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Gov. Noem Signs Pro-Life Bills into Law

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed two pro-life bills into law, including HB 1318, which prohibits medical abortion by telemedicine and increases the penalty for the unlicensed practice of medicine when performing a medical abortion.


“The time is drawing near for the Supreme Court to issue a ruling on the Dobbs case. I hope that case will overturn Roe v. Wade, but until that day, South Dakota will continue to advance legislation that protects the lives of unborn children,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “The two bills that I am signing today are crucial because they are also protections for mothers. We must remember that abortion has two victims: both the unborn child who loses their life and the mother who must go through the physical and emotional trauma of the procedure.”


Governor Noem also signed HB 1113, which prohibits threats made with the intent to coerce an abortion.


“We are proud to stand with Governor Noem, the South Dakota Legislature, and all our local allies working tirelessly to safeguard women and children,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List. “Under Noem’s leadership, South Dakota has achieved a record low abortion rate and continues to set a standard for what a pro-life America looks like.”


“The permanent protections enacted today are vital to stop the proliferation of dangerous mail-order abortion drugs, which puts both unborn children and their mothers at serious risk,” continued Dannenfelser. “Pushed by the profit-driven abortion industry and the Biden administration, these drugs are sending women to the emergency room at a rate that has increased more than 500% since the early 2000s. We thank Gov. Noem, the legislature, and all pro-life South Dakotans for taking swift action to fight back.”


Additionally, Governor Noem signed the following two bills into law:

  • SB 44 authorizes  the Board of Regents to contract for the demolition of Briscoe Hall and the existing Lincoln Hall, and the design and construction of the new Lincoln Hall, at Northern State University and makes an appropriation therefor.
  • SB 55 appropriates funds for the expansion of broadband infrastructure.


Governor Noem has signed 220 bills into law and vetoed one this legislative session.