South Dakota Governor and Trump sycophant, Kristi Noem announced that she would fully support legislation to ban abortion pills prescribed online. Noem told Margaret Brennan on CBS News’s Face the Nation that “These are very dangerous medical procedures.”
As if forced birth is perfectly safe.
South Dakota is one of 13 states with a trigger ban law, which went into effect the moment when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. While abortion is currently “allowed” if the mother’s life is in danger, performing the procedure otherwise is a felony. The proposed bill will further ban telemedicine appointments – more popular in the age of Covid – with abortion providers who prescribe the pills.
Governor Noem shared her reasoning with Brennan, saying:
“We don’t believe it should be available because it is a dangerous situation for an individual without being medically supervised by a physician.”
Noem leaves out the part about how that will now be a felony in South Dakota.
With FDA-approved drugs, 40% of abortions are now performed using a combination of pills made up of two medicines, mifepristone – which is taken first – and misoprostol, which can be taken up to 48 hours later. According to Planned Parenthood, drug-induced abortion is safe, with millions having been performed. While side effects can happen, as with any medical procedure, they are rare. The procedure is similar to having a miscarriage and less invasive than surgical abortion, and it allows women to have it take place in the privacy of their homes.
Already an abortion desert, North Dakota’s only abortion clinic stopped performing the procedure less than two weeks ago. The Sioux Falls Planned Parenthood also served women from North Dakota and nearby Minnesota. With no local doctors willing to do the procedure, a Minnesota physician flew in monthly to perform abortions. Noem praised the closing of the only safe space for women seeking reproductive health care, tweeting:
South Dakota is a pro-LIFE state. https://t.co/49naAvpdF5
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) June 17, 2022
Noem has been pushing the abortion pill ban since 2021 in anticipation of Roe v. Wade being overturned. And in March, according to ABC News, Noem signed a bill restricting access to the abortion pill by requiring a patient to go to a physician three separate times to take the pills. The bill was promptly struck down by U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier, who said it puts “an undue burden on a person’s right to seek an abortion.”
Noem falsely claims that a woman doesn’t have a constitutional right to abortion. Well, Roe and Casey said she does. Justice Alito’s archaic and ancient interpretation doesn’t change the basic truth of that. The South Dakota governor also accuses President Biden of “overreach.” Only in the GOP’s twisted way of thinking is telling a woman what she can or can’t do with her body and forcing her to carry a child to term against her will not a violation of her freedom or liberty.
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