Gov. Noem unveils two abortion bills
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has unveiled a proposal to ban most abortions. It mimics a Texas law that leaves enforcement up to private citizens through lawsuits instead of to prosecutors through criminal charges.
The governor has previewed the proposed laws for weeks and it has received an enthusiastic reception from fellow Republicans who dominate the Legislature.
The first bill would prohibit abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, which is usually around the sixth week and before some women even know they’re pregnant. The second bill would prohibit telemedicine abortions in South Dakota.
“Every human life is unique and beautiful from the moment it is conceived. Every life is worthy of our protection, worthy of the right to live,” said Gov. Noem. “We hope that this year’s March for Life will be the last and that the Supreme Court will finally protect every unborn life. But until that comes to pass, these bills will ensure that both unborn children and their mothers are protected in South Dakota.”
Gov. Noem previewed her heartbeat legislation last year when she directed her Unborn Child Advocate to review South Dakota laws and ensure that South Dakota had the strongest pro-life laws on the books.
Courts have blocked some states from imposing similar restrictions, but Texas’ law has so far been allowed to stand in part because it leaves enforcement up to private citizens.