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South Dakota Abortion Statistics

State abortion statistics from the leading public and private sources.

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Collective state abortion statistics are gathered privately by the Guttmacher Institute and federally by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Because of reporting lag, their most recent data is often 2-3 years old. In most cases, state-level abortion facts are more current than the numbers reported by Guttmacher or the CDC. Guttmacher’s abortion statistics are estimates built on surveys of all known and suspected abortion providers; the CDC totals are made up of the actual abortion counts reported to the state health department by each abortion facility.

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LEGAL STATUS OF ABORTION IN South Dakota

In 2022—following the reversal of Roe v. Wade, elective abortion became illegal in South Dakota. An abortion shall only be permitted if it is deemed necessary to preserve the life of the mother. The performance of an illegal abortion in South Dakota is Class 6 felony.

SOURCE: Codified Law 22-17-5.1

STATE-LEVEL DATA

Total Abortions (2021): 192

The South Dakota Department of Health reports that 192 abortions took place in South Dakota during 2021. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on South Dakota residents in other states.

Total Abortions (2020): 125

The South Dakota Department of Health reports that 125 abortions took place in South Dakota during 2020. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on South Dakota residents in other states.

SOURCE: South Dakota Department of Health

GUTTMACHER DATA

Estimated Total Abortions (2020): 130

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 130 abortions took place in South Dakota during 2020. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on South Dakota residents in other states. The table below compares South Dakota abortion totals by selected year.

2020 2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
130 500 550 600 850 790

Estimated Abortion Percentage (2020): 1.2%

In 2020, an estimated 1.2% of pregnancies in South Dakota ended in abortion. This number does not take into account miscarriages. It was arrived at by dividing Guttmacher's abortion estimate by the sum total of live births—as reported by the CDC—and estimated abortions.

Estimated Abortion Rate* (2020): 0.8

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the 2020 abortion rate for South Dakota was 0.8. The 2020 abortion rate across the entire United States was 14.4. The table below compares South Dakota abortion rates by selected year.

2020 2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
SD 0.8 3.1 3.5 3.9 5.6 5.1
U.S. 14.4 13.5 14.6 16.9 19.4 19.4

*The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.

Percentage of All U.S. Abortions (2020): 0.01%

In 2020, approximately 0.01% of all U.S. abortions occurred in South Dakota.

Abortion Clinics in South Dakota (2017): 1

In 2017, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 1 abortion clinics in South Dakota and 2 facilities that performed abortion. The table below compares total South Dakota abortion facilities by selected year.

2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
2 2 2 2 2

SOURCE: https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/state-facts-about-abortion-south-dakota

CDC DATA

Total Abortions (2019): 414

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 414 abortions took place in South Dakota during 2019. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on South Dakota residents in other states. The table below compares South Dakota abortion totals by year.

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
382 497 472 444 551 601 634 597 737 769
2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
382 497 472 444 551
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
601 634 597 737 769

Abortion Percentage (2019): 3.5%

In 2019, 3.5% of pregnancies in South Dakota ended in abortion. This number does not take into account miscarriages. It was arrived at by dividing the state abortion ratio by the sum of the abortion ratio plus 1,000. The abortion ratio is the number of abortions that occurred per 1,000 lives births. The table below compares South Dakota abortion percentages by year.

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
SD 3.1% 3.9% 3.7% 3.5% 4.3% 4.7% 5% 5% 6% 6%
U.S.* 15.9% 15.6% 15.7% 15.8% 16.1% 16.7% 17% 18% 19% 19%
2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
SD 3.1% 3.9% 3.7% 3.5% 4.3%
U.S.* 15.9% 15.6% 15.7% 15.8% 16.1%
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
SD 4.7% 5% 5% 6% 6%
U.S.* 16.7% 17% 18% 19% 19%

Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2019): 19.8%

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 19.8% of the abortions that took place in South Dakota were performed on out-of-state residents.

*U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.

SOURCE: Abortion Surveillance --- United States, 2019

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