South Dakota governor proposes ban on online abortion pills and prosecute doctors who perform abortions

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South Dakota governor proposes ban on online abortion pills and prosecute doctors who perform abortions
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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency in 2021 in Orlando, Florida.Joe Raedle/Getty Images
  • South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said she introduced a bill that would ban telemedicine abortion pills.

  • South Dakota is a trigger law state, that strictly restricts abortions.

  • Noem says she would prosecute doctors who perform abortions within the state, but not the mother.

South Dakota may ban telemedicine abortions, a service that delivers patients abortion pills to end their pregnancy.

On Sunday, Gov. Kristi Noem told host Margaret Brennan on CBS's "Face the Nation" that she brought a bill to ban abortion via telemedicine in the state. This bill would block people from being prescribed the FDA-approved abortion pill.

"These are very dangerous medical procedures," Noem told Brennan. "We don't believe it should be available because it is a dangerous situation for an individual without being medically supervised by a physician."

South Dakota is one of many states with trigger laws that enacted bans on abortion immediately after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday. In South Dakota, doctors who perform abortions would face a felony charge unless the procedure was performed to save the life of the mother.

Noem told Brennan that they would focus prosecution on doctors who perform abortions in the state, not their patients.

"We'll continue to have those debates on how we can support these mothers and what it means to really make sure that we're not prosecuting mothers ever in a situation like this when it comes to abortion, that it will always be focused towards those doctors who knowingly break the law to perform abortions in our state," Noem told Brennan.

Biden has stated that his administration would defend Americans' rights to abortion pills.

 

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