The Republican governor made the decision on the 48th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, which ruled that the Constitution protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction.
“I look forward to the day when the Supreme Court recognizes that all preborn children inherently possess a right to life,” Noem said on Twitter. “To that end, on Monday I will introduce a bill that bans abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis.”
Statistics indicate that women with Down syndrome-related pregnancy have a high abortion rate. Though data is limited, the most recent data available released in a study by Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that about 67 percent of U.S. pregnancies where it is suggested the baby would be born with Down syndrome end in abortion.