Governor Kristi Noem (R-SD) said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that she will ban telemedicine appointments with abortion providers who prescribe pills online on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
Partial transcript is as follows:
MARGARET BRENNAN: So there’s a lot of confusion here. So South Dakota is one of 30 states that will limit access to telemedicine abortions, which allow patients to receive these pills in the mail that would allow them to end their pregnancy. The president has said he’s going to use the Justice Department to intervene here if there’s an attempt to stop women from receiving these pills. Are you prepared for that kind of legal battle? Are you actually going to seize mail? How would you stop women from actually receiving this federally approved medication?
NOEM: Well, we’ve already addressed this and in many ways in the state of South Dakota, I brought a bill that would ban telemedicine abortions, which means a doctor of the internet or over the phone could prescribe an abortion for an individual because these are very dangerous medical procedures, a woman is five times more likely to end up in an emergency room if they’re utilizing this kind of–
BRENNAN: This is an FDA approved drug.
NOEM: –method for an abortion. So, it’s something that should be under the supervision of a medical doctor and it is something in South Dakota that we’ve made sure happens that way–
BRENNAN: But, that’s what I’m asking you for specifics of because–
NOEM: – at the state level
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