South Dakota governor says state will prosecute abortion doctors, not women

The Supreme Court came down with a landmark ruling on Friday which said that the Constitution does not contain a right to abortion.

While that decision has left many Democrats claiming to be terrified, it was welcomed by pro-lifers. Among them is South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who says that her state is ready to take action. 

Noem says will state go after abortion doctors, not women

According to the New York Post, Noem made that declaration during a Sunday appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

South Dakota is one of a number of states with what is known as a “trigger law,” which refers to legislation that was written to immediately ban abortion once Roe v. Wade was overturned.

During her interview, the Republican governor told host Margaret Brennan that enforcement will be aimed at those who profit from abortions rather than the women who are seeking them.

“[Prosecution] will always be focused toward those doctors who knowingly break the law to perform abortions in our state,” Noem explained.

“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,” she went on to add.

U.S. has higher maternal mortality rate than some countries which ban abortion

At one point during their exchange, Brennan stated that the United States has “the worst maternal mortality rate of any developed country.”

Interestingly, figures published by the World Bank in 2017 revealed that American women face a greater risk of maternal mortality than citizens of a number of countries that either heavily restrict abortion or ban it altogether.

Examples include Malta, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, and Poland. What’s more, those countries have seen their maternal mortality rates decline even as America’s has gone up.

While Poland’s maternal mortality rate dropped from 7 per 100,000 live births in 2000 to 2 per 100,000 live births in 2017, the United States saw its rate grow from 12 to 19 over the same period of time.


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