The Planned Parenthood abortion business operates the only abortion clinic in the state of South Dakota, located in Sioux Falls, but it also operates abortion referral clinics in other cities. Today, the abortion giant announced it will close its clinic in Rapid City, on the western end of the state.
In its announcement, officials with the abortion company told the media there is just no “need” for an abortion referral clinic in one of the state’s largest cities.
The CEO of Planned Parenthood Sarah Stoesz says after an examination of the local clinics officials decided Rapid City has a strong set of federally funded clinics that can provide the healthcare the Rapid City Planned Parenthood once did. Stoesz says the decision was not easy but it allows them to focus their resources on Sioux Falls location that will be consolidating its services. The Rapid City location will officially close December 5th.
“Planned Parenthood’s announcement that it is closing its Rapid City, South Dakota, facility was met with great joy in our office,” said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. “The pro-lifers in Rapid City were innovators in their effort against Planned Parenthood, and now the evil organization is gone.”
Planned Parenthood publicly announced its intentions to open a clinic in Rapid City in 1989. Reaction of the local community was swift as the residents did not want the abortion giant in their town. Jim Sedlak, founder of STOPP and currently vice president of American Life League, traveled to Rapid City that year to be part of a huge outdoor rally opposing the proposed new clinic. In 1991, STOPP held its second national conference on Planned Parenthood in Rapid City.
Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke at the conference and later stated,
In 1991, as bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, I had personal experience with Planned Parenthood seeking to intrude itself into western South Dakota. I spoke at a STOPP national convention in Rapid City. In my talk, I noted that Planned Parenthood is “not a friend of the family. . . . It is a pro-abortion organization with a set of values vastly different from the values of Jesus Christ.” I would certainly reaffirm that conviction today. Planned Parenthood is an organization based on falsehoods about the human person, the family, and community life. I would urge any community today, as I did in 1991, to defend itself against Planned Parenthood by every legal and ethical means at its disposal.
The combined effect of all this activity was to delay the opening of the PP facility until 1995.
“Over the course of the last 20 years, I was honored to be invited back to Rapid City a number of times and to be in regular contact with the leaders in the fight against Planned Parenthood,” said Sedlak. “All of us at American Life League join in the celebration of Planned Parenthood’s exit.”