South Dakota Right to Life (SDRTL) is more than grateful for the recent news reported by the South Dakota Department of Health that the number of elective abortion procedures performed in South Dakota went down from 497 in 2017 to 382 in 2018. This 23% reduction from the previous year is significant but not unexpected as SDRTL, in part through the efforts of its 42 Chapters, has been diligently working statewide to enhance our culture of life through education and pro-life Legislation.
Our efforts for championing life here in SD are encouraged by our partnering with other South Dakota pro-life advocacy groups such as the Family Heritage Alliance, Concerned Women for America, Respect Life, Sidewalk Advocates for Life, 40 Days for Life, Life Runners, SD Pregnancy Help Centers and the Catholic Conference among others. We are stronger and better together!
The South Dakota State Legislature passed six pro-life bills this year and our pro-life Governor signed them all into law. We are winning the science and we are winning the hearts and minds of reasonable, fair-minded South Dakotans of all ages.
With an attitude of compassion and truth, we are intensely committed to saving unborn babies. With that same fervor, we are concerned for and reach out to the mothers who are facing a difficult time in their lives and need our support. We ache for the fathers who have no legal recourse to protect their child and who also suffer loss in the death of that child. We love the elderly and those with disabilities whose lives are threatened by assisted suicide and other forms of euthanasia. And yes, we are concerned for those who do harm to all these precious human beings. We encourage them to join us in protecting life.
This report of the reduction of elective abortions is welcomed news as it is by far our lowest rate since statistics began to be kept in 1973. This being said, we will not rest until the God-ordained right to life is protected for every human being in our great state of South Dakota.