Republican Governor Kristi Noem (SD) signed an executive order Tuesday effectively banning telemedicine abortions in South Dakota.
The order directs the South Dakota Department of Health “to establish rules preventing telemedicine abortions in South Dakota” and “restricts chemical abortions in the state.”
According to a press release from Noem, the order blocks telemedicine abortions, as follows:
Declares that abortion drugs may only be prescribed or dispensed by a physician who is licensed in South Dakota after an in-person examination;Blocks abortion-inducing drugs from being provided via courier, delivery, telemedicine, or mail service;Prevents abortion-inducing drugs from being dispensed or provided in schools or on state grounds; andReiterates that licensed physicians must ensure that Informed Consent laws are properly administered.
“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,” Noem blasted President Joe Biden in a statement released Tuesday. “They are working right now to make it easier to end the life of