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Kristi Noem wonders if South Dakota would force a 10-year-old to have a baby


Republican Gov. Kristi Noem ducked and dodged Sunday morning when asked if South Dakota would force a raped 10-year-old girl into childbirth, ultimately suggesting that the ‘tragic situation’ shouldn’t change restrictive childbirth laws. abortion from his state.

“The law today is that abortions are illegal except to save the life of the mother,” Noem told CNN anchor Dana Bash. State of the Union.

Bash had pressed Noem about the case of a 10-year-old girl in Ohio who was denied an abortion because she exceeded the state’s six-week abortion ban by three days. The girl had to travel to Indiana for the procedure, according to the The Indianapolis Star.

“Because this was a trigger law that was passed before you became governor, I want you to be clear, is the state of South Dakota going to force a 10-year-old in the same situation to have a baby?” Bash asked.

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Noem started by avoiding the direct question, instead focusing on the little girl’s rapist.

“What’s amazing is that no one is talking about the evil, horrible, deranged individual who raped a 10-year-old child,” Noem said. “What do we do about it?” »

Bash agreed with her but pointed out that women are ultimately the ones who get pregnant. She then continued to press the governor — who recently signed an executive order banning telemedicine abortions as part of the state’s total abortion ban — to find out if she “agreed with the makes a 10-year-old girl have to have a baby”.

“No, I’m never okay with that. This story will keep me up at night. It breaks my heart,” Noem replied.

Bash tried again, asking if she would “change the law to have an exception for a situation like that?”

“I can’t even imagine. What I would say is that I don’t believe that a tragic situation should be perpetuated by another tragedy,” Noem finally said. “And so there’s more we need to do to make sure we’re really living a life that says every life is precious, especially the innocent lives that were shattered like this 10-year-old girl.”

South Dakota was one of 13 states to enforce a ‘trigger law’ banning abortions as soon as the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wadewhich guaranteed the right to abortion, and Noem continued to try to hijack South Dakota decisions by advertising state resources to help support pregnancies, whether they were wanted or not.

Bash concluded his interrogation by asking Noem — who hasn’t kept his political aspirations quiet, even as his star has faded as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis rises — the simple question: “Former President Trump could announce that he is running as early as this month. . If he does, would you support him and want to be his running mate? »

“I think there are a lot of people who would love to be his running mate. I don’t operate in the hypothetical, dodged Noem. “I would be shocked if he asked and right now I’m so focused on South Dakota.”

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