South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Sunday her state will prosecute doctors who perform abortions and work to limit women’s access to abortion pills.
South Dakota is among 10 states with “trigger laws” allowing abortion immediately after the US Supreme Court’s decision Friday to rule the Roe v. It was a criminal offense to strike down Wade’s 1973 law that established women’s right to trial.
Noem, a Republican, said South Dakota will prosecute doctors, not women, who break his law.
“We will continue to have these debates about how we can support these mothers and what it means to really make sure that we never prosecute mothers in a situation like this.” Noem continued CBS News’ Face the Nation. “[Prosecution] will always focus on those doctors who knowingly are breaking the law to perform abortions in our state.”
The Supreme Court — ruling in a Mississippi case that banned abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy — beat Roe v. Wade and allowed individual states to ban or impose restrictions on the practice.
In South Dakota, all abortions are illegal unless deemed necessary to save the mother’s life. There are no other exceptions, not even for rape or incest.
CBS’ Margaret Brennan asked Noem if South Dakota also planned to restrict access to abortion pills, noting that Attorney General Merrick Garland had warned states against blocking women from getting the drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Noem said the South Dakota state legislature does not believe such a telemedical abortion should be available “because it is a dangerous situation for these individuals to be in without the medical supervision of a physician.”
Brennan asked if South Dakota would override the FDA and decide what drugs state residents could get.
“A lot of these decisions are made at the state level, they absolutely are. That’s what states do,” Noem said.
https://nypost.com/2022/06/26/south-dakota-will-prosecute-abortion-docs-and-restrict-access-to-pills-gov-noem/ South Dakota to prosecute abortion documents, restrict access to pills: Gov. noem