For Immediate Release
Diane Quest, 202-973-4851
South Dakotans Reject Second Abortion Ban In Two Years
Planned Parenthood Maintains Commitment to Protecting Women’s Health and Safety
WASHINGTON - Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is thankful that for
the second time in two years, South Dakotans have voted down a
dangerous and unconstitutional abortion ban. Initiated Measure 11 was
defeated at the ballot box. If Initiated Measure 11 had passed, it
would have been one of the most restrictive and dangerous bans in
"Tonight voters in South Dakota reiterated that they will not
stand for ideological attacks on women's health and safety," said PPFA
President Cecile Richards. "Their second rejection of government
intrusion into personal, private health care decisions sends a clear
message that the focus should be on commonsense, compassionate
solutions that will prevent unintended pregnancy and reduce the need
Nowhere in the nation are abortion services harder to access than in
South Dakota. Planned Parenthood will continue its commitment to stand
by the women we serve by providing affordable, high-quality health
care, including family planning services, cancer screenings, sexually
transmitted infection testing and treatment, abortion services, and
information and education.
The full text of the ban can be found here.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider. We believe that everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood affiliates operate more than 880 health centers nationwide, providing medical services and sexuality education for millions of women, men, and teenagers each year. We also work with allies worldwide to ensure that all women and men have the right and the means to meet their sexual and reproductive health care needs.