South Dakota Government Christy Noam On Sunday, it doubled its state’s anti-abortion laws when asked about a 10-year-old girl who allegedly became pregnant after being raped.
Noting that abortion is illegal in South Dakota in addition to saving the mother’s life, Noam said the “tragic situation” of a 10-year-old child should not be “perpetuated by another tragedy.”
South Dakota is one of a handful of states where abortion-triggering laws were immediately enacted after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 vs. Wade case last month.
Exchange between Noem and Dana Bash of CNN It all started when the cable TV host asked the governor for a report Indianapolis Star on Saturday. A 10-year-old baby in Ohio who is six weeks and three days pregnant has to go to Indiana for an abortion because she can’t get pregnant in Ohio, where the procedure is illegal after six weeks, the outlet said.
The abortion ban is still in effect in Indiana.
“Because [there also is a] Trigger law [in South Dakota] Which was approved before you became governor, I wanted you to be clear: will the state of South Dakota go ahead and force a 10-year-old to have a child in the same situation? Bash asked Naeem.
The Republican Pool replied, “You know what I mean, Dana, what’s incredible in this tragic story?”
“It’s unbelievable that no one is talking about the perverted, horrible and sinister man who raped a 10-year-old boy.” “What are we doing about the people who do this to these children?”
Bash said she agreed with Naeem’s comments about the rapist, but added: “Our bodies are our bodies, and women are the ones who get pregnant.
“And, in that case, it wasn’t a woman. It was a girl,” Bash said.
Naeem said, “This is a child. This is a child.”
Bash asked if the girl should have a “baby”.
Naeem replied, “Every life – every life is precious.
“This tragedy is horrible. I can’t even think. I have never been through anything like this in my family or in myself.”
After several minutes of back-and-forth on South Dakota law, Bash asked Noam if she would work to add an exception to reflect the case of the 10-year-old.
“In South Dakota, the law today is that abortion is illegal except for saving the mother’s life.”
“And you’ll be fine with that, is a 10-year-old girl going to have a baby?”
Naeem said the story “will wake me up at night” and breaks her heart as a mother and grandmother.
“All I can say is, I don’t believe a tragic situation should be sustained by another tragedy. And so we have a lot more to do to make sure we really have one. Living a life that says every life is precious, especially innocent lives like this 10-year-old girl who has been shattered, ”Noam said.
The Supreme Court on June 24 told Roe v. Wade that states should decide whether to limit or ban the practice.