CNA Staff, Dec 3, 2020 / 18:48 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Abortions are again being performed in South Dakota, following a seven-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sioux Falls Planned Parenthood, the state's only abortion clinic, halted procedures in March.
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, a small group of out-of-state doctors would fly into Sioux Falls from St. Paul. They would see clients and perform abortions a couple of days a week. When the pandemic hit, travel restrictions prevented the doctors from visiting the clinic, and the clinic stopped performing abortions.
Beginning in October, the clinic has resumed performing abortion, but only one day per month. The head of the clinic told CBS News that it is questionable if the clinic will remain financially viable.
Brad Lindwurm, director and vice president of Sioux Falls Area Right to Life, said the pro-life movement has been successful in enacting significant pro-life legislation in the state. Abortion is prohibited after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and the state requires a 72-hour waiting period following a woman's requests for an abortion.