“As much as we can talk about what we can do for that little girl, I think we also need to address the sick people who are doing this to our children,” she said.
Bash replied, “But our bodies are our bodies, and women are the ones who get pregnant. And in this case it was not a woman. It was a girl.”
When he insisted, Noem said, “What I would say is that I don’t believe that a tragic situation should be perpetuated by another tragedy. And so there’s more we need to do to make sure we’re really living a life that says every life is precious, especially innocent lives that have been shattered like that 10-year-old girl.
Bash also asked if Noem would endanger a mother’s life in this situation.
“And I think that’s something that — yes, that situation, the doctor, the family, the closest people there will make the decisions for that family.”
She went on to say that “each state will have different laws on the books…It’s the way our constitution intended it to be.”
Noem also said she believes those who violate South Dakota’s abortion laws should be punished.
‘And those are the doctors, not the women. I want to make sure that is appropriate and that the women in this situation are not punished and that we support them as we move forward.”
On paid leave, Noem said “that’s a discussion we’re going to have” and “it’s something I’ve supported in the past and talked about.”
Bash also asked whether Noem would support the November ballot measure, which could expand Medicaid under Obamacare and cover low-income people without health insurance, especially those who become pregnant.
“I think it’s interesting because what that does is make sure that Medicaid expansion also includes able-bodied singles who are able to work,” Noem said. “And it would also cost the state about $80 million.”
Noem said she will not vote for the measure herself, but “certainly will ensure it is fairly implemented and done fairly” should it be passed.