South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to Ask Legislature to Ban Down Syndrome Abortions

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to Ask Legislature to Ban Down Syndrome Abortions


In her State of the State Address Tuesday, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) said she will ask her legislature to ban abortions that are sought on the basis of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

“We must stand for the right to life of every preborn child,” the governor said:

Children with Down Syndrome are a gift to us all. I am asking the South Dakota legislature to pass a law that bans the abortion of a preborn child, just because that child is diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

We must stand for the right to life of every preborn child.

— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) January 12, 2021

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During her address, Noem introduced two families – the Fites and the Duffys – who have children with Down syndrome.

“Cody Fite and Valentina Duffy both have Down syndrome,” the governor said, and added:

God blessed these beautiful children with an additional

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