South Dakota Planned Parenthood doc: Inability to commit abortions in 2020 was ‘devastating’

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The number of abortions committed in South Dakota fell last year, largely because of nationwide shut downs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest abortion corporation, is not happy about it.

South Dakota Public Radio (SDPR) interviewed Dr. Sarah Traxler, chief medical officer for Planned Parenthood North Central States, about the abortion decline in South Dakota. In 2020, there were 125 abortions committed across the state, a 67% decrease from 2019. Planned Parenthood wasn’t able to commit abortions for much of 2020, but they made up for it by allegedly helping women cross state lines instead.

“It was actually pretty devastating not to be able to be available for our patients in South Dakota the way that we had been before, but we had systems in place to help get patients to other places outside of South Dakota,” Traxler told SDPR. In March, Planned Parenthood decided not to allow out-of-state abortionists to travel to South Dakota for safety reasons. Therefore, according to the Department of Health, there were no abortions committed in the state from April through June.

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However, SDPR reported that Planned Parenthood didn’t close their doors completely in South Dakota. While abortions were not being committed, they focused on providing other services, like birth control and STD testing. If the goal was really about providing the care people needed, then there should have been no reason for Planned Parenthood to be “devastated” over not committing abortions; they were providing actual patient care.

Just three abortions were committed from July through September, before Planned Parenthood began committing abortions again in October.

Although sources were not provided, SDPR claimed South Dakotans drove five hours to undergo abortions in other states during the height of the pandemic, which Planned Parenthood helped to fund.

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, the abortion industry wasted no time in using the opportunity to expand abortion, both in the United States and overseas. Aid money to help African nations fight COVID-19 came with a requirement that the countries must offer abortion as an “essential service.” Meanwhile, on the domestic front, the abortion industry used the pandemic as a way to push for the abortion pill to be made readily available online. On top of that, abortion businesses took millions of dollars in COVID-19 funding meant for small businesses, which they were not qualified to receive.

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