Promising Stats But Still Much Work To Do in South Dakota

A Quick Analysis of 2019 abortion figures

By SDRTL Board President Debbie Pease

The 2020 Report on Abortions was due on July 1, and sure enough the Department Of Health had it ready on their website.

Because of the Covid shutdowns the numbers of abortions plummeted from 414 in 2019 to 125 in 2020. For three months (April – June) there were no elective abortions in South Dakota. The following three months (July – September) there was only one-abortion-a-month.

This temporary halting of abortions in SD is one of the good things that came out of the Covid restrictions. Unfortunately, we know the numbers are increasing again (Figure 6 on page 7).

Only three teens under 18 underwent elective abortions in 2020. According to page 12 of the report, they were all un-emancipated minors. According to Figure 10 on page 9, the number of chemical abortions has increased to 39.2% (up from 34.1% in 2019).

There is a lot more interesting information included in the report. You can find it here.