All human life matters. With the stranglehold of Roe V Wade ending, the American people now have a voice at the state level. In South Dakota, Governor Kristi Noem announced a new plan to prosecute predatory abortion doctors who knowingly break the law and murder unborn babies.
The state isn’t just moving to prosecute predatory abortionists. The state has also set up Life.SD.gov with the aim of helping mothers and their babies before and after birth.
Abortion clinics are no longer welcome in South Dakota. For years, abortionists have convinced women that they are poor and incapable mothers, that they are not in a position to support and raise a child. These abortionists have coerced women to give up their babies, to treat human life as an inconvenience or economic burden.
But women and their children deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. They deserve informed consent, support for prenatal development, and options after birth. For too long, abortionists have used falsehoods to prey on women's emotions, burdening both women and men with serious regrets throughout their life. The plan in South Dakota is NOT to continue on, piling shame and regret on women. The plan is NOT to prosecute mothers nor shame them for their experiences. Instead of leading women down a path of desperation and despair, Governor Noem hopes to lift women up and provide opportunities to help moms be successful.
“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,” Noem said. “Prosecution will always be focused toward those doctors who knowingly break the law to perform abortions in our state.”
In South Dakota, we value life. Being pro-life also means getting moms the help they need to be successful. We’re launching https://t.co/QwGdeKqWBi to give women the resources they need to navigate pregnancy, birth, parenting, and adoption, if they choose.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) June 24, 2022
South Dakota is also looking to regulate abortion pills so they cannot be obtained online and sent through the mail. Noem believes these pills are “dangerous medical procedures” that should only be made available under the supervision of a physician. Noem said, “We don’t believe it (abortion pills) should be available, because it is a dangerous situation for those individuals.”
In South Dakota, all abortions are illegal, unless a mother’s life is in danger. Women who have been a victim of rape or incest may not be able to bear the trauma; they may seek a convenient way out to move forward with their life. If a state has banned all forms of abortion at any stage of gestation, women may decide to get a black market abortion or take abortion pills. Others may flee out of state. If staunch anti-abortion laws do not respect the unique situations that women face after rape and incest, some may seek dangerous back-alley abortions anyway. Without proper support for healing, some women may make rash decisions that put their own lives in danger. This is why some are seeking to offer support before and after birth.
Many “pro-life” state legislatures are in support of “heartbeat” laws that define and protect life when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, typically between 6 and 8 weeks. These laws allow for discretion in the early stages of prenatal development, respecting the unique situations that women face.
On the other hand, left-leaning state legislatures are moving in the opposite direction, denying the existence of human life in the womb, and making way for unchecked infanticide up until birth and thereafter.
South Dakota's law-and-order stance will ultimately challenge all predatory abortionists and the unchecked degradation of women and murder of their babies. The state's equally compassionate outreach for life will ultimately lift women up, instead of tearing them down.