South Dakota prohibits abortion unless the mother’s life is at stake.
The law went into effect after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Government Kristi Noem declined to answer if she would change the law so that a 10-year-old could have an abortion.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem avoided answering whether she would change the state law to allow a 10-year-old rape victim to have an abortion.
†The Indianapolis StarReports that a 10-year-old girl in Ohio, who was six weeks and three days pregnant, now has to travel across state lines to Indiana to have an abortion,” Dana Bash from CNN early Name Sunday. “So I — because this is a trigger law passed before you became governor, I wanted you to be clear. In the future, will the state of South Dakota force a 10-year-old in that same situation to have a baby?”
South Dakota prohibits abortion except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger. The trigger law went into effect after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
“You know what I think is incredible, Dana, about this tragic story? Because I heard this last night. What’s incredible is that no one is talking about the perverted, horrible and deranged person who raped a 10-year-old,” Noem replied. †
Noem added that the conversation should be about what needs to be done to protect children from abuse.
“And as much as we love to talk about what we can do for that little girl, I think we also need to address the sick people who are doing this to our kids,” Noem said.
Bash replied, “Right. I don’t agree anymore,” before urging Noem to change the law in South Dakota to protect young girls from having to carry out a pregnancy.
“But our bodies are our bodies, and women are the ones who get pregnant. And in this case, it wasn’t a woman, it was a girl,” she said. “Must Have Them” † a child. A child. Should she have that baby?”
“Every life is precious,” Noem said.
“This tragedy is horrible. I can’t even imagine it. I’ve never experienced anything like this in my family or myself. I can’t even imagine it,” she continued. “But in South Dakota, the law now is that abortions are illegal, except to save the mother’s life.”
She added that she would never approve of a 10-year-old girl having a baby.
“In fact, that story will keep me up at night. It absolutely will,” Noem said, still not answering if she were to change the law.
Noem said if a girl’s life is in danger by carrying out a pregnancy, it’s up to her doctor to make that decision.
“What I would say is, I don’t believe a tragic situation needs to be perpetuated by another tragedy. And so there’s more we need to do to make sure we really live a life that says every life is precious, especially innocent lives shattered like that 10-year-old girl,” Noem said.
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