CNA Staff, Jan 13, 2021 / 17:25 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The governor of South Dakota asked state lawmakers on Tuesday to introduce a bill banning abortions based on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
“The Declaration of Independence summarizes what we all know in our hearts to be true—that God created each of us and endowed all of us with the right to life. This is true for everyone, including those with an extra chromosome,” Gov. Kristi Noem (R) of South Dakota said at her 2021 State of the State address in Pierre.
Noem received a standing ovation after that line, from legislators and audience members in the house chamber of the state capitol.
She then asked legislators to “pass a law that bans the abortion of a preborn child just because that child is diagnosed with Down syndrome,” a request that also received applause from audience members.
On Fox News on Tuesday, Noem said that “every single life is precious, regardless of what situation the family is facing, and that every life is a blessing.”