(JUST THE NEWS) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) said her state is prepared to assist mothers with unplanned pregnancies as a 2005 trigger law takes effect that bans abortion, including in cases of rape and incest, after the overturning of Roe v Wade.
Noem told the "Just the New, Not Noise" television show on Wednesday that the trigger law was designed in the event "that if this decision ever came — overturning Roe — that abortions would be illegal immediately, except to save the life of a mother. So that is the law today.
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"And we are focused on really making sure that people have the resources to know that these mothers are supported, that they have their health care, the counseling services and mentors, and even adoption services — should they choose that path — at their fingertips, if they need it, if they're in a situation where they have an unplanned pregnancy or a crisis situation where they really do need some help."