South Dakota Governor Reaffirms Abortion Ban.


On June 26, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem stood behind her state’s abortion trigger law which implemented new abortion restrictions after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade. “I believe every life is precious,” Gov. Noem spoke in an InterviewWith “Face the Nation.”

Noem stated that she doesn’t believe that one tragic event should lead into another when asked about cases involving rape and incest.

“We know so much more using technology and science than we did even 10, 15 years ago about what these babies go through, the pain that they feel in the womb, and will continue to make sure that those lives are protected,”Noem, said. “And I just have never believed that- that having a tragedy or tragic situation happened to someone is a reason to have another tragedy occur.”

South Dakota is one of 13 states across the country that passed so-called trigger laws on abortion, which effectively outlawed abortions upon the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision made in 1973 establishing the constitutional right to an abortion.

“The Supreme Court did its job: it fixed a wrong decision it made many years ago and returned this power back to the states, which is how the Constitution and our founders intended it,”Noem said “Face the Nation.”

Place into Effect in 2005, South Dakota’s trigger law banned abortions and drugs that would induce an abortion upon the Roe v. Wade overruling, “unless there is appropriate and reasonable medical judgment that performance of an abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the pregnant female.”

“South Dakota’s, obviously, you know, under our past several years and have stood for life and defending life,”Noem said “Face the Nation.” “And I think we’ll continue to have those debates on how we can support these mothers and what it means to really make sure that we’re not prosecuting mothers ever in a situation like this when it comes to abortion, that it will always be focused towards those doctors who knowingly break the law to perform abortions in our state.”

Noem indicated that South Dakota won’t encourage its citizens to report any woman suspected of aiding or seeking abortions. “We take privacy rights very important, we protect our freedom and our liberties here,”She spoke. “We will make sure that mothers have the resources, protection, and medical care that they need, and we’re being aggressive on that.”

In September 2021, Gov. Noem signed an billTelemedicine abortions would be banned.

Noem reiterated that South Dakota will provide resources to women who need them for their pregnancies in the interview. However, she didn’t give any details.

“I 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, said.