Planned Parenthood

Victoria Wicks

The history of birth control and abortion is a long one. In the United States, abortion and contraception were legal from Colonial times until the late 1800s. Then state legislatures, pushed by the American Medical Association, began outlawing abortion. And some states adopted and expanded Comstock laws, set by the federal postal service to ban the shipping of contraceptives and informational pamphlets.

At about the same time these laws were passed, the concept of the right to privacy began to emerge.

Two South Dakota Artists Work In Nasty Woman Show

Jan 20, 2017
Naomi Even-Aberle

Two South Dakota artists recently had their work on display in a New York exhibition.   Proceeds from the sold out show--titled Nasty Woman--benefit Planned Parenthood. 

The Nasty woman art exhibit in New York put out a call for female-identifying artists in late 2016. Naomi Even-Aberle from Rapid City was one of more than 600 selected artists to donate work. She explains the show’s title. 

A recent surge in sexually transmitted diseases in South Dakota is prompting free screenings in Sioux Falls. Planned Parenthood is providing tests for four STDs at no charge this week. The advocacy group and a doctor with the state agree that STDs are a growing public health concern.

The state epidemiologist says South Dakota had record numbers of STDs in 2014. By the end of the year, 4,170 cases of chlamydia were found in South Dakota. That’s the most ever reported in the state in one year.

Planned Parenthood Offers Free STD Tests

Jun 16, 2013

Planned Parenthood is offering free testing for sexually transmitted diseases at it’s Rapid City and Sioux Falls location on Tuesday, June 18th. Officials say sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in South Dakota, particularly in young people.

Planned Parentood Communications Director Jennifer Aulwes says they are offering the free testing day to everyone. She says there’s no appointment needed – just show up.