South Dakota becomes the second abortion-free state

The Washington Examiner reports that South Dakota is now the second state in the country to be abortion-free. 

The development comes after the state, this past week, shut down its last abortion clinic. It was a Planned Parenthood facility located in Sioux Falls.

Gov. Kristi Noem (R) celebrated the news Tuesday on social media.

She wrote:

Abortions have stopped in South Dakota. We have prayed for this day, and now it is here. Now, we must redouble our focus on taking care of mothers in crisis. Help is available for you. Adoption is an option. You are never alone.

Second in the nation

South Dakota is now the second state in the country to contain no operational abortion clinics. Although, others are not far behind.

The state other than South Dakota to be abortion-free is Oklahoma. It achieved this status after Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) recently signed a bill into law that bans just about all abortions from the moment of conception onwards.

Missouri is not far behind South Dakota and Oklahoma in closing down all of its abortion clinics. In fact, it is effectively right there with them: there is only one abortion clinic left in the state, and it is no longer accepting appointments.

Reports also indicate that Wisconsin abortion clinics are also not scheduling abortions for after the end of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June term.

Background

Republican states are making a push to ban abortions now that the U.S. Supreme Court has a conservative majority. The hope is that this conservative majority will overturn Roe v. Wade, returning the controversial abortion issue to the states, where many argue it belongs.

A recently-leaked Supreme Court draft decision would suggest that the justices are heading in this direction. The draft decision is from the case in which the justices are considering the legality of Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. In that draft, the justices overturn Roe. 

This draft, though, has yet to become a reality, and it is unclear whether it will ever become a reality.

Pro-life advocates believe that the time has come to make their stand, and that is what we are seeing from the likes of Oklahoma, South Dakota, and many others.

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