I’m interrupting my blogging hiatus (i.e., dissertation writing spree) to alert any passer-by to some joyous news from South Dakota. As of last Friday, a law took effect which requires doctors performing abortions to tell their patients, quote, “that the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being” and that it may cause psychological harm. Apparently, the last abortion clinic in South Dakota, Planned Parenthood of Sioux Falls, closed its doors thanks to the refusal of the doctors to work under the new law. Here’s the story:

Last Abortion Clinic in South Dakota Closes

“Almighty God, heavenly Father who hast blessed us with the joy and care of children; Give us light and strength so to train them, that they may love whatsoever things are true and pure and lovely and of good report, following the example of their Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.”
— Book of Common Prayer (1928), For the Children.

“O God, the fountain of wisdom, whose statutes are good and gracious and whose law is truth; We beseech thee so to guide and bless the Legislature of this State, that it may ordain for our governance only such things as please thee, to the glory of thy Name and the welfare of the people; through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord. Amen.”
— Book of Common Prayer (1928), For a State Legislature.