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January 26, 2023
On Sunday, Gov. Kristi Noem told host Margaret Brennan on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that she brought a bill to bar mail-order abortion pills in the state, adding that women should not face prosecution for seeking them.
“These are very dangerous medical procedures,” Noem told Brennan. “We don’t believe it should be available because it is a dangerous situation for an individual without being medically supervised by a physician.”
When asked about whether there should be exceptions to allow abortions in cases of rape or incest, Noem replied, “[M]y heart goes out to every single woman who’s had to go through that situation. I don’t know what that’s like. What I would say is that I believe every life is precious. Our trigger law does reflect that if it’s to save the life of a mother that an abortion is still illegal.”
Noem said that rather than offering exceptions, she would “prefer that we continue to make sure we go forward and that we’re putting resources in front of these women and walking alongside them, getting them the health care, the care, the mental health counseling and services that they should need to make sure that we can continue to support them and build stronger families far into the future as well.”
Noem added that doctors, not their patients, should be prosecuted for abortion. “I don’t believe women should ever be prosecuted,” she said. “I don’t believe there should be any punishment for women, ever, that are in a crisis situation or have an unplanned pregnancy.”
Her comments come after the Supreme Court on Friday overruled Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide. The question of legality is now left up to individual states.
Noem had previously introduced a bill in January banning telemedicine abortions. Women who are seeking an abortion must first make three separate trips to a doctor before they can be prescribed abortion pills. The prohibition became law in March, but it has been on hold since February after a federal judge ruled it likely “imposes an undue burden on a person’s right to seek an abortion.”
South Dakota’s trigger law immediately went into effect after the Supreme Court’s ruling.
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