Gov. Kristi Noem Defends Abortion Pill Ban

An important issue that wasn’t addressed when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade is the abortion pill. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) is defending the state’s ban on abortion pills and said that every state has the right to decide “how to handle the situation.”

In an interview with CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Noem said, “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 10th Amendment gives states the right to decide for themselves any right that’s not strictly provided by the Constitution. Overturning Roe v. Wade gives states the ability to pass legislation limiting or banning abortion, including pills that terminate pregnancies.

Noem continued, “What the Supreme Court said was that the Constitution does not give a woman the right to have an abortion. That means that in each state they will make the decision on 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.”

The abortion pill is FDA-approved, which means that it’s legal to provide the pill to patients in the U.S. Regulatory standards still apply in most cases. But women can still receive abortion pills through the mail, which is something that states are going to have to combat.

When Noem was interrupted, it was when she brought up the fact that abortion pills can be dangerous. Side effects of the pill can include hemorrhaging, pelvic inflammatory disease, mental health complications, increased infertility, and complications related to pre-existing conditions.

Noem also noted that drugs available in each state is decided by the state and said, “Many of those decisions are made at the state level, they absolutely are. That’s what states do … there are certain protections that are guarded under the Constitution of the United States.”