Republican Gov. Kristi Noem ducked Sunday morning when asked if South Dakota would force a raped 10-year-old to give birth — eventually suggesting the “tragic situation” shouldn’t change her state’s restrictive abortion laws.
“Today’s law states that abortion is illegal except to save the mother’s life,” Noem told host Dana Bash on CNN state of the nation.
Bash had pressured Noem over the case of a 10-year-old girl in Ohio who was denied an abortion because she was three days past the state’s six-week abortion ban. Accordingly, the girl had to travel to Indiana for the procedure Indianapolis Star.
“Since this was a trigger law that was passed before you became governor, I want you to be clear, will the state of South Dakota in the future force a 10-year-old in the same situation to have a baby?” asked Bash.
Noem avoided the direct question at first, instead focusing on the little girl’s rapist.
“What’s incredible is that no one is talking about the perverted, horrible and disturbed person who raped a 10-year-old,” Noem said. “What are we doing about it?”
Bash agreed with her, but pointed out that women are ultimately the ones who get pregnant. She then went on to urge the governor — who recently signed an executive order banning telemedicine abortions as part of the state’s total abortion ban — if she was “okay if a 10-year-old girl has to have a baby.”
“No, I never agree to that. This story will keep me up at night. It breaks my heart,” Noem replied.
Bash tried again and asked if she “would change the law to have an exception for a situation like this?”
“I can’t imagine that at all. What I would say is that I don’t think a tragic situation should be perpetuated by another tragedy,” Noem said. “And that’s why we need to do even more to make sure we really live a life that says every life has value, especially innocent lives that have been shattered like this 10-year-old girl.”
South Dakota was one of 13 states to pass a “trigger law” banning abortions once the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. calfthat guaranteed abortion rights, and Noem has continued to attempt to distort South Dakota’s decisions by promoting state funding to support pregnancies, wanted or unwanted.
Bash concluded her questioning by asking Noem — who hasn’t quashed her political aspirations, though her star has faded with the rise of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — the simple question: “Former President Trump can announce that he’s still in candidate this month. If so, would you support him and would you like to be his running mate?
“I think there are a lot of people out there who would love to be his running mate. I’m not operating in the hypothetical,” Noem stepped aside. “I’d be shocked if he asked, and right now I’m just so focused on South Dakota.”
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