2024 Abortion Amendment

Proposed Amendment Would Legalize Abortion in South Dakota

On June 24, 2022, when the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, South Dakota won the freedom to immediately begin enforcing a law passed in 2005 that protects preborn children and their mothers from the violence of abortion. The Dobbs decision overturned Roe v. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court ruling that created a national entitlement to abortion and led to the deaths of approximately 64 million preborn children.

Alarmingly, an effort is underway to overturn South Dakota’s pro-life laws. A citizen-initiated proposal seeks to amend the state constitution to create a nearly unlimited right to abortion. We have a responsibility, as a community that cherishes all human life, to become informed on this proposal that threatens the lives of preborn children, and to educate our fellow citizens. Please use the resources below to learn more.


  • Joint Statement of the Spiritual Leaders of the Roman Catholic Dioceses of South Dakota on Certification of Abortion Amendment: View Document
  • Flyer / Bulletin Insert: View Document
  • Flyer / Bulletin Insert, En Espanol: View Document
  • Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of South Dakota on Protecting the Human Dignity of Preborn Children: View Document
  • Bulletin Announcement Series: View Bulletin Inserts
  • EWTN Interview with Bishop Donald DeGrood: Watch video
  • Life hangs in the balance article by Michael Pauley from The Bishop’s Bulletin: View Article
  • FAQ Paper on Abortion Amendment: View Document
  • Text of Proposed Abortion Amendment: View Document
  • Faith & Politics podcast featuring Jon Hansen, Co-Chair of Life Defense Fund: The Abortion Threat in South Dakota
  • Men, abortion, and the duty to protect life article by Michael Pauley from The Bishop’s Bulletin: View Article
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