Unborn babies are not being killed in abortions right now in South Dakota because of the coronavirus, a state pro-life leader said this week.
Brad Lindwurm told Live Action that the only abortion facility in the state, Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls, recently had to stop doing abortions because pandemic restrictions prevented the abortionist from traveling there.
Lindwurm, vice president of the Sioux Falls Area Right to Life and director of the state 40 Days for Life campaign, said someone at the abortion facility confirmed the information to him. He told Live Action that the abortionist typically travels from Minnesota to South Dakota to do abortions on Mondays and Thursdays.
“Planned Parenthood simply cannot get their doctor flown into Sioux Falls from St. Paul and are inadvertently having to comply with our governor’s recommendation to end elective surgery at this time,” Lindwurm told Live Action.
He said the news is an answer to prayers.
“When I stepped out in faith to lead the 40 Days for Life campaign last fall, I had a strong belief that God was going to use South Dakota to be the first state in the nation to end abortion in America (within a year),” Lindwurm said. “I had no idea that would be possible but we are starting to see it come to fruition …”
South Dakota is one of the few states that does not have a state-at-home order or mandated restrictions on non-essential businesses or medical procedures. However, pro-life Republican Gov. Kristi Noem did close schools, encourage elective medical procedures to be postponed and urge businesses to allow employees to work from home when possible, according to the New York Post.
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“The people themselves are primarily responsible for their safety,” she said. “They are the ones that are entrusted with expansive freedoms.”
Some state leaders are trying to stop abortions and save more lives during the coronavirus outbreak. A number of Republican governors included abortions in their restrictions on non-essential medical procedures during the pandemic; however, most now are fighting against the abortion industry in court.
Recently, medical groups representing more than 30,000 doctors in America emphasized that abortions are not “essential” or “urgent,” and abortion facilities that continue to operate during the pandemic are being “medically irresponsible.”
Meanwhile, pro-lifers across the country also are working hard to provide for mothers and babies in need during the crisis. Option Line recently reported a huge increase in calls on its 24-hour pregnancy help hotline. Run by Heartbeat International, the hotline connects mothers to local support services, including pregnancy resource centers that provide free diapers, pregnancy tests, clothes, counseling and other resources to moms and babies.