Noem slams U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Louisiana abortion law

PIERRE (AP) – A U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics is wrong, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Monday.

Justices ruled that the law requiring doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals violates abortion rights that were outlined in the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The Louisiana law is similar to one in Texas that the court struck down in 2016.

“This decision is wrong for a number of reasons,” Noem said in a statement, citing Justice Clarence Thomas' opinion stating that the Constitution does not constrain states' ability to regulate or prohibit abortion. “The fight for life is unquestionably the right one.”

In his dissent, Thomas wrote, “Today a majority of the Court perpetuates its ill-founded abortion jurisprudence by enjoining a perfectly legitimate state law and doing so without jurisdiction.”

Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said she was relieved by Monday's decision but is worried it could inspire states to pass even more restrictive laws.

Said Noem, “Our work doesn't stop until abortion is eliminated completely.”


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