Pro-Life Gov. Noem signs bill banning abortions based on prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome

By Dave Andrusko

And now it’s official. Pro-life South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, as promised, today signed HB 1110 into law.

As of the signing, no abortionist can knowingly abort an unborn child because he or she been diagnosed with Down syndrome.

“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,” Gov. Noem said. “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 pleased to sign a ban on the abortion of a preborn child, just because that child is diagnosed with Down syndrome, as well as several other important pro-life bills.”

Back in January NRL News Today reported that the bill came from the governor. HB1110  was subsequently unanimously passed by the South Dakota Senate last week, a little over one week after the House also unanimously accepted the bill. 

Reporting for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Danielle Ferguson wrote

The bill would not criminalize mothers and includes a section that says the proposed law would not apply to any abortion that is “necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman because her life is endangered by a physical disorder…if no other medical procedure would suffice for that purpose.”

On January 12, Gov. Noem appeared on  Fox News’s “Fox and Friends” along with Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy, her husband, former-Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisconsin, and their daughter, Valentina, who was born with Down syndrome. Ainsley Earhardt conducted a touching, loving, and very powerful interview.

In her state of the state address delivered later that day, Gov. Noem announced that she would 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.”

In February, Gov. Noem  signed House Bill 1051, which requires medical professionals to offer any baby born alive following an abortion the same medical care they would offer for any other child, regardless of the circumstances of the child’s birth.

“We expect doctors to treat all children equally, even those born in horrific circumstances,” Gov. Noem said. “That’s basic human decency.”

The law requires medical professionals to provide the same means, medical skills, and treatment to every child born alive immediately following an attempted abortion as they would any other child. 

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