NOEM: South Dakota Will Target Doctors Who Violate Abortion Ban

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation and told host Margaret Brennan that South Dakota will target doctors who perform abortions for prosecution.

“We’ll continue to have those debates on how we can support these mothers and what it means to really make sure we are not prosecuting mothers ever in a situation like this,” Noem said. “It will always be focused toward those doctors who knowingly break the law to perform abortions in our state.” 

With Roe overturned, abortions are now illegal in South Dakota, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Abortions are a felony unless the procedure will save the life of the mother.

“I believe every life is precious … And we know so much more using technology and science than we did even 10, 15 years ago about what these babies go through the pain that they feel in the womb, and will continue to make sure that those lives are protected,” Noem said. “And I just have never believed that having a tragedy or tragic situation happened to someone is a reason to have another tragedy occur.”