Gov. Noem joins amicus brief in SCOTUS abortion case

PIERRE, S.D. — An amicus brief was filed Thursday, in what supporters of the filing describe as the most important pro-life case to go before the Supreme Court in at least a generation.

Governor Kristi Noem, along with 240 women scholars, professionals, and pro-life feminist organizations, filed the amicus brief to argue against the notion that the ability of women to achieve economic and social equality depends on abortion, as set out in the Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey cases.

“For my entire life, women have been told that pregnancy is a barrier to a successful career. This lie has led to millions of abortions, despite women like me and countless others proving that successful careers and motherhood are not mutually exclusive,” said Gov. Noem. “I was born a little over a year before the U.S. Supreme Court decided that abortion is necessary for women to succeed. I was eight months pregnant when I first took over our family ranch following my father’s tragic death. Today, as a former state legislator, congresswoman, and South Dakota’s first female governor, I stand in defiance of the lies perpetrated by the Roe decision.”

The Supreme Court will decide on the constitutionality of prohibiting abortion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization before the viability of the unborn child outside the womb.

The Court could potentially go further and recognize that the Constitution does not protect the right to terminate unborn life. This action would overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey altogether.

The brief cites evidence showing sustained economic and social achievements of American women regardless of abortion access, and notes that American women continued to make progress towards economic equality in the 90’s and 2000’s, even as abortion rates plummeted across the nation.

“As a mother, I have led by example to show my daughters a life that balances family, education, and career. As a new grandmother, I want to ensure the next generation is reared in a country that cherishes life and an equal pursuit of happiness for all Americans,” continued Gov. Noem.

Click here to read the amicus brief in full.

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