Abortion has come to a halt in South Dakota. As the COVID-19 pandemic imposes travel restrictions, the state’s only abortionist will be unable to travel from Minnesota to South Dakota’s only abortion business for the time being.
Non-essential businesses in South Dakota have not yet been shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak and the state has just one abortion business — a Planned Parenthood facility located in Sioux Falls. However, due to the virus, the Planned Parenthood abortionist is currently unable to travel to the facility as usual on Mondays and Thursdays, according to the state’s 40 Days for Life Director and Vice President of Sioux Falls Area Right to Life Brad Lindwurm. Without that abortionist traveling to South Dakota, no abortions will be committed in the state.
“When I stepped out in faith to lead the 40 Days for Life campaign last fall, I had a strong belief that God was going to use South Dakota to be the first state in the nation to end abortion in America (within a year). I had no idea how that would be possible but we are starting to see it come to fruition as Planned Parenthood simply cannot get their doctor flown into Sioux Falls from St. Paul and are inadvertently having to comply with our Governor’s recommendation to end elective surgery at this time,” Lindwurm told Live Action.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed several pro-life bills into law in 2019. Those laws required abortionists to have women sign a consent form before an abortion, required abortionists to offer to show women the ultrasound of image of the baby before the abortion, required the reporting of certain data regarding abortion, and criminalized abortion committed against a woman’s will.
Noem has not yet advised residents across the state to stay at home or close non-essential businesses, despite calls to do so amid the pandemic.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated since its original publication.
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