UPDATED 6:05 PM PT – Sunday, June 26, 2022
Governor Kristi Noem said South Dakota will prosecute doctors who perform abortions in the state. On Sunday, Noem assured prosecution will only focus toward doctors who knowingly break the law and not the mother.
“We’ll continue to have those debates on how we can support these mothers and what it means to really make sure we are not prosecuting mothers ever in a situation like this,” Noem said. “Prosecution will always be focused toward those doctors who knowingly break the law to perform abortions in our state.”
In South Dakota, we value life. Being pro-life also means getting moms the help they need to be successful. We’re launching https://t.co/QwGdeKqWBi to give women the resources they need to navigate pregnancy pregnancy, birth, parenting, and adoption, if they choose.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) June 24, 2022
A Mississippi case banned abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which is what struck down Roe v. Wade and allowed individual states to prohibit the practice or put restrictions on it. In South Dakota, all abortions are illegal except if deemed necessary to save the mother’s life. There are no other exceptions, including for rape or incest.
“These are very dangerous medical procedures,” Noem voiced. “We don’t believe it should be available, because it is a dangerous situation for those individuals .”
She also plans to ban telemedicine appointments, in order to prevent abortion pills from being prescribed online and sent through the mail. Biden has stated that his administration would defend American’s rights to abortion pills.
Noem argued these are dangerous medical procedures and doesn’t think the pill should be available without being medically supervised by a physician.