US governor threatens prosecution for abortion doctors

South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem said her state would target abortion doctors for prosecution after the repeal of Roe v. Wade

US governor threatens prosecution for abortion doctors
28 Jun, 2022 03:05 HomeWorld News

US governor threatens prosecution for abortion doctors

South Dakota will not seek to punish women who have illegal abortions, the state’s governor said

South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem said her state would target abortion doctors for prosecution after the repeal of Roe v. Wade, but insisted mothers would not face legal consequences.

Speaking to CBS on Sunday night, days after the Supreme Court overturned a landmark case underpinning federal abortion protections, Noem said authorities in South Dakota will take on doctors and clinics offering the procedure, which is now illegal in the state.

“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,” she said, adding “[Prosecution] will always be focused toward those doctors who knowingly break the law to perform abortions in our state.”

South Dakota was one among 13 states to pass ‘trigger laws’ prior to last week’s Supreme Court ruling, designed to take effect and ban most abortions should justices overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Those states now permit the procedure only when it would save the life of a pregnant mother, making no exceptions for rape or incest, and in South Dakota abortions have been made a felony 

vowed to “work tirelessly” to ensure women continue to have access to such services.

Though a number of Republican governors and lawmakers have voiced support for the repeal of Roe v. Wade, Democrats across the country, including President Joe Biden, have harshly condemned the decision, with the White House saying it made the United States “an outlier among developed nations.” The ruling also kicked off heated protests in Washington, DC and other cities over the weekend, some devolving into clashes with police.