May 24, 2022

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signs bills targeting abortion

Though often wrapped in the language of women’s health, abortion is an evil that takes a human life. Some lawmakers are doing all they can to make it stop.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed two bills Wednesday aimed squarely at restricting abortion, the Washington Examiner reported. The first would outlaw telemedicine appointments to obtain abortion pills, and the other would penalize anyone who coerces a woman into having an abortion.

The law would require that women go to an abortion facility in person to obtain the abortion drugs mifepristone or misoprostol thus making the process safer for the mother. “Pushed by the profit-driven abortion industry and the Biden administration, these drugs are sending women to the emergency room at a rate that has increased more than 500% since the early 2000s,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said.

The second bill, H.B. 1113, is aimed at protecting women being pushed into abortion through coercive means. It creates a class 1 misdemeanor for the act of coercion and adds a class 5 felony for threatening a pregnant woman with violence, including murder, assault, or kidnapping.

Noem, who previously banned abortions due to a Downs syndrome diagnosis, lauded the newest laws. “The time is drawing near for the Supreme Court to issue a ruling on the Dobbs case,” she said, referring to the challenge to the Mississippi law that restricts abortions after 15 weeks, according to Fox News.

“I hope that case will overturn Roe v. Wade, but until that day, South Dakota will continue to advance legislation that protects the lives of unborn children,” Noem continued. “The two bills that I am signing today are crucial because they are also protections for mothers, We must remember that abortion has two victims: both the unborn child who loses their life and the mother who must go through the physical and emotional trauma of the procedure,” Noem said.

These laws are controversial to the left, but they’re necessary. After nearly 50 years of de facto legal abortion under the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, lawmakers are finally standing up for the unborn in a meaningful way.

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