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South Dakota Abortion Laws


Abortion is illegal in Tennessee unless necessary to save the life of the mother.


You’re likely aware that abortion is a controversial topic. From a legal perspective, federal and state laws regulating when, how, where, and why abortions can be performed are many and differ from state to state. Determining what is required by abortion laws in your state can require thorough research. Here’s a brief summary of the abortion laws in South Dakota.

Abortion in South Dakota:

In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which returned to the states the power to regulate, even prohibit, abortion. South Dakota bans all abortions except those necessary to preserve the life of the mother.

Code Sections 22-17-5.1
Penalty for Unlawful Abortion Class 6 Felony

Related Resources for Abortion Laws

More details on state abortion law and general information about abortion can be found here in FindLaw’s Learn About the Law section. You can also find a South Dakota attorney to answer specific questions about an individual case.

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