South Dakota will not seek to punish women who have illegal abortions, the state’s governor said
South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem said her state would target abortion doctors for prosecution after the repeal of Roe v. Wade, but insisted mothers would not face legal consequences.
Noem appeared on CBS Sunday evening, just days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a groundbreaking case that would have supported federal abortion protections. saidSouth Dakota authorities will seize clinics and doctors who offer the treatment, which is currently illegal in the state.
“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,”Elle added “[Prosecution] will always be focused toward those doctors who knowingly break the law to perform abortions in our state.”
South Dakota was one among 13 states to pass ‘trigger laws’ prior to last week’s Supreme Court ruling, designed to take effect and ban most abortions should justices overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. The procedure is now only allowed in states that would protect the life and health of pregnant mothers. In South Dakota, abortions are a felony.
Noem stated that she would push to prohibit telemedicine for abortions and to prevent clinics remotely prescribing abortion pills. “work tirelessly”To make sure women can continue having access to such services.
While a lot of Republican legislators and governors support Roe v. Wade’s repeal, Democrats from across the country including President Joe Biden harshly disagree with it, while the White House claimed that it has made America stronger. “an outlier among developed nations.”Also, the ruling sparked heated protests in Washington DC and elsewhere over the weekend. Some even turned to clashes against police.
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