“As much as we can talk about what we can do for that little girl, I think we should also talk about the sick people who are doing this to our children,” she said.
Bash replied, “But our bodies are our bodies, and women are pregnant. And, in this case, it wasn’t a woman. It was a girl. “
When pressed further, Noem said: “What I would say is that I don’t believe that a tragic situation should be followed by another tragedy. So we need to do a lot more to make sure that we really live a life that says all lives are precious, especially innocent lives that have been destroyed like this 10-year-old girl’s.”
Bash also asked if Noemi would consider risking her mother’s life in this situation.
“And I think that’s something — yes, that situation, the doctor, the family, the people closest to him are going to make decisions there for that family.”
He went on to say that “every state will have different laws on the books…that’s what our constitution intended.”
Noem also said he believes those who violate South Dakota’s abortion laws should be punished.
“And these are doctors, not women. I want to make sure that this is appropriate and that women are not penalized in this situation, and that we support them as they move forward.”
On the subject of paid leave, Noem said, “that’s a discussion we’re going to have” and “that’s something I’ve supported and talked about in the past.”
Bash also asked if Noemi would support a November ballot measure that would expand Medicaid under Obamacare and provide coverage to low-income people without health insurance, especially those who become pregnant.
“I think it’s interesting because what it does is ensure that the Medicaid expansion covers able-bodied single individuals who can work,” Noem said. “And it also includes about an $80 million cost to the state.”
Noem said he won’t vote for the measure himself, but “certainly will make sure it’s done fairly and it’s enforced fairly” if it passes.
‘Tragic situation’: Governor discusses 10-year-old pregnant woman with CNN anchor
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