Gov. Kristi Noem says she’s asking lawyers in her office to review the state’s abortion laws.
The statement comes as the US Supreme Court upholds Texas abortion law, for now. This law prohibits abortion after 6 weeks of gestation.
“I have instructed the unborn children’s advocate in my office to immediately review the new Texas law and current South Dakota laws to ensure we have the strongest pro-life laws on the books of SD. “, Noem said in a tweet.
It’s a sign that the Republican governor will push for anti-abortion legislation in the upcoming session.
Janna Farley is a spokesperson for the ACLU of South Dakota. She says the decision to have an abortion is still protected by the US Constitution.
“The ACLU of South Dakota will continue to work to ensure that every woman can make the best decision for herself and her family about whether and when to start a family without undue political interference.”
There is only one clinic in South Dakota that offers abortions. South Dakota still has one of the most restrictive abortion policies in the country.
Governor Noem campaigned on a promise to sign the bill that overturns Roe V. Wade, a Supreme Court ruling that protects access to abortion.
According to in the state, 125 abortions were performed in 2020. About 13% of these abortions took place at six weeks or less.