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Mon Jul 29, 2019, 07:41 AM

Fewer women are getting abortions in South Dakota, but hundreds go out-of-state

South Dakota's abortion numbers have decreased by 55% over the past decade to reach a historic low last year, but that doesn't account for the hundreds of South Dakotans finding providers out of state.

While nearly 300 South Dakota women received abortions in the state last year, at least another almost 200 South Dakotans had abortions in Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Montana Iowa and Wyoming don't have tallies for abortions performed on out-of-state residents, according to data from state health departments.

Pro-life advocates say the numbers show that abortion rates are sensitive to state laws and South Dakota is moving in the right direction, but there's more to be done.

"While South Dakota moves to eliminate all elective abortions from the state through education and legislation, it's clear pro-lifers in less conservative states have plenty of work to do in building a culture of life where they live," said Dale Bartscher, executive director of South Dakota Right for Life.

Read more: https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/25/abortion-south-dakota-laws-totals-pro-life-choice/1813792001/

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