South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) defended her state’s abortion ban on Nation World News on Sunday when asked if it would force a 10-year-old rape victim to give birth.
A trigger law came into force in South Dakota after the Supreme Court’s decision to Roe v. Wade to overthrow, which prohibits abortions except when the pregnant person’s life is in danger.
On “State of the Union,” Dana Bash of Nation World News asked Noem about a report last week that a 10-year-old child abuse victim was forced to travel from Ohio to Indiana to receive an abortion because of Ohio’s ban on abortions after six weeks. The child was apparently six weeks and three days pregnant.
Bash asked the governor of South Dakota if her state would force someone in that situation to give birth.
Name did not answer the question and rather turned to discuss the attacker.
“What’s amazing is that no one is talking about the perverted, horrible and disturbed individual who raped a 10-year-old, and what are we doing about it?” she said. “As much as we talk about what we can do for that little girl, I think we should also address those sick individuals who do it to our children.”
Bash agreed that it was an important discussion to conduct, but diverted her to the question. “Our bodies are our bodies and women are the ones who get pregnant and in this case it was not a woman, it was a girl. Should she have a child? ” she asked.
Name replied that “every life is precious” and “this tragedy is horrible.”
“But in South Dakota, the law today is that abortions are illegal, except to save the life of the mother.”
She said she would not be in favor of amending state law.
“I do not believe a tragic situation should be continued by another tragedy,” she said.
When Bash asked the question again, noting that a 10-year-old would suffer both mental and probable physical harm as a result of carrying a child, Noem said, “I think it’s something that — yes, that situation, the doctor, the family, the individuals closest to it will make the decisions there for that family. ”
Dana Bash: Will the state of South Dakota in the future force a 10-year-old in that very situation to have a baby?
Christ Name: In South Dakota, the law today is that abortions are illegal, except to save the life of the mother.
Name, an ally of Donald Trump who during her tenure signed legislation that makes discrimination against LGBTQ couples and transgender possible. women who play sports,printed for restrictions on abortion in her state before Roe was overthrown. She issued an executive order last year that would make it harder for people to access abortion pills.
During the same Nation World News interview on Tuesday, Noem also attacked the credibility of the congressional committee investigating the January 6, 2021 uprising, and Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House assistant who testified before him last week.
Noem drew criticism for those remarks from another guest on the program later Sunday, her former colleague in the U.S. House, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.).
“This is not the Name of Christ I have served,” Kinzinger said. “It is clear that she is running for president or vice president. She is terrified of the base. “