South Dakota Governor Offers a Better Solution When Pressed by CNN on Abortion Rights

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The liberals want to focus on what it means now that Roe v Wade has been overturned. They forget that abortions are still legal – assuming that is what the people of the individual states want. Representatives are the ones who make the decisions. It allows the people to have a say.

It’s always about the extremes with the liberals, however.

A story from Ohio erupted about a 10-year-old girl who was raped. The Buckeye State outlawed abortion, which meant that the girl would have to leave her state in order to get an abortion.

When South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem was recently interviewed on CNN by host Dana Bash, things got heated. The journalist tried to back the Republican governor into a corner by talking about the story of the 10-year-old in Ohio.

“Will the state of South Dakota going forward force a 10-year-old in that very same situation to have a baby?”

Of course, this kind of question is ridiculous. There aren’t too many instances of such a thing happening. Most rape victims don’t get pregnant because of the violence of the event. Further, most 10-year-olds haven’t even started menstruating.

That’s beside the point, though.

Noem knew that she was being cornered, and all because of the pro-life “trigger” laws that will soon be taking effect in her state now that Roe v Wade has been overturned by the Supreme Court.

It was time to turn the tables. Noem acknowledged hearing about the story and responded with, “What’s incredible is that nobody’s talking about the pervert, horrible and deranged individual that raped a 10-year-old. What are we doing about that?”

The governor has a point. Shouldn’t we be focusing on the criminals and their criminal activities? Rather than looking for the one-in-a-million situation that the law would prevent a person from addressing, it’s time to make sure that individuals aren’t put into those situations.

Bash seemed surprised and had no choice but to agree with Noem. She was quick to add that it’s “an important discussion” that needs to be had.

There are too many incidents of child abuse in the United States. And many of the pro-choice people focus on the abuse as a reason to allow abortions. Noem doesn’t want to focus on that area. She believes that it’s time to make America address the situation so that the number of incidents starts to decrease.

It’s a Republican approach, similar to that of guns. Focus on the criminal rather than the fallout.

Too many liberals want to let the criminals go. They want to ignore what the criminals have done because it’s easier. However, that’s not going to help the situation in the long run.

Eventually, Bash came back around to the original question, asking if the 10-year-old should be forced to carry the baby and give birth.

Noem responded by explaining how every life is “precious.” She talks about the horrific tragedy that took place to allow the girl to get pregnant. In the end, she explained that abortions are illegal in South Dakota and defended the Supreme Court ruling. It ultimately has to be left to the state to make the decisions about what restrictions should be placed on abortion.

The only exception for abortion in South Dakota is when the life of the mother is in danger.

There’s no telling what will happen with the 10-year-old girl. She can choose to give birth and put the baby up for adoption. She can visit a state that does allow abortion. Or, she can let nature take its course. It’s possible that there will be a miscarriage because of her young age – or abortion will be necessary because of the health of the mother.

What’s clear is that every state makes the decisions because the legislators are close to the people. As Noem explains, “It’s the way our Constitution intended.”