South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s response when asked what resources exist for pregnant women forced to give birth, including after being raped or subjected to incest, goes to: Go to our site website.
During an appearance on ABC This week, host Martha Raddatz pointedly asked the governor about her state and others having restrictive abortion laws: “The 14 states that have the most restrictive abortion laws, including South Dakota, invest the least in policies and programs for women and children. So what do you mean when you say these mothers will never be alone? Raddatz was referring to a non-partisan Commonwealth Fund reportwhich concluded that the 14 states that heavily restricted abortion or triggered laws that prohibited it as soon as the Supreme Court struck down Roe vs. Wade are also the states with the worst maternal and child health outcomes. And one of the reasons these states have such poor results is that they are also the states that invest the least in protecting at-risk populations, wrote Sara Rosenbaum of the Commonwealth Fund.
Responding to Raddatz’s question, Noem said, “South Dakota is doing a lot to coordinate with nonprofits, with churches, and then also with the state in a new way by launching this website. ” She added that the lawmaker is “committed” to supporting these mothers. This non-binding pledge, Noem said, “is incredibly powerful.”
Martha Raddatz to Governor Kristi Noem: “The 14 states with the most restrictive abortion laws, including South Dakota, invest the least in policies and programs for women and children. So what do you mean when you say these mothers will never be alone? ?” pic.twitter.com/LjUIOSl21H
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South Dakota, according to the CDC, has the sixth highest infant mortality rate in the country from 2020. Its trigger law prohibiting abortion in all cases except to save the mother’s life, and it went into effect when the Supreme Court issued its ruling on Friday. The referenced Noem site, www.life.sd.govseems to refer pregnant women in need primarily to existing federal programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Federal Affordable Housing, in addition to a handful of organizations not-for-profit organizations, some of which have eligibility criteria Where provide a limited number of free services. It should also be noted that nonprofits and churches could easily be overwhelmed with increased demand for assistance now that the procedure is illegal in the state.
Noem then tried to pivot to complain about inflation and energy prices, but Raddatz kept her on point. “I want to stick with abortion,” the anchor said. “You say that every abortion always has two victims, the unborn child and the mother. What would you say to adult women in this country who do not feel victimized? That in fact, they consider that the choices they make with their own body concern no one other than their own and that of their doctor?
Noem responded by saying that she “encouraged them to keep following the science, to keep following what we know to be true today with the technology that’s been advanced, and to really look at the Supreme Court decision. for what it is”.
“What the Supreme Court did was correct a wrong decision that was made many years ago and now return power to the states,” Noem said.
When Radddatz asked if women should be prosecuted for getting an abortion in another state where it’s legal, Noem didn’t rule it out, though he said earlier in the interview, “I don’t think that women should never be prosecuted. I don’t believe that mothers in this situation should ever be prosecuted.
“You know, that’s definitely not addressed in our statute today,” Noem said of continuing out-of-state abortions. “And so I think those are things that there will be debates about. But we also have a lot of debate in South Dakota. How fundamentally our lives have changed in the past two years with rising costs and inflation and what this administration is doing to the budget and to the lives of every family right now in this country.
Raddatz’s next guest was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who said Noem’s argument boils down to allowing the government to decide when a pregnancy can be terminated. “Listen, what she is really saying is that when this decision is made, it should be made by the government. That the government should step in and the government should determine whether or not a pregnancy is forced to continue or whether or not a pregnancy can be terminated,” Warren said. “I believe, and it’s been the constitutional right of women across this country for almost half a century, that a woman can make that decision with her doctor, with her religious counselor, with her family, but not something that the government should be in the midst of.
Elizabeth Warren on whether she can respect Noem’s position in any way: “Listen, what she’s really saying is that when this decision is made, it should be made by the government – that the government should move in and that the government should determine whether a pregnancy is forced to continue.” pic.twitter.com/jYsrCVT66S
—Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 26, 2022