South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) defended her state’s abortion ban on CNN Sunday when asked if it will force a 10-year-old rape victim to offer birth.
A trigger law took effect in South Dakota following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, banning abortions except when the pregnant person’s life is in danger.
On “State of the Union,” CNN’s Dana Bash asked Noem about a report last week that a 10-year-old victim of kid abuse was forced to travel from Ohio to Indiana to receive an abortion resulting from Ohio’s ban on abortions after six weeks. The kid was reportedly six weeks and three days pregnant.
Bash asked the South Dakota governor if her state would force someone in that situation to offer birth.
Noem didn’t answer the query and pivoted as an alternative to discussing the attacker.
“What’s incredible is that no person is talking in regards to the pervert, horrible and deranged person who raped a 10-year-old, and what are we doing about that?” she said. “As much as we speak about what we are able to do for that little girl, I feel we also have to be addressing those sick individuals that do that to our youngsters.”
Bash agreed that that was a very important discussion to have, but redirected her to the query. “Our bodies are our bodies and girls are those who get pregnant and on this case it wasn’t a lady, it was a lady. Should she must have a baby?” she asked.
Noem replied that “each life is precious” and “this tragedy is horrific.”
“But, in South Dakota, the law today is that the abortions are illegal, except to avoid wasting the lifetime of the mother.”
She said she wouldn’t be in favor of amending the state’s law.
“I don’t consider a tragic situation ought to be perpetuated by one other tragedy,” she said.
When Bash asked the query again, noting that a 10-year-old would suffer each mental and sure physical harm from carrying a baby, Noem said: “I feel that’s something that ― yeah, that situation, the doctor, the family, the individuals closest to that may make the selections there for that family.”
Dana Bash: Will the state of South Dakota going forward force a 10-year-old in that exact same situation to have a baby?
Kristi Noem: In South Dakota, the law today is that abortions are illegal except to avoid wasting the lifetime of the mother.
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— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 3, 2022
Noem, a Donald Trump ally who has signed harmful laws during her tenure that allows for discrimination against LGBTQ couples and transgender women who play sports, pushed for restrictions on abortion in her state before Roe was overturned. She issued an executive order last 12 months that will make it harder for people to access abortion pills.
Throughout the same CNN interview Tuesday, Noem also attacked the credibility of the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot and Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House aide who testified before it last week.
Noem attracted criticism for those comments from one other guest on the show in a while Sunday, her former colleague within the U.S. House, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Sick.).
“This shouldn’t be the Kristi Noem I served with,” Kinzinger said. “It is evident she’s running for president or vice chairman. She’s scared to death of the bottom.”