Gov. Kristi Noem Defends Banning Abortion Pill

During an appearance on CBS News’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) defended her state’s ban of the abortion pill, which was not specifically addressed during the Supreme Court’s recent overturning of Roe v. Wade.

In the contentious interview, Noem argued that South Dakota has every right to decide “how to handle the situation.”

“It’s something that should be under the supervision of a medical doctor and it is something in South Dakota that we’ve made sure happens that way at the state level,” the governor said.

Noem went on to assert that, although “certain protections” are guarded under the Constitution, abortion is not one of them, and those issues not protected by the Constitution are “left to the states, the 10th Amendment guarantees us that.”

“What the Supreme Court said was that the Constitution does not give a woman the right to have an abortion,” she stated. “That means that in each state they will make the decision how they handle these situations … in South Dakota, we’ve already had a bill passed… on telemedicine abortions, that we don’t believe it should be available, because it is a dangerous situation for those individuals without being medically supervised by a physician.”

When pressed by the show’s host that the abortion pill has the approval of the FDA, the governor said that the use of the pill should be under the supervision of a doctor.

“I brought a bill that would ban telemedicine abortions, which means a doctor of the internet or over the phone could prescribe an abortion for an individual because these are very dangerous medical procedures,” Noem said. “A woman is five times more likely to end up in an emergency room if they’re utilizing this kind of method for an abortion. So, it’s something that should be under the supervision of a medical doctor and it is something in South Dakota that we’ve made sure happens that way at the state level.”

The Republican governor also asserted that it is a state’s right to choose which drugs are going to be available to its residents.

“Many of those decisions are made at the state level, they absolutely are,” Noem said. “That’s what states do… there are certain protections that are guarded under the Constitution of the United States.”