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Republican Governor Signs Executive Order Effectively Banning Telemedicine Abortions

The pro-life movement is making progress in recent months.

Texas successfully made abortion illegal if the unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected, which happens at approximately six weeks.

This decision in Texas has liberals furious. Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi have condemned Texas’s new abortion law.

Democrats used to argue that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.”

Now Democrats support late-term abortion and the right to abort even if the unborn, innocent baby has a heartbeart. Former President Barack Obama is regularly accused of “supporting infanticide” when he opposed Illinois legislation that would have defined any aborted fetus that showed signs of life as a “born alive infant” entitled to legal protection, even if doctors believe he or she could not survive.

In South Dakota, Republican Governor Kristi Noem is also making major strides for the pro-live movement.

Noem has signed an executive order that effectively bans telemedicine abortions in her state.

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The South Dakota Department of Health is directed to “establish rules preventing telemedicine abortions in South Dakota” and “restricts chemical abortions in the state.”

A press release from Noem explains the order blocks telemedicine abortions in the following four ways:

1. Declares that abortion drugs may only be prescribed or dispensed by a physician who is licensed in South Dakota after an in-person examination;

2. Blocks abortion-inducing drugs from being provided via courier, delivery, telemedicine, or mail service;

3. Prevents abortion-inducing drugs from being dispensed or provided in schools or on state grounds; and

4. Reiterates that licensed physicians must ensure that Informed Consent laws are properly administered.

Noem criticized Joe Biden by saying, “The Biden Administration is continuing to overstep its authority and suppress legislatures that are standing up for the unborn to pass strong pro-life laws.”

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“They are working right now to make it easier to end the life of an unborn child via telemedicine abortion. That is not going to happen in South Dakota,” she continued.

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“I will continue working with the legislature and my Unborn Child Advocate to ensure that South Dakota remains a strong pro-life state.”

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Additionally, the order directs the state’s department of health to “develop licensing requirements for ‘pill only’ abortion clinics,” “collect empirical data on how often chemical abortions are performed as a percentage of all abortions, including how often women experience complications that require a medical follow-up,” and “enhance reporting requirements on emergency room complications related to chemical abortion.”


Noem’s order comes on the heels of a strict pro-life law taking effect in Texas, angering abortion proponents. The heartbeat bill in Texas effectively bans most abortions after 6 weeks, when an unborn child’s heartbeat can be detected. Both the Supreme Court and a lower federal court of appeals refused to rule on a demand from Texas abortion providers to stay the heartbeat legislation pending further litigation.

Noem is already receiving support from pro-life groups for her work to stop telemedicine abortions.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of Susan B. Anthony List, responded to Noem’s decision by saying, “We commend Governor Noem for taking this bold action that will save lives from dangerous chemical abortions, which have a fourfold higher rate of complications compared to surgical abortion.”

“The Biden administration would turn every post office and pharmacy into an abortion center if they had their way, leaving women alone and at risk of severe heavy bleeding, physical, emotional, and psychological stress, and more,” Dannenfelser continued.

“States must take action. Governor Noem is setting a courageous model today that we hope more state leaders across the nation will soon follow.”

President and CEO of Americans United for Life Catherine Glenn Foster said, “I applaud Governor Noem’s action today to stop dangerous chemical abortion drugs from being mailed to South Dakota women.”

“This is no longer about ‘a woman and her doctor,’ but a woman – or girl – and a stranger on the internet. States can no longer depend on the FDA to regulate abortion drugs in any meaningful way, and I am pleased to see Governor Noem step up for her state,” Foster added.

“Abortion is never safe, but it’s far more dangerous when women are abandoned by physicians and left to manage their complications alone,” she concluded.

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