South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem pledged Sunday to ban dangerous mail-order abortion drugs in her state after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in a landmark ruling.
Speaking to CBS News “Face the Nation,” the pro-life Republican governor said abortion drugs are dangerous — especially when used without direct medical supervision, and should be banned, the Associated Press reports.
“These are very dangerous medical procedures,” Noem said. “We don’t think it should be available because it’s dangerous for those individuals without medical supervision by a doctor.”
After the Supreme Court ruling on Friday, South Dakota became one of the first states to protect unborn babies by banning abortion again.
However, the Biden administration is trying to thwart the state’s pro-life laws by promoting mail-order abortion drugs, which are difficult to stop at the state level. Last year, the Food and Drug Administration began allowing the abortion drug mifepristone to be sold through the mail without direct medical supervision. Then, on Friday, President Joe Biden pledged to make sure that the abortion drug remains as widely available to women as possible.
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U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland also cited the abortion drug on Friday when he promised the Justice Department “will work with other branches of the federal government that want to use their lawful authorities to protect and preserve access to reproductive care,” reports the AP.
“In particular, the FDA has approved the use of mifepristone,” Garland said. ““States may not ban mifepristone based on disagreement with the FDA’s expert judgment regarding its safety and efficacy.”
In response on Sunday, Noem pledged to work to protect mothers and unborn babies from dangerous abortion drugs. In March, she signed a pro-life law banning mail-order abortion drugs.
“The Constitution does not entitle a woman to an abortion…” Noem said, according to Townhall. “The power to make these decisions goes to each state.”
She also stressed that only abortionists would be prosecuted for aborting unborn babies, not women.
“I don’t believe women should ever be persecuted,” Noem said. “I don’t believe there should be a punishment for women who are in crisis or have an unplanned pregnancy.”
Mifepristone is used to abort unborn babies up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. It blocks the hormone progesterone and starves the baby to death. For decades, the FDA has required abortionists to personally deliver the drug after a medical examination because of its high risks. In December, however, the Biden administration abolished the personal requirement and began selling the drug through the mail.
According to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, the abortion drug is used in more than half of all abortions in the United States. In 2020, the drug was responsible for 54 percent of all abortion deaths in unborn babies, up from 39 percent in 2017, the pro-abortion research group found.
The FDA has linked the abortion drug to at least 26 deaths among women and 4,000 serious complications between 2000 and 2018. However, under President Barack Obama, the FDA has stopped requiring nonfatal complications from mifepristone to be reported. So the numbers are almost certainly much higher.
New data and studies suggest that the risks of the abortion drug are far more common than abortion activists often claim, with as many as one in 17 requiring hospital treatment. Another study from the Charlotte Lozier Institute found that the number of abortion-related emergency room visits by women using the abortion drug increased by more than 500 percent between 2002 and 2015.