Pro-lifers celebrate 23% drop in abortions in South Dakota

By Dave Andrusko

The South Dakota Department of Health has reported the sharpest one-year drop in the number of abortion in a decade. The number of abortions in 2018 was down an incredible 23% from the year before “continuing an overall downward trend in abortions performed in the state since 2008,” according to Sarah Mearhoff, reporting for the Forum News Service.

In 2017 there were 497 abortions compared to 382 abortions in 2018, according to the state Department of Health.

Overall, since 2008, there has been a 55% decrease in the number of abortions.

“We were so grateful to see a dramatic decrease in abortions from 2017 to 2018 in South Dakota,” said Dale Bartscher, executive director of South Dakota Right to Life, “but we will not rest until every human being is given the right to life in our great state of South Dakota.”

Following the decrease in 2017, “Gov. Kristi Noem signed a package of bills aimed at further reducing abortions in South Dakota,” the Associated Press reported. “Noem said after signing the bills last March that they would “crack down on abortion providers in South Dakota” by requiring providers to use a state form women must sign before they can end a pregnancy.”

Mearhoff explained, “According to reports released recently by North Dakota and Minnesota, South Dakota’s abortion numbers are significantly lower than its neighbors. In North Dakota, 1,141 abortions were performed last year, and in Minnesota, 9,910.”

South Dakota is a very pro-life state. Its latest panoply of laws ranged from “cracking down” on abortion providers” to offering women a chance to see a sonogram of their unborn child to making sure the woman is giving an informed consent and not being coerced into an abortion. Pro-life governor Kristi Noem then signed this package of bills into law in March, strengthening the rights of unborn children in the Mount Rushmore State.