SD Governor Noem pledges to ban telemedicine abortion from Institute State

Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD) said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that she would ban telemedicine appointments with abortion providers who prescribe pills online following the cancellation of Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade.

Partial transcript as follows:

MARGARET BRENNAN: So there’s a lot of confusion here. Thus, South Dakota is one of 30 states that will limit access to telemedicine abortions, which allow patients to receive these pills in the mail that would allow them to end their pregnancy. The president said he was going to use the Department of Justice to intervene here if there was an attempt to stop women from getting these pills. Are you ready for this kind of legal battle? Are you actually going to type mail? How would you prevent women from receiving this federally approved drug?

NOEM: Well, we’ve addressed this before, and in many ways in the state of South Dakota I introduced a bill banning telemedicine abortions, which means a doctor on the internet or over the phone could order a person an abortion because these are very dangerous medical procedures, a woman is five times more likely to end up in an emergency room if she uses this type of–

BRENNAN: It’s an FDA-approved drug.

NOEM: – method for an abortion. So that’s something that should be under the supervision of a doctor and that’s something in South Dakota that we’ve made sure happens that way –

BRENNAN: But, that’s what I’m asking you specifically because…

NOEM: – at the state level

BRENNAN: –because at the state level–

NOEM: and this is the debate –

BRENNAN: That’s true, but what’s happening here is incredibly important and sets a precedent. This is a federally approved drug. Are you saying the state of South Dakota will now overrule the FDA’s decision and decide which drugs will be available to its residents?

NOEM: And a lot of these decisions are made at the state level, they absolutely are. This is what the States do –

BRENNAN: Will you stop – if it’s mailed, will you intercede and prevent it from being received?

NOEM: – and, you know, there are – these are certain rights that are protected – there are certain protections that are protected by the Constitution of the United States. The rest of those things are left to the states, the 10th Amendment guarantees that to us. What the Supreme Court said is that the Constitution does not give a woman the right to have an abortion. This means that in each state they will make the decision to handle these situations.

BRENNAN: Exactly and that’s–

NOEM: — and in South Dakota we’ve already pushed through a telemedicine abortion bill, which we don’t think should be available, because it’s a dangerous situation for those people without being medically supervised by a doctor.

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