Don't Force Pregnant Women To Visit Crisis Pregnancy Centers!
  • Petitioned South Dakota State House

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South Dakota State House

Don't Force Pregnant Women To Visit Crisis Pregnancy Centers!

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Pregnancy Care Centers, otherwise known as Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) are often referred to as the “clinic arm” of the anti-abortion movement because, posing as comprehensive reproductive-health care clinics, they disseminate medically inaccurate information designed to hijack women’s right to choose. HB 1217 recently proposed by anti-choice legislators in South Dakota, among other things, requires pregnant women to visit a CPC prior to an abortion procedure. 

While some CPCs may provide appropriate support and information to women facing unintended pregnancies, report after report indicates that many of these centers intentionally mislead and even coerce women who go to them seeking comprehensive pregnancy-related services. 

Many CPCs are not licensed medical facilities and are staffed by unlicensed individuals. All individuals seeking health-care services should receive comprehensive, unbiased, medically and factually accurate information. This information is best obtained from the doctor that person chooses to consult. Expectant mothers should make decisions about their pregnancy with their doctors, determining what is best for themselves and their families.

HB 1217 does not create any duties or liability for CPCs, and has no mechanisms in place to ensure that the information provided at those facilities will be accurate. Requiring a woman to receive counsel from someone other than her chosen medical provider regarding her medical decisions is the worst kind of government intrusion.  A woman’s decisions on who to consult regarding her pregnancy should be hers alone and not the government’s.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. NARAL South Dakota ED Alisha Sedor attacks Republican priorities: "While we are seeing massive cuts coming to education and other essential state programs, we should not be spending money to interfere in the private healthcare decisions of women in South Dakota.”

    3. Reached 300 signatures
    4. Forcing Women to Visit Crisis Pregnancy Centers in South Dakota

      The first thing you notice about South Dakota's HB 1217, introduced last month into the State House, is the odd language: "An Act to establish certain legislative findings pertaining to the decision of a pregnant mother considering termination of her...


    Reasons for signing

    • Claudia Slate PARMELEE, SD
      • over 3 years ago

      The GOP is acting like a "Christian Brotherhood" or a Republican Taliban.

      Keep your personal interpretations of your religious beliefs out of individual's personal lives.

      I lived through the times of back alley abortions. Never Again!

    • Amy Phillips Bursch WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 3 years ago

      It seems that every day, the South Dakota Legislature -- which still represents me until I change my registration -- reaches a new low. Thanks for making an entire state unappealing for young women.

      • over 3 years ago

      The people of SD have spoken on this issue twice before and they made themselves clear: leave women's right to choose to them and their doctors.

      There are more crucial issues to spend your time on than an issue that is a non-issue.

    • Alan Ditmore LEICESTER, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      For the environment and low school taxes due to lower fertility.

    • Amy Stapleton ABINGDON, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      Don't force women to visit CPCs - they don't provide unbiased health care information!


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