Governor Kristi Noem orders restrictions on abortion meds

Not to be outdone by Wing Nut extraordinaire, Governor Gregg A-Butt, (Idiot-Texas), South Dakota’s Governor Kristi Noem issued an executive order on Tuesday limiting women’s access to to abortion medication.

Her order “directed the state Department of Health to create rules that abortion-inducing drugs can only be prescribed or dispensed by a state-licensed physician after an in-person examination.” That restriction already exists in South Dakota but Wing Nut Noem anticipates the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “will allow abortion medications to be dispensed through the mail or virtual pharmacies.” Her order also bans the drugs from being provided in schools or on state property. 

Per the Associated Press:

About 39% of abortions in South Dakota last year were done through medication, according to the Department of Health. The state has one clinic that regularly performs abortions. Opponents of bans on telemedicine abortions say the method is safe, and outlawing them would have a disproportionate effect on rural residents who face long drives to the nearest abortion clinic.

Noem claimed, without any evidence to support her claim, “her order that medicine-induced abortions can be life-threatening and that she made the order in the interest of women’s health and safety.”

Currently, women in South Dakota must meet with a physician before obtaining a surgical or medical abortion. Women must wait for 72 hour before having the procedure. The law also requires abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy to be performed in a hospital and outlaws abortions entirely after the 22nd week of pregnancy unless it is a medical emergency.

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