Rule blocking telemedicine abortions approved by SD legislative committee
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem and the Department of Health’s rule blocking telemedicine abortions was approved by the South Dakota Legislature’s Interim Rules Review Committee.
In September, Governor Noem signed Executive Order 2021-12, directing the South Dakota Department of Health to establish rules preventing telemedicine abortions in South Dakota. The rule requires that no medical abortion by use of mifepristone and misopristol can take place except in a licensed abortion facility, with an observation period.
The rule also requires in-office visits for the taking of the mifepristone and separately for the misopristol.
Governor Noem says she plans to work with the South Dakota legislature to pass legislation that makes these and other protocols permanent in the 2022 legislative session.