Pro-life SD Gov. Noem proposing ban on abortions performed because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome

By Dave Andrusko

A tip of the hat to Fox News’s “Fox and Friends.” Thanks to this link, I was able to watch Ainsley Earhardt conduct a touching, loving, and very powerful interview this morning with pro-life South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy, her husband, former-Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisconsin, and their daughter, Valentina, who was born with Down syndrome. 

In her state of the state address delivered later in the day, Gov. Noem announced that she will be asking her legislature to pass a bill that would ban abortions when the reason is a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. It is a pro-life initiative that is picking up momentum. 

In her appearance on Fox and Friends, Gov. Noem said, “This is an incredibly  important conversation for us to have. That every single life is precise, regardless of what situation the family is facing and that every life is a blessing.”

She added, “I think little Valentina, right here, her little face shows what a blessing that she is to this family. They are going to talk to the people of South Dakota and our legislators about how important that bill is.”

Campos-Duffy said of Valentina (the youngest of the Duffy family’s nine children), “She’s an American and she has the right to live just like everyone else.

Gov. Noem told Earhardt that while facts and figures are important,  “stories have power and stories are inspirational.”  

“Stories like this family’s really drive home the point of why we focus on people, that we are in the people business…. It’s about giving  every single person the opportunity to live, to go after the American Dream, and to be a part of the story of America.”

Here is the relevant portion of her speech at which the Duffy family were one of two families who were her guests:

Today, I am joined by two families that will help explain one of my priorities this session: the Fite and the Duffy families.  
 
Aaron and Tami Fite live in Platte, South Dakota, with their four children.  
 
Sean and Rachel Duffy live in Wisconsin. They have 9 children. And you might remember that Sean served with me while I was in Congress. 
 
I have known both families for years. The reason I asked them to join us today is to highlight two of their children.  

Cody Fite and Valentina Duffy both have Down syndrome. God blessed these beautiful children with an additional chromosome. Their gorgeous smiles, distinct personalities, and that vibrancy you see before you are all gifts from God. For those who have had the privilege of knowing someone with Down syndrome, you know that person ends up being a gift to all of us.  

I share this because even today, in 2021, some European countries, like Iceland and Denmark, are on pace to virtually eliminate children with Down syndrome. They do this one way and one way only: through abortion. As actress Patricia Heaton points out, Iceland is simply killing everyone that has it.  

As South Dakotans, frankly, as human beings, we should all be appalled by this. We are better than that. 

The Declaration of Independence summarizes what we all know in our hearts to be true. God created each of us and endowed all of us with the right to life. This is true for everyone, including those with an extra chromosome.  

I look forward to the day when the Supreme Court recognizes that all preborn children inherently possess this right to life, too. Until that time comes, I am asking the South Dakota legislature to pass a law that bans the abortion of a preborn child, just because that child is diagnosed with Down syndrome.  

Let’s make South Dakota a symbol of hope, justice, and love for children like Cody and Valentina. With the help of several pro-life groups across the state, my team will present legislation for your consideration and swift passage. 
 
Aaron and Tami, Sean and Rachel would you and your families please stand. Thank you for being here. And thank you for being a voice for so many who can’t speak for themselves.