortion only applies when a heartbeat is detectable in the unborn baby – at about six weeks.
In case the Supreme Court overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that codified the right to abortion at the federal level, the state has a law currently in place that prohibits all abortions.
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